Like most women, figuring out the right lifestyle for our specific bodies can be daunting and downright frustrating.
One month, we feel as though we hit our stride and reach our pivotal breakthrough of increased fat loss, energy boost, clarity and stamina. However, as quickly as the success comes, life throws a curve ball and hit a plateau or a stumbling block.
As humans, we are naturally complex creatures with genetic makeups, hormones, imbalances and external factors that cause us to carry a permanent “results may vary” label over our heads.
Events such as weddings, birthdays, cottage life, travelling and work can lead to poor eating and fitness routine and trying to mitigate stress while finding balance.
I get it. I’m with you on this. So here’s my story…
I have been practicing the ketogenic lifestyle for nearly a year and a half. I started out primarily for health reasons after having had and eradicated (yay!) thyroid cancer in 2013, but I also found improvements with my physical fitness performance which was outstanding to measure given that I am a personal trainer and this is my field of practice.
I’m a different cat seeing that I have to regulate my hormones synthetically after having my thyroidectomy. This has caused me to assess and re-evaluate my keto diet consistently to find MY normal and what works for me.
My weight and my results fluctuated slightly as I adjusted my dosage but I never lost faith in the lifestyle given my level of knowledge and the intrinsic benefits. If I’m going to do this, I am going to work at it until I find my flow and enjoy the journey.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
- Albert Einstein
After five weddings, two bachelorette weekends, international trips, a few stressors and running multiple businesses, I found myself at a crossroads. Continue down this path of inconsistency, “winging it”, and sporadic implementation of intermittent fasting, or set out a goal and achieve it.
I have respect for those who are authentic and as such I am not ashamed to say that these deviations lead to suboptimal results and weight gain. My normal was shattered and I needed a catalyst to kickstart on the right path to a committed and clean keto living.
STEP 1: Set a timeline
I chose to setup a photoshoot for a month away to focus on drilling down my goals, create accountability and check-ins for my journey. Once you set up a partner or a target, it is easier to see the value in putting forth the work.
STEP 2: Strategy
Fitness and nutrition alone can have some effects, but when paired will lead you to the health results you desire. I implemented my strict fitness regiment, scaled back my nutritional deviations and decided to set aside my short comings from the weeks before of spotty eating and focus on the NOW!
STEP 3: Kickstart to Success
When I have a bad weekend or day, I often do a Monday practice of intermittent fasting between 24-40 hrs. This reset at the mitochondrial level allows for autophagy of the cells and repairing any destructive pathways.
This time around, I decided to try something NEW!
The Guinea Pig that I am, I do not endorse anything that I do not practice myself first. I had heard about this Keto Egg Fast but never gave it much thought until a client asked me about it again.
Off I went to learn once more and found out the correlation of choline to cognitive function. This brain food is essential for liver function, brain development, metabolism, nerve function, muscle movement and energy levels. And yes, it can be found in abundance in eggs.
So all of the build up in this blog post leads to this topic of the Keto Egg Fast, my experience practicing it for 4 days, the concepts behind it and my results.
Let me preface by stating that I am not a doctor, nutritionist, dietician nor claim to be any of the aforementioned. The information presented is experiential and based on external research. My opinions reflected should not be taken as medical or dietary advice.
MY 4 DAY EGG FAST JOURNEY
What is this Egg Fast?
An egg fast consists of consuming eggs, butter (preferable grassfed), coconut or MCT oil, organic mayonnaise (sparingly), full-fat cheese, and option to incorporate spices, herbs and hot sauce to taste.
The concept is to augment your current state of ketosis by reaching levels of 85% fat, 15% protein and virtually no carbs during this period. You will still be consuming adequate calories, but the fats are satiating and the eggs provide all 9 of the essential amino acids your body requires.
Eggs are loaded with high-quality proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats and various trace nutrients. A large egg contains: Only 77 calories, with 5 grams of fat and 6 grams of protein with all 9 essential amino acids. Rich in iron, phosphorous, selenium and vitamins A, B12, B2 and B5. (sourced: https://authoritynutrition.com/why-are-eggs-good-for-you/)
How much do I eat?
Let’s chat ratios. For each egg consumed, prepare to consume 1oz or 1tbsp of fat (butter, oil) with it and you can add 1-2oz of full fat cheese per meal. You can also do bulletproof coffee during this period as well as lots of tea, water and sparkling natural waters like La Croix. Steer away from any additives such as high-glycemic sweeteners or condiments during this time to prevent hindering the process.
There are a plethora of egg, butter, and cheese recipes to select from sources such as Pinterest, I Breathe I’m Hungry, Ruled Me, and more. But if you are a simple eater – fried eggs in Kerry Gold butter or an omelette with old cheddar may hit the spot.
I opted to do a combination of basic meals offset with a few fun recipes to keep it interesting. Over the past 3.5 days, I have loved to see how to make eggs egg-citing (see what I did there), and it’s been an experience for sure! I have half a day left until I finish off, but let me walk you through my meals and macros to help you get a sense of what it looks like.
DAY 1: 1702 calories – 82% fat, 5% carbs, 13% protein
Scrambled eggs (2) with 1 tbsp of unsalted grassfed butter, 2 tbsp cream cheese
Homestyle Egg Salad with organic mayo, pepper jack cheese string
Omelette with Kerry Gold reserve cheddar, 2 eggs, bacon grease