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)
Breakfast: 2 Applegate Farms Pork Breakfast Sausage and 1 egg
Snack 1: 2 Babybel Original Minis, 2 slices of Applegate Farms Turkey, 1/2 an apple, a few carrots
Lunch: Leftover taco salad from last night. It really hit the spot.
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
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!