In 2013, I had the opportunity to speak on a lowcarb cruise hosted by my friend and coauthor Jimmy Moore. (Check out our book The Ketogenic Cookbook.) While I was on the cruise, one of the ketogenic doctors who spoke asked why I allow sweet treats even if they are made with stevia or Swerve (a natural sweetener like stevia).
I proudly stood up, found my most confident voice, and explained that I have two young children who are bombarded with images of cupcakes, candy, juice boxes, and sugary cereals, all in fake bright colors to capture their attention. So to keep my kids from rebelling and pleading for that junk, I offer them safe treats at home.
My son Micah even asks if certain foods contain sugar or gluten and would cause his belly to hurt, and I say yes. Then he asks if we have cupcakes at home that are healthy, and I either say yes or suggest that we bake some together.
He gladly chooses the safe treat. He doesn’t have celiac disease, but sugar and grains make him feel ill, which often happens to my clients when they consume sugar or starch after months of avoiding them. I also love to entertain, and that includes serving desserts that we all can enjoy.
I even love to throw parties for dolls! Micah has a doll that he named Libby, and he loves her very much. He recently told me that Libby’s birthday was in three days. So we had keto cake and keto ice cream to celebrate!