Great Brittney! Yeah the more you are able to eat enough fruity calories, the less and less you will have those cravings. It's tough when you are starting or relatively new and you are under fueled, you are much more likely going to be drawn to calorie dense foods you always ate before. Hang in there though, just as you are doing, you'll keep making progress and it will get easier.
Sounds like it could simply be the calories in the pastries that you are craving most. Living in Sweden, I totally get you about the winter. I have more time on my hands that you though, and the gym works okay for exercise, although I too miss being outside running and biking! For vitamin D, I use ... what would you call them ... a tanning bed, I believe. While it's not as good as the real deal, it's better than supplements and a lot better than deficiencies! Maybe that could be something for you to try?
Foodwise, I go for lots of banana/date/berry smoothies now in the cold. Bananas and especially dates being calorie dense makes them good winter food, and berries are just plain delicious :) Apples though don't pack much calories so I'm not sure I would recommend them as a staple. For example you would have to eat 2 kgs (4 lbs) just to get 1000 cals.
Anyway great to hear your dedication, don't give up!
i don't know about you but like last night i had a sweet potato banana shake. Not recommending it for you, but like maybe a pumpkin or squash and banana shake. Something thick and still a fruit, definitely study recipes, this has helped me immensely.
peace be upon you
Most people grow up eating most of their cals at dinner. If your eating less cals than you usually ate for dinner and NOT eating enough cals at breakfast and lunch then your gonna struggle consistently.
Eat big high cal breakfasts and lunch. Give it a few days and saying no to the hip destroying junk will be easy.
If you are eating 2,000 calories, that isn't enough. Cravings may be an indicator that a long-term banana island is not ideal, though. Remember Doug Graham recommends a head of lettuce or the equivalent every day. I eat lots of salad most evenings.
My thoughts on this... definitely, eating over 3000 calories (many more if you are active) will satisfy PHYSICAL cravings...
But mental cravings are a whole different thing.
I think it takes time to adjust to this diet and to see how amazing the results are in your life, on your body. Then the mental cravings will become less strong, or even non-existant. As you don't want to sacrifice feeling great for some cooked foods.