Day 8 food log

Still going strong on the slow-carb train. I don’t have any photos to show for today’s food log, but the dinner recipe can be found here.

Breakfast: same old, same old – 1 egg and 1.5 slices of bacon

Snack: 1/2 an apple and 2 babybel minis

Lunch: 1 leftover Personal Portabello Pizza (recipe here) – I was too rushed to make the salad with it.

Dinner: Apple, Bacon, BBQ Crockpot Chicken (wonderful!) + Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

I’ve made the chicken many times before, but this time I used bone-in with skin chicken breasts and I found it to be very tender and falling off the bone. Also, those chicken parts are much more reasonably priced at whole foods.

Looking back over my food log, I realize I didn’t really eat as much as I normally do, nor did I take photos – just too busy! But, I wasn’t hungry at all.

Day 7 food log

Enjoyed some of my standard meals today. And, I really enjoyed eating up my homemade ranch dressing and leftovers from last night’s scrumptious dinner. (see recipes here and here)

Breakfast: 1 egg, 1.5 slices of bacon

Snack: 1/2 an apple, 2 Babybel Original Minis

Lunch: Finished off the Taco Salad

Snack: Carrots and Homemade Ranch dressing

Dinner: Bibb salad with ranch + personal portabello mushroom pizza

I have to say that I feel pretty satisfied throughout the day, and while certain cravings have crept up in my mind, they haven’t dominated my thoughts at all. Now, I wish I would have weighed myself before going low carb because I know I’ve lost at least 3-4 pounds just this week.

Day 6 food log

Day 6, almost a week, and I’m pretty much eating the same things over and over again. Except for dinners. I’m really looking forward to tonight’s portabello pizzas. If you’ve read any of my other food logs, you may get déjà vu while reading today’s.

Breakfast: full fat yogurt + thawed organic frozen blueberries

Snack: 1/2 an apple + 2 babybel original minis + some carrots + some sliced turkey

Lunch: taco salad (find recipe here)

Dinner: personal portabello pizzas topped with pepperoni, caramelized red onions, and black olives  + wedge salad with homemade ranch dressing (find recipes here)

This turned out really well! The homemade ranch dressing from Barefoot Contessa was amazing! And, the pizzas really hit the spot. Can’t wait for my leftovers tomorrow.

Day 5 food log

Still feeling pretty good on the (s)low carb diet. I’ve found so many great recipes and ideas for meals that I can’t wait to try.

Here is today’s fare…

Breakfast: 1.5 slices of bacon and 1 egg (my standard) – no pic

Snack: Plain, full-fat Fage Yogurt + blueberries

Lunch: Low-Carb Taco Salad (see recipe here)

Dinner: Leftovers from last night – Low-Carb Meatloaf and Cheesy Pureed Cauliflower (see recipes here)

Day 4 food log

Feeling good today! The weather has turned cooler, and I fit into some jeans I haven’t worn in a long time! These aren’t my “skinny jeans,” per se, but I have different levels of jeans, and this milestone is good enough for me.

Breakfast: 1 egg, 1.5 slices of bacon (carbs: 0) – no pic. I was too hungry, tired, and distracted to find my phone.

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Snack: 2 Babybel Original Minis, 1/2 an apple, some carrots, and some sliced turkey. Oh, and an espresso.

20121007-122438.jpgLunch: I finally finished off the Dijon Chicken by putting it over some greens and broccoli slaw and topping it off with Annie’s Balsamic salad dressing (only 4 carbs in the dressing!)

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Dinner was fabulous!! This was low-carb meatloaf and pureed cheesy cauliflower. It was so scrumptious. Just as I was mixing the raw ingredients together, my husband came in the kitchen wondering what smelled so yummy. And, that was before I even put it in the oven. You can find the recipes here. I changed the meatloaf a bit. I added a quarter of a yellow onion (minced) into the loaf, then I put some thinly sliced onions on top. I also drizzled a little (really tiny) bit of Organicville Ketchup (only 4 carbs per serving!) over the top. It was seriously delicious, and probably the best meatloaf I’ve ever had.  Thank you Luscious and Low Carb! Also, I didn’t add any salt because there was already tamari sauce, parmesan cheese, and pecorino romano cheese in it. Oh, and did I mention that there is bacon IN the meatloaf (not on top)!? It didn’t need a touch of salt after it baked. The cauliflower, however, did need salt. Oh, but it was good!

Day 3 food log

Today, after reading a fellow low-carber’s blog, I decided that I really should be tracking my carbs. So, I reconnected to my old MyFitnessPal account and logged in the meals below. It was less than I thought – and fewer calories as well!  I don’t really feel like I’m ‘dieting,’ especially when I get to eat bacon, butter, full fat yogurt and cheese. I’ve pasted a snapshot of my daily totals at the bottom. This may not be as low-carb as many, but I want to see how my body reacts to this number and go from there. I’ve put the total carbs next to each meal as well.

20121006-165132.jpgBreakfast: 1.5 slices of bacon and 1 egg. I got so excited that I took a bite before remembering my photo. (Carbs: 0)

20121006-165140.jpgSnack: 1/2 an apple, 2 Babybel Original Minis, and some carrots (Carbs: 19)

20121006-165146.jpgLunch: Finished off the taco salad. I gasped when I realized that I was out of sour cream, but subbed in some plain full-fat yogurt, and I could barely tell the difference. (Carbs: 28)

This afternoon was truly a test of my willpower. My family and I went to a 1-year-old’s birthday party, and I forgot to take a snack with me (hence no afternoon snack). I had to stare cupcakes, cookies, brownies, and chips in the face and take a swig from my water.

20121006-194749.jpgDinner: Leftovers from last night. Low-carb Dijon Skillet Chicken, roasted asparagus, and 1/2 a sweet potato with butter. (Carbs: 25)

So, my carb grand total for today was 72. I’m aiming for fewer than 100 to start with. And, the type of carb is important to me – a whole food, not a processed snack.

Day 2 food log

20121005-101306.jpgBreakfast: 2 Applegate Farms Pork Breakfast Sausage and 1 egg

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Snack 1: 2 Babybel Original Minis, 2 slices of Applegate Farms Turkey, 1/2 an apple, a few carrots

20121005-141359.jpgLunch: Leftover taco salad from last night. It really hit the spot.

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It’s time for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up for this sleep-deprived mama! This is really one of my favorite snacks. So simple- thinly sliced raw apple “chips” and a bowl of plain yogurt.

Dinner: Low-Carb Dijon Skillet Chicken + roasted asparagus + 1/2 baked sweet potato

Day 1 food log

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Breakfast: 1.5 pieces of bacon, 1 egg, espresso

I really have fewer cravings and hunger when I start the day off with very few carbs. I don’t mind having berries, an apple, lentils, or a sweet potato later in the day, but if I have one of those slightly ‘carbier’ foods early in the day, I find it hard to deal with hunger. Sweet and carby foods dominate my thoughts, and all of a sudden I’m at a drive-through ordering a coke, not even knowing how I got there.

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Snack 1: Fage Total Full Fat Plain Yogurt + thawed frozen organic blueberries

Lunch: Skeeter’s Grilled Chicken Salad with no Croutons + Ranch
(I forgot to take a photo, so I got this on the Skeeter’s website. My salad was the one right in the front.)

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Snack 2: 2 Babybel original minis and a bag of carrots

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A delicious end to day 1! Taco salad- with greens, broccoli slaw, shredded carrots, grass-fed taco meat, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Doesn’t taste low-carb to me!