Post Celebrations Recovery – Keto Style
Did you indulge a little too much during the festivities over the holiday period and have a keto slip up? Or were you able to stick with keeping in ketosis? We’ve just celebrated Christmas around my neck of the woods. This is a very challenging time for those of us who follow a ketogenic diet as there is usually so much food around freely ready for the taking, so it’s hard not to give in to one or two treats when relaxing with friends and family. I know I did and for some, Christmas Day is the one day that you might be a little lenient in your commitment to living a low carb lifestyle.
If you had a keto slip up, that’s okay. One day will not hurt your efforts to living a healthy, keto way of life.
The goal of a healthier you is to lower your carbs and help yourself get back into a fat burning state that produces ketones instead of glucose which leads to a state of burning excess fat. It also helps fuel your brain and reduces inflammation leading to improved health.
Let’s take a look at how you can get back into ketosis and not feel guilty about how you celebrated.
1. Be kind to yourself
Listen to those thoughts that everyone has, that inner critic. Notice what these thoughts are saying to you. Are you being critical, judgy, or harsh with yourself because you had some sugary treats or carbs of some kind? You know, even if you are usually very strict with your ketogenic way of eating, it’s okay to have some carbs if you are in a social setting. The key is to get back to following a ketogenic way of eating when you are ready. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
2. Be Present
What you’ve eaten earlier or yesterday is now in the past. What you choose for yourself now is your present so you can get back into ketosis by making keto friendly choices from this moment onwards. Remind yourself what is keto friendly if you are new to this way of eating. Or if you are familiar with your low carb choices, simply focus on what is your next meal or food choice and be prepared. Make sure you have it available the next time you take a bite.
3. Healthy Fats
Increase your healthy fats to get you back into ketosis and reduce your carbs back to under 20 grams of carbs (or whatever you have found works for you) per day. What’s the healthy fats you might eat? Avocado, cream, cheeses, olives, cottage cheese, nuts, fatty fish and meat. Why not make up an avocado smoothie – vanilla or chocolate.
4. Intermittent Fasting
An effective way to get yourself back into ketosis is to do an intermittent fast. Here’s more information about fasting on this post. Essentially, we are either eating or fasting, that’s the simple fact of being human. When we fast, it helps our bodies have a break from the digestive processes while also giving our hormone, insulin, a break from being released which is frequent on a high carb diet. Keep your fluids up by drinking lots of water, have some bone broth, green tea, add salt to your water to ensure you minimise the possibility of experiencing the keto flu. Be sure to break your fast with a high fat, nutritious meal that’s not too heavy on yours stomach. For support during a fast why not try this 3 day FAST supplement, where you still get to have a nutritionally dense drink 3 times a day while encouraging your body to detox naturally with your nutritional requirements met.
5. What’s your Why?
Remind yourself what drew you to the ketogenic diet. What have you noticed since going keto? What have the benefits been for you? Even if it’s only been a small difference because you haven’t been doing it for long, it takes time for your body to heal from it’s past, so be aware of what you found helped when you were in ketosis. Was it more energy? Sleeping better? Clothes fitting better etc etc. These are really important to keep in mind so you can get back into that head space which will help you make ketogenic choices.
Keto Slip Up – Get back into the Game
I hope you have found these tips useful and can follow them to help you work through your process to get back into ketosis. Keto slip ups happen, that’s okay, nobody is perfect.
It’s about how you manage your internal dialogue that will help you move forward and get you back into ketosis so you feel great about your health with vitality and energy.
How did you slip up during the festive season and how have you managed to curb those slips? Share your thoughts below.
Happy keto’ing friends