There’s one thing about me that if you don’t know, you probably know now – I get really excited and really carried away when I find something I’m passionate about. As a result, people interpret my ardency as my dismissing what they believe in. Sure, I think there are aspects of low-carb/keto that I believe are truth, but I have also found that there really is no truth. Nothing is true. There is no one way or another. Life is way too nuanced and people are way too variable for there to be one way of doing anything.
For example, I’ve bashed the “everything in moderation” approach. And the usual argument against this is, “what about cyanide? Do you have cyanide in moderation?” It’s a stupid justification. As I said. I get a little carried away.
I’ve also said other things “don’t work” as well – like Weight Watchers. Since this is my personal blog, I kinda sorta assumed when I said stuff like that, it means they don’t work for me. If it works for you, go for it. Don’t think I think you’re an idiot for following anything other than what I’m doing. Do what works for you! But I will likely not spend much time researching or justifying why my way works better for me than your way.
Back to the “no truth” statement above. We really have no clue if any of this stuff is going to help or harm us. None. If we did, we’d not have an obese nation (and, increasingly, world). We’d not have so much type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. Clearly, there is no one truth. At some point, we just have to take a leap of faith. I won’t apologize for that.
However, I need to get better at the following.
- Taking it personally when people tell me, in all sincerity, that what I’m doing is BAD. That it’s going to give me heart attack. I really wonder where your evidence comes from (please don’t tell me Time Magazine or USA Today or even your doctor unless your doctor has at least a PhD in clinical nutrition), but I need to get better about reacting so quickly to statements like that. You’re entitled to tell me how you feel. How I respond is up to me and I’ve been doing it badly. Mea culpa.
- Attacking people who believe “evidence” that their way of eating is better than mine. Because my “evidence” is just as faulty as yours. Mea culpa.
I will continue my blog and continue reading and continue posting my progress and ups and downs. Isn’t that what blogs are for? They’re really just modern day journals just open to the world to read.
I’ve added a disclaimer (very bottom of the post – past the comments) on EVERY blog post here – this is MY opinion and I won’t apologize if it offends you. You can challenge me and I may or may not agree with you and I will state my “evidence” why, but I’m going to keep on keeping on with what I’m doing. Don’t be offended if I simply choose not to respond at all.
Bottom line, what I’m doing is working for me. For the probably hundreds of times I’ve tried to lose weight and have failed miserably every single time, here’s why this is working for me.
Reason #1 LCHF/Keto Works For ME
I’m sticking to it! I have zero desire to eat the foods that have caused me to pack on so much weight. I have NEVER been on a diet where I wasn’t constantly looking for ways to “cheat.” There is no doubt in my mind that I can sustain this. And “cheat” has a new meaning for me (thus all the previous references in quotations). If I choose to have something, it’s my choice and I know the consequences. I very often choose to have a libation and I know full well what’s happening to it in my body. That’s not cheating. Because cheating implies there’s a right or wrong answer and cheating is clearly a bad way to get the right answer. There is no right or wrong when it comes to what you put in your body. We are human. We have free will. If you want the potato chips, eat the damn potato chips.
Reason #2 LCHF/Keto Works For ME
I don’t feel deprived. Early on I did (and there are blog posts here to illustrate that), but I no longer do. I have control over what I eat and that is amazingly powerful (to me). I recently went out and celebrated a milestone birthday with a friend. Guess what? I had cake! I felt like crap later, but I had cake because I wanted that piece of cake and I did not beat myself up about having the cake. More importantly, I know the consequences of having that cake and I know what to expect. Right now, indulging like that stalls my weight loss. But I have the power to stall and restart as many times as I need. In the near future, I will likely not indulge a lot. In the future? Probably on occasion. You can bet I will be making cornbread dressing at Thanksgiving and indulging in that!
While I have apologized for being perhaps a bit too didactic, I will not apologize for chronicling my progress and things I’ve learned along the way. But when you tell me, “But I just tried the Yellow Car Diet and it’s amazing! You should do that!”, I will probably respond with “Thanks, but no thanks.” Does that make me closed to new ideas? Probably. But there’s only so much time in the day and I’ve put A LOT of time into this new way of eating and see no reason to change anything right now. Maybe later. Maybe this won’t work or maybe I’ll get sick or, gasp, maybe I’ll have a heart attack. But I really don’t think that what I’m doing right now will be a direct cause. I’m not a psychic. I can’t see into the future and our medical and scientific community cannot truly study the human condition and come up with the E=MC2 for diet and nutrition. They simply can’t. So, I take whatever I read with a grain of salt. If I find evidence I believe in, then I will spout that evidence. If you don’t agree, fine. But just like with religion and politics – there’s no reason for us to have a debate about and be offended by the other’s opinion. Take it or leave it. This blog is my opinion.