The holidays are approaching and will be a great time for food, family, and fun. But, how can you sustain when you are surrounded by sweets and carb-loving friends and family? Your commitment to a keto eating plan may be tested during the holiday season. But, what if I told you It’s not impossible, in fact, I am going to show you that with some determination and discipline, you can do it! You can maintain your keto diet, have a fun holiday season, and keep those extra pounds off. Here are 5 tips that will help you maintain your keto eating plan during the holidays.
- Plan Ahead– Talk about your keto eating needs ahead of time with whoever is hosting and/or preparing the food. They may be open to offering some low-carb foods or at least will understand if you want to bring some of your own dishes.
- Recognize safe foods– Try to keep things simple by sticking to low-carb whole food ingredients. Be aware of any hidden carbs in meatballs, sauces, and dressings. And keep in mind any other foods to avoid.
- Drink Lots of Water – and Limit the Alcohol – Carrying a glass of water or even sparkling water will help keep your hands occupied and keep you full. Staying hydrated prevents you from overeating. Be mindful of how much alcohol you consume during the holiday and how it can impact your keto diet.
- Pick Your Battles Your Terms- If aunt Linda is adamant you must try her sweet potato pie, then be polite and take a bite. If you know cookies are your top weakness, set a number ahead of time, and stick to it. No, eating one won’t kill you. But, if your goal is to be strict keto, then have a polite but firm response prepared.
- Enjoy Yourself-The holidays can be a stressful time! It’s important to cut yourself some slack – and focus on doing the best you can.
If you are on the ketogenic diet and decide to have a meal or a day that is not Keto-friendly, “It’s Okay”. Enjoy yourself and forgive yourself, then get back on the bandwagon the next day. We all know to not judge others for having a cheat day on their diet but, we often forget to not judging or criticizing ourselves.
The content in this article is not medical advice and is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Always talk to your doctor before changing your diet.
Our guest blogger Lynette McCutcheon is a mother of 3. She is also a Health and Weight Loss Coach Specialized in the Ketogenic Diet, Ketosis, and Intermittent Fasting. She is also the founder of her own coaching business, “Down By Linitas Way” which is a community that helps empower women through support and motivation. Her desire and goal are to help women live healthier lifestyles in hopes that others will be inspired to join the movement.