The holidays can be rough when you’re trying to stay strong and in ketosis. From the creamy mashed potatoes to the cookies and eggnog of Christmas to the endless seasonal parties teeming with carbs and cocktails, temptation is everywhere. Undeniably, the holidays celebrated in classic form go hand in hand with keto-killing comfort foods. But that doesn’t mean you have to kiss keto goodbye until next year. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can feast your way through the season and stay on track.
We have a few tips to help get you through the holiday season, to make sure that everyone has a good time, while also making sure that they are eating, if not completely, then at least partially right. Here are a few, yet effective, tips to help you stay on track all holiday long.
There’s no reason to RSVP ‘No’ to a party because you’re intimidated by the non-keto offerings. You deserve to enjoy the fun too! Prepare for a delicious time by heeding the following tips: While attending a party try taking your own low-carb dish, so that there is at least one healthy option. Additionally, try moving around at parties, mingling with others, and taking small bites of everything, instead of staying put in front of the food table. Eat ahead of time. If you fill up on keto foods before the party, it will be easier to stay away from the mouth-watering buffet. If you go hungry, you set yourself up for a challenge you can otherwise avoid.
When we are hungry, it becomes super easy to ‘cheat’ or grab ‘convenient’ foods. Hunger is a strong driver, and so many of us will fall off the wagon because of it. It is often best to plan for the worst. Make sure your keto-friendly foods are easily accessible. Have some keto snacks ready to rock like hardboiled eggs, chopped vegetable sticks or ShapeUp™. Following a plan is a great, easy way to stay on track and prevent you from surrendering to your temptations. Make sure you prep and plan your meals in advance at www.newimageketo.com
Set yourself up for success; keep keto snacks on hand at all times. Single nut butter packets, Alpha Lipid™ SDII™, and cheese sticks will help you stay satiated so you don’t fall victim to the selfsaboteur. Or, stash a few fat bombs (at work and at home) for a quick fix. Check out this delicious recipe:
Dig deep into your camera roll on your phone and work on a collage of images that displays the progress you’ve made. Remind yourself that the reason you’ve done so well all these months (or days, weeks, or even years) is because you’ve conquered willpower and kicked toxic foods to the curb. You don’t want to reverse EVERYTHING, over a few short weeks!
Among the most important tips offered are to not restrict yourself, but limit servings of calorie-ridden food to small portions. Also, try eating slowly, the faster you eat, the more you will end up consuming. The key, therefore, is to enjoy the food, slowly.
As always, regular exercise will help you maintain your weight, stay fit and decrease stress. Exercise gives you energy in addition to burning calories. Exercise first thing in the morning this time of year, because it will become more challenging during the day with shopping and holiday parties.
Now you’re set for success this holiday season. Keep up the amazing work, enjoy, and do your best. The most important thing to remember is to be kind to yourself because you deserve it!