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


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.


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).



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 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 and 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!


  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.


  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.


    • 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!


  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


  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!


    • 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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