Holiday Rescue Plan by Roxana Soetebeer

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Holiday Rescue Plan

Family gatherings, Christmas parties, store displays, well-meant gift and cookie baskets, or plates with Christmas sweets in the office ... temptations are everywhere. What to do to sail safely through the holidays?

Make a plan:

As the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail. Having a plan in place keeps us safe from rash and emotional decisions. That plan can include full meals, desserts, snacks, Christmas treats (keto style), and even going out for food.

The Holiday Rescue 10-step plan
  1. Make a meal plan: have all your meals and snacks for the holidays planned
  2. Choose your favourite meals and desserts that will satisfy you and your family
  3. Make a shopping list for that meal plan
  4. Let your friends and family know why it is crucial for you and your health to stick with your plan
  5. Be accountable (with keto buddies, in keto FB groups etc.)
  6. Make it a challenge
  7. Don't worry about the amount of food or the calories. Just keep carbs low and keep all food choices keto.
  8. Find your motivation (examples below)
  9. Track your macros
  10. If it helps, weigh yourself every morning. If it doesn't help, don't.

Here are some ideas of what your motivations could be. Make this list your own. Include things that are meaningful to you, not what others think is important:

  • weight loss
  • improved metabolic health
  • non-scale victories (improvements not measured by the scale)
  • feeling happy
  • improved mental health
  • avoiding and reversing diabetic complications
  • think about how your body works, love your body, treat it right to feel your best
  • get inspired by this satirical view on the losses we suffer on a ketogenic diet
What about cheat days during the holidays?

Can we plan a few cheat days to make the holidays more enjoyable?

I dislike the innocent connotation of the term "cheat days." Think about whom you are cheating. Think about the consequences. Most people like myself are abstainers. That means one cheat meal turns into a cheat day, a cheat week, and a complete loss of control. Such is the power of food addiction. One "harmless" cheat can derail the best of intentions. Try to avoid allowing yourself a cheat.

Does that mean we can't eat any treats?

The easy answer: Treats are OK, but make them yourself and keep them keto. Keep in mind, though, that even keto treats can be trigger foods.

If there are no cheats, how about everything in moderation?

It sounds like a great idea, but it is a trap. Read our blog on moderation.

Here are a few recipe suggestions: Final thought:

Always remember this: Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.


Written by Roxana Soetebeer
Published: December 17th, 2022

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