By Annie Phenix
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Keto Can Be a Lot of Work at First but Chronic Disease Is even Harder

I’m a Certified Keto-Adapted Health Coach on Day 7 of Maria Emmerich’s 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse. You can learn more about me from my website Happy Fat Mouth.

I am a semi-retired professional dog trainer who specializes in behavior modification. I’ve learned enormous, life-changing things from science-based behavior modification protocols for a species that cannot speak. It has prepared me well to work with humans interested in going on the ketogenic diet. This species can talk and boy do they give me an earful! My job is to listen and then offer strategies that lead to success. One thing I hear nearly every day from my human clients is this:  “Keto IS HARD!”

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I hear you, loud and clear. There IS a LOT of cooking following the keto way of living. There are a lot of dirty dishes and many trips to the grocery store. All of this is true. It’s also true that sticking with the Standard American Diet — one made so simple and quick and so devastatingly un-healthy — is easier. It’s quick and easy by design, at least until it pollutes your body and you join the 60% of Americans living with a chronic disease. And there are billion-dollar marketing companies that attempt to sway you to use their quick and easy and but not very healthy meal products as they are so often packed with sugar and carbs. It’s a marketing jungle out there every day of our lives. Marketing experts say we are subjected to as many as 10,000 marketing messages A DAY.

As a Keto-Adapted Health Coach, I listen closely to my clients. I even listen for the things they aren’t saying.

It takes mental strength to tune out all that noise. And it takes emotional strength to wade through ALL of the many, many diet plans and learn about them all until you find what works for you. Keto certainly works for me (I’m down 9 pounds and 4 inches on my waist in 7 days and I have energy all day long) and for millions of people around the globe. But it is hard in that there is a learning curve for sure. It’s even harder to come to the realization that we have all been lied to for decades about what is truly healthy food. Even once you accept that good fat is healthy for you, you are then subjected to false, scary headlines saying the keto diet will either a) kill you or b) give you “keto crotch.” Here’s a great article blowing apart the most common keto myths. And here’s what I wrote about the bogus “keto crotch.”

If you keep on eating the Standard American Diet, chances are very high that you will not age in a healthy manner. Diabetes, heart disease, stoke, cancer, Alzheimers and obesity are no joke. They will rob you of your life strength while attacking your body and brain. Even if you some how squeak by without a major disease eating SAD, your energy is robbed from you on a daily basis. I call keto my “never-living-a-nursing-home” card. I would not do well in a nursing home and you probably would not either. I don’t know of anyone who aspires to live out their remaining years there.

So while keto seems hard at first, there are things in life that are MUCH harder, such as chronic disease. Feeling like crap every day is difficult. Not enjoying life itself is heartbreaking. I promise you that if you dare to put your toe into the keto waters, you are moving towards health. You are saying you are worth good health (I wrote about putting yourself first here). You are worth eating well, even if it does require more work than calling up the pizza delivery store.

You really, really, really are worth it.

If you would like to learn about my personalized coaching or receive my newsletter, please check out my website, I share incredible recipes that make your mouth happy (and your heart, gut, and brain). I also have a Happy Fat Mouth Facebook page here.

Here are my starting numbers I will update the carb count at the end of the day. I am highlighting the carb count as that is what I am most interested in reducing right now:

Starting Weight: 170 pounds
Weight Day 7: 161 pounds
30 Day Keto Challenge Goal Weight: 160
Ultimate Goal Weight: 150 Pounds

Height: 5’8
Waist: 38 inches
Chest: 41 inches
Hips: 41 inches

Day Seven:

Carb count:   14 carbs

  • 2 carbs mini peppers
  • 2 carbs cocoa chocolate
  • 2 carbs Monkfruit sugar
  • 1 carb Ranch dressing
  • 4 carbs small green leaf salad
  • 3 carbs (2) coconut fat bomb

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