Body Image and Drinking Ketones
"I want to create the best version of myself at 40, 50, and then 60. I want my energy levels to look great, and feel comfortable in my clothes. I want to go for walks and play with my grandkids someday. I don't want to be tired at the end of the day. I want to get good sleep, so I can wake up and have a positive attitude. That to me is healthy".
Welcome to the Keto Mom page, my name is Stephanie. We're going to talk about something that clearly needs to be addressed, and that's "Body image".
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If you're not rebooting, what did you have for lunch? I'm shaking up some ketones today. I've been drinking ketones for seven years. I love them because they're a fuel source.
Alright! I'll be turning 40 in February, so we're going to talk about my 40-year-old body versus my 20-year-old body, or prior to having kids. A lot of people are not happy with their bodies.
We're also going to talk about keto and what it truly means. I'm going to share with you the benefits of keto, that you're not paying attention to and I think it's super important.
It's basically a packet, you put it in some water, you shake it up, and it puts you in ketosis in under an hour. This doesn't help your body make ketones, but it gives you ketones directly. Your body can make ketones if you're eating a specific way, like the ketogenic diet.
Your body uses the ketones for energy. For me, I needed the energy to keep up with my four kids and to homeschool them.
Benefits of Ketones:
Gives you energy.
Gives you focus.
Helps with your appetite control.
Helps keep you on track.
Helps you join the gym.
Can make you feel stronger and better.
If you've never tried ketones, you should grab the challenge. We do this all the time in my customer group. We will walk and guide you through it. We'll work on low-carb meals, drinking your water, moving your body, and drinking ketones. So if you want to know more, send me a message.
My husband drinks ketones, it's not just mom fuel. I just call it mom fuel because it's helped me in so many different ways. But I have lots of men drinking ketones. My husband and my dad loves them, and so many others. My husband has a sweet tooth, so ketones help him not eat as much.
My Husband's Goal.
About 9 years ago, he needed to lose 50 pounds and that's why we started this keto journey. We moved back to Minnesota from Oklahoma, and my husband jokes around saying he had some great workout partners in Oklahoma.
We moved back and he found himself surrounded by birthday parties, cupcakes, and all of the holidays with the families. He gained 50 pounds and that's where his Keto journey started and I joined him later on.
So I'm going to shake up one of my favorite flavors. It comes in either liquid or powder form. There are different formulations but it does the same thing. You simply put this in water, shake it up, and try to drink it within 30 minutes.
You're going to have better energy throughout your day, ketones are brain fuel. It's incredible! Everybody has different reasons why they use it. We have people that are athletes that use it for athletic performance. Some sit at a desk all day that uses it for more brain focus. There are moms like me who don't want to have to take naps every day and just stay on track.
Alright! I have plenty of older women like me, who sent me messages throughout the day. These are women who have had children and maybe they let their bodies go, or they're working on getting their bodies back.
Social media or models in magazines can sometimes give us a distorted view of what our bodies should look like. When I dove into this keto lifestyle with my husband, he just wanted fat loss. My husband would coach men differently than women. You can agree or disagree with me on this, but when I'm coaching my dad, my brother, or my husband. It seems like most men can either drop the pop and sugary drinks they're drinking, or they're going to lose 20 pounds in a week.
Although that's not a guarantee, there are a lot more things going on inside women's bodies than the men's bodies. Does anybody agree with that?
I have women who get frustrated because they compare their journeys to their husband's journeys.
Women and men are very different. Your bodies are different, and you process food differently. You have different hormones and different things that you have to work with.
So to all the women here, I want to encourage you today. Some of you might be in this place where you don't love how you look or feel. You might be comparing yourself to your sister, neighbor, or coworker because you want to look a specific way, and I'm all for that.
You can do that with food. You can look a certain way when you weight train, run, and really work on your body. I'm not going to talk about doing extra things like lifts and tucks, and all of those surgical things.
You might want your body to look a specific way, I get that. You want to be the best version of a mom bod, you've had babies, and you've been taking care of your babies, but you probably have not been putting yourself first, I want you to let that go.
Your body will most likely not look like how it was when you were younger or when you were in high school. Just like me, I gave birth to 4 babies and I've had four C-sections.
But somehow, I feel stronger now. I feel incredible and I have incredible energy. I usually tell people that I feel like I'm in my 20s, physically. My energy is incredible, and my mood and my mental clarity are great. My brain is on point and I feel like I'm gaining muscle.
Yesterday, we were at CrossFit and we did a great workout. And then one of the extra add-on workouts was to like lay on this machine and go all the way back. But my muscles are not strong enough to do that right now. Not that they couldn't be, and so we were laughing because some of us moms were all in a line, working on doing these VMs.
And I realized my muscles are not the muscles that I had when I was 20.
Surgically, I could get that fixed but I don't want to. And I've accepted that my body is not going to look the same way it did when I was in high school or even when I was in my 20s. But I have women who get so frustrated because they might have a little bit of extra skin or different things that they don't like.
I was coaching a sweet mom who was a bit frustrated. She's got her hormones, but she's doing everything right, and she actually looks really good.
I acknowledged that she was frustrated because she doesn't look the same way when she first met her husband. More than just fat loss, I think people can tone up, and do some weights for sure. But what we really need to work on is our mindset because the words that were coming out of her mouth told me that she hated her body.
She did not like herself, and she was disgusted by the words that she was telling me. So I actually didn't even want to coach her on fat loss because her food looked great, and yet she's telling me she's disgusting.
I often get messages like that from women who feel like they can't even look at themselves in the mirror. You are where you are today, but you can get better. If you're eating well, sleeping better, and moving better. If you can walk more, bend down to tie your shoes, or you can walk from the parking lot to the office and up the stairs without being out of breath. Then you should feel more joyful.
The reason you want to eat healthily is that it creates your mindset and helps your brain to be more healthy. You can think clearer and you feel better. I want to have realistic expectations of my body because unless I surgically fix my body, it will not look the same as it did prior to having kids. And that's okay, because whoever told us that we had to.
My goal for myself is to help coach people and to find a lifestyle where they can create some type of healthy eating, not overeating, and not eating because they don't like themselves or are out of their emotions.
What does that look like?
Here's a good breakfast option for you.
Here's a good lunch option for you.
Here's a good dinner option for you.
Drink your water.
Cut the sugar because it gives you brain fog.
Sugar doesn't make you think clearer, it makes you feel gross after you drink it.
I sometimes wish I can actually change the name of this page. Most people come here for keto, but I actually coach more on doing a low-carb, carb-conscious lifestyle approach. Most people do not sustain keto, nor do they even do it right. And who's to say the actual keto diet is right for people long term? It's great for medical reasons, or if you want to do a kick-start.
But most people diving into an actual ketogenic diet, quit and give up.
If they do keto for a certain period of time and then go back to their old ways of eating, they're going to gain it all back. That's why your mindset is important.
You can learn to accept where you're at and create the best version of yourself, like me being 40, and then 50, and then 60. I want my energy levels to look great, and feel comfortable in my clothes for sure. I want to go for walks and play with my grandkids someday. I don't want to be tired at the end of the day.
Most people on this page are not keto but are carb-conscious or low-carb. They take the buns off the burgers, and croutons off the salad, eat less sugar, eat more veggies, and they're just mindful. That to me is a healthy lifestyle.
"The diet that will work for you is the one that you stick with long term".
And I believe that a hundred percent. I've got friends that are paleo and whole 30, and everybody's a little different. A lot of them drink ketones because it's a fuel source. The reason I talk about ketones so much is that it keeps me on track.
Some people like drink pots of coffee, energy drinks, or protein because it gets them through the day. The same reason I drink ketones. It's not a magic pill, but it sure does help.
Scientifically, I know that when ketones enter your body, your body knows what to do with them. And I know from a scientific level that your body prefers ketones over glucose. Ketones actually turn your brain on, I have science to prove it.
I feel amazing, and I will continue to drink them no matter what. I'll do the best I can with my food. I know some days are better than others. You have to have a good mindset, love yourself, and be realistic. If you don't like certain areas of your body, you could do something different, like join a gym and have somebody coach you on strength training. That would be something that would take you to the next level.
Sometimes people don't want to dive into going to the gym, because they have to pay for it. But we all pay for a lot of things, like some pay to get their nails and hair done. It all boils down to what you value. Because you have to pay for what you value. I value ketones and our CrossFit gym membership.
Some people would say it's kind of expensive, but that's what I need to keep me on track. And I will gladly give up other things like getting my nails done, so I can go to the gym and drink my ketones.
I can hopefully be somewhat of a coach and guide to my kids, and I love doing it with them.
What do you want?
What do you value?
What would help you take your health and fitness to the next level?
Do you need an accountability partner?
Do you need to get a gym membership?
Do you need to track your food?
You don't have to strictly track your food, but just for the awareness of what you're eating. And I just want you to have this understanding of where you are at today at your age. Whatever age you are right now, I want you to look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself "I love you", because some people can't do that.
That's why we focus on mindset in the mornings.
If I am stressed out about my stomach, it's still a part of me. It reminds me that I have four daughters who are incredible. And if somebody was going to judge me for my abs being split and not having a flat stomach, let them. I just want you to have realistic expectations.
What does being healthy truly mean to you?
It's not just fat loss, although fat Loss is great and we can work on that. But what else does being healthy mean to you? Try to work on that and work on loving yourself. Give yourself some time, and you can fill yourself up with things like good food, mindset, and a community of good people.
I was sitting around after our workout yesterday and there was one guy left. When we finish our workout, everybody stands and waits till the last person is done. Everybody is cheering people on. There are not very many places you can go where there's a community of people that solidly cheer you on. Even if he was last, it didn't matter, and nobody cared that he was last.
He was doing a really hard weight, and he was working out so hard that everybody sat there and cheered him on until he was done.
Be a cheerleader for yourself, and if you ever need a community to cheer you on, welcome to the Keto Mom community. You can also find a community in your local area where people do that. There are a lot of people that need you, but also need a community of people to be around. I want you to look at your body and have realistic expectations of how you can get stronger, look better, and feel better.
You don't have to compare yourself with others, just be the best version of yourself.
I am always here to help. You can send me a message or you can always go to ketomomsecrets.com. You can find a lot of different things like recipes, mindset and the book club, tips on how to get started, ketones, and trials.
I hope you guys have an incredible afternoon and we'll talk to you very soon.
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