Hello and a question about Keto living in the city with a busy job


(Adam) #1

Hi there, my name’s Adam and I started the transition to keto about a week ago inspired by reading Tom Watson’s Downsizing book. I’m T2 diabetic, diagnosed at the age of 20 and I am 120kg / 5ft11 with an HBA1C of 72.

I live in central London and I’m a primary school teacher which means I have a busy life. Not too busy to cook but busy enough that, a few times a week, I would like to be able to buy a prepared lunch or go out to dinner.

What sort of options can your recommend in your typical lunch places? I stood in Pret a Manger today staring at a wall of carbs and started to think about all the places I would have eaten before my lifestyle change only to think the same, they’re all a wall of carbs. Any suggestions, especially in Leon, Pret, Tesco Express etc. would be really, really helpful.

TIA, Adam


(bulkbiker) #2

Pret still does salads right?
M&S do lots of meaty low carb snack boxes (bloody expensive though).
Most mini supermarkets will have cold meats.
pork scratchings, hard boiled eggs, the list goes on…
You’d probably be better prepping something the evening before though and bringing it with you (cheaper as well).


(Adam) #3

Ah I didn’t even think about pork scratchings, I cannot believe I can eat those!

All the Pret salads looked okay but then they were on a bed of rice or grains which, obviously, you could leave but you’d not have much left over.

I do prep a lunch most of the time but, especially whilst I’m getting over keto flu, I’d love to be able to buy lunch on my way to work when I’m feeling like crud.


(Michael - Don't expect miracles and you won't be disappointed.) #4

Hi, Adam. Hope all goes well for you.

Just a little thing. Carb withdrawal affects different folks differently. Some none at all, some lots and most somewhere in between. Don’t fear it. Most symptoms are alleviated at least to some extent by staying hydrated and keeping up your electrolytes. If you get symptoms, they will pass. Most folks report going through symptoms for only a few days to a couple weeks. Only very few endure it for longer. I haven’t read anyone here report that they were incapacitated.


(Alex ) #5

Hi Adam, I used to work in Holborn and always found that the Sainsbury’s & Tesco hot food counter was the safest bet for lunch, obviously not a restaurant, but. good fix otherwise. Ribs/chicken etc

Eating out wise Google Preto, it’s a Brazilian Rodizio place, they bring skewers of meat to your table and there’s a massive salad bar on a self serve basis available within the restaurant. Expect meat sweats!


(Alex ) #6

Therss another one in Islington that I can’t remember the name of, that I’ve been to (epic) that’s worth looking at.

Rodizio food is perfect for keto though.


(Adam) #7

Rodizio is such a good idea! It’s so bizarre because when I’ve gone on a health kick before it’s all been about asceticism and self-denial and I would never consider the hot food counter at Sainsbury’s or the Brazillian rodizio place because they’re things I actually love!

Thanks so much for the advice.


(bulkbiker) #8

At a real pinch MaccyD’s and BK both will serve burgers without buns or fries… you might even get a knife and fork to eat them with…5 Guys is another fave of friends who do carnivore in another forum.