BY MICHELLE BORTHWICK
Have you fallen off the keto wagon? Are you bloated with body pains, headaches, brain fog, lack of energy and maybe even a little grumpy? Did that one small bite of non-keto food seem harmless, but it led to you to falling off the wagon with your face planted in some irresistible bread or dessert? Did this one bite lead to a downward spiral where you wanted to go back to your old ways of carb-heavy foods? If we aren’t mindful it’s easy to fall back into our destructive eating habits, hating the way we feel and gaining weight.
We are all human with our own challenges in life. We stumble and fall and then course correct as needed. I get it. It happens to the best of us and I’ve had it happen to me. I’m focusing on this topic because I fell off the wagon recently. It was only a meal’s worth of cheating at a wedding, but I felt awful the next day with a carb hangover worse than I expected that had me shaky, bloated, exhausted, and craving carbs like crazy. I knew I had to get back on track right away or I’d stray too far from my Keto roots. Even though I’m a Keto Coach, I may fall again and can’t ever judge myself and never judge anyone else who has had this same experience. I thought it might be helpful to talk openly about it and give some tips and tricks that will help you get back to your healthy diet.
1) BEGIN AGAIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Keto is ready to welcome you back with open arms. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other. This sounds easy but sometimes it can seem difficult. Whatever you do, don’t beat yourself up! If you take nothing away from this article other than this one tip…take this to heart. We ALL fail at Keto sometimes. Let’s face it, we live in a sugar and gluten-filled world. Unless we never leave the house, we are faced with temptation daily. The most important thing you can do is start over as soon as possible and stick with the Keto basics.
- GO BACK TO TRACKING.
There’s nothing worse than doing well all day, and then discovering at the end of the day that you ate something that had a lot more carbs than you expected. It’s a lot easier to plan what you’re going to eat, or at least enter it into your tracking app prior to a meal, to ensure that you will be on point.
- BALANCE YOUR PROTEIN & FAT.
Not eating enough protein with the correct ratio of fat will get you into trouble. Keto is a low carb, high fat diet but there is a delicate balance. Keto isn’t all about keeping carbs low. Always make sure your fat is considerably higher than protein.
- BE PATIENT & CONSISTENT
It often took us years to put the weight on yet we want to it to come off fast! Get into a long-term mindset with Keto rather than expecting miracles every single time you step on the scale. When given consistency Keto will help you reach your goals
- DON’T FEEL DEPRIVED… EAT KETO TREATS.
This is where Keto sweet treats, breads and fat bombs come in handy. Have them ready to go so when that craving hits, and it will, you can grab a delicious keto treat, and not feel deprived.
- FIND FUN NEW RECIPES.
Get excited about cooking and eating this way again. Getting back into the kitchen and cooking up some of your favorite Keto foods is the best way to get back on track. The food is beyond delicious and flavorful. You might just remind yourself of that and you could end of wondering why you fell off the wagon in the first place!
- RECORD HOW YOU FELT AFTER CHEATING.
Keep track of how you feel when you cheat and how your body and mind reacted. By recording how awful you felt in that moment of carb indulgence and committing it to memory it can serve as inspiration to start tomorrow as day one.
If you need help staying inspired, setting macros, or finding ways to maintain Keto as a lifestyle during the holidays, please set up a free 30-minute consult with me. I can teach you how to stay Keto and love every moment of it.
About Michelle Borthwick: Michelle is a Keto Lifestyle coach, a Seasoned expert on Customized Keto. Keto weight loss results can be greatly improved with Coaching, Customization, Accountability, and a trusted partner to guide you every step of the way. Michelle offers private sessions, proven Keto diet hacks, goal setting, ongoing support and more. If you are interested in maintaining a Keto lifestyle designed to get you lasting results, book a 30-minute complimentary private coaching session online at KetoIsEasyCoach.com