If you have read my blog, you already know that I despise “Keto Police” and I believe STRONGLY in encouraging one another along this journey. There is enough negativity in the world and I want to maintain our community of support and positive reinforcement. That being said, I have mentioned before how some groups just seem to attack one another online and spill out toxic, bad information on beginners and even seasoned Ketoers. These people have no Science to back up the claims that they make and/or they just blindly repeat things that they have read without checking to see if it’s true. This is what I want to talk to you about today. Keep in mind that I am no expert but there are some fundamentals that I have committed to memory because I see them as critical to success. The variations that exist on top of those critical fundamentals are going to look different in each individual’s journey. For example, I choose dirty Keto and you choose strict Keto…our menu’s will look different but we will both reach our goal if we persist. Something that I consider fundamental is the use of Ketostix for beginners through the fat adaptation stage.
In the last couple of days, I have seen about a dozen beginners proudly post the picture of their ketostix, only to be attacked and bombarded with people telling them that Ketostix are worthless and they are dehydrated…not in ketosis. UGH, UGH and UGH!! First of all, dehydrated or not, if that stick turns ANY shade of pink then you are in Ketosis. Secondly, the dehydration and dark pink theory is just that….a theory! There is a very easy way to REALLY know if you are dehydrated and it has nothing to do with the color of your ketostix. If you have dark, scant urine then you need to drink more. If you do not have that, then you are not dehydrated even if your stick gets very dark. In the beginning, as your body adjusts to using fat for fuel, a lot more ketone bodies end up in your urine as the fat is being broken down. As time goes on, your body becomes more efficient as using those Ketone bodies and less of them will be dumped in your urine, but if you have a lot of fat to lose, your color may be dark for quite a while. Less ketone bodies results in a lighter color. There really is no telling when this will occur for each individual. You will notice in the picture above that my stick is a nice medium pink and I have been fat adapted for over a year. It is really upsetting to see these poor people, looking for validation in a group, get shot down so quickly!! I try to catch these posts in different groups so I can offer some truth and some encouragement to these people so that they won’t get discouraged and give up. Even more horrifying than this is that I have read comments where people tell members that they are experiencing Ketoacidosis because their stick turns dark. NO, NO and NO!! Ketoacidosis is something that occurs in Type 1 Diabetics who do not produce insulin on their own! Completely different than ketosis.
Aside from Ketostix, there are some other topics that alarm me. In many of these groups, people will post that they are having sugar cravings and will ask what they can eat. The answer should be this, “friend, if you are in ketosis, you will not be craving sugar”.
If you are brand new, then yes, you will still have to deal with some sugar cravings until you are deep into ketosis or fat adapted. When people offer sweet treats, sugar free candy, cheat meals and such, they are setting that person up for failure. Why? If they continue to feed that sweet tooth, even with artificial sweeteners, it will never go away because they are not fully breaking their addiction. Most people who begin a ketogenic lifestyle do so because they were a carb addict. The only way to fix this is to train your taste buds to love food that is savory! Once fat adapted, this is easy but in the beginning it’s going to have to be a choice that you make each time a craving rears its head. So, as you peruse groups and read what other beginners eat to satisfy their sweet tooth, be strong and scroll on by. Protect yourself by not believing every bit of advice given on FB groups.
One of the best things that you can do as a beginner, or even a seasoned ketoer, is spend some time reading or listening to reputable Drs and such to learn all that you can about this way of life. Dr. Berg is a good one as is Dr. Fung. Keep reading blogs and then research what they say to see if you are getting good information there or is it a blog just to sell products. Keep the good ones, ditch the rest. I am going to do my best to teach you what I have learned through research and direct personal experience. I would love for you to update me on your progress and ask questions if you have them! Let’s build a community of supporters, but more importantly a community of well educated people excelling at the Keto way of life. Knowledge is power!