Journey to a Ketogenic Lifestyle
Ahhh. It’s a word not many people like to hear. As someone who’s struggled with her weight for the majority of her life, I’ve done my fair share of “diets.” Many of them successful and many of them not.
Dieting by definition requires that an individual eat a special kind of food or restrict themselves to small amounts of food in order to lose weight. Sometimes the thought of dieting makes me cringe and it’s probably because sometimes I feel like my life has just been one great big diet.
Diets have a bad reputation and it’s because they really don’t work! Yes, it’s easy to “Diet” for a season but the minute the dieting ends it’s game over. It is so easy to get discouraged and fall right back into the bad habits because the “diet” idea is not sustainable.
So if I know this then why am I writing about a ketogenic lifestyle?
I’m by no means an expert (obviously) or I wouldn’t be writing this article. My husband and I have had many conversations about this. We’ve talked about our frustrations, our concerns, our fears, our triggers and our ultimate goals. We didn’t want to start another fad diet or plan only to end up back where we started. We wanted to change our way of living and thinking without being dramatic or unrealistic. We obviously wanted and needed to lose weight but we also wanted to be healthy and start something that we could sustain.
We started reading, (actually I started reading because my husband doesn’t read) we researched “diets” “lifestyles” “meal plans” “healthy eating” etc.
We were looking for something that we could follow that would:
1. Have guidelines but still be flexible and
2. Be easy to remember and follow
We came across the ketogenic diet and after plenty of research came to the realization that this could be a lifestyle for us, that we would feasibly be able to maintain. There were guidelines that we could follow, yet it was still flexible enough that we wouldn’t feel like we would be missing out on family gatherings or social dinners because there would be nothing we could eat.
So what is the ketogenic diet?
The ketogenic diet is a low carb high fat diet. Although, initially, it sounds absurd it works by forcing our body to use fat as a fuel. On average we consume so many carbs that our bodies have typically used carbs as fuel instead of fat! But when you eliminate carbs and eat fat instead the body is forced to use the fat as fuel and it turns the body into a fat-burning machine. During this process the body produces fuel that are referred to as “ketones” this is where the name ketogenic comes from
My husband and I started our Keto journey about a month ago and although it has definitely come with challenges we’ve very much enjoyed the journey. We have learned so much over the course of the last month! Things we could eat and things we should stay away from. The amount of foods that contain hidden carbs. Creative ways to enjoy some of our favorites while eliminating the carbs and fun alternatives like, cauliflower fried rice. As I previously mentioned I am no expert but our goal is that we will be able to change our lifestyle. I plan to bring you, our readers, along on this journey to share successes, and failures, recipes, and many more! Stay tuned to hear about our bout with the “Keto Flu” what it is and how we got through it!
Have you tried Keto before? What were some of your likes and dislikes?
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