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Why I Start My Day With Keto Coffee

I have been a coffee drinker since my Marine Corps days. Back then my First Sergeant taught me to make coffee that was more like mud. I would add a packet of hot chocolate to it to make it more tolerable. In later years I learned to make better coffee and would drink it with just a few drops of liquid stevia.

Once I discovered eating a ketogenic diet I also learned about keto coffee. Many people also call this Bulletproof Coffee. If you are going to be technical, Bulletproof Coffee is a brand name using specific products. This recipe is for a  generic version but you can also buy the Bulletproof brand of MCT oil and coffee.

I follow a ketogenic nutrition plan. This means that my body is adapted to using ketones for energy instead of glucose. To maintain this fat burning process I eat a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. Keto coffee is easy to make and supplies me with a generous serving of fat and deliciousness in the morning. On weekdays this is all I have for breakfast. It’s frothy and similar to a latte.

Read more about the keto diet here.


Keto Coffee

A delicious frothy coffee to add healthful fats and boost ketones for more mental clarity and energy. 

Course Drinks
Cuisine Keto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Author Tammy Fuller


  • 10 oz brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp MCT oil
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed butter


  1. Add ingredients to blender and blend until frothy. Be cautious when blending hot liquids. They sometimes splash out of blender.

Recipe Notes

Warning! When you first make this start slow with the MCT oil. It takes time for your body to get used to it. I would start with just one teaspoon for the first few days and gradually increase the amount up to one tablespoon. Otherwise you may end up with what's known in the keto community as "disaster pants."

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Understanding the Difference Between Physical Hunger and Emotional Hunger


Physical Hunger vs. Emotional Hunger

  • Have you ever had the urge to eat even though you just recently ate? This used to happen to me all the time. I would eat a great lunch and as soon as I got back to my office I felt the urge for something sweet.
  • Have you ever eaten just because it was time to eat and you weren’t even really hungry? Me too. All. The. Time.
  • Have you ever kept eating past the point where you were stuffed? Yep. Me too.
  • Feeling the need to reward yourself with comfort food after a rough day? Totally!

As part of my weight loss journey I’ve been learning a great deal about the differences between physical hunger and emotional hunger. Distinguishing the difference between the two is one of the most important skills when working on decreasing overeating.

Physical Hunger

One of the best indicators of actual physical hunger is that any food will satisfy it. If you are hungry for just an In N Out burger and nothing else will do it’s likely that you’re feeling emotional hunger. Physical hunger occurs after some time has passed since your last meal. It comes on gradually and you can wait. In fact you may find that if you wait, the hungry feeling goes away for a while. You may have a rumbling sound or an empty sensation in your stomach. One key point is that satisfying true physical hunger doesn’t make you feel bad or guilty.

Emotional Hunger

Emotional or psychological hunger is a desire to eat even when you are not physically hungry. It can come on suddenly and feel very urgent. You may feel that you need to eat immediately. When trying to satisfy emotional hunger you tend to eat more – you have difficulty stopping when you are full. You may also crave a specific food. Emotional eating tends to trigger guilt, shame and a sense that you are powerless over overeating. It may satisfy you temporarily but since the root problem isn’t fixed, the hunger returns. The problem may be unmet emotional needs, the discomfort of feeling negative emotions, stress, anger, depression and boredom. It can even be simply out of habit.

Take Action

To start becoming more aware of how you feel when you are hungry try journaling for the next week or so. Each time you feel hungry or you just want to eat, write it down. What are you thinking about? What physical sensations do you have? Start to look at possible triggers for overeating. Once you can identify your triggers you can begin to take action. You can limit the triggers or develop alternate healthy behaviors.

Remember that emotional eating does not solve the problem you are trying to numb and you add problems – weight gain, feelings of shame or guilt, unresolved issues. And you never learn to actually notice your negative thoughts and emotions and learn to manage them.


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How to Combat the Keto Flu: Simple Tips to Feel Better Faster

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What is the keto flu?

The keto flu is a phenomenon that stops many people from fully experiencing the benefits of a ketogenic diet. They start the diet and when they start feeling poorly they use it as proof that the diet doesn’t work for them.  Unfortunately this means they quit right before the magic happens.

The first time I ate a ketogenic diet I experienced keto flu symptoms. I was fatigued, achy and felt like I had “brain fog.”  It resolved over a couple of days and I took those days to take it easy on myself.  I wish I would have known that there were some simple things I could have done to feel better.

The process known as keto flu happens when your body is transitioning from a primarily carbohydrate burning metabolism to a fat burning metabolism. You may feel irritable, have a headache and feel fatigued. Some people even feel some heart palpitations. The body is trying to achieve a level of homeostasis. Many of the symptoms are related to dehydration and electrolyte loss. This usually hits around day 2 to day 4 of the keto diet. Unfortunately this is also about the time that your carbohydrate cravings will be raging.

Why does keto flu happen?

As you eat less carbs your insulin levels go down and your body gets rid of more water and with that water goes some of your electrolytes.

How to cure keto flu:

  • Tackle dehydration by drinking more water. Be intentional about drinking water throughout the day.
  • Get more salt. You can use any salt but I recommend Himalayan Pink salt as you will get other important electrolytes along with it. You can add salt to your water or you can just take in a bit of salt throughout the day. You can also enjoy some broth to get the extra salt in. I recommend a homemade bone broth. I also enjoy an electrolyte supplement called Jigsaw. It adds a bit of flavor to my water with some electrolytes. Sodium, magnesium and potassium supplements are helpful on a ketogenic diet.
  • Eat more fat. While you’re adjusting to the ketogenic diet you need to make sure you’re getting enough fat. Keep your carbs under 20g. Eat a moderate amount of protein. And eat fat to satiety. If you’re hungry, eat fat.
  • If you have done all the above and you are totally miserable you can try adding in a few more carbs to get you past the rough patch. The best way to get the extra carbs is with some berries. A small serving of berries and heavy cream can be a delicious way to do this. Some sweet potatoes or other vegetables can be another good way to get appropriate carbs. Then you can slowly decrease your carbs over the next few days.
  • Spoiling yourself with a nice warm Epsom salt bath can be soothing. It's also a good way to absorb some magnesium.
  • The Payoff

    Once you get past the keto flu you will begin to experience the benefits of a ketogenic diet. You will have more mental clarity, energy and you will be a fat-burning machine.

    Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

    intermittent fastingEver thought about getting started with intermittent fasting?

    Getting started with intermittent fasting is one way to lose weight with some small, simple changes in the timing of your meals. Intermittent fasting is a great way to burn fat, lose weight and get healthier. And since there is no special equipment, no supplements, no books and no particular foods to buy, it’s also one of the easiest and least expensive ways to lose weight and get healthier. I combine intermittent fasting with a ketogenic lifestyle. The two eating styles pair well together and fasting becomes simple when you are fat adapted with keto. Read more about my experience with keto and intermittent fasting here.

    A flexible eating plan

    All you need to get started with intermittent fasting is a clock and a tiny little bit of willpower. I promise it won’t be hard and it is something you can easily do. The beauty of intermittent fasting is that it is very flexible. You can do it anywhere, anytime for as long as you’d like.

    And you’ll start to see benefits from fasting when you don’t eat for at least 12 hours. That may seem like a long time, but it really isn’t. Let’s say you eat a late dinner around 7 p.m. All you have to do is not snack after dinner. Then go to bed, sleep for seven to eight hours and get up at 6:30 a.m. By the time you had your black coffee and gotten a shower your 12 hours are up and you can eat breakfast.

    Kick it up a notch

    When you’re ready to take it to the next step, try postponing breakfast by an hour or two. Or skip it altogether and head out for an early lunch around 11 instead. Do you see how easy and flexible this is? You can work in your fasting anywhere, anytime. Just don’t eat for a few hours before and after you go to sleep. I fast for 18 hours which means that I skip breakfast. Then I do all my eating in a 6-hour window. This is known as an 18:6 fast. There are other variations such as 20:4 and 23:1. You can tailor it to whatever works for you.

    No matter how you fast, it is important to stay hydrated. This will help your body burn fat and keep your energy levels up. Water is always a good choice, as is mineral water which will also help replenish the salt and minerals your body is losing when you’re fasting. Herbal teas are nice when you want something warm to drink as is black coffee.

    Give intermittent fasting a try and see if you can’t make it work for you. It’s one of the best things you can do for your overall health and well-being. And you’ll be pleasantly surprised how energized you’ll feel on fasting days once your body gets used to this.

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    How I Failed With Traditional Diets…or Did They Fail Me?

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    Traditional diets didn’t work for me. They worked short term but I couldn’t sustain them long term. I had success with many different diet plans. But I had never done the thought work required for changing my relationship with food.

    My most successful traditional diet was Jenny Craig. This is a program where you get a personal consultant to work with you and they provide the food. Each week you go in and get weighed and talk with your consultant about how the week went. You set personal goals for the next week and select your next week’s food. You leave with boxes, bags and cans of food and a menu plan for how to use them. From this program I learned about portion control and accountability. I stopped the program because I was having jaw surgery. After recovery I felt that I was close enough to my goal weight that I didn’t need to go back.

    What was missing?

    Unfortunately I had not learned the skills to transition to a good eating plan. I hadn’t changed my thinking about food. I hadn’t learned to deal with urges and cravings. I hadn’t learned about the many ways I was using food for so many more reasons than just fuel for my body. I had basically learned how to eat processed food and practice calorie restriction (which doesn’t work long term). I didn’t know enough about nutrition. What I was learning was the government’s dietary guidelines which virtually guaranteed my eventual failure.

    Slowly my old habits crept back in and I gained weight.

    Fast forward many years and many pounds…

    Earlier this year I had far surpassed my heaviest weight ever. I had working on personal development for the last couple of years but had never quite been able to do the mental work it took to conquer my thinking about my weight. Little did I know that my thinking was the root of the whole problem.

    Coming soon I have a 4-week program to share with you what I have been learning. My goal is to help you think differently about food and to equip you to come up with your own nutrition plan. If that sounds like something that is interesting to you sign up for the newsletter by filling out the subscription form at the bottom of the blog so you will be one of the first to know.

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    Benefits of Keto Coffee

    benefits of keto coffee

    What are the benefits of keto coffee?

    Keto coffee (also known as butter coffee, fatty coffee or Bulletproof coffee) is a delicious frothy coffee drink that can help decrease hunger, increase energy and improve mental clarity.You may wonder how one drink can do all that. A breakdown of the ingredients can help clarify things. I make mine with organic coffee (12 oz.), 1 T grass-fed butter, and 1 T of MCT oil. If you’re new to using MCT oil start with a smaller amount and increase over time.

    Why organic coffee?

    Coffee is not only delicious but it also has some health benefits. Coffee provides antioxidants which help your body fight off cell damage. Studies have shown that coffee may provide protection against Type 2 diabetes, cancer and dementia.Using organic coffee is preferred to conventionally grown coffee. Conventionally grown coffee is chemically treated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Choosing organic helps to ensure that your coffee does not contain these extra chemicals.

    Why grass-fed butter?

    Butter makes this cup of coffee creamy, rich and delicious. But more importantly grass-fed butter is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, beta carotene and Vitamins A, D, E, and K. It also contains higher levels of CLA which is a fatty acid that helps your body store muscle instead of fat.

    Why coconut oil or MCT oil?

    Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) which boost your metabolic rate and provide easy energy for your body and especially your brain. Using coconut oil is an inexpensive way to get MCTs but purchasing MCT oil is a much more powerful way to boost ketones. I use NOW brand MCT oil from my local health food store or sometimes Bulletproof Brain Octane. The Bulletproof brand is more expensive but also contains a more concentrated form of the good stuff. In addition to boosting your ketones for more fat burning and brain energy, MCT decreases the action of ghrelin which is the hormone that makes you feel hungry.

    What if I don’t like coffee or can’t drink coffee?

    If you don’t like coffee or can’t drink it you don’t have to drink keto coffee as part of your ketogenic diet. You can get healthy fats from a variety of sources. You can even get the benefits of the grass-fed butter and MCT oil by using them in other ways. For example, you can cook with butter and use the coconut oil or MCT oil as part of your salad dressing.

    Using decaf coffee is fine. I’ve even had people say that they enjoy the recipe with tea or chai tea instead of coffee.

    I’d love to hear if you’ve tried keto coffee and what you thought about it. Comment below.


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    Meal Planning Ideas for Busy People

    meal planning

    Simple Meal Planning Ideas That Work Even When You’re Busy

    Do want to eat healthier, but you’re super-busy? You may eat out several times a week because that’s what you have to do. That’s what works for you and your family (when it comes to time and convenience). But you probably realize it’s not working great when it comes to your health and fitness goals.

    You want better health. You want to eat better and you don’t want the extra calories, fast food and junk food as much anymore. And you DO want to save time and money.I get it! I am here to help you.

    I have a simple strategy that I’m more than happy to share with you. It will help you to plan and prepare healthy meals for the week. Now, you don’t need to completely abandon your regular meals out. You can use my strategy to help you eat out just one or two fewer times per week. It’s up to you. As with any lifestyle change, start gradually so you can build consistency. The key here is to make it easy, doable and rewarding enough to do again and again.

    Let me walk you through my simple meal prep system, and how this can work for you.


    I work 40+ hours per week and I prefer to do my meal planning on the weekend. I’ll flip through my recipes and choose a bunch to make that week. I have recipes I print and keep in a recipe book but most often I go to my Pinterest boards to find the recipes I’ve saved.I’ll even pick which days to have which meals if I’m feeling overly ambitious, but that’s not necessary if you’re new to this. I bookmark the pages and write my chosen recipes down in a notebook or even a sheet of paper to put on my fridge.

    Then I create my grocery list. I take a quick look in my fridge, freezer and pantry, and list the recipe ingredients that I need to buy. I know the layout of my grocery store so I write down the ingredients in the order that they will be in the store. That makes shopping a breeze.

    Pro Tip:

    If you’re not sure you have enough of an ingredient already, consider buying a “backup” one just in case. I’ve had times where the tomato sauce I planned to use was a bit short of what I actually needed. Having to run out in the middle of meal prep can be very frustrating. I keep most of my staple ingredients on hand and I have a list for when I go to Costco.

    Another thing to consider is doubling the recipe(s), so you can prep and cook once, but have twice the meal at the end. The extras can be taken for lunch, or frozen to pull out the night before a busy day, so you just need to heat it up when you’re ready.

    Pro Tip:

    If you’re doubling a recipe, don’t forget to double the amount you buy from the grocery store.

    Once you have your handy-dandy grocery list ready, hop on over to the store and pick up your essentials. If you don’t have enough food storage containers for your meals, now’s the time to pick up some of those too. My favorite containers are Mr. Lid. I love these because the lids never get lost.

    Pro Tip:

    If you’re not a fan of washing and chopping produce, then consider buying them already pre-washed and pre-chopped, or even frozen. You can make your meal prep even easier if you don’t mind spending a couple of extra dollars.


    Since you’ve already chosen your recipes and have your groceries, let’s get started on prepping some of the ingredients.

    I like to book off 1-2 hours one afternoon for this. Get your recipes ready, clear off your counter, and play some music (if you’re so inclined).

    At this point, depending on time, I’ll either prep the ingredients, or pre-cook the entire recipe. Sometimes just washing and chopping produce and putting it in containers is a huge time-saver for weeknights. Or, you can go through and make a whole meal, and divide it up into portions and refrigerate or freeze. It’s really up to you, because the more you do now, the less you’ll have to do when you’re hungry.


    There is one meal that is easiest to plan and prepare in advance. It’s one that’s also often the most difficult to eat at home if you’re busy.

    That’s breakfast.

    I cook up a bunch of hard boiled eggs on the weekend and I bake a tray of bacon. That way each morning I just need to grab two eggs and two pieces of bacon and I’m all set for breakfast. When I get tired of hard boiled eggs I make egg salad and eat them up that way. Another great way to have easy breakfast is to cook a frittata and divide it up in individual servings.

    With a little planning, you’ll be able to eat healthier while you save money and eat real food.

    This may take some getting used to, so if I can be of help, please reach out and let me know.

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    What is Ketosis? Fuel Your Metabolism Fire with Logs Not Kindling.

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    The Simple Answer

    One of the most frequent questions I get is, “What is ketosis?” The human body amazing. We can get energy from more than one type of nutrient. We either use glucose for energy or we can use fat for energy. For me personally, ketosis means I’m in a state where my body is burning my stored fat and I feel fantastic with increased energy, clearer thinking and weight loss. But I sense that people want a more scientific answer. I made a quick video to explain what ketosis is. If you would rather read about it scroll down below the video.

    A more scientific explanation

    Let’s get a little more “science-y.”

    Glucose metabolism

    When we eat carbohydrates the body goes through a process called glycolosis and we break the molecules down into glucose. The glucose molecules produce ATP that the body uses for energy.  A by-product of this process is free radicals which cause oxidation stress (kind of like the body is rusting from the inside out). Getting fuel from glucose is similar to fueling a fire with kindling. It burns easily but it is also used up fast and you need to replenish with more kindling.

    Fat metabolism

    When we eat fats the body goes through a process called lipolysis. The fatty acids made in this process go to the liver and are broken down into substances called ketone bodies. These molecules are water soluble and cross the cell barrier easily. These molecules produce 18 times more energy than a glucose molecule with less free radicals and therefore less oxidative stress or “rusting.” Better energy. Less waste. Getting fuel in this manner is similar to a fire burning with logs. The logs produce more heat (energy) and burn for longer periods of time. A person in ketosis is hungry less often.
    Since starting a ketogenic diet in April I find that I feel satisfied longer after a meal. I have more energy and my mental focus has improved. I began this nutrition plan as a way to lose weight (it’s working) but I am so grateful that I feel so good in the process.

    If you’d like to learn more about keto and how it can work for you I’d love to connect with you. Subscribe below and get 9 Tips for Keto Success.


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    Making Keto Easy: Don’t Complicate It

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    I see so many people making keto complicated and it doesn’t have to be that way. I thought I’d write about some of the ways I make it easier for myself. This is my 3rd month on keto and I’ve lost 16 pounds so far.The best part of it all is that I feel great.

    Since I work full time I take about an hour out of my weekend and do food prep. One hour of food prep saves me much more than that throughout my work week. This weekend I prepped bacon, baked cheese, hard boiled eggs and cut up veggies.
    To make the bacon I lay out as many strips as I can fit on a baking sheet. I bake it at 400 for 11-14 minutes (for thick bacon). It doesn’t splatter and the pieces come out nice and flat and not all curled up. For the baked cheese I cut up sliced cheese. This week I used Tillamook pre-sliced cheddar. I cut each slice into 4 squares and place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. I baked it at 400 for about 6 or 7 minutes. I sprinkled them with Everything But the Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe’s. So yummy! I usually eat these plain but you could also use them to dip into guacamole or something similar. I peeled and cut up some carrots (I limit these because of carb count), celery (for filling with almond butter or cheese) and radishes.

    Sample daily keto menu for workdays:

    On waking: I start my day with a cup (or two) of fatty coffee. I use 1 cup of coffee, 1 teaspoon grass-fed butter, and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or MCT oil. I put this in the blender so the oils blend in and don’t float on top. It gets nice and frothy like a fancy coffee house drink. It’s delicious and keeps me satisfied until mid-morning.
    Breakfast: I usually take 2 hard boiled eggs and 2 pieces of bacon to work. This is where the food prep really pays off. If I am eating at home I will also saute some greens (kale or spinach) in butter. On the weekends we usually cook scrambled eggs or fried eggs. A side of bacon or sausage and some kale or spinach makes a great meal.
    Lunch: I usually bring 3 ounces of meat for my lunch. Most often it will be whatever leftovers we had from the night before. Otherwise I will bring a hamburger patty (I prep these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer for just this purpose). Another option is to prep some chicken salad or tuna salad and divide it up into daily servings. I also bring veggies or a green salad. For fat I will usually bring an avocado that I enjoy with just salt and pepper.
    Snack: many days I’m not hungry in between meals so I don’t need a snack. If I do need something there are lots of choices: pickles, cheese, almond butter or other nut butters, veggie sticks, bacon, etc.

    Dinner: My family is not eating keto so dinner is more variable. The easiest is when we have meat and veggies. (i.e. steak and asparagus, pork chops and greens or other combinations). I will add some sort of healthy fat to that like grass-fed butter, avocado, or coconut oil. If they are having something that is not on my eating plan I will modify. For example if they are having spaghetti I will have some meat sauce over zucchini noodles. If they have burgers I will eat mine without the bun. There’s always a way to modify. If all else fails I’ll scramble up some eggs with cheese.

    Keep it simple!

    Eating this way doesn’t have to be hard. I track my foods as an opportunity to learn. I find that I naturally eat way less calories by eating this way and I’m not hungry. It’s very refreshing!
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    Cheat Days on Keto…or Any Other Diet

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    Should I plan cheat days or cheat meals?

    Adding a cheat day or a cheat meal is one of the ways people try to stay on track with their nutrition plan. We tend to give in to the feeling of deprivation and “reward” ourselves with food that we miss. Everyone has to decide for themselves but I’m going to share with you why I choose not to include cheat meals or cheat days.

    Who are you cheating?

    One reason I don’t cheat is that I’ve realized over the years that the only person I’m cheating is myself. Allowing junk food back into my eating plan has undermined my success over and over. Not only is it a slippery slope for me, it leads to increased hunger and cravings. I worked hard to kick my cravings and I have no desire to fire them back up again. Cheat meals feel fantastic in the moment however there are consequences.

    Eating foods with poor nutritional value and unhealthy ingredients causes inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a major contributor to many chronic diseases. It affects your gut health and your mental health. It can also feed any food addictions you may have and can be a starting point for a relapse with subsequent weight gain.

    Why Do We Cheat?

    We cheat for various reasons:

    • to numb difficult emotions or as a coping mechanism
    • we feel stuck in a nutrition plan that isn’t bringing joy in the moment
    • old habits and associations with activities (family functions/traditions, going to the movies, eating out)
    • we are unprepared in a situation where there doesn’t seem to be a good choice
    • alcohol consumption impairs our ability to practice good discipline

    The list could go on and on but you get the idea. Next time you are tempted, ask yourself what’s really going on.

    Cheat Days on Keto

    When you have cheat days on keto you have an additional set of consequences. You run the risk of knocking yourself out of ketosis. If you have been on a ketogenic diet for long enough you are fat adapted which means you are a fat burning machine. If you are not close to your goal I don’t recommend jeopardizing that fact. Cheating can cause an insulin spike and messes with your stabilized blood sugar. Eating junk food can increase hunger and re-ignite cravings. If you are hungry for certain types of foods I recommend that you find a keto friendly recipe that will help satisfy your craving with ingredients that won’t sabotage your progress. Sometimes it’s just about staying the course, getting used to eating real food, and learning a bit of something about our relationship with food. It’s OK to be uncomfortable and not give into temptation. There’s room for serious personal growth in those moments.

    What if you already cheated?

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    If you do cheat OWN IT. Remember you never “have to” cheat. Don’t play the victim Learn from it. Move on. Don’t use it as an opportunity to continue down a spiral of giving up on your goals. Anticipate the fact that you may feel some negative effects from it and you may be hungrier than usual. Forgive yourself. Don’t dwell on it. Set yourself up for success. Focus on creating better habits over time.

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