So, my husband and I decided to try this whole low thing out. We have been living #thatlowcarblife for almost three weeks now. We did a low carb diet before we got married 10 years ago, and we were both miserable. This time was definitely different, and I have to thank Pinterest for that. I found some decent recipes there that have helped us not feel like we are giving up everything. I have made almost no carb pizza, low carb taco bowls, lots of salads, and eggs in so many ways. We originally planned to just do it for 2 weeks, but after the great results from the first two weeks we decided to go for two more. I’m not a food or health blogger, but I definitely learned a few things these last three weeks worth sharing.
13 Things I Learned While on a Low Carb Diet
- It’s very easy to get tired of eggs– we have had omelets, scrambled egg cups, hard boiled eggs, and pretty much every other variety.
- Keep an eye out for hidden carbs– I take two types of daily vitamins for a total of 4 carbs. I switched off the gummies to save the carbs.
- The first couple of days are the hardest- once we got to the third day it was actually not hard at all to stick with our goals.
- Low carb doesn’t mean eat bacon all day– as yummy is that would be you are also watching your fat, calories and protein.
- Planning ahead is super important- I take a small bag of snacks to work every day to help me stay on track.
- Getting back on the wagon is hard– after the first two weeks we had cheat day. It was so hard to get started again on Monday. We so won’t do cheat day again.
- Eating out options are limited– You really have to be thoughtful about where you go to eat out. Go to options like pizza, tacos and sandwiches are off limits.
- Frozen Cool Whip sort of tastes like ice cream– I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, but on days where I have wanted something sweet a couple of spoonfuls of Cool Whip did the trick.
- Mix things up– eating the same food every day can be boring and make you susceptible to temptation. That’s part of why the cheat day rebound was so hard.
- Find something low carb you consider a treat– my husband thinks cool whip with Jello and pickles are a treat I think macadamia nuts and pork rinds (sounds gross, but they are so crunchy) are the best snacks!
- Read the labels– by reading about 30 yogurt cups I was able to find a couple that are 7-8 net carbs. That’s like a third of my daily allowance, but some days you just need to try something different.
- Almond milk has way less carbs than cows milk– So far we have only put it in coffee, but I’m sure we will figure out a lot more uses for it.
- There are some really good recipes on Pinterest– We have made this pizza twice. Tip: Bake the “crust” for 20 minutes instead of 17.
This diet will take us up to our big vacation. I know we won’t eat all low carb while we are on vacay and I’m not sure what our plans are for when we return. I could definitely see us going back to low carb when we get back. Especially, after being on the road for a week. Have you tried low carb? I’d love to hear your favorite low carb foods.