Heal the body, you heal the mind.
Heal the mind, you heal the body.
It’s that simple. It’s that hard.
It’s all about enlightenment. Enlightenment is painful. It means you need to tear down all those false walls you have up, discard conventional and flawed thinking, open your mind and heart, and admit that you have more to learn. It involves some kinda crappy feelings, but the end result is worth it. When you enlighten yourself, you realize that you’ve been blind. When you enlighten yourself, you look inward. Discard the lies you tell yourself. Cast aside the excuses. Open yourself up to a new, healthy, and powerful new way of thinking. Enlightenment is realizing that you don’t need to be afraid of being true to yourself. Enlightenment is empowerment.
Some of you are going to get pissed off at me. I’m ok with that. I don’t do this for your love, your adoration, your attention. I do this for your trust. I do this so you will become the best you possible. I do this because I (and all our admins) care about you, regardless if that means you don’t like us that much :). If I lie to you, I don’t have your trust. Without your trust, I’m useless. We are one of the only set of groups out there that not only allow “cheat” threads but encourage them. We don’t encourage them because we think it is a good idea to “cheat,” we do it because it is an opportunity to educate, support, and ENLIGHTEN each other. Every person who responds with “I’m not going, it’s not worth it to me” is your higher power. You spiritual soldier, ready to stand with you and battle the demons.
Let’s get a definition right out of the way…
Cheat (cheet), verb: to gain unfair advantage towards goal
Stop calling them “cheats.” They aren’t “cheats.” There’s no unfair advantage gained. There’s definitely no attempt to take a shortcut to a goal. If you follow me, if you know me at all, you know that I believe calling a spade a spade. By putting false label on our actions and thoughts, we aren’t helping ourselves. We are lying to ourselves. Going off the reservation isn’t “cheating.” It’s saying “I don’t care enough about myself to do what is right for me.”
Stings, don’t it?
Got a few comebacks for me?
Some of you already know this – I’m an addict. There isn’t one damn excuse you can give that is going to change the truth of my statement. I’ve done all of them and probably some you haven’t even thought of. I’m really good at being an addict. Hell, I’m at expert level 100. I’ve got high score on the leader board. Your excuses won’t work on me. Excuses suck. They aren’t “reasons.” They are excuses. Reasons have to have “reasoning” in them. Logical thought. Introspection and valid facts to back them up. Going off plan, off the reservation, discarding keto for the holidays has no valid reasoning. Sorry. No. Wait. I’m not. No. Valid. Reasoning.
- “My family isn’t keto.” Who cares? YOU ARE. This is about YOU. This is about YOUR health.
- “My family thinks this is stupid and I don’t want a fight.” Ok, so your self-worth doesn’t matter. Your beliefs don’t matter. YOU don’t matter. BULLSHIT. Yes you do. It’s a cop-out.
- “There won’t be any keto-safe food there.” BRING YOUR OWN! If you were deathly allergic to peanuts, would they expect you to eat Reese’s cups? A PB&J? Guess what… carbs are killing you. There is no fundamental difference.
- “I like to eat XXXX.” Ok. Then make it keto-safe! There are thousands of ketofied recipes out there. Seriously, I think that excuse baffles me the most…
- “I can’t ask them to eat food without sugar or grains.” Why? Do they eat meat? No sugar, no grains in meat. Do you care about them?
- “It’s only a day (or meal or few days)” Right. So, if you knew an alcoholic, what would you think if they went on a three-day bender just because it was the holiday? Yeh. Chew on that one for a bit. When you’re done, don’t give me an excuse “but that’s different” because guess what? It’s not.
- “Add your excuse here…” and I’ll tell you it is crap. There isn’t one excuse you can give that I’m going to sit here and say “oh, well, yeh, I see that. By all means eat all that stuff that is bad for you.”
- The one excuse I respect is the one that says “because I want to.” Ok. That is honest. It’s still a bad excuse but at least it is honest.
When you decide to not stick to the plan, you are saying your health isn’t important. What you show your children when it comes to being responsible, honest, and standing up for what you believe in isn’t important. Do as I say, not as I do. Being strong for yourself isn’t important. Being healthy for your family isn’t important. Being HONEST isn’t important. YOU aren’t important.
You are the most important person on the planet.
Because of that, we are here to help. We will give you the kick in the butt you need if you ask for it. We will help you find foods and recipes you can have and still stay true to yourself. We will help you have science and proof that what you are doing is safe, smart, and GOOD FOR YOU if you need it for ammunition. And, if you go off plan, we’re going to be here afterwards to help you work through the discomfort, the sickness, the aches and pains, and get you back on track. You are important. You are not alone. You. Matter.