It’s always really interested to see which part of my food cravings are biological, and which part are emotional.
I just completed 2 weeks of a strictly ketogenic diet yesterday! When in ketosis, biological carb cravings pretty much disappear, and it’s very easy to see the emotional cravings revealed when the biology is shut off.
I do this every year near the end of winter, when my Slavic and Northern European ancestors would have run out of stored food and could only eat what little they could hunt. It was very hard to avoid carbs so religiously for so long, especially at first! I had keto flu for about 4 days when I started. However, I’ve had a lot of really stressful shit going down recently, and my anxiety level has been *much* lower than usual, because in addition to reducing general anxiety response, keto also disables the carb cravings that frequently come with stress. I worked in a progressive fast in the last week, eating a little less each day. Yesterday I only had 2 cups of bulletproof coffee until around 8 PM. That was my official two-week time, so I choose to break the diet with a bowl of pho and some sweet coffee and a brownie, the last of which were like being beaten over the head with a firehose full of sugar water, because reducing carbs greatly increases insulin sensitivity. Most people in the US are highly insulin insensitive because they eat more carbs all year than their body evolved to handle.
I think I’m going to stay in ketosis for another two weeks, with one cheat day per week instead of the no-exceptions policy I’ve had for the past two. At that point I will resume my low-carb Paleo diet with some intermittent fasting, which I’ve managed to dial in over the years to figure out how many off-diet things I can get away with without losing the health benefits. Once I finally have my own kitchen setup again, I might actually start tracking macro calories, which is a lot easier once one has a large recipe book from which to cook. It’s a lot easier to eat just a *little* of an off-diet item and make it work if one measures precisely.
In the meantime, I’m going to try making some keto ice cream and meatloaf this weekend and see how it turns out! I’m also going to start weaning myself off of coffee. I was able to reduce a lot of the problems I usually have with coffee by mixing it with butter and coconut oil, but I’ve previously seen some other health benefits from completely stopping my intake, so I’m gonna give that another try.