Trying to Achieve Keto While Facing Low Carb Challenges for a Picky Eater

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This is me when I believe that my salad has feta cheese but I take a bite of goat cheese instead. Bleh!

Although I have been more consistent at sticking with a lower carb lifestyle than all past attempts, my recent stumbles are definitely starting to catch up with me. Please note that I said “lower carb” because “low carb” didn’t feel totally honest.

Don’t get me wrong. I really am trying very hard, and my food choices have been exponentially better on average.

But…

Drastically cutting back your food options can be extremely frustrating when you are a picky eater. I haven’t figured out how to move past my daily menu consisting of meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, nut flour, a bite or two of fruit, and veggies (which I still really don’t love) (or even like) (I basically dislike them for the most part).

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I found the bread above and these sugar-filled fantasies located along my path between the meat, cheese, and veggies. That’s a stone cold move you made you naughty pretend health food store.

I go absolutely bananas (ironically I can’t have those either) when I walk into the healthy eating grocery store and am bombarded with aisles of sugary temptation. I have found and created a few sweet alternatives of my own, but sometimes I JUST WANT THE DAMN CAKE.

The good news / bad news is that whenever I throw glycemic caution to the wind, my body quickly reminds me why consuming carbs and sugar is a foolish move. In truth I am grateful for the physical payback because it stops my motivation from fizzling out into nothingness.

The positive side is that I can confirm that my sweet carby cravings have substantially decreased. The phrase, “I want something sweet” was once a daily mantra for me, but it doesn’t really exit my mouth or even cross my mind too often now. I have also learned that it’s worthwhile to keep a little prepared protein available to avoid poor snap decisions that lead to the feeding frenzies and subsequent sugar crashes.

So even though I feel a bit frustrated today, I know that it is getting better. I am getting better. I just wish that I was naturally drawn to more foods that would never land on the Children’s Menu list.

If you have faced and survived low carb menu boredom and protein overload, I would love your tips. You inspire me to keep trying and keep researching options. I can do this. I am sure of that. It’s just nice to have partners and friends in the process. 🙂

Best wishes to all!  Joanna

***Much love to Julie at https://juliehcares.com/ for the support and ideas. I so appreciate the tips you have given me and the website referral for keto cooking. Also ginormous hugs to my darling friends at https://itrippedoverastone.com/ and https://playamart.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/who-me-passionate-about-nature/. You inspire me with every word you write. Truly. 🙂

So Apparently This is How to Feed Squirrels Directly Via Bird Feeders

And to think that I thought that the feed was for the birds. How silly of me.

Rockhounds, Bird Nerds, and Nature Fans

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Thanks so much to the local squirrel who went out of his way to let me know that the “blackbird, mourning dove, and squirrel deterrent cage” that I created to protect my bird feeder should actually be called a “blackbird and mourning dove deterrent / squirrel feeding system.” Also high five to him for sticking his entire face inside the feeder. That was definitely what I was hoping he would do.

So this epic fail has sent me back to the drawing board once more. Oh well. At least he posed nicely for his crime in action mug shot. Little stinker.

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