Once the tricky issue of what to eat and drink during the festive season is out of the way – phew – you can get down to the really fun stuff: Christmas presents. Last year, I already wrote a blog on healthy Christmas present ideas and this year my focus will be on ideas for followers of the ketogenic lifestyle.
So, if you’re on a keto diet or have someone close to you who might be thinking about it, what do you buy? What’s at the top of your wish-list?
Well, it might sound cheesy to say it, but of course hope and confidence are some of the best gifts for anyone with a cancer diagnosis who has chosen to go keto.
Getting the right knowledge
Equipping yourself with the right knowledge is one of the most effective ways to build hope and confidence. As the artist Francis Bacon famously said: “knowledge is power”. And when you’re ill or feeling a bit uncertain about how to move forward, feeling more empowered is essential.
Learning all about the fascinating and exciting science behind keto, hearing people’s positive experiences of the diet, and being tempted by gorgeous recipes is guaranteed to make you feel better and make sound decisions. I promise!
The good news is that there are some really valuable resources out there, including cookbooks and websites.
- This is the first Christmas that our new book “The Ketogenic Kitchen” is available to buy as a present. We’ve just been included in the “Christmas cookbooks: 10 of the best” in the Irish Times, and the journalist very appropriately writes: “Kemp and Daly have had to stoutly defend this book since it was published in April, but whatever your position on their high fat, low carb regime, it’s undeniably a rigorously researched and painstakingly crafted work”. So there. Thank you!
- The Ketogenic Cookbook, by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich.
- The Keto-Diet Cookbook, by Martina Slajerova.
- My very own Practical Keto Meal Plans for Cancer.
- Tripping over the Truth, by Travis Christofferson.
- Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet, by Ellen Davis.
- Get Started with Keto for Cancer, by cancer educator Miriam Kalamian.
- And finally, my unique “Keto for You” online course, a mine of information on going keto. More than 12 hours of interactive classes, cheat sheets, recipes, expert interviews on lifestyle questions- it’s all served on a plate! If you’re not a practitioner and want the “lighter”, less research-heavy version, please go for the beginners course.
There’s a ton of stuff out there about keto as a metabolic therapy, and of course it is just that. But on a purely practical level, it’s all about food and other products that are keto-friendly. Here are some of the best.
- The best coffee requires a great coffee maker! Coffee lovers can get one of the best at Aerobie. Great if you’re one of the lucky ones who can tolerate coffee without getting kicked out of ketosis!
- For a super clean, tasty coffee, check out Cru Kafe. Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and can have many amazing health properties unless you’re one of the unfortunate individuals who just can’t drink it without major side effects.
- A Christmas hamper is a lovely gift. So, why not put together your own hamper with some keto-friendly products? Here are some ideas.
- Dr Coy’s coconut flour, stevia or chocolate
- Bia Beauty products
- Anneco make-up
- Nua Naturals products
- Dr Bronner’s coconut oil and soaps – brilliant “beauty products” for men and incredibly versatile- check out the list in this picture!
- Dr Westman’s new bars. I hear they’re amazing, and with flavours like Lemon Cheesecake, I can’t wait to try them as soon as they’re available here in Ireland!
- Available only in the UK: The Keto Diet Meal Box. These guys deliver keto-friendly meals right to your door!
- And, last but not least, a super practical gift that is indispensable for anybody- not just keto lovers- who want to take their health very seriously in 2016: a reverse osmosis waterfilter. This is currently the best system to ensure you’re removing any potential trouble makers from your water and have a clean source at your finger tips at home. It doesn’t only taste much nicer than regular tap water, it’ll also save you money in the long run if you usually buy bottled water. If you’re in Ireland, I recommend The Water Filter Men and if you mention that you’ve come upon my recommendation, they’ll give you a special price of 299 Euro, including installation (I’m not getting commission, by the way!).
What’s Christmas without some all-singing, all-dancing, bells-and-whistles gadgetry?
Whether it’s something to help monitor your blood glucose levels or a shiny new kitchen gadget that reduces prep time, the right tools and/or gadgets make life a whole lot easier.
- Anybody who takes the ketogenic diet very seriously knows that the testing of blood glucose and ketone levels is an important tool to monitor progress and check whether you’re on track. Unfortunately, testing tools are not cheap and quite often out of stock when you need them. Good sources for ketone strips include eBay. It’s also good to know that it’s sometimes easier and more affordable to source them in Australia. Goodness knows why this is the case, but it’s always handy to know how to save money!
- ketonix.com for kits to measure breath ketone levels. I recommend getting the “Sport” version because it allows for measuring of higher levels of ketone bodies.
- Is there anything better to read in a recipe than the single line: “Put in a blender and whizz”? Get a nutribullet or a Magimix (most good department/electrical stores) to make your life way easier in the kitchen.
- Measure your heart rate variability, especially if you’re into exercising but also to monitor stress responses. For great apps, go to http://bit.ly/1TEV8ud or http://amzn.to/2cgzm2T
- The Fitbit is a wireless wristband that monitors your heart rate and does a whole lot else besides. Get one at http://amzn.to/2c7nALB. BUT I’m just testing a new tool (or toy?) called Oura ring that doesn’t need to be on bluetooth all night. I’ll report back when I’ve done some testing and made up my mind about it!
- Home training with weights can be a handy way to get valuable exercise when you’re on a keto diet. The benefits are amazing! Depending on your fitness goals, why not try a Fitness and exercise ball (Swiss ball) or a dumb bell set.
This is just a taster of course, but isn’t it great to know there’s a lot more out there than you might think? Please also check out the following blogs on homemade treats and other quirky gift ideas by health coach Laura Bond.
Happy Shopping, Crafting and Creating!