Everyone – ok, not everyone – but lots of people (patients mainly) ask me if I am Keto. I smile because most have heard the term but have no idea what it means and what they are really asking is this: “What do you eat and why?” To answer them, I would give a rather lengthy discord about anti-inflammatory nutrition and how low-fat changed our nation. Their eyes would gloss over; I would stop and ask if they had any more questions. Inevitably they would say, “No, I got it.” Which was not true but they just wanted a simple yes or no. So, as of late, my answer is simply: “If I had to characterize Jennifer and myself, I would say we are keto-paleo which means we eat high fat foods and have common sense about everything else.” Then I allow them to ask further questions if they choose. Yes, after 15 years of practice, I am learning how to interact with people.
A couple of points and a personal testimony about the keto-paleo lifestyle Jen and I have been trying to lead. First, let me be clear – a lifestyle is more than just the food you put in your mouth. It is the material you put in your mind, what you think about, whom you associate with and how you move. Second, a lifestyle takes time thus the word life that precedes style. I heard a speaker once say: ‘You are not a failure. Your lifestyle is.” The point – your lifestyle drives why and how you live. My story is this: Prior to the keto-paleo thought process, my blood sugar would dramatically fluctuate while exercising. It did not matter the intensity per say but I could literally feel my energy drain and I would get weak, light-headed and fatigued. I would ‘carb (sugar)-up’ and be good to go. That process has been going on since high-school. However, over the past year, I have noticed that I no longer bottom out. My blood sugar does not fluctuate and I am able to exercise vigorously. The test for me was when I ran my last Spartan race without having to ‘carb-up.’ I felt great – fully energized throughout the race. I have been changed internally b/c of the keto-paleo lifestyle. My goal is not to convince you to do what I do but rather take a look at why it may be helpful and healthful for you. Click here for insight into this lifestyle.
Well, that was not even the point of this blog but did give you a little bit of context of how my thought process came about. As I was thinking about keto, the words, ‘KETO-life’ came to mind. If you know me or have read some of my blogs, you know I can turn most anything into an acronym. So here ya go: KETO: Kind-Encourage-Thankful-Optimistic. How does the life part play into it? Simple; those four traits should characterize our life thus giving us a KETO-life!
Let’s briefly explore each one.
Kind: Dalai Lama famously stated, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Another way to put it is – we have a choice how we act towards others no matter how they act towards us. Ephesian 4:32 says it about as straight forward as you can: “Be kind to one another…”
Encourage: Oprah Winfrey stated, “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always.” We all need to hear that encouragement; to be reminded who we are and what we can do! And again, the Bible, gets right to the point: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” (1 Thess. 5:11)
Thankful: Tecumseh states the obvious: Thankfulness is not about external circumstances but rather internal reality. He writes, “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” Once we grasp that, our thankfulness becomes contagious! 1 Thess. 5:18 emphasizes the point: “In everything, give thanks…”
Optimistic: How we view our day to day living will absolutely affect how we treat ourselves and others. Lucile Ball noted: “One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” We all need restored faith and renewed hope! How do you get your mindset optimistic? You set it on things above and renew it daily; that is how! (Col. 3:2, Rom. 12:2)
As you think about how to have a KETO-life, let’s remember the words of one of the greatest authors of all time, Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
And, b/c yes I did, if you want an acronym for LIFE – click here.