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 at its highest and pressure is strongest.
- Eat beforehand so you’re not tempted to indulge at the gathering. Have one of your favorite meals right before going to help keep you satiated while suppressing your appetite and curbing cravings.
- Plan ahead by bringing keto snacks along. Have low-carb/high-fat snacks on hand in case your only snack options are high carb items like chips and crackers.
- 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
- 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.
- Contribute a keto-friendly dish. These keto appetizers and desserts are delicious and will be enjoyed by everyone.
- Buddy up! If possible, find a keto friend to attend the party with you and help keep each other accountable and on track.
- Carry a glass of water or sparkling water to keep your hands occupied and your belly full. Staying hydrated prevents you from overeating.
- 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.
- 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 die “No, I don’t only eat butter and bacon.” “No, eating fat won’t make you fatter.”
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.