Before I get into this next update, I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me about my last post. Also, I am doing fine, baby is doing fine, and overall I am feeling much less anxious/ stressed. But I wanted to be honest in my last post and bring to light something that isn’t talked about that much- that this process is not necessarily easy for everyone and therefore some of those fears/ anxious thoughts don’t just end the day you see a positive pregnancy test. And I also want others who are struggling on their own journey to know they are not alone- and I’m always here to talk!
So, over the past 15 weeks or so I have been hiding a big surprise! I am pregnant! I am currently 15 ½ weeks and honestly feeling pretty darn good! In fact, feeling (surprisingly) good during this pregnancy has been a big form of anxiety for me. Almost everything I read/ heard from others was that they felt horrible, had to take naps throughout the day, experienced nausea, morning sickness, you name it. And while I had a few brief periods of feeling a little nauseous, some cravings/ aversions and a bit more tired than normal (mostly I just didn’t feel like doing much in the evenings- but honestly, this isn’t that unusual for me haha) I felt great!
So, confession time. I’m not really eating “keto” anymore. While I whole heartedly agree with the benefits of a ketogenic diet, being so strict wasn’t really working for me. You see, I’ve done a lot of work over the years trying to be less restrictive and less “black and white” and “one size fits all” when it comes to food. And, as I learned as a Nutritional Therapist, I think a variety of diets can be healthy for a variety of people. Not everyone feels their best eating one particular way. And so while I learned a lot of great lessons from eating keto, and a lot that I will still incorporate, I’m going to move back towards my “real food” approach and not put as many labels on what I eat.
As the weather turns cooler, I find myself moving back towards warm drinks in the morning. I gave up coffee over a year ago to try and help with some adrenal fatigue I was experiencing. If you are interested in learning more, this article gives more details on how coffee could be contributing to adrenal fatigue, but essentially as a “Type A”, overly stressed out individual, coffee wasn’t doing me any favors. So I gave it up over a period of a few weeks, and I’m amazed to say that after a few months, the craving has gone away almost entirely. I did have a few decaf cappuccinos in Italy (because you really can’t say no to the coffee there), but in terms of caffeinated coffee or beverages I haven’t had any in over a year.
Let’s say that you just started a new diet or fitness program and are feeling super motivated. You clean out your kitchen and pantry of all the offending foods, you’ve penciled in daily activity, and you’ve decided that this is going to be the time that you finally kick to the curb some bad habits. But then at the end of the week when you got to check on that pesky scale, your weight hasn’t budged (or maybe it’s even gone up!)