Been a while since I put in a Keto update…
I had a rocky 3 month anniversary on Keto.
I couldn’t get full.
No matter what I ate, an hour later I was starving. The two block walk to get to my car was once again making me out of breath. My knee was grumbling over the stairs again. I could feel a tightness around the shoulders & chest, and I couldn’t think my way out of a paper bag with the end cut open. It was like going through keto-flu all over again, where my body was demanding glucose and throwing a hissy fit when denied.
Imagine the frustration – an entire week, yelling at my digestive system, demanding to know WHATINHELL you want??? It was almost frustrating enough to order a large, hand-tossed, extra cheese, double EVERYTHING pizza and eat the entire thing on the spot.
Don’t worry – I behaved. I drank chicken bouillon like water, ate a lot of cheese, and attempted to mollify the demands of my gut with bacon, sausage & nuts.
I think I finally figured out WHY my body went crazy on the 3 month mark.
I had been averaging around half of my macro’s recommended 100 grams of protein a day. Yes, I had been warned. The dire prognostication of ‘OMG, you’re going to lose MUSCLE!’ is quite common on a lot of the Keto sites, and a lot of the threads I’ve seen on reddit fairly scream “Go eat a gahd-damn steak, ferkristssake!”
But, up until this point, I felt great on keto, so I figured the doom & gloomers were just blowing fear out their rear.
Guess I still gotta learn some things the hard way. I now know what happens when your body starts to cannibalize proteins from within…
The breakthrough finally came Friday. After 5 days of intense hunger-pangs, I bowed to the inevitable, and picked up some Quest Vanilla Milkshake protein powder. Now, when I ran to the store after work, I was almost desperate enough to grab any old tub of powder, but I still reviewed nutrition information, and the Quest stuff seemed to be the best. 23 grams of protein per serving, 2 net carb, not a shit-ton of dietary fiber (which sometimes give me those ‘never trust a fart’ moments with the Quest bars), and a mix of whey protein (fast acting) and casein protein (slow-to-digest).
I’m finally back to my ‘I really don’t have much of an appetite,’ happy-on-keto self, and slowly working through the last echoes of protein-deprivation. The knee has ceased threatening to go on strike, at least…
And it’s pretty damn tasty mixed like this:
Iced Quest Coffee
3/4 scoop Quest Vanilla Milkshake (about 1.5 T)
2.5 T Heavy Cream
Pour heavy cream in the bottom of a standard drinking glass (around 20 ounce). Pour quest powder on top of cream, fill the glass with cold coffee, leaving room for ice.
Drop a wire wisk into the glass, and spin between your palms while simultaneously raising and lowering the wisk until everything is well mixed. Add your ice, and caffeinate yourself into wakefullness.
I might just try blending it into full frothiness next…stay tuned!