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How to Maintain a Sugar Free Ketogenic Lifestyle

Two days ago I have (again) started the Ketogenic diet, after a three week break that left the entire family sick. During that break, me and hubby ate as much carbs as we wanted.

I had forgotten how wonderful eating carbs was. I would wake up in the morning excited to eat, and I would look forward to breakfast lunch and dinner. Also, how convenient is eating a carb? SO CONVENIENT! I didn’t have to constantly cook, meal plan, or wash tons of dishes. Leftover carbs taste so much better than leftover meat and veggies. Eating carbs just saves so much time and energy.

The downside? My loose jeans have started to feel snug. Really snug. Like, when I sit down it’s uncomfortable kind of smug. I HATE THAT FEELING- when you sit down and your fat is bulging out of your pants. Worst feeling ever. God I love carbs but I can’t stand the weight gain. Why can’t eating carbs make me skinny? Why can’t I have my cake and eat it too? Life is so unfair!

Ok enough whining like a little b!tch. I need to get it together again. The first few weeks of cutting carbs are the hardest. I go crazy as my cravings get worse and worse. Then I try to distract myself with other addictions, like binge watching Netflix and HBO series. Game of thrones, WHY are you on only once a week? IM DYING HERE.

So here are some tips that help me stick to this diet long term:

MEAL PLANNING:

Every Friday I meal plan for the week ahead. I go through the fridge, throw away anything that’s gone bad and make a list of what we need. Then I’ll send hubby to the grocery store on the weekend, and on Sunday I will spend about two hours prepping meals. During these two hours I will cook 4 days worth of taco beef, separate them into 4 portions, and then put them in the freezer. I will also season one or two portions of salmon and put those in the fridge as well. I’ll cut up and wash a bunch of lettuce for salads. Then during the week I’ll just put a portion of food out to defrost a few hours before dinner and heat it up in the microwave. This saves me A TON of time, as there is no way I can prepare dinner on a weeknight while feeding and bathing the kids and getting them to bed by 8.

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FINDING KETO FRIENDLY SNACKS:

Being stocked up on snacks helps me the most during the first two months of the Ketogenic diet. When my carb cravings are at an all time high, these are what save me.

STRING CHEESE: I love them because of the packaging. I will just grab one as a fast on the go breakfast or quick snack.

MACADAMIA NUTS: They are by far the best kinds of nuts for the Ketogenic diet. We get them bulk from Costco. Minimal grams of carbs, and such a great fat content.

Sugar free jello: Whenever I crave fruit I have some of these. I top it off with sugar free heavy whipped cream and it’s just delicious.

WHISPS: We recently discovered these at Costco. They are basically parmesan chips, and have hardly any carbs. I will take these and dip them in heavy sour cream for a snack that resembles chips and dip, Keto style!

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What also keeps me able to continue this diet are the very rare sweet stuff that have very little carbs.

Every day I look forward to my Keto coffee, made with heavy whipped cream sweetened with Starbucks sugar free syrups. These have ZERO carbs!

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I also love making meatballs or hamburgers, and dipping them into this amazing ketchup that is low carb but tastes just the same as regular ketchup:

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So a lot of people are confused by this diet. They look at me like I’m nuts when I tell them that I can eat juicy cheeseburgers with no bun but I can’t eat carrots. Or when I say I can have heavy sour cream but no milk, and if I eat an apple my body will be kicked out of ketosis and I will gain 5 pounds.

In order to stick to this diet, you have to understand it. You have to know what types of food are safe to eat and what types are loaded with carbs. You have to eat as much fat as you can stomach. The more fat you eat, the more fat you burn. Take everything the Standard American Diet has taught you and throw it out of the window. Don’t get anxious about heart disease and high cholesterol. Our bodies were designed to have cholesterol move freely through our arteries. Eating carbs is what causes the inflammation that causes arteries to get clogged.

The best thing about this diet is that you do not go hungry. You are encouraged to eat fat. Fat doesn’t make you fat, it keeps you full. However, if you eat carbs AND fat then your body burns the carbs and then stores the fat, and that is dangerous. Then you get obesity, diabetes, heart disease and metabolic diseases.

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.