Aunt Fran’s got a new candied yam recipe “you’ve just got to try.” The office potluck turns out to be sixteen different starches, plus a gingerbread house. You can feel your blood sugar go up each time you hear candy canes mentioned. You start to wonder: How can I make it through the holidays on keto?
Never fear! We’ve rounded up tips and tricks from some of our keto influencer friends to create the ultimate keto holiday survival guide. If you’re hoping to fill the season with holiday cheer, not carbs, read on!
Track down keto copycats.
“Scour Pinterest!” Darlene Garcia (@kindketomama) suggests. A bit of online sleuthing is all it takes to unearth low carb versions of your favorite holiday sides and desserts (yes, even bread pudding). Bring your creation to the party, and blow everyone’s minds with how good keto can taste.
Watch for awesome holiday deals.
Is your favorite keto brand ending the year with any special promotions? Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are the perfect moment “to replenish your keto stash and build up for the New Year,” Caroline Levens (@carolinesketokitchen) recommends.
A day of indulging doesn’t have to become a week, or a month.
“Focus on the ending of the word, holi-DAY,” Dominic Geracia (@nobunplease) points out. “It’s hard to not overeat during the holidays. Don’t punish yourself if you go off plan—jump right back into it!”
There’s more than one way to pay tribute.
If that cherished family recipe is a high-carb catastrophe, find another way to honor your loved one and keep their memory close. “Instead of making grandma’s marshmallow sweet potato pie dish, use her antique china and fancy tablecloth instead,” says Stephanie Laska, author and creator of DIRTY, LAZY, KETO™ (@dirtylazyketo). “It’s about honoring memories of family, not the food.”
Pack a survival kit.
Mike Gorman (@gormy_goes_keto) steers clear of sugar by keeping “emergency, shelf-stable options” on hand. His go-to’s include meat sticks, cheese crisps, and olives.
Be kind to yourself.
Holiday stress is real, and combined with pressure to eat right can take a toll. Especially at the holidays, it’s important to treat yourself with kindness and find ways to recharge. “Give yourself grace,” says Colin Bice (@keto.colin). “It’s the holidays. It’s family and friends. Be merry.”