Initially I thought it would be very challenging to eat with family and watch then enjoying mashed potatoes, rice, bread. But the truth is, it is not hard at all. I have absolutely no desire to eat any of those things. Instead I will have a large side-salad instead of a high-starch carb. I top it with bacon bits, cheese, avocado, diced tomato... and of course, a lovely creamy dressing. I love Ranch but Caesar is amazing too. I will then have a protein (red or white meat. I don't eat fish because I simply don't like the taste) and then a low-carb steamed veggie (broccoli, green beans, asparagus).
If I am hungry in the evening I either enjoy a chocolate cake (see recipe below) or pepperoni and cheese (a little antipasto plate I have come to love!). Sometimes I just relax with a warm and heaven-sent Pumpkin Spice Latte. But what amazes me most is that I am simply not that hungry at all. Protein really keeps me energized and full. I don't find myself constantly in the kitchen rooting for food the way I did in the past. I also don't have a mind consumed with food - what to eat, what calories are in what, what to have for breaky, lunch, dinner. I just eat when I am hungry and ensure I have the proper ingredients on hand to have what I feel like eating at that time. My pantry, freezer and refrigerator are well-stocked now for this low-carb lifestyle. I am not close to being bored with my selections because I switch things around a lot with ingredients. It makes the world of difference
Have I been to Starbucks (my old haunt that I would visit nearly every 2nd day and partake in some kind of sweet coffee concoction) ? Yup, once to get some ground beans and hubby had a cafe mocha. Did I indulge? did I even try to have a sip? Nope, had no urge to do so and walked out of there without a second glance.
I have no weight loss to report this week yet because I have yet to get on the scale in the AM. But have no fear, those details will be uploaded soon.
Before I forget, one other big update: 4 weeks - NO MIGRAINE !
What areas need more focus? Drinking water. Not coffee, not tea but WATER! So for this wk my goal is to down at least 6 glasses per day.
Baking has been moving along well too. I have managed to continue to bake sweets and upload some new recipes to Lemon Drop without any need to indulge. I love my taste-testing family :)
I have also developed a new love for the 1 minute muffin after many tweaks to the original recipe. I have taken it and turned it into what could easily pass for carb-laden chocolate cake ! I will upload a pic the next time I make one. But for now, here's the recipe
So for a superb sweet treat try this:
LOW-CARB CHOCOLATE MINI CHOCOLATE CAKE
WHAT YOU NEED
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon dark chocolate cocoa powder
dash of ground cinnamon
2 packets of your preferred sweetener (I use splenda)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
IN SMALL BOWL, use a fork to combine first 5 ingredients
IN SEPARATE SMALL BOWL, whisk together butter, egg and vanilla
COMBINE all ingredients and stir with fork until thoroughly blended
SPRAY a small ramekin with cooking spray and spoon batter into ramekin
MICROWAVE on high for 1 minute
REMOVE from ramekin.
SERVE as-is or with some low-carb sweetened whipped cream.
- Thurs, Sept 15/11: 20 minutes rebounding, weighted upper and lower body workout
- Friday, Sept 16/11: 30 minute interval kick-boxing session
- Saturday, Sept 17/11: 20 minutes rebounding, weighted upper and lower body workout
- Sunday, Sept 18/11: 1 hour trail walk
- Monday, Sept 19/11: 20 minutes rebounding, weighted upper and lower body workout
- Tuesday, Sept 20/11: DAY OFF