The biggest shift you will have to make — beyond what foods you are eating – is your mindset. Going Keto is an entire paradigm shift, not a diet. You have to have a strong enough WHY to see you through this. You need to do this for health! You will lose weight, of course, but this is a whole new way of eating for you, and you must be able to sustain it. That is where your WHY comes in. Read what my WHY is here. It's so important to find your WHY because it will strengthen your commitment to work your way through this shift. I am not saying you have to be strong because going Keto is difficult (actually it will become easier and easier, I promise). I am saying you have to stay strong because health is a lifetime commitment. Even after doing Keto for a while, you may still need help with the bones of Keto (eat-this-not-that type of thing or help planning family meals, outings, work lunches, etc.). But it might take a while longer to wrap your mind around this paradigm shift and to remind yourself that you are worth it. You are worth the hard work and the health that it brings. Keto is a wonderful way to bring your body and your mind into alignment with health.
Keto may not be magic but it's pretty darn close!
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could be like this little Dorothy? Click the heels of your sparkly red shoes and be transported to a different land. Your land might look like this: Never being hungry between meals. Never wanting or needing snacks. No heartburn or indigestion. Lower blood sugar and lower blood pressure. Fewer children of inflammation: IBS, arthritis, or heart disease. No out-of-control cravings. Being satisfied with your meals. Never looking at the clock to see when the next food or snack is. Being allowed things you have denied yourself of: cream, butter, marbled steaks with the fat still on them, bacon, chicken with the skin on — no more dried out chicken breasts, cheese - full delicious cheese - not "processed cheese food"... OH WAIT! There is such a land. It is called KETO!
The land of Oz was uncomfortable for Dorothy, yet it was a land of blossoming growth. Dorothy left her known life behind and ventured into a new land - sometimes scary, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant - but always moving forward into new adventures and new transformations. A paradigm is an internal map, the way we see ourselves and our lives, the way we process things that happen to us or the way we do things. A paradigm shift is when these maps are altered and changed - or maybe even thrown out. It's not going on another diet. It is seeing diets as unnecessary. It is making a new eating style into a new lifestyle. It is looking inward to your own strengths and abilities, and looking inward to see when you are hungry or full or happy with a food you are eating. It is not looking to a diet to tell you how much to eat, when to eat, what to eat, how to eat. It is not commercials prompting you to buy more cereals and snacks or candy and treats. It is you quieting yourself and asking, "How does this food really make me feel? Is a bite of this food a step toward my goal of being healthy or is it a step away from health?" Keto allows you to quiet your mind and get to these questions and to get to the root of what is really driving you to eat what you eat and how much you eat and when you eat. The shift also alters the way you feel about yourself and the things that you do.
Why do I call this a lifestyle? Keto is more than a food list.
This has not only been my story, but it has been played out thousands of times with other people (as I see from social media and books where people write their journeys). Because Keto is a lifestyle and not just a diet, people begin to trust themselves and find their voices. I will speak for myself - not for them or even you: Losing weight and getting healthy were side benefits. However, maybe because I got healthy and lost weight I feel better about myself. I have greater confidence - no, not just in how I look in a new dress, but confidence as in being confident. I am not afraid to try new things or speak up for myself. I have new confidence in my abilities and choices I make. It is as if being Keto uncovered strength and courage (look at this website and putting myself "out there"). It uncovered - or built - determination and perseverance. I have gone through a tremendous amount of sadness and hardship in the past five months, but I didn't quit Keto and I won't quit other things in my life. I know I can do it. I know I can be strong. I know my voice is valid and authentic. I am 65 years old. I have had plenty of time to be that way. But now, calling on all my inner reserves to do Keto, I have uncovered the ability to tap into everything else. I am not alone in this. Trust me.