Keto Dieting During The Holidays: Tips To Stay On Track
Published: 4 months ago
Also known as “keto”, a ketogenic uses a low-carb, high-fat and protein approach to change the way the body processes food. This switch from breaking down sugar and carbs, to using protein and fat as fuel, has helped millions shed the pounds and get healthier. But how do you stick to this kind of diet during the holidays, when temptation to indulge abounds in every corner?
If you’re worried about how to enjoy the festive season without breaking your keto plan, fret not! Follow these simple tips, and you’ll be able to join the feasting, guilt-free!
Plan Ahead For Safe Foods
Not every holiday food will sabotage a ketogenic diet. Recognize which items being served are keto-friendly. Spot these, stick to them, and steer clear of blood sugar-spiking options. It’s also a good idea to inform your host that you’re on keto. If you’re worried that this might be too much of a hassle for them, graciously bring an option that you can eat so they don’t have to worry about your dietary requirements.
Not sure what to prep or eat? Roast turkey, beef, and other meats without sugary glazes are delicious and frequently seen on festive tables. Salads that are dressed with olive oil and lemon without the croutons are also healthy sides. Roasted brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and green beans are other festive favorites.
Know Your Indulgences
There’s nothing wrong with scheduling a cheat day to coincide with a festive meal, or picking a few special items that have carbs or sugar. The trick is to know your limit and stick to it – decide ahead of time so you’ll be mindful. One chocolate-chip cookie, or one glass of champagne? These are tasty things that won’t make a significant dent, so long as you don’t go overboard!
Avoid Hunger Pangs That Can Cause You To Binge
You know those little snacks that hosts keep out so you can nibble while they finish cooking? Those are often carb and sugar-heavy things like crackers or chips. But when you often have to mingle and wait for a couple of hours before the meal actually starts, it can be hard to resist munching on a handful...or five.
Worried that you’ll graze and wreck your ketosis? Eat a small keto-friendly snack in advance at home, or pack keto-friendly treats that you can nosh on without feeling left out. Many companies make keto “junk food” like kale or cheese crisps that are just as delightful without fretting over your macros.
Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself
If you do end up breaking your keto diet, don’t judge yourself too harshly! Cheat days happen for a reason and you can always get back on the wagon again. It’s the holidays, after all – a time to celebrate and immerse yourself in the warmth of friends and family.
If worrying about food is getting too stressful over the holidays, it’s totally okay to throw out the rules for a day or two. Be kind to yourself and let yourself have fun!
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