Learn from sabotaging your ketogenic diet
Okay, so you’ve been doing keto for like 10 days straight, but today you decided to eat a doughnut. Maybe in your mind, you had a reason to go off track from your ketogenic diet. Was it really worth all those calories and not to mention carbs? So the short answer is yes! The long answer is also yes if that is the only bad thing that you do all day and even all week! If you stay on track for the rest of the day ,and the week after the divulgence then you are good! However, if after eating that doughnut you continue to binge on bad carbs for the rest of the day, and for days to come then that equals big-time sabotage!
For instance, today as I was driving home from work I decided to eat two gluten-free biscotti( I mean at least they were gluten-free ). I thought to myself “wow” I just sabotaged my whole plan to eat low carbs for the next few days! Then I thought through it more and decided its okay! I learned to forgive myself. It just means I got to do good after the divulgence! I think we get caught up and feel that we have to be strict all the time. I mean yes, we do need to watch our carbohydrate intake and stick to a ketogenic lifestyle most of the time ( especially for the initial first 30 days). However, I feel like in our mind we have only so little will power reserves!
The first 30 days of keto
In the first 30 days of a keto diet, it is pertinent for you to stick to a net carbohydrate limit and not go off track. I talk about this more here. Dr. Mercola, who is an expert on the ketogenic diet, said that limiting your net carb intake to under 50 grams per day can help transition your body into burning fat for fuel(1). After this, you can start to cycle in some more carbohydrates a few days a week.
That being said, it is still not permissible to go off the railroad tracks and eat whatever you want. I do understand that there are times it takes something that is not so keto-friendly (biscotti I’m eyeing you) to do the trick. I do advise you to avoid doing this because it will be very difficult to get back on track. However, if you do slip a little then just get yourself right back on the bandwagon. Everything will be good I promise.
Dust yourself off and try again
So when going off track from your keto diet it is important to incorporate forgiveness. Remember that great song “Try Again” from Aaliyah? I know I’m taking you down memory lane (especially if you were a child in the 90s like me ). I’m sure some of you recall some of the lyrics going like this, ” And if at first you don’t succeed then dust yourself off and try again!” This is such a powerful message to give to people! Perfect for a holistic keto goddess! In conclusion, if you feel as if you need help in the will power department, I would highly recommend you do some yoga or meditation focusing on the solar plexus. This is the chakra where our self-empowerment is aligned.