I started my keto diet, and one of the challenges I foresee is the need to eat something. This is especially an issue since I intend to eat the same chicken and broccoli combo each day.
Here is a short list of keto-friendly snacks that you can make or buy from the super market:
- Canned tuna with mayonnaise, salt, pepper
- Any nuts
- Peanut butter
- Dipping almonds in peanut butter (cheap)
- Pepperoni sticks
- Flavored seaweed (pricey per gram)
- Protein bars (pricey per gram)
- Pork rinds
- Cheese sticks (pricey in general)
- Boiled eggs
- Beef jerky (too pricey)
Peanut butter is probably the closest thing to sweetness that can help. Dipping with almond nuts is my go-to solution, giving me both the crunchy, chewy, and tasty treat that I need.
Of course, it’s not always enough. Having the right ideas in mind and available to approach yourself when the inevitable snackage cravings hit is an important part of maintaining the path you walk.
Here are a 6 tips to withhold from eating too much:
1. Intermittent fast as long as you can
Your will is the strongest in the morning. You probably aren’t awake immediately searching for food. Get occupied in the early mornings with other things, and focus on eating only during lunch (12pm and later).
2. Drink lots of black coffee with butter
Though this might not work well if you become anxious like I can be, coffee can help put some taste in your mouth and some needed fluids into your system.
3. Stay hydrated and drink lots of water
I’ve found cravings come when I’m especially thirsty. Having water nearby and easily accessible can quench your thirst and keep your cravings at bay.
4. Stay occupied with challenging activities or work
This goes without saying, but we can crave snacks when we are not stimulated and is bored. Whip out a notepad and mark down 3 things you want to accomplish in the next hour. Then give yourself 5 minutes to only do the first one. (You’ll need more than 5 more often than not, but at least the point is to get you started with minimal resistance.)
5. Avoid walking to the kitchen or keeping food nearby
Wherever you have food, keep them far away as possible and out of sight. If you pick something up, drop it off wherever you can the moment you have the will power. For example, I dropped a pack of vegetable crackers that I kept holding onto the floor outside my room door. It’s been forgotten! (Until I wrote this bloody post.)
6. Let go of the emotional self-punishment when you do eat
It’s bound to happen. You should expect it. When you do, shake it off and avoid thinking a second thought. Your goal is to accept what has happened, let it go, then move on with your life. We are living a lifestyle after leaving another kind. Appreciate the time it may take to adapt from a former lifestyle you may have spent months or years on already.