Way to go! great start
For the headache, try supplementing some salt. Our bodies metabolize differently when processing fewer carbs. Sometimes broths or consomme or just simply more salt will help. The secondary thing is that your body's likely to have little tantrums like that while adjusting to using fats rather than carbs for fuel. Be sure you're getting enough good fats in your diet.
It's amazing to note the carb counts on most everything, isn't it? You're right about that part being more of a challenge than you'd expected! I still find it a challenge...but then, I'm a carb addict. What can I tell you.
You can find Ketostix™ in most pharmacies, OTC. They work for some people; they never worked for me. The "gold standard" for ketones is the serum values, not the urine values (which is what you're testing for with the sticks). I was directed by another Sparker to a website which is offering a free blood glucose monitor which also has a ketone function. The name is "NovaMax Plus," and it really IS free. Go to their website and request it. Be forewarned though: the ketone strips are r-e-a-l-l-y pricey! Like, about $5 each. I've found them on Amazon, though. You only get 2 ketone strips with the unit, but they give you more BG strips. I don't monitor that, but it was a useful way for me to get the procedure right before I "wasted" the couple of ketone strips they sent with the initial package. I can't remember why, but they recently sent me another pair of ketone strips...perhaps the result of feedback? I don't know. If/when I buy more, it will be though Amazon, I'm thinking.
...the problem with people these days is
they've forgotten we're really just animals ...
We did not create the web of life; we are but a strand in it.
We don't have souls. We ARE souls. We have bodies.
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