Yay on the laptop I know how to quote stuff
Getting ingredients will be hard as I have to import most things that aren’t usual food stuff here on Crete.
I haven’t found this yet here. So far the highest I’ve found was 85% (i think) and that was nearly €4 a bar. 74% is about €1,80 which is still quite high compared to what it was in the UK before I moved. I’ve made sure to add extra fat and cocoa to my old recipe to compensate. I think I’m just going to have smaller portions of it
Something that is very annoying in Crete is that fatty protein is more difficult to come by. I went round every butcher in town (we have 3 as its quite a big town) and not one did chicken thighs or legs. Nor skin on breast. I can buy whole birds, breasts and sometimes wings. Beef is only available in the big supermarkets; it isn’t grass fed; and there is next to no fat even on the stewing steak. Not one bit of white was on the beef selection the other day when I went on the hunt for chicken thighs (no thighs in the big supermarkets either)
Pork is plentiful although no bacon, however personally I don’t eat huge amounts of pork. Lamb is also plentiful and I do try to have this but I’m getting bored of chops, need to find some new recipes to try.
There is no sour cream here and the cream we can get is UHT (its gross) but I don’t like them anyway. I can just about eat whipping cream when made into a chocolate mousse with avocado but I have a just disgust reaction to most things creamy. I’ve tried to get over this by forcing myself but it hasn’t worked. I’ve always hated creamy stuff apparently as a baby too.
I’m coming to the conclusion that I don’t think I know what hunger is. I’ve had issues with low appetite, food aversion and meal restriction for at least half my life. Now I’m’ not purposely restricting anything but I assume my metabolism is well underground by this point as it’s been surviving off a hypocaloric diet for a couple of decades. I would also assume that my stomach is small from being a grazer when I do/did eat so eating OMAD would be impossible with the volume my stomach can currently hold.
I’ve just been listening to the shows regarding feasting and eating hypercaloric meals. I have a feeling I need to do this but first I need to find a food I LOVE that I can feast on which is keto of course. So far nothing is in that category. I was talking to my mum who has been keto for a few years now and she said “well keto is all about those creamy, cheesy, melt in the mouth foods that I know you hate; keto is like Pennie’s worst nightmare but stick at it my gal and you’ll find something you love. You know how well it makes you” and she is so very right. Hate or put up with almost all keto food I’ve had so far; like maybe 2 or 3 things; and love nothing. However it really does make me so much better so I have to stick with it. Just need to add more things to that like category and find something to put in the love category. Chicken wings with salt are in the like verging on love category but I can only get 8 or so a week if I pre-order them from the butcher so I can’t feast on them I’ve asked if there is any way to get more but the butcher says she takes them off the whole bird for me and then she can’t sell that bird as a whole one. The other butchers said no outright. How frustrating, but just a down side to the beautiful island life I guess.
I’m going to continue trawling through recipe books and pages picking out things I might like and adding them to my recipe book. Hopefully I’ll find that LOVE meal that really hits the spot. When I got into no eating ruts when not on keto my got to food I knew I’d eat was cottage cheese and jam on plum bread toasted - so very not keto Got to find that go to food that is keto
Hmm that is an interesting thought. I’m deficient in many micronutrients from my poor eating habits for the last decade or so. I don’t know if zinc was tested (I don’t think it was from what I remember looking at my blood panel yesterday for finding my HbA1C) but what was tested was below normal. I’m meant to be taking 20 supplement tablets a day along with keto as prescribed by my doctor but I struggle enough just to take the essential one that if I don’t take I get really bad withdrawal from so at the moment I’m ignoring the rest of my boxes of tablets and pretending they don’t exist but I really should take them. Actually it’ll help get my fat intake up if I take them as I swallow them with olive oil as most are huge or taste nasty and the oil helps them get down.
I definitely have a listen to this podcast as I do need help
As I think I said above (or I may have gone back to delete it because I was writing too much) I don’t know what a hunger signal is. I can’t remember experiencing one for 2/3 of my life since I’ve been in control of what I eat since about 10 years old. I know at times I’ve had my blood glucose taken and it has been so low I’m at coma level and been walking around feeling fine. I did a 50 mile hike over 3 1/2 days on a single loaf of brioche (~1000 calories) and got home and didn’t fancy eating. The only time I do feel what I think is hunger (but probably just cravings) is when I don’t sleep at all and have an all-nighter (either voluntarily or due to insomnia) then a food monster is ravenous inside my head and that’s when I used to eat all the junk hit a glucose high and usually fall asleep.
Ok I’ve written a huge essay yet again, sorry guys. I guess I have a lot going on and it’s no wonder I’m in such a tizz