Being in a Fat Burning State

Being in a Fat Burning State

Since I was trying to conceive in 2014, I started learning about eating healthy fats. As I went through pregnancy and became a new breastfeeding mom, my diet shifted more and more to higher fat, lower carbohydrate. I have enjoyed having more stable blood sugar and an easier time maintaining my typical weight, which is 130 lb on a 5’7″ frame. This gives me a thin, athletic build with just a touch of curves. Then, in trying to restore my cycles to conceive a second child in combination with nutritional research for Noah, I started to eat even higher fat and lower carbohydrate. I eat mostly grain free and focus on protein and fat in the morning and midday. If I have carbohydrates, it is a serving in the evening to support my adrenals and circadian rhythms.

This has led to severaeggsl batches of Bulletproof ice cream, Bulletproof coffee, veggies cooked in grass-fed butter, and egg and avocado breakfasts. Recently, I have noticed that I can make it 4-5 hours without needing or wanting a snack or having that ‘hangry’ feeling. It has been wonderful. Last Wednesday, I was working hard to get the final stages of a huge project for Willow Tree Family Center done because I am working on launching a nutrition program with them. I was working on recipes, food photography, and finalizing blog posts for both their site and mine. Plus, Wednesday isĀ  my day off with my son, and he is my priority. I treasure those Wednesdays with him, especially since I was mainly using those days to take him to appointments in the early months.

That day, I had gotten up early to do my “Miracle Morning” that consists typically of a 30 minute run, reading my affirmations, looking at my vision board, listening to an audio book, and writing (usually work stuff, 3 things I am grateful for, and to dos for the day). So, I had made some extra coffee, sat out on our deck after the r20160706_121000un, drank 2 cups of Bulletproof coffee, and had an omelette with greens and avocado. I was full and busy while immersed in playing with Noah and having fun cooking, writing and taking pictures. The next thing I knew it was 1 pm, and I felt only a little hungry. I wanted to curb my hunger and keep going since Noah was napping at the time. So, I grabbed the coconut milk hot chocolate I had made for a photo. I had mixed about half a bar of chocolate with a 1/4-1/2 can of coconut milk. I sipped on that for a bit until the cup was gone. I felt energized and completely satisfied. My ideas were flowing, and I was powering through a ton of work. I knew I was totally running on fat. I remembered hearing Dave Asprey make a comment once that he wouldn’t have protein at lunch when he had a presentation in the afternoon to keep his mental focus and prevent brain fog. I now understood the feeling of running on fat through the day and that even having protein, which can go through the process of gluconeogenesis, will cause a dip in blood sugar. then dinner came, and I was somewhat hungry but didn’t want to stuff myself. I had asparagus, a scoop of sweet potato, and a piece of chicken. We went swimming as a family, put the kids to bed, and I finished the last photos I needed. One of these included a photo of Bulletproof ice cream as a custard. I made the custard, divided the batch into two picture worthy bowls, took my pictures, and slowly devoured one of the bowls. Directly after eating the custard, my head starting tingling, I felt insanely happy and energized, and I felt high. It was something I have never felt from food. I also noted that on the scale the next morning, I had lost over 2 lb of weight/bloat.

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My only conclusion was that I assumed my body is getting better at being in a fat burning start when eating healthy fats. These healthy fats are helping to balance 20160706_224531my hormones and give my body the tools to perform all the processes it needs, especially since I am breastfeeding. By consuming healthy fats, this in turn reduces inflammation.

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