Following the Ketogenic Diet with a Hawaiian Palate

A Keto Wallet Rant

In general, you’ll find that I’m going to try to be as positive as I can when eating keto and blogging about it, but I really need to get something off my chest now:

Cooking keto is EXPENSIVE.

I know people might say otherwise, but I live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Everything has to get shipped here, and some stores *cough cough* Safeway *cough* charge mortgages for specialty products. I can, of course, buy from Amazon, but I’ve also found that some things are cheaper locally, so I have to do a lot of comparing. It’s frustrating to say the least.

Ketogenic Cooking Supplies

That right there, people, is the collection of ingredients I’ve bought to cook what feels like literally everything myself (yet another keto peeve of mine). Want to make low carb cereal? Well! You’ll need erythritol, pepitas, sunflower seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes (near impossible to find near me), unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, and flaked almonds. I was able to find everything except the big one: the coconut flakes. I had to go to Amazon and wait for it to come in. And that’s just the supplies. I haven’t even found the drive to make the stuff yet.

It honestly is driving me nuts to read a keto recipe that sounds great, then suddenly there’s one item I don’t have, that I can’t find anywhere (or costs as much as two lunches), that if I can’t get it, I can’t make the recipe. Today I was looking at a recipe that sounded good, then I saw that one of the ingredients was birch-sourced xylitol.

No. I refuse. Whatever xylitol they sell at my market, that’s what I’m getting. I have to draw a line somewhere.

I’ve told myself that it’s costly because going from high-carb to keto is a shift from an entire way of eating to another, one that’s not as ingrained into our society as carbs are, but that doesn’t make my teeth clench any less.

I’m extremely grateful that there’s a way of eating that keeps me pain-free and healthy. I just wish I wasn’t at the beginning of what’s just the start of our society’s acceptance of keto so that I didn’t have to cut costs fifteen other ways just to feel like a normal human. And yes, I know people have been eating keto for years, but that’s still not very long if you’re talking modern human history.

Since you can’t see everything in the photo, it includes:

Some of these are Amazon affiliate links, because as I mentioned above, my wallet is crying uncle, and I’ve had to stuff my work schedule even more just to be able to get this stuff. Not shown is my tub of refined coconut oil (from Costco) and my Irish butter (also from Costco).

Okay, rant over. Thanks for listening.

Crystal is a 38-year-old wife and mom to three. She is a freelance editor for independent fiction authors and the co-author of the Yum-Yum Bento Box cookbooks. She lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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I hear you. I keep telling myself that it’s totally possible to do keto without the fancy stuff, but still. It *does* seem like every other recipe wants some NEW &**!#ing ingredient. Jeez. And don’t forget stuff like Celtic Sea Salt, Himalayan pink salt, etc. etc. etc. Again, in fairness, nothing says you can’t just use good old Morton’s, but yeah–I’m trying to be healthier all the way around and not just using cheap, additive-laced crap food. God only knows how people manage to eat all organic. O.O

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