EVERY TIME I SEE SOME ONLINE DIETITIAN BITCHING ABOUT KETO OR INTERMITTENT FASTING, I HAVE TO TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND CHECK MY ANGER. Because while there are some clearly targeting a disordered eating audience, they’re also reaching prediabetics, Type 2 Diabetics, PCOS warriors, brain injury.MS, Parkinson’s & Guillain-Barre Syndrome survivors, cancer patients, and MORE who really could be benefiting from specific ways of eating even though the word “diet” is associated with the name. And it makes me REALLY mad.
Truth is, I did come to keto and intermittent fasting for the weight loss. And I’ve stayed, through years-long “stalls”, for the rest of the health benefits. For the even keeled mood. For the clarity. For the never-ending energy. For the hair regrowth and the radiance of my skin that people legit don’t stop commenting on. For my blood sugar being on point when my father is a Type 2 Diabetic & my mother DIED from complications of diabetes. For body recomposition consistently moving towards more muscle. For perfect bloodwork. For amazingly regular periods, no more insane PMS or constant polyp/cyst growth.
I am not starving. I still get tons of fiber and all the nutrients I need every day. I eat CHOCOLATE every day! I celebrate with friends and make room for higher-carb meals/days, eat at restaurants, and otherwise live a perfectly healthy and joyful life that does NOT feel restrictive. I exercise because it feels good and I love seeing my resting heart rate and blood pressure PERFECT and the best compliment I received all last year was when my chiropractor called me an athlete.
So before you throw the baby out with the bathwater, if you’re facing a challenging health condition (that is NOT an eating disorder) & are hesitating trying a new way of eating because of the anti-diet movement, crumple up that guilt and toss it in the trash – keep only the GREAT things anti-diet offers, some of which are below:
Your size, weight, race, level of ability, gender does not affect your worth or lovability.
It is a wonderful thing to know your body, be in communication with it, and be able to clearly advocate for it.
There are NO magic pills, potions, or teas to healthfully turn you into a Kardashian or my idol, Beyonce – only consistently healthy choices, LOTS of nutrients, and HELLA exercise.
Skinny does not equal happy or healthy.
BMI is total bullshit.
TTFN – Just had to get that off my chest!