*Note: I have been on a Ketogenic diet for almost 5 years. I don’t eat bread, pasta, rice, potatoes or sugar. I no longer drink beer or alcohol. I have not cheated. I found my food. Yet, within the context of a Lowcarb approach I have again found myself struggling with hunger and cravings, reaching for foods to comfort and soothe. I’ve gained weight ON Keto! As I unravel the struggles I come here to share. These blogs are all written about my personal struggles in hopes that they bring insights to others. Recently I’ve struggled with artificial sweeteners (Sugarfree gum and diet drinks) which caused cravings. Cravings I mistook for hunger. Cravings I could not control and succumbed to over and over again.
I sighed as I stepped on the scale last month. I’ve not been on a scale in over 3 years. My pants we not tight, I’d been buying bigger sizes. This is NOT where I wanted to be! I’VE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE!
Struggles are important, they are signals that we are off somewhere!
I’ve been down the food-struggle road before. I’ve tried to fix it only to fall back to food to ease the stress of the food fight. “Giving in again” is not something I want to start back up! I’VE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD AGAIN. It leads to shame and hopelessness when I KNOW for a fact Keto will deliver me! I was in a keto-nightmare because I’d lost control. (All on keto)
If you are struggle I bet you know exactly WHY! I was hungry all the time. Eating sometimes all day along again. That’s another road I don’t want to go down either! Everything pointed to the copious amounts of sweeteners I was taking in with gum and diet drinks. It provoked Cravings that I mistook for HUNGER.
If you don’t want to go down that road again, you have to make a U-turn!
I had started sharing my struggles. It was a great start! Bringing it out into the open. I - am - struggling - again. It was a bold confession made to my online support group. Made at our local small Yes! group. Then I took it a step further I got a Diet-buddy. A one-on-one, in my face, accountability friend. I boldly proclaimed I was quitting sweeteners.
It’s been 5 weeks. Daily interaction with my DB (Diet buddy). Texting, emails. Daily stepping on the scale and regular exercise. I eat 1.5 times a day because I’m NOT hungry again. My energy is back and I’m moving and accomplishing things I want to get done, again.
Do you need to make a U-turn?
Are you lost? Made the wrong turn? Can you admit it, or are you still turning down every road trying to fix it all by yourself. YOU-ARE-LOST! Admit it. Do you need help? There really is no shame in that. The shame is already THERE (Trying to fix it all by yourself. Good luck with that!) TIME to be honest with yourself and fighting for yourself all over again. It’s not just making a promise to yourself, it’s confessing to another and being held accountable to turn the car around! Or…You are going to go farther and farther down the road you wish you were not on and the consequences might not be so easy to come back from.