If you haven’t already heard, we’re highlighting all things keto throughout the month of March here at No Cow. Along with our keto friendly protein cookies being featured in the March Keto Krate, we are featuring a few keto- loving No Cow fans on Instagram and our blog. This week meet Alexis, the gal behind @100ketodays Instagram and a No Cow fan.
What is the ketogenic diet?
The ketogenic diet is an extremely low carb, and high fat diet. All forms of carbohydrates – fruits, vegetables, grains, and starches, are broken down into glucose by your body, increasing your blood sugar. Your body considers raised blood sugar as being toxic, so it releases insulin (a storage hormone) to push the glucose into your cells. Once this occurs, your blood sugar decreases, making you hungry again. This vicious cycle of blood sugar highs and lows is why you experience endless hunger and cravings.
When we lower our intake of carbohydrates, increase our consumption of glorious fats and moderate our protein intake, our blood sugar and insulin levels are reduced, HDL cholesterol increases, and the visceral fats around your vital organs are “eaten up”. This is nutritional ketosis.
How did 100 Keto days start?
In March of 2014, I was a 24 year old struggling to find an eating pattern that worked for me. I decided for lent that year to give the Keto diet a try.
Around this time, I stumbled upon the social media movement of 100 Happy Days. The idea was to publicly share something that made you happy for 100 days in a row, then reflect on the changes you’ve experienced. Now, because I was challenging myself to 40 some days of low carb, I figured what the hell, lets make it 100 Keto Days… and thus, #100KetoDays was born.
I learned a lot during my time completing the #100KetoDays challenge, and a good deal of that is posted back in the archives of my blog.
In 2015, I got married and enjoyed all the food and parties that come with it! I ended up gaining all the weight I had originally lost, PLUS SOME!
On February 23, 2017 I got back on my @100ketodays Instagram account and decided to start posting for my own accountability and challenged myself to 100 days of strict keto eating. By day 100 I had gained a huge Instagram family, and had lost 52 pounds! Over the next few months I have continued to reshape my body through a keto lifestyle, weight lifting, and high intensity interval training. Although my weight has remained nearly the same, I’ve lost dozens of inches, moving from a size 14 to a size 10.
One year later, I continue to lose the final 20-30 pounds, while documenting my story. I have recently found joy in helping others on their keto journey through answering questions, providing resources, and hosting DietBets. If you’re struggling at all, please reach out for help! I absolutely love when a follower reaches out and tells me they have had success from something I’ve shared!
What do you love about the ketogentic diet?
I love the ketogenic diet for multiple reasons. Most people site mental clarity or increased energy as the best benefit. I love not feeling bloated and swollen while I’m doing keto. I also love that I’m not tired after one meal, and not constantly thinking about what sugary treat I’m going to eat next! These benefits have really helped me cut back on binge or closet eating episodes (where you find yourself pouting 3 doughnuts deep with a belly ache). I find that with carbs, my heart races more, I feel swollen, achey, and constantly tired. When I eat carbs I continually have gas, upset stomach, and digestion issues. However, when I’m in ketosis, all of that simply disappears and I’m able to enjoy life so much more!
I tend to be very simple with keto. I typically don’t eat much for breakfast except some heavy cream in my coffee or breakfast sausage. Lunch and dinner often look very similar: a meat and a low carb vegetable. Snacks are rare but could include cheese sticks, nuts, jerky, or a No Cow cookie! Check out my Instagram for more food ideas, as I’m constantly posting all that I eat!