In November 2015, I decided to give the ketogenic diet a try, but not until I had done my research and decided it was worth trying. Today, April 30th, I stopped following a ketogenic diet and here’s why.
I Got Very Ill
On April 16th, 2017, I became very ill. I was sick for almost a week. You’re probably wondering if the ketogenic diet made me sick, the answer to that is yes and no.
I Do Not Have a Gallbladder
My gallbladder was removed eleven years ago, and it was not a surgery I elected to have, it was an emergency surgery, that I had a few days after having my daughter by cesarean section.
I did not want my gallbladder removed, but after having a child and being very sick, I wanted relief. Testing was done, and the surgeon concluded that my gallbladder had to be removed.
So now you know why I do not have a gallbladder.
A ketogenic diet is a high-fat and very low-carb diet, and the gallbladder and liver should be functioning properly to produce the necessary bile for breaking down fat.
I took an ox bile supplement along with a digestive enzyme. But I guess it was not enough.
The day I got sick, I felt like I had a gallbladder attack. After this experience, I realized that I needed to stop following a ketogenic diet for my health’s sake.
I Had Belly Bloat
When I first started following a ketogenic diet, I did not have belly bloat. My belly was going down.
But the longer I followed a ketogenic diet; my stomach began to bloat.
Bloating was a sign that my body was not breaking down fat efficiently, but I chalked it up to getting adjusted to the ketogenic diet. I now know that was not the case at all.
It Was Stressful
I told a friend about what happened (ill) and why I would stop following a ketogenic diet.
My friend said that she was worried about me because she noticed that I was moving in the direction of being too restrictive. She also said that getting sick was divine intervention for me to stop following a ketogenic diet. I have to admit; my friend was right.
Following any diet can be a source of stress, but it is particularly stressful when you are consistently focused on consuming a high amount of fat and always monitoring carbohydrate consumption.
Weight loss was never the reason why I decided to try a ketogenic diet, but I see many who follow a ketogenic diet focus solely on weight loss and that bothered me too. Because I believe that if you want to keep the weight off, one must first get healthy, and then everything else falls into place.
Sidenote: I believe that when you eat a balanced diet (macronutrient balanced) that works best for you, exercise, get proper rest, and manage stress, weight loss is inevitable, if needed.
I eat the foods that I know are good for me. And the best thing about this is that I enjoy my food which allows me to have pleasure around my food without introducing unnecessary stress.
The day I decided to stop following a ketogenic diet, is the day I felt a sense of peace.
I thought I could follow a ketogenic diet for the long haul, but my body let me know that the ketogenic diet had run its course. I am not a fool; I listen to my body because it knows the way.
I no longer label my diet or put myself in a box. If we look at other animals, they do not worry about how much fat, protein, or carbohydrates to eat; they simply eat the foods that work the best for their bodies.
I believe in a balanced diet. And some of you may ask, “What is a balanced diet.” Here’s my definition:
A balanced diet consists of a good macronutrient bala
nce of protein, carbohydrates, and fat that works best for your body. And at any given time, depending on your activity level or what’s going on in your life, your body will need more or less of a certain macronutrient.
I believe in eating a whole-foods based diet that consists of vegetables, fruit, protein, and healthy fats. And if dairy, beans, and grains work for me, I’ll eat that too, but a few of these foods don’t agree with me, so I don’t eat them.
I finally know what works best for me. And I decided to share why I stopped following a ketogenic diet in hopes of possibly helping someone on their journey.
The ketogenic diet was good while it lasted, but it is time to say goodbye and hello to a more balanced way of eating.