The no-carb induction phase. Day 1.

Yes, I’m going to do this. Armed with The Foodbook and much determination of course. And much to my delight The Boy decided to jump on the bandwagon too. This makes buying groceries and cooking that much easier, or at least the thought of having some sympathy and support is already a huge help.

The grocery shopping – sigh! Be prepared for the first no-carb shopping spree, it’s not going to be easy. It took us, and I’m not being hyperbolic here, 90 minutes to complete our mission. We were seriously checking labels on almost everything. I caught myself almost checking the fabric conditioner – disguising this at the last minute by having a sniff at the scent. The cheese counter lady thought we were having the whole family over. I was thinking that the whole thing would cost a bomb, but in the end we spent approximately the same amount we usually do (but that’s probably because we didn’t buy a lot of meat since we were already stocked on that).

We only just managed to survive the tiring trip as we’d had an espresso without sugar, a handful of roasted, salted almonds, chunks of ham and lots of water. It was already 4pm and I wasn’t starving yet. I found that rather strange as I’m usually very hungry by 12pm even if I’d had a snack mid-morning.

Lunch consisted of the following: goat’s cheese, bean dip (bigilla), chopped kohl rabi (gidra), boiled egg, caponata, rucola and peppers stuffed with cream cheese.

I was rather pleased with myself and feeling pleasantly full. I hoped I was doing this right because all this gorgeous food didn’t feel like a special ‘diet’ at all. A note on that too: the word ‘diet’ is most times associated with imbalance. The purpose of this induction phase is to retrain the body to do away with the craving for sugars. One must avoid over-doing it on the carbohydrates later on, but after two weeks the aim is for balance anyway. Which is something I like – I would not follow a lifestyle with imbalances or the complete elimination of any food group.

After lunch neither of us felt the usual post-lunch slump. In fact we automatically aimed for the sofa as we usually do, but instead of vegetating we both got busy pretty quickly. Women: your men will be less tired and more eager to attack the DIY tasks.. just a thought. Jokes aside, this absence of a slump in energy levels was a big plus side!

We snacked on more roasted almonds in the afternoon and that seemed enough. In the mean time I started planning more meals, knowing that I’d soon be faced with hunger emergencies. I soaked some beans for the next day (recipe to follow) and made sugar-free packet jelly to please our sweet tooth. One must always be prepared. Make a note of this..

For dinner we really fancied a take-out. Hmmm. Problem No can do? Well, almost. We settled on lamb and chicken from the neighbourhood Turkish take-away. We refused the salad as they almost all had carbs. Couscous is of course out of the question. So is rice. And, most of all, so are the chips. Ditto pita bread. “Yes, we’ll just have the meat“. This was followed by a cappucino-cup jelly portion with cream. I have to say it tasted divine. I was still really energetic and as we watched a DVD I didn’t fall asleep as I usually do. At 12:30 I was reading in bed and then slept like a baby. We survived the first day!!

At this point I am feeling ok about not eating bread, pasta, bread rice and even *shudder* potato chips. I have a huge problem with avoiding fruit. And if I’m completely honest I would be a happier bunny if I could sip on a glass of good red. However The Boy (from here on known as the Carb Nazi) made sure I didn’t stray.


  1. Ylenia
    Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Good Luck, I should be doing this when I settle into essex, till then im going to phase into it by cutting down not cutting out carbs. A help is to use quinoa when your body starts missing the wheat feeling – and i sadly warn you, once the novelty of the cooking dies, your body will do that. but dont be demotivated, quinoa is uber grand, PACKED with protein, very low carb, tastes and feels like cous cous, but doesnt do the harm.

    Good luck 🙂 I will buzz when its my turn… ! xxx

    • miriam
      Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Thanks len… I know that pretty soon I will get bored of cheese, nuts, eggs, beans and meat. I’m trying to keep a step ahead by looking up recipes and taking in as much information as possible. I’m lucky that we have a long weekend to start off with, although socialising is going to be interesting.. ahem. We did go out to eat today though (that’s day 2’s post) and managed that too.

      I’ve actually been meaning to try out quinoa in some recipes so this is a very good incentive. I think I’m writing this ‘diary’ bit mostly to motivate myself but I really appreciate any suggestions, so thanks!!

  2. Posted August 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Quinoa…hmm…no no no as Amy would have said.
    If you start checking the history of this and how it is grown you’ll probably decide not to go for it at all.
    What I suggest is experimentation with Spelt which is just gorgeous, nutty and does not mess around with your stomach like wheat, being more ancient and a cross between a grass and a grain.
    You have make spelt risotto, everything pastry and there is also pasta which you can buy.
    Having said that, it still has quite a few carbs so I suggest you introduce it in around 6 weeks or so.

    • miriam
      Posted August 15, 2011 at 12:56 am | Permalink

      What I’m loving also is that I’m being introduced to new foods or new ways of making things. It’s re-educating my taste buds too, I can already feel it. I’ve never seen these spelt products on the shelves, any suggestions?

  3. Posted August 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Hehe, mir, this is how i’ve lost around 8-9 kg in the past couple of months! 🙂 but apart from that, my energy levels are through the roof, my skin feels better – it’s most definitely beneficial for people with blood type O.

    I’ve tagged my blog with all the low carb recipes also (have put link up there)

    Weee i’m so happy you’re doing it too, I have so many new recipes that i need to put up but have been so busy in the past few weeks (mostly eating amazing food and not feeling guilty about putting olive oil on salads lofl) that i haven’t had a chance to update much 🙂 but i will.. i took photos so hopefully will remember the recipes when i look at them 🙂

    • miriam
      Posted August 15, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

      Lara I really enjoyed speaking to you about this tonight. More lovely recipes to discover and share!! 😀

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