The ketogenic eating style is something I have been researching and playing with again for myself for over 6 months now. The first place I start with clients when discussing this as a lifestyle option, my first question is ‘why’?! It can be a drastic change for some people and if they don’t have a strong ‘why’ for doing this they tend to get frustrated and give up. My why was two things – I have been fighting my hormones since the age of 45. I was so not ready to start menopause and since I know the reason my body was knocking on the door of menopause I knew I had one more tool in my tool box (fasting, by way of Keto). My other why was that Eric’s mom passed last year after a rapid decline from dementia to Alzheimer’s. This is a fate far worse than death. The suffering extends from the victim to everyone near and dear to that person – words can’t describe this disease.
This eating style can be difficult to flip a switch and totally change habits, so I always recommend that if you’re already eating a whole foods diet, to phase out high carbohydrate foods slowly. So much of our eating is just habits, so adjusting these habits slowly, paying attention to how you feel and remembering why you’re doing this can be huge in being successful in the transition to burning fat for energy.
So far, for me when I stick to eating a lighter dinner, and then abstain from eating for about 13–16 hours between dinner and breakfast, I experience improvements in blood sugar control, overall hunger, etc. I recommend that women try avoiding eating after 8 p.m. or experiment with eating only two meals per day, with tea or broth between meals to help curb hunger. Another option is to try skipping dinner altogether on 1–2 days per week. For most women, when attempting IMF, it’s not recommended to snack between meals unless you are very active (such as an athlete in training) or dealing with a hormonal issue such as adrenal burnout.
Why is intermittent fasting beneficial for women, especially if they’re in perimenopause or menopause? Fasting allows the body to take a break from digestive functions and instead to focus on essential repair work and reaping the many other benefits of rest. In other words, when fasting, the body’s energy resources go towards restorative work (like repairing tissue and balancing hormones) rather than digestive processes like producing stomach acid to break down food.
We have a tribe of ladies over on FB – Sweatie Betties, that will jump into this way of eating together next month. Please join us, we would love to have you. You don’t have to make any changes now, but file away the information for later or share with family or friends that may benefit. As always, I offer one on one health coaching, so if you’re not sure what your next steps are on your health journey, schedule a free consultation and let’s connect!