What a title! Are you confused yet? Lol. I was actually confused just writing it, do you capitalize the O in or? What about the T in to? UGH. Grammar probs. If you’re reading this Grandma, I’m SORRY. Granny is a bit of a grammar nazi. No hate though. Love you ;) Enough about grammar, you came here to read about diets. Specifically, what diet I would “call” myself.
Am I Paleo? Keto? Sugar free? LCHF? Raw?
When I first started to give a shit about my health I considered myself gluten free and then evolved to strict paleo. I deeply identified myself with paleo for about 2 years, scared to even eat peanut butter. Then about a year ago I found my health declining again and shortly read every book I could get my hands on about the ketogenic diet. I quickly submerged myself in the world of counting macros & obsessing about how many carbs were in broccoli. I lost about 10-15 lbs and it was the best I’ve EVER looked. I thought I had found my saving grace! Until… my adrenals crashed and I was back to square 1. But I wasn’t ready to let go of my keto identity and all the weight I’d lost, so I kept pushing until square 1 turned to square 0. I had to leave work, and spend a month recovering at home.
I was then introduced the book Medical Medium, where it’s recommended to do a 28 day raw food cleanse consisting of only raw fruits and vegetables. Once again, I dove right in and shortly thought I would be vegan forever. But even that failed after the month was up (shocker), gaining back all the weight I lost and then some. I was hypoglycemic, moody, bloated, swollen, in pain and had irregular periods. So I quickly reverted back to keto to try and fix things.
Side note: If you want a post on vegetarian/ vegan diets and why they don't work for MOST, comment down below.
Guess what happened.I burnt out AGAIN, and here I am today. Today I sit here on my couch, confused, worried about my health, and not identifying with a damn thing. But the ironic thing is, I couldn’t be happier about it.
In the past I wanted to identify with a diet SO badly. I craved that niche and romanticising that one day I’ll be telling this inspiring story about how paleo or keto or veganism saved me! But all I did was hit rock bottom. Just like relationships, you can’t force a diet to love you. I now notice striving to find my food niche led me down a hurtful road of binging, restriction, self-hatred and food confusion.
If I’m not paleo, keto or sugar free then what am I?
Kara. I’m fucking Kara. I’m a person, not a diet. I eat veggies, meat, fish, fat, fruit and sometimes-even sugar. I never eat gluten or dairy, but sometimes I eat butter. Sugar hates me, but chocolate is my weakness. I'm a fat advocate, but I don't want to call myself keto at the moment.
As human beings we constantly change and are so multifaceted it’s almost impossible to label our selves. Do you think our primitive ancestors gave a flying fuck about how many carbs they ate? NO. No they didn’t. They just ate what was available and made them feel good enough to thrive.
Now I understand in this world we can’t just “eat what’s available,” cuz God knows there’s a plethora of shit out there. But we can find the foods that make us thrive. We CAN find food freedom and happiness surrounding the way we eat. You DON’T have to prescribe to a diet if you don’t want to. Or if you do, more power to you. I’m not telling you to not try a diet if it interests you. I’m encouraging you to remember that food does not equal identity.
But don’t get me wrong; I’m still going to strive for optimal nutrition. That’s just who I am. If I read a book about a diet I’m interested in, hell ya I’ll try it! I might even profess myself as eating that certain way for a period of time. But the cool thing is, we have the ability to change our mind. Paleo might work for you right now, but in two years things may need to shift in a different direction. WHO KNOWS! All I know is I want to try a life with out labels. I'm just a nutritionist trying to help others and get my crap together. Ya feel?
Thanks for listening to my rant. Let’s just eat and be happy, kay? Much love, friends <3