If you could go back in time and redo your low-carb journey, what would you have done differently? We asked our members and received over 1,400 replies:
Here are some of the most common answers:
- Started sooner
- Started fasting
- Eaten less dairy
- Been more strict and consistent
- Known specific recipes
I’m glad to hear that most of you answer ‘nothing’. Just like Kristie Sullivan so beautifully puts it in this post, it’s about the journey, allowing yourself to make mistakes and learning things as you go – not the destination.
I don’t regret any phase of my keto journey. But having been through it and finally landing where I want to be, this is my take on the question:
1. Back to basics
Low carb and keto is all about eating real nutritious foods to satiety, listening to your body and having a ‘relaxed’ relation to eating.
But my early mistake was feeling completely stressed out about eating ‘enough fat’, not eating a single gram of carbs over my allowed ‘limit’, and having high ketone numbers and doing everything perfectly. Neither simple nor inspiring!
If I were to do it over again, I’d focus on the basics: just eat real low-carb foods to satiety!
Here are our top videos about low-carb basics:
2. Having a support group
It’s can be hard to change your eating habits, so the last thing you need is people being unsupportive of the changes you’re making.
Working at Diet Doctor is fantastic, because everyone is on some form of low-carb or ketogenic diet. In my early keto days I felt as if I were the only one doing this ‘weird’ diet!
But most people are not as fortunate. Maybe you struggle because family members, friends or colleagues don’t support what you’re doing. If so, I’d look for social support elsewhere.
We’ll soon create a social support function here at Diet Doctor. Do you have any suggestions on how to do that?
3. Lazy recipes
I like to keep things simple. When I come home from work, I don’t want to spend lots of time cooking an advanced three-course dinner with exotic ingredients. Since starting, I’ve built up a bank of easy-to-cook low-carb and keto recipes.
Here are some super-simple keto recipes I recommend:
What would you have done differently?
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