Your mental health has a lot to do with your physical heath. They are intimately tied together. I just finished a 14 day waterfast where I lost 19 lbs. Physically I feel great from the fast, and mentally I took the time to look inward and reflect on points in my life. The emotional part of eating, in my opinion, has a lot to do with what you have been through, your thought process, personal happiness, and what you desire in life…..to name a few key points.
I have now been a Carnivore for almost 8 months. I have healed a few things in my body. Not all are better, but as a 46 year old woman who has spent the last 20 years feeling like crap, it’s going to take more than 8 months to heal everything. Especially since it took way more than 8 months to get where I am.
Mentally, I have a long list of tragic, stressful, and just plain awful events in my life that have happened. But I think a lot of people have seasons in their lives that are not perfect, or some that are downright traumatic! I know I have quite a few.
Emotions are something that drives me to eat. Oh, I’m happy…lets celebrate with cookies…Oh, I’m sad, I’m going to eat everything in sight. Oh, I’m bored….guess I’ll get a snack. Even when you get a hold of “emotional eating”, its still there in the back of your mind. The only thing that has worked for me is 100% abstinence of snacking. Good or bad snacking, it doesn’t matter. I only eat my meals now. If I want to snack, I know nothing good will come of it in the long run. I might not gain from one little snack, but it is a pattern of behavior.
So What I have done for the last 8 months, with ONE “cheat day” that was out of my control, I’ll explain in a minute. I have lost over 30 lbs, and reversed about 20+ medical symptoms….some of which were debilitating me in one capacity or another. I joined the MeatRx community with Dr. Shawn Baker on April 12th. I haven’t looked back. I have accomplished things I have never been able to while doing keto.
I have ALWAYS wanted to complete what I call a 14 day Dr. Fung water fast as described in his book The Obesity Code (great, life changing book if you haven’t read it as of yet). I just completed this last week. I lost 19 lbs and countless inches! I can’t even tell you how many times I have tried to complete a 14 day water fast…to numerous to count actually.
As far as the above mentioned cheat day….I was driving from Oceanside, CA to Colorado Springs, which in itself is an 17 hour drive, when a shootout between a cop and a guy who was pulled over happened on the freeway. At the point that this happened I had about 5 hours left in the trip. We were at a standstill for over 7 hours while the highway became a crime scene as the man pulled over was shot and killed. The backup on the freeway was over 100 miles in both directions. By the time I got to a hotel, I was delirious and could hardly walk. In the parking lot was a burger place…I got some French fries and a burger….ask me if I cared at that point, the answer was no LOL. I almost didn’t have the strength to get to my room because at that point I had been up for almost 2 days straight with most of it spent behind the wheel. Within 24 hours I was back in DEEP ketosis.
So now, I eat a very high fat diet which will be explained in detail in my next blog post. I have never felt better and I can’t wait to see how I feel a year from now.
Heather aka HealthyOne