Ask Our Keto Nutritionist: Syrup, Medication, and Hunger
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Is there a sugar-free syrup I can use on keto pancakes?
Lakanto Maple Flavored Sugar-Free Syrup is a great alternative. However, I started using pure maple syrup extract in melted butter or in homemade whipped cream with powdered Swerve. It adds the maple flavor without the syrup.
In addition to Tara’s faves, our Hip2Keto team also loves these sugar-free syrup:
– Walden Farms Maple Syrup: “It’s keto-friendly and tastes delicious!” – Lina
– Cary’s Sugar-Free Maple Syrup: “I’ve had this at Denny’s! It’s surprisingly good.” – Jamie
– Mrs. Butterworth’s Sugar-Free Syrup: “I really don’t notice a difference from real syrup at all, and everyone in my family uses it, keto or not.” – Michelle
Hip Tip: Make these simple little blueberry pancake muffin dipping cuties [pictured above] (they’re only 3 total carbs)!
Which medications can be affected by nutritional ketosis?
All medications, including over-the-counter (OTC) ones like Ibuprofen and Tylenol, can be enhanced by ketosis, which is why so many people on medication are able to reduce the dosage or completely come off altogether.
Everyone is different, and if you are on a prescribed form of medication, you should discuss the dosage with your doctor if you are starting the ketogenic diet. If you periodically take OTC medications, you may find you can get by with half the dosing. Again, check with your doctor if you have questions.
Why do I still feel hungry even after a week on keto?
If you’re not gaining the benefit of appetite suppression, you likely need to add more fat. Fat is the key to feeling full. Also, cravings still tend to appear until you have become fully fat-adapted, which usually takes a couple weeks – and sometimes more depending on the person.
Be patient and double check to make sure you are:
- in ketosis
- not overdoing carbs/protein
- adding in enough fat
- staying well hydrated and on top of electrolytes
Hip Tip: Quite a few keto dieters also find intermittent fasting helps with weight loss and hunger.