Egg & Meat Fast, Day 2

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Today has been a little odd. I closed at work last night, so I actually didn’t get to bed till almost 6am this morning. Which means I didn’t get up till 2:00 this afternoon. By then, of course, breakfast and lunch are both over. But, I’m still sticking with my egg and meat fast!

I loved my scrambled eggs from yesterday so much that I had them again when I got up today. Scrambled eggs cooked in butter, with cream cheese and a little bit of colby jack, sea salt, and peppercorn. They are so creamy and delicious. 🙂

Since that was sort of my breakfast AND lunch, my dinner will be about the same as yesterday’s lunch. Leftover turkey heated in a skillet with butter and a couple fried eggs.

I may also boil a couple of eggs in case I need a snack later, but aside from that, it seems this shall be day 2 of my egg fast.

I haven’t weighed myself yet, as I would really like to wait until the last day of the fast (tomorrow). Although, if I like the results I get, I may continue this fast into the week. I mean, it’s a pretty delicious fast, if I do say so myself. 😉

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Egg & Meat Fast, Day 1

Bacon and EggsLike most Americans (even some of you who are low carb), I severely over ate yesterday. Of course, I had turkey, but I also had mashed potatoes, pasta, and two crescent rolls. Let me tell you, I paid for it hardcore last night–stomach ache, headache, and extremely bloated. It was awful.

Luckily, I had begun doing some research on the egg fast the day before Thanksgiving, so I decided to give it a try. And now, I’m going to share with you my experience. I plan on doing this through the weekend, so I will be back to regular LCHF on Monday. But, today, tomorrow, and Sunday, I will post what I ate and, once I’ve finished, if there were any results.

So, here was today’s menu:

Breakfast: 4 scrambled eggs, cooked in butter with about an ounce of cream cheese and a small handful of shredded colby jack. These were the creamiest, most delicious scrambled eggs I’ve ever had and I will, for sure, be having them again!

Lunch: Leftover turkey, heated in a skillet with butter and garlic. Two fried eggs. Yum!

Dinner: Turkey, bacon, and colby jack omelet. Also very delicious, but I may have over stuffed it a bit. It was a little difficult to fold over.

So far, I am feeling great and I’m not sick of eggs…yet! We’ll see how I feel on Sunday. 😉

Binge Triggers: What Are They And How To Avoid Them

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and the Christmas season is upon us. And, with all those carbs floating around the table, we’re going to be tempted. But it’s important to remember WHY we’re doing this way of eating and how we can stay on track. The biggest way we can stay on track is by avoiding binge triggers.

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What is a Binge Trigger?

A binge trigger is usually something that resembles a food you used to love and, in turn, will cause you to crave more. For me, this trigger is anything sweet. And I mean ANYTHING! The day after Halloween, I decided to eat ONE fun size Snickers. But one led to another, and another, and another. Before I knew it, I’d eaten four of them. FOUR! I was miserable and I felt insanely guilty. I had let myself down in a big way and it didn’t feel good at all.

Binge triggers are different for everyone. Another one of my big triggers is BREAD. Even just half of a sandwich on regular bread makes me crave more. So much so that I just want to give in and eat whatever I want. I imagine that soda would also be a trigger for me, which is why I avoid it at all costs. I do NOT want to go down that road again.

For some people, even a low carb pizza could be a trigger, or a burger without the bun. Everyone is different and will crave different things at different times. The key is to know your triggers and stay away from them as much as possible.

So…what if I DO binge?

We all fall off the wagon from time to time, the key is getting back on. So, when you inevitably have a binge day where you just can’t help yourself, don’t panic! Just follow these four simple steps.

  1. Drink lots of water. Water flushes out the toxins you consumed, rehydrates you, and will help get rid of the water weight.
  2. Eat fruits and veggies. Okay, not too much fruit, but you will need the nutrients to kick your body back into gear.
  3. Exercise. It boosts your metabolism and will help you work off all the junk you just ate!
  4. Move on! You can’t do anything about what has already happened. Don’t dwell on it. Jump back on that low carb horse and ride it into the sunset, my friend!

All of that being said, I wish you all a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving with your family and friends. As for me, I am thankful for this new lifestyle I am living and that I am finally feeling healthy for the first time in years!

Love to you all! ❤

10 Things You Should Never Say To Someone Living A Low Carb/High Fat Lifestyle

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Since I started my Low Carb Journey two months ago, I have heard a LOT of different questions and comments about my new lifestyle. Of course, there are some people who I know have been genuinely concerned with my health and I’m okay with that. I can handle that because I have done my research and I can explain things to them if they are asking questions out of love for me. (*Disclaimer: If you fall into the category of people who love me and are genuinely concerned for my health, this does NOT apply to you. Please do NOT take offense as that is not at all my intention.) But then we have those people–usually complete strangers–who are just flat out ignorant or talk to you like you’re an idiot because they simply don’t understand it.

So, I decided to take a poll. I posted a question on my Low Carb Thyroid group page and on a similar Low Carb/High Fat page on Facebook. I asked the following question: What are some ignorant/offensive things people have said to you when they found out you are living a Low Carb/High Fat lifestyle? Some of the responses I got were HILARIOUS, while some were honestly, a little sad. So, here are 10 of my favorites.

  1. “Everything in moderation.” — As someone with Hypothyroidism, this statement is so frustrating for me. For someone who is already healthy and wants to remain thin…yes, this is great advice. But I am not healthy or thin (yet) and traditional diets have NEVER worked for me, therefore I obviously need to be doing something different.
  2. “I could do that! I don’t eat a lot of pasta or bread anyway.” — Do you even know what a carb is? Are you aware that just an apple has 25g of carbs? How about a banana? 27g of carbs. And do you know what I’m aiming for? 20-30g of carbs per day. So if I eat an apple…that’s all of my daily intake. Yeah.
  3. “Eating all that fat will make your cholesterol and blood pressure go through the roof!” — Really? Have you read all the recent studies they’ve done comparing people on low fat diets versus people on low carb diets? Do some research, please!
  4. “Oh, is that the new fad diet?” — Yes, because that’s definitely why I would choose to give up every food I’ve ever loved…for a fad. Sure, some people might see it that way. I see it as a lifestyle change for the better.
  5. “It’s not healthy to lose so much weight so quickly.” — This usually comes after I’ve explained what kind of diet I’m on, told them about all the research I’ve done, and then reveal that I’ve lost nearly 30 pounds in 2 months.
  6. “I could NEVER give up carbs! I would die!” — The opposite side of the “I could do that!” attitude. But I continue to insist that if I can do it, anyone can!
  7. *Blank stare* — Come on! At least congratulate me when I tell you I’ve lost 30 pounds by eating this way! This is a huge deal for me and I’m really proud of myself!
  8. “Did you hear about the guy who died on the Atkins diet?” — First off, I’m not on the Atkins diet. I am on my own journey, different from anyone else’s. Why? Because my body is different from anyone else’s. Some days, I stumble and fall. But I get back up and try again! And it’s working for me!
  9. “How long do you have to be on this diet?” — Umm…did you not hear me refer to it as a LIFESTYLE? Will I slip up now and then or treat myself everyone once in a while? Sure. But this is how I want to eat for the rest of my life. I feel better this way. I know it’s not for everyone, but it is for me.
  10. “One cookie won’t kill you!” — Actually, it will. Okay, not the one cookie. But haven’t you heard of a binge trigger? Yeah, it doesn’t just stop at one cookie.

What are some things that people have told you when they found out you were Low Carb/High Fat? Maybe some of you aren’t high fat and still try to watch your calories. That’s okay too. But I definitely urge EVERYONE to do their research before starting any kind of diet. This has really been a game changer for me and my illness and I am grateful that my doctor suggested it to me. 🙂

Have a Holly, Jolly, Low-Carb Holiday!

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With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, a lot of us low carb newbies are getting a little nervous. It’s one thing to eat low carb in the comfort of our own home or in a restaurant where we can always just get a salad…but it’s completely different during the holidays. And, if your family is anything like mine, they will likely bombard you with questions and concerns when they realize you’re not eating much. Especially if you’re anything like me and used to eat 3 plates heaping with all kinds of food! *sigh*

So, how do we enjoy the holidays without partaking in all that carb-loaded food??? Well, if you’re having Thanksgiving at your house, this is definitely something you can control! When I first started scouring the internet for yummy low carb meals, I came across a whole blog post revolving around Thanksgiving dinner.

Check it out here: http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2012/11/healthy-thanksgiving-2012-recipe-round-up.html

Obviously, the biggest part of Thanksgiving is the turkey. As long as it is prepared right, it will be fine for us to eat as much as we want, right? Then we’ve got mashed potatoes. Ohhhh, mashed potatoes. I love the suggestion in the link I posted above about tossing a couple of yellow potatoes in with your mashed cauliflower to make it fluffy and more potato tasting. I will definitely be implementing that for my Thanksgiving. She also provides us with some yummy bread alternatives and a homemade cranberry sauce. Yum! But my favorite was the green bean casserole topped with…BACON! If you follow my facebook page, you know how much I loooooove bacon! 😉

If you’re going elsewhere for the holidays, take some dishes with you! You know there will be at least a couple things there you can eat, but if you take a couple of your own low carb dishes, you’re ensuring that you will have plenty to eat while you’re there.

Ultimately, friends, you need to know that even if you cheat a little this holiday season (which I probably will!), you can always jump right back on the low carb train! We’ll save a seat for you. 🙂

The Basics of an Easy Low Carb Dinner

First off, please forgive me for not posting yesterday. My internet was out all morning and, by the time it was back up, I was too busy to post anything. 😦

But anyway…when I think of an easy dinner, I think of 3 things–skillet, casserole, crock pot. I believe this holds true whether you are low carb or not. Before, when I would fill my crock pot or casserole dish, there was always pasta or potatoes involved. Now, it’s strictly veggies and meat. And there are just so many things you can do with meat and veggies. Things I never would have thought about, considering I was just addicted to carbs. So here are a few examples of what I do for an easy low carb dinner.

Sausage and Veggie Skillet

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This is one of my favorite dishes and I make it at least once a week. Cut up the sausage and fry it in some olive oil, then toss in some cabbage, onions, garlic, or whatever veggies you feel like frying up that day. It really is delicious!

Pork Roast and Veggies

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You can do it in the oven or, my personal favorite, in the crockpot. Rub the pork roast with your choice of seasonings, toss in some carrots, onions, and celery, and you’ve got a yummy, low carb meal! 🙂

Chicken and Veggie Casserole

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Cut up some chicken and toss it into a casserole dish with some veggies (I usually just get a bag of california blend and thaw before adding it). Use a can of cream of mushroom soup and some mayo to make it nice and creamy. Top it with shredded cheese and bake it till the veggies are tender. This is one of my 4 year old’s favorite dishes. 🙂

Side Note: When in doubt, add bacon! 😉

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

Upon Request: Fat Bombs 101

When I first started low carbing 2 months ago and was seeing all sorts of recipes for “fat bombs”, I was like…what the heck is a fat bomb? That doesn’t sound good for me at all! BUT, as it turns out, when eaten for the right reasons and with the right low carb diet, fat bombs can be extremely beneficial to your health! Here’s a few reasons why fat bombs are good:

  • Regardless of what was thought before, when paired with a low carb lifestyle, saturated fats are actually essential to our diet. Fat is our body’s main source of energy and, as my doctor told me, “We must consume fat to burn fat.”
  • They can help curb your sweet cravings! A big one for those of us trying to lose weight!
  • Most fat bomb recipes contain coconut oil, which is extremely beneficial to our health.

So, what is a fat bomb exactly? To answer that, I’ve compiled a few recipes from my Pinterest board. Here are my 3 favorites:

Lemon Cheesecake Fat Bombs

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Mmm…you had me at “lemon”. 😉

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs

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Basically, it’s a healthy alternative for those who looooove Reese’s…like me…

http://guppytales.wordpress.com/gluten-free-goodies/fat-bombs/

Fat Bomb Smoothies

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Yes, that’s right. I said “smoothies”. I haven’t tried these yet, but I think they’re worth mentioning.

http://ketolchf.com/fat-bomb-smoothies/

If you have more questions about fat bombs, leave them in the comments or post them on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tristaslowcarbjourney?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

I will try to respond to any questions/comments. OR…if you have a favorite fat bomb recipe, PLEASE share it with us! We love hearing from you! 🙂