Today, I ate sardines for breakfast. I stared at them for about an hour before mustering the courage to try the first oily fish body. Then, as I went to pick up the first sardine, it broke in two pieces spilling olive oil on my pants and landing on the table in front of me.
I had to laugh. I had started a Ketogenic Diet, and this was my first step.
Why the morning sardine folly? Simple: Lately, I have not felt great. I am a natural contrarian so any “diet” I judge immediately as a “fad,” but I heard enough good things about Ketosis that I had to give it a try.
In the past few weeks, my diet had a few too many cheeseburgers and beers. This morning, I felt sluggish, beat down, and a bit fatigued by life. In my business life, fighting has become a daily event, winning is happening at a glacial pace, and customer and employee irrationality appear to be the norm. Further, compound the business stress with the daily trials of being a father and husband, and I feel a bit worn out.
So, I ate the sardines for breakfast (I also ate some eggs and a few blueberries). I ate Flax Meal mixed with nut butter for lunch, and I will eat chicken and vegetables for dinner. No bread. No carbs. No beer.
Oddly, five hours after I started the ketogenic diet…just now, my attitude changed. This is contrary to everything I read about Ketosis. Sometimes, the first two weeks of the Ketogenic Diet are challenging both emotionally and physically. However, I feel uplifted and positive. I am excited about life, business, and I feel empowered.
I am not sure why, but maybe the journey of heading in the right direction immediately impacts my mood. This is really a positive direction yielding positive mental attitude.
Then again, maybe it’s just the sardines I ate for breakfast.