Low carb is so simple they said, Eat it – you’ll like it they said, Don’t knock it till you try it they said, Yada Yada Yada – Enough Already!
Ok so my title needed a little work but it got your attention!
Before you give up on reading this post – please let me say this! The most important thing in my life (other than God) is spending time with my family and being able to interact with them and enjoy life with them on a daily basis. If you love your family as much as I love mine then you should really think about your health!!!
I have been eating “healty-ish” for about 3 months now. Along with doing Thrive which gives me my energy and drive and makes me feel like my metabolism has been recharged, I have really reduced my Carb intake or tried to on a daily basis. I have reached a point in my life where I seriously needed to do something to improve my health. My knees, back and ankles were all jacked up which caused me to get really really lazy.
Jokingly I would say “I came in the world fat, dumb and happy and that’s the way I’m going out”! Ok so maybe I have gotten a little older and a little wiser and that just isn’t my total view of life anymore. I want to enjoy this time here on earth because this world is not my home and we should all try to have fun and enjoy it while we are here.
Ever since I was little, I have loved food (a curse I have since passed onto my daughter – of all three of my children, she had to be the one). Anyways, I can remember visiting my Grandma and as soon as we walked in the door, we all headed straight for the Refrigerator because Grandma always had something special in there for us. Mom was a great cook and she and my sister taught me how to cook at an early age. Fried Egg sandwiches were my favorite back then.
As I got older, I ventured into other venues and tried my hand at more gourmet styles and traditional recipes and I found what I loved more than anything and that was cooking. Cooking gave me a sense of worth and accomplishment, it gave me satisfaction and just plain made me feel good. So as you can see – my love of food runs deep. No wonder why I have always struggled to maintain………. ( I make a mean Carolina Barbecue).
Fast forward to 2017 and up until three months ago, I had gotten really out of shape. I had seriously put on some much Un-wan-ted extra weight and I was just dragging both feet in the sand. I mean it was bad! Anyways, I had the chance to visit with my sister in person one day and I saw her for like the first time in 4 months and she was about half the size that she used to be. Now Brenda is about 5 years older than me and she was the one that I always listened to growing up. She was the “Big Sister” and looked out after us boys so we really didn’t have a choice in the matter – but whatever. So I’m looking at my sister and I finally had to ask – how did you do it? How did you lose all that weight? Brenda looked at me and said – It was no big deal – I just switched to Low Carb. – Wait What? YEAH RIGHT!
She said when eating low carb you eat until satisfied of the following whole natural foods: meat, chicken, fish, eggs, full fat dairy (if tolerated), nuts, and all above ground veggies. You can even add berries and low card RediWhip if you want a sweet treat. Brenda had cut her Carb intake to below 50 carbs per day. Stay away from Bread, Pasta, Rice, Sugar, Soft Drinks and Root Vegetables.
So now I am on my third month of my Thrive/Low Carb routine and I have to say WOW – This Really Works for me! There is plenty of food for me to eat and I have lost a total of 35 pounds, and several inches from my waist. My feet, ankles and knees are not swollen as bad anymore and I don’t hurt all over like I used to. I can actually move around better. I have all the energy I need and I don’t have the urges to eat like I used to. I am still getting what my body need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and I can actually burn away unwanted pounds that I don’t want! Yay for me I know.
But Now I have to add – what have you got to lose??? For me this is the real deal! This is the Truth! I am not trying to sell you anything, I am not trying to influence you politically or spiritually. I am simply saying that this worked for me and I urge you to just give it a try.
Now I say – Low carb is so simple Eat it – you’ll like it Don’t knock it till you try it
Here are some examples of what I eat now.
Low Carb Snacks and Foods:
Frozen Shrimp sautéed in butter and Garlic
Pork Skins with Pimento Cheese on top
Diced up Peaches with a dollop of flavored Cream Cheese and Rediwhip
Low Carb Tortilla roll ups (Ham, Cheese, Chicken Salad, etc.)
Pork Skins broken up as Croutons
Mashed Cauliflower with Cream Cheese mixed in.
Cottage Cheese with diced Onions – salt and pepper added
Broccoli and Cheese
Loaded Baked Cauliflower Casserole
Grilled Steak and Chicken
Lightly breaded Shrimp and Flounder
Peanut Butter Pork Skins
All Vegetables (except Root Veggies).
The trick for me is trying to stay between 30 and 50 carbs per day. Don’t be too strict on yourself, it’s ok to reward yourself every once in a while. Have fun with it.
Still don’t believe me – I am sure that my fellow Low Carber Carla over at https://barbellsnbites.com/2017/04/11/10-things-i-love-about-low-carb/ could possibly change your mind!!!!! ( Sorry about the cheesy plug there Carla – LOL).