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Being a Keto Boss!

Let's face it, we are super busy during the summer and a lot of the times we have to do a quick dash to dine here or there. What I want to point out to you is that we should really try to stay clear of our old stomping grounds. Our old "haunts", if you will! These can really be triggers that might leave your disappointed or worse, cheating. So do you avoid them or come to grips with the idea that that was the old you and this new you doesn't eat unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks! This is really a question that you have to resolve in your own head. Are you the personalty that can stick to your way of eating and modifying a restaurant menu that you used to frequent with bad food choices in the past? 

I'm sure there are a lot of you that just don't need or want the temptation put in your face. Or maybe you'll do it with a brave face thinking you got this! But, when you get there and everyone is smacking down on breadsticks you feel like you're missing out or you even crack! I'm really an on or off person and back in December my family was at the Olive Garden. So there were a lot of us and I watched as they all enjoyed the breadsticks, Alfredo sauce and more. All of my usual old bad habit food groups that don't make up anywhere near my daily lifestyle now. I mean I could do a real Alfredo sauce that I made or that I know what's exactly in it, but this way, no because I had no clue. And what was I going to do just eat it with a spoon? LOL That's ok. I'll sit and chill. 

I promise you that this must have been the 40th restaurant I had been to in 2017 and I didn't crack at any other ones and I didn't care. But, for some reason, on this day I was upset. I wasn't upset that I was missing out. It was more like I was upset that they all seemed to really enjoy what they were eating and I had my food brought with me in my purse. I was did eat the lettuce with my own apple cider vinegar and oils, but I wasn't too terribly happy. Someone said something that set me off and I got super upset and cried a little silently. Hadn't I been losing a ton of fat over this year? Don't I like to sit and have fun eating whatever I like just like everyone else? Why can't I feel human? Why do I isolate myself? 

The real truth is that I don't usually feel the way and that I don't let things like that get the best of me. If I spent a hot second thinking about all the inflammation that would cause my body and the stomach ache I would inevitably get, I would be just fine sitting there chatting and not eating! 

It all boils down to how we feel about food. Why we "FEEL" at all about it! Why would we have an emotional connection with food? It's just a fuel source and our goal is to put the best fuel in. So, gosh darn it, let it go. It's just an old feeling associated with food the ended up putting you in the overeat position you were in the beginning of 2017! That's what I should have told myself! Even someone like me who can sort of be a professional dieter (ugh that sounds bad, but with the competitions, etc. I think I am) can break down and have a connection to food that I don't want! 

Let it go! Just like the song says.. Let it Go people! Stop keeping all these attachments to food, a restaurant, a theme park, a bar, etc. Just because you went there when you were..... (fill in the blank) or you love that place because you and hubby always get the... (fill in the blank). It doesn't have to be that way. Get the control over the food and stop letting it control you! You're the boss! 

 

Where were you a YEAR AGO today?

I guess we all can probably narrow it down thanks to Facebook and the memories option, but I’m talking about where were you on your health journey? Are you in a better place now? If your goal was to lose fat, did you? Have you regained your focus? It really doesn’t matter what your goal was, the question is are you there? Did you achieve it or surpass it? 

For years I kept saying “Next month I’ll start my diet”. I’m sure you can assume that “next month” never came around for me. I know it hasn’t come around for a lot of you as well. Who are we kidding? Do we think that if you tell ourselves that next month we’re going to start eating right and start working out we will kid ourselves? The subconscious mind is a powerful tool. What we should be doing is not saying it as if it’s a QUESTION… but rather a MANTRA! Get the hesitation out of you head. You’re not fooling anyone, not even you! 

So, lets get down to it! Lets get to the heart of the issue. I know I’ve talked about it many times in the past, but today seems relevant. Today is a good day! Start today! Don’t wait! Because if you do wait, the “Tomorrow I’ll diet” day will never come and you’ll be sitting here a year later with the same regrets and the same clothes you were in a year ago! Is unhealthy food really worth it? Is it worth your self esteem, your nights of crying, your reclusion from your friends and family? Is it? I don’t think the trade is worth the outcome. I really don’t! And I’m speaking from someone who has been on both sides! 

You know how they joke that a car salesman says “What will it take to get you in this car today”? You know that line. It’s funny, but it’s true! What will it take to get you to look in the mirror and tell your true self that you are worth it! That you will commit to the most worthy of causes, yourself! Grab that lifeline, that oxygen mask, and give yourself the breath of air you need! You can be your own superhero! I promise you that if you take the leap you’ll find the path that will guide you. The path is never a straight line. We all learn along the way and that’s the best way to do it. We take the information of people that have come into our lives and we benefit from their knowledge, but most importantly we need to spread our knowledge! In sharing our experiences we teach others! Share your wealth and then you’ll heal thyself!

Binge Eating

I sort of feel that one can slip into binging while otherwise adhering successfully to a Keto lifestyle. Because there are so many versions of Keto, it can make it easy to slip into an old bad habit or make a new one!

Before you start down a Carb Day or Cheat Day you need to ask yourself if your personality is the type that will overindulge. If you’re mindset is “this is my last carb meal” or “I can’t eat another carb for a week” you more than likely will start shoving in large amounts of carbs/food that you normally wouldn’t have in the first place. 

Each of us truly knows our own weaknesses and we can’t lie to ourselves. Think hard on this one. Are you a good candidate for cheat meals or cheat days? If you have the personality that tends to be “all or nothing” please reconsider. You don’t have to stay clear of these things all the time. You can train your mind to accept one meal a week or one day a week, however you want to work out your Keto lifestyle. Or simply just don’t do it if it’s too much pressure.  

Its all mind over matter as they say. We can reprogram our minds to be more adaptive to eating a certain way. This can take some time but it’s certainly doable. The meal you’re eating that’s off your “diet” is not the very last time you’re going to eat that food in your lifetime! Don’t put such a harsh restriction on yourself. Tell yourself that you can have another meal like this when you choose to. You’re in control. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. (I’m speaking to myself here as well)

Have a great weekend! Enjoy Father’s Day!!

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Keto Snacking ~ The Sugary runaway Train!

We’ve all heard how Sugar Addiction is more powerful than Cocaine! I’m not speaking from experience as my carb of choice has always been pasta or bread, but I do hear on a daily basis that the majority of people are suffering from a sugar addiction. 

If you are one of these people or maybe you’re teeter tottering on the edge of a sugar addiction, please read this post.  

One of the best things about the Keto Community is that its extremity welcoming. We have open arms for anyone who wants to join us! It’s really an inspiring group of people that help each other. I even see a lot of encouragement on social platforms. It’s very refreshing. We have grown over the years and have become more mainstream which has brought on a plethora of new Keto food products. Mostly snack options. 

Let me tell you that there is a ton of them out there, both from reputable companies and some that are not so good. We take the good with the bad because it’s all progress in helping spread the word of Keto. Spreading the word makes our lives much easier as it then brings on better health, more socially acceptable and even easier to eat at restaurants. 

But, some of these snacks are made with artificial sweeteners which still affect your blood sugar, as well as, just being generally bad for your body for other reasons.  And then there’s the good sweet sources, for instance, pure Stevia that doesn’t affect your blood sugar. But either way, if you are a sugar addict it’s not a smart idea to intake any of these products. Any amount of sweetness can make crave more sweetness. It's a slippery slope and if you are sugar addict this could lead you into a whole lot of trouble. I think this is one of the reasons we see binge dieting. I promise you that if you looked at the package label really close you'll find that things you didn't think had sugar in them really do and also things you would never guess had added bad oils really does.

***Side rant***Canola hides in almost every snack around, and if it's not in there its close friend soybean oil just might be! Just be aware of what you eating so you don't set yourself back. READ LABELS closely. 

Back to the sugar! I’m definitely not an trained expert on the subject, but I’ve seen the effects of sugar substances towards many clients which all ended up with them giving up on their new eating lifestyle. I would say that if you are a sugar addict you should probably just avoid the sugary Keto snacks that we find everywhere or even the recipes that include these type of sugars. At least try this for the first several months and then gradually add in a Stevia snack here and there, just not filling your day up with these foods. You want to make sure your majority of food intake is from whole food sources with a snack peppered in to stay on track!

When I tried "Cheating" I ended up down the rabbit hole of life ~

Falling down the rabbit hole ~ Cheat your heart out!

I don’t know about you, but when I “cheat” on my diet I go to the extreme. It’s because I have an extremist personality. Now, I’ve really denied this in the past! So every meal during a “cheat” is as if it’s my last one. 

The mentality is “This is the last cheat meal I’m eating, so I’m going to eat whatever I want to eat”. I’ll almost pig out. Not lying! I’ll eat a ton of bread thinking it’s the very last time I’ll ever eat it again. That’s the true issue with me cheating on a diet. Every meal is as if it’s the last so I better get in all I want! 

Let me tell you that mentality will get you fat. It’s true! You’ll be out of control in a blink of your eye. After a year I decided to cheat for a bit. It started out as “I’ll cheat only on New Year’s Eve” and then it went to “Only while I’m staying at the resort for New Year’s Eve for our Anniversary”. And then, “Ok, only for the month of January”. Well, it went past St. Valentine’s Day and there I was still cheating and with a gain of almost 20 pounds! If that doesn’t scream addict, I don’t know what does! So, the latest excuse was that it is also the first day of Lent. “I’ll give up cheating on the diet for Lent”. That worked out great. I did it and haven’t cheated.

But, why can’t I do just a cheat meal here and there? Why am I such an extremist? If I never get to the end of that question I’ll never resolve the issue of being overfat for life! It’s as if I continuously keep drawing the line in the sand and stepping right over it. 

The inner fat girl in me just can’t seem to control my surroundings in a cheat situation. As I write this I’m having that sinking feeling of disappointment. My goodness I disappoint myself more than I do anyone else. I have lots of people in my life, but I am the one that continuously disappointments me. 

The rabbit hole is where I slip down the minute I start to eat something that is not on my daily diet. One meal can do it. I’ll just have the meal and within minutes the feelings of guilt overcome me. But apparently that doesn’t deter me! You would presume that those feelings of guilt would stop me from slipping down that rabbit hole. Nope! I’ll just keep cheating and keep the hate going!