Warning 👉 Weekend Binge Starting Now…


I have a very candid piece to share with you today, but just like everything else I’ve posted over the last 7 years here on this blog I’ll be completely honest with you about the WHAT and the WHY, and the thought processes behind both.

I think it’s great to “talk real life” through this journey, and even greater that we have each other to do that with.

Keep reading – I haven’t totally lost my mind or gone off the rails. yet, haha 🙂

First though…

I just got my April Keto Krate box. 😍 There’s SO much fun low carb stuff this time. Here’s what’s inside this month, including a low carb Margarita mixer!!!


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👉 Promo Code FIVE2018 will get you $5 off your first box

Did you get this box? If so, what’s YOUR favorite thing so far?

If you’re NOT getting Keto Krate, can I just ask… Why not?!:)


My Planned, Intentional Weekend Binge (Why, What, How)

First, let me clarify that this is two things: 1) a mindful decision, and 2) a LOW CARB binge. Hmm, “binge” may not be the fair word to call it… maybe a free-for-all or a let-your-effing-hair-down weekend might be more appropriate.

I’ll let you be the judge. 🙂

Before I dive in, I’m doing my next “clean test” experiment today for my low carb product testing series. I’ve been eating super clean this week, only tested & keto approved foods, and am testing in Optimal Ketosis levels, so…

Friday’s Food Test is CHOCZERO BABY! 🙂

Yes, this is what I’m having for lunch while I write this to you -lol.

It’s 1.9 ounces of cream cheese (Philadelphia 5 Simple Ingredients, half carb per ounce), two TBSP of peanut butter and two TBSP of ChocZero Chocolate Syrup.

Fat Bomb without Coconut Oil

Interestingly, the ChocoZero syrups are named Honest Syrup (which I’m pretty sure is the same as Truth Serum) and the fact that I’m eating it while writing this post means you’re going to get my truest thoughts and feelings today. 🙂

ChocZero Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup, Low Carb and Keto Friendly

I’m eating super clean today other than ChocZero products, and staying within my macros, so stay tuned for the results of my ChocZero experiment – and if or how it affects my ketone levels or knocks me out of ketosis. 😉

Back To My “Weekend Binge” …

In my last food diary post, properly called To Be Low Carb Continued, I shared my frustrations with false negatives & positives on ketone testing (thanks to a glow-in-the-dark vitamin, lol) and also that my weight has been “holding steady” lately – or actually fluctuating all over the place within a 3-5 pound range.

So this morning I wake up testing in optimal ketosis like I said, but I weighed in UP almost a pound from yesterday. 🙄

That’s annoying. I know you’re familiar with that feeling, when you’re forcing yourself to eat super simple meals and whole foods and avoiding even low carb indulgences – and the scales just mock you. 😛

Truth: the fluctuations I’m seeing on the scales this week are most likely due to crappy sleep patterns, and nothing at all to do with what I’m eating – or not eating. Solid quality sleeps have always made a positive difference in my weight loss journey.


I mentioned in that last post that I was feeling frustrated and annoyed with the whole product testing thing, and how it felt like “dieting” all over again – which is why I even care what the scales say, because the whole thing just has me back on that crazy dieting roller coaster that makes me all anxious and stressed. 😯


I decided to take today (Friday) to do my next “Clean Product Test” (yay, yummy ChocZero!! 🙂 lol) and then for the rest of the weekend I am stepping away from it all.

Meaning: I’m taking a mental break, NOT a low carb break. I intend to continue eating only low carb foods, but I am going to eat whatever I want without concern for tested vs untested products, and without micro-tracking every &#%!@? gram.

Just typing that out loud made me breathe a HUGE sigh of relief, lol.

I feel so much pressure sometimes over what I eat, my macros, every little ingredient, etc. Some of that is definitely self-induced pressure, yes. But to be fair, being a public figure in the low carb space… everything I share gets judged, snubbed, questioned, yada yada yada.


Not to say I don’t LOVE what I do here, because I do!

I just need a break from testing, tracking, tweaking and micro-managing my meals to the point of dreading the next meal. Just for ONE weekend. 😉

Because truth be known, I’m probably harder / stricter on myself than anyone ever is towards me, lol.

So no, I’m not going to go totally nuts and eat bread. 😯


I do have some new products I want to try, without having to test them (yet), and I’d like to just relax and enjoy whatever low carb foods I want to eat, whenever I want to eat them, however I want to eat them.

I’ll still track my foods in MyFitnessPal, and I’ll still share ALL of my meals (and everything I eat) on both Facebook and Instagram if you want to follow along.

Whether or not I’ll stay under 20 net carbs I can’t promise either way. I’ll see how that goes. I have some new low carb ice cream flavors to review, a few really good products that are higher in carb count, but also have higher quality ingredients, that I’d like to try, etc.

I can’t imagine I would go much higher though, because I simply can’t eat like I used to. I’m just going to LIFT ALL LIMITATIONS for the weekend and FREE-FLOW it for a couple of days.

After today of course. Because today is ChocZero testing day!

Then on Monday morning, I’ll get right back to super boring (lol) clean eating of eggs and pecans and such. 🙂

I suppose this will result in some interesting things to share with you, so stay tuned! If you have any thoughts or questions in the meantime, let me know…

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. Are you usually more freestyle low carb or a macro-tracking keto addict like me?:) And did you get the April Keto Krate? Leave a comment & let’s chat!! 😉

(If you need coupon codes for anything you see in the box, I may have one – so just ask. Our coupon code for ChocZero is TravelingLowCarb. Our coupon code for Keto Kookies is LOWCARBTRAVELER. And the coupon code for Keto Krate is FIVE2018…)


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32 Responses to Warning 👉 Weekend Binge Starting Now…

  1. Gina says:

    Please let me/us know how the choc 0 syrup tastes. I have hersheys sf choc syrup and it is terrible tasting unless i add sweetener to it but then it is still not that great
    I AM looking for a true lc sugar free ice cream that tastes good. Not halo top …it knocks me out of ketosis. Or enlightened brand tastes awful ackkkkkk.
    I hate tracking my food. I admire you for that
    I would be so happy if i could find a whipped cream that is truly low carb. I tried making my own and it never comes out light and fluffy
    Don’t believe that those aerisol. Whipped cream are low carb. All have sugar or corn syrup listed as an ingredient. Though it states it has one gram or less of carbs. I think that is deceiving. It knocks me outof ketosis too. As does peanut butter with sugar as an ingredient.

    • Dianna says:

      Whipping real heavy cream with the Swerve confectioners sugar (available on Amazon) and vanilla will do the trick!!! They also make a sugar-free aerosol I have seen at Wal-Mart but even Reddi-Whip isn’t bad you just have to use it immediately not let it sit and can’t put it on ahead of time as it will turn to liquid.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      So are you tracking, Gina – and doing 20 net carbs max and 70% fat minimum consistently? And doing clean testing on things like peanut butter and halo top ice cream? I ask because those two things don’t knock me out of ketosis…

      I haven’t tried Enlightened ice creams yet, but have quite a few of their new flavors here to review (and do clean testing on, ugh). I do love Halo Top though – it’s just TOO easy to eat an entire pint, lol.

      The ChocZero syrups are GREAT. They have been my favorite for awhile now, but I haven’t tested them to see how they affect my ketone levels or whether they knock me out of ketosis – which is what I am doing this weekend. So stay tuned for the results! 😉

  2. Dianna says:

    I know it is totally wrong but I was a little disappointed by the time I finished your post. I thought “Week-end Binge” meant mashed potatoes and gravy, or French fries, or Hamburgers on real buns, or bread. You are so stellar at staying totally low-carb that sometimes you seem super human and the rest of us are slackers who slip off the low-carb train by temptation. You are a great inspiration , wish I had your strength.

    • Gina says:

      I was hoping we were all gonna have donuts this weekend. Lol. Lol.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Ha! lol Dianna 😉

      I’ve had PLENTY of those weekends (and weeks, and months even!) over the years. My archives here are full of such confessions and struggles.

      It took me YEARS to work through my relationship with food, emotional eating issues, my RESISTANCE to change even.

      What finally worked for me was getting super consistent, for 90 full days, no matter what – no matter how I felt, no matter what the scales said, no matter what, period.

      After that I stopped craving anything off plan at all, and it stopped appealing to me altogether even. That was the best thing I ever did for myself! 😉

  3. Amy says:

    You’re awesome. Relax and enjoy your weekend 🙂

  4. Roye says:

    Hi there, I don’t check in much but I’m still sticking with it! :), AND I don’t ever track my macros, I so admire you for doing it for every meal! UGH. I know you eat a lot of the same things so once it’s logged in it’s the same all of the time, but I just can’t look up every single thing I eat, I eat a lot of salads, a little of this, a little of that and it’s so hard to figure out the macros.
    I just read the carbs and try to keep them below 20g, I am down 20 lbs since January. I have the keto strips and they don’t tell me anything, maybe once in a while I’ll get a “Trace” but most of the time it doesn’t show I’m in Ketosis. However, I also have the ketone blood monitor and when I test I am always in ketosis?? So your binge weekend is what I do all of the time LOL. Enjoy and have fun!
    Oh and I don’t get the Keto Krate, I tried it and they sent me samples of things using Xylitol, poison to dogs, I have two furbabies and I am bad about giving them treats. I will not take the chance of having Xylitol in the house. Just me.
    Thanks sweetie, you’ve helped me so much! I eat your “cereal” almost everyday.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Roye – great to hear from you again! 🙂

      I have a dog too, as you know – Slim, my great dane. He’s old though (he just turned 9 this month) and so I definitely don’t want to give him anything that would aggravate his arthritis & inflammation issues – like carbs. The only thing I’ve ever fed him other than his dog food is spinach, broccoli & carrots.

      As for tracking, I do find that helps me be MUCH more mindful about what I’m eating, and how much I’m eating. And I needed that kind of accountability. I track everything BEFORE I eat it even, and then measure / weight out my portions and stick to exactly that.

      Otherwise I might be right back to sitting down with an entire bag of pecans, and back to mindless eating. And then wonder why I’m gaining weight. 😛 haha

  5. Patricia Clayton says:

    I used to track each gram and bite and carb, but it makes me crazy mentally.
    I’ve suffered with bulima, emotional eating, binges, you name it. Sometimes when I track down to the bite it brings up my food issues. So I’ve decided to do what they call “lazy keto”, I don’t keep track on paper, kinda in my head to stay under my 20 net carbs. Even if it takes me a little longer, I’m ok with that for the sake of sanity. I know exactly what to do, what to eat, I just have to keep at it.
    I too, wish I had your strength. I do always get back on the horse when I’ve gone off track. A binge is never, ever worth it, ever. So I’m trying to break the cycle. I’ve still got 60 pounds off from my highest, but still have 100 to go. I’m taking it one meal at a time, one day at a time. I’ve removed myself from all social media, so I really, really enjoy these emails. I know this was long and drawn out.
    One more thing if I could say… I commend you on trying all these products. I’m so glad you’re honest with all of us. Do you ever get tired of being a guinea pig, lol?!
    One thing I’m enjoying is the Ketologie powder shakes. I’ll never, ever be without it again. It’s so delicious and satisfying and makes my coffee taste like heaven and everyday I can’t wait to go to bed to get up and have more the next day lol.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Yes, I do Patricia – get tired of testing new products. 🙂 lol. Not just on my body, but in my MOUTH too! 😛 Some of the products are not so great, or just not something I would like anyway. 😉

      I was actually skeptical about the keto shakes actually, but those turned out GREAT and totally impressed me! I’m really glad you’re enjoying those. 🙂

      I don’t consider myself a person with particularly strong willpower or inner strength. I really have to push myself (HARD) and am seriously slacking on my exercise goals this year.

      Like I said above, sticking to low carb foods has become easy after being consistent for so long. The idea of off plan foods (that I used to love even) don’t appeal to me at all anymore. For which I am grateful. 🙂

  6. Bee says:

    Those eggs and such get so boring. Enjoy yourself

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Eggs do get boring… they’re just so EASY lol.

      I think next week I’ll do some meal prep, make up some of those nut butter muffins and waffles to have on hand maybe – that sounds good! 🙂

  7. Roye says:

    Oops, my alias online is Beth LOL, sorry, it’s Roye here :).

  8. cynde turner says:

    Good for you Lynn. We all need a break from being so responsible all the time. I would hate to tell the group what i eat everyday. I really like how you keep it simple and share your likes and dislikes Many thanks to you!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Cynde 🙂

      I do think it’s best that we listen to our body, and our inner dialogue even, and make it a point to STOP when something is causing stress. Not to say you should stop your diet, or stop your marriage even (lol), but that you should take pause and listen… and take time to figure out the source of the stress, and the best solution.

      You know, before you snap or something. 🙂 heh *cheers*

  9. Gina says:

    So no donuts this weekend? Darn. Lol.

  10. Sharon Palmer says:

    I have been low carb for almost ten years. I wouldn’t know what a macro was if it hit me on the side of the head. I have doing this long enough to know how many carbs I eat each day. I never stress about it any more. I know what to eat and what not to eat. Dr. Atkins told us in his books that we never had to count anything but carbs. When did everyone start stressing out about macros? This is supposed to be easy and everyone is making it difficult.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Everyone doesn’t make it difficult. My whole mantra is “keep it simple.” 🙂 I didn’t start tracking until I started having problems. That’s when I discovered I was eating too lean. Not only will that totally stall out your weight loss, accidentally eating high protein (instead of high fat) can cause kidney problems – kidney stones for starters, which are miserable.

      There’s nothing difficult about tracking, and even with that I keep it super simple: 20 net carbs max, 70% fat simple – that’s it. If you keep it that simple, everything else pretty much takes care of itself (25% protein max, etc).

      So I don’t go overboard with it, and I only started doing it because I was having problems I couldn’t figure out – without figuring it out.

      I’ve never stressed about macros, btw. Those are easy. My stress lately has been with the discipline of clean testing – and more so about throwing myself in and out of ketosis with the tests, which is not only hard on my body… it makes me feel like I have PMS on steroids. 🙂

  11. Gina says:

    I read on the Adkins plan you are allowed 40 gms of Carbs a day. This seems more doable for me. I have a hard time staying on 20gms and no more like you, Lyn.
    I also, sometimes eat more calories for a couple days then go back to being strict with my carbs for the rest of the week
    I think if you eat too little calories for too long your metabolism will slow down
    . Sometimes. I think we need to binge a little to truck our body ir else it thinks we are starving and it shuts down the fat burning process

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I have never eaten low calorie enough to scare my body. 🙂 haha – In my food diaries here you can see most days I eat around 2,000 calories a day. While in ketosis, I easily lose weight at that, because my body is burning fat based on the keto science – not burning calories based on the older calorie deficit diets.

      Atkins does have several plans and phases available. The key is to find your own balance, and test diligently to find what works best for you.

      I’ve heard a lot of people say that a “binge” (a true binge) will “trick your body” or that they experience weight loss after eating one off plan meal. That is NOT the case with me. I ate ONE off plan meal two weeks ago and I’m STILL up five pounds… and it isn’t budging lol.

      That’s always been the case for me. It takes me an entire month to undo what ONE meal does. Totally not worth it.

  12. Lynn Terry says:

    I never tracked macros before I started having problems losing weight. At the point that you are stuck in a very long weight loss stall or plateau, tracking is the only way to find out WHY. 😉

    There’s also the point that I am currently tracking & testing VERY diligently for the purpose of “clean testing” all of these new keto products that are hitting the market.

    Not just for myself… but for everyone’s sake. 🙂

    It’s work, no doubt about that. But if I just blindly promote products, that wouldn’t be very fair – to you. I feel like I have a moral obligation given my position between the merchants and the community, to put in the work and give you the FULL scoop on products.

    That aside, I also want to lead by example and teach people how things work and why they work, and what to do when they DON’T work. Because I see entirely too much guesswork going on, and entirely too many people just giving up and saying “keto doesn’t work for me!”

    Keto works, period. So I want to have real answers and solutions for people that get frustrated – not just guesses.

    Nothing frustrates me more than going to the doctor and having them throw prescriptions at me like “try this, if that doesn’t work try that” etc. Guesswork! I dislike taking medication anyway, but taking it by trial & error with all kinds of side effects (like losing my great vision last year!) REALLY sucks.

    So I’m taking a more responsible “tried & tested” approach here in the low carb community.

    I’m in a good position to help others who are struggling with the same issue I stated at the beginning of this testing phase: I’ve been in a solid weight loss plateau for well over a year, fluctuating up and down the same 5 pounds no matter how strict I am or how consistent for how long.

    There has to be a reason for that, and after a full year of just going with it and not really caring that much, I finally decided to dig in and FIND that answer. 😉 Which is where we are now…

    The clean testing experiments I’m doing require a lot of discipline and patience. I found myself dealing with old feelings this week, and reading back through past diaries here from years ago when I was on/off and struggling with motivation & mindset – which is why I decided to back off and take a weekend to relax from the “work” of it.

    But I’ll be back at it on Monday, and actually expect to learn A LOT in the process.

    Someone has to do it, right? I’m game! I need your support & encouragement though, and REALLY appreciate it. 🙂 *cheers*

  13. Roye says:

    You’ve got it Lynn! I totally support you and encourage you to find the answers you’re searhing for with the “clean testing”. And as you say it will help all of us. I woke up this morning up 1.5 lbs and out of ketosis?? I’m so depressed! LOL. Wondering now what I did yesterday or day before to create the kick out of ketosis, just as you’re saying, guess work!

    Can you briefly, (I know you’re busy) explain “clean testing”? I drank a lot of diet coke yesterday and had a few maybe too many pieces of Lilly’s sugar free chocolate (my nemesis, dark chocolate) :). Other than that I had three square meals, and nothing high carb? Oh wait, I did have maybe a few too many pecans for a snack, just like you said. Maybe I’ll try to track what I ate ….. hahaha.

    Thank you Lynn! I appreciate you.

  14. Lauri says:

    Lynne, can’t wait to see the results on the ChocZero! I appreciate what you do–I have found several LC products I love because of your reviews–thank you! (Smart cakes and the granola are my newest favorites).

    Do you have a place where you are keeping track of the product reviews and/or your clean test results? I’d love to be able to see these at a glance.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      The GOOD news is… after 3 (okay, maybe four!) servings of ChocZero yesterday, I was still in optimal ketosis today. 🙂 Yay!! I cannot even tell you how much that made my day, lol.

      Our coupon code for ChocZero is: TravelingLowCarb

      I’m so glad the reviews are helpful. I really love finding new low carb products and delicious foods that make it EASY to stay on track!

      I do have a list of what I’ve tested so far. It’s about halfway through this post on Clean Testing: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/20781/low-carb-weight-loss-stall/ 🙂

  15. Birdie says:

    I am more freestyle. I used to track everything and one day hit a wall. I ended up going off the rails and gaining some of my weight back. I had to decide how I could do this and not be so obsessed and regimented because not doing it wasn’t working for me. I don’t lose 6 pounds a week like I keep reading everyone else doing, but I am slowly losing. I also have almost no joint pain and more energy.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Birdie,

      I don’t even lose 6 pounds a month – but then, the only time I ever did was in the beginning when I had way more weight to lose. People who are losing weight faster are usually making a bigger lifestyle change than we are (giving up sweet tea or regular soda for example).

      I find tracking as I go to be the easiest, and by logging any food or meals before I eat (or order, or make) them… it makes me much more mindful of my portions and choices. For me it’s a point of control and personal accountability that feels very “grounding.”

      I think it’s ideal for everyone to find their own balance, of course! I’m so glad to hear you are experiencing weight loss success and more energy & less joint pain. Those are definitely wins!!

  16. Gina says:

    I just read on the internet today that Hale Berry is on the Keto way of life to control her diabetes and weight. She looks fab. at 51. The Keto woe it becoming more popular now cause it works.

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