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I Went Back to Keto Last Week

I can't believe I have to say this on an "after" low-carb blog, but I went back to Keto last week.

I'm not doing it alone this time, though. Both hubby and I had a traumatic wake-up call.

While shopping for groceries, hubby said that he needed to test his blood glucose level because his feet have been hurting him lately, and he was afraid that he might have pre-diabetes.

My brother-in-law has lost toes and a foot due to diabetic complications, and hubby doesn't want that happening to him.

"If I'm pre-diabetic, I want to know now, so I can make the necessary lifestyle changes."


Blood Glucose Results
I am already pre-diabetic but have managed to keep my blood glucose levels under control through low carb and moderate-carb diets. The blood glucose meter I had, however, was out of strips, so we went to Walmart and picked up a newer model.

The first test we ran on hubby wasn't all that bad.

I made a gluten-free pizza, since it has lots of carbs, and …

Why I Started This Blog (And a Little About Me)

Between 2007 and 2012, I lost over 100 pounds using a tweaked version of the Atkins Diet that some people refer to as a Protein Sparing Modified Fast (PSMF).

I also incorporated the original principles of the Kimkins Diet, along with some personal tweaks. Things went south after I tried doing Jimmy Moore's version of Nutritional Ketosis, a very high-fat low-carb diet.

Since then, I've moved to a mindful eating approach. Hence, the title of this blog: LIFE "After" Low Carb.

Can Low-Carb Diets Cause Gut Problems in Some People?

I've been reading some disturbing things on the internet about low-carb diets.

While that isn't a new phenomenon, I'm a bit shocked by the reaction of the low-carb community to the possibility that low-carb diets starve beneficial bacteria in the colon.

Defending theory and hypothesis isn't helping to spread their cause. It's just making it more difficult to get to the truth.

Letting Go of the Low Carb Dream

Are you looking for a way to let go of Keto and move on with your life?

Have you discovered that Atkins or some other low-carb plan isn't the right choice for you?

Do you need to move from low carb to a more moderate-carb lifestyle?

If so, returning carbs to your diet is the easy part. Facing yourself and letting go of the low-carb fantasy is a more difficult chore.

After a Low Carb Diet, Where Do You Go Next?

If low carb didn't live up to its reputation, you're not alone. Only one out of three overweight people have insulin resistance, so success doing Keto is more rare than you might think.

But what do you do when you're ready to leave carbohydrate restriction behind?

Where do you go next?

Trial-and-error can be a huge time-suck, as well as discouraging, so here's what I did:

What We Can Learn From Dr. Atkins' Basic Method

Are you struggling with some of the "get with the program" ideals that were never a part of the original Atkins protocol?

The original Atkins Diet was intended to be a plan of personal evolution. Dr. Atkins invited the dieter to create a program they could live with for the rest of their life, so why is it so hard to accept the idea that low-carb diets do not work for everyone?

Travel the diet circuit for any length of time and you'll soon discover there are diet specialists that the individual weight-loss groups have silently nominated to be their authority figures of choice.

Some of these profiles are popular bloggers, while others have a bit more substance to their credentials, but there doesn't seem to be any particular method or qualification for obtaining the position. All you need is a stance of purity and a willingness to preach the orthodox religion.

Guess that means I'm out of the loop.

The Best Way to Lose Weight Dogma

Has self-responsibility and integrity died?

Sometimes, it feels that way when you look at how viciously weight-loss groups defend their one-true dietary religion.

Weight-loss plans are no longer seen as helpful tools. Today, they are creeds to live by. Tweaking is not allowed. Given the vicious climate within ketogenic circles, why is it so difficult to let go of low carb?