Monday, October 29, 2018

10 Things About Keto that Drive Me Crazy {because they are wrong}


Every day I see news articles about low-carb (whole food) eating that have NO CLUE what they are talking about. These are actual quotes and my thoughts on them:
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(1) "Keto crushed my soul" - in this article the reporter tried keto for a few weeks and truly did not understand what she was doing. She felt deprived (well, an addict certainly does feel deprived the first few weeks, when their ADDICTION, in this case refined carbs, is removed for their health). A few weeks will not tell you anything about keto. It takes months to start seeing some benefit, because it is not a quick fix.
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(2) "Keto is extreme" - really? They eat a burger with a bun, and I remove the bun. They eat tacos with a shell, I eat tacos with lettuce. They eat steak and potatoes and salad, I eat steak and salad. Worse: They eat packaged foods and I try not to. Yep, sounds pretty extreme to me! 🤔
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(3) "Keto is not sustainable" - Presumably because it's so "restrictive". Hmmm. Keto is real food. Whole food. The way people USED to eat!!! I am a few months away from 6 YEARS of eating as much non-refined unprocessed food as I can.
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(4) "Keto is too high in protein" - Wrong again. Removing the bun doesn't make it any more high protein than eating a burger with the bun. Eating taco salad instead of tortilla tacos doesn't make it any more high protein. Keto is "moderate" protein. It just looks like more without the pasta/bread! 🤓
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(5) "Keto is all fat" - it may seem that way because people start making 'fat bombs' and 'fatty coffees' at first, in order to kick-start their bodies away from using sugar as fuel and start using fat as fuel. Once that process is done, (1-3 months), your body starts using BODY FAT as the fat %, and the rest of the dietary fat is actually probably LESS THAN YOU EAT on a S.A.D. (Standard American Diet). Because processed foods and junk food are high in fat. Real food is simply "real fat" too.
... And when you use body fat for fuel, you don't need to snack every hour, because we have 30,000+ body fat calories we can draw from, rather than only 2,000 calories of glucose our body can store. We tend to eat less on keto because we are so satisfied and eat fewer junk calories. 😀
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(6) "Keto will clog your arteries" - See # (5). S.A.D. dieters will have clogged arteries from all the harmful seed oils, trans fats, industrial fats (margarine and veg oils), and sugary packaged foods and processed grains. Those on a Whole30, or Keto or Low-Carb, etc., who are eating WHOLE foods, real food, will not have the INFLAMMATION that SAD dieters do, and it is the *inflammation that causes arteries to clog*, not body fat or whole food dietary fat. *** On keto, harmful trigs go down, good Hdl goes up, and Ldl (which is protective in that instance, and wrongly labeled 'bad') may go down or up, and it doesn't matter, if the trigs/hdl ratio is awesome (mine is!)
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(7) "What's left to eat?" - EVERYTHING that is whole food. All the eggs, meat, fish, chicken, turkey, pork, beef (red meat isn't the problem!), bacon, olive oil, coconut oil, and greens that you need to feel full. We don't overeat on keto, but we don't go hungry either! 😋 (And we are never HANGRY because we don't have blood sugar spikes and valleys!)
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(8) "Keto is a fad diet" - As I have said before, keto is a trendy buzzword for an ANCIENT diet! It's how we ate BEFORE food manufacturers came up with processed and packaged food, and before fast food drive-thru. Nothing new about it!! 🥑
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(9) "You can't eat out on keto" - I beg to differ. If you can order meat (and I mean any animal) or eggs, you can eat out. If you can order a salad without the croutons, you can eat out. If you prefer fast food for the convenience in a pinch, pick the least carb-y option (like bunless burgers). Going to a party where there is no meat or veggies to munch on? Bring deviled eggs, eat before you go, grab a glass and enjoy the conversation and visiting and socializing, focusing on the people, not the food. I do it all.the.time. 😍
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(10) "They don't eat veggies on keto" - see #'s (2, 4, 7). Not eating starchy veggies (like potatoes) does not mean we don't eat veggies! Eat all the leafy greens you want! I eat more leafy vegetables now than I did before keto.
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(Bonus!) "It's too hard and restrictive" - First, it's only hard if you make it hard (I make it easy!) *Think of all the really restrictive diets you have been on*. They fail because you get hungry and you don't get enough nourishment right? ... Keto (I say "keto" because the word is easy, and I LIKE EASY! But I mean low-carb "whole foods", "real food") is very NUTRIENT DENSE!...
. . . So once your body trusts you to take care of it (after those first 3+ months), it begins rewarding you with more energy, no carb cravings {the lower your carbs, the lower your cravings}, weight loss if needed, muscle sparing, healing of blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, joint pain, inflammation, moods, brain chemistry improvement, behavior improvement, and so much more....
. . . And suddenly it feels EASY, NATURAL (not hard, not restrictive), and like you could do it forever (or at least as long as you want!) For me, I knew at DAY 5 that I loved it, even though I had the worst 8 weeks of withdrawal ever. For some people it takes 6 months to get there. SO WORTH IT. I never want to go back to feeling as crappy as I did, as old, tired, weak, lethargic, miserable and in pain, as I did. For me, that means going really low on carbs, using body fat for fuel along with the naturally occurring fat in meat and eggs and olive oil, and enjoying my leafy greens.
. . . I say this all the time: "I came for the weight loss, but STAYED for the Fountain of Youth" because I feel so GOOD now. I never want to feel the way I used to. I am so HAPPY now. So full of JOY. And my body has healed 60 out of 70 chronic ailments. (I'm still a work in progress). 😜
. . . I love this WAY OF LIFE so much that I became a KETO COACH. I will have my Certification soon! {*FREE* health consulting for those who join my private health/wellness group: Food Oils and Fun. Just ASK!!} 


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10 Things About Keto that Drive Me Crazy {because they are wrong}

Every day I see news articles about low-carb (whole food) eating that have NO CLUE what they are talking about. These are actual quotes...