Hello - here’s my two penny worth …
Eating is more than macros, requisite nutrients, avoiding carbs.
Eating is normally social, with others, sharing: well, hopefully we eat with others several times a week. There’s the joy of conversation, noticing what’s missing from our co-diners plates and passing the dish of their favourite food. We take time, we listen, we put down our knives and forks. We share ourselves and the food, we share the time, the place the occasion.
Food is used to mark events - the wedding cake, haggis on Burn’s Night, pancakes before Lent. We use things to emphasise importance, the best china, Grandma’s jug, the tray you bought on your honeymoon. And we eat our food in a sequence soup through to coffee and truffles. There is culture, our personal histories and meanings.
Eating keto has us side step these patterns, has us focus (essentially, importantly) on health, on recovery. We eat differently to others near us, we’re new to it, we’re experimenting.
On the forum I read about what we eat, “What did you keto today?” And I see pictures of plates of deliciousness. There is talk of eating twice a day, and fasting But I haven’t seen conversations about how we eat, who we eat with.
One day I wanted an extra bit of fat - so I put some butter into the hollow along a stick of celery and sprinkled it with salt. Lo and behold I had a starter! I had been wondering about the lonely functionality of one plate keto meals and a little solution arrived. So now I might start my meal with olives in a tiny pretty dish, or separate my food into ‘courses’, lay a tray, just something to feed me as well as my body.