Just A Sample: My Weekly Meal Plan

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On my Low Carb Thyroid group on Facebook, I had a request by someone to share what a typical day of eating looks like for me. So, I decided it would make a good blog post. Only I’ll do one better. I’ll give you a week’s meal plan! You, of course, don’t have to follow what I eat. It’s just an outline. I would also like to point out that I’m not very exciting when it comes to meal planning. 🙂

Hope this can help you out a little!

  • Monday:
    • Breakfast – Scrambled eggs and bacon
    • Lunch – Simple salad with ham, egg, cheese, salt/pepper, and a little dressing
    • Dinner – Chicken and Broccoli casserole
  • Tuesday:
    • Breakfast – Brocolli and cheese omelet
    • Lunch – Turkey & Cheese wrapped in leaf lettuce with mayo
    • Dinner – Fathead Pizza
  • Wednesday:
    • Breakfast – Fried ham topped with an egg over easy
    • Lunch – Tuna salad, homemade cheese chips
    • Dinner – Bacon wrapped Chicken, fried radishes
  • Thursday:
    • Breakfast – Cottage cheese, 4 strawberries
    • Lunch – Salad or leftovers
    • Dinner – Pork Roast, loaded cauliflower (Made like loaded potatoes, but with cauliflower)
  • Friday:
    • Breakfast – Cream cheese pancakes
    • Lunch – Crustless pizza bites (use canadian bacon for “crust”)
    • Dinner – Garlic butter shrimp, zucchini noodles

For the weekends, we are usually eating leftovers and eating on the go, so I almost never have a plan for Saturdays and Sundays. I’ll try to get a list together of good low carb party dishes within the next few days.

For more low carb recipes, check out my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/tkprice42206/low-carb/

Confession Time…

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Hot on the tails of the realization that I’ve lost another 9 pounds in 2 weeks, I decided to take my 4 year old daughter to our town’s downtown Trick or Treating night. We had a blast walking around with my friend and her little sister, getting candy, taking pictures, and checking out all the other cool costumes. We saw lots of princesses, a couple Minecraft costumes, a Halo costume, lots of superheroes, an angel or two, and Jesus! We even saw a kid dressed up as a ghostbuster whose mom was holding a boombox that played the Ghostbusters theme song. Yes, it was epic.

Anyway…we got done trick or treating half an hour before the parade started, so we were sitting on the steps of a church waiting. And we got hungry. And there was a Domino’s right across the street, taunting me with their $6 pizzas for one night only. So, yes. I walked over and grabbed us a cheese pizza. And yes, I ate a piece. One piece. I was really hungry. BUT…I also ate a miniature Snickers. Ugh.

I know that probably doesn’t sound like much to most people. In fact, that’s quite a bit of self control compared to what I used to eat. But, since I’ve been incredibly devoted to this low carb/no sugar lifestyle for the last month and a half, it devastated me. I felt ridiculously guilty. Probably one of the worst feelings ever is being disappointed in yourself.

So, my question to you all…what do you do when you fall off the horse? Do you fall hard and stay there for a while before staggering back over and climbing on? Or do you brush yourself off and jump right back on?

Me? I’m jumping back on full force this morning. One piece of pizza and one piece of chocolate won’t keep this girl down! 21 pounds in less than 2 months is too amazing to just throw away over one moment of weakness. Right???

Let me hear your stories of overcoming weakness! Encourage each other!!! 🙂

10 Delicious Low Carb Breakfast Ideas

If you’re anything like me, when you decided to go low carb and looked at the list of things you CAN’T eat, your first response was probably, “Okay. What CAN I eat???” Am I close? Well, that was definitely me. So, I started searching feverishly for recipes. And, to my surprise, they were super easy to find! I now have 2 Pinterest boards full of delicious recipes! So, I’ve decided to share some of those amazing recipes I’ve found. Specifically the breakfast ones this morning. Here’s 10 of them…

1. Pumpkin Muffins! Just in time for Fall, I found this recipe. I’m hoping to try it for breakfast Thanksgiving morning. 🙂

Here’s the recipe: http://empoweredsustenance.com/coconut-flour-pumpkin-muffins/

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2. I am an absolute sucker for a Monte Cristo! It’s my absolute favorite breakfast. The whole sweet and savory thing gets me every time. So, when I found this recipe on Pinterest, I was ecstatic! 🙂

Find the recipe here: http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2014/01/monte-cristo-breakfast-casserole-low-carb-gluten-free.html

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3. Monte Cristo Waffles…As I said above, I am a sucker for a Monte Cristo!

Get the recipe here: http://247lowcarbdiner.blogspot.com/2013/08/monte-cristo-waffles.html?spref=pi

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4. Plain Old Coconut Flour Pancakes. Nothing like a classic pancake and these look fluffy and delicious!

Here’s the recipe: http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2012/04/light-and-fluffy-coconut-flour-pancakes-low-carb-and-gluten-free.html

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5. Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups. These look pretty self explanatory. Eggs, chives, and cheese in a ham cup. Yum! 🙂

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6. Eggs in a Hole with Basil Pesto. This just looks yummy and…well…strange. I must try it.

Also pretty self explanatory, but here’s the recipe: http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/egg-hole-basil-pesto/

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7. Cream Cheese Pancakes. They look pretty flat…a little more like crepes than pancakes. But anything with cream cheese in the title and I’m in! 🙂

Here’s the recipe: http://eatingketo.blogspot.nl/2012/01/cream-cheese-pancakes-or-crepes.html?m=1

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8. Breakfast Casserole. Who doesn’t love a breakfast casserole–or any casserole for that matter? I know I do! They’re just so easy to make!

Here’s the recipe: http://joansdiet.blogspot.com/2011/03/recipebreakfast-casserole.html

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9. Blueberry Poundcake Mini Donuts. Man, these look delicious! Also, I love this 24/7 Low Carb Diner blog! So many good resources!

Here’s the recipe: http://247lowcarbdiner.blogspot.com/2013/08/blueberry-poundcake-mini-doughnuts.html?spref=pi

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10. Breakfast Stuffed Peppers. I loooooove stuffed peppers for dinner. So…why not have them for breakfast too? I’m not sure if I’d do it exactly how they did it, but I definitely want to try some variation of it. Maybe a little less spinach, add some cooked sausage and some cheese? Yum!

Here’s the recipe: http://stupideasypaleo.com/2012/09/16/breakfast-stuffed-peppers/

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If you’ve tried any of these, please feel free to comment and let me know what you thought and/or what changed you made to the original recipe. I would love to hear from you!

And, keep an eye out tomorrow for a list of low carb lunches!

Till then, check out my Pinterest boards for TONS of low carb recipes: http://www.pinterest.com/tkprice42206/low-carb/

Why I Don’t Keep A Scale In My House

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Call me weird or superstitious, but I can not bring myself to buy a new scale. I used to have one. Oh, yes. The last time I went on a “diet”, I had a scale perfectly placed on my bathroom floor right outside the shower. The problem? I weighed myself. Every. Day. And, man, was it ever depressing! Sometimes, I would lose a couple pounds here and there, but mostly, I would stay the same or even gain a pound. It was extremely discouraging, but I couldn’t stop! I HAD to weigh myself every day or I went nuts. It was an addiction, really. So, during our move from Indiana to Kentucky, my scale was conveniently “lost”. (More like I threw it in the trash.) I was done. Here’s my reason why…

Having a scale distracts me from my ultimate goal–to be healthy. If I feel better, but the scale doesn’t show any weight loss, it discourages me and I am most likely to give up. Right now, I couldn’t care less what I weigh because I FEEL healthy! Do I wonder if I’ve lost any weight since my last weigh in at the doctor? Of course I do. But I don’t let it consume me because I KNOW I’m doing things to better myself, whether I am consistently losing weight or not.

My next doctor’s appointment is in January. Would I like to have lost some more weight by then. Absolutely! But, what matters the most is that I am making much healthier choices, I am getting more exercise, and I feel great! I am proud of myself, regardless of what the scale says! 🙂

How to Begin Your Low Carb Journey

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When my doctor first told me to go low carb, I was hesitant. In fact, I was adamantly against it. I love my carbs! Bread and pasta were the 2 main staples of my diet! Well, those and chocolate. But, after getting encouragement from my husband, family, and friends, I decided to give it a shot. I figured if it didn’t work, I could go back to eating how I wanted and no harm was done. So, I developed a step by step plan of sorts. Here’s what it looked like…

Step 1: PURGE. I know it seems wasteful, but it must be done. Donate unopened items to the food pantry if you must, but do not keep it in your home! It will only tempt you further.

Step 2: GO SHOPPING! This was my favorite part. I got to walk through the outer edge of the grocery store and literally buy things I never would have even thought of putting in my cart, let alone my mouth. So, yes, for me, it was exciting. And I can never describe the feeling of pride when I looked in my newly stocked fridge full of veggies. I know it sounds silly, but it really was a huge deal for me.

Step 3: CHEAT! Ok, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. But, here is my cheat. I am a chocoholic. Like, hardcore. I could NOT give chocolate up completely. I just couldn’t. So, I bought a bag of dove dark chocolates and I keep them in my freezer. On the days when I can’t take it anymore (which is usually 2 or 3 days a week), I allow myself ONE piece of chocolate and it satisfies me enough to curb the craving.

Step 4: GET SUPPORT! It is so important to have a solid support system when making such an important lifestyle change. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who will basically eat whatever I make and he has been perfectly happy to do this thing with me. Even my 4 year old daughter doesn’t mind the change in her meals and I feel much better about the food I am feeding her. So, whether you have a wonderful husband (or wife!), an encouraging family member, or a couple of friends willing to listen, having that support is extremely important. And, if you don’t have anyone supportive in your life at the moment, there are a lot of websites and Facebook pages you can follow and get the support you need. Check out my Low Carb Thyroid page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lowcarbthyroid/

That last one is so important, you guys. If I didn’t have a solid support system, I wouldn’t have even lasted a week! For me, the support of those around me has always been the foundation of my success.

That being said, I also have a fifth step. Not everyone may follow this one, but it’s important for me… Develop an exercise routine. If I’m honest, this is something I’m having quite a bit of trouble with. Even with being on meds and having a little more energy than I’m used to, I still lack the motivation to exercise most days. My doctor told me to do so every day, but it’s usually only 2 or 3 times a week. BUT, it’s better than nothing and it’s something I’m working on.

So, there you have it–my step by step process of becoming “Low Carb”. Hope it helps! 🙂

New “Pasta” Recipe — Courtesy of Rachel Ray

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Do you guys every crave pasta? I know I do!

One of my group members posted this on my Low Carb Thyroid group page on Facebook. I’m super excited to try it! Sounds like a bit of work, but I’m willing to try it if I can eat something that resembles pasta! There is a LOT more the the recipe Rachel Ray posted than just the pasta, and you can check that out in the link below the pasta recipe. I’ll be trying this pasta this weekend, so I will let you all know how it turns out!
INGREDIENTS
  • 3/4 cup ice
  • 3 tablespoons egg white powder
  • 6 ounces cold chicken breast, cut into 1 inch chunks
PREPARATION

Boil 4 quarts of water in a large pot. Once the water is boiling add 2 tablespoons of salt. Place the ice and the egg white powder in the beaker of a blender, and blend on low speed until all the powder has dissolved, then add the chicken breast and blend on high speed until smooth and glossy. Place the contents of the blender into a squeeze bottle and set in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Fill a medium sauce pan with water and bring water to a boil. Turn the boiling water down to low heat and squeeze the chicken mixture out of the squeeze bottle in a steady stream into the boiling water into strands the same length as spaghetti, about 10 inches until there is no more room on the surface of the water. Let the noodles cook for 30 seconds then remove them with a strainer or spider, set them aside in a bowl and repeat until all of the chicken mixture is used.

– See more at: http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/12776_Rocco_DiSpirito_s_Pasta_al_Pomodoro/#sthash.1baXquVU.dpuf

– And don’t forget to check out my Facebook page and join the discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lowcarbthyroid/

What Are Your Thoughts On Ham?

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I have 3 ham questions…
1. Do you like ham?
2. Do you prefer your ham sweet or savory?
3. Have you ever tried turkey ham?

Tonight’s dinner is–you guess it–ham! I love all types of ham. However, I still have my preferences. I prefer a savory turkey ham with lost of garlic. It really is delicious and the leftovers are perfect for chopping up and tossing in a salad the next day for lunch.

Tonight, I put a turkey ham in a casserole dish with some water and butter. I also tossed in some red potatoes and onions. I, of course, will not be partaking in the potatoes (okay, I might have a couple small bites). But the turkey ham itself really is enough for me. I may make a small salad on the side.

So…how do you cook your ham? Tell me in the comments, or join me on my Facebook page!