One of the biggest challenges of a keto diet is that most of the time you are the only one in your family following it. Trying to stick to a diet by yourself is always difficult, especially when there are often temptations near by. To help, below are six tips that will help you stick to keto even if your family isn’t.
Firstly, you need to talk to your family about you changing your eating habits as it will likely impact them as well. This is particularly relevant if you are often the person making the family meals. Also talking to your family will help them understand your reasons for swapping to a keto diet and how it will benefit your health. Furthermore, by talking to your family you can help them understand how they can support you and help you succeed.
The second and maybe the most important thing is you need to do is be prepared. When it comes to starting a new diet you need to plan, plan and plan. This means that it’s very important that you make food plans and food prep in advance. Doing this makes it less likely that you will cave and give in to eating what everyone else is. This includes being prepared for family dinners out, so make sure you research and plan ahead whenever it’s possible. Don’t forget, there is a product designed for women called Lady Boss, so you always have the ability to ask your partner to join your keto lifestyle.
Thirdly, when eating with the family its better to focus on replacing rather than restricting. This means you replace the foods in some family meals with food items that work for your keto diet. For example if the family is having spaghetti bolognese for dinner you don’t have to miss out, instead you can simply replace the pasta something keto friendly like zucchini noodles.
A fourth tip for sticking to keto when your family isn’t is to find a support source outside the family home. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of keto support groups online and these make great places to source support, encourage and ideas from to help you stick to your keto diet. Simply jump onto Facebook or even Instagram and you can join a variety of groups to get the extra support you might need.
Fifthly, it’s important that you are constantly evaluating and identifying your challenges. Once you understand what has been challenging you the most about your shift to keto you can develop strategies and ideas on how to solve them.
Finally, a really important tip is to make sure you prioritize yourself. Its quite often that adults let their own needs, health and growth take a back seat when it comes to family life and this makes sticking to a new diet impossible. A great way to prioritise yourself is to set goals and put them somewhere you can be constantly reminded of them, because by making healthier decisions for yourself you are ultimately becoming the best version of yourself for your family.