Keeping it Keto on Special Occasions

Coach Jenn shares her tips on maintaining your low-carb lifestyle even when we’re celebrating.

Article by Jenn Brown | 19 Feb, 2021

Here are a few tips from Ketogenic Lifestyle Coach Jenn Brown on how to survive and thrive during holidays and other special occasions while maintaining a ketogenic lifestyle.

Plan Ahead

So much confusion and stress can be avoided by simply planning ahead. You know when the events will be, so sit down one afternoon and just plan it all out. Will you eat before you go? Don’t arrive hungry, take a snack along or, if appropriate, bring a dish that you know you can eat and will enjoy. This can also be a way of introducing your friends and family to alternatives which are healthy and delicious. 

Recognize Increased Temptation

It’s absolutely critical that you get into the right mindset so you’ll be better equipped to avoid those temptation you may encounter. Know what your triggers are and do your best to avoid those. If you are able to do so without derailing your efforts, it’s okay to have a keto substitute of your favorite dish. If you know you are not able to have a “keto-friendly” treat and get right back on track, make the conscious and deliberate decision to just not "go there."

Focus on What You Can Have 

Remember, it’s a choice and you are choosing healthy alternatives. The ketogenic lifestyle is not about what you aren’t eating, but about what you are choosing to eat. 

Limit or Avoid Alcohol

Make sure you watch what and how much alcohol you drink, if you decide to drink at all. Remember, cocktails are very high in carbohydrates. Your best bet, if you choose to indulge, is clear liquors; they have a pretty low carb count when paired with soda water and a lemon or lime twist. Dry red and white wines are also safe territory, although sweet ones are a definite no. The new spiked seltzers may be a good low carb option (be sure to check the ingredients). Beer, which is very carb-heavy (and may even contain some grain particles in the finished product) is off limits. Regardless of your choice, remember, your liver will prioritize handling the alcohol and you will not be burning fat until it clears your system. Abstinence is also an option, especially since drinking to tipsiness can lower your resolve with regards to your food choices. 

Ignore Negative Comments

This one is easier said than done, but don’t let other people’s lack of understanding derail your efforts of achieving and maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Their lack of self-awareness is not your problem. Remember, you don’t owe anyone an explanation. 

Remember Your Goals

Getting healthy and staying healthy, is a marathon, not a sprint! Making good choices now will, over time, become lifelong habits that will go a long way to helping you reach your goals.


Jenn Brown is a board certified Nurse Coach with 25 years of experience, and a Ketogenic Lifestyle Coach.

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