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If you are avocado lovers, this is a great tip! Avocados are great for the ketogenic diet.  It's one of the few foods that can be eaten "straight up"with nothing added and still remains balanced at a 4:1 ratio with the fiber subtracted.  The instructions are super simple...

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My mom, Arlene, has been a Registered Nurse (RN) for almost 40 years.  Through her career she has worked in the OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Med Surgery, Oncology, and Dialysis.  For the last 16 years she has been the school nurse in the same elementary school where I attended as a kid.  During her time in school, she has experienced a vast range of medical issues in her students including blindness resulting from a detached retina, scoliosis,  brain tumors, "lost" erasers in noses, severed finger tips, leukemia, bone fractures and even seizures. There have been two kids treated with the ketogenic diet come through her office as well. My mom has an interesting and uncommon perspective of seeing the diet work! Her answers to the questions below are in italics.

Please note that I am not providing any medical or legal advice in this post.  I am sharing personal tips and links to other information that I have found to be helpful!  Everyone's situation is unique and will require your own personal research and education before implementing the ketogenic diet at school.

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I'll save you time if you don't want to read the whole review, DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT!  I really wanted this product to work.  In fact, I have purchased this little machine twice now, it just looks so keto friendly; it's small, it comes in fun colors for kids, it looks easy to use, you can take the cordless one anywhere, ect, ect... However, I have now spent more money on wasted ingredients than I have on the total cost of both machines.

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Did you know... you can color Truvia?  The result is nearly identical to traditional Sanding Sugars.   I have never seen any "sugar-free", "carb free" sprinkles so this DIY version seems to be the only option!

All you do is add 1 (one) drop of food coloring to 1 tablespoon of Truvia and mix it around with a fork or small whisk until it is completely combined.  You can even use your fingers to break up the small clumps and distribute the color evenly. It is ready to use immediately or can be stores in a sealed container for future use.  I used traditional food colorings and natural food coloring (India Tree) in the pictures, there was no difference in the quality of the colors.  Some keto centers do not allow artificial food coloring, so ask about using a natural version.  (I personally would recommend the natural colors over the artificial anyway).  The India Tree colors are vegetable based food colorings and should be accounted for in ketogenic recipes.

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I put this bag together with the intention of preparedness for BIG emergencies such as natural disasters.  However, I have since found it to be extremely helpful in minor emergencies, such as ER trips.  Once, we went from school directly to the ER, my neighbor was able to grab the bag and bring it to me at the hospital.  As a typical stay at the ER goes, we were there for a loooong time.  The local hospital was not able to provide ketogenic meals of course, I was able to use the supplies in the bag for the next 12 hours.  Since that experience, I have used it several more times and I will never be without it.

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This is my favorite way to travel with oil.  I can weigh the oil in the syringe and know it is safe being bounced around in a bag. The idea to put the syringe in a toothbrush holder came to me a long time ago, however, finding a holder that fit the syringe was no easy task! I finally found this one at Bed Bath & Beyond.  Here are a few pictures of my system which has worked out wonderfully while on the road!

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Flying and travel with a keto, takes a lot of preparation, organization, and work!  I'm taking 3-days worth of food with us for a 5-hour flight.  Not only do I not have to worry about delays, I don't have to worry about cooking ketogenic meals for 2 days following our arrival.  I'm already planning on this being a busy, hectic time for us. From past experiences, I have learned that busy+hectic+not at home = mistakes while cooking keto meals!  This allows me to have one less thing to worry about.

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When we were at the 4:1 ratio, this was a method that I came up with to combine a large portion of fat with a vegetable,  the goal was to visually "bulk up" a meal.  The amount of vegetables can sometimes look incredibly small sitting on a plate, trying to serve 15g of carrots in 11g of butter has resulted in meal refusal on more than one occasion in our house.  This is intended to be a side dish to be served alongside a protein.  This recipe is very flexible, you can use any vegetable or seasonings you like.  You will have to enter (into the ketocalculator) the needed ingredients of this recipe + a protein and possibly extra fat to meet individual needs.  I almost always used this on nights when the oven was already on, I have cooked it at many different temperatures, it has always turned out ok!  Don't be afraid to change the proportions of cream, egg and butter.  As long as the egg is included, it will cook up just fine.

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