I’m not planning on weekly updates being a thing (I usually just write when something comes to mind), but I wanted to rave about my first week.
It’s been eight days since I switched back to keto. I saw my blood sample on the night of August 8th, 2016, was back on keto the following morning, and my keto strips showed I was in ketosis that night. I’ve been fairly strict about what I eat. I may have had a few bites of breaded chicken with a slightly sweet sauce and one day I ate three grapes, but I was always under my carb macros, so these didn’t really do anything. I was using a scale to weigh my food for a day, but I just haven’t been happy with any of the apps available, so I felt like tracking it wouldn’t work too well right now. I really liked MyFitnessPal before they started making you pay to have certain features. SparkPeople might be my next choice. I paid for Cronometer (though I pretty much got it for free from credits in the Google Play store), but I uninstalled it not too long after. Anyway, since I didn’t have anywhere to track my progress, I stopped using the scale. I’ve been doing pretty good without it. Originally, I thought I’d use it for now because I’m trying to avoid having a heart attack and wanted to do everything right. Additionally, the last couple times I tried to get back on keto, I wasn’t losing weight and figured I was eating too many calories. I’ve lost 5 lbs in the last week, though, so I think I’m doing okay.
Earlier this week, I volunteered to have a classmate draw my blood. I wanted it spun in the centrifuge again because I wanted to see if there were any noticeable changes yet. Unfortunately, the classmate wasn’t able to draw any blood from that vein, so it didn’t happen. Today, though, someone successfully drew my blood and enough of it to have it spun.
My professor told me that it would take 5 to 6 weeks to see any changes, but I feel like that’s probably the time frame for people who maybe aren’t cutting out carbohydrates (or maybe meat; a classmate’s boyfriend also improved by a lot by just not eating red meat) by a significant amount, so the change is slower. As you can tell, though, I quit carbs cold turkey and — I really need to take photos of my tubes of blood because I think it’s pretty damn impressive — there was a huge difference in just one week. I’m really glad that spinning blood is something we can do in class because seeing the junk that’s flowing through veins was just the motivation I needed. I mentioned this before, but I really think healthcare providers should show their patients their blood as motivation! I’m guessing they wouldn’t because of the cost of transporting the specimens back to them from the lab and likely other factors that I’m not aware of, but I feel like it’d be far more effective than just reading numbers off to a patient.
I already mentioned this in my previous post, but the plasma in the first tube from last week was very cloudy; you couldn’t see through it at all. It looked like chicken noodle soup! It should be yellowish and clear, like cooking oil. Today’s was not pristine, there were still some lipids floating around, but it was much clearer and I could see through it this time.
I’ll post pictures later. It’s late right now and I would like to do it during the day, in natural lighting, so maybe sometime tomorrow. It’s pretty amazing and really motivating to see such drastic changes in less time than I was told. Even my professor was impressed.
I went to have a physical done today for class and I asked to have a blood panel done. I kind of wish I had the numbers for last week when it was really bad, but I’m happy to get the values of what I saw today. What I am kind of not looking forward to, though, is my follow-up visit. They took a urine sample and I’m expecting the doctor to tell me to discontinue keto because of the ketones in my urine. I have read some success stories, though, of people whose physicians ended up being open-minded or were aware of the diet/lifestyle and that they were okay with it because everything looked fine; they were healthy. Also, they may mention that my sample was really dark. I have been drinking lots of water and it hasn’t been dark, but I stopped eating and drinking the night before my appointment in case it was something they would’ve wanted me to do before drawing my blood (though in my phlebotomy class, we learned that this isn’t really necessary anymore). So the next morning, my urine was really concentrated. I don’t know if they’ll try to use that for a “keto is bad” thing when I go for the follow-up.
Anyway, not sure if that’s too much information for some people (and I say this with love, but get over it! We all pee), but that’s what’s been going on today. Despite the slight concern about discussing the results of my blood work, overall, I’m pretty stoked about everything.