DO NOT forget your carbs!

SO for the past few days, off and on I kept getting this weird tingling in my temples. It almost felt like my scalp was “asleep.”  I had no idea what it was, but it didn’t seem to be the same symptoms I (and others) have had before with low blood sugar.  I felt slightly ‘awkward’ and maybe a little bit cloudy, but I chalked it all up to allergies.

And then today…

It was worse. I could not concentrate and the symptoms seemed magnified.  My ears itched so again I thought “allergies.”  I took some Claritin-D and tried to mull through the day. It was a struggle.  Finally, I felt so tired and weak I thought, ‘yanno, I am going to have a hand full of berries, whats the worst that can happen? I’d have to work toward ketosis again? No biggie.’  Berries in small quantities are keto anyway.  But I felt like I probably needed more than a small quantity.

So I opened a pint of blueberries and a bigger package of quart strawberries and grabbed a couple handfuls of both.  Within moments I noticed the tingling subsiding and the brain fog clearing up.  Then I realized.  Lately, when I have been home, I have made a habit of having damn near no carbs.  Not on purpose, but Its just easier to cook several slices of bacon, or a burger patty when you want something quick and simple.

This is why meal planning, at least to some degree, is important.

I have been so focused on buying low/no carb items, I forgot that my body really needed SOME healthy carbs to function.  Don’t do that.  It can be really dangerous.

I also went over to talk to my neighbor who said I looked pale and promptly gave me some pieces of blood orange to eat.  Now I may or may not be out of ketosis when I check tomorrow, but I feel a LOT better and won’t be making that mistake again.

So, I have since went online and ordered the Keto-Mojo  (it comes with the ketone testing strips)  and I bough some of the compatible Glucose Test strips so that if I start feeling off again, not only can I check my own blood sugar, but I can monitor my ketones as well, and make sure I am actually optimizing my diet and my health.

To my knowledge, most Glucose meters do not also test ketones (and I have checked)  there are a few but they are quite pricey and this one has great reviews.  So we will see.  I will let you know what I find out.  But in the meantime, DON’T forget your healthy carbs!

(and no, I was not trying to be THAT low carb, I was seriously just absent minded about it.)

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