It’s day six of my ketogenic diet. I haven’t been able to kick the keto flu completely. It comes in waves. I’ll feel good for a while and then it hits me like a ton of bricks. Today I couldn’t pull myself off the bed for two hours.
It probably doesn’t help that I’ve been doing kettle bell workouts and 8 miles runs, or that it’s 80+ degrees inside and outside my house. Oh well.
So far my keto diet seems like an act of masochism. My energy is shot. My mind is a haze. I fantasized about eating something as simple as a bowl of white rice.
You may ask why would you inflict this much torture on yourself?
I don’t know if I have a good answer for that. I guess I’m hoping that this will pay off once my body becomes keto adapted. Maybe I’m just stubborn. I definitely didn’t know what I was getting into, and now that I’m in it I feel like going back is failure.
I also realize I haven’t exactly been stellar in combatting the keto flu. I don’t need to be working out so hard in 80+ degree weather. This doesn’t exactly help mineral depletion that’s already happening as a result of eliminating carbs & sugars.
If you’re in the beginning stages of a ketogenic diet don’t shoot yourself in the foot. Make sure to replenish yourself.
When you starve yourself of carbs your kidneys shift from retaining water & sodium to getting rid of them at a faster rate. This causes all kinds of problems like dizziness, brain fog, and nausea. On top of that, your kidneys respond to lower sodium levels by dumping potassium in order to maintain an adequate sodium – potassium ratio. To sum it all up, your feeling like shit because your dehydrated.
So how do you replenish yourself?
Sodium, Potassium, and Magnesium
Sodium: Since I started the keto diet I’ve had a water bottle close at all times. I’m constantly thirsty. It’s fair to say, I underestimated how dehydrated you can get on a keto diet.
There’s over 900 mg of sodium in each bullion cube. Bullion is cheap and it tastes better than constantly chugging salty lemon water. You can get bullion in different flavors, usually beef or chicken, its just like soup broth.
Potassium: Potassium is one of the most common deficient mineral in the Standard American Diet, and it’s especially deficient in keto diets. Make sure to eat potassium rich foods like spinach, avocados, mushrooms and pork. You can also take a potassium supplement.
Just remember too much potassium can be a bad thing. Always read labels. The standard adult should get 2,000 mg per day.
Magnesium: Magnesium is another common mineral deficiency. The average adult should get 400 mg a day.
Some magnesium rich foods that are also keto friendly are: nuts, cacao, fish, and spinach. You can also take magnesium supplements.
A few hours ago I felt like death. I took a potassium pill, magnesium pill, and drank 2 cups of bullion and I feel much better. Will see what tomorrow brings.
P.S. Don’t forget to drink water. Lots of it. Carry a gallon jug around with you if need to.