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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!

Keto Thanksgiving: Eat This, Not That

As you know, I have been following the Keto lifestyle for almost two years now. I’ve been through Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, summer BBQ’s and other get togethers where food is the center of everything, and I’ve survived and never felt deprived at all. I know when you start looking at this lifestyle, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot of information and the idea of not eating sugar, is a scary one. I get it. However, I am here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be scary and you can have a very yummy Keto Thanksgiving!

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First things first, the turkey. One of our favorite ways to make the Thanksgiving turkey is beer-can style. While I don’t think the carbs from the beer really get on the turkey, I don’t know that for sure, so I don’t want to steer you the wrong way. The way I make my turkey for my Keto Thanksgiving is to use my favorite seasonings (garlic for sure) and butter. I take the butter and put little pats of it under the skin of the turkey. Putting stuffing in the turkey is not something I am a fan of. Instead I take onions, other vegetables I have on hand, and sometimes a lemon and put it in the cavity of the turkey, making sure to tie the legs together to keep them inside.

 

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 When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of stuffing. While traditional stuffing is not Keto friendly, my delicious, grain-free alternative to stuffing is perfect. In fact, I served it a couple years ago when I hosted Thanksgiving and it was a favorite among everyone there. I had zero leftovers of my Keto friendly alternative and half a bowl of the traditional stuffing I made. Just look at it…doesn’t it look delicious?

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Since the Detroit Lions are playing on Thanksgiving day, my family will be coming over early to watch the game before we eat dinner. So having Keto friendly appetizers are a must. Besides a veggie platter, a couple other ideas that are totally quick and easy to make are:

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

#Ad Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipe

Keto Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Not everyone that attends your Thanksgiving dinner will be following the Keto lifestyle. Since you are the one hosting, you can make everything Keto friendly and ask others to bring the non-Keto staples (like stuffing and mashed potatoes)…or just have the Keto friendly dishes and call it a day. Some Keto Thanksgiving side dishes you could make are:

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Roasted Pecan Green Beans

Creamed Spinach

Au Gratin Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Roasted Spicy Broccoli

When it comes to dessert, typically someone offers to bring a pie. I’m not a huge pie person so Thanksgiving dessert is not something I care too much about. However, here are a few Keto friendly desserts that will surely make your mouth water on Thanksgiving day!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Caramel Pots de Crème

Did I miss anything? If you have any questions about what to eat on Thanksgiving, please don’t hesitate to contact me or leave a comment below. I am happy to help! Happy Thanksgiving!


Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

When people hear that I am on the Keto diet, they have so many thoughts and opinions. Usually I am told that I am going to end up with a heart attack because I am eating fat; or I’m told that I’ll never be able to stick with it. Well, sure…I could have a heart attack, but not because I’m eating fat. I get blood work done a couple times a year and my numbers are just fine. As for sticking with it, I’m almost to the 2 year mark and I haven’t gained a single pound back. So I think I’m good in that area too! But, what if I told you that you can be on the Keto diet AND eat Keto chocolate peanut butter bites? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well it’s not!

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Halloween is coming up. One of my favorite candies, before I stopped eating sugar, was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I used to confiscated all of them from my kids trick or treating stash and hide them in the freezer. The first Halloween, since being on the Keto diet, was a tad rough. It seemed like my kids got more peanut butter cups than they ever did, but I never ate one. Not a single one. This year, while my kids are eating their peanut butter cups, I will be enjoying my Keto chocolate peanut butter bites. The perfect Keto treat!

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Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Ingredients

  • 4 TBS Coconut Oil, divided
  • 8 TBS Sunbutter, divided
  • 4 TBS Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract, divided
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia, divided
  • Silicone mold

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Directions

  1. For the chocolate layer, combine 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 4 TBSP of Sunbutter, 4 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp of Stevia and mix well.
  2. Using a spoon, fill each of the pumpkin molds half full. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes to set.
  3. For the peanut butter layer, combine 2 TBSP of melted coconut oil, 4 TBSP of Sunbutter, 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract and 1/4 tsp Stevia. Mix well.
  4. Using a spoon, fill each pumpkin mold the rest of the way up. Place back in the freezer and allow to fully set for about 1-2 hours.

If you are following the Keto diet and using My Fitness Pal, you will want to put all of your ingredients into My Fitness Pal to create a recipe to get the appropriate macros for this recipe. Things may be different depending on the mold you use, ingredients, etc. With the molds I used, I got 25 Keto chocolate peanut butter bites. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can use any silicone mold you want!

 

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So, the next time someone tells you they can’t do Keto because they can’t give up chocolate, tell them they don’t have to!

Other Keto Recipes You May Enjoy:

Homemade Gummy Bears

Fuzzy Navel Gummy Bears <—seriously so good!

Cheesecake Fat Bombs


HELP! Scale Not Moving on Keto Diet

One of the hardest things I had to do a year and a half ago was believe that the Keto diet (when done properly) will work. The idea of eating fat to lose weight was foreign to me. It went against everything I had ever been taught about dieting and losing weight. However, I was at my breaking point and knew I needed to do something. Having the scale not moving at all should freak me out, right? WRONG!

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Pre-Keto Diet

A few years prior to starting the Keto diet, I tested in the Type 2 diabetic range. I started monitoring my carb intake, like my nutritionist suggested. However, I was not committed to it and I gained everything I lost (and then some) right back. I had ballooned up to 250 pounds. My highest weight ever. I was miserable; hated shopping for clothes; and I had begun to resign myself to being fat for the rest of my life. My friend Summer (go read her blog, The Dirty Floor Diaries) started telling me about the Keto diet. To be honest, I thought she was crazy. No way you can eat cheese and bacon and still lose weight. But…I was 250 pounds. What did I have to lose?

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At my highest weight, I wore a size 22 for pants, a 22/24 for shirts and I was absolutely miserable.

Keto Diet Success

In the year and a half that I have been following the Keto diet, I have lost 83 pounds! I am currently holding steady at 167 pounds. My pant size dropped to a 10/12 and I went a medium or large in shirts. Here is a picture of my husband and I this past weekend:

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The three biggest things I can tell you to do to be successful on the Keto diet are:

  • Weigh everything you eat
  • Track everything on My Fitness Pal
  • Drink your water

If you hear the words “lazy keto”, don’t listen to them. There is no such thing as lazy Keto.

 

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 Scale Not Moving

I hinted at the beginning about the scale not moving. Which is true. I’ve been stuck at 167 pounds for months and months. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it upset me. We put so much stock in what the scale says. However, I’m here to tell you to stop that! If you still feel amazing; if your clothes fit great; THEN WHY CARE ABOUT THE SCALE NOT MOVING? I just told you that I am a 10/12 in pants. That JUST happened. A few months ago, I tried those same pants on and I couldn’t button them. This weekend I tried them on again and not only did they fit, but they fit well. And I don’t mean in a, “I crammed my body into them” kind of way!

I love that Facebook shows you what you posted over the years. The other day, a picture popped up from a couple years ago. It really helped to show me that I have come a long way and while the scale not moving may be annoying, it doesn’t mean I’m not still losing inches, etc.

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If you find that the scale doesn’t seem to be moving, but you still feel that you have weight to lose, then try doing these things:

  • Recalculate your Macros
  • Read up on Ketogains (and use their macro calculator)
  • Change up or begin an exercise program

All in all, I know this plan is working for me. While I still get upset with the number on the scale, it’s definitely not the be all and end all when it comes to my success on the Keto diet. Try finding little wins elsewhere. I guarantee you, they are there!