Happy Monday! If you’re participating in the Summer Low Carb Challenge it’s time for the Week 4 Weigh-In in our private Facebook group, or leave a comment here on this post with your total pounds lost since June 25th.
“Happiness is a Macronutrient too”
Back in June I met Leanne Vogel of Healthful Pursuit at her book signing in Nashville, and again at the KetoCon event in Austin TX.
She said something at her book signing event that stuck with me – hard…
She said, “your happiness is a macronutrient, too!”
The context of that comment was about something totally different, and not relevant to me personally, but still – it stuck with me for some reason.
She’s an absolute pleasure in person, btw – bubbly, SMART and just plain fun. 🙂
Anyway, with that thought stuck in the back of my mind (still), something crossed my screen last night that I might have dismissed (or missed!) otherwise…
It was this tweet that said 70% of your Serotonin is made in your gut:
Food is medicine! pic.twitter.com/bmtmo4DX7A
— PaleoHacks (@PaleoHacks) July 14, 2018
I found the article where this quote was pulled from: Why Your Microbiome Is Important To Your Health by Dr. Frank Lipman, if that’s of interest to you too.
Interestingly, I had a lot of the symptoms mentioned in that article during my “mysterious weight gain” spell. That’s one of the reasons I started questioning ingredients, considering potential food allergies, etc – and why I started taking a heavy duty Probiotic. Because my “guts” were VERY distressed.
Anyway, it made me wonder if it was true, and if so – now I have more of a “chicken or the egg?” issue. 😛
I have to do some more research on that, but it would make sense that there were multiple contributing factors to my mood tank and lack of appetite and weight gain – among other symptoms.
It’s all just speculation at the moment, and honestly I may never know given the symptoms seem to be improving and I’m feeling better and dropping that weight now.
But it all left me wondering what REALLY caused my problem before, and what REALLY straightened it out…
Can being sad make you sick?
Or can being sick make you sad?
Or maybe both when they hit you at the same time? 😛
For now I’m focusing on my overall sense of well-being, which I like better than the word “happy.” I feel my best when I’m actively working toward goals, and when I have things to look forward to, and also when I’m productive.
I thrive on a sense of achievement! 😉
Anyway, I know “gut health” is a HUGE topic across the keto communities so I wanted to bring it up for discussion here and I’ll definitely be researching it more myself.
Week 4 Weigh-In
My current weight is 145.4 pounds, which means I’ve lost 4 full pounds in the last two weeks! That’s GREAT for me. Usually even a pound a week is a VERY good rate of weight loss for me at this point in my journey.
Weight 7/08/2018: 149.4 lbs
Weight 7/22/2018: 145.4 lbs
That means my “low carb snacks” here and there did NOT hinder my weight loss. 🙂
You can find 8 full days of low carb meals & Myfitnesspal logs here followed by the next 4 days of meals & macros here to see what I was eating over the last two weeks while my weight was dropping – with long holds in between.
I say that because the number on the scale only actually changed twice, once at 1.6 pounds less and the next time at 1.4 pounds less.
I intentionally chose NOT to drop the “keto snacks” or to start doing any serious cardio or strenuous exercise during the last two weeks, to see if the weight would drop with a “mood shift” alone – given my daily macros never changed before/during/after this strange gain & loss period.
I have been consistently doing easy strength-building and floor exercises at home though, and just increased my reps on those in the last 3 days which feels GREAT.
It’s super easy – but I’m really feeling it!
I didn’t want there to be any confusion on what contributed to losing these 4 pounds though. I simply felt better. That is IT. I won’t say I feel “great” or that I’m totally out of the woods with all that, but my appetite is back and I’m eating plenty again.
My guts feel better too and there’s definitely an improvement in my mood and overall sense of well-being.
It’s a work in progress. 😉
I’m all about doing clean testing. If I had started my T25 Cardio Workout back up, or started hiking twice a week again, or both, it would be easy to assume the weight loss was a result of exercise. If I had cut out “keto snacks” during that same period, it would be easy to assume those were the cause of my weight gain before.
Assumptions can get you in trouble. 😛
But can being less sad make you lose weight, or can being sad make you sick? That’s a loaded question that I think is probably YES both ways, but with way too many variables to just guess at…
That’s the reason I’m going to start up a new series of clean keto testing, along with ketone & glucose testing, so I can try to narrow down the problem – if there actually IS one.
And please let’s ALL cross our fingers it’s not a dairy issue! The idea of giving up dairy makes me want to CRY, lol. 😉
I made a great recipe over the weekend you’ll LOVE (!!) so I’ll share that with you next, and then more food diaries and updates on my ketone & glucose testing – as I’m just getting started with that and learning more about it (too).
And now that I’ve ruled out hiking/exercise in my “happy experiment” (lol), I’m planning a FUN hiking day this week to get my sweat on!! 🙂
How are things going with you this week?
Don’t forget to weigh in today…
Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)
p.s. I got us a 15% discount on the Blood Glucose & Ketone Meter I’m using myself. The discount is coded into that link, so you’ll get 15% off automatically.
It’s already the most affordable and most accurate ketone/glucose testing kit available for the keto community, so another 15% off is a sweet deal!
Discount Code: LOWCARBTRAVELER
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