I recently had a friend of mine ask me "How are you able to be consistent and stick to your eating plan?"
My initial reply was "Will power and variety." Finding alternatives is key. I think that a Low Carb/High Fat diet allows for much better alternatives than a low fat diet does. I know for me, some of the biggest things that are 'missed' living a LCHF lifestyle is breads and sugar/sweets. But guess what! There are LCHF alternatives out there-- you just have to find them.
Breads - well, you can make Keto Bread. This is pretty damn close to actual flour based bread-- I can even toast it! (Gives me an idea for one of my blogs this coming week-Keto Bread recipe!)
Sugars/Sweets - there are options out there for a LCHF 'sweet treat'. I have a couple of go to's that are SF and low carb. Key is that I use them as 'treats' and not have them every night. I all honesty, I don't even crave sweets too much now since I have gone LCHF.
After I sent my reply to my friend, I got to thinking more about it. It dawned on me that I forgot to mention the real key to my success (even greater than the above).
Meal Planning / Grocery List/ Meal Prep!!
Making a meal plan (even a rough one-- with possible alternatives, because life can throw us curves) is so very important.
Creating a grocery list based on what your meal plans are for Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner-- will help you keep your focus on what you need to get at the grocery store (and not be tempted to go wondering down the snack aisle!).
And lastly, meal prep. Use Sunday as a meal prep day to make anything that you can so your weekly cooking easy. I don't divide and parse out each breakfast lunch and dinner option into individual serving dishes-- that does not work for me, but if it helps you, then by all means, do it! The key is to make sure that you are as prepared as you can be in order to make it easier on you through the week.
By being prepped and having the food ready, or ready to quickly be thrown together will help you stick to your guns!
How do you meal prep? Any suggestions to share?