It has been a little over a year since my husband and I started the keto way of eating. Before starting our journey we had so many friends to encourage us. So many people saw results right away. We absolutely love the richness of food that comes with eating keto.
There are so many skeptics out there and some famous ones I wanted to personally throat punch on the days I was having victories because everyone deserves victories without naysayers. I’m not an actual throat punch kind of girl unless you mess with my kids, just to be clear.
We invested in all the necessary changes in our fridge and pantry. We studied and read books. We walked into this way of eating (WOE) knowledgeable and educated; and it was empowering.
The problem is...
we just can’t do it.
I personally became highly convicted when I read the creators of a Facebook group, screaming “carrots aren’t keto and if you disagree you’re out!”
Of course I laughed, my husband laughed and just removed myself from the group. Not because I disagree but because who acts like that? Plus, I was fine with not eating carrots until someone demanded I not, then I needed to.
Here is where my convictions started happening... God grew carrots. God created carrots for us. They are rich in nutrients and are meant for us to eat.
These thoughts started creeping into the fact that bananas were a no-no. Apples? How dare you incorporate bits of apples into a recipe! Potatoes!? There are amazing alternatives, but do I want to deprive myself of the healthy sweetness of a sweet potatoes or the antioxidants in those beautiful purple potatoes I loved? Also, who gets tired of counting macros? Me! That’s who.
4 Reasons to Not Keto
So, why not keto?
I believe it is simply not for everyone. Hard core keto helped me lose 12 lbs and that was all. It was not worth it to me to stay on. However, I have good friends who have lost significant amounts and kept it off.
I stand by that many people do have a misconception about fats being bad and carbs being good. There are two sides to each coin. There are good fats and bad, yes. Bad. There are good carbs and bad, yes. Good.
1. IT IS EXTREME
Yes it is! Any keto-er will tell you it is. It is an extreme WOE that may or may not work for everyone.
I told myself I would try anything for 90 days. It was extreme. I loved the challenge of adapting my favorite recipes to become low carb and high fat. It is definitely one of my favorite ways of eating. However, it became so hard to stay on.
We did find a nice balance through all the education and learning over the last year so hang with me and I’ll share below.
2. IT IS RISKY
After being in over 75 keto Facebook groups in the last year I have definitelty read my fair share of posts about doctors being concerned and in some cases (not all) they are rightly so.
Doctors have little to no nutritional training so it always bothers me that they stick their noses in places they don’t always belong. Unless a doctor is going out of their way to educate themselves they need only help patients understand the importance of checking in and researching, carefully, any life style change. Some doctors are for it and some are against it, that alone tells us that medicine isn’t always sure about physiology.
That being said, I personally had my numbers run after 90 days, and 1 year, and everything was perfect. To be fair, 8 years ago my numbers were of great concern and I have made many changes in our lifestyle to remedy that.
The trick with the risk is to educate yourself on healthy fats and how much or little are needed to get what you need in the keto woe. I have seen people argue that all fat is good fat, so maybe if that is the case for you, we will call these good fats... “better fats”.
knowledge is power.
3. IT IS DEPRIVING
Depriving onesself is all about mindset. If you don’t feel deprived by not having apples, bananas, carrots, or other healthy fruits and vegetables, then this section isn’t for you.
I’m not talking about the deprivation of food in general and that you’ll constantly feel hungry. Actually the opposit is true. You will not feel hungry. You will eat plenty of food. My husband loves eating keto for that reason.
We began feeling deprived because we wanted to taste the goodness of so many other things and couldn’t. I’ll back this one up with scripture later for those who want to dive deeper.
4. IT IS NOT FOR EVERYONE
From the beginning we felt it was a good thing for us, we didn’t force our kids or get sideways when others didn’t join us. It was just for us, until it wasn’t.
What is for everyone...
Ultimately, what we learned and our take away is to avoid sugar and to look for it on labels. It’s hiding in so many places and you find carbs in things you shouldn’t. Eat whole fruits and veggies. Scrap as much processed foods as possible, especially those that should be in a while form like grains and fruits.
You don’t need carbs with every meal or even most of the time, it’s best to simply choose healthy ones when needed that come from whole food.
Healthy, better for you fats help push out those bad fats. So don’t be afraid to toss your salad in some avocado oil or coat your salmon in a bit of nut oil before cooking. Incorporating them gently into every meal is key.
What We’re Doing
Keeping it clean.
We make mistakes sometimes or let our kids (and ourselves) have treats from time to time. As two adults who have struggled since college with weight, we owe it to ourselves to continue to strive to feel better.
I still do run a keto recipe group on Facebook with over 12k followers. I respect anyone who does still feel like this is for them. I also have many yummy recipes on the sister blog, HomeSpun-Mom.com
The health benefits for simply avoiding sugar and inflammatory inducing foods is spectacular.
Maybe keto isnt for you, it’s not for us; but if it is, I wish you the best.
In latter times some will depart from the faith...commanding to obstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. -1 Timothy 4:3
With a deep seated need to write to other I share my heart here on the matter of faith and family. My hope is that my present self, is connecting to future readers in God's perfect timing.