Don't Let the Holidays Derail You
Around the holidays I always over-indulge. I don't want to lose the progress I've made, but I want to enjoy the celebrations! How can I do both?
It's the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are a time for giving thanks, being with family and friends, spreading love and celebrating the end of another year. If the thought of celebrating the holidays stresses you out because you fear you'll over-indulge or lose progress you've made with your keto lifestyle, we are here to help! There is no reason you can't enjoy this time of year and still enjoy some treats without overdoing it. Here are our tips for not just surviving the holidays, but enjoying them too.
1. Decide Ahead of Time
Are you going to try to keep it mostly keto with the exception of Thanksgiving dinner & your annual Christmas cookie bake-off? Are you giving yourself a month-long break to loosen up the reigns on your low-carb diet? There is no right answer as to how you should treat yourself and when, there is only the answer that works best for you! However, think about this prior to the holiday season and make a decision ahead of time that you think will work best for you. You might be someone who can indulge in carbs and jump right back into keto as soon as your ready. For many of us carbs can trigger a prolonged and unplanned period of binging or over-doing it. If you're more like one of those people, then planning to keep desserts to 1 serving instead of 4 might help you feel more in control. Whatever you choose, decide before hand and stick to the decision you've made so that you have no reason to feel guilty or get too far off-track.
2. Limit Mindless Snacking
This time of year we may allow ourselves to enjoy things like latkes, cookies, pies, and treats that only come around during the holidays - and that's perfectly okay! Just make sure you stay mindful while eating between meals. It is easy to have the idea that one cookie from the office break room won't hurt, but the holiday season lasts for almost 6 weeks! Picking at carbs multiple times a week in between meals, even in small doses, over the course of 6 weeks can easily lead to you losing control. You don't have to eat junk at every single little holiday celebration or gathering - because between kids' school activities, work events, parties and the holidays themselves there can be a lot going on! Decide where and when it is worth it to indulge and stay away from mindlessly snacking on sugar just because it happens to be in front of you.
3. Plan Recovery Days
One of the best things you can do after a carb-heavy meal is to get back to eating keto as soon as possible at the next meal. Say no to leftovers, they can last for days and you've already enjoyed the real meal now it's time to move on and get back to eating healthier. Have an idea of low carb, clean, satiating meals you can eat following a day of indulging so that you never get too far off track. Keeping a couple of keto meals from our keto meal delivery service in the fridge can be a lifesaver, especially if you're tired of cooking as many of us might be after a big party or holiday gathering.
Keep these tips in mind so that you can enjoy the holidays without letting them derail you! If you have any questions at all you can send us a message on Facebook or Instagram, or shoot us an email.
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