As part of all the Keto Krate blog fun we’ve decided to choose two people–Female and Male–new to the Keto way of life–and follow their Keto journeys. You’ll have the chance to take part in their successes and struggles, encourage them along the way and hopefully learn and be motivated to create your own results and success. Today we’re introducing our Female Case Study Star–Katie!
*Note: This first entry is actually from June 2015 as the Keto Kase Studies were part of the contents in the box of monthly deliveries of Keto Krate. We’ve now decided to move them to our blog.
Education: B.A., Purdue. M.S., NYU.
Goal Weight: 150lbs
In Katie’s Words
(the following was written by Katie as part of her application for the Keto Kase Study Star)
I was so stunned I could barely think. Then I was angry. I was minding my own business, waiting for the crosswalk light. A truck full of men pulled up on my right. The truck’s blinker indicated they would be turning left. They were loud and rowdy as we all waited.
As the “walk” signal flashed I looked at them — as one does when you cross a street to be sure the driver sees you — and started crossing.
I was about halfway through the intersection when the truck gunned the engine and peeled left in front of me, sparing me by a few inches. “Hey!” I yelled, glaring. I’d have hit the vehicle in protest — they were that close! — but I was too stunned. Then I heard it:
As they sped away they hung out the windows, making the mocksqueals of cows and pigs. It cut me, and the message was clear. “Get out of the street, fatso.”
I was so shocked and angry I was shaking. Sure, I was heavy. In fact: I was the fattest I’d ever been. But, I’d never encountered open hostility and teasing about my weight like that before. It stung.
These jerks had made judgments about me based on the assumptions our society makes of “fat” people: that fat people are lazy, stupid, and unproductive. I’m not any of those things. In fact, I was working hard not to be “fat”: I was tracking calories, walking 4 miles a day, and riding my bike at least 40 miles a week. I was training for a one-week bike ride across the state of Iowa.
Further, I was spending my lunch “break” from a full-time job working the lunch shift at my own business, the grass-fed burger and craft beer joint my husband and I started. At that moment I’d been working that shift, and endless hours more, for an exhausting five years without pay.
It had been extremely difficult to start our business: shortly after we opened we both lost our jobs, exhausted our savings, and battled our former business partners for control. It was a long, dark period punctuated by late-night strategizing and stressing — and late night beer drinking and eating.
In the process I got fat.
I was “very fat,” relative to my personal experience, but, I rationalized, “not as fat other people”. When this incident happened life and business had finally settled down. I’d gotten a job. I was in the process of regaining my health. The business was making money. But these guys just saw a fat woman, and they didn’t mind scaring and humiliating her in broad daylight. It pissed me off.
I thought about the incident as I trained for the bike ride across Iowa (called RAGBRAI) that year. I thought about it again when I finished over 450 miles in one week, across the state in the hot July sun. I was stronger and fitter but hadn’t lost a single pound.
What was I doing wrong?
Beer notwithstanding, I ate well. For many years I was a vegetarian. I was briefly a raw foodist, and then a vegan, settling back to being a vegetarian who made sure to eat her “healthy whole grains” at every meal. W…T…F? Fast forward to a few months ago. I slowly chipped away at the weight. Still, I was discouraged. Then, a couple things happened.
First, an acquaintance of mine dropped over 100 pounds following a Paleo diet. I initially discredited this approach as too “meat-centric” and therefore unhealthy. But, my mind had been changing about meat consumption. First, our business plan to supports local, organic farming. I think selective meat consumption can be part of economic and environmental solutions. Also, when I began to eat meat I wasn’t hungry as quickly.
Second, I manage the online news site for a doctor and researcher with a focus on food addiction. His research is moving increasingly toward sugars. One day one of the client’s blog posts was shared on Reddit, bringing a ton of traffic. That’s when I discovered r/keto…and cautiously began exploring the site. I wish I could say my conversion was immediate but, in fact I read with great skepticism. This way of eating must be dangerous, I thought. I kept reading, and eventually started experimenting with a few keto-friendly meals.
Yet, it still scared me. So much fat!
How could that be right?
I covered — and continue to cover — the news beat on the doctor’s behalf every day.
Increasingly more reports began to surface that changed my mind. I no longer thought food addiction was genetic. I now believe food addition to be our toxic, culture-wide relationship with sugars and carbohydrates. So does this doctor.
A month ago I decided there would be no more half-measures. It was time for me to undergo a full-on experiment with keto. I had finally convinced myself it wasn’t going to damage my health. I underestimated how impactful this would be.
So far, the results have been amazing. I dropped ten pounds almost immediately. But the best rewards have been a stability of emotions, reduced appetite, and increased life satisfaction. I actually feel just right, and the scale keeps inching down.
Now, I have a new fight. I need to turn my anger from those teasing a**holes in the truck toward the established norms. Norms that continue to keep so many people sick and miserable. That’s why I’m happy to share my experience on this path you.
Goals and Strategy
Beyond my weight loss goals I’d like to be the Keto Krate case study person because women suffer disproportionate random abuse (see above) and overall discrimination based on their weight. I think my case is “average” in that sense, and that’s a good thing when trying keto as a solution.
Lot of non-starchy vegetables ––
I want to remind people about the importance of vegetables.
Packing meals —
This is mostly a time and cost-saver. I don’t cook but can share basic assembly recipes.
I now walk 5 miles/day, ride my bike at least once a week, and have started hiking this year.
Used to regularly track of all food. I would be willing to open up my profile. I’m tracking macros, currently 15% carbs, 65% fat, 20% protein.
PACT app ––
“I get paid to look this good” — I like this app because it pays me for things I should be doing anyway, and, could be motivation for others. You commit to X number of healthy actions and wager a bet if you don’t make them. People who make their wagers are paid from those who do not.
I plan to work craft beer into my schedule once a week. This is because I like to try our newest offering at our place, George Bowers Grocery. It is also part weekend ritual with my husband. I’ll have to be mindful of it fitting into my overall macro/calorie count.
Stay tuned for upcoming entries from Katie updating us on her progress. If you have a question or encouragement for Katie add it in the comments below!