Reason behind this is because I live in a country that is infested with sugar and carbohydrates, the two fatal enemies of this zany diet. Filipinos like me will definitely go insane if their meal does not include rice. Rice is in every Pinoy meal from breakfast, to lunch to dinner and even up to midnight snack. Even desserts of Filipinos can be made of the scandalous rice! For Filipinos, rice is life!
With regards to sugar, the Philippines has the sweetest varieties of tropical fruits on the planet and only a limited number of cooked dishes are not laced with sugar here in my country. In fact, it is a well-known fact on the entire planet that only in the Philippines can you find a sweet spaghetti. Hello Jollibee! And even the world renowned Filipino Adobo, for it to taste even better must be spiked with the notorious sugar.
Philippines also is so unlike the western countries where keto friendly food and dishes are easily available. Hello Whole Foods Market! Aside from being so insanely expensive, It is really a struggle to maintain and retain under ketosis. In fact, for the last fourteen days that I have been in ketosis, I have survived four social events – including that of Nengkoy’s big birthday party – where cakes, pastas, rice meals and sweet drinks were highlighted.
I can actually consider that my reduction in the consumption of sugar and carbs was even harder than when I stopped smoking. It is because I was born and grew up consuming these that resulted to an autopilot sagacity of my whole persona for rice and sweet treats. It is unlike smoking, which I started when I was an adult and ceased puffing nicotine also during adulthood. It is therefore not surprising that I had the worst cold turkey when I was starting ketogenic diet otherwise known as the keto flu for the ketogenic language!
But I guess for every struggle, there is like what Ms. Universe Catriona Gray consider as the “silver lining”. It has been only fourteen days yet I already lost a whopping 12 pounds!
Nakaka-aning aning sa hirap!