Surviving Keto in a Non-Keto World

We are almost done with June. The summer months can be especially difficult for people following a diet plan, especially Keto. If you think about the majority of the yummy foods you find at summer BBQ’s, its things like chips and dip, chips and salsa, corn on the cob, delicious desserts, etc. None of those things are “Keto approved”. However, you do NOT need to let that allow you to fall off the wagon or say no to the many invites you will be getting this summer. It is totally possible to survive Keto in a non-Keto world.

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The Keto diet has been a huge part of my life for over the last two and a half years. I am going to be completely honest here and not try to be all, “oh it’s so easy to avoid the non-Keto foods”. That’s not true. Even those with the best will power will have struggles and if they say they don’t, they’re not being truthful. However, what is easy is to set yourself up for success by remembering these three tips for surviving Keto in a non-Keto world.

How to Survive in a Non-Keto World

Tip #1: Make a plan. If you are going to a BBQ, you know the main dish item will most likely be hamburgers, hot dogs, steak or chicken. It is typically foods that are easy to make on the grill. All of those things, for the most part, are Keto approved. All you have to think about are the side dishes. You know they will most likely have a salad. Plan to fill up on salad and meat.

Tip #2: Offer to bring a Keto approved side dish. I don’t know about your BBQ’s, but a staple side dish at most BBQ’s that I go to have cheesy potatoes. Offer to bring this loaded cauliflower casserole. I guarantee you, not many people will even realize the difference.

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I mean, look at it, it looks phenomenal and I am sure it tastes just as good. But…if cauliflower is not your thing, and I get it, not everyone likes it, then you HAVE to make these bacon wrapped asparagus and throw them on the grill (or the Air Fryernon-keto world…my absolute favorite appliance)!

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Tip #3: Pop a piece of gum in your mouth or brush your teeth. I don’t know about you, but once that piece of gum goes into my mouth, the only thing I drink is water and I don’t want to eat anything. Food and drinks (besides water) taste gross mixed with mint gum. There are some really good Keto friendly gum on the market.PUR Gumnon-keto world is my favorite.

So, as you can see, it is totally doable to survive Keto in non-Keto world. If you happen to fall off the wagon slightly, don’t beat yourself up. What I do when that happens (and it does happen) is I take my probiotic like normal before bed and the next morning I go to the gym and do a long cardio workout. For the rest of that day, I try to eat as few carbs as possible. That has seemed to help me over the years.

If you would like to find out more information about the Keto diet, you can check out my Keto diet archives here. For more delicious Keto friendly recipes, check out my Keto diet recipes archives here. Enjoy!


Keto Diet Stall – Top Reasons Why

Like any diet or lifestyle change, there are bound to be times where we face little hiccups. There will be times that we fall off the wagon or make a conscious decision to take a break. It’s totally normal. It happens. What happens after those moments is what matters. Both my husband and I have been following the Keto lifestyle for well over two years now. We’ve had our fair share if ups and downs. For me, dealing with my gallbladder issues and then recovering from surgery, was a bit of a hiccup for me, but I am bouncing back. For some of you just starting the Keto diet or looking to start it, you may be wondering what the top reasons why people experience a Keto diet stall are. Lucky for you, I’m going to tell you!!

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So…as I said, with any diet or lifestyle change, there will be things that cause us to stall, fall off the wagon, etc. For me, I didn’t make a decision to step away from the diet. I, more or less, couldn’t cope with feeling so horrible from my gallbladder AND sticking 100% to the Keto diet. Instead, I was in survival mode. I ate mostly Keto, but also ate what would agree with me. Prior to all my gallbladder issues, I was in a horrible keto diet stall. I hadn’t gained or lost any weight for at least six months, but I think it was even longer than that. So what happened?

Keto Diet Stall – Top Reasons Why

  • You’re not actually in ketosis 

If you’ve been reading up on Keto, you will see that there are a couple schools of thought. There are some people that follow “strict Keto” and they track everything. On the other hand, there are people that follow what they call “lazy Keto” and they don’t track anything and just eat Keto approved foods. I’ve always followed strict Keto. I track every single thing I eat. By doing this, I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I am in ketosis. There is no fear of hidden carbs when I’m tracking. These ketone stripsketo diet stall can definitely help you determine if you are in ketosis or not.

  • You’re not drinking enough water

I know, I know. It seems like everyone is always harping on water intake. That’s because it’s SO IMPORTANT! Our body needs water to function properly. Beside that, drinking enough water while following the Keto diet helps with the dreaded “Keto breath”, it helps replace water that is lost throughout the day, water helps suppress your appetite, and most importantly (in my opinion), water helps to take stress off your kidneys. I once read to think of water as a lubricant for your kidneys to help them function properly. This 32 oz. water bottleketo diet stall or my 30 oz. Yeti cup is always with me and filled with ice and water!

  • Hidden carbs are making their way in

Hidden carbs can happen in a couple ways. First, you aren’t measuring your food. Measuring your food is so important. Eventually you can eyeball it, if need be, but even after over two years of being on the Keto diet, I still measure everything. I joke that it’s because my personality will not let me eyeball things, but truth be told, when I have no choice, but to eyeball it, it does stress me out! The second way hidden carbs make their way in, is by taking a bite of this and a bite of that. You know what I’m referring to. You may think those little bites don’t mean anything, but they do. That’s why you need to measure and track EVERYTHING! Pick up a food scaleketo diet stall and get started with weighing your foods!

  • You’re dealing with too much stress

You’re probably thinking, “what in the world does stress have to do with it?” but believe me, it has a lot to do with it. You see, when we are experiencing stress, our body releases a hormone called cortisol. When we are constantly feeling stressed and the cortisol is constantly being released, we start experiencing negative affects, such as weight gain. Learning how to deal with stressful situations is so important. For me, I like to listen to the Classical Goes Pop Pandora station while I read. The music is soothing and reading is my favorite thing to do (besides be with my family).

  • You’re consuming too much diet drinks

Now I am going to be 100% completely honest here. I do drink diet pop. Is it Keto? Not really since it does have artificial sweeteners. However, so long as I drink my water each day, I allow myself to have diet pop. I don’t like coffee and with as crazy as my schedule is each day, there is no way I would survive without caffeine! With that being said…READ THE LABELS and Google what you are drinking. Just because it’s “diet” or “sugar free”, that does not mean it’s always carb free. Case in point, I love diet Mt. Dew. However, did you know that technically diet Mt. Dew still has a little sugar in it because it is made with orange juice? Yep. I didn’t either until a few weeks ago. There’s another example of those hidden carbs I mentioned earlier. They add up.

  • You’re eating too much/not enough

You’ve heard it before, you need to eat to lose weight and it’s so true. However, if you are eating too much, even if it is Keto approved foods, you’re not going to lose the way you want to. You still have to eat at a calorie deficit to lose weight. On the same token, if you are not eating enough, your body will freak out and try to hold on to every little bitty thing it can so it can properly fuel your body. Again, I know I sound like a broken record, but this is why it’s so important to properly track your food intake so you know you are getting what you need!

  • You’re not getting enough sleep

Not too long ago, I read that your body does it’s best work when it’s sleeping. That statement says so much to me. Before, when someone would tell me that I need to sleep more to lose weight, I laughed them. Not even joking. However, it’s so true. If the fact that our body does it’s best work when we are sleeping, then we need to make sure we are getting adequate amounts of sleep a night, each and every night to insure that our body can do what it needs to do to lose weight (and everything else it needs to do).


There you have it, the top reasons why you may be experiencing a Keto diet stall. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about the keto diet or the keto diet stall you may be experiencing. I would be more than happy to help you break that keto diet stall, if I can!

Summer Daily Planner for Kids Printable

Last summer, the last thing I wanted was for the kids to wake up and spend all day, every day on their electronics. I also didn’t want to spend my day nagging them repeatedly to do their chores. So I started leaving little to do lists on the counter for them with various chores that they needed to complete before they could even think about pulling out an electronic. It worked fairly well. It allowed me to sleep in a bit too (well…if you call sleeping until 7:30 am, sleeping in)! This summer, I want to do the same thing, but go a step further. I will be using this summer daily planner and attaching it to the fridge every night.

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I think it is very important for kids to have chores during the summer (and during the school year). We do not pay an allowance right now, as the chores we ask the kids to do are things that help out the family from day to day. Things we do pay for are extra things. For example, cutting the grass, doing a load of laundry, etc. My husband and I like to listen to Dave Ramsey and I believe he had a podcast all about how your kids can earn commission for various jobs. Basically you will put up a job chart and the kids can pick and choose extra jobs if they want to earn a little extra money. It works out well (usually).

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The nice thing about this summer daily planner is that you can write out one sheet for both kids. I just make sure to label who does what or they would fight. Seriously…I don’t know about your kids, but mine seem to fight about everything lately. Since my kids are older, one thing they are responsible for in the summer is making their own breakfast and lunch. I take care of dinner. However, what I hate is when I see them standing in front of the fridge just staring at the food like it’s going to spontaneously change into something new. By giving them two choices, they feel like they are making their own choices, which they are, but you are still ultimately getting them to eat what you want them to eat!

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So how do you get this summer daily planner sheet to work for you? Simply fill it out accordingly and slip it in to a sheet protector and hang it on your fridge. At the end of the day, slip your daily planner sheet into a binder. This way, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every single day. Lets face it, a lot of these daily chores, as well as the meals, can be repeated! Definitely take a look at those InkJoy Gel Pens. They are super nice to write with AND they come in pretty colors. I don’t know about you, but I just love writing in different colored ink!

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Mothers Day Gifts for First Time Moms

When I think back to when I was a first time mom and celebrating my very first Mothers Day, I have fond memories of what we did. We went on our first family vacation to Niagara Falls. My son was about 11 months old and pretty much slept in the stroller the entire time, but we still had a really nice time. Since that trip, I’ve always wanted to go back there, but this time, with both kids. I am sure my daughter would really like to see the falls. It can be stressful trying to figure out what to get first time moms for Mothers Day. I’ve put together this guide of gifts that I am pretty sure moms would love to receive from their kids.

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Mother’s Day Gifts for First Time Moms

When I was pregnant with my son, I really wanted to personalized “mom necklace”. I got one shortly after my daughter was born and I wore that thing every day (until it broke and I lost it at a store). This particular necklace is simple and comes with different options that you can really personalize it. Me personally, I like the 18 ” ball chain. They also ship fast! Perfect Mothers Day gift!

 

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If personalized mom jewelry is not her thing, that’s OK! Not everyone likes that kind of thing. Maybe this “Mom-isms” coloring book and markers are something that special mom would enjoy! Sure they say to sleep when the baby is sleeping, but why not color?!? If you pick up the coloring book, make sure you get the markers. They are the best!

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OK so this next one…I know they say you should never get an appliance as a gift, but maybe they are like me. I love getting stuff like that and I am sure they would be excited to get this particular appliance! The Instant Pot will dramatically change their life. Even on their busiest mom days, they can have dinner on the table in such a short amount of time!

 

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Already have the Instant Pot, no sweat! Maybe that special mom would like some fun things to do outside. I don’t know where you live, but here in Michigan we are just now starting to see a glimpse of spring! Maybe she’d like a new bike or a bike trailer to carry the baby! Those two things are something I always wished I had when my kids were younger. Fresh air is good for everyone!! Be sure to take a look at this bike trailer…it’s on sale right now!

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I don’t know about you, but when I think about first time moms, I think back to being so exhausted and all those nights that I was up late, rocking my baby while he slept or ate or just wanted to be held. Usually I watched all of the infomercials. I can’t tell you how many times I thought I needed something (that I really didn’t need). What I really wish I had was a Kindle so I could read in dark while the baby did whatever it was the baby needed to do. If you do decide to pick up a Kindle, be sure to take a look at the Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans. Trust me. You will make her day! Be sure to check out my book blog, A Real Page Turner, for some book suggestions!

 

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This next gift idea is sure to be a hit with first time moms. When you become a mom, things like taking showers become difficult to fit in. You’re either too tired and need to sleep when the baby is sleeping or the baby wants you to hold him all the time so showers typically happen when you have someone else home with you. When I wanted to shower, I would put my son in his bouncy seat and take a record breaking shower. Thankfully he loved that seat so much! Getting mom this next gift and telling her that you and the baby will occupy yourselves while she enjoys her down time, would be a dream come true! Throw in a candle, a bottle of wine and the Kindle above and she will be one happy mom!

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No matter what you get mom for Mothers Day, she will like it. So long as you put some thought into it, she will be happy. At least I know I would be. Be sure to go all out and celebrate those first time moms this Mothers Day! Be sure to let me know what you got them! Happy Mothers Day!

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Concerta Generics – Do They Work?

My son has ADHD. He was diagnosed when he was in Kindergarten. I know there is a lot of stigma (still) around ADHD and a lot of people don’t understand it; or they ignorantly think a parent is being lazy with their kids and that’s why they are the way they are; or my personal favorite, we parents claim our kids are ADHD just so they can get medications to make them calmer. Oh how I wish all of those things were true. Well, maybe not the lazy part. I don’t like being called lazy! Any parent with a child with ADHD knows how important it is when you find a medication that works. The worst thing is when it either stops working, or you can no longer take it for insurance purposes. This happened to us recently when we realized that not all Concerta generics are created equally.

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Concerta Generics – Do They Work the Same?

For years, my son took Concerta. Our insurance paid for the name brand, and that’s what he took. Then, if I understand the history correctly, Concerta worked a deal out with another company to make authorized Concerta generics. He was switched to that with no problems at all. From all of my research, the authorized Concerta generic was basically the EXACT same thing as name brand Concerta. However, everything started to seem like it was going downhill and the medication was no longer working. What happened? How could something that was working, not work anymore? And how can it happen seemingly overnight?

One day I picked up his prescription and the pharmacist let me know that the pill may look different because they switched manufacturers. To be honest, I didn’t think anything of it. I told her thank you and went about my day. Fast forward several months. As I said, things started going downhill. I talked with his doctor and we agreed to try a different medication. This is something NO parent of a child with ADHD wants to do, especially during the school year, but we had no choice. I’d love to say this med change worked, but it didn’t. What the heck happened with his Concerta?

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Not All Generics Are 100% the Same

While the Concerta generics are chemically the same as the name brand drug, they lack the time release delivery system that is unique to Concerta. Remember how I told you Concerta worked out a deal with another company to make an authorized generic? Well, that authorized generic utilized the time release delivery system that is unique to Concerta. So, for my son, it worked just the same as the name brand Concerta. The other Concerta generics…not so much. When the pharmacy switched to the other manufacturer, my son went from having the time release delivery system he needed to literally metabolizing the medication by mid-morning. Ability to focus, went downhill; impulse control, went downhill; everything that was working so well for him, suddenly failed him.

Unfortunately, we are back to trying another medication, however this new medication is in the same family as Concerta. I was not willing to give Adderall a try again after our horrible experience with it. Today is our first day with the new medication. So far so good. Why couldn’t we just get name brand Concerta? With our insurance, if there is a generic available, but we choose the name brand, we have to pay $100 just to have that name brand and then whatever the cost of the medication is. So in this instance, if we wanted name brand Concerta, it was going to cost us $285 a month. Since that is pure insanity, we will give something else a try first, before we commit to that price!

What to do When Generics Don’t Work

After doing a ton of research and finding out that the Janssen/Actavis contract Concerta had for the authorized generic ran out, I began to find out more and more about these so called “Concerta generics”. As soon as that contract ran out, three new generics popped up. Those three manufacturers of the new generics to be on the look for (that do not have ANY good reviews) are:

  1. Trigen Laboratories
  2. Mylan (same company that jacked up the prices of the Epi-pen and were sued)
  3. Impax Laboratories

The manufacturer of the Concerta generic that my son was switched to was by Mylan. Be sure to do your research. Some pharmacies may still have some stock of the Janssen/Actavis Concerta left over, but eventually you will be switched to a different generic as they will no longer be able to get the authorized Concerta generic back. One way to know if your Concerta has the time release delivery system (OROS) that is unique to Concerta is that the pill will be stamped with “Alza”.

We are crossing our fingers that this new medication works for him. Hopefully this article helps you. If your child’s medication seems like it hasn’t been working AND you were switched to a new generic, consider filling out the FDA MedWatch Voluntary Report form online.