Thursday, April 07, 2011

Healthy Low Carb Eating

Salad is essential for low carbing!
I remember so many years ago I would go on a diet to lose weight and be so hungry that finally I'd break down and eat a lot of the foods I was craving. I didn't realize what was happening to me. Why couldn't I stick with it? And when I did, why couldn't I lose weight? At Weight Watchers they said I was a slow loser. Yet I was starving and exercising. In fact, in my home I had a home gym. I belonged to the local racket ball club and was a regular on the exercise equipment. I loved working out with weights and did that all the time. I also did race walking and did it on local tracks as well as the indoor track at the racket ball club. What was wrong with me? I didn't have a lot of weight to lose so it didn't seem to me that it should be so impossible.

Low Carb Zucchini Lasagna
 In 2008, as I told in my previous post, Back To Low Carbing, I lost twelve pounds in my first week following Atkins. Unheard of for me ever in my whole life! So I was converted for life by that major feat. Life gets in the way sometimes. I stuck to it very well for over a year and did so well. What made me slide? Could be that I did not always having the right foods in the house. Could be that at times I wanted a quick meal. Ordering a pizza or Chinese food was easy. Yet, I KNEW in my brain it was not good for my health.

So what makes you stick with low carbs? The health benefits are undeniable. Not being hungry is a big plus for me. Having good meals with lots of food is another plus, not to mention the variety. Can't have bread? Big deal. It is just a filler anyway, as pasta, rice and potatoes are also. That is why everyone cooks and eats it. It fills everyone up.

Cheeseburger & Salad Low Carb Style!
 Someone on The BlogFrog mentioned that a hamburger without a bun is boring. Not for me! I try to make it look good, as well, as be part of a meal that is good. For one thing, I make good sized burgers and buy good quality ground beef. I season it liberally with Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. I put it on a plate full of salad with dressing, and mayo on the side for my burger. It is a very delicious and meal I really do enjoy.

Just make sure you choose salad dressings that have low carbs. Always check the sugar. Hopefully it won't be the first ingredient in the list.  Eating salad almost daily is something that keeps me on my plan. Salad is our favorite side dish. We eat it every day and never get tired of it. I grow most of my salad vegetables all summer in my garden. Love those salads the best! If you have never gardened that is a good place to start.

Have you tried a low carb eating plan? What caused you to stray from it? What didn't you like about it?  There are many myths about it, but now, you can dispel them by checking some of the low carb sites and forums. Even allopathic professionals are prescribing low carbs these days. It is a great way to eat!

Copyright © 2011 Kathleen G. Lupole
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