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. 🙂

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. juliehcares
    Jun 22, 2018 @ 09:57:06

    You are always welcome! Speaking of cake and sugar cravings, I found what looks like a great cake recipe with icing. I found I didn’t like a bunch of icings since I was used to buttercream but now I found one that sounds lip smacking good!

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  2. yogaleigh
    Jun 22, 2018 @ 23:35:18

    I don’t really aim for low carbs particularly (though I try not to eat too many) or follow any specific diet, but I do try to eat healthy or at least healthy-ish 🙂 At this recipe tab on one of my blogs I’ve posted a couple of raw food dessert recipes (cashew nut pudding and chocolate avocado mousse) that I’ve tweaked to make them as yummy as I could get them and a few other things that MIGHT fit what you’re trying to do. It’s not an extensive list so you can scroll it all fairly quickly.

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  3. thebrightside247
    Jun 25, 2018 @ 12:48:00

    Since I am in the honey moon phase, I worry about cravings too. My nemesis/my love is all things chocolate. My daughter wanted to share her low carb chocolate recipe, but I told her I needed wait. I know it sounds goofy, but I kept thinking, “Would your give an alcoholic a drink?” I truly believe food is/was my addiction.

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    • Jo Price
      Jun 25, 2018 @ 14:04:57

      So I get that rationale totally, but the other side of the coin is why deprive yourself of something if it fits the rules of the new style of eating? I don’t know about you, but I always fall down when I deprive myself for too long. I get resentful of my own choices and then totally fall the wrong direction. You can use unsweetened cocoa with a little stevia and cream – insta-mousse and no rules broken!

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  4. I tripped over a stone.
    Jun 27, 2018 @ 20:55:26

    Awe. Thank you, Jo! The craving for sweets will get better. I’m not suppose to have a lot of carbs either, I had the RNY surgery (fat lady surgery!) So IF I overindulge I get really ill! Yes, it’s a good reminder but like you said, “sometimes I just want the damn cake”!!! FYI… I wait for your posts … you inspire me too… more importantly you make me want to stand up and cheer many times after I read one of your posts. Hang in there sweet Jo! xoxo

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  5. Blueinkwriter
    Jul 29, 2018 @ 08:25:12

    My only tip is to keep apps like Yummly on standby for recipes when you feel bored. The carb balance tortillas by Mission are my lifesaver, and, though I havent tried it, it would be easy to make soapapillas with them.

    Keep on keeping on!

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    • Jo Price
      Jul 29, 2018 @ 20:46:45

      Carb balance tortillas – oooo I have not tried these! Adding them to the list right now…. I’m going to scope out Yummly, too. Thanks so so much!

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