So I followed a keto plan for 21 days.. and then I said no more.
The following disclaimer applies - This is my experience - if it works for you go for it. I also am not a doctor nor do I play one on the internet.
Things were great - at first - and I had mostly avoided the "keto flu" just a bit of brain fogginess. I was actually enjoying the lack of bloat I had. I had started to think okay wow I can sustain this long term..
Then I started having issues - I was exhausted, the euphoric state that pretty much all keto lovers talked about was not happening. I thought ok this will pass. Only it did not and I started digging further into the keto research - yes I had researched it before I started - but now I started digging deeper.
I was tired, I was cranky, I peed constantly, and I know TMI but my bladder hurt. Like ached. The more frequent urination is common - its a sign your body is going into ketosis. It is supposed to subside. Mine did not and has not as of yet. The pain, however, is a not frequently talked about side effect for women. Nothing I read before I started this, none of the video's I watched before even mentioned this little gem in passing, but if you Google keto and bladder pain - bam lots of articles - 99% of those affected are women it has to do with the higher acidity found in this lifestyle due to the dietary exclusions.
I also discovered that the often touted heightened energy levels, while I am sure are true for most people, if you suffer from Chronic Fatigue or Adrenal Failure - which I do of BOTH the OPPOSITE is true. You will become MORE tired the effects of the CFS and AF are multiplied. The two very things I was hoping to keep in better balance with this lifestyle. I truly had hoped I had found a tool in which to manage two chronic illnesses. What I did, was make them worse and give myself some side effects that are taking a while to resolve
I decided to abandon the keto lifestyle last week, I am hoping that once I start to add more alkaline foods back into my diet that the side effects I have experienced will start to diminish and in full disclosure - I freaking missed french fries!!!