Thursday, September 27, 2012

Vacation Keto: It can be done!

So I spent last week in sunny California.  It was a combo trip: a quickie vacation ending in the awesome wedding of my only brother. I had a fantastic time, and ate tons of good food. And with the exception of one meal (come on, I'm going to eat wedding cake), everything I ate was entirely keto.

Don't think I'm a saint for sticking to my "diet" while out of town.  I just figured that my underlying difficulty metabolizing carbohydrates doesn't go away just because I do.  This wasn't about gaining weight, I just didn't want to make myself ill under the guise of having a good time.  Keto is tasty and makes me feel good; neither of those things make vacation anything less than totally awesome.

Keto is not a diet: it's a lifestyle.  It's also quite easy to stick to while travelling - fun, even!  I treated it like a kind of a game: How many carbs can I *not* eat today?  Something else to consider: it's very handy not to be hungry all the time while one is sightseeing.  Just sayin'.

So how did I do it?  Easy!  Here are some of my keto-friendly travelling tips.

  1. Avoid Italian restaurants. It's not that you can't go keto at your local pasta joint (salad, anyone?) but why torture yourself.  If you MUST eat something with tomato sauce, go for pizza.  Load it with meat and eat just the toppings.  Yummy!
  2. Appetizers - fried mozzarella and buffalo wings are pretty darn safe.  BBQ wings not so much, sorry.  The sauce is usually loaded with corn syrup or molasses.  The fried cheese just needs to be denuded of its breading and then you can chow down to your heart's delight.  Don't mind the stares, you're on vacation.  No one there will ever see you again.
  3. Steamed veggies are the best side dish EVER.  Most restaurants will steam and season them to perfection.  One place even brought me a plate of fresh butter on request.  I actually cleaned up the veggies before finishing my excellent herb-crusted steak.
  4. Drink water, not diet soda.  Don't tease yourself with sweetness, it'll make dessert much more tempting.  Water is awesome, especially with a slice of lemon.
  5. Meats are everywhere, but be sure to get your fat!!  Butter, sour cream, greasy sausage with your whatever you have to.  It helps keep you full and focused.  Remember, protein can still be turned into glucose.  Fat is your best friend, and it's oh so tasty too.  Remember, you're on vacation! You deserve yummies.
  6. Make your cheat meal totally worth it.  Let's be honest, you're gonna eat something "forbidden" sooner or later.  Don't let it be an accident, ie that white chocolate-topped fudge cake that's just too tempting to refuse.  Plan what you're going to cheat with and plan when.  It'll give you something to look forward to, and adds to the fun of the game.  By the time you get to that cheat meal you'll feel so proud of yourself that the sweets will really satisfy.  Even better, you might find that the treat is a bit too sweet, almost a let-down after the fun of eating keto.  Talk about motivation to get back on track!

Most of all, enjoy yourself!  You're on VACATION!!!


  1. I am keto because I have type 2 diabetes and I am able to manage my disease with diet and exercise. To suggest that it's okay to have a cheat day on keto is to suggest that someone abandon this way of life for about a week since that's how long it takes for the body to get back into a state of ketosis. I have found so many satisfying meals staying within ketosis and the idea of cheating equivalent to poisoning myself. Plus once you have given up carbohydrates you also lose the cravings. To have a cheat day would be like a recovering alcoholic have a drink. When you are true to a ketogenic diet --- especially for health reasons --- there are no cheat days.

  2. The Keto diet is high in fat, moderate in protein and extremely low in carbs. It’s a highly effective diet as it takes into account accurate tracking of your meals, to find the right body balance, followed by charting your goals. I'm a big fan of the low-carb diet.

    Keto Diet Meal Plan

  3. As usual Rin is extremely uneducated and ignorant. Just bitterly lying about a low carb diet to justify her obesity and out control carb cravings. If you google rinfox24 you will see how obese she is unless she took down all her pics after the last time she was exposed. She really doesn't have a clue about nutrition.

    All grains make you fat. It doesn't matter if they're ancient or whole grains. They provoke hunger and inhibit nutrient absorption. All sugars make you fat, natural sugars too.

    A ketogenic diet for beginners is one that is low carb and high fat. You need fat to burn fat and to feel full and to absorb vital nutrients. You need it for your brain and organs to function. For healthy skin, hair and nails. Carbs you really don't need so much.

    You replace fat for carbs for your energy source. The fatter you are you eat more fat to burn it. You feel full all the time. Calories aren't equal. its the type you eat and not how many. If you eat low carb high fat you can eat way more calories than you ever though and still lose. If you eat low fat high carb however you have to starve yourself because thats a fattening diet.I would have to say a low ketogenic diet foods! It is a fast way to lose some weight! I am on it and am very pleased with the results I only wanted to lose ten pounds and I lost more in about a 21/2 week period and you can definitely tell! For low carb you start out by eating 20g of carbs a day for 2 weeks. By just doing this it will shock your body and after three days you will be in a state of contoses. The state of contoses is where your body will run off the 20g of carbs and the already exsisting fat/carbs and burn them away! After 2 weeks of 20g you should go to 30g for another 2 weeks, 40g-2 weeks,50g 2 weeks.. Then drop back down to 20. It is a quick way I lost.