How To Stay Keto When Your Family Isn’t
I think this is one of the biggest problems you can have when you are trying to commit to this way of eating.
It isn’t that your family isn’t supportive, they just don’t want to change how their eating, so there are still treats and temptation foods around the house.
If it were an ideal world, there wouldn’t be any problem. Nobody would mind giving up potatoes, there wouldn’t be any fussy eaters, and everyone would be happy eating what they’re given.
It’d also be great to find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow…
The reality is when you decide to change your diet, there is often a lot of resistance in the home. Nobody minds that you do it, just keep it to yourself, right?
So, how do you do it?
The way I see it, there are 3 ways:
Like It or Lump It.
If you’re the one doing the bulk of the cooking anyway, it’s very tempting to say “You get what you’re given” and everyone just accepts that.
The advantage of this is that you can clear out the cupboards, everyone eats from the same menu, and there won’t be food around to tempt you. If your family want to eat chips and chocolate, fine. They can. Somewhere else. Just not in front of you.
It’s a great idea. In theory…
The reality is this will likely cause a lot of friction withing your family.
My brother swears that he’ll break out in hives if he eats anything green. Seriously, I’ve seen him pick onions out from under the cheese on his pizza.
When we tried this in our home, my brother called our bluff, and decided he’d rather go hungry. What can you do? He’s a child, that wasn’t going to happen. We caved.
If you find you need to go this route, my suggestion is top have a frank conversation with your family members about why you want to commit to this way of eating, and ask for their support. They’re more likely to give it if they don’t feel forced.
Double the Workload
If you’ve got the time (and the money) you can simply cook yourself separate meals. They can keep eating what they want, and you can keep eating what you want. Everybody’s happy.
However, I’d only recommend this if you are really enthusiastic about cooking. I mean really enthusiastic.
I like cooking, but I could not be bothered with that.
I also work from home, and even I don’t have the time for that.
The disadvantages to this method is that apart from doubling your workload (and your shopping list) there are always things around the house offering temptation. If you’ve got immense willpower, you may be able to ignore it. That’s something I have trouble with. If there’s chocolate in the house, I want it.
Path of Least Resistance
This is what we do in our house, and the way I recommend.
For most of our cooking, the main bit of it is keto anyway. It’s usually meat. But I do separate sides.
My brother is happy with his chips or whatever he’s having that day, and we get a side of vegetables.
On top of this, I tend to pre-prepare meals, so there is no reason for me to hunting for food.
We have to have things in the house for my brother’s packed lunch, but I premake a weeks worth of salads in mason jars, so I can just open the fridge when I get hungry at lunch.
I don’t often eat breakfast anyway, so it’s easy enough to ignore the breakfast cupboard, but I keep a stack of premade omelettes in the freezer. They reheat amazingly well.
We also only get just enough of snack items for his lunch, because we hate going shopping. If we eat any of his crisps, we have to go out and buy more. Really can’t be bothered. #PlanYourOwnLaziness.
Find out what your family’s favourite meals are. You may simply be able to adapt them. My brother and I still have ‘Fried Chicken Fridays’ when my mum is out on Fridays. He has chips, I have salad. And he can’t tell the difference.
In the end, you’re going to have to work out what will work best for you. Have a chat with your family. See if they’ll commit to this with you, but if they won’t or can’t, talk about how it would be easiest to allow you to do this. At the end of the day, it’s you who wants to change.
Do you think I missed anything? Comment below and let me know!