I got up early today, had some coffee with heavy cream and one spoon of sugar (cut back from my usual 2) and then cleared our little kitchen of carb-loaded foods. Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, steel cut oats, multigrain bread, bran flakes cereal – even the all natural energy bars (too much sugar) – GONE. I don’t want to have them lurking there in the pantry to tempt me!
Even though I have read from many trustworthy sources that this diet is something many people have been doing healthily for years now, it still feels drastic and unhealthy to me. I have lived for so long by the “complex carbohydrates are good” mantra, that it is beyond strange to be clearing them from my life.
I went grocery shopping yesterday on my way home from work and picked up a few things that I know I can get started with: eggs, bacon, ham slices, cheese, avocados, tomatoes, blueberries, full fat yogurt, heavy cream, low-carb wraps, etc. Natural peanut butter and mozzerella cheese sticks for snacks. I have never been a soda drinker, but I am hooked on Polar’s no-sugar lightly-flavored seltzers, which look to be something I can continue!
So far, I feel fine. I’m not used to having heavy cream in my coffee and so I’m not hungry yet. I will follow that up with my usual yogurt (full fat now!) and blueberry smoothie, which contains a banana. I know—a forbidden fruit! I plan to ease into this. I’m starting at the “liberal carbs” level: 100 grams of carbs or less, normal protein, and increasing fat until I can get through the time between meals without snacking. See if I start losing with that and go from there. So far, so good.
It’s looking like another cold weekend (where is spring??), and so I’ll be spending the day indoors aside from a quick walk, and taking it easy. I’ve got some more research reading to do and a good book for when I get tired of that to keep my mind off of things. I’ll check back in tomorrow with a recipe!
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Please note: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. While this LCHF and ketogenic diet experiment has worked well for me so far, your mileage may vary. This diet needs to be balanced correctly, in order to avoid potential side effects. It is always a good idea to discuss any major health decisions with your doctor before getting started.