Life without carbs week 1

Hi guys,

Like I said on a previous post, I have been experiencing a lot of digestive issues in the past years and I last week I decided to try something else.

As a group fitness instructor, I work out a lot for work of course but also for my personal well being and level of fitness.

Also as a good fitness professional (and not a nutritionist or dietitian let’s be clear on that) I have been a believer of eating a lot of carbs to fuel my days.

When I say carbs, I do not mean bread, cookies and stuff like that, I mean healthy and natural stuff like organic gluten free oatmeal, granola, lots of fresh fruits, larabars etc…

My theory was always carbs morning, lunch and snacks and protein for dinner (to repair my body) and it has been for years!

But the healthier I was eating, the sicker I got….so I went gluten free…best thing ever for 2 days then back to not well.

So I went to the doctor, all good…WHAT??? well I guess that is good lol but now on to the gastro doctor!

Bunch of super fun tests later, all is still good! gallbladder he thinks! more tests….

That is where I was out last week and then after one of my famous afternoon snacks consisting of an apple, a larabar and 1/2 cup of granola, my brain lite up, what if my body was not processing carbs the right way anymore??? What is this was my issue???

Well after reading up on it, it could very well be the problem so NO CARBS HERE I COME!

Here is a summary of 7 days of no carbs, are you ready??

DAY 1 Wednesday 10/09…Wow I can eat eggs, cheese, peanut butter, bacon…This is gonna be awesome! 2 1/2 hours of classes, 2 hour personal workout, feel great!

DAY 2 Thursday 10/10…Wait I normally don’t eat that stuff, my brain just won’t go there..eggs and veggies that is all! 3 hours of classes, 2 hour personal workout, wow I’m tired and a bit dizzy! But on a good note, my insides feel so much better!

DAY 3 Friday 10/11…So I ate is eggs, veggies, grilled chicken and salads and got into a jar of coconut/peanut spread, that was awesome but I do miss my fruits! 2 1/2 hours of classes, 1 hour personal workout, WOW I FEEL LIKE SHIT! where did all my energy go???? Why am i so f**** sore???

DAY 4 Saturday 10/12…Still eating the SAME FREAKING THING…OMG SOMEBODY SHOOT ME…1 1/2 hour of classes, no personal workout…Are you kidding me?? I can’t move, think, walk, talk or anything else…And now start the headaches and nausea, AWESOME.

DAY 5 Sunday 10/13…Sunday fun day, not! Dizzy, headaches, light headed, tired beyond tired! Same food, different day! I would kill for an apple right now ( I love apples by the way) or I would just kill somebody because I feel like it!!!!

DAY 6 Monday 10/14…I really need to go grocery shopping! and I need to eat FATS LIKE NOW! I did have 30 grams of carbs that day for breakfast just because I was gonna die (not literally but my mind sure felt like it lol) 2 hours of classes, 2 hours of personal workout. Still tired, headaches and this nausea is killing me, probably the worst day EVER!

DAY 6 Tuesday 10/15…Am I really still doing this?????????????? WHY????? Well I could be stubborn sometimes and my 2 weeks is not up yet so yes! Same foods, same symptoms…when it this gonna get better??? At least my symptoms have been completely eliminated so that is a big plus! 2 hours of classes, 2 hour personal workout! That high intensity class just about killed me when I almost passed out 3 times!

DAY 7 Wednesday 10/16 …Another worst day ever lol! But the added fats really helped especially after I had that divine  hummus! 2 1/2 hours of classes,  2 hour personal workout (yeah that was too much)…Feel like shit and I can’t wait for this to be over!

I am writing this on Thursday and so far so good, I feel a little better today and my body seems to be adjusting itself (It’s about time…) to being in ketosis read about it here.

On the positive side:

  • My digestion issues have stopped so I am on to something there
  • I have lost inches in my waist and belly (yeah)
  • My body looks leaner
  • I only have one more week!

Summary of all this:

  • I would not recommend this to anybody especially if you want to lose weight because you will lose but gain it all back after the carbs return to your diet
  • I am only doing this to make myself feel better!
  • There are benefits of using fats for fuel instead of carbs when you are looking to improve your fitness level and your body image read here 

I will write about it again when this it over and we will see where we stand!

Please, please consult a physician before putting yourself in restrictive diets and exercise.

Have a great day!

Ciao for now!

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