Continuing from second part – I hereby am sharing with you my food for thoughts (so far) from what I learned during my first Keto Anniversary (2015/2016).
Part III/III – Anniversary thoughts #4-8
This last and final part of my ketogenic anniversary post is perhaps the most difficult experience I had to write so far. Because there is a lot that I felt the need to separate out between what is currently objective (research, stats, papers, etc), and what remains subjective (anecdotal’s and oppositions).
I hereby do apologise if I still do not possess the right medical lexicons; as I clearly am not well-versed within more complex nuances of nutrition & physiology. I will as always – try my best to discuss and finish my remaining four food for thoughts as outlined below:
- Do WE NEED carbs, empirically speaking? – in my opinion – yes AND no.
- Hunger Management on Keto – What to do when you are hungry inbetween meals?
- Supplementations on Keto – My usage and choices as accordingly to my experience/s.
- Conclusion – Should everyone be on Ketogenic Diet? My closing thoughts so far.
5/8 Do we need carbs? Empirically speaking?
In my humble straight opinion – my answer carries both a “Yes” and a “No”. Do we empirically need them? My most defenitive answer is ironically the most naive – such that I do not empirically know so far.
The more I seek objectivities; the more subjectivities I tend to find (and later experience) along the way. The more curious you get for seeking for the “right” answer, the more confusing it gets. Before we actually go further, I’d dare say to make things easier to begin this discussion I’d rather start by asking you a counter question for thought.
Which / What is your primary or current life contextual aspect?
Again as I said before that all this is Context-Sensitive; I can only so far ascertain on the basis of individualities. In that a “correct” answer (yet still subjective) lies somewhere from understanding the context of an individual’s way and patterns of living. Such as one’s own circumstances, endeavours and pursuits. Each one of those three things could be reasoned as likely to be a combination of these three“categories” of reasons / or three contextual aspects:
- Academic / Tangibly-Meritocratic (academia/career, influential passion or competitively driven pursuit) – you could be a highly invested fitness enthusiast, or an amateur competing bodybuilder, fitness model, or a keen nutritionist. You pursue towards outcomes that are both tangible, and/or likely concrete and visible to not only yourself; but likely also to others.
- Physiological (to address an underlying set of subtle or significant physical concerns) – you may have an existing array of health and lifestyle concerns that you wish to address positively for change. You pursue outcomes that speaks only viable to you (as per to your own physiology).
- Socio-Economical (stratifications preventing able sustenances) – you may have been Systemically predisposed to a severe, challenging fiscal uncertainties ahead; preventing you from living and sustaining yourself sufficiently. Forcing your very own life; often without will or consent -towards the edge/s of frugality.
We can argue which is more “legitimately” difficult or worser context to live / to experience. But arguing here and now is not the time. Comparing one against another is futile moral exercise; because hardly anything out of this comes out as objectively even. Who would actually feel objectively comfortable from being compared to anyone’s objectively lesser circumstances anyway? You’d only get a subjective outcome. That is – of never ending futile and frivolous arguments.
Whichever “category” or aspect you fall under I trust you will find my insights as relevant and respectful as possible to all three. Your circumstances will dictate your bias primarily towards one of the three, but it could never completely isolate the other two concerns. Some combination is bound to be inevitable.
Nonetheless, I will begin by splitting this discussion between the “Yes” and “No” arguments – with the above three aspects in mind.
The “Yes” scenario/s
TL;DR Carbohydrates are needed if you are :
- A seriously invested athlete; either intermittently (as a personal interest / enthusiast) or heavily invested (as career / professional).
- Concerned for maintaining overall thyroid health (note: partial agreement but inconclusive).
- Socially conforming or value social conservativism relative to your current external obligations.
1/3 – Yes – if you are a fitness enthusiast or an invested athlete.
Yes, you will need carbohydrates.
But you need to remain individually aware and strategic over two factors = your metabolic tolerance and personal context/s of both life/fitness training. If you are already maintaining yourself consistently (and affordably!) well on a general HCLF paradigm and are fully content with everything it delivers to your physiology (and by way of “results” you’ve achieved) then by all means stick to it. For this – The Ketogenic regime remains only as tool/s and strategy for recompositions.
Only IF your context starts to shift towards anything in the sort of requiring higher, deservedly intensities; be it HIIT cardios, and resistance training (regular high rep/volume or high intensity principles) – then yes at some stage – a reloading of glycogens; be it muscular and/or liver – may indeed be required as a highly individualised and personal strategy.
This requires a willingly flexible mindset towards self-metabolic experimentation/s. I’d caution however that it is never as easy as following someone else’s regiment. Be it CKD or TKD – as you NEED to be willingly experimental with as many necessary days weeks or even MONTHs before arriving at a viable concensus that is uniquely your’s, and your physiology. As well as personal context/s of life and training.
There are many sources and guidances that best explains the nuances of these principles; since I am aware of the many subtly different types of CKD and TKD out there which does confuse many people. From Vince Gironda’s Anabolic / Steak & Eggs Diet to John Kiefer’s Carb Nite / Backloading. In the interest for respecting each author’s IP (Int. Property) behind these principles I highly recommend all readers to invest and immerse themselves for further reading outside of this blog.
CKD & TKD – my experience thus far + “old” side effects
So – from what I have experienced incorporating aspects of TKD (as well as frequent + infrequent CKD experiments) – Have I felt any “empirical” or objectively, palpable benefits? Absolutely. “Pump”, “fullness”, etc. All returned. But are these things – empirically speaking – a deal breaker to me? Not necessarily.
Carbohydrates after all – only helped me regain what I have lost – though in my opinion it did not raise SIGNIFICANTLY ON TOP to what I have done before. It only helps bringing back the balance of what I have once lost.
What is objectively enough for me may not be objectively fulfilling enough for you.However in any case – there are few factors (3) to consider before anyone can decisively choose between TKD or CKD.
- First is scheduling commitments. If you absolutely cannot or are not prepared to cook huge amounts of refeed meals for just one day (think gobloads of potatoes, pastas, and rice) – then CKD might not be for you. In this case, implementing TKD may be more suitable.
- Next is deciding to train or not training on a refeed day. I’ve done both with and without training and I’d say for my own preferences I feel best to not train whilst on a CKD refeed day. Perhaps it is a given from my physiology that I just feel “less crowded” and less “laggy” when training with less food in my stomach. If I were to adopt TKD – I’d approach it as a post replenishment only; considering that ALL my training are actually done during low carb days anyway. On some days I do happen to not even feel the urge for actually consuming post TKD carbs. In this instance -simply upping my protein intake/s post workout satiates my need easily.
- If deciding towards CKD – consider if you have any prior metabolic side effects or food sensitivities from consuming carbohydrates. Considering that you WILL HAVE to aim for a much, MUCH higher calorie intake (think at least “twice”) – your prior “Side effects” from your prior ways of eating MAY or may not show up again. For me – that’d be the feeling of stomach crowdedness, “lagginess” as well as mental cloudiness; just two of many symptoms I subsconciously had to endure from prior life of eating.
Having said all of the above; let me remind you all one piece of reality – …That NEITHER TKD or CKD – ARE appropriate for “beginners”….And that no, CKD is not a cheat day where you are excused to eat “anything” you want.
As I clearly believed and wrote – I absolutely would recommend that should you wish to partake and commit to a ketogenic lifestyle – then you must willingly adhere to a long term UNDERSTANDING, RE-ASSESSING and RE-Adjusting your micro-lifestyle, micro-training and attend to every micro-physiology fluctuations and deviations around this new way of eating. All these so that you are more understandable over any continuing side effects and micro nutrient deficiencies overtime.
Thus, your endeavours – remains both your risk and responsibilities.
2. Yes (partially) – for thyroid and overall body temperature
Likewise – hormones governs almost everything. Everything cascades downwards as a series of “daisy-chaining” system of commands; governing everything that your body needs to do in your motions of living no matter how minute.
All in the background. All as background processes.
HOWEVER – are carbohydrates really that needed for thyroid health? As things currently stands I remain somewhat unfortunately ambivalent as I tend to side to neither end of this debate. Because the more I read into these the more it gets increasingly convoluted.Whilst I am convinced on one end of the hypothesis; who believes that a slowing down of metabolism (a rise of TSH opposed to TH) is actually a favourable outcome towards LOWER MORTALITY and genetic longevity.
However like it or not – I am also partial to another end who advocates otherwise; because carbohydrates (particularly simple forms) does feel immediately convincing to me that it helps (especially during cold climate seasonal exposures) – eliminating many some of my prior freezing / coldness alone.
Regardless as unconclusive as my thoughts seemingly portray on these concern/s, It’sTheWoo and Ketotic blog articles explored these concern/s in greater detail; although I am yet to fully understand in plain literacy terms…
My “workaround” to this issue of being “cold”.
There is, should I say cautiously – as a ‘workaround’ if you wish to exclusively maintain a favourable body temperature within Ketogenic regime.
That is simply to Eat more. And Eat more frequently.
Eat and raise your calories progressively from predominantly fats (but ideally not superseded by proteins). I highly also recommend regular consumptions of nuts – particularly brazil’s and walnuts during winters if you can afford them. Try to make an effort to eat even if you are only feeling slightly peckish. Just a bit of insurance policy – that since you are eating more in general; I suggest also keeping your liver health supplement intake as digestive insurance. And during winter times – nori / seaweed to keep yourselves warm.
As always – track everything over what you eat with Myfitnesspal as one day – you WILL defenitely be taking a look back. I can almost guarantee this to happen not weeks or even months. Perhaps even years in the future.
In any case this workaround “worked” for me as what I could only ascertain to the forced upregulation of T4 to T3 conversions. My further reading led me to have found conclusively that any “overfeeding” or hypercaloric interventions IN GENERAL seems to initiate this same response. And confirmed further by an exchange of thoughts between Jimmy Moore with Kesser, Phinney, and Volek (particularly at 9:25 onwards).
The Cons? Well there’s always a catch, (or two) – It is extremely costly. Fiscally unsustainable from one attempt to the next.
Otherwise – when you CLEARLY have very few / limited fiscal means of accessing food; exclusively and strategically allocating a carb-refeed(one or even two day refeeds depending on volume, intensity of your training and genetics) could very well be indeed something to consider. And you may not even have to massively double your calorie intake as in what the CKD principle advocates; instead – you may wish to simply just eat at maintenance level.
3. Yes – for maintaining social conformities / culture / external gratuities
Our current pedestrian normalcy, as culture – breeds and perpetuates on the basis of “consumption.”.
Before there is a law, legislation or coercion, or culture – something must be validated in numbers. Determined by majority of something fed to it by a collective instrument of agreement and leverage/s. Thus, we have votes and money; as means to weaponise these pursuits for establishing such paradigm/s.
So much so that that we invent this realm of what is known as “Economics” and that overtime – we unadmittedly realise that all realm of Economic concerns – came to be based on “numbers”; rather than real human beings. Once the majority of these “votes” are favourably “won” – be it through epidemilogical statistical agreement of averages and meta analysis – a black and white thinking thus is perpetuated. It is then passed onwards to become an expectation.The final end-product we have now as we see and accept it – is culture.
We have now – more than ever – simply accepted ourselves a culture in which we produce overabundance. Of encouraging consumption….if at the expense of all side effects it brought to our nature of beings. That no matter where we are – we’re greeted by ample sightly amounts of food. Constantly. Until such perpetual excess consumption affects and dictates our behavioural and in turn – physiological – micro patterns of sustenance. When and where there is food – there is always some proximity for desire and need to begin consuming, socialising, and inevitably – storing them.
Carbohydrates – being the most ample, readily and economically reproducible food resource – conveniently caters, supports and assumes to all the above hourly needs, wants, and desires of widespread “expectations”.
Social Conformities and Compliances – for the lack of better word.
Changing or challenging such an already fixed “culture” sadly remains an almost impossible task; because much already has been concretely set-in-stone within every fundamental notions and fabric of “society”. What is “law” is meant as “compliance”. And our current culture perpetuates more of such – socialised consumptions. Such coercion is what I frequently refer to within my book as “Pedestrian Normalcy”.Once everyone said so – it must therefore be complied and accepted.
For us not to feel “discarded” or quickly dismissed as a non-conformist – we must comply to whatever sadly marks up the majority of Hedonic beliefs, Hedonic desires and again – Hedonic conventions.
Thus Upon moments of receiving – we must still remain strategically forgiving.
No matter how few as those are in the world today remaining predominantly Ketogenic/HFLC and away from status quo – we still have to remain obliged to work our way around for being respectful; should these rare moments of receiving external food gratuities (carbohydrates) occur from either friends, families or relatives.
The LESS comfortable you are to sacrifice even just a minority accounts of relations and friendships – then you are MORE LIKELY to remain “well accepted” to keep conforming to the Low Fat High Carb paradigm.
If you happen to have (if as such akin to windfall) received food gratuities be it from relatives, friends or associates -consider storing them in the freezer not for immediate consumption but STRATEGICALLY at a later scheduled consumption on the basis of your fitness and physiological clock needs for a re-feed.
The “No” scenarios
Ok. Now that I have discussed the “Yes” scenarios over admitting that carbohydrates are indeed required in many contexts of living, thriving (and submitting / complying) – here comes my opposing views as to why carbohydrates are less important than one might think.
1/2 The financial stress – Ketogenic IS MORE COST EFFECTIVE
Before I begin – here is a commonly contradicting prelude. An avocado costs a hefty $3AUD EACH piece on average (to cover seasonal fluctuations) and could easily be finished under mere minutes. A kg of almonds costs $25. One could argue the monetary expenses in maintaining the more widely subscribed Ketogenic plan and readily provide arguments that is is more EXPENSIVE.
Well, I no doubt agree. On a surface. But also, with given time, few supplementation/s, understanding, practise, revisions, acceptances and humility – I also no doubt disagree.
Thinking back to much of my own past life and in my keto anniversary – I am well convinced to conclude that Low Fat High carbohydrate paradigm are potentially MORE expensive to maintain than eating Ketogenic.
2/2 – Ketogenic paradigm provides little incentives to pursue over or hyper-palatability
To help you “distinguish” such a difference – let me outline to you the common expectations between both the Ketogenic and Low Fat paradigm/s within the context of today’s normalcy:
- In the realm of carbohydrates eating – one would expect to “fulfil” the stomach, social compliances and selfishly hedonic senses in as quick as possible. You see a cake shop. It reminded of your last birthday. Good times. You get hungry. Everyone — your families, coworkers, knows you like mudcakes. So you went in and bought yourself one. Ate it. Still hungry. Blood sugar high rollercoasters ahead. And went back for more. Not sweet enough. Made your own. Still not quite “right” to your “liking”. Your friends; anxious with their phone cams readily at the table says “Meh”. Rinse and repeat.
- On the other the hand – thriving on fats and ketosis – you are safe to expect that all you eat, and what you see – is what you will live on. Ketogenic regime/s are all about survival, maintenances, and acceptances. You do not “care” about results. You see eggs, butter and salt. You don’t care how they taste any “different” – because eggs are eggs. Butter is butter. Salt is salt. You will see food as a nutrient. Free Fatty acids. Amino acids. Micro-nutrients. And Adenosine Triphosphates. Recipes? Time, a clock, a microwave oven and a boiling pot of water will just do, thanks.
Try asking this to your office workers: “Which one tastes better folks – Tims Tams or straight butter?”
“Chocolates hell yeah!” Would be the kneejerk reaction. “Butter? WTF?” They’d most likely be confused as to why you asked them butter. Because chances are – the word “humility” is not in their lexicon’s. At least prematurely not yet.
Try eating cups of boiled rice with low fat meats without salt or sauces. Pasta with nothing else. Not even apple cider vinegar. You will crave more and before you know it – you are consuming more liveable resources than you previously realised.
Ketogenic way of eating can INDEED be expensive. But only once you get around knowing how WELL YOU can get by with certain foods that you know YOU ARE capable of sustaining for a long time. Hence, one thing I’d suggest from my experience is that you need to be willingly patient in experimenting different weekly budget assessments over time. Write down how you feel day by day, revise and repeat.
Explore, revise and assess what satiates you as well as what binges you. Write these things down so you do not forget. The more you record, the more mark of awareness you leave behind for yourselves. Not for other people.
6/6 Hunger management on Keto
Hailed as the only “edible” foods next to BCAA for Intermittent Fasting; I’d also add to these a layer of humility – as simplicity is the new black. Coming as former coffee shamer and phobic; there is something neutrally soothing about coffee that settles everything down in the gut. Especially during long stints without food – it is common for me to chug down up to three cups of coffee throughout four or even six hour period without taking any single bite of food.Please note however that your physiological tolerance to stimulants, no matter how light – may or may not impact adversely. So self assesments are necessary and inevitable.
2. A glass of warm water with apple cider vinegar
Drinking warm water with apple cider vinegars did not taste all that bad. To the point that now I am compelled that after drinking a warm glass (with two teaspoons of ACV) further “calms” and puts myself at ease. Sour? Yes. Sharp? Dangerously so; if you are drinking it straight a lot which I do not condone.
One could argue it’s the well-documented anti-glycemic properties. Or perhaps it’s the potassium; a mineral that helps counteracts the hunger response (in addition to keeping your hearts in check). Or perhaps it’s the pectin that clumps up in the gut; creating a hunger supressant effect. Or the numerous things it does surrounding the gut biome; from quelling stomach upsets, indigestions, heartburns; or even speeding up gut emptying process altogether.
One thing I would advise regardless : NEVER casually drink this as though it’s clear water. Take no more than THREE teaspoon in a warm glass of water and sip gently for 15, 30 minutes or however long it takes to finish that glass. NOT ALL BRANDS share exact same taste and palates. Some has a sweeter after taste (Barnes Natural), some taste somewhat “saltier” (Mazzetti) and some tastes “sharper” (Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar). Experiment and take notes.
3. BCAAs / branch chain amino acids
There are seemingly unconclusive ongoing debates whether BCAA should or should not be implemented into any Ketogenic regime. As there are ranging claims that BCAA causes depression, anxiety, nervousness and irritabilities. As from my further reading – this seems likely due to BCAAs being known to generally deplete serotonin levels in the brain and adversely affect tyrosine uptake.
The dose may very well determine its poison. See and determine your own tolerance to any side effects (if felt) from micro nutrient supplementations – including BCAAs.
I have as of very recent weeks – towards megadosing BCAAs (in 2;1;1 ratios) in as many 15g’s in one shaker sitting and yes, it affected me adversely somewhat on a subtle level similarly to the above side effects. No – it will not help with my knee joints supporting my high volume squats. However it does humbly for at the very least keeps me sustained for another hour towards my workout or before a next meal.
On the bright side, BCAAs have been in under studies and assessments for protection against alcoholic / liver disease, improving insulin resistances, and one of its’ three primary constituents – leucine – being also responsible for improving glucose metabolism. This study finds that BCAAs supports complete synergy with long term Ketosis.
May I also suggest one thing to prolong your supply – if you can spot a good price for unflavoured BCAA – mix these with your existing flavoured supply to double the available capacity. I find that unflavoured BCAA is never as insulting as straight Arginine or the notoriously sour creatine trimalate.
4. DO SOMETHING. Get up and just do “something”.
I save the best for the last – never underestimate the power of every life’s minute distractions. What is more important however; is for you to distinguish between these two scenarios:
- Are you hungry because you are empirically underfed? Has it been more than three hours or so since you’ve had anything into your mouth other than water? Or
- Are you hungry because you wish as though you can be productive and whilst at the same time – passing the time so to reach that meal time again?
If it is number one, unless if you currently are on Intermittent Fasting and if you’re willing to spare another meal of your liveable resources – You NEED to eat. One benefit I feel when it comes to eating earlier and more often actually helps shifting your biological “clock” earlier. Thus emphasizing to prep yourself towards sleeping earlier. At the very least – that is what most likely would happen to me from experience.
If it is number two – perhaps this is less biological. It is more or less likely the surrounding circumstances you need to address.
7/8 Micro nutrients supplementation
I am well convinced by now – that supplementation is almost a certainty on a Ketogenic Diet. So, what to take? And what things are optional? I’m only going through what I feel is only the most applicable and necessary as below:
- Basic multivitamins. I have done long stints intermittently, constantly, with and without multivitamins and I could say this – I don’t care if my lifespan are going to be any shorter from taking that extra multi’s. But what I do care is that I listen to my own body over how it responds to extra micro-nutrient needs. It’s called insurance policy. The only thing I’d caution is to not get those all-in-ones with fish oils. Fish oils (get ones WITHOUT LEMON FLAVOURING) are best taken separately.
- Magnesiums. At the very least – consider applying and making your own magnesium oils as part of your regiment. This is marginally cheaper than buying Magnesium Oxides, Citrates – or if you can afford it – Magnesium Glycinates – though I recommend going both supplementation and magnesium oil together to ensure you are practically absorbing ALL types sufficiently. You could get an all in one minerals supp – calcium, vitamin D, some copper and zinc.
- Milk thistle. For liver health, cholesterol, and overall digestibility support. The liver is after all, your primary site of amino acid utilisations and where food in all manner of speaking – gets to as an initial destination for processing.
- Extra anti-oxidants, iodines, and selenium. Seleniums and Co-enzyme CQ10s are pretty much my staple go to supplementations for anti-oxidants. For absorptions CQ10s are said to be best taken with foods (fats in particular). Commercial seaweeds unfortunately remain the only accessible direct precursors of iodines, please ensure you regularly consume week in and out. Likewise synergistically for thyroid health – I recommend seleniums from only brazil nuts; as these are the only available Keto friendly foods – A VERY HIGH priority especially when surviving through the winter months.
- Cissus Quandrangalis. For bone health, joint-pains relief and supports. You are never forever in the abilities of many burdens that you carry on your knees, shoulders, etc – IN or OUT of the gym. Although they are expensive they are nonetheless a crucial recommendation in my opinion if you are subscribing to a lot of resistance training in general. In as few days of supplementing – I feel relieved and remains ever more composed the next time I am training.
My “belief” when it comes to proper usage supplementation is this – all things necessitates on any given “cycle/s”of need. What makes you feel better from taking one particular supplement can only be rationalised objectively by you ONLY under your very certain situational living moment/s – specific time, climate, environment, resourceful capacity / availability, etc. Is it going to be like this every single day? Perhaps not. But sooner or later – the efficacy of this supplementation will wear off, until something hampers your existing living moments; as it remanifests to something else of a different situation altogether.
You may not need to take Coenzyme CQ10 EVERY SINGLE DAY on EVERY SAME TIME. But ONLY for some moments or feelings of discomfort you feel over eating different foods at different place, time and climate – you might just need it.
Anyone telling you otherwise or believing that you need less and lesser micro-nutrient requirements within any Ketogenic regime in my opinion is only a mere, precarious speculation towards something else entirely unexplained and unaccounted for. You are not them. It’d be foolish to bet your physiology based on someone else’s.
8/8 Conclusion – should everyone be on Ketogenic diet?
You could say that I’d be tempted to say YES to everyone, either obese or anorexic. In that YES – I “think” everyone should be on Ketogenic Diet. Or that I “believe” should at least give NEW paradigm/s a try.
However my objective answer remains infinitely subjective from thereon. If not – borderline meaningless. “Belief” is meaningless to you because you are merely observing someone else’s interpretation. Not yours. Why? because your biological interpretation may not relate well to it. Perhaps not yet. My physiology and micro life patterns and contextual aspect/s are bound to differ either through comparison of living contexts or simply through time progression itself.
Is the Ketogenic Diet then – a template to be maintained forever? This I do not know objectively enough to decisively say yes or no.
I would like you all once again to read over my prior disclaimer (on Part 1 of this post) that NONE of what I wrote is to be treated as an empirical medical advice for all micro-physiological fluctuations from one individual to another. As such you are wise to take everything I wrote here as a strongly anecdotal and independently isolated – voice of only one’s experience.
Having said that – instead of me disclosing a straight closed answer – I would first offer you TWO final criteria questions to help and ascertain you a possible trajectories for making the right, informed decision/s.
Two (2) Final Criteria Questions
See if these two questions applies / resonates to your current contextual life pattern/s :
- 1/2 – Are you financially secure? With assured, current confidence for the present times as well as beyond?
Then the Ketogenic regime is entirely optional to you as an AUXILLIARY GOAL in life but MAY not be entirely necessary. Given with your stable streams of disposable income – you will have far more guarantee of success over manipulating and adapting through various aspects of its ketogenic regiment to your liking.
If you are NOT currently or entirely uncertain that you can eat sufficiently; be it that you are increasingly stratified from day to day motions of living – in my case – symptoms of Psycho Social Stress – then by all means considering, pursuing and maintaining a Ketogenic Diet – is more than likely – a personally isolated inevitability.
- 2/2Are you socially abundant? Do you generally receive a lot of gratuities from your existing social relations? Do you currently uphold and maintain various social compliances?
If you are still maintaining a wide and strongly bonded social conformities AND existing obligations – then partaking on a Ketogenic Diet remains risky yet nonetheless optional venture to your circumstance. I have said this and will say this again – if you are not comfortable for being seen as a subject (as well as an object) of scrutiny, ridicule and frown in the midst of pedestrian normalcy then you would remain well to continue subscribing to a standard HCLF (high carb, low fat) conservative paradigm.
Ketogenic or not Ketogenic – everything can only be decisively interpreted by your own physiology. Not ascertained by me thoroughly or anyone else’s for that matter. Although either way of eating still remains perpetually disputable in terms of each pros and cons – there are no metabolic advantage between either paradigms.
The longer you dream; the longer time you NEED to redeem yourselves to reality.
All dietary interventions = temporary strategies.
As we are approaching to a closure let me gently remind ourselves a bit of reality – that all dietary interventions, way of eating, dietary paradigms whatever one wish to call it – ALL would inevitably – succumb to the cyclical/s tendencies that nothing is empirically constant.
With this in mind, I still do not know for certain whether staying within the Ketogenic regime; no matter how convincing I myself felt thus far – could truly say whether this conviction of mine could stay forever. Because I’d like us all to reconcile that human being/s are likely predefined progressively; to that of our cyclical progression state/s of “Nature” itself :
- Nature comes in a state of cycle/s. Just like we have a “day” and a “night”; some sort of cyclical adjustments are likely to be required indefenitely. And thus akin in a form of given life segments; be it of contentment, abundance or scarcities. We must submit with humility – over realising what we can and cannot do; within each and everyone of those life segments.
- Nothing is ever empirically or objectively “Normal” or “Healthy”. The more you pursue towards an objective conclusion, the more subjectified your journey becomes. But Mother nature left us a clue that everything we do either by desire or instinct – is largely context-sensitive. This is so far the only means we have of marking our very own physiological conscience.
- What is excessive must somehow be consciously observed and if needed be – mitigated. That may even require an exiting out of Ketogenic Regime if an excessive is interpreted adversely for one specific individual’s physiology or chronically scrutinised under socio-cultural expectations.
- Acceptances, Understanding, Acknowledgement/s and Humility – are all integral to accomodate and establish much needed Awareness for all of the above factor(s).
My closing thoughts (so far)
Thus far this year (2016) I am ready to be ridiculed from all Pedestrian sides – for being embarrassing or just entirely juvenile. Such externalised contempts I suspect – are caused from the following reasons:
- Perhaps my societal “sensibilities” are not as objectively accepted nor established given my age; as judged explicitly and accordingly by the status quo / Pedestrian Normalcy.
- Perhaps my linguistics, my “English”, or “objective skills” for comprehension – are embarrassingly lacklustre; as judged explicitly and accordingly by the status quo / Pedestrian Normalcy.
- Perhaps my limited capacity to gain further knowledge are already at its peak; again as judged explicitly and accordingly by the status quo / Pedestrian Normalcy.
What I do know is I have my own voice – and integrity – to reason with anything against me. I have every implicit reasons to question every explicit coercions.
The Ketogenic Diet simply offered me a profoundly new perspective – both cognitive and physiological level – towards finding my own implicit resilience in the face of so much explicit pain and explicit weaknesses.
Only my current implications sadly dictate me what I have to unwillingly experience the many unseen insight/s of living and thriving. The Ketogenic way of eating have all impacted me so much as to the point that seeing, observing and perceiving food – are no longer the same from all my prior life.
All I remain standing and living here is my own hypothesis over how food can serve or deter – away from our consciousness to live all the more humbling and accepting that “enough” is a biological interpretation of “enough” beyond a psychological or “moral” motivation interpretation. This I can only say that much in ascertaining as a possible solution to the World’s Problems (as discussed early on in my book).That is – the only way to restore any sensitivities; from social to molecular – I believe – is to retrain ourselves in new, progressive ways of implicit acceptances.
Food therefore – serves and fulfils this much needed criteria succinctly dare I say far more than our next hierarchy of needs – shelter and clothing.
I am increasingly convinced therefore – that food – is beyond hedonic fulfilment.
It is a resource – to reason and to rationalise – our own interpretive “selves” – bringing us to where we are at present.
My journey of self-resilience at truly reconciling the above revelation – thus – continues on.
Please leave your thoughts comments and feedbacks.