If you are new to the series, welcome! I suggest you start with part 1 of you are coming in fresh. (See link at the bottom of the page)
If you have been plugging along with the rest of us, how are you doing?
Stop right now and ask yourself this important question. Take a second and actually reflect on how you are feeling if you have been eating a healthy low-carb diet for basically a week.
- Are you hungry? If you are, you simply are not eating enough! Eat more lean protein.
- Are you constipated? Yes, this can happen, you are not abnormal. Take a tablespoon of olive oil or mineral oil to solve the problem
- Are you feeling a bit tired? Some of you might. This means your body is going through an energy transition. Your body is beginning to burn fat instead of carbs for energy. (Yes, that is a good thing.) Your energy will return fairly soon.
There are benefits to a low-carb lifestyle. Many who find themselves on this nutritional track find their blood pressure and blood sugar levels are more stable. If you suffer from hypoglycemia, hypertension or a combination of both, check with your doctor soon to check your levels. You just might be pleasantly surprised.
The key to getting these benefits, along with dropping the weight, is to hang in there and stick with your diet.
Fish is good source of lean protein. Use these ideas to work them in to your diet.
- Broil a tuna steak with salt and pepper for dinner. Shred it with a fork and add Mayo and dill relish the next morning for a salad for lunch.
- Mix a can of Salmon with an egg, salt, pepper and onion powder. Make into thick hamburger-like patties and bake at 350 degrees under brown and crispy.
- Spread a thin layer of butter on your favorite fish fillet and sprinkle on lemon-pepper and salt. Bake at 350 until golden brown.
- Make low-carb tartar sauce to serve on plain baked fillets. Mix 1 cup of Mayo with 2 Tablespoons of Dill relish. Add 2-3 drops of lemon juice and stir well. Chill and eat.
Eating is the most important part of this diet. Unlike other diets, you do not restrict yourself on calories. So, eat plenty of the free foods, including snacks each day.
Try some of these.
- Make a dozen eggs worth of deviled eggs for the week to keep handy. Use mayo, a small amount of mustard, salt and pepper. Add a few drops of vinegar or dill relish.
- Have a handful of raw or roasted almonds. (watch for added flavoring and avoid)
- Munch on pork rinds. Make a dip of melted cheese and a few pickled jalapeños to go with.
- Chop up a couple of stalks of celery to munch on. (1 cup of celery is approximately 3 carbs)
- Melt cheese and add chopped green olives with pimentos to dip your celery in.
- Make some sugar-free jello.
- Shred left over chicken and add a small amount of celery and mayo or dill relish to make a salad to keep handy.
The next part of this series will deal with setting your goals and moving into the maintenance part of your new, healthy eating lifestyle.
You CAN do it!