As I scroll through my social media, I find myself yelling at the screen “just eat the damn carbs already”!
Yes, I am a Certified Ketogenic Living Coach. It is my job to help teach others how to live a ketogenic lifestyle. However, despite my background and training, it gets exhausting seeing posts like these every time holiday rolls around:
- “Who all cheated today”
- “I fell off the wagon”
- “Oh my gosh, I feel so guilty”
I am a member of several groups on Facebook that help people with keto eating (I even run a large keto group of my own). I have been hearing/reading comments like this all day from people who didn’t follow their chosen way of eating of low carb or keto on Christmas Day.
Here is my input about the holiday carbs:
Life is too short, my friends!
We lost a child who we never had the opportunity to spend any holidays with. Not one. My grandmother spent every holiday for as long as I can remember in her kitchen. She would bake pies and cookies, turkey and mashed potatoes with stuffing and all the trimmings. Our family would gather around the table and enjoy the food and each other. But, she is gone now due to her battle with cancer. So, I carried on her traditions with my own children.
To me it isn’t cheating. It’s family time and I feel zero percent upset or guilty enjoying our traditions, including the foods. My family won’t be around forever. I know that all too well. So, I have no intentions on missing out on those irreplaceable moments for a few pounds of weight loss.
Just like food is an addiction, similarly so is obsessing over Christmas dinner. All I’ve seen for days is people obsessing over what they can/can’t eat due to carbs and who is upset after what carbs they did end up eating. To me all some have done is ruin their own holiday obsessing over this. What you are doing is really equivalent to people fighting eating disorders.
So, what should you do about the carbs?
You will never get these memories of holidays with your loved ones back. To center your world around what food is or isn’t on the table instead of those who surround you on Christmas or any other holiday or special occasion needs to STOP! Quit being so obsessive over the holiday meals with your loved ones and just eat the damn carbs and enjoy what time you have with them!!!
When the presents are all opened and the table has been cleared, and you have spent that precious time with your loved ones, then you can get right back on track with a simple keto kick start plan and successfully resume ketosis in a day or two.