keto is neato (or something like that)

Here’s the thing about me; I like to be well informed.  It just makes me feel more confident. I mean, “knowledge is power”, right?

The past few months I’ve been seriously thinking about trying out keto as a lifestyle practice.  Now, I know a good amount about it, but one of the reasons I want to try it for myself is I just don’t think I know enough.  Research says the keto way of life isn’t going anywhere, and considering I have a few dishes on my current menu, it looks like I need to be prepared to execute a few more.

Second to that, I’ve really been struggling the past few months with my eating vibe. I just became less motivated for a bit….idk why. A cheat meal turned into a leftover cheat breakfast. You know where it goes from there! I went way off the handlebars three weeks before what you would consider to be “justified holiday calories”.  My “Life’s Little Instruction Book” page-a-day calendar tells me every year not to “count calories” from Thanksgiving to January 2nd. Whoa. Every year, I started to feel blubby, tired, and gross again.  And, not to mention, I was really mad at myself.  It’s not like someone was MAKING me eat mac and cheese every Sunday night. Esh!

For me, when I get to this point, and I’ve been here plenty of times jut like everyone else, I have to go hard core crash “something”.  In the past four years, it’s been mostly paleo with a sprinkling of juice cleanses, fasting, adding clean carbs, going zero sugar. You know what I’m talking about. I know you do. I’ve done it all. And all of them were healthy approaches, of course. Luckily for me, (as I hear often and am not trying to sound arrogant in the least), I’m a chef.  I will figure out a way, via necessity, to make all this healthy stuff taste good. I have to. If not, I can’t sustain it. I’ve never been someone who can eat ground, un-seasoned turkey and spinach every day and be ok. I won’t be ok at all.

So, JI and I are going to try 30 days of hardcore keto. We’ll be peeing on test strips and downloading apps to track every morsel. The whole shebang.  I ordered books, have been reading articles everywhere, and am really trying to grasp all the benefits and health gains to have them make sense to me.  

The skinny is….

Burn fat for fuel essentially.  Apparently, if you reset your body, in 21 days (that’s how long it takes the body to recognize a new habit), you will “unlock” this fat burning power for life  all while helping prevent cancer, inflammatory disease, diabetes, heart disease, the works. BUT, you have to eat a ton of fat, limit your protein and essentially omit all carbs, including all the good ones from fruit, sweet potatoes and veggies.

From someone who has been living the paleo lifestyle for a minute now, this seems like it might be an easier transition than most.  I thought, UNTIL I heard about the strong suggestion to add heavy cream to my morning joe…which I love drinking black. I’ll also have to say good bye to a lot of veggies I love because they have higher carb counts than their relatives like Brussels sprouts, eggplant and garlic. I’m most sad, however, to lose my favorite snack, raspberries.  I love them. I stand, with the fridge door open, (this probably annoys J.I.) and snack. But, I can’t help myself.

Bye friends. I’ll miss you.

Here’s another secret about me. I absolutely cannot quit. If I decide I’m going to do something, I do it, no matter how hard it gets. So, when the flu like symptoms, lethargy, and cold winter mornings dragging myself out of bed to go to the gym all hit at once, I’m going to have to “suck it up buttercup” and keep it movin.  I’m sure that is really going to be sucky, so I’ll have to keep thinking about that lean, mean chick I’ll see at the end. Hopefully that, and the string cheese, will get me through.


Stay tuned.

One Comment

  • Babs

    Wow…keto sounds REAL CHALLENGING. I wish you well on your journey. Good luck to J as well! But I can’t help but hear Julia Child’s mantra in my ear…”Everything in moderation”.
    Learning all about keto and getting first hand experience with this lifestyle as a chef is really admirable! Your guests who follow the keto path will really appreciate a very talented chef creating dishes that will tempt and delight the strictest of keto followers.
    You literally have a whole lotta stuff on your plate right now…with the new restaurant and all of the details finalizing the transition. Please don’t burn yourself out!
    Please find a way to be gentle with yourself.

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