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As you guys know, I’m big fan of the keto diet, and it can be hard for many to stay in ketosis while on the road. So in this post, I want share with you my top three hacks that will help you stay in ketosis while traveling.
- Intermittent Fasting. This first hack isn’t something that is super difficult to do but it helps out a TON when you’re traveling. I rarely, RARELY eat breakfast, especially when I’m on the road. I know that it’s kind of backwards thinking, because a lot of us were trained to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but skipping breakfast and doing a 16 hour fast is essential to staying in ketosis. The fast that I personally do is the 16/8 fast. This means I’m not eating for 16 hours, and then I have an 8-hour window to eat all my meals. Since I spend 8 of those 16 fasted hours sleeping, this isn’t a hard fast to do at all. I start eating at noon and I stop eating at 8pm. I won’t have my first meal until around noon. When I wake up, I’ll have my coffee and these things called exogenous ketones (more on that shortly) and what this does, is it puts my body into a mild state of ketosis. By skipping breakfast during my travels, it helps me get into ketosis a lot quicker and STAY there. Plus, it’s one less meal that I have to worry about. Even more so, fasting through breakfast can be especially great, because those breakfasts that they serve at hotels? They suck. No joke. The bagels, the fruit, the sugary yogurts, cereals, waffles, muffins and pastries are some of the WORST foods you can start your day with. Eating these foods immediately spikes your insulin levels, takes you out of fat burning mode and into fat STORING, and causes you to have energy crashes, carb and sugar cravings for the rest of your day. No Bueno. So hack number one, experiment with intermittent fasting. If this is your first time with fasting, there are a lot of great resources out there that can help you get started, but I recommend beginning with a 12 hour fast (finishing dinner at 8pm and waiting until 8am to eat again) until your body adapts to that. From there, move up by 2 hour increments until you reach 16/8. So the next step would be a 14 hour fast with a 10 hour eating window (you stop eating at 8pm and wait until 10am to have your first meal).
- Exogenous Ketones. I’m a big fan of KETO//OS and sure, you don’t have to use exogenous ketones, but the reason I love them so much is because they help put your body into a simulated version of ketosis within 15 minutes. I love KETO//OS because they help keep me in ketosis while I’m traveling, they give you a natural burst of energy without caffeine, they’re brain food and help improve cognitive performance, they aid in appetite and craving control and lastly, the flavors are amazing and they’re easy on your stomach.
- Bring Your Fats With You. The hard part of the keto diet is getting enough fats. If you go out to a restaurant, it’s pretty easy to get in protein and carbs, but there aren’t a lot of options for healthy fats when you’re on the road. So a couple of the products that I travel with are:
- Phat Fudge. This.is.awesome! Phat Fudge is REAL performance food! It has a tons of superfoods, and each ingredient is deliberate, aiming to provide instant and sustained energy, focus, memory, combat inflammation, and acts as a natural thermogenic.
- DROP AN FBOMB. These guys have all sort of delicious fats in single serving packets that you can just take out and enjoy. Bomb products give you convenient and tasty options for enjoying fats on the go.
- Quest Nutrition. Quest makes powdered coconut and MCT oil that is much easier to carry along in powder form. You can add these powdered healthy fats to your coffee or smoothies to kick up the fat content.
If you don’t want to go out and buy certain products, that’s okay. I know some people that carry around grass-fed butter in baggies, bacon or eat cans of sardines, and while it’s messy and potentially smelly, it can be done. Lastly, if you go to a restaurant, you don’t have to bring your fats with you, since you can simply ask for olive oil on the side of anything you order, and add that to your meat, your salad or whatever you’re eating.
I hope these three tips will help make staying in ketosis easier for you while traveling. Thank you so much for reading!`