Hey guys, I told you before about how when I first started keto I joined a bunch of keto Facebook groups and how I sat at my desk for a lot of frustrating hours doing a ton of research online in order to learn about the ketogenic diet. What I didn’t tell you was that while I was researching the keto diet and joining these Facebook groups that I learned there were people and groups that do keto differently. It was confusing and difficult to weed through all the information. Did you know there’s lazy keto, dirty keto, strict keto, low carb, and many other approaches? They all follow different rules and made it impossible to understand. Once I finally decided that the best option for me was to follow the ketogenic diet the way it was intended to be when it was first developed, I had even more research I needed to do, by this point, it seemed like the research was never-ending, it was just so exhausting. After weeks of looking up information, things like what are ketones, what does fat for fuel mean, what is the keto flu, and uncovering all the different names for sugar my head was spinning, I wished I had a coach to help answer all my questions.
But I didn’t, so I went back to my keto groups to ask for help. You can’t imagine the number of different answers I got from each group I was in. That was when I decided I needed to give up on some of these groups. I needed to figure out which one of these groups aligned with the way I wanted to do keto and only be in that group. As it turned out even the groups that did match up with the way I wanted to follow keto still only helped so much. Whenever I would ask a question the moderator of the group usually wouldn’t answer, I would only get answers from other members of the group. That wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted a more personal approach. I tried to private message the moderator of the group a couple of times and I either didn’t get an answer at all or I got a message back that pretty much blew off my question. I remember it so vividly because I couldn’t believe it. I thought this lady was truly interested in helping people but when she blew off my question like it didn’t matter because it didn’t fit in with anything she had experienced it made me so upset. Because of her answer, I decided it was time to find a different keto group again.
This time I joined a coaching group and once a week we got to ask our questions and he would answer them for us. That was great at first, I felt like he really wanted to make sure that I succeed on my keto journey. After the excitement of having a real person to talk to wore off, I realized there were times when I had questions I needed answers to faster than once a week. When I couldn’t wait a week for an answer I still had to go sit back at my desk and put my research cap back on in order to figure out what I need to know. I can’t tell you how many hours I wasted trying to figure things out on my own while wishing there was someone I could ask my questions that would help me quickly. Don’t get me wrong it was still nice to have a real person to talk to and I learned a lot from my coach but it would have been nicer to have direct access to him in order to get my questions answered faster.
I would have loved to be able to ask my questions any time of day and get a reply, this way I wouldn’t have had to go back and do more research, and sometimes I still wouldn’t be able to find a definitive answer myself and I would have to wait until our call that week.
Since then I've created my own Keto group in order to offer the help I wish I had when I first started.