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Got questions you wish you could ask a keto nutritionist?

We’ve partnered with a tried and true keto nutritionist who’s dedicated to helping people live their best lives through the ketogenic diet. What’s more, to best support our ketogenic community, each week, we’ll answer your questions! Note that we’re not doctors, so please consult with your trusted medical partner if you have specific questions regarding your health.


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? 

We ask our keto nutritionist about syrup, medication (like this Bayer aspirin), and hunger

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.


Got questions you’d like to ask our keto nutritionist? Let us know!


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Tara Finnerty RDN, CSP, CD—is a ketogenic specialist and fat-fueled enthusiast. Tara is a registered dietitian in Utah and owner of Sugar House Nutrition LLC. Her aim is to provide nutrition support for people wanting to reap the many health benefits of the ketogenic (keto) diet. Her expertise in the keto diet was initially working with children who have uncontrolled epilepsy. Tara supports nutrition diversity and works toward helping people find an individualized approach to make healthy eating sustainable.


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  1. bdubs

    We’ve used Mapleleine (https://www.amazon.com/Crescent-Mapleine-Imitation-Flavoring-Bottle/dp/B0081M1XOG?hvadid=229120895473&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9019555&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1o1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=3385022386416288060&hvtargid=kwd-377998271943&keywords=mapleline&qid=1537125500&sr=8-1&tag=googhydr-20&ref=sr_1_1 ) in our family for years. When we went low carb we started using Splenda rather than sugar. It works well; it’s not as thick as corn syrup based pancake syrups, but the taste is there.

  2. Blaine

    What maple extract do you use?

    • Amber (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Great question, Blaine! We suggest Mapleine!

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