Low Carb, Low Calorie, Lack of Appetite – Off Track, In A Funk? Problems & Solutions


Keto SnacksA couple of updates for you:

The August Keto Krate is now sold out. Sign up now to secure a September Keto Krate, shipping out September 7th.

They always sell out fast! πŸ˜‰

Also, KetoBrownie is now offering single sample orders for a limited time. That means you can order ONE Keto Brownie bar, instead of whole box – if you just want to try them out. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

*Update: those single bars sold out FAST but stay tuned to see if he offers that again. Apparently people *loved* that option.;)

Below are ALL of my low carb meals for four full days, including my MyFitnessPal diaries so you can see how I logged those foods.

This is for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday of this week. You can see Monday’s Meals here, and the previous 5 days in this Low Carb Food Diary post.

Let me just say upfront…

I haven’t had much of an appetite this week.

You’ll recall I was feeling down on Monday’s Hike, and just finished my hiking snacks when I got in and went to bed at 7pm (lol). Then on Tuesday I slept something like 11 hours on and off. I felt exhausted that day – all day. πŸ˜›

As for the rest of the week, I really can’t say. Nothing appealed, but I did my best to get in enough calories and to make good food choices.

I think between having a lot on my mind, and some work stress to deal with this week on top of that, I just lost my appetite.

I’ve decided on a solution for that though, which I’ll share with you in a minute. πŸ˜‰

My Low Carb Meals on Tuesday

After falling asleep at 7pm the night before, I was up by 1am. I had ZERO appetite though, and went back to bed around 5am. I ended up sleeping a little over 11 hours total that day, on and off.

Around 10am I knew I needed to eat something, especially after skipping dinner the night before. So I grabbed two Keto Brownie Nutrition Bars for breakfast:

Keto Brownie, Low Carb Nutrition Bar

Those bars are delicious, so I *knew* I would eat that!

For lunch/dinner I made a HUGE plate of 4 eggs and 4 slices of bacon, with the eggs scrambled in real butter with just over 2 ounces of cheese cubed off the block.

Easy LCHF Meal: Bacon and Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

That actually made two meals for me πŸ˜‰ and I had another Keto Brownie bar later that night. I also had 4 coffees, and drank 72 ounces of water…

Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Tuesday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with Net Carbs Column


My Low Carb Meals on Wednesday

I had zero interest in breakfast and a few errands to run, so I grabbed some raw pecan halves and mozzarella string cheese (and a bottle of water, of course!) to take with me on the go.

Low Carb Snacks On-the-Go

I snacked on that ^ closer to lunchtime, then decided to try to get in a GOOD meal – so I took myself out for a late lunch. πŸ™‚

It was a gorgeous day here in Tennessee, so I picked one of my favorite restaurants that has great patio seating.

I started off with a crisp, fresh side salad:

Low Carb Side Salad with Ranch

I ordered a big juicy Delmonico Ribeye steak smothered in fresh mushrooms, with roasted vegetables as my side. That includes carrots, which I always bring home for my great dane. πŸ™‚ He loves carrots!

Low Carb Restaurant Options

It was fabulous, and cooked perfect, but I really only picked at it. πŸ™„

I did finish it later that evening though, along with the rest of the salad. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Restaurant meal: Delmonico Ribeye with mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower

I also had 5 coffees, and drank 56 ounces of water…

Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Wednesday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with Net Carbs Column


My Low Carb Meals on Thursday

Breakfast… ugh. Here we go again. 😐

lol – food just felt like a hassle at this point.

Fortunately I had that box of Keto Brownie Bars so I grabbed two of those with a serving of raw pecans – something I could (and would!) eat at my desk while I got some work done. πŸ˜‰

LCHF Snack Ideas - Low Carb, Gluten Free

Those are so incredibly good! Although not everyone agreed. But they were definitely my save this week – and such a wholesome bar to enjoy when you don’t feel like fussing with food!

For lunch I threw together a snack plate of nuts, meat & cheese: a pork stick I got from a recent Keto Krate Box and some colby jack cheese slices & raw pecans:

Low Carb Snack Ideas (LCHF, Gluten Free)

Dinner… was date night! πŸ™‚

I met Aaron at O’Charley’s because we both LOVE the Cedar Plank Salmon there. It’s flown in fresh (never frozen!) and the ONLY place I know of in Tennessee to get FRESH salmon.

I ordered my salmon blackened, with steamed broccoli and asparagus – knowing this is a meal I will most definitely EAT. πŸ˜‰

Eating Low Carb at O'Charley's Restaurant

I didn’t touch it. Not one bite. πŸ˜›

I got caught up in conversation (with zero appetite, even though it looked amazing!) and put the entire meal in a to-go box to bring home:

Low Carb Meal To Go - Blackened Salmon with Broccoli and Asparagus

So much for good intentions. πŸ™„

I had 4 coffees, and drank 56 ounces of water too…

Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Thursday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with Net Carbs Column


My Low Carb Meals on Friday

I got up and made my favorite “low carb cereal” with 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese and 4 small strawberries:

LCHF, Low Carb, Gluten Free Cereal

That’s my favorite meal, always delicious, and it has perfect LCHF macros. πŸ™‚

For lunch I had my leftovers from O’Charley’s the night before, which WAS delicious – and just as good the next day!

Low Carb Meal Ideas

I only made it through about half that plate though, and put the rest back in the refrigerator. I’ll finish that sometime today I’m sure. πŸ˜‰

And yes, I went to bed hungry – but too tired to care…

Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Friday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Food Diary with Net Carbs Column


Working Out Solutions…

For the most part, I got in enough calories this week. Especially considering I’ve been fairly sedentary since my big hike on Monday. Yesterday being the exception, because under 1,000 calories is not acceptable.

I’m less concerned about calories of course, and more with my lack of appetite in general. I realize that intermittent fasting is popular in the low carb communities, but that is only EVER okay if you do it mindfully and intentionally.

I’ve had some heavy things on my mind this week (VERY heavy) and my response has been to NOT eat, where I used to binge eat when I was stressed or emotional.

While I’m not skipping meals on purpose (as a form of self punishment, like bingeing), it still concerns me.

In case you’re curious:

No, I’m NOT losing weight.

My body seems to be in a bit of a “hold” fluctuating up and down a pound or two, stressed no doubt between my lack of eating and sporadic exercise.

Going from a 2,000+ calorie burn to an 11-hour sleep and skipping meals has my body all confused πŸ˜› lol.

I’m a big believer in listening to your body: eat when you’re hungry, sleep when you’re tired. So I’ve been following that this week, while trying to get in enough calories to keep going – and going out for fatty meats and green vegetables.

It crossed my mind that I might have Keto Flu this week, meaning something I ate last week knocked me out of ketosis (the bar, the cookie, maybe?). I have had leg cramps, and the keto flu does make me feel emotional (like PMS on steroids! lol).

With that in mind, as a possibility at least, I decided to just ride this out. But I’m not one to let things “ride” too long πŸ˜‰ so I’m getting proactive about it – starting today!

I decided I should start walking again, every single day.

There’s no reason I can’t get in at least a mile, especially with the weather cooling down. And my great dane LOVES to get out and walk around town with me!

This photo from last Fall reminded me how much we LOVE our walks!

Walking my Great Dane - Fun Exercise!


Walking again should stimulate my appetite, plus it always helps me work out stress and work through things on my mind. There’s nothing better than a fast-paced walk in the sunshine to clear my head!

The second thing is to DEAL WITH the things that are stressing me with work.

This seems so obvious, right? Yet all too often we just LET stress eat at us (heh, I love a good pun!) instead of addressing the problem.

Right, simple: address the problem!

Feeling down on yourself because you’re not exercising like you want to be? (me!) Solution: get off your ass and work out then!

Feeling stressed with a work project that you can’t seem to finish? (me!) Get it DONE already! Knock it out, get it off your plate, get on with it.

Whatever the problem, because life is FULL of them, it seems it’s human nature to get sucked into the problem and let it affect you far more than it should. When the solution is to simply DO this or STOP doing that.

I could literally (and did this week!) curl up on the couch and watch two full episodes of some show I don’t even follow, because I’m feeling down or stressed about not exercising or that work project – when in that same amount of time I could have outlined a solution AND walked a good mile or two!

I’m usually all about intentional living. Meaning: make deliberate and intentional choices based on the outcome you desire. Period – plain and simple.

Sometimes you just get sucked into stress or emotions or the flow of life in general.

When that happens, STOP and take note of your thoughts & feelings. Are they in line with who you want to be and what YOU want to be doing?

If not, do something about it. Take action, change course, fix problems, whatever it takes to break out of the hamster wheel!

On that note… I’m off for a walk. πŸ™‚

And no, I do NOT feel like getting up or getting out or walking even one measly mile. I’m just going to MAKE myself do it, knowing I’ll feel GREAT afterward – or at least better than I do now.;)

How are things going with you?

I would LOVE to hear how things are going on your end. What are you struggling with, how is your weight loss going – any questions?

Leave a comment & let’s chat.;)

Apologies for the long ramble, but hopefully my working this out “out loud” proves useful to you if you’re in a funk too, or the next time you are.

It’s okay to have downtime, or even to be down sometimes.

It’s just not okay to stay there.

Especially when you realize it’s starting to spiral and make you feel worse, or MORE down. Stop that right in it’s tracks, and redirect.

Put yourself back in the driver’s seat and get back to your happy, spunky self!

Tip For Today: ♥ Love Yourself – Take Care of YOU ♥

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. Knowing I was falling into this “funk” I ordered myself the Jump-Start Your Goals in 90 Days! Motivation & Success Planner. So after my walk this morning… I’m going to sit down and brainstorm goals & solutions. πŸ™‚

I *LOVE* the InnerGuide planners, plus this one is perfect for the upcoming 90 Day Low Carb Challenge that starts on September 1st!


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24 Responses to Low Carb, Low Calorie, Lack of Appetite – Off Track, In A Funk? Problems & Solutions

  1. PattyAnn says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I’m sorry you’re not feeling well this week; i hope you’re able to relax this weekend and get better!

    I have a question regarding the net carb hack for MFP….i want to make sure i understand. If i do the hack online, will it make the change automatically in my app?

    I’m just starting this LCHF way of eating, and i look forward to seeing some results, as well as feeling better. It has been hard for me to stay on track, but your blog has been such an inspiration for me.



    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you, PattyAnn – I’m so glad you’re finding inspiration here! I also find TONS of inspiration here, and love sharing the journey as I go. πŸ™‚

      I’m feeling MUCH better by the way, thank you. I’m excited to get out for a good walk and dig in to SOLUTIONS today!

      No, the net carbs won’t show up in the MyFitnessPal app or mobile version – only online in Firefox or Chrome browsers. I still use the app though, to put in foods/meals on the go.

      From the app you can tap Nutrition and then tap Graph to see your macro ratios though. That’s useful! πŸ˜‰

  2. Helga says:

    I have a new mantra: What is your alternative? That is what I tell myself whenever I need to kick myself in the rear… I have been to the gym this week and even a yoga class this morning… I have a free membership and decided to finally use it, because what is my alternative? To stay unfit… Anyway, I also did not like the keto brownie. I had ordered a whole box and it ended up in the trash. I like the new hero bars from Quest a lot better! Have you tried those? Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Nicole Deckard says:

    Hi Lynn,

    I adore the picture of you and your not so lil fur baby! He’s awesome and I bet he enjoys the walks too. I bought my cats an indoor treadmill-ish exerciser and my female cat (Penelope) loves it!

    I discovered the KETO lifestyle in January with co-workers and I’ve lost 30 pounds. Wow that even feels pretty amazing to type! My weight loss has slowed significantly but to be honest, I feel very happy with my current weight because it was my goal in January. And I always think, “well I could loose another 5 pounds” LOL!

    Ultimately, I’ve experienced so many great benefits to being KETO’fied, other than loosing weight. Like gaining new friends (ones that understand this journey) & ditching the brain fog!

    Basically, I just wanted you to know, your not alone! We all get in that funk and just need help recognizing when it’s time to give the funk the boot! I signed up for a race to get back at my fav hobby of running. Watching you hike (the thing you love!) helped inspire me to get back at it! I will be running in the Disney Wine & Dine 1/2 marathon in Orlando this November. *woot woot*

    I just wanted to say “THANKS!” and remember to implement my favorite Nike saying “Just Do It!” when needed.

    Nicole D. (aka senselessenvy)

    P.S. I’m jealous cuz you live in my fav state. My grand parents are from Oneida, TN and I <3 TENN!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Congrats, Nicole! 30 pounds is a LOT to lose and a GREAT achievement! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ And kudos for getting back into running with a race. Double wow!!

      Tennessee truly is beautiful. I travel all over, and always LOVE coming home. πŸ™‚ I’m fortunate to live in an area where there are endless waterfalls and lakes and trails to explore – all within an hour of me.

      Slim is a handsome guy… for an old man. πŸ˜‰ He’s almost 8 1/2 now, but still frisky and ready to go chase poodles! haha. Thank you for your kind words, and taking a minute to leave a note – it made me smile. πŸ™‚

  4. Barb says:

    Glad you’re getting out for walks because they are very refreshing. I have a 4 year old lab and she forces me to walk every morning! She will follow me around all morning until I do! And the mornings where it’s raining and we can’t get out right away, she is a royal brat! I guess it goes to show walks are good for everyone!

    I’m on day 6 of being back on my journey to better health. I’ve had a headache for the last 2 days and tried all the broth, pickles, excedrin, ibuprofen and tons of water and nothing was helping. I think between hormones, sinus and sugar withdrawal I was getting it from every angle. I finally started getting some relief about 2 hours ago. It’s draining when you go to bed with a headache and wake up with one.

    I love your attitude about just fixing the stressor and not just sitting on it and letting it eat at you. I’m one to deal with things pretty quick because the stress isn’t worth it to me. It took a lot of trial and error to figure that out!

    We only live one life, let’s make the most of it!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      That is a GREAT point, Barb! Well said. πŸ™‚

      Nothing helps my keto flu headaches either. They’re relentless! πŸ˜› I just have to get through it for a day or two until it clears. I always find that a good deterrent if I feel even slightly tempted to eat something off plan. Ugh!

      I’m going to have to get Slim to hold ME more accountable to those morning walks, lol. Your story about your lab made me smile! And laugh, about her being a brat about it, ha!

      Here’s to a better week ahead, for both of us! πŸ˜‰ *cheers*

  5. Debbie says:

    As you know, I’ve struggled a lot lately. Got off track again last night, but, this morning as I was contemplating going to get a donut, I sat and thought, what would Lynn do?! I so want to get off some meds, be healthier, and look better, so I kept thinking I could just wait and start again on the fall 90 day challenge.
    Instead I made a conscious decision to start now, today, and every day and do the best I can. Will I have bad days, sure, but I think of how you continually inspire us even when your having your doubts and problems. You keep plugging away and look on the positive side. I am so thankful and grateful for your support and encouragement! Thank you, Lynn!!!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      That makes my day, Debbie. πŸ™‚ Smart choice!!

      I cannot tell you how many of my tomorrow’s became yesterday’s that turned into months – and then years – full of regrets.

      Today is all we really have. πŸ˜‰

      Those are GREAT incentives to consider every single morning. Get that image of you – off meds, healthy, looking lean and feeling awesome! – and focus on it. I find that helps me SO much when I have those wavering moments. πŸ˜‰

  6. ML says:

    Terry I love your attitude towards food. I have a similar way of eating but I have a weird question I guess, I am afraid to incorporate cheese into my diet as I am afraid of being constipated by it. Any suggestions? Do you have any problems with this? I understand if this is too private in nature and you prefer not to answer? TFS all that you do.

  7. LaFayla Coatley says:

    Thx for sharing, your story made me relate to my own funk! I’m motivated to do something to make the necessary changes and stick with this WOE!!! I am 6 weeks in, and the scale just isn’t moving alot! However, I started at 221 in June of this year, and I am down to 209.8. I’m excited to know that this WOE does and will work. My appetite has decreased and sometimes I have to force myself to eat as well. I am hopeful with the change in the weather I will be able to get outside and get more active. Honestly this is the best I’ve felt in years, so even if it takes 4-ever to get the scale to agree with me, I’m in for the Long Haul! I too Love some Avocado browned in butter!!! (My New Potato) πŸ™‚ Again Thx for sharing, I feel better just knowing I’m not alone in this struggle! Have a great week, and cheers to Giving Our Funk the Boot!!!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Yes! to the BOOT, LaFayla πŸ™‚

      While you definitely want to relax into this as a lifestyle and “play the long game” – just focus on eating healthy & getting healthy – I’d love to hear how you’re tracking, and whether you usually do 20 net carbs max and 70% fat minimum?

      I find besides tracking, which has been KEY in my own weight loss (that, and never going below 70% fat) – the simpler I eat, the better. Whole foods, simple meals, usually 3 or for ingredients at a time max.

  8. I am so sorry that you have been feeling under the weather Lynn! I hope that you regain your energy and appetite soon. Stress is such a knockout for me too…

    Last week was very busy. Being an introvert, I was out of my comfort zone a bit with a few social acitivities and a very chatty guest in my house. πŸ˜€ My nutrient tracking flew out of the window last week (even though I was sticking diligently with the low carb regime).

    So this week will be about recuperation and rebalancing. I am going to take your advice about intentional living – “Make deliberate and intentional choices based on the outcome you desire”. Love it! I will write it on my whiteboard. πŸ˜‰

    You are right – the choices are always ours to make. And if the outcome is not what we desire, there is always an option to make appropariate changes. I need to remember this – and also to do my exercises! πŸ˜€

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’m feeling MUCH better thankfully, and have my usual happy appetite back too. πŸ™‚ Yay! That really helps with energy (eating healthy, and enough).

      But yes, stress can really throw you for a loop. It’s good to take stock, rest and recover when you need to, then make positive changes.

      Interestingly enough, as soon as I got my head out of my _ _ _ (lol), positive opportunities and circumstances started popping up like crazy. Life is funny like that. πŸ˜‰ Positive breeds positive…

      Here’s to a MUCH better week for us fellow introverts! πŸ™‚ *cheers*

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