I acknowledge in advance that this will come off as a little whiny but I am getting anxious as they all come back this week plus ,youngest was diagnosed with a major food allergy right before she went away (her camp is well equipped to deal with allergies) and I will be dealing with it for the first time. It is a carb based allergy so will not interfere with keto except that we have to be careful with certain sauces.
We are blessed with a large family. We have a few meatatarians who would be happy with stew or brisket. However, the child with new food allergies loves carbs, cheese, milk, cereal and vanilla yogurt. She will eat limited amounts of meat but will not eat any ground meat including hamburger, even in a taco shell. We do not eat pork.
Our kids are mostly teenagers and have been away for the last month. I have finally gotten husband on board and he has embraced keto. While he has only lost about 10 lbs (and he has quite a bit to lose) he is happy with the change. Our two oldest have been home periodically. Our son is happy to be fed and seems ok without the pasta. He does still eat mini wheats when he gets up (I hesitate to say in the morning because it usually is not!) He is amazed by and enjoys the fathead pizza a lot. However I honestly cannot imagine making this for everyone, we would have to do 3 pies and would not have any leftovers (assuming they liked it).
Our older daughter (not the one with allergies) has refused to eat most most of what I cook and we go out when she comes home every week or so. Honestly, under most circumstances I am a “just ok” cook and while most of what I make on keto is fine, I am having trouble seeing everyone eat it long term without rice or corn. Plus when school starts so do dance lessons and hockey practice. I am literally in the car from 4-7 every day. I am not the type to spend all Sunday prepping meals either as we usually have games on Sunday. So how do I avoid cooking all the time? Previously we probably ordered in or made something quick and starchy about 2-3 X per week.
For me I can always find something keto to eat but husband will need a real meal, no more baked ziti!
Also, our family is not tall, a couple of my kids are about to enter their main growth spurts and there is nothing I want to do to interfere with that. I know some of the data on the eplileptic kids indicated that their growth did slow from keto. One of mine is overweight, loves to help himself to third helpings (of real food) and is almost 13 so main growth coming up. He probably needs keto but I hesitate.
While pre keto we never had soda, potato chips, cheese doodles, or storebought cake or cookies (younger daughter loves to bake), and I tried not to buy juice. We had homemade cookies (younger daughter), ice cream sometimes, sweetened yogurt and cereal (as far as I am concerned there is no difference between corn flakes and honey nut cheerios, its all carbage) and the occasional bag of Tostitos and salsa as well as ritz crackers and triscuits. If there were no snack foods in the house and it was before or after dinner I would get lots of complaints of there is nothing to eat.
As I am about to head to the grocery store to buy the usual carbage I am wondering where to draw the line?
I assumed that going forward I would make a keto protein (fish, chicken or meat), a keto vegetable or salad and then a carb side. Is that what most people do?
What about snacks but ultimately my real question is how far do you encourage your kids to eat low carb