With the theme for this month as #LowCarbMarch, I have been motivated to step outside my comfort zone to explore meals that aren’t too heavy in carbohydrates, particularly Nigerian meals.
The previous posts have highlighted some tips to live a low carb lifestyle and the meal substitutes. When I make a decision and am determined, I do my best to follow through with the challenge regardless of any obstacles. I do my best, anyway.
However, I have started to face a challenge.
I enjoy going for a run, at least twice in a week, it’s an important part of my routine. On days that I have to exercise, I am very watchful of my diet because my body will have demands for the fat that has been burned and for muscle regeneration. I tend to get really hungry on days that I exercise.
This month is a bit challenging for my routine as I find myself I feeling really tired and unmotivated to carry out any tasks, even on days that I do not exercise. I didn’t think about it for too long before I realised that it could be as a result of my low carb diet. I think my body is going into ketosis and I’m not sure how I feel about it.
According to the Oxford Dictionary;
Ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by raised levels of ketone bodies in the body tissues, which is typically pathological in conditions such as diabetes, or may be the consequence of a diet that is very low in carbohydrates.
This is basically going “Keto” or the “Ketogenic diet”. Your body in ketosis is not a bad thing because it has its benefits, particularly for diabetes, weight loss; and some other health issues.
At this start of the month when I opened up about the Low Carb March challenge, one of my friends from uni, Zugwai, shared the LIN low carb diet with me; which is basically a Nigerian recipe and meal plan. I appreciated this very much as it made my life easier to find readily available ingredients for low carb meals.
As open minded as I am, my body in ketosis is a challenge. Not just because of low energy; but when I’m feeling the “Keto fatige”, I lose all self control and indulge in carbohydrate heavy foods or sugars to get my energy back. Sooo counter-productive Lol.
Perhaps I do not fully understand how to deal with it or I am not doing the diet right; it could be either of any. But, my body in ketosis is a challenge to the self discipline for my fitness and routine goals.
The annoying thing about routines is that when one part starts to fall off, the effect spreads to other aspects of one’s daily routine even in ways you might not predict.
With the energy for 2020 to smash all my goals, I want to feel prepared for life’s confrontations and my body in ketosis seems to be an extra challenge to that energy. Maybe I am just a control freak.
The sight of a trim belly is good-looking but the effect of this lifestyle change also makes me feel out of control. The good thing is, it’s only for this month of March. I doubt if I would want to live the rest of my life in ketosis but I am enjoying the awareness of this challenge.
So far so good, Low Carb March is not only teaching my more about my body but teaching me about my mental reaction to lifestyle change.