How to Get Back on Track After the Party's Over

After the memories have been made, Instagram pics posted and the pounds on the scale proving, yes, you did indeed have a great time on vacation... now what?

I personally know the struggle of trying to get back into the groove of eating keto after “vacation eating” and have found some tried and true methods that work for me. Just like I plan my vacation, I plan my return and reentry back into the real world.

The hard truth is, these tips aren’t just for returning from vacation. Just like with most things in life, you’ll hit bumps (okay, maybe boulders) and it will derail you from the habits you’ve created to keep you on track. It can happen quickly but most times it’s an insidious decline you may never see coming.

Either way, my top 3 tips will surely help you get back to the keto-lifestyle.

Top Tips for Getting Back into the Keto-Life

#1: Fasting

For some of you, this may seem totally out of the question, especially if you’re new to the ketogenic lifestyle.

For those of you who have done some intermittent fasting, you know how helpful it can be to reset the body. It’s the quickest way for me to break the vicious carb or sugar cycle I may have gotten in

I personally like to go for a 24-hour liquid fast. Sometimes I make it the full 24 hours but I take anything more than 20 hours as a win. No matter how long you fast, be sure to stay super-hydrated.

#2: Go heavy on the fats

For the first week back, I concentrate on the fats even more than usual. After the initial fast, the fats help boost the production of ketones... and the sooner I get into ketosis, the less likely I’ll eat just to eat. 

I like quick and easy, so a serving of full-fat cottage cheese with a small handful of blueberries or raspberries, does the trick. The berries help ease some of the sugar cravings I inevitably have and the fat from the cottage cheese fills me up. 

#3:  Make a keto-friendly dessert

I almost always have the ingredients in my pantry to make at least one keto dessert at any given moment. I’ve learned the hard way, if I want something “sweet”, I want it now and I’ll eat anything to satisfy the craving.

One of my favorite treats takes less than 10 minutes - and that includes making my own whipped cream!

Doing a detox after “vacation eating’ or because life happened can feel like starting all over again. In a way, it is. But that’s okay because at least you’re starting again. I’ve had to start over numerous times over the last 2 ½ years - each and every time I’ve gone on vacation along with the few times I’ve indulged from the comfort of my very own home. 

My hope for you is this: Let each new beginning be an opportunity to take stock of your health and well-being and use that as inspiration to recommit to the ketogenic lifestyle.

Next week, I’ll share 2 of my favorite recipes for anytime-keto desserts.