Chances are you’ve probably heard of the KETO diet, also known as the ‘Low Carb High Fat’ lifestyle, but have you heard about it being deployed by missionaries on the mission field? Is it even possible to maintain such a diet while ministering in China, the Middle East, and Africa?
Perhaps the bigger question should be – is it possible to explain to people who are starving and have little food, how westerners need to diet in the first place? Oh boy, that’s awkward.
But the truth is, after reaching our mid-forties, my wife and I decided to change our eating habits no matter how many starving people it offends. For the last four years, we have adhered to a pretty strict ‘Low Carb High Fat’ diet that has been surprisingly easy to accommodate on the mission field, though admittedly at times super hard to maintain. With all of the carb’o’licious delicacies in the different areas that we work, our own self-discipline has proven to be the biggest challenge.
During a special road trip podcast, my wife and I share the details of living (and failing) a KETO lifestyle on the mission field.