Keto Update 2019-01-30
So weight loss has slowed but I should still end up around 250 by the end of March which would be over 25lbs down. This is according to a linear projection which, as we all know, is not something to bet the farm on. However, I would say with near certainty I’ll be down under 260 which would still be a big milestone for me.
One of the key reasons I have been eating “keto” has been the much lower inflammation that I experience on it. But lately (like for 2 weeks) I am still fine everywhere except my sciatic nerve (which, ironically, does NOT bother me even when my arthritis is acting up). This seems to be a common complaint among people eating very low carb. No source I have found has explained HOW these two things are related but they seem to be anecdotally linked, at least.
Anyway, the things I have found that help are:
- stretching and exercising a little before bed – around 8pm or so I go down to the basement and do a set of stretches prescribed by physio and also some Tai Chi stuff (mostly Dan Yu). I do a little light cardio (running in place, mostly). Also, specific stretches during the day for sciatica relief.
- tons of water – I am told drinking tons of water is good.
- standing desk – as much as I can, I use my desk in the standing position. I have a stool I can lean on as well when standing which makes it easier to spend longer periods of time standing up. I have experienced various levels of chronic pain for years. Mostly arthritic. I can handle it. But this has been rough. And it came after nearly total relief for a few weeks. It is bad enough that I can’t sleep. So I need to figure this out! I am hopeful it will “work itself out” as so many other things have done if I just stay the course. If anyone one reading this blog (ha ha ha, good one) has any insight into the root cause of sciatica related to keto, please let me know in the comments.