I’m not worried about gaining weight during the holidays and here’s why: a Keto Thanksgiving (Pinterest Board).
Last year at this time I was ecstatic that I had lost over 40 lbs. with the help of Dr. French’s Whole Life 180 program and I was within a few pounds from my goal weight of 139. I wasn’t worried about the holidays at all. I knew I could cheat and enjoy myself and I’d get back to it in January. Which was all fine and good until April, when my 95-year-old mom fell and broke her hip and I had to fly to Puerto Rico to get her set up in a nursing home.
With the stress, I gained 15 lbs. Those have been the toughest to lose. I joined a gym in late June. Then I was stuck forever on a plateau at 159. Yep, 20 lbs from my goal weight. I was working out religiously, feeling stronger, yet the scale didn’t move.
I decided that I needed to go extreme in my food intake. I kept reading how the Ketogenic Diet is good for Healthy Aging and sharpening your mind — my mom was showing signs of dementia — so I jumped on the Keto bandwagon. What I love about the Keto diet plan is that I can eat steak, bacon and eggs — some of my favorite foods. I can do this. Along with the help of the Cronometer app, I was able to track my fat, carb and protein intake. The idea is to limit your carb intake to 20 grams or less. Increase good fats and proteins. It’s similar to the Atkins Diet which I’ve lost on in the past.
To get into ketosis, where you’re burning fat rather than carb calories, you need to be at these percentages:
- 70-80% Fat
- 20-25% Protein
- 5-10% Carbs
As you can see from the graphic above, I did pretty good on this day.
I went to a Thanksgiving dinner and I behaved myself. I ate lunch late and took 3 tablespoons of coconut oil to balance out what I might be eating later. They had sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, a salad, vinaigrette dressing, gravy, turkey, stuffing, green beans and cake for dessert. Now, I’m also gluten-free and dairy-free to control the inflammation and pain from osteoarthritis. Out of that menu, I could have had the green beans, but I passed on those and the other high-carb choices and just took some salad, a little vinaigrette and lots of turkey with a tiny bit of gravy.
If you’re trying to live gluten-free and dairy-free, beware of stuffing (made with bread), mashed potatoes (usually made with mike) and gravy (usually made with flour).
A few years ago, I was invited to Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house. I made my own gluten-free (GF) stuffing and brought a GF pumpkin pie.
Tip: if you’re taking one of these dishes to someone else’s house, don’t tell them it’s anything but delicious. After they’ve raved about it, then you can tell them.
If Thanksgiving Dinner is at your place, you may have some invited folks who are on restricted diets.
So here are some ideas for Keto, Dairy and Gluten Free Thanksgiving dishes from Pinterest.
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pumpkin Cheesecake (not dairy-free)
- Pumpkin Spice Fat Bombs
- Gluten-free gravy
- More Keto Thanksgiving Recipes
And, of course, you can always search Pinterest for more recipe ideas. (What did we ever do before Pinterest!)
As for Low-Carb Veggies, this infographic will help. And to keep it Keto & dairy-free – add manchego (sheep’s milk cheese) or try the vegan cheese products like Daiya.
All in all, don’t stress out about overeating and gaining weight during the holidays. If you feel your joints hurting because you indulged too much, take some turmeric supplements and drink some ginger tea or have some other anti-inflammatory foods.
Enjoy the holidays!
BTW, as of this writing, I’ve been about 4 weeks on the Ketogenic Diet and I’ve lost 6 lbs!