Week 6 is here, winter is over, fruits are gone and we are entering ketosis – also known in WildFit terms as ‘Spring’. I think the past 5 weeks have been leading up to this, week by week eliminating the most obvious bad stuff (sugars, dairy, grains, carbs) and the toxins which cause fat storage (alcohol, nicotine, caffeine) – all that’s left now which could make us gain weight is..
THE FRUIT – so yah, no more fruit platters for breakfast – fruit is OUT. No more apples in the Alkagizer, no more Alkagizer Mild. Now we switch to Alkagizer Prime which is basically a bitter green smoothie.
It’s not too bad at this point as our taste-buds have normalised a lot, so we can even detect sweetness in Lemon Juice now..
Wow the first few days after cutting the fruit is TOUGH, your body is just screaming 24/7 for sugar, for carbs, for something to give it quick energy, you feel a crushing tiredness, headaches, body aches, cramps and I had pretty bad nausea too – this is called Keto Flu.
We continued having delicious meals, but Kimberly kept talking about Krispy Kreme doughnuts every 5 minutes, all day, and I kept having dreams of big piles of baguettes slathered in French rolled butter..
By midweek we were feeling kinda better, slightly.. Energy was still hard to manage, especially if you exercised – aerobic exercise is recommend but not anaerobic which I did (Badminton). I feel asleep on the sofa immediately after getting back from badminton and woke up at 5am!
The Rest of the Week
Of course we continued having amazing meals, this was one by me – sous vide salmon with stir fried mixed vegetables in a little Bragg’s Aminos.
We also realised we were shopping very differently and Malaysia does have healthier options available in all shops pretty much, you just need to look for them. Jaya Grocer has grass feed beef and a decent organic section where we could replace our normal Balsamic Vinegar with an organic option containing no sugar, caramel or colourings.
This was a winner too, sous vide grass fed steak with roasted mixed vegetables and lightly pickled cucumber.
Selling my Nespresso Coffee Maker
I also got hardcore committed to not ingesting caffeine anymore and decided to sell my Nespresso Pixie – it sold within an hour of me posting it.
Feels good to not have a daily drug addiction anymore.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure caffeine will pass my lips on occasion in the form of chocolate – but it will be minimal and infrequent. Coffee and Tea is pretty much below my line of acceptability right now.
Making Nut Milk
Nut milk is REALLY expensive in Malaysia and usually has all sorts of crap in it, including sweeteners, chemicals and only about 2% nuts.
It’s really easy to make at home with some raw Macadamias bought from a baking supplies shop for about RM80-90 per kilo.
– Soak them for 2 hours with some good salt (pink Himalayan or sea salt) and a splash of apple cider vinegar
– Blend them (1 cup of nuts with about 3 cups of water)
– Season to taste
– Drain with a nut bag (or we just used a cheese cloth)
– Chill and enjoy!
Honestly, it’d be a lot nicer with a little sweetener (raw honey or maple syrup) but we can’t have those right now, and it’s pretty nice without.
Week 6 Summary
I’ve got to say, as far as this program goes, this is by far the toughest week so far – last week was pretty hard, but the fruit keeps your energy pretty high so you don’t suffer too much.
But as soon as you cut the fruit out, bam, your energy sinks to the bottom of the ocean and you feel all over the place as the last remnants of sugar leave your body.
It’s one time when you have to exercise some willpower, read about what is going on with your body and power through it until you flip your switch from sugar burning to fat burning (ketosis or entering a ketogenic state).
Probably the most valuable article I read about it was this one: Keto-adaptation: what it is and how to adjust
– So up your salt intake (my preference is Himalayan pink salt as it’s very mineral rich and pretty cheap and easily available here)
– Eat plenty of healthy fats (Coconut oil, fatty fish, avocados)
– Even more water than usual
– Some moderate exercise (brisk walking for 20-30 minutes every day is enough, especially when you feel low energy)
– Drink more water (at least 6-8 large glasses a day)
– Drink the Alkagizer Prime every day (no fruits)
– Add an EXTRA portion of vegetables at every meal
– Continue removing refined sugars
– Continue removing all grains (rice, wheat etc) and white potato
– Continue removing dairy (and all byproducts)
– Continue to remove Food additives, Nicotine, Alcohol and Caffeine
– Remove fruits, sweet vegetables, beans and honey
Ouch. Those fruits were really keeping me going!
All my WildFit posts are here:
WildFit Challenge – Week 1 – Inner Dialogue
WildFit Challenge – Week 2 – Alkagizer Mild
WildFit Challenge – Week 3 – NO SUGAR!
WildFit Challenge – Week 4 – NO CARBS Or Dairy
WildFit Challenge – Week 5 – No Alcohol or Caffeine
WildFit Challenge – Week 7 & 8 – Staying In Spring
WildFit Challenge – Week 9 & 10 – Yah Still Spring
WildFit Challenge – Week 11 & 12 – A Small Break
And you can find out more and buy WildFit here: Why WildFit – a 3 Part Video Series