So you’ve been learning all about keto and you’ve started to put that knowledge into action. But now you need more knowledge to help you on your way, and no one could blame you for returning to a trusted source of useful info! In this article we’re going to look at the mental transition to keto and explain some common keto terminology you might not be familiar with.
The basic concepts of keto are really simple (high fat, moderate protein, minimal carb). But, the mental and practical steps to implement a totally new way of thinking about, preparing and consuming
food can be overwhelming at first. Luckily for you, we’re here to gradually and gently guide you through all the knowledge, steps and solutions needed to boost your keto confidence.
It’s important to remember that most of us have been eating a ‘traditional’ carbohydrate based diet for several decades. This means the thoughts, feelings, emotions and associations with food have been deeply imbedded since childhood. So changing how you relate to food may feel like an uphill struggle at first. As you probably already noticed, any change which takes you outside of your usual behaviour, or comfort zone, is initially difficult.
But, as you transition you will become more familiar with how to effectively nourish yourself on keto. As you start to see the benefits of keto and move towards your goals you will find it gets progressively easier. Over a short period of time the keto lifestyle becomes your new comfort zone and will become second nature to you.
Any initial discomfort, and maybe some confusion or even fear, is a small price to pay when considering the immense benefits that the keto lifestyle offers. And, this is the best bit: the more prepared and supported you feel, the more clarity and confidence you will gain making the mental and practical transition much easier.
There are a few terms, abbreviations and ideas which once you understand will help you feel less like a newbie. Here are five abbreviations or terms that you commonly find in keto recipes or, if you are lucky or reading this in a brighter future, on keto menus in a restaurant.
This stands for “Medium Chain Triglycerides.” Medium Chain Whatnows? Ignore the fancy language, MCTs are simply a component of fat, found naturally in butter and coconut oil, which has a health promoting effect. They are slightly less calorie dense than long chain fats but much more rapidly absorbed.
Athletes and keto dieters use MCT products to provide rapid energy and boost performance. However, some people are sensitive to their effects and can experience stomach upsets in high doses. We go into much more detail about fats in our article.