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Switch from "Strict Keto" To "Flexible Keto"

Switch from "Strict Keto" To "Flexible Keto"

Today I want to share my transition from "Strict Keto"  to "Flexible Keto".

I will be approaching my 4th year of keto way of eating in September. From the beginning I was very strict (No sweeteners, no legumes, no treats and all the obvious non-keto food etc plus monitor my daily carb under 20g with very high fat on my daily meals) because my health was in a very bad shape.

After visiting a health professional he recommended me to try out Paleo/Keto. 2 months later my health improved significantly and I finally feel more human! I had energy without relying on caffeine and did not fall sick every week (yup I used to be sick every week)

My first year of keto life, I was very cautious with everything I ate. Eating out was a rare option because we all know how much hidden sugar and carbs could be in the food. Fast forward to today, I am still very mindful of ingredients. I keep my net carb under 50g a day most of the time, on special occasions I will allow myself to go over more but not out of control.

I have decided to share my keto life with you because, while you are focusing how you look physically (I understand many of you are trying to lose weight by choosing keto way of eating) but what about your mental health? Do you feel restricted? Do you feel stress after you had some not so keto food? Yes being in ketosis could assist you in burning fats, but at the end of the day you need to be on a calorie deficit to lose weight. Personally I have strict no's to some food because I know my body won't like them. However everyone's is different. You need to find a keto way of eating that will benefit you both physically and mentally.

Whatever diet/way of eating you choose, if it works better when you slightly amend your plan/food, go ahead, as long as it works for you! While you are watching what you eat, also remember to stay active. It is a package deal in which you will get the best results when you do both. I rarely say keto is a diet because I don't see it that way. I truly enjoy the food and for me the word "Diet" usually stands for a temporary solution and I have been on it for almost 4 years and still enjoying it. If someone around you wants to start a healthy lifestyle, dropped all the bad habits and nourish your body with good food, then be there to support them, not picking them apart and make them feel unmotivated.

I have put two photos as a comparison- One is when I was very strict (3 years ago) to flexible Keto which I have been on for a year (photo was taken by 3 months ago). Yes I can see I maybe slightly bigger but my head space is definitely feeling more enjoyable and relax. I am turning 42 in a few months. I have decided to being nice to myself, still nourish my body with good food majority of the time to keep the body functioning but also allow myself to be a little naughty here and there🤪🤪😝😝
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Be kind and sensible for what you say to others ❤

Be kind and sensible for what you say to others ❤

Be kind and sensible with what you say to others ❤

What other people see and comment-

"Wow, you have gained lot of weight!"

I want to share this, especially to mothers. We all understand how much we want to get back to our pre-baby bodies, and poor or badly timed comments from others could easily bring us down. Our hormones is doing most of the talking after giving birth. I been there, twice, went through all sort of Cristisim/comments from - Strangers, family, mothers who have kids; and they should know better.

Listen to this, you are trying the best you can to run the family, feed the little ones, yet you still need to deal with all the crap that comes your way.

Trust me, it is not freaking worth your time to take any of this pointless and insensitive comments to heart when they simply just look at you and start judging your appearance and ignore what you are dealing with.

The reality-
What she is dealing with-(Then)
-Lack of sleep
-Hormone imbalance
-PCOS
-She had her first child at 32, her body takes longer to recover
-She had cesarean, she couldn't exercise right away after operation
-Stress
-Breastfeeding
-Depression
-Push herself to exercise with hectic routine and collapse numerous of times
-Tried all sorts of diet and aim to get back to her pre-baby weight as quick as possible, and not enjoying the food
-Constantly comparing herself to everyone


Now-
-She realized it will take time to lose the weight that she gained throughout the pregnancy
-She understand hormone will take time to settle after breastfeeding, the hard work and payoff is just underneath.
-She is just a normal mother who gave birth to her beautiful child, she has no personal trainer, nutritionist, helper like celebrities, so she is dealing with what she can
-Weight loss doesn't happen overnight, it will take time, just like how you gained them
-No matter what diet you are trying, the only way it can work is by sticking to it, and not rushing for result, most importantly, ON A CALORIE DEFICIT
-She focuses on herself, only compare herself to herself
-She find a way of eating she enjoy, being realistic and is beneficial for her health

Most importantly, she take zero 💩💩💩 about  people who want to make her feel less of herself🙌

You got this mummies. You know this is only temporary, if you are eating right, stay active, on a calorie deficit, and choose good habits, the weight of the world will come off❤
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❤Isolation-Reset❤

❤Isolation-Reset❤

❤Isolation & Reset❤
Just like that, we are getting used to this new norm lifestyle for the last couple of months. I still remember we were so lost and anxious because it is something new to us. 
Today, we are learning and adapting, our priorities has shifted and our routine has a new pattern. Crisis brings out the best of people or unfortunately the worst in some cases. 
Experts says your personality determines how you handle this kind of situation. You either take this as an opportunity to reset your life, or you waste time on being worried. This new norm has affected almost everyone's life but it is not the end of the world. 
Remember, although we are staying home unless for essential reasons, still remind yourself of your worth. Look after yourself and selfcare is not an option, it is essential. For myself, I look forward to my weekly shopping day, I dressed myself in clothing I feel good in, I put on my make up and spray my favorite perfume because that is my type of selfcare. 
Wishing you all are staying safe, happy, and well❤
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Why we shouldn't compare ourself to others

Why we shouldn't compare ourself to others

Have you ever think of while you want to be look like someone, as strong as others, as slim as others, there are also someone want to look like you? As a woman and mother, I can say it is quite challenging to keep up to the society standards!!! But the fact is, have you look back a few years or few months ago, how far you have come to? Not necessarily appearance wise, your mental health, your overall health, how confident you feel etc. There is no such thing as " Perfect weight " Or "Perfect body Shape" if all you do is " Comparing yourself to someone else". You have to understand those models and celebrities you are admiring they have professionals watching their diet and train closely, oh and don't forget angle and filters too!

In my opinion, perfect weight and perfect body shape is when you look into the mirror, feel confident about yourself, you can see how far you have come to, you feel good and healthy, you have adapt your lifestyle into your role( between work, family, friends etc) . Of course setting goals is essential, but don't let goals stress you out. If you slip off occasionally don't waste time to blame yourself, instead move on and start a new day.

 

All the best with your journey ❤

 

Lots of love,

Vicky❤

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Switch your mind to "I want this, I will make this happen"

Switch your mind to "I want this, I will make this happen"

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Switching your mind to "I want this, I will make it happen"
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Before kids, I used to be a smoker for 15 years. I thought I could never quit smoking because it was part of my daily routine/habit. Until one day, I decided I wanted to have kids, that very same day I told myself I have to quit right now, I want the best to my baby. And just like that, I quitted, I didn't go back or think about it because I really want my own child.
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So what's my point?
Often we set new goals, obviously for a variety of reasons, we start and often get to a point we feel it is too challenging, and we naturally will start our excuses, our motivation decreases by the day etc. The truth is, doing something new or different we all will go through the stage of making it a habit and settling in. "If you want something bad enough, you will make it happen". Some people are more determined, some people take a little longer. Whichever way is fine too because you are making progress.
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If you are new to Keto/ fitness, firstly you need to switch your mind to "I want this, I will make it happen" When we want something bad enough, we will always work our ways to make it happen. Don't start at a hardcore level, begin comfortable and start to include challenges. This more likely goes a long way to success.
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All the best and don't let small setbacks stop you, they are there to show you, you are trying to get to a better chapter.
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Vicky❤
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