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Type 2 diabetes was my main motivator for following a Keto diet. What I perceived as being mildly overweight was a secondary reason to take my diet seriously — even when I’m on the road.
Having been diabetic for 19 years, my insulin resistance had progressively gotten worse — to the point my doctor was prepared to add a second level of fast-acting insulin to my current daily slow-acting insulin shot (in addition to the many pills I also required).
For some reason, that was my epiphany moment. Over the next 6 months, I completely overhauled how I looked at food and what I was eating.
Keto is all I needed to get completely off insulin and reduce my pill form medication to only one type of medication. The bonus: I lost almost 50 lbs with very little physical effort!
My RV Keto Diet
Keto is a very low-carbohydrate diet where the goal is to lower your daily intake of carbohydrates — pretty much down to the point you can count the grams per day on your fingers.
That’s right, to be totally committed to Keto you try to take in around 10 grams of carbohydrates per day. Personally, I’m not that committed. Since I’ve reached my weight goals, I now try to aim for less than 50 grams of carbs per day.
I live fulltime in my travel trailer and try to eat as normal as I possibly can. This is my home. I need to eat a balanced and healthy diet to maintain good health.
Just because I’m in an RV doesn’t mean that snack foods and quick-to-fix processed foods are part of my daily routine. As much as possible, I prepare my meals from fresh products and food staples that would be considered home-cooked from scratch meals.
Easy Keto Diet Desserts
When I first started Keto, I craved sweets — that’s the downside of having too many carbohydrates in your diet.
So, for the first few months I looked for Keto-friendly desserts that allowed me to treat myself every so often without falling off the wagon.
My favorite Keto dessert uses this simple almond flour pie crust recipe. I can make rich coconut cream pies that taste every bit as good as any you could find made elsewhere. The only difference is this Keto version has:
- 2 carbs in 1 serving of the crust
- 5 carbs in 1 serving of the sugar-free instant pudding
- 0 carbs in the generous portion of whipping cream on top
Practically free sweets like this have no effect on my blood sugar levels.
And this Keto-friendly coconut cream pie recipe works perfectly with any flavor of sugar-free instant pudding — which is good for variety. (Pistachio is one of my favorites.)
After 6 months of being fairly consistent in observing the rules of Keto, I seldom crave (or even consider) sweets anymore! Yep… even I was surprised.
Fortunately, I enjoy good food just as much as I have enjoyed sweets all my life — and I can honestly say I no longer miss sweets or any of my previous starch-heavy meals.
Here’s a list of foods that you can (and can’t) eat on a Keto diet.
Keto Snacks On The Go
It’s good to have Keto-friendly snacks on hand for when company comes by though. I usually keep peanuts or almonds on hand.
Almonds are considered a “superfood” — and on the Keto diet, almonds are always a safe bet.
You see, not all nuts are created equal. After processing, these tasty bites can have 5 to 10 times the amount of carbs — or more.
So, choosing plain roasted and salted almonds and peanuts keeps the carbs to a minimum!
Here’s a list of 50 Keto snacks.
To address a craving for pasta, I opt for zucchini noodles topped with sauce.
A Zucchini noodle cutter can be purchased at Walmart for around $10. Remember:
- Most sauces and gravies amount to only a few carbs — so going heavy with the sauce is a good thing.
- Ground beef or chicken pieces will add more substance to the meal without adding any carbs!
Here are 24 Keto pasta recipes for all your carb cravings.
Keto Burger Options
I’ve found that a quick dinner for two can easily be made with a couple of pre-formed hamburger patties from Walmart.
The downfall to hamburgers is not the meat — it’s the bun.
A simple low-cost hamburger bun can contain 25 carbs or more. And those very tasty bakery buns… that’s like eating a cup of sugar straight up!
The bottom line: white bread is worse for you than sugar — as far as its effect on your blood sugar.
Here are 37 bunless Keto burger recipes.
And when you’re not in the mood for burgers, tacos are a great low-carb alternative.
See how I make Keto tacos:
Keto Salisbury Steak Recipe
To dress up a plain burger patty, just combine a little beef stock, onion, and mushroom to make a gravy — and turn a burger into a salisbury steak!
- Fry up the burgers while you’re sautéing some onions and mushrooms in the same pan.
- When the patties are almost cooked, combine 1 cup of water (with a bouillon cube or two dissolved in it) and 1 teaspoon or so of cornstarch — mix together well.
- Simmer your homemade gravy with the beef patties until the gravy reaches your desired thickness.
- Add a serving of broccoli or cauliflower on the side, and you have a practically carb-free dinner for two that beats the heck out of a burger!
Here’s another Keto salisbury steak recipe.
Here’s my quick & easy 10-minute Keto salmon recipe:
Keto Holiday Recipes For The Road
So what happens during the holidays?
A turkey dinner with all the fixins is super simple to prepare in your RV!
- A Walmart 3 lb turkey breast with gravy packet will be the star of the meal.
- Bake some sweet potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil.
- Mix up a nice salad.
- And if you go easy on the stuffing and cranberries, you won’t ruin your Keto diet.
I usually doctor up some regular Stove Top Stuffing with sautéed celery, onions, and a handful of chopped walnuts. If you want to be really fancy, you can add a few dried cranberries.
Just go easy on the berries — because dried fruit is a no-no on the Keto diet. And remember to keep your servings of stuffing on the small side.
Here are 60 Keto holiday recipes.
Easy Keto Breakfast
Eggs and bacon are zero carbs!
Breakfast is one of the easiest meals to make and feel fully satisfied.
Here are 30 easy Keto breakfast recipes that will keep you full all day.
The Bottom Line
Staying faithful to a Keto diet means juggling your carbs on a daily basis.
If you’re planning a big meal for the day, mid-afternoon is better. You’ll want to skip a traditional lunch or supper and eat heavier in the afternoon.
I look at the whole day ahead of me and decide before breakfast how I want to eat around my carb limitations. Whenever I find myself going overboard on carbs for the day, the answer is a nice green salad for supper!
It’s really not all that hard to eat properly. You just need to stay committed and make quick Keto meals on the go — or choose the right foods when you’re eating in restaurants.
So yeah… you can stick to Keto on the road. Being in an RV makes little difference at all! Keto is a mindset that after a few months will become as natural as getting up in the morning.
So… that’s how I stick to Keto on the road. How do you eat Keto on the go?
Other Helpful RV Keto Camping Tips
- 4-Day Keto Camping Meal Plan
- Best Keto Travel Snacks From A Traveling Mom
- 7 Keto Camping Meals Everyone Will Love
- Keto Camping Recipes
- 20 Travel Meals For Keto On The Go
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I’ve been involved in RVing for over 50 years — including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs and motorhomes. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller… you’ve got a good idea of who I am. To date, I've shared my RV knowledge in over 300 articles here at The Fun Times Guide!