The ketogenic diet restricts carbohydrates to roughly 10 per cent of daily calories and focuses on consuming protein and fat to launch the body into a fat-burning state called ketosis. Like most diets, Keto presents significant challenges during the holidays. Christmas tables laden with starchy vegetables, breads, alcohol and desserts could undermine a keto dieter’s regimen with a single course of food. The right strategy, however, can help you stay compliant with your keto diet. Here are some tips.
Choose Appetizers Carefully
Crackers form the base for many appetizer choices, but they are almost pure carbohydrates. Select instead olives, cheeses, sliced meats or shrimp.
Eat the Meat
Keto dieters can fill their plates with meat at a holiday meal featuring turkey, pork roast or prime rib. A holiday ham might work, but the sweet glaze should be cut away. People need to avoid gravies thickened with flour or cornstarch because of the carbohydrates.
Choose Green Leafy Vegetables
Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale and spinach represent ideal vegetable choices. They are packed with nutrients and low in carbohydrates. Keto dieters will need to skip popular holiday vegetables, like green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and mashed potatoes. They contain too many carbohydrates. When you’re on the Keto diet, a single cup of mashed potatoes might contain a full daily allowance of carbohydrates.
Use Butter or Olive Oil
Many gravies, salad dressings and sauces contain carbohydrates that would quickly undermine a keto plan. Butter and olive oil, however, are pure fat and provide plenty of flavour to both meat and vegetables.
Pie and cake will be off the keto dieter’s menu, but slices of fruit and nuts offer tasty alternatives.
Individuals concerned about maintaining their keto diets over the holidays should bring a dish that they can eat to a gathering. Famous Foods in Vancouver stocks many healthy foods and has a department devoted to ethically sourced meats and seafood.