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!


  1. I don’t know much about the Keto way of eating but your advice sounds perfect when going someplace else to eat. I always bring at least one if not two dishess. That way my family will always have something I know they will enjoy.

  2. I did keto for years and I was always looking for recipes to take to cookouts. The loaded cauliflower casserole looks delicious.

  3. I don’t know all the ins and outs about keto diets but it seems like it is a great way to lose weight. It is always hard when you are at a party to limit yourself you are so dedicated, kudos.

  4. Oh my that Cauliflower casserole looks so good. I will have to try that one myself. I BBQ a lot and this would be a great side dish for those who don’t like pasta or potato salad.

  5. Yum, all of this food looks good! I always hear about the keto diet. It’s not for me, but I know it has helped a lot of people.

  6. I can’t imagine how hard that would be especially when you are going out! I have a celiac family member so we usually have two of every side dish! But honestly, those dishes look so yummy anyway!

  7. I am pretty good at this because I am not shy. I tell serves what I want and if they don’t give me what I want, I make them change it. I am the paying customer when I go out so…. I should get what I want, as we all should, right? 😉

  8. Wow, these look amazing. I am not even on a Keto diet, and these are calling my name.

  9. My husband has been in keto in several months and he has lost a lot of weight. There are temptations sometimes but he tries to eat as little carbs as possible.

  10. My sister is thinking about going back on a keto diet this summer. I have to share this very informative post with her. Great tips!

  11. I know so many people who are on the keto diet right now. It’s such a hard diet because most meals at gatherings revolve around carbs!

  12. I have been trying to eat more keto friendly foods to help my pcos, but I get stuck on what to eat all the time. These are some great options.

  13. I’ve been off the Keto wagon for a while and am building myself up to going back on. That cauliflower recipe could be the very thing. It doesn’t look diety at all!

  14. These are some really great tips on how to stick to the Keto diet. I have friends doing this diet who would really benefit from this.

  15. Awesome tips for people who follow the ketogenic diet. I think it’s possible to adjust in a world that’s not really keto and these tips will definitely help!

  16. I have been reading many good things about Keto and keto diet. Never tried about this yet but I want to try. I guess, I still need to research more about it and be more firm to do it.

  17. These are some really good suggestions for surviving in a Non-Keto world. The Cauliflower casserole looks really tempting. Cheesy potatoes are another personal favourite too.

  18. I love bacon wrapped asparagus and I happen to love cauliflower. I like it better than broccoli.

  19. It’s not easy to adjust to a new diet especially when you’re the only one in the family following it but it’s also awesome once you get used to it! I think this post is really going to help those who struggle to keep up with their keto diet!

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