I know a lot of people who eat low carb diets. Some do it as a way of life; others do it when they want to shed some pounds quickly. It seems like bread is usually the first thing to go…..
We don’t, in our house, eat specifically low carb. With mon mari being a T1 diabetic we do, however, follow a careful diet. I measure or weigh the carbs that we eat. We don’t have anything with carbs around for snacking and weekly menus are planned in advance. But all that is more complicated than most people need or want.
When I wanted to lose weight a few years ago I quit eating potatoes. I still made 1 5oz (150gr) potato for mon mari for dinner but I stopped. It was a simple thing to do. I lost the weight and have kept it off – even though I now have the occasional potato.
Many of us tend to eat too many carbs. Whether you want to cut back a little or a lot read on for…..
Top Tips for Eating Low Carb
Whether you are trying to shed some of the lockdown pounds that have crept on around your waistline over the past year, or you are desperate to burst out of the daily sluggish, tired feeling that creeps in on you 2 hours after waking up, there are several good reasons why you should give low-carb a go. It might seem difficult at first, but as long as you are eating whole foods and getting the nutrition your body needs, you can reap the benefits within as little as a week!
Eating healthily should not feel like a chore, and it can also be a little confusing when you start something new, so with both of those in mind, check out this piece for some top tips on leading a low-carb lifestyle!
Many of us want to be an expert and dive in headfirst on anything new we try, but that is almost always a bad idea. One of the best things you can do when starting something new is to pace yourself. You might be tempted to throw all your potatoes in the bin and swear off biscuits “forever”, but not only can this become overwhelming for both your body and mind, but you are also more likely to set yourself up for a fail and encourage feelings of guilt and failure – which are not on the menu!
Adapt Your Favorite Meals
You still need to be enjoying yourself and your food for a new lifestyle change to work, and while reaping the benefits can keep you on track, it is to be expected that you will get cravings and miss your favorite foods from time to time. The first option is to adapt all of your favorites into something low-carb friendly, so you can enjoy everything without compromising your goals, such as getting a recipe for keto sloppy joes instead of avoiding it entirely! The other option is to eat what you want! Your body can tell you if it is what it needed by how it feels. If you feel tired, sluggish, or not your best after, you can note that down for next time, but do not deprive yourself.
One of the easiest ways to maintain a specific routine is to plan ahead. We are fortunate now that the variety of snacks and meals available either on the go or in a restaurant are either extremely customizable or come with plenty of choice, so there will be more often than not something that will suit your needs. However, if you do not want to be caught short, get some meal prep in and snacks you would be happy to scoff down in a moment of ravenous hunger that caught up in you without any ill effects afterward.
Whatever you do, the most important thing is that you do not beat yourself up about ‘slipping up’, craving carbs, or having an off day. All you need to do is the best you can, what is right for you, and the rest will follow.