My Low Carb Week 👍👎

  • By: Jan Helge
  • Date: august 9, 2022
  • Time to read: 9 min.

If you happen to’re new right here 👋 I’m kinda beginning over. I’ve been consuming very low carb (keto) constantly for 11+ years, however I’ve a complete new set of well being challenges since I obtained sick in 2020. Earlier than that, I obtained in the perfect form & well being of my life via an lively low carb way of life. 🤸‍♀️ I’ve years value of archives, every day meals diaries & mountain climbing adventures right here on my weblog…

Generally life units you again.

That simply offers you a chance to point out life what you’re actually made from. 💥✨️❣️

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I’m actually pleased with the motion I took on my summer season targets, and the progress I made over the past month. 😊 My weight has held regular minus perhaps 2-3 kilos, however I can positively inform a distinction in my physique composition and total well being!

Weight reduction wasn’t a major aim for me brief time period, given I’ve been constantly consuming very low carb all through my lengthy (20+ months) restoration. My physique has been in full misery, so I’m practising persistence and style on that.

I totally anticipate the load and irritation will soften proper off as soon as I’m nicely, contemplating I’m consuming very primary meals and really low carb – and fewer than I used to be at my lowest weight earlier than I obtained sick.

However I do suppose a few of the issues subsequent to strive on my checklist will fast-track weight reduction and get me again to my wholesome weight, so keep tuned to seek out out what I’m attempting and listen to the outcomes alongside the best way. 😉


As a fast recap, I’ve Lengthy Covid Dysautonomia (mainly: my nervous system malfunctioned) which has induced a debilitating cascade of weird signs which have made every day life fairly difficult. Which looks like a really massive understatement. 😜

Right here’s an excerpt from my Summer time Objectives submit from final month:

“I’m coping with numerous well being challenges proper now, however I’ve a listing of small modifications to strive, issues I can take a look at to see in the event that they enhance my present situation, and my total well being and well-being. Your targets could also be far more formidable than mine, and that’s superior! I simply wish to get myself again to a stable baseline (ie constantly practical). Then from there I’ll set extra particular targets.”

I’ve seen progressive enchancment over the past 6 months, beginning with a constant complement protocol (I lastly discovered the proper mixture that works for me!), adopted by constant weekly acupuncture therapies.

Extra lately I’ve added in compression clothes and electrolytes. Each actually assist with the fatigue & mind fog. ✅

I’ve image & video updates about that in my final submit at: Video Replace: I’m Virtually Again! 🙌

It’s nonetheless a piece in progress, however that obtained me again on my toes and even in a position to drive once more most days. Which meant I might begin primary PT (bodily remedy) within the swimming pool over this previous month.

That’s been AMAZING! 🌞💦 It’s helped SO a lot with mobility and circulation already.❣️

Now that I’m up extra usually, and having extra clear-minded days (or at the least hours) between the mind fog and neurological signs, I’ve a lot to share with you!

I’m sick once more sadly, I examined optimistic Thursday evening after coming down with loopy signs out of the blue late Wednesday evening, so for now I’ll share some fast updates I posted on Fb this week that you’ll have missed…

I don’t learn about you, however I’m feeling fairly fatigued with social media currently!

My every day routine for awhile now could be to start out my morning with a collagen espresso, have a protein bar most days round lunch, then a easy low carb dinner later within the night.

Daytime is when my signs are worse and I don’t are inclined to have a lot urge for food, so I’m simply going with the circulate – and eat once I lastly get hungry. 😉

Tonight (Friday) I ate fairly late after spending a lot of the day in mattress. I nonetheless didn’t have an urge for food till my daughter despatched this take-out meal dwelling to me by way of her good friend. I loved each final chew!

Keto Take Out Ideas

It’s a double cheeseburger (no bun, simply two burger patties with cheese) with steamed broccoli. 🥦 I really like that she eats low carb too, so she is aware of order for me!

Thursday I had crispy bacon & tacky eggs within the afternoon. 🥓🍳

Very Low Carb Meals

I didn’t actually really feel like consuming the rest the remainder of the day. That’s the primary full day I felt SICK. I did find yourself having half a pint of Insurgent sugar free ice cream later to assuage my burning throat – and that knocked the sting off the tinge of starvation.

I’m in love with their Peanut Butter Chocolate pints!

Wednesday I had “All the things Rooster” with roasted broccoli. 🥦😋

Keto Everything Chicken

I had my ordinary collagen espresso within the morning ☕️ and a protein bar for lunch 🍫 then had an amazing 30 minute swim 🏊‍♀️ (PT) within the lovely sunshine! 🌞 I’m in a position to stroll a bit additional now, so I parked on the far finish of the parking zone to get just a few additional steps strolling in & out from the pool.

It’s these little issues! 💥

Every single day I attempt to make deliberate selections and search for any alternative to do just a bit extra, towards my aim of full restoration – and turning into the happiest, healthiest model of myself.

It’s not simply in regards to the aim, or the longer term… however all these little issues make me really feel nice TODAY too! 💖

That follow of “conscious residing” offers me a way of satisfaction and accomplishment on the finish of the day. Not simply with eating regimen and train, or well being & weight reduction, though: your well being is your biggest asset. 💯‼️ However maintaining a healthy diet and discovering bodily exercise you take pleasure in are issues that may simply turn into behavior over time…

One other factor I shoot for is to do one thing significant day by day, or one thing that brings me JOY, or brings pleasure to another person. 💕 I attempt to verify “my completely satisfied field” day by day! ✅️

Tuesday I had pork tenderloin breaded in almond meal + seared inexperienced beans with onion for dinner. And sure, I’m going backward via the week 🙂 lol…

Low Carb Dinner Ideas

That doesn’t look as nice because it tasted, ha. Right here’s a greater image of it, from the final time I had it – as a result of it’s a meal I’ve loved on repeat currently:

Long Covid Keto Food Diary

Monday and Tuesday had been each tough days with longcovid signs: excessive fatigue, additional relaxation, tremors off & on, sporting compression clothes, electrolytes, acupuncture appt, critical mind fog, preserving my legs elevated, and so forth. 🤪 I simply take it in the future at a time…

I don’t actually know what to anticipate with this second bout of covid. It’s manner worse this time, these first few days at the least: chest burning cough, fever & physique aches, and the pounding headache, ugh. 🥴

My first case in 2020 was actually delicate, till it hit my guts and my nervous system malfunctioned. However the precise flu half wasn’t dangerous in any respect like this time.

I’m okay with simply staying in mattress and sleeping via it, however I’m most disenchanted about lacking the final full week of the pool being open – and my lymphatic therapeutic massage (MLD remedy) on Monday.

I used to be actually hopeful that remedy would get me over the ultimate hump towards longcovid restoration! Horrible timing. 😑 However we’ll reschedule as quickly as I’m nicely…

You recognize what I really like about going to the town pool? 💦

Being round all of the individuals! with NO filters: all ages, all sizes, all physique sorts, simply being actual individuals… doing actual issues. There’s one thing so deeply refreshing about that. 😊 It’s like a come-as-you-are summer season get together the place anybody is invited and everyone seems to be completely satisfied & having enjoyable. 💖

I’ll should share extra with you in one other submit quickly, about what I’m doing for bodily remedy, and about my VERY ungraceful touchdown off that slide – lol.

The pool has been SO good for me, each mentally AND bodily! I obtained in two good “swims” this week, and three final week. 🏊‍♀️ 🥰 It’s been a course of, from discovering the stability & coordination, to getting a very good knee brace, and taking it gradual participating completely different units of muscle teams.

Some days I simply stroll the 4′ swim lane and attempt to stroll a straight line with out falling. 😅 When my legs gained’t cooperate I do a straightforward again float and have interaction my core (that’s new!!) and work my arms. I do all of it with the most important smile although! 😁❣️

It’s solely been the final couple months I’ve been in a position to interact my muscle tissue once more, which looks like an enormous WIN towards restoration!! 🙌 You know the way some individuals can’t flare their nostrils? 👃 That’s what I examine it to. For a very long time I wasn’t in a position to get brain-to-muscle to work.

It began coming again with my arms first 💪 then my core (I can sit up once more now! vs “roll out” – and sure, I sing it 😅 ) – then my glutes, and final: nonetheless engaged on leg management.

I can do glute squeezes now, sit up (however not sit ups), carry issues over my head, all types of enjoyable human-like stuff. 🙃❣️ I nonetheless have the tremors, cognitive dysfunction, euphoria, joint & muscle ache, heartrate & circulation points, yada yada yada…

However I’m SO completely satisfied to have the ability to do even a bit water train now. 🥰‼️🥰‼️🥰

I’m appreciating my physique, respecting my limits, and can by no means EVER once more take mobility or ABILITY… without any consideration. 💝

That’s just about it: my low carb week and keto meals diary. Nothing fancy, simply actual life, what I’m consuming – and a private replace on how my restoration and life goes.

I’ve been feeling REALLY inspired with my restoration progress, and SO completely satisfied to have the ability to get out a do just a few issues once more – after not even having the ability to drive from August to Could of this previous yr.

Simply having the ability to go to acupuncture, go to the pool, get in a bit “train” now, and so forth – these are all HUGE enhancements after being homebound and non-functional a lot of the final yr!

I felt fairly positive I’d even be again to mountain climbing, or again on the simple trails at the least I imply, by fall. 👣🥰 We’ll see how that goes. I’m hoping this second case of “the flu” passes rapidly, and I can get proper again on a very good roll once more!

A yr in the past June once I caught a primary chilly from my daughter, she was over it in 3 days – and I used to be SICK for 7 weeks. My immune system is kinda shot from that 2020 model.

After I did get nicely although, I felt AMAZING for 15 straight days after that – like my previous self, with ZERO longcovid signs! That appears to be a typical development in my assist group, that it perhaps “shocks your immune system” like a reset. However it’s non permanent for most individuals. The third week all my longcovid signs returned – and stayed.

Regardless, I’m already trying ahead to these two GREAT weeks as soon as I’m previous this. 🥳

Gotta look on the brilliant facet! 😉

I’d love to listen to how issues are going with YOU as summer season winds down, and what your targets are this month. Go away a remark and let’s catch up!

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m feeling a bit fatigued with social media – and would actually like to convey the conversations again right here to a “much less noisy” house the place we will really join. 💕

Best Flavored Keto Collagen

Since my style take a look at video 😝😅 (the place I blended it a bit too sturdy lol) I’ve been utilizing the Black Cherry electrolyte powder blended with watermelon bodyarmor lyte over crushed ice. 🍒🍉🥤

That’s my new go-to summer season drink! 😍

The electrolytes are serving to quite a bit with vitality & psychological readability! I’m impressed with the distinction that makes. ✨️ Mind fog & fatigue are NO enjoyable each day. 🤦‍♀️🤪👎

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