Last week I decided to see what life would be like if I cut out processed carbohydrates for a week so I cut out things like bread, cereal, wraps and processed snacks. I liked the results I saw on the scale, and I also liked feeling the way I did so I decided to limit carbs again this week too.
Throughout the week I kept noticing that I didn’t miss junk food as much as I thought I would, and after losing nearly 13 pounds in a week I was thrilled. I know I won’t see a loss that big next Sunday, but I also recognized that eating this way will help me shed pounds. I’ll be thrilled if I lose 2-3 pounds before my next weigh-in.
I’m not counting calories or points (even though I’d like to find a new meeting in downtown New Orleans,) but I am being mindful. When I’m hungry I eat, but I’m not snacking between meals as I was until last week. I’m eating foods that are high in protein and other nutrients like egg whites, chicken, leafy greens, nuts, etc., and while nuts and veggies have some carbs they’re healthy and energy-inducing which is what I need. I think I mentioned that I do measure the nuts and leafy greens because I don’t want to overdo it on the nuts which is easy to do, and I want to make sure I’m eating as many greens as I think I am.
I’ve also been making Caesar saladsusing 14g of light dressing, and the few carbs I consume from the dressing is worth because it’s enough to make a giant salad enjoyable. I’m eating watermelon too, though it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find a sweet one. (Does this mean Summer is almost over?)
Last night I marinated steak, onions and green peppers to make fajitas tomorrow night with The Suit. I hadn’t eaten dinner yet so I cooked a serving, and it was fabulous – even without the tortilla. I had a little sour cream (about 2 carbs worth) and found it easier to eat with a fork than a tortilla anyway.
I can’t say that I’m on a low-carb diet because there are days when I will eat carbs. There are just many more that I won’t. Weight-loss is about balance, and I’m trying to find mine by eating satisfying foods that won’t offend the scale.
What are your favorite low-carb foods? I could use some snack ideas. An ounce of nuts is fine, but I don’t like to eat that much fat in a snack regularly. Any ideas?