Things We Can Control
Day by day we are seeing this pandemic grow substantially. In uncertain times all you can do is what you can control and the main thing we can all control right now is taking steps to increase our immunity and give our health a boost. Taking preventative measures right now is important to our health and well-being.
Here are 11 tips to keep your immune system and mind healthy while this virus has numbers climbing daily.
Follow Social Distancing
First, follow the tips suggested with social distancing. The suggestions from those giving directives are for good reason. The biggest way to level the curve of this thing is to stay away from the masses and only venture out if it is absolutely necessary. If you need groceries, try click list. If that is not an option, keep the designated 6 ft distance from those at the store and limit the number of trips out. If other countries can handle it, surely we can follow suit and protect those that cannot protect themselves like the immune-compromised and the elderly. Stay home and level the curve.
CUT OUT SUGAR!
It is not rocket science or just released news that cutting out sugar helps to prevent sickness in general. This is a good time to evaluate eating habits and sugar intake. If we increase our blood sugar, it suppresses our immune system. The more sugar that can be removed from your diet, the more your body will thank you. Look at ingredients to the foods coming into your home. Avoid added sugars as an ingredient as much as possible.
Stay current on information regarding the virus but turn off the TV and put down the phone now and then. Go out for a walk or sit and soak up the sun, if at all possible. Do some relaxing yoga or get in some additional exercise. Unfollow those folks on Social Media that are sharing fake news or bringing you down with constant negativity.
Your home, cell phones, cars, and play surfaces. These are places you spend the majority of your time and where most germs gather. Clean first, then sanitize. After all, being hulled up for weeks off of work and school due to the virus, many will have plenty of time on their hands to do some additional cleaning and disinfecting. Also, practice frequent handwashing with soap and water to prevent the spread of germs.
Decrease stress and anxiety during this time with exercise. I know we are all stuck in our homes but there are ways to get in some movement close to home. Get out for a walk and get some good old vitamin D while maintaining a 6ft distance. Connect virtually with friends and start an indoor challenge with an exercise tracker. Search YouTube for some basic indoor exercises. Start some morning yoga and stretching. It made sound trite but exercising increases your immunity and your body will thank you.
Here are some great exercises to do:
At Home Yoga During Co-Vid
INCREASE YOUR VITAMINS AND ELECTROLYTES
Another tip is to load up on extra vitamins and nutrient-dense foods to build immunity naturally with keto. What we are putting in our bodies during this time is so important to good health and wellness. Taking things like Elderberry help to increase antioxidants and vitamins and boost immunity.
Can’t find Elderberry readily available? Create your own by following this low-carb/keto recipe for it.
Drinking bone broth is one of the best things you can do for the body any time, but it is extremely helpful for boosting the good stuff during a time like this. Bone broths are one of the most nourishing foods for healing and immunity. Get 20% off an online order using our Kettle and Fire link.
Increasing electrolyte intake keeps your body balanced in turn, allowing you to maintain good health. Try our electrolytes specifically formulated for the keto diet to increase energy, performance, and muscle mass.
EAT WHOLE FOODS
Right now nutrition is more important than ever for building your immune system. Eat an adequate amount of protein, lots of green veggies, a small amount of lower-carb fruit, and eat nuts and seeds. Here is a list of keto whole foods. Avoid processed foods with more than five ingredients or ingredients you can’t pronounce. Skip it. Anything that is low-fat- avoid it. It is loaded with chemicals and just not good for anyone. If it has added sugars in it, skip it. Avoid foods that are cooked in industrial oils, cook at home with healthy fats instead.
GET ADEQUATE SLEEP
Getting enough sleep is key for a healthy body and good mental health. With stressful times, cutting out some caffeine late in the day and getting active can wire the brain for success. There are also some natural supplements that can allow for better sleep, such as, melatonin and valerian root.
MEDITATE, PRAY and PRACTICE GRATITUDE
If you are not sure what to do, find a meditation app like Headspace which is offering free access during this time. The Gaia app is another great resource. You can also search for YouTube videos online that can walk you through some deep breathing.
AVOID SMOKING AND ALCOHOL
If you are a smoker, now is the time to quit or at least cut-down as much as possible. I see those eyes rolling, but seriously. I know it is a stressful time but we have faith in you. Also cutting out alcohol is going to keep your immune system from plummeting. Now is not the time to lower your immune system tossing back alcoholic drinks. Think about it, during a normal situation, after having a night out and some drinks with friends… how do you feel the next day? At your best? Nope… then leave it!
Connecting with other people increases the good feels and keeps us grounded and grateful. We’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Take this time to connect virtually with the ones you love. Call an old friend to check on them, chat with your elders, share a sweet video with someone in a nursing home to brighten their day. Maintaining that human connection is so important for our health and well-being. It will brighten someone’s day and keep us all from feeling so isolated during social distancing. Let us know in the comments how you are connecting with others during this time.
Above all, spread positivity and help those in need at a distance if you are able. That could be something as simple as sharing a smile, a phone call, dropping off a meal at a neighbors door, sending some positive vibes through social media. Let’s get creative here and get through this together.
Our story is still being written….
However, we have come sooo far. It is nice to reflect because sometimes you lose sight of the progress.
Three and a half years ago I was using weight loss products but they were doing nothing to help. Although I didn’t feel overweight by much, besides some vanity pounds, I was totally lacking in the energy department. I was sick with allergies and sinus gunk all the time. I got debilitating migraines often. We are talking, put you in the hospital migraines. My skin stayed broken out like a teenage girls and my moods were a roller coaster.I have also struggled with a good night’s sleep for a long time because I am such a light sleeper.
I ate sugar like it was my job. I was drinking Red Line, coffee, and consuming 5-hour energy shots… depending on the day. It was a constant search for more energy and to feel better. Everything I tried helped for a bit but nothing lasted and always came with a crash later. I wasn’t looking to change my eating habits because I liked my crap food and honestly just didn’t know that food affected my body so much. I had no idea that food could ultimately heal or harm you.
My husband’s father had been diagnosed with stage four colon cancer when going in for a gallbladder scan. My husband began researching everything he could about the body and how to heal it. Through his research endeavor he read heavily on how to rid the body of disease….. he stumbled upon the keto lifestyle. He ordered hemp protein, bone broth, and a few other things for his dad and wanted to immediately get him started on taking the supplements. His father began taking treatments and making some changes but ultimately the type of chemo he received propelled the progression of his cancer and he was gone within months of the original diagnosis. We were heartbroken and it really opened our eyes making us take a deeper look at our own health journey.
Life paused for a bit but our research continued. Jon began eating a ketogenic diet of low carbs, moderate protein, and high healthy fats. He eventually ran into a friend who shared this packet of BHB (Beta Hydroxybutyrate – aka ketone body) salts with him. He started drinking this product and kept telling me I should try it. I noticed a huge change in my husband, the man I had known since sixth grade. I saw him go from the guy who worked all day at the office that came home and went straight to the couch to the guy who was up for Cross Fit in the coldest months of the year going to the gym at 5 a.m. He began jogging after work to burn some energy. I saw his mood change dramatically. He was nicer and more patient with our kids. He became a better, more involved dad almost immediately. He slept better and woke up ready to take on the day instead of hitting snooze four times like he always had before. He was leaner and more fit than he had been in years and was looking great within a month’s time.
We had an upcoming trip to Hawaii that he earned through sharing the ketone conversation with others and I was freaking out. I couldn’t let my man look good and not me. So, I chugged a pack of the white salts he was telling me I should try. I drank one every day for two weeks prior to that trip. The first time I drank them I remember literally knocking out everything on my to-do list that day and looking for more to take on 😂 I was able to lose 10 lbs in the short time before our trip just by drinking PTK’s every day. I was HOOKED.
I couldn’t believe how much more confident I felt. I found energy without having to have coffee and all the other crap I was filling my body with. I went from drinking coffee that was light brown because it was so sweetened with vanilla sweetener to drinking black coffee. I was able to turn away sugar for the first time in my life… Literally… doughnuts graced my desk nearly every day at the childcare center I worked at and doughnuts are my weakness. Instead of eating one, I would mix up a pack of ketones and I wouldn’t and say no thanks. The crazy thing is, I wouldn’t even want them! I would like to say I had big goals at the time but honestly, I was so caught up in survival mode that I hadn’t even considered personal goals for a while. My kids finally saw the real mom they had prior to life taking her down. As for my husband…. I saw him shrink 40 lbs like it was a piece of cake- literally within 30 days. We were both totally rocked by this product and it led us to pursue the keto lifestyle and teach others about it. I couldn’t believe I could make extra income by sharing this incredible product with other people, helping them make a major life change, and better their health. Now I am able to teach people about the keto lifestyle and supplementing with pure therapeutic ketones full time.
To date, I have lost 40 lbs!!! 40 pounds I didn’t know I had to lose. I Reboot (fast for 60 hours) every month and have for over a year now. I am healing in so many ways! My body composition is totally different than when I started this journey. I have lost fat and cellulite in my legs, which I never thought was possible. My IBS has improved so much! I no longer have migraines and very few allergy attacks or sinus infections. I have drastically cut sugar and carbs and feel like a million bucks. My energy is unending and I freaking LOVE IT so much!! Let us show you how you can feel this way too! Would you take our 10 Day Drink Ketones Challenge with us?
This mixture tastes amazing and held together like a granola bar should!
I have a sweet tooth and have been on the lookout for a keto granola bar to take with us when we travel that also tasted good and didn’t fall apart into crumbs. These amazing Mock Keto Kind Bars are the result of scouring the web and combining a handful of recipes along with the ingredients I had at home, to make exactly what I thought would be a tasty keto bar.
I wanted a bar that would hold together, that was low cost and that my kids would eat when we travel. When I came across this recipe I hit the keto jackpot (the base recipe can be found at Wholesomeyum.com)
This recipe can be altered to suit your tastebuds! Here is what I used:
Kerry Gold Butter
—I used Lakanto monk fruit sweetener (use our link for 20% off!)
and ground it up in my food processor to make powdered keto sweetener
—-With this recipe, you can use whatever nuts you’d like. Instead of 2 cups of almonds, I substituted 1 1/4 cups ground walnuts and 1/2 cup almond flakes
—-I didn’t have pumpkin seeds so I added a half cup of the mixture below:
-2 tbsp Chia seeds
-1/4 cup of Ground Flax
-And the rest Super Fine Blanched Almond Flour
—-I used Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetened Maple Syrup in place of Sukrin Fiber Syrup 🥞
—-The recipe calls for 1/4 cup almond butter— instead I used a 1/2 cup of almond butter and 2 tbsp butter
—-I omitted the vanilla beans and added another tsp of vanilla (3 teaspoons total)
I can’t wait to try this keto breading with some chicken tenders! Let us know in the comments if you make it!
The icing is the best part
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place mozzarella and cream cheese in a large glass bowl and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Remove the mixture from the microwave, add in the almond flour and egg and stir. If it becomes difficult to stir, place back in the microwave for 20-30 second increments (stirring in between) until able to form a smooth dough.
Place the dough on a sheet of parchment paper, spread out with a spoon.
5. Place a second sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough, using your hands and a rolling pin/empty wine bottle 😉) into a thin layer about 1/4 inch thick.
*** Handy Keto Mom Hack– use a clean empty wine bottle as a makeshift rolling pin to roll out the dough.
7. Begin rolling the dough using/pulling the parchment paper to form a log with your hands. Slice the dough starting from the middle into about 10 equal pieces.
8. Using a glass baking dish or cookie sheet, place the cinnamon rolls in the oven on 350 F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown and firm.
9. Remove and let cool before icing.
Using a hand mixer, mix the unsweetened almond milk, full-fat cream cheese, keto sweetener, and vanilla until icing forms. For a thicker icing, use less almond milk. When finished, use a spoon to drizzle the rolls with icing.
* For more icing, double the recipe.
Other delicious Low-Carb Keto Breakfast Ideas
Mini Food Chopper – for making fat bombs and chopping fine nuts/vegetables
Pampered Chef Measuring Tools – great for all your measuring needs
Fruit Infuser Bottle – great for just the right flavor in your water without the carbs!
Mini Cookie Scoop – a perfect bite-size scoop for keto cookie dough fat bombs
Veggie Spiralizer – use for creating noodles from zucchini or squash to make for a healthier keto “pasta”
Doing a little Christmas present wrapping and chatting about perspective on keto.
Keto is a lifestyle change, not a diet. Make the decision to go for it and don’t look back!
Mindset is everything!
Our secret sauce that makes keto life so much more flexible and enjoyable.
Will Smith hits it outta the park with this motivational video. Self-discipline is the definition of self-love.
How to Become More Disciplined – Identify yourself in a new way and make the standard real!
Wondering how in the world to stay on track during the holidays and not blow your keto lifestyle? Let The Keto Family help! Get all the best low carb and keto Holiday recipes here for a happy and indulgent celebration! Keto, Low carb, sugar-free recipes – everything the main course, sides, and desserts.
Keto Holiday Ham and Fixin’s
I love a good holiday ham. It was a tradition in our house to have sliced ham for Christmas and I look forward to it each year after having turkey for multiple holiday parties.
Bacon Wrapped Turkey
Whether you enjoy this bacon wrapped turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas or anywhere in between, it will be sure to make your mouth water. After all, everybody loves bacon!
Keto Garlic Butter Prime Rib
Buttery, tender, juicy, flavorful prime rib is a great addition to any holiday meal. Can you tell I am in love with this recipe?
Low Carb Buttery Cauliflower Mash
Super simple side dish to replace those mashed potatoes. This recipe is so versatile, mix it up and add what you wish.
Low-Carb Green Bean Casserole
It’s not the holidays without some green bean casserole. There are a few recipes out there but this one just looked so tasty we had to include it in our top picks.
Keto Broccoli Salad
This has become a family favorite and I cannot wait to share it with other people at our holiday gatherings. It is so easy and something a bit different than what’s always at the holiday party.
Low Carb Christmas Tree Platter
Pinwheels or rollups are one of my favorite things to sneak at the holiday dinner party. This recipe could be made in so many ways and is such a cute, tasty, and festive idea to share with friends.
Keto Sausage Balls
You will be lucky if these make it to the holiday party before everyone in the family sneaks them and they are gone before you go!
Cheese, Ham, and Broccoli Casserole
Your guests will be drooling over this tasty recipe with broccoli, ham, and three kinds of cheese. This ooey, gooey side is cheesy, creamy, and full of flavor.
Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash Mac-n-Cheese
What are the holidays without mac-n-cheese? With this yummy recipe, you will never miss the old noodle mac-n-cheese loaded with carbs. You will thank us later.
Keto Deviled Eggs with Bacon
A holiday staple, with 🥓BACON🥓! Yes, you heard me right! GO MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW!! Your aunt Edna will thank you.
Low Carb Cheddar Biscuits
You can’t holiday meal without a biscuit or a roll where I am from, so finding keto/low-carb alternatives is a must. These are delightful and just like Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits.
Ultimate Keto Gravy
Don’t forget the keto gravy to smoother all those holiday goodies in.
Keto Sticky Buns
Who wouldn’t want to wake up to these treats during the holidays? Try out these Cinnamon rolls with a caramel pecan topping.
Low-Carb Santa Pancake
So looking forward to surprising the kiddos with these for breakfast on Christmas day! How festive and fun!
Keto Pumpkin Roll
Pumpkin roll is a staple at my momma’s house for Thanksgiving and Christmas, only momma makes it Southern style. Here’s a keto alternative that looks just as good.
Low-Carb Classic GingerBread Men
I am pretty excited to find a low-carb GingerBread Man recipe as my kiddos are really looking forward to our holiday tradition of making some and decorating them.
Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Balls
There’s something about Snickerdoodles that puts me in the holiday spirit. Even better when they are satiating and low-carb.
You can’t have a keto holiday without some cheesecake, whether it is pumpkin flavored or the classic.
Alright, our work here is done. If yours is just starting with prepping for the holidays, grab a keto eggnog and a handful of these recipes and get moving! You got this!
Happy holidays to you and yours from 🥑🥓The Keto Family🥓🥑. We hope you are blessed with time with family and friends and enjoy everything there is to love about this season.
Enjoy this Keto Family Holiday Meal Plan