So you’re having a party! Blog: So You’re Having a Party!

I started my Keto journey in December 2016, one week before Christmas. It was time and I knew it. Don’t let the upcoming holidays — or any occasion — have you put this journey off one more day. Yes, preparation is very important, but if you look for an excuse not to start, you never will.

Keep your why ahead of your why not

I think, especially at this time of year, that it is easy to tell yourself that this is not a good time to start a new eating program (or stay on one). But ask yourself this: How does eating all that junk make you physically feel? Aren’t you sick of New Year’s resolutions? Will you really get up on January 1st and adopt a whole new lifestyle? What happens at Valentine’s Day? What happens on Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, July 4th, Labor Day and all the other holidays and BBQs and family get-togethers and birthdays and anniversaries and potlucks and… and… and… ? Think of WHY you want to do this at all. Will your WHY be stronger January 1st than it would be right now while you are reading this? Actually I am so happy I started a week before Christmas. I dove in head first thinking about Keto and what I could bring to people’s houses. I remember I brought cheese, crudités, celery stuffed with cream cheese, nuts, some sort of little balls made with chocolate and pistachios and cheesecake (YES — CHEESECAKE). For potlucks I made crockpots full of chili and beef stew or brought sides of roasted Brussels sprouts or lovely salads. I made it through two weeks of company, visiting and parties and, if anything, I came into the new year stronger and more committed than I ever would have been had I just waited until January 1st to start things.

There is no excuse not to have a table full of yumminess

The picture used in this blog is of a cake I made last Sunday for my brother’s 75th birthday. When I had him and his wife over for lunch a few weeks back I served this cake, not expecting anyone to like it but me. He and my sister-in-law had one bite and they both declared that they wanted this for the official birthday cake! I am making it again for Thanksgiving next week. What else am I making? Keto cornbread stuffing, (cauliflower) Mac and Cheese, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and an array of appetizers including leek tarts and spinach and artichoke dip with crudités and cheese crackers. I have to contain myself because I am in charge of appetizers — the other items are just so I can fill my own plate. Last year I made the Mac and Cheese and was asked for the recipe. So share the Keto cooking, serve it with pride and have recipe links ready to email out to friends and family on Friday. Remember your WHY at all the holiday celebrations and have a wonderful time!