Stress getting you????

Our lives are so upside down right now, with “Shelter at Home Orders” and “6′ Distancing”, sometimes the last thing we want to thing about is our food.

More of us now than ever before are having to make choices for our health. Now just might be the best time in your life to start Keto. I have found over the last three years that it doesn’t take stress away, but it sure helps my head to deal with it better.

The reason for that is it clears the brain fog away and allows us to get healthy. I just got done reading an article about Rocco DiSpirto talking Keto Comfort Food (article from Woman’s World). Rocco has become a champion of Keto by developing low carb comfort food recipes to help someone stick to a low carb keto lifestyle.

Not only do you feel better physically, but also mentally, thus helping with dealing with stress at this time in our lives.

We’ve never lived in a time where we have had limits on travel and getting together with friends and family. And I hope we never experience this again in my lifetime. FaceTime, Marco Polo, Skype, Zoom, etc are all ways to help us get around not seeing people. They are all FREE as well so take advantage of them. This can help with stress as well.

Sometimes we just need to do things the old fashioned way – pick up the phone and call someone to hear their voice. It is amazing to me how many of us choose to just text instead of hearing someones voice. It really doesn’t take that much more time to sit and chat for a few minutes. It helps with stress because now you can sense in their voice how someone is holding up.

But seriously if you need comfort food, now’s the time to do a little research and realize that eating a low carb keto lifestyle isn’t that difficult and it’s really not that expensive. Plus for the most part there is always a great selection, because we don’t eat the junk food that everyone else eats.

Later in the week I’m going to post one of Rocco’s easy keto recipes. It is Keto Jalepeno poppers. Or if you’re like me and don’t like jalepeno’s that much you sub with the little orange and red and yellow sweet peppers.

So as we go through this time of challenge and change – grow a garden, ride a bike, go for a walk around the neighborhood, or learn to meditate. Do something you’re not used to doing because you’re so used to being busy all the time.

Stay safe and we’ll talk next week. Enjoy your time at home too – spring cleaning gives you such a sense of accomplishment. LOL.

Have a great week.

Traveling???? And Eating KETO?

For the last week and a half I’ve been in PA for a family medical issue.  My dad was taken to the hospital and had to have surgery.  I am actually very excited he will be home this week and I’m excited because I was pretty good with my healthy Keto Lifestyle.  I must admit I did cheat a couple of times, but for the most part I ate pretty good.  Normally I am a stress eater and nothing more stressful than having one of your parents in the hospital.

Kudos to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA though for taking all sugar and most salt out of the options for their food choices in the cafeteria.  The food was amazingly good for hospital food and their salad bar was great.  I did a lot of salads.  I also had come prepared with some keto snacks – like nuts and jerky and  Zen Evo Pretzel and Sea Salt Protein Cups.  These are awesome. 

I just wanted to give you 4 tips to eating out and while traveling.

One.  Don’t count calories.  If you are traveling and it is a stressful situation, stop worrying about calories and macronutrients.  If you are just going out to dinner locally and no stress is involved, then just have an idea of what you are going to eat before you go.  Check out the restaurants menu online and decide what you want before you go.

Two.  Get rid of the grains, starches and fruits.  So you really don’t need all of those items with all that natural sugar.  A few berries once in a while won’t hurt, but most of the fruits you get in a restaurant have extra sugar added to them.  Grains and starches aren’t necessary either.  I had a burger while I was gone and just asked for it without the bread.  I had bacon and cheese added to it and they even offered to put it between two lettuce leaves for me.  Starchy veggies really aren’t good either especially potatoes and corn.

Three.  Fats, Protein and Fiber.  Healthy fats is what makes a Keto Lifestyle – Super food of Avocado is number one on the menu.  Have 4-6 oz of protein and find some healthy veggies full of extra fiber to fill you up.  Collard greens, kale, spinach, artichoke just to name a few.  If you remember Ketogenic is 70% fat, 25% protein and 5% carbs.

Four.  Be creative.  Ask for no bread to be brought to the table.  Ask for your sandwich without the bun.  Ask for extra butter on top of your steak.  Ask them to add a slice or two of avocado to your plate.  There are all kinds of ways to eat Keto at a restaurant. 

So all in all, a Keto lifestyle can even be kept while dealing with stressful family situations.  I do know that it isn’t easy to eat right all the time.  And don’t punish yourself if you aren’t as strict as you normally are.  I can say that when I go off meal plan though, my body definitely tells me that I ate wrong. 

Have a fabulous day and I hope you got a lot out of this.  Please share with your friends and family.  And we’d love to have your comments on what you do when you travel under stress.