Getting over my misconceptions about Keto

I am very near perfecting my cauliflower rice recipe and there are many cute bento boxes on the horizon for this blog. For your amusement:

How about another one?

Pretty cute huh? I will be going into how I make the various components and how well these work out for me. Aka, am I hungry afterward? Did it stand up until lunch time? Etc. I’ve never made bentos before so this is a new experience for me. I am really looking forward to it!

Working on these bentos made me think about why it took me so long to try the ketogenic diet and why I started this blog.

To be honest I’ve always been kind of girly. I like cute things. And keto/low-carb did not fit my image at all. Body builders? Cavemen? No way. For the longest time I thought that eating a low fat carbohydrate rich diet would help me look more like I wanted to look. I internalized a lot of the “common knowledge” of nutrition and tried to make it part of my personality. I didn’t just stop eating fat, I told myself that I didn’t like it. Of course in time I became a huge fat-phobe and a vegetarian. It was not only a diet but an image that I was maintaining. It took me a long time to transition away from that.

Kind of silly in retrospect but my idea of myself as this fat hating vegetarian was actually a huge barrier to being comfortable on a low carb meat and fat heavy diet. Didn’t liking fat make me a glutton? Wouldn’t I just get fatter since fat has so many more calories than carbs or proteins? Wouldn’t I just break out with massive acne and have disgustingly oily skin?

Of course after eating this way I realize none of my fears were actually true. Eating fat is very satiating and I no longer eat as much food as I used to. I stop eating because I am no longer hungry and dieting is not a test of my willpower anymore. Weight loss is a lot more complicated than the calories in vs. calories out argument so I’ve actually been losing weight easily for the first time in my life. Last but not least my pores are shrinking and my skin is actually a lot clearer these days!

Mentally, I don’t feel anymore manly on this diet. In fact the opposite might be true since I think that my hormones are a lot more regulated these days. While that’s more anecdotal I do feel a lot more comfortable in my own skin. Slowly I’ve come to realize this idea that eating meat and fat is something inherently manly is simply not true.

I wish I could go back in time and tell myself about eating this way. Of course that isn’t possible, but I can reach out to other people that might feel the same way that I once did. That’s part of why I started this blog. To try to find like minded people and make Keto something more appealing for me.

Thanks for reading and I hope that I will be successful finding a cuter version of keto! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Do you have any mental hangups that are holding you back from starting a ketogenic diet? What are they and where do they come from?