I spend a lot of time online in LCHF/Keto forums, mostly on Facebook, and there are lots of things I notice being posted over and over. I am addressing another one today. People seem to have a fear of being hungry. Like, they are afraid to get too hungry. I do understand this as I used to have the same fear, but with this way of life, hunger is freedom.
What do I mean? I mean that to know TRUE HUNGER is a good thing. We should only be eating when we are experiencing true hunger, but I notice a lot of people pursuing a Keto/LCHF way of life are still hanging on to the old rules. Rules like, “you should eat 4-6 small meals throughout the day” and eating by the clock, “Oh, it’s noon – time for lunch!” UGH! No, please, let’s stop the madness.
If you are insulin resistant and/or Type 2 Diabetic, the worst thing you can do is eat every couple of hours! Your blood sugar will never regulate and you won’t heal your diabetes if you are constantly eating, even if you are eating Keto. Allow yourself to go hours and hours without food. You won’t shrivel up. Eat healthy fats and they will satiate you for hours.
What’s that? You haven’t eaten in five hours??
Seriously, it’s okay to go hours and hours without food. You won’t slow down your metabolism, you probably won’t pass out (unless you’re the dramatic type) and if what you ate five hours ago was a lot of healthy fat you won’t even notice it’s been five hours since you’ve eaten.
I generally have a fat-laden coffee in the morning and then I do not feel hungry for about 4-6 hours later. Then I eat a meal that is very low carb or zero carb, with protein and fat – such as a 6 oz bunless burger, topped with one slice of cheese or two oz, of cream cheese, mushrooms and avocado. I am then full again for hours. I don’t need snacks and very rarely do I eat a snack. My definition of snack is any food I eat that isn’t a full meal. A handful of almonds, a piece of Keto Chocolate Cheesecake Fudge or a piece of string cheese would be a snack. I do that maybe a couple of times a week because generally I just don’t have much of an appetite.
If you find yourself constantly snacking, consider the idea that you are doing this out of habit or out of boredom. I can’t say it enough, if you are not hungry, do not eat!
More important than getting the food right though – the food is really the easy part – the hard part and the part you need to focus on the most is getting your mind right. You need to make the paradigm shift and let go of all the rules you have heard from the “experts” over the years and you need to view food in a new way. See it strictly as fuel – not as entertainment, not as comfort and not as a reward. Know and believe most carbs and sugar are NOT your friend. They are POISON and TOXIC to you and will make you sick, fat, tired and will kill you. Yes, that sounds extreme but if I think for one second they are my friend I will be on the road to misery, obesity and sickness again. 90% of the job is in your mind.
Stay focused on your goal, visualize what you want to look like, what you want to wear, how you want to feel, and think about the things you want to do and don’t ever look back. You need to decided that failure and quitting is not an option! Your only option is to reach your goal!