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.
This is the tricky part. I can easily do low-carb for one or two weeks, but when the third week rolls around, I just get so sick of it. That’s why I’m going to scour the internet and find the best advice on how to do this long-term. A lot of what I found pretty much pertains to any diet out there, but some tips were specifically geared towards low-carb.
- Be accountable.This blog is my version of accountability. Even if no one reads it, I’ve committed to logging what I eat and how I go about sticking to this lifestyle. You don’t need your own blog, though. A simple journal will work as well. Or, get a low-carb buddy you can check in with every night.
- Other low-carb blogs to inspire you:
- Remember WHY you’re doing it.Educate yourself on the benefits of a low-carb diet.
- Get support.In some way, shape, or form, get support from others – family, friends, online forums.
- A few popular online forums:
- PLAN! Meal planning is key. Get recipes together, plan your weekly meals, then go shopping!
- Start changing your meals to low-carb versions slowly. That means start with breakfast one week, then add in lunch the next, then finally modify your dinner. This may help you stay on the plan longer.
- Eat your greens! Don’t center your meals around meat or protein. Instead, make greens and veggies the star of the show, then add in your protein and a low-GI carb.
- Be aware of the “Low-Carb Flu.” This doesn’t happen to everyone, but it is pretty common. Here’s how Mark’s Daily Apple describes it: “Though it varies, it often means a couple weeks of mental fuzziness, fog and fatigue.” Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/#ixzz28R52aEmg
- DON’T do sugar substitutes! Many of these subs for sugar (Splenda, aspartame, Equal) can just make your cravings for sweet foods rise. Also, you’re trying to increase your overall health, and I’m not so sure that sugar substitutes contribute to overall health.
I’d love to hear of other great blogs, articles, books, and websites that address the long-term issues of sticking to a low-carb diet. Please post them in the comments!
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.
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.)
Snack 2: 2 Babybel original minis and a bag of carrots
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!