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Week 2 - Wednesday: Podcasts and Keto

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

One of the ways I am renewing my mind is by listening to podcasts....and this is completely new to me. I know - I'm late to the game. My husband has a bunch of podcasts he likes, and it always felt like talk radio to me...which bores me (though not as much as it did when I was younger...). Well, I started listening to Taste for Truth with Barb Raveling (Author of I Deserve a Donut...), and I really liked it. It was very encouraging, and I would listen either when I needed to get something done I didn't want to do, or if I had a craving to eat. The short episodes helped pass just enough time that I could decide if I was really hungry or if there was another reason I was wanting to eat.

I got an email from Whole30 about the same time I started listening to Taste for Truth that Melissa Hartwig Urban (co-creater of Whole30) was starting a new podcast series "Do the Thing". I signed up for Whole30 emails when I thought we'd do Whole30 for Lent. (We did ok following it...until I had an emergency Appendectomy in April - April was a crazy month).

Anyway, I started listening to Do the Thing yesterday. Melissa's first episode featured Gretchen Rubin discussing her book "The Four Tendencies", which has now been added to my to-be-read list. Her second episode talked about the ever popular Ketogenic (Keto) diet.

As I was listening, I found myself thinking, "Man, it would be great if my body burned fat instead of sugar; I bet I could get rid of this belly in no time. It would be so easy."

When thoughts like that pop into my head, I am learning I need to slow down and address the lie with the truth.

#1 - Keto would require completely changing the way I (or my family) eat - which means it would not be easy. Some foods that I think are healthy and are staples of our meals are restricted on Keto (apples, grapes, peas, beans of all kinds). Not to mention, I would either have to cook two different meals (or variations) if I didn't want to make my family do this too.

#2 - There is no magic weight loss/belly fat solution. Even Keto would still take time.

#3 - It's not a sustainable lifestyle for me. I need to be honest - I love carbs. My father-in-law makes some of the best homemade bread imaginable. I like to share dessert with my kids sometimes. I like to cook with ginger. And I can't resist popcorn.

One of the best pieces of advice Dr. Will Cole (Melissa's guest discussing Keto) gives when discussing the question "should I try the 8 week Keto diet" is something along the lines of if you are just starting out your journey to better health, no, don't jump in to Keto. Take time to build health habits, then learn how to use real food to feel great, then try low carb. Do what feels best for your body and ease in to it. It may take weeks, months, years before you're ready to try it.

It takes time.
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