I’ve spent the last 2 months really reading up on Ketogenic eating. Everything I have read describes it basically the same way. No grains, no sugar, High (healthy) fats, moderate protein and low carb. And I mean LOW carb, for me its 22 grams a day. Keep in mind this is net carbs.
I think at the beginning I was all over this eating style because . . . . well, bacon, lets be real. I was never really a big fan of pasta or bread. Don’t get me wrong, every now and again when I’ve made a fresh loaf at home, i’ll have a slice or two and enjoy it but on a daily – I can take it or leave it. Fruit was the hard one, i like a wide variety of fruit and this way of eating would limit that.
Cheese, meat, veggies . . . . those are my staples and those are things I am encouraged to eat. I thought it was too good to be true. But . . I thought ok, this sounds like something I can do. I mean REALLY do. So I cleaned out my pantry, got some almond flour, ghee, eggs, avacados and all the good staples I’d need.
2 months in and Im still finding my footing. I have, for the most part, figured out the macros, whats good and whats not. It’s a lot more in depth than I realised, and i’m starting to get to the point where i’m looking at more veg and less dairy – and that is shocking to me. I love me some cheese! Cheese on all the things is amazing. I think my true addiction might be cheese.
What I have noticed though, is its a lot harder to balance the low carb than I initially thought it would be. As much as i loved eating steak, cheese and bacon – my body has now told me that that is not the best thing for me . . . so now I am struggling again to get in all my veggies and keep my carbs low. Its not impossible, but it takes effort.
But I’m ok with it. This is honestly the first ‘diet’ i have been on that I am not tapping out of. I find the challenge to be intriguing rather than demotivating. I don’t want to give up because it takes time to plan and make better decisions, instead I want to actually find a way to fit everything in. To make the meals that will be good for me and to make my body healthier.
Its a great feeling. Its motivating and exciting, but its also scary in a way. I actually believe in my heart AND mind that this is finally the right thing for me.
I started this to lose weight, lets be real here. But over the last few weeks i’ve come to realise it’s not about losing weight at all, its about feeling good. Feeling strong. Feeling healthy and not feeling deprived and so far – Keto has been all those things.
Im actually excited and hopeful without having to convince myself I am.