Taking the leap into a keto diet can feel like an enormous change, especially if, like me, you were brought up to believe that the low fat (high carb) diet was the healthiest way to eat. It took me a while to fully commit to eating keto because part of me just couldn’t believe that eating so much fat could possibly be the right thing to do.
However, after doing my research and dipping my toe into the keto way of life for a while, I took the plunge and I’m so happy that I did!
Although I would bet money on the keto diet or a cyclical keto diet being the best diet for you, it would be wrong of me to claim, without a doubt, that it is. At the end of the day, every woman is different and the important thing is to find out what works for you.
So here are a few signs that you can check through to see if keto could be the diet you’ve been looking for all your life!
You’ve tried everything else and it just hasn’t worked.
Personally, I’ve been vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, low calorie and everything in between. Every time I tried a new way of eating it worked for a while and then I stopped feeling great, or it felt unsustainable, or I felt like I was missing out. If you’re not seeing results with what you’ve been doing, perhaps it’s time to try something new.
You have afternoon slumps or are tired after meals.
I used to always have a slump at around 2-4pm and as evening drew near I would find myself wanting to snack more and more. On keto, I just don’t have this anymore and have steady energy through the day.
You tend to binge on carbs.
I used to literally feel a change come over me if I had eaten something sugary or a lot of carbs. I kind of started turning into a Tasmanian devil… suddenly I wanted more and more and had to exert huge amounts of willpower to stop myself.
You want to feel free from food addictions.
A biggie for me, I wanted to stop being a slave to temptations and desires to snack and eat foods I knew I shouldn’t. Once I got rid of sugars from my diet these temptations fell away.
You feel like you have to eat very low calorie or exercise excessively to lose weight or even maintain your current weight.
Dropping calories lower and lower while exercising more can wreak havoc with your hormones. Not the mention leaving you miserable and exhausted. It also encourages binging which can damage your hormones further.
You get very moody or tearful if you are hungry or haven’t eaten for a while.
We’ve all heard of the term ‘hangry’ and many people laugh it off as something that just happens that we can’t control. This isn’t true; feeling irritable and mood swing-y when you haven’t eaten is a blood sugar issue which comes from eating a diet high in carbs.
You feel an urge to simplify everything to do with your eating schedule from grocery shopping to cooking meals to eating.
Eating keto cuts away all the crap and mealtimes and grocery shops become a whole lot easier and less ‘cluttered’ with decisions and ‘should I, shouldn’t I’ feelings.
You’re always hungry.
Whether this is because you’re restricting calories or because the way you eat currently just never seems to satisfy you, this is definitely a sign that eating keto could be the right thing for you.
You have food allergies.
Switching to a keto diet eliminates most of the more common food allergies and you are nourishing yourself with whole foods and satisfying fats.
You experience bloating after meals.
I used to bloat horribly after meals, especially meals that combined high protein with high carb. For example, the classic spaghetti bolognese.
You’ve tried to quit sugar with no success
Many people who are not on a keto diet will try to quit sugar by replacing the chocolates and sweets with fruit or other high carb foods. This just means that you are replacing carbs with more carbs and will not help you to quit sugar easily.
You’ve had ongoing candida issues
The keto diet is excellent at clearing out candida because you dramatically reduce the foods that candida feeds on.
So if you recognise any of these signs in yourself, perhaps it’s time to give keto a go!