About two years ago I began researching the keto diet. I have eaten keto often on since, but it wasn't until my doctor suggested this lifestyle that I got serious and strict. From August 12, 2019 until last week, I had eaten absolutely no sugar and limited my carbohydrate intake to less than 20g per day.
For those that aren't up-to-date on the latest diets, keto allows no sugar, very few carbs, and encourages you to get 70% of your calories from fat. By eating high fat foods, your body begins burning fat for energy. I could be a carnivore, and I'm severely allergic to gluten, so this has been one of the easiest meal plans I've ever tried.
Since I've been so strict on the diet, I decided to allow myself a couple of days at Thanksgiving to eat desserts and potatoes. And as tasty as that chess pie was, oh how I wish I hadn't made that decision! I've always heard that sugar caused inflammation, but I never experienced that reality until Thursday night. I woke up several times during the night to what felt like someone beating every joint in my body with a ball bat. By Saturday, the sugar had run its course and I was once again pain-free.
The intended audience for my article this week is anyone who suffers with any type of arthritis or inflammation. I beg you to attempt a sugar free, low-carbohydrate diet. I never knew how much better I felt, without sugar, until I attempted re-introducing it to my body. I've always heard people say seeing is believing; but I'd like to change that to feeling is believing.