How to survive nursing school…while doing KETO

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10 Tips For Surviving Keto While In Nursing School

The freshman fifteen is real. Maybe we should rename it the nursing nineteen. It’s hard to stay healthy when you spend every waking minute studying, thinking about studying or stressing about not studying enough.

Keto is a great diet…if done right. Meaning you can’t eat bacon and butter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. The basis behind the diet is you consume high fat, medium protein, and low carbs. Your body goes into ketosis and it starts to burn fat for energy instead of glucose.

I started Keto after doing the Whole 30 diet. I should really call it the Whole 365 because I did it for over a year. I might have gone a little crazy when I started Keto. Suddenly cheese, alcohol, and sweets were available. I’ve been able to tone it down so now I’m not eating junk and I feel great!

Keto can be difficult to manage when you are in nursing school. Your time and energy are devoted to school. It is not impossible to stay healthy when in school. With a little planning and commitment you can jump on the Keto bandwagon and find out why everyone is raving about.

I have come up with the top 10 ways to maintain Ketosis when you are a busy nursing student.

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1. Meal prep

You can’t eat sooo many foods which makes it hard to eat out. Spending a little bit of time at the beginning of the week prepping will keep you on track. If you plan out each week’s meals you don’t have to keep going to the grocery store. Your time is precious so make every minute count. Fill your fridge prefilled containers. You can even color coordinate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Freshware Meal Prep Containers [21 Pack] 3 Compartment with Lids, Food Storage Bento Box | BPA Free | Stackable | Lunch Boxes, Microwave/Dishwasher/Freezer Safe, Portion Control, 21 day fix (24 oz)

 These are awesome! Your whole week will be set. 

2. Know the rules

You can’t follow the keto diet if you don’t know what you can and can’t eat. A good rule is to stay away from veggies that grow in the ground (potatoes, carrots, etc). Definitely no starches. Good news is you can still have a drink (in moderation) so you can go out and celebrate passing your test! Try to keep your total carb intake under 25 net grams per day. It was hard giving up my morning Larabar and banana but eventually, you adjust.

Make sure you drink plenty of water and replenish your electrolytes. The list below is in no way shape or form a complete list. It's just to give you an idea of where to start.

3. Planner

    Just balancing home life and school is complicated. Throw in work, dieting, exercising, etc and you quickly can become overwhelmed. Even if you’re not dieting a planner will help you stay on track with school. Plan your weekly meals and fit in meal prep. With a planner you can schedule your life work, studying, classwork, and dieting.

     I am obsessed with the Clever Fox planner. This one can be started anytime. It has monthly and weekly planning, a vision board and goal section. You can spend hours just getting yourself organized. 


    4. Pack your lunch

      As I said before, eating out is difficult. Not impossible, but very hard. Plan on taking meals with you so you aren’t tempted to cheat. I have an awesome lunch box that I actually call a lunch suitcase. When I go to work, you’d think I was working a 24-hour shift. Coordinating containers and water bottle look lovely. 

      Combined with your meal prep and weekly planning taking your lunch will be super easy.


      5. Take snacks with you

        It is so much easier to cheat when you are hungry and your only options are fast-food. Don’t cave into French fries. If you keep easy to carry snacks, you’ll be able to say no to the junk. Below are some of my favorite products that you can get straight from Amazon.

        On the days you know you’ll be out at lunchtime make sure you carry a lunch. Don’t be tempted by the hospital cafeteria. Trust me nothing good comes from there.

         6. Testing

          I love that you can test to see if you are in ketosis. Actual visual results motivate me to stay on the diet. There are different ways to test that range from super cheap to holy cow expensive. I personally test several times a day just to stay on track.

          7. Get your family on board

            It is so much easier to fall off the wagon when everyone around you is eating the food you crave. Try to get your significant other on board with Keto. My rule is I only cook 1 dinner. You don’t like it then you make your own food or go hungry. It sounds harsh but I really don’t have time to cook 4 different dinners. Nursing students don’t have the time either. Try to plan dinners that the whole family will love and your life will be so much easier.

            8. Treat yourself

              Nursing school is hard and sometimes you get a little down in the dumps. Sometimes you need to treat yourself to keep your spirits up.

              The best thing about this diet is the yummy food you get to splurge on. I did the Whole 30 for so long and couldn’t have any sweets. With Keto, you can spoil yourself with some pretty awesome treats. My favorites include no-bake cheesecake bites and peanut butter no-bake cookies.

              You can even treat yourself to a little alcoholic drink. Vodka, tequila, gin, whiskey, and even rum are allowed (with moderation). You can even have some wines and even light beer! Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and champagne are all considered acceptable.

              9. Keto breath

                Keto breath is real…really bad. It’s weird though when I notice it, I know I’m in ketosis so I’m happy. But not happy enough to want to keep bad breath. Keep mints and gum that are Keto friendly handy so you don’t have to worry. I can't go all day without brushing my teeth so I use disposable toothbrushes when I'm at work. 

                1. Stay positive

                Stay focus and positive! I know it is easier said than done. Nursing school is hard. Keto is hard. But you can do both. Focus on how good you feel and give yourself a break!

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