Its what you learn after you know it all that counts JW

For those of you who don’t know him, John Wooden was an American basketball player and later head basketball coach at UCLA University.  

John was just four months and 10 days short of 100 years old when he died.  

John’s teams have won more NCAA Division I Championships than any other school.  John won 10 of them with his teams.  

In 1934 as a high school teacher in South Bend, Indiana, John Wooden defined success as “peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable.“

I agree with John that if we want to succeed at something, we must know we made the effort to do the best we are capable of doing.

Part of that effort is educating your self on the things you are doing. This also applies to Your Keto Journey.

While we may not always “like” what it takes to do our personal best, we are always capable of achieving our personal best.

What do I mean by this?

For me, it goes something like this:

I know what needs to be done.

I know I can do what needs to be done.

I don’t always want to do what I know needs to be done.

But at some point you just have to ask yourself:

1) How much do I want to succeed or reach my goal?

2) Am I willing to do what I know I can do to reach that goal and enjoy that level of success?

The answer to both questions for my husband and myself were “Yes, we want this.“ And “Yes, we will do this.“

As with most challenges in life, once the hard decisions are made, the steps to success are simply a matter of walking them out.

I’ve learned that my success steps are easier when I take them with a good attitude.

So we promptly quit eating foods that feed cancer and foods that cause inflammation in our bodies. The first step for us was to go gluten-free. This basically meant that we gave up grains. Grains for us were things like regular wheat bread and buns. Regular pasta. We substituted rice flour for wheat and corn. But this was only the start.

It was in listening to Dr. Colbert and reading his books that we recently learned that rice as a substitute was not our answer.


It is simply because white rice is worse than sugary sodas when it comes to causing diabetes in your body. So we kicked white rice “out“ of our diets, and began a modified version of the Ketogenic diet.

“We can do this“, we said. So now it was time to cut out the white rice breads, white rice noodles, and white rice itself.  Because of the carbs associated with brown rice, it too was knocked off our food list until we could identify our KCL (Keto Carb Limit). This is the limit of carbohydrates you can have in a day so you neither gain nor lose weight (plus or minus a pound).

It is much easier to identify creative and tasty substitutions at home than it is when you eat out at a restaurant.  For example: we eat sandwiches made from healthy ingredients: either bun-less or wrapped in a large lettuce leaf.

In a restaurant you need to consider if your foods are “clean“.

What do I mean by clean foods?  Well for starters, your meat loaf must not have bread or bread crumbs in it. The tomato/BBQ sauce should not have sugars or sweeteners in them. Soups should not have flour or MSG in them.  

Your chicken should absolutely not have any breading or coating.  Your “grilled chicken“ should not be sprayed with just any old kind of oil while it is on the grill.  If you are heating oils use Coconut oil or Ghee.Cococut , avocado & olive oils should be virgin or extra version, and cold pressed. This means no canola, sunflower, safflower, soy bean, or vegetable oils.  There are quite a few “other oil’s in restaurant kitchens these days that are not healthy when heated.  Keep in mind that the restaurant you’re sitting in wants to make a sale and you may get the answer they think you want to hear when you ask specific questions about what oils are being used in cold salads or heated..   It could also be that the wait staff or manager do not know the answer to your question.

Salads are not always your best answer in a restaurant setting either. Pay attention to what the pecans are coated with.  Sweet indicates a sugar, or worse, a poor sugar substitute.  Glazed is another word to watch out for.  Glazed with what?  Other terms to watch for are: honey – coated, savory, seasoned, marinated, whipped butter, maple roasted, corn, toasted nuts, and drizzled with .... 

Most all restaurant dressings and sauces will be off-limits due to unhealthy oil‘s, sugar, and MSG.

For too long we have let others define for us what is or is not healthy. Then we take that data and off we go with faulty ideas of what is good and healthy for us.  But that can change for you if you want it to.

Here is another consideration.  You can spend all your money at the health clubs wearing the best, sweating the best and yet eating and drinking the worst.  Where will that get you?

Why do we do it?

Because we think we know it all…

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.“

Thank you, John Wooden!

It’s time we learn from others.  My husband and I have learned much from Dr. Colbert. Like all of us, the doctor is not perfect and he even admits what he used to do and believe in the acknowledgment section of his book.  He is an honest and learned man of his word and profession.

What we like and appreciate is that Dr. Colbert never stops learning and sharing what he has learned.

Here are two links for a series of videos with a down to earth conversation held with Dr. Colbert about his book.

CLICK HERE for the week 1 videos.

CLICK HERE for the week 2 videos.

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