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Keto During the Holidays: 10 Tips to Help You Stay in Ketosis

It’s a commonly asked question during this time of the year: How can I stay keto during the holidays when I’m surrounded by sweets and treats and carb-loving friends and family? Even though it may sound daunting – and maybe even impossible – we are here to assure you that with some creativity and discipline, you can definitely do it! Here are tips on how to stick to keto during these food-filled weeks and keep your carbs in check! The tips below are centered around holiday parties, dinners, and potlucks where lots of food and people are involved because that’s when temptation is highest and pressure is strongest.

  1. Eat beforehand so you’re not tempted to indulge at the gathering. Have a KetoLogic® KetoMeal® right before going to help keep you satiated while suppressing your appetite and curbing cravings.
  2. Plan ahead by bringing keto snacks along. Pack FBOMB macadamia nut butters and FBOMB Keto Krunch cheese crisps so you have a low-carb/high-fat snack on hand in case your only snack options are chips and crackers.
  3. Let the hosts know. They may be open to offering some low-carb foods or at least will understand if you want to bring some food of your own
  4. Recognize safe foods. Deli trays of meat and cheese. Veggies and ranch dip. Pickles. Olives. Be wary of hidden carbs in meatballs, sauces, and dressings.
  5. Contribute a keto-friendly dish. These keto appetizers and desserts are delicious and will be enjoyed by everyone, even those who love carbs: Stupid-Good Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms, Jalapeno Poppers, Spinach Dip, No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes, Ginger Snap Cookies, Keto Brownies
  6. Buddy up! If possible, find a keto friend to attend the party with you and help keep each other accountable and on track.
  7. Carry a glass of water or sparkling water to keep your hands occupied and your belly full. Staying hydrated prevents you from overeating.
  8. Pick your battles on your own terms. If aunt Edna is adamant you must try her apple pie, then be polite and take a bite. If your boss brings in her amazing homemade gingerbread cookies, eating one won’t kill you. Having said that, if your goal is to be strict keto, then have a polite but firm response prepared. Don’t let anyone pressure you into eating something you don’t want to.
  9. Speaking of responses, be prepared to answer questions and hear some anti-keto opinions. Be informative and patient when responding. Use the opportunity to educate others about the benefits of the keto diet. “No, I don’t only eat butter and bacon.” “No, eating fat won’t make you fatter.”
  10. Enjoy yourself and forgive yourself if you indulge. We all know not to judge others for cheating on their diet but we often forget to stop judging and criticizing ourselves.

Ginger Snap Cookies

If you are open to indulging, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Know your weaknesses. If you know cookies are your top weakness, set a number ahead of time and stick to it. Allow yourself to enjoy your favorite holiday treat in moderation without any guilt. On the other hand, if you know you can’t stop yourself after one or two cookies, then promise yourself to stay far away from them. Don’t even make eye contact!
  2. Set a limit. One glass of wine. One cup of eggnog. One gingerbread cookie. Decide ahead of time what your indulgences will be and stick to them.
  3. Have a plan to get back on track. Ways to quickly get back into ketosis include Intermittent Fasting and supplementing with exogenous ketones, such as KetoLogic® BHB. If you want (or need) a more structured plan, do the KETO 30 Challenge, which entails just 4 easy steps for 30 days. Think of it as a keto kickstart program: It’ll get you back into ketosis and help you lose any weight you may have gained over the holidays.

The holidays are a wonderful time for food, family, and fun. You’ll have plenty of stress from family so don’t let the food part stress you out! Of all the tips above, the one we want to emphasize the most is #10 – it’s okay if you indulge a little more than you planned. Forgive yourself and get right back on track. KetoLogic® is here to help.

*Note: Please be mindful of your alcohol tolerance when on the ketogenic diet. Your alcohol tolerance will likely be significantly lower. We recommend that you drink a glass of water between alcoholic drinks and limit yourself to two at the most. Drink responsibly.

 

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