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Old 07-17-2017, 18:26   #1
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I cruised a couple of years worth of posts and didn't find anything on this subject.

Not newly-diagnosed as T2 but newly-serious about addressing it and trying LCHF. I wrote in my intro that I love to cook. It's a serious interest. I'd even say cooking what people enjoy is a way for me to show people that I care about them.

Now that I'm trying LCHF, though, the will to cook is ... gone. I just came back from the grocery store with salad greens and already-cooked chicken breasts because I can't get myself into gear to make even something that simple.

A side complication is that I am fine with ditching all the grain and fruit in the house right now. But I'm not alone here and DW, for medical reasons, cannot go LCHF. Which well could mean doing even more of the cooking I don't want to do now.

So I guess I have two questions of other foodies/cooks on the forum:

- This feeling goes away, right? I've cooked some LC recipes we both can eat and augmented mine for the HF, but it was work. If you enjoyed cooking before your Dx, when did the itch to cook return?

- Would others offer some tips on cooking for others who cannot/don't want to eat the way we do?

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very interesting question and hit home with me.

I love to cook. When I was diagnosed last year I did lose the urge to cook and didnt want to cook stuff for myself.

BUT

what brought me back was 2 things.

1 - I LOVE to cook and my kids prefer my cooking to my DW. I prepare foods and experiment with seasonings and try new things. Every once in a while I tell them they are having chicken (or steak, etc) but Im trying something new and they are usually excited about it.

Here is the kicker... I LOVE TO COOK! So I am cooking them foods that they normally eat that I CANT. I cook pasta and potatoes and rice, etc that I cant have. I dont have the cravings for them so I am ok (well potatoes sometimes is a craving).

Then I started playing around with foods I can eat. How to season a steak or chicken. How to dress up vegetables, baking with almond flour and coconut flour...

it got me cooking again and making some things that I like now.

So I would think about making new recipes for DW. Surprise her with your creativity. Then think about getting creative for yourself.

there are a lot of recipes here that you can play with and tweak to really get good flavor. Also, if you like one type of protein or vegetable, I am sure the members here can give you some great ideas.

Once your actually cooking , you will rekindle that passion (It did for me)


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I love to cook but try to cook as many meals as possible Sunday after church.

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...I think we all,at times,let this disease get us down! I can speak for myself that over the years I have had to deal with diabetes, I had times when I just tried to ignore what was going on....of course each time my body stepped up and gave me a good slap, like my feet starting to burn, or my cuts and scrapes taking forever to heal....

When I found LCHF and this website in 2015, it changed my life.

I got over the 'shock' of not eating what I thought I wanted to eat, I somehow started to get real focused on developing a robust stack of recipes that sounded really good.

That process snapped me out of the LCHF 'blues' and focused me on trying different foods....within 6 months I was honestly enjoying eating again. During this same time I had to travel a lot and was challenged to learn how to eat while driving. I learned how to eat hamburgers out of the bun, a bit messy but still really good. I learned that Kentucky Fried Chicken has roast chicken also and with green beans they sell, it was a great low carb high fat lunch.....

My point here is for me this was a process....and like most things in life it became a challenge and I love a good challenge! Now is it how I live....

Good Luck

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my dinner tonight... TACOS
How you Mecca those tacos!!!!!

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Hello Steve, it's hard to adjust even for me now. Breakfast and lunch is ok with me as it's just me I have to look after, I'm ok with the same ol, however when it comes to Dinner time, that's when I have an issue as I'm cooking for my husband. He is an excellant cook and has taught me well with spices etc, I just don't know how I can spice up dinners to please him, as I have told him he will eat low carb at dinner time whether he likes it or not! He's lost weight from that as well ( he does not have diabeties however his mum does) I "endeavour" to cook something I've never cooked before at least once a week. So that means I'm on LCHF evening meals on google. Not started that yet..so let me know how you get on as I will you I'll start tomorrow I promise

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How you Mecca those tacos!!!!!
they are actually made from cheese instead of a taco shell. Worked really well

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I never loved to cook, but always loved to eat, and that kept me cooking!

When I went low-carb at dx, I also stopped cooking pretty much, and lived off cheese, meat, eggs ... Then, I slowly started cooking again because did I mention I love to eat? And the challenge to closely replicate something I used to enjoy but was not compatible with decent bg.

If I didn't cook, then low-carb would be harder to stick to because I'd start looking for variety in all the wrong places.

You're going through a transition, and while what you eat will change, the fact that you enjoy preparation, the creativity of it, serving it, eating it ... that won't in the long run change. At least that's where my money is!

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An update.

This issue is getting better. This past week I made a couple of dishes which were LCHF enough for me (sometimes with the addition of greens or coconut oil) as well as some noodles or rice to make DW happy. Everyone seems to be happy. I'm still looking for some shortcuts (breakfast and lunch are still open-and-heat) but cooking dinner was not an onerous task this week.

Thanks to all for their encouragement!

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