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.)