Beans in garlic

If you’re on a low-carb diet and especially in the induction phase, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you need to be prepared. Once you adopt this lifestlye (and it’s far better to consider it a lifestlye, because you’re aiming for a healthier you, yes?) you should not let yourself feel miserable because you’re not eating enough and you should not let yourself starve. If you do this you might, just might, be tempted to grab the nearest available snack. And let’s face it, considering the kind of foods we’re used to using for convenience, this is very likely to be loaded with carbs. Do not let yourself panic. This is why you need to be prepared and why you need to be kind to yourself.

Read. Read. Read. Find which foods are ‘allowed’ and then scavenge for foods you like. Think of combining them in ways you’ve never tried. Think of trying out new things which you’re not sure you like. Try to give yourself the chance to experience these foods in a different way.

Sure, so you’re used to opening a can of tuna and chucking it in a ftira with some tomato spread and capers. Or placing ham and cheese between two slices of white French bread. You’re used to boiling up some pasta or noodles for a quick lunch. The task of thinking up new recipes as a quick fix is daunting. However, I can assure you that it won’t be daunting for a long time. Perhaps you will want to do some planning even before you embark on the diet. Whichever strategy you decide to adopt, keep in mind that your taste buds are your friends.. they will shoot very specific cravings at you but they will also start to enjoy their new role. Try to think of this as tough love.

Spend some time in a well-equipped supermarket. Read those labels, and try to learn as you go along. This information will be useful for the rest of your life.

This is an extremely nifty website which my friend Lara suggested. Unless you’re already a food specialist or obsessed with food (and perhaps even if you are), this place holds quite a few surprises. One thing was really brought to my attention lately: most of us really, really don’t know much about what we’re ingesting!

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are” Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

walnuts

Kohl Rabi used instead of crackers with bean dip

Pumpkin seeds roasted in a dry pan with rock salt

Ready for work! Green peppers, salami, cherry tomatoes, boiled egg, caciotta cheese


2 Comments

  1. Alison
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    Are you feeling a bit better than you have been feeling these past few days? I would imagine your body is just getting used to the diet and will settle down eventually. This is my non-medical diagnosis LOL

    • Posted August 19, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

      Your diagnosis is indeed correct Al.. I am feeling super. Will write more about that too in another post 🙂 today I felt it was really important to stress this point as I think it may be very useful for people attempting to do this!

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