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Keto-Friendly Picnic Ideas

With the summer now fast-approaching, more and more of you will probably be looking to step up your diet game to ensure you’re in shape when beach season arrives. With the warmer weather, however, we get the perfect opportunity to head outdoors and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer. There are fewer finer things in life than taking a leisurely stroll through nature, finding a soft clearing, laying down, and enjoying a picnic in the sunshine. Aside from, you know, going to the gym 😉 But what happens if you’re dieting? Do you break your diet and eat copious amounts of cakes, sandwiches, baked goods, and other decadent treats, or do you try to be good? Well, if you’re on keto, you can enjoy the best of both worlds as you can enjoy delicious meals that do not consist of dry salad leaves, whilst simultaneously staying on plan without jeopardizing your progress. On keto and heading out for a picnic over the weekend? No problem! Just take a look at these three keto-friendly …

4 Great Remedies for Keto Flu

Whilst ketogenic diets have numerous health and weight loss benefits associated with them, like most extreme dietary and lifestyle changes, making the initial transition is not necessarily going to be smooth sailing. When you cut carbs out of your diet and enter ketosis, chances are you might feel pretty awful for the first few days. You may have no energy, your might will hurt, you’ll probably crave carbs and sugar like they’re going out of fashion, and all you’ll want to do is sleep. These are all symptoms of something known, colloquially, as ‘keto flu’. What is ‘Keto Flu’? Keto flu occurs when people cut carbs from their diets and make the into ketosis, also known as becoming ‘keto-adapted’. Generally, keto flu lasts anything from 3 days, up to 7 days on average. As your body has been so used to getting its energy from carbs for so long, when you take them away you might experience a few mild side-effects. Some even consider keto flu as a form of withdrawal from an addiction! The …

Which Sweeteners Are Best for a Low-carb Diet?

Most people on the keto diet discover, at one point or another, that their sweet tooth simply goes away, and they have no sugar cravings whatsoever. Many claim not to use sweeteners at all. You may find it difficult to give up sweets completely, especially in the beginning. There are many low carb sweeteners on the market, both natural and artificial, and while some of them can be safe to use, others might kick you out of ketosis. But how can a sugar-free sweetener raise blood sugar levels, you might ask. Well, most of them aren’t really carb-free, as their labels say they are. A whole bunch of protein bars and similar products are stuffed with sugar alcohols, and again, while some sugar alcohols can be safe to use and won’t affect your weight loss, others can boost your blood glucose levels just as regular table sugar would. Let’s check out the types of sweeteners commonly known to be low carb and safe for a ketogenic diet, and understand how they really affect your weight …

Fasting & The Ketogenic Diet

If you’ve been following the ketogenic diet for some time then you may have come across the term ‘intermittent fasting’ (or IF for short). Now, fasting in and of itself is a way of eating that’s practised by many people – and has become popular in recent years with the rise of diets such as the ‘5:2’ fasting diet. But many people don’t know that you can actually combine intermittent fasting with the ketogenic diet. This combination has been reported to have added health benefits, while also helping to overcome stalled weight loss in some cases. What is Intermittent Fasting? IF is not really a diet, but rather a ‘pattern’ of eating. Very basically, it involves going without food for an extended period of time, but for the purposes of this article, we’re not going to be recommending any cycle of intermittent fasting that goes on for longer than 24 hours. So, in the case of the aforementioned ‘5:2’ diet, intermittent fasting is based around eating normally for five days of the week, and consuming …

2 Delicious Bulletproof Coffee Recipes to Start Your Day

30If you’ve been following a ketogenic diet for some time, then you’ve probably already heard all about the wonder that is Bulletproof Coffee. It’s a staple among keto dieters as a breakfast ‘replacement’, partly due to the fact that it’s easy and convenient (as well as filling), and partly because of its numerous health benefits. The only problem is, it can quickly become boring drinking the same thing for breakfast, day after day. That’s why we’ve come up with a couple of tasty variations on the classic bulletproof coffee recipe, meaning you can add some variety into your meal plan and still benefit from the convenience and the health benefits that Bulletproof Coffee offers. What is Bulletproof Coffee? Before we dive straight in to the recipes, here’s a brief explanation for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term Bulletproof Coffee (or BPC). If you’re already clued up on this amazing beverage, please feel free to skip straight to the recipes J Bulletproof Coffee is an energy-boosting beverage which combines coffee, grass-fed butter and medium-chain …

15 Minute Keto Breakfasts

Let’s face it, more often than not – mornings can be hectic. And although breakfast is often described as being the most important meal of the day, it is also the meal that we are most likely to skip. This doesn’t necessarily bode well for ketogenic dieters, as convenience foods such as toast and cereals are definitely off the menu. But having a cooked breakfast consisting of fats and proteins (such as bacon, sausage and eggs for example) isn’t really all that practical if you’re running a tight schedule. Sometimes we just want something quick and easy before we rush off to work, or drag ourselves to the gym. That’s why we’ve come up with a couple of quick and easy keto-friendly breakfast recipes that you can create in fifteen minutes or less! Microwaved Egg Muffin This recipe might sound a little strange, but it actually works surprisingly well – and the mixture can actually be prepped in advance – saving you even more time. If you have a few extra minutes, however, then you …

Low-carb Sushi Recipes

The trouble with sushi is…well, it’s the carbs. It’s certainly not the taste, that’s for sure! While sushi sometimes has the appearance of being a healthy, wholesome dish (it’s fish, grains and vegetables at the end of the day), this is actually pretty far from the truth. In fact, Glamour once released a graphic that highlighted the oh-so-painful truth about the average carb-count in just two sushi rolls. Observe: How insane is that? Two rolls is the equivalent of SIX whole slices of white bread? The results are shocking, but when you consider the dense sticky rice in sushi, it doesn’t seem all that surprising. But, this graphic got us thinking about how we could create a low-carb alternative that still packs all of the flavour of our favourite sushi dishes, but without the horrendous carbohydrate count. Take a look at what we came up with here. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised 🙂 Salmon Maki With Cauliflower Rice This recipe is fantastic if you want to feel like you’re eating something as bulky and filling …