By Annie Phenix
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Even Keto Coaches Can Get Tricked by Carbs

I’m a Certified Keto-Adapted Health Coach on Day 12 of Maria Emmerich’s 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse. You can learn more about me from my website Happy Fat Mouth.

If you heard a loud, distressing noise in Utah earlier today, it wasn’t an earthquake; it was my primal scream when I bothered to look at the carb count of my favorite occasional “keto safe” drink. I screamed so loud I thought I caused an earthquake in my own house!

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It is maddening to think you have examined every single thing you are consuming to ferret out hidden carbs and then you discover one of your favorite drinks has 9 carbs in it! If you are on a ketogenic diet, the goal every day is no more than 20 carbs and 9 unsuspected carbs is A LOT especially when it comes from a drink and not from good food. My dastardly drink of choice WAS a Bai drink. I have enjoyed regular Bai drinks off and on for awhile as the entire bottle contains two carbs. It does have some sugar but that’s why I didn’t drink it all the time. When Bai came out with “sparkling drinks,” I did a big keto no-no and didn’t turn the can around to review the carb count. Big mistake!

The next “keto blooper” was to not thoroughly exam my vitamins and supplements. I hate to swallow pills so most of mine are in liquid form. I did check those and they have no sugar or carbs. Why didn’t I bother to check my yummo chewable Vit. C tablets? They have 3 carbs a piece. If you are counting every carb, you want to count correctly and honestly. Three carbs may not seem much to the average eater but it is a lot to a low-carb eater. It’s a waste of carbs, actually.

Be sure to look at the carb and sugar count of everything you drink or eat, including vitamins and supplements.

I also sure did enjoy my elderberry gummies! I got them when my husband, Jeff, caught the latest cold going around the office as I am NOT a good sick individual. I make Big Bang Theory Sheldon Cooper’s whiny sick days look easy! I rarely get sick but when I do, I’m usually pretty sick. I do everything I can to stay healthy and well, starting with my ketogenic diet. I wash my hands like it’s nobody’s business all day, every day. I use the wipes at the front of the grocery store to wipe down the grocery cart handle. If someone sneezes or coughs in public I … well, I RUN in the other direction. I don’t mean to appear rude but I go to great lengths to stay well. So when I started reading about how bad the flu season was this year and then I learned about elderberry, I went for it. I LOVED the gummies! Quite tasty! They taste like the real gummie bears, which should have been a tip off. They have 3 grams of carbs and 2 grams of sugar.

If I am eating my normal low-carb daily menus then a few extra carbs here and there aren’t the end of the world. But right now I am doing a month-long specific program through Maria Emmerich’s 30 day cleanse book. I’ve dropped 10 pounds in the first two weeks, which is outstanding! However, I have been stuck at exactly 160.8 pounds for three days. What gives? Probably these extra hidden little sneaky carbs. I re-checked everything I am eating and drinking during the day and we’ll see what tomorrow brings weight wise. The lesson (re)-learned is to check everything for its sugar and carb content. I do mean everything!

I have forgiven myself for these small errors. It doesn’t do anyone any good at all to berate oneself. I am not perfect as there are no perfect human beings anywhere. I learned a lesson and moving forward I won’t make these mistakes again. Keto on and read every label!

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Here are my starting numbers I will update the carb count at the end of the day. I am highlighting the carb count as that is what I am most interested in reducing right now:

Starting Weight: 170 pounds
Weight Day 12: 160 pounds (10 pounds lost over the first 9 days!)
30 Day Keto Challenge Goal Weight: 160
Ultimate Goal Weight: 150 Pounds


Height: 5’8
Waist: (Started at 38 inches) 35 inches
Chest: 41 inches
Hips: 41 inches

Day Eleven:

Carb count:      30 carbs

  • 8 carbs keto chili
  • 6 carbs celery
  • 2 carbs Kite Hill cream cheese
  • 2 carbs peanuts (not recommended)
  • 6 carbs mug cake cooked mushrooms