If you want to be Keto and succeed with Keto, you are going to have to let go of almost everything you have ever been told about nutrition. The diet dogma needs to be dead to you.
We have been fed lies and even though we have been following these lies as if they are gospel, and in most cases not experienced many results, people are still hanging on to them! Time to let them go!!
- 5-6 Small meals and a few snacks
- Breakfast “The most important meal of the day.”
- Fruit is healthy
- Whole Grains are an essential part of any healthy diet
- Everything in moderation
It isn’t necessary to count them. You can if you want, but as for me, I don’t need that negativity in my life. Quality of calories matters more than quantity. The type of food you are putting in your mouth matters most. If you have yourself convinced that calories in/calories out is the only thing that matters, then you can go back to carbs and count calories. Right?
Eggs are awesome! The whole egg is awesome, don’t throw out the yolk and eat “healthy eggs whites” – so boring! Most of the nutrition is in the yolk! Cholesterol is important for our brains. Cholesterol is good. Let go of the egg yolk phobia.
This one drives me crazy! There is no good reason for this unless you are truly hungry 5-6 times a day and also for snacks. First of all eating all day long like that will keep your blood sugar elevated and it never gets a chance to be normal. When your blood sugar is high, you are literally cooking your organs. That is no bueno!! Eat only when you are truly hungry. I enjoy coffee and typically eat twice a day and sometimes a snack – of more coffee! For women, that once a month hormonal hell can legitimately make us more hungry and it is okay to eat more then. Bottom line: it is a myth that it is healthy to eat in small increments all day. Plus, ain’t nobody got time for that! I am a busy mom and if I had to stay on an eating schedule like that it would drive me crazy. Eating when hungry = freedom.
NO!! The most important meal of the day is the first one you are actually hungry for. So often I see posts online from people asking for breakfast ideas and making statements about how they weren’t hungry but they forced that healthy meal down. People, please stop forcing yourself to eat, it is ridiculous when you step back and take a look at what you are saying. Do you force more gas into your car at the gas station? Do not eat when you are not hungry. It is a myth that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It does not jumpstart your metabolism, it just raises your blood sugar and puts stuff in your body you don’t need – unless you are hungry!
Okay, nothing is wrong with fruit in and of itself. It tastes good, it is nature’s candy, but it is very high in sugar (fructose), which for Keto is a no. If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “Why isn’t fruit allowed? It’s so healthy!” I’d be on a beach in Hawaii with my tummy tuck, getting a tan. The term “healthy” here is relative. If you are like me – insulin resistant and or Type 2 Diabetic then this is a no brainer. Fruit will spike our blood sugar. Fruit can cause us to crave more sugar. Period. End of story. Also, the body does not process fruit different because it is “natural sugar.” Where is the study that shows there is a mechanism in the body that knows the difference between types of sugar??? There is none. There is no mechanism in our body that says, “Ohhhh, this is yummy, healthy, fruit sugar and not that nasty white sugar.” Sugar is sugar.
Really? Why? What vitamins and nutrients are provided by whole grains that can’t be obtained by eating veggies, protein and fat?
I saved this one for last because it is my “favorite.” No, no, no, and no. I am just taking a stab here, but a lot of people going on Keto do so because they know they have a “problem” with carbs and sugar – the same way alcoholics have a “problem” with alcohol and the way a drug addict has a “problem” with drugs. Yet many people will try to deceive themselves and convince themselves that moderation is possible. If that were true we would have never overindulged in the first place.
Had I been capable of moderation I would still happily be eating cheesecake and never would have been fat or diabetic. It is easy for normal weight people to say this, easy for the person who has no problem leaving some cake on the plate and also shameful for them to tell an addicted and obese person that if they would just eat in moderation all would be swell. I see this online so often and many of the offenders are nutritionists. Someone will tell a woman who is desperately seeking advice on how to lose weight and said woman cries out that she “just can’t stop” and then some other woman who has never lived obesity in her life says, “You won’t be successful if you don’t treat yourself now and then.” Sorry? Come again? Is this the advice you give alcoholics? “Hey buddy, you won’t be able to lay off the drink forever if you don’t take a drink now and then.” That advice is just insane and illogical. Yet, it is given to obese, sugar addicted people daily, if not hourly on the internet. I understand that people who say this mean well, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions as they say. In this case the road to sugar addiction hell.
People, please, if you have never struggled with obesity, can stop at one piece of cake – then you have no business giving advice to obese and sugar addicted people that tells them to continue to indulge in their drug of choice. It really is cruel. I know that sounds harsh, but I find that being blunt is sometimes the only way to reach misguided people. Chances are, in this forum, I am preaching to the choir, but in case you are a friend or a loved one of someone struggling with carb/sugar addiction and just curious about this Keto thing they are trying, please take this advice to heart.
There is definitely a lot more diet dogma out there and I may tackle more later, but for now, let’s start with these basics. Come on….sing with me….like the song says, “Let it Gooooo!!!”