What “low carb” looks like for me.

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I have shared about weight loss and healthy eating before and what that looks like for me, and when I am trying to eat better and lose a little weight or reboot my eating habits I opt for low carb. I don’t do keto, and personally don’t think it’s a healthy option, but I am not an expert.

However, I do know that cutting back on processed carbs, sugar and portion control does work for me. I lost 52lb doing this a couple of years ago, prior to having a knee operation, and I find it’s an easy and safe way for me to eat, and help my body to adjust to weight loss. I am a carb girl, I love my bread, my pasta and my potatoes. I do like the odd slice of cake, but my go-to comfort food and staples to tend to be carb-loaded and whilst carbs are NOT bad, and our body does need them, I think we do eat a very processed carb diet generally in the UK that isn’t great.

So carbs are not evil. I am not saying that. But I think eating less for me is better. Once I am into the swing of healthy eating I don’t miss bread and pasta too much and when I do eat them I really appreciate and enjoy them. Everything in moderation.

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What I am saying is that I find cutting down on bread, and lots of starchy foods like crackers, cereal bars, etc, helps me.

I also do cut back on sugar and remove cakes, sweets, biscuits and sweetened foods like juice (I don’t drink much juice or squash anyway and I don’t have sugar in my hot drinks, so this bit is easier for me)

So a typical day for me eating low carb would involve less bread, so no toast, and either a very small portion of pasta with a meal, or none and substituting with other less processed carbs. So for example, I would add chickpeas or lentils rather than bread. If I want a baked potato I would have one but make sure I am adding lots of salad or veg with it. I LOVE rice, but try to make sure it’s only in small portions.

I normally eat toast, for breakfast, and sandwiches for lunch. I also find that a lot of vegan and vegetarian foods are more carb-based, so I am trying to be careful about those too. Sticking to fresh produce and fruit and veg is a better option. I am not currently eating a vegan diet for other health reasons.

I recently did a week of meals with Diet Bon and thoroughly enjoyed them, and will be sharing a post about that later this week

What I eat in a day when cutting back on carbs:

Breakfast – smoothie made with berries, coconut yogurt, protein and collagen powder added and my multivitamins.

Snack – fresh fruit

Lunch – protein-based, today it will be scrambled eggs with mushrooms and a protein ball.

Dinner – chickpeas with feta, green beans, and fresh spinach. I use an olive oil dressing with some herbs to give it a bit more flavor.

Snack – some peanut butter with slices of apple. (low salt and no added sugar peanut butter)

I also drink two cups of coffee, with soya milk. One is caffeinated, the other is decaff. I try and drink 8 glasses of water and I will have a herbal tea before bedtime.

I don’t tend to be strict with measuring foods although I do watch my portion sizes and a day like this if you are counting calories works out as about 1400/1500 which if I am active and doing some exercise as well as being generally more active (taking the stairs and not the lift, walking a couple of stops instead of the bus the whole way) tends to let me burn off 1-1.5lb a week, which is sensible and slow. It is actually a myth that 2000 calories is needed for a woman, it’s more like 1800. (this is what I have been told by two very qualified dieticians and tend to go by)

I have one treat day. A day when I will have a glass of wine and if we are out and I feel like having a cake, I will. I am very strict about no alcohol when I am on lower carb, it’s basically wasted calories, and I would rather use my food choices for other things.

It takes a few days to adjust and then I get into the swing of things and find I am feeling full and not hungry and I don’t miss my bread and pasta, and the sneaky biscuits that slide into my habits.

It works well for me, and I find it’s a good way to reset my eating and make sure I am giving my body good fuel. It’s a sensible way for me and it helps me to enjoy and appreciate treats more too.

Have you tried lower carb? What works for you?

Posted in Health and tagged diet plans, healthy eating, lower sugar diet.

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