• Danielle Esplin

This Diet Made me Feel so Euphoric I had to Stop 5 Days in.

Nick tried the this diet at the beginning of this year, and I remember the effect it had on him. He was working long hours on multiple projects, meditated in the mornings, and was even able to squeeze a workout into his routine. Nick clearly had more energy, and his stress levels decreased. He was happier, motivated, and ripped to the point where I could see extra muscles in his shoulders move and twitch as he'd go about his day.

So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to also give the ketogenic diet a try. I can do with less sugar in my system (no really. It's bad. Ice cream every night bad). The first day was easy because Nick cooked the meals. It took the "let's think about what to eat" away. On the second day, I realized the sugar cravings stopped; this was due to the high-fat & protein intake. I immediately noticed an increase in my energy levels, and it was easier to get up in the mornings. A low-carb diet also prevents "afternoon crashes". I did experience some insomnia, which was normal considering my body was going through a transformation and getting used to running on ketones. But even with less sleep, I felt energized throughout the day. I was in a good mood all the time. I felt optimistic and I was much more patient.

On day three, we did a finger-prick test, and it was confirmed that I was in ketosis.

Let's fast forward to day five.

I was sitting in front of my computer, I just finished my coffee (mistake number 1), and was doing some research for my audition the next day. I was studying/memorizing materials, and reading and replying to emails. Then, suddenly, this sensation I'd had the past few days, intensified. I felt the same euphoria that one would after taking very strong painkillers (minus the nausea). However, I can't function properly when I experience this feeling. At all. I felt high. I sat on the couch, and I remember wanting to proceed with my work, but I just stalled. I felt overstimulated. Some compare it to the sensation you get when you take Adderall for the first time. I sat in my living room looking around me - completely out of it. I had a very important audition the next day, and I knew that I had to be clear-minded and quick on my feet. My eyes were also very dry (something Nick hadn't experienced on the keto-diet). My prescription medication (Omeprazole) might've contributed to this in combination with not consuming carbs. You need glucose for tear production. I didn't crave junk food at all, but I made a logical decision to break out of the keto-diet to make sure I'd be okay the next day.

As soon as I consumed carbs, my body changed into a ravenous sugar-craving-monster. I ordered McDonald's, had a Big Mag with Cheese and fries. It was like I couldn't consume enough carbs that night. My body thought it was being fed for the first time since starting the diet even though I consumed more than enough calories on the ketogenic diet. When you start a low-carb diet your metabolism flips from burning more carbs than fat, to more fat than carbs. During this time, which could take a couple of days, your body thinks it's starving. Once it uses up most of your glucose (carb) reserves, the body stimulates the breakdown of stored fat into fatty acids and releases them into the blood. I broke out of the diet before completely getting used to running on ketones.

I was amazed at how energetic I felt on the keto diet, and I'll try again in the future. But next time I'll make sure I have no important events/meetings during the transformation period. It took about three days for my eyes to feel normal again. Who knows? Maybe I should try the cyclic ketogenic diet instead.

Ketogenic diet: The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates.

Cyclic ketogenic diets: A cyclic ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate diet with intermittent periods of high or moderate carbohydrate consumption. This is a form of the general ketogenic diet that is used as a way to maximize fat loss while maintaining the ability to perform high-intensity exercise.

Some say the ketogenic diet doesn't work for them at all. Some swear by it. It's all up to how your body reacts to it. Some people call it "the cure to their anxiety" and some say they can't function properly on a low-carb diet. I'll give it a try again and make sure to push past the "keto-adaptation-period."

If you want to give this diet a try, remember to get electrolyte supplements. Ketosis lowers your water retention. So it's important to drink more water and to supplement yourself with magnesium, potassium, and sodium. You should also avoid consuming too much protein (in ratio of your fat intake), because you might go into gluconeogenesis instead of ketosis.

Remember to always put your health first!

*Always consult your physician before beginning any diets*


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