KETO! Have you heard about it? Are you interested? Here’s my beginning.
Doesn’t It seem that more and more people are not happy with their bodies? Male and female. Being a woman, I can attest to the constant pressure of looking good. I come from the adage that men age gracefully and women just age. Why is that? I’ve seen plenty a man who looked older than their age and that’s far from graceful. However, I’ve seen men look really good for their age. It just seems there is more pressure to keep up our image. You have someone like Christy Brinkley who is 60 something and looks like she’s half her age. She claims it’s genetics and clean Vegan eating. OH, don’t forget exercise. How can I forget that?! It’s shoved down my throat with infomercials of exercise equipment and videos to change your body. The hype around cross fit, HITT and boot camps. I digress. Maybe that’s all true with Christy. Maybe she never shoots collagen or chemicals in her face or gone under the knife. Good for her! I on the other hand am not as lucky. I’ve struggled with my weight since the third grade. I was extremely active too and yet, that gosh darn scale gave me bad news day after day, year after year. I’ve gone from being really heavy to really thin. I can stand with the rest of the people out there that say, “I’ve tried it all and been there done that.” Haven’t we all heard that it’s our diet and our portions that make us gain/lose weight? Exercise more and eat less. Exercise less and eat even lesser than that. I know more people who have been on the dieting roller coaster than those who look fit and chiseled. I respect people who work hard on taking care of themselves. It’s important to take care of this temple (our body) that our Lord God has given us. Can I say this yelling without offending? WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BEEN SO HARD?!!!!!! Good grief. If I had every dollar that I spent on dieting gimmicks, gym memberships, exercise videos and equipment, I would have enough for retirement. Ok, maybe not that much but pretty darn close people. So what does a person do to lose weight and keep it off without eating dull, bland food, exercise until you collapse and spend every dollar in the bank? I honestly don’t think it exists. However, you can make changes and you have to find the right fit for you. Cliché? Yes, but it’s true. Since there isn’t any reason to write a drawn out, sad and pathetic past story of my insecurities over weight and bod image, here is my current story.
I’m 47 years old. Married with 2 teenage boys. I have a good job and even have a side business. I have great friends and my most precious friend of all is Jesus. Can’t do anything without Him. I’m active, no health issues, no aches and pains, my knees aren’t breaking down and my back isn’t messed up. Overall, doing well and loving life. Except for one area. Can you guess what that is? You are too smart. Yes, it’s my body – my weight. I’ve tried to love my body. I don’t hate it as much as I used too. Thank God for that! Nevertheless, this nagging dislike for my body still lingers. Some days it doesn’t bother me. Then there are those days when you go to put something on for the day, and it feels tighter. I see rolls that I’m almost positive weren’t there the day before. Anyone picking up what I’m throwing down? Anyone?! Those are the days I wonder if I will ever be comfortable in my own skin, if I will be content and just be happy. The answer to that question for today is, no. I’m afraid if I become content I will give in and gain more weight. This is my thought process. This isn’t by any means to offend those who love themselves for who they are or what they look like. All power to you!! I wish I had that overcoming thought process over my own short sighted view of myself. For me, I want to get rid of the extra weight. I want to be in my golden years feeling light on my feet and fit as a fiddle. So I had to make a decision. What did I do? I did nothing. I couldn’t figure out what I needed. I had no clue what to do anymore. Maybe counseling. Maybe the waist trimmer I see pop up on Groupon. Another diet program! Nope, I couldn’t do it. I just refused to get sucked back into another diet/exercise scheme.
One day, while volunteering at my church café, this young lady asked me if we had heavy cream. She wanted a latte with heavy cream. My arties clogged up just hearing that. We didn’t have heavy cream but we had whole milk. She proceeds to tell me she needs the extra fat. This is a woman who was perfectly thin for her body and fit. I politely asked her why she needed the extra fat, I mean who wouldn’t. She said it was part of her keto lifestyle. Whaaaat?! I never heard of that. Keto? Inquiring minds wanted to know. The Keto lifestyle is one of high fat, moderate protein and very low carbs. Sounded like Atkins. I did the Atkins diest and lost some weight but I just craved bread too much. She ordered an Americano with a splash of whole milk and she went on her way. Never gave Keto another thought….until one day in Costco. My husband I were shopping and buying things we didn’t need (I know we aren’t the only ones who do that), and we saw this cookbook for the Ketogenics diet. BAM! It hit me in the head. That’s what the girl at the café was talking about. I grabbed the book, and was perusing the pages with awe and wonder. Ok, that’s a stretch, but I was pretty stoked to see bacon, avocado, eggs, red meat, fatty chicken, butter and so on. They even had Keto bread! I will talk about that another time. Not as good as you might hope. Anyway, my husband showed excitement that he can eat meat and fat and not cardboard and rice cakes. We decided right then and there we were going to buy the cookbook and change our lifestyle. It’s not cheap to change everything over to ketogenic friendly food. It cost us over $600 (this is what it cost us not that this would be the case for everyone) to switch out things like sugar with erythritol and Stevia glycerite; white flour with almond and coconut flour; soy sauce with coconut aminos. How about nutritional yeast? Do you know what that is? I hadn’t a clue. It’s hard to find (Amazon of course has it) and it’s not cheap. By the way, it’s a replacement for cheese if you are dairy sensitive or living the Vegan life. I like cheese better. I can have cheese on this diet. I don’t like calling it a diet. I refer to it as a new lifestyle of eating. My husband and I have enjoyed the yumminess of fatty ground beef, lamb, steaks, and bacon. This goes against so much brainwashing we’ve endured that saturated fats are bad for us. Well, when eaten with carbs and sugars it is bad for you. The point of this is to burn fat for energy instead of sugar. When you are so accustomed to eating refined sugars and flours, potatoes and fruit, eating heavier fat foods seems odd. I totally get it. The truth of the matter is, we don’t need any of that stuff. It doesn’t damage your heart; it won’t shut down our kidneys and it won’t turn your liver into a permanent storage room for fat. I’ve been eating the Keto way for almost a year. I’ve lost 25 pounds and all I do for exercise is 2 days of strength training for only a half hour and walking/running. This isn’t a quick weight loss plan. This is truly a lifestyle. If you choose to go this route, do your homework. Be prepared to change a lot of things in your eating habits. Get used to eating fatty foods and not freak out about it. It takes some getting used to, but I can honestly say, it’s well worth it. The journey to be continued. If you want to know more, please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.