When we started eating keto, one of the most difficult things to get my head around was not being able to eat all the various sweets that I loved. It was all protein, vegetables and fat. I felt suffocated by eating the same things all the time and missed my luxury foods.
I felt that I was missing out, and that if I wanted to eat better forever I couldn’t give up the foods I loved. It just wouldn’t work. I was allowed to indulge on the rare occasion.
Slowly I started to eat the things that I missed. I would go shopping and grab a chocolate bar, a bag of lollies or a pastry. Justifying it to myself was easy. It was only one thing and I was eating keto at home, no one knew about it, so why should I worry? It wouldn’t be enough to stop my progress.
It did, and I got worse. I would snack more and more each time I went out. I stopped having Ultim for lunch, so I would be hungry and stop at the 7-11 and grab a snack or two. Then as I had eaten badly, I would make bad choices for the family dinner and before I knew it, we were eating burgers weekly, pizza was a regular event (I am ashamed to say, more often than once a week)
All the weight loss I had achieved disappeared in an instant. I felt devastated each time I weighed myself, so I stopped and tried to make myself feel better with food.
Eventually I got my head back in the game and committed to eating keto, the weight is finally starting to come back off and I feel better than ever.
I’ve resisted many sweets in the last few weeks and I feel a sense of pride in myself for that. It’s quite a liberating feeling, one which I haven’t really felt before and just makes it easier to resist snacks the next time.
One of the things that I have done this time around to help with those sweet cravings is to make the treats myself. I discarded all the flours, sugars and other nasties from the pantry, stocked up on some great replacements & hit the web for some good recipes. (You can find some of my go-to recipes on my post of 10 Great Keto Friendly Sweet Treats)
I keep at least one fully stocked container of treats in the fridge at all times. I have actually found that my sweet tooth has reduced, and I am reaching for them less and less. The container is smaller, and I am having to half recipes to avoid food wastage.
I find it is trial and error with each recipe. Sometimes a recipe looks great, but just doesn’t have the taste or texture to cut it. Other times the recipe fulfils every expectation and becomes a regular staple.
I still haven’t found a good sweets recipe that the kids love but I will endeavour, and once I find something I will make sure to let you know.
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