Big Changes can be Scary!
Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Almost a month ago I decided to give keto a try. I had heard of it, of course, but as with most people, was scared away by the horrors of a HIGH FAT diet! It was so contrary to every aspect of the way I have eaten for over 40 years. I've been low fat for so long, I actually preferred salads without dressing, dry toast, and black coffee. Out for dinner, I'd cringe to see people smearing butter on their bread.
There were many tries on SparkPeople - which were always successful, but then I would ultimately "fall away." A couple of years ago at a health fair at my job, I was dismayed to be told my cholesterol was not good and I should be eating more fish, lean poultry, avocados and olive oil. How shocking! These were already major components of my diet. Red meat hasn't been on my plate for years and even the smell of it cooking sometimes makes me a bit nauseous. My blood pressure had climbed from traditionally very low (clinicians often took it twice feeling they had made a mistake) to the very high end of the "normal' range. Not a big shock, since I had continued putting on weight, especially following my husband's death and a badly broken wrist which required surgery and months of rehab. But how was it that all my numbers were headed in the wrong direction? It was time to look for something different.
I found Team Keto! on SP and began to read and learn. The two leaders, Holly and James, are living breathing advertisements for a keto lifestyle. They have been wildly successful on it and are founts of knowledge, always willing to answer any question and provide excellent resources. As I continued to play with the idea of giving it a try, one day Holly said, "at some point, you just have to give it a try." So I did and couldn't be more grateful.
I'm hoping that this is not just a "honeymoon" period, but I honestly feel better than I have in years. With their guidance, I've managed to avoid the "keto flu" so far, and have been slowly losing weight without much effort. I'm amazed at how long I can go and how much I can do without having to eat. Only wish I had tried this long ago.
So far one of the biggest challenges has been convincing my loved ones that I am not putting my life at risk. At some point I will go in for a full physical, which in itself would be a positive change. It's something I have avoided for years, due to not wanting to face the additional weight on the scale and more bad numbers.
I'm hopeful that the weight will continue to slide off and that I feel the lightness and energy that has been my experience thus far. One thing is for sure - overcoming my fear of trying something radically different might just turn out to be the best thing I've done in a long time. With luck, it just might spill over into other parts of my life and who knows where the next step of the journey will lead!