Avoiding Keto Negativity In a World Full of Haters
Happy 4th folks! It’s raining buckets here, so I thought instead of being bummed out, I’d take this opportunity to blog. Today, I’m talking about avoiding keto negativity.
I’ve only been practicing keto for a few months and I must say, I’m truly shocked by all the negativity out there. Both within the keto community and from outsiders, negativity abounds. ENOUGH ALREADY. In this post, we’ll talk about the kind of negativity I’m seeing and avoiding keto negativity in a world full of haters!
Ahh, the internet. It is simultaneously my best friend and the bane of my existence. The internet allows us to be connected like never before, allowing for the instant sharing of information and…. opinion. So. Many. Opinions! Now, typically, when I see something with which I disagree, you know what I do? I KEEP SCROLLING! Clearly, that info isn’t for me. Move on. However, it seems lots of people, instead of scrolling on, will instead write a dissertation on why they are right and you are wrong. *eye roll* Seriously, who has time for that? Not me!
Negativity From Outside the Keto Community
I expect this. People don’t understand low carb high fat or keto diets. These diets go against every bit of dietary advice given to us in the last thirty years from agencies like the USDA and American Heart Association. I’ll never forget the first time I heard of a keto diet. My friend was going keto and I saw her posts on Pinterest. I immediately thought, “OMG! She’s going to have a heart attack!” But you know what happened? She lost 70 pounds and felt better than ever.
This kind of negativity is pretty easy to avoid. Just keep your diet to yourself. I know, you’re excited that you’ve found the antidote but most people aren’t ready for this kind of radical change just yet. Usually, I save myself a lot of frustration by keeping my diet to myself. If someone asks me what I’m doing, I send them a link to Jason Fung’s BLOG. Because the information is highly technical, they usually don’t ask many questions beyond that. lol. The good news here is that awareness is improving. In time, maybe The Standard American Diet will improve to include less processed garbage and more healthy fats.
If people really push me for information on how I’m losing weight, I might try to explain to them about how fat has been improperly labeled as dangerous for the last thirty years and processed grains contribute to something called insulin resistance. But usually, we just end up in a frustrating stalemate. I’m telling you… it’s easier just to keep it to myself until they’re ready to see the light!
Negativity Within the Keto Community
This type of negativity was surprising to me and has been more difficult for me to avoid. When I found the keto diet and it started working for me, I was SO excited! I joined several communities, posted on forums, and sought out blogs. What I expected was overwhelming support from more experienced keto folks. What I saw instead was, very often, snobbery and elitism! HOW DISCOURAGING!
I’ll never forget posting a low carb recipe that had 13g net carbs and someone on the page said, “13 g of carbs? That’s not low carb.” REALLY? I then explained to her that because I practice intermittent fasting, I only eat once or twice each day, so 13 grams of carbs is actually perfect for me. Now, after a few months, I’m pretty much used to hearing things like…. “You can’t be in ketosis if you eat 30 g of carbs in a day!” or, “You can’t eat berries, onions, tomatoes, etc. etc. etc.” or, my personal favorite, “ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER?? THAT’S A CHEMICAL SHIT STORM!!!!”
Eventually, you have to learn to just ignore them and keep going. Here’s the way I see it. If you’re even slightly reducing the amount of carbs and processed garbage that you consume, you’re doing your body a huge favor. You don’t have to follow the strict “traditional keto” rules. You can eat a freaking strawberry if you want! And if you have a diet Coke, every once in a while, you’re not going to die. Avoiding keto negativity within the keto community can be tough. It is everywhere but DO NOT give in and argue with them or give up, just keep moving.
If you are losing weight, feeling improved moods and energy, your skin is clearing up, and your focus is on point… you’re probably in ketosis! Even if you DID eat a strawberry and washed it down with a Diet Coke. Don’t listen to the haters! Do your thing and be happy about the good you’re doing for your body!
Haters Gonna Hate
It’s true! Haters are gonna hate and avoiding keto negativity isn’t always easy. People are going to say things that are unkind. You just have to avoid their negativity. They either don’t understand the way of life, OR they are too elitist to understand that there are different ways of doing keto. If what you’re doing is working for you, just pat yourself on the back, move on, and keep doing it! You got this! I am proud of you.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope this post helped improve your outlook towards your version of the keto diet.
What’s the most ridiculous thing someone has ever said to you about your diet? I’d love to share the laughs. Let me know by commenting below.
I hope you have a beautiful and blessed day and… GOD BLESS AMERICA!