I lead a low carb lifestyle. Each day, I consume around 30g of carbohydrates. I’ll explain why I choose to eat LC and my experiences leading this lifestyle.
Most of my meals contain very small amounts of carbohydrates, but contain lots of protein and healthy fats. I avoid processed foods, sugars, grains, and starches (so no fruit or starchy veggies). All of my meals are homemade, filling, and extremely fresh. They also happens to be delicious.
Below are examples of what I typically eat on an average day:
- Natural, high-fat yogurt. Be really picky when choosing yogurt. Most have added sugar. The kind I was able to find is a Greek yogurt and has 5g of carbs per container.
- Eggs in different variations and other protein, like bacon or sausages.
- Nothing. If I wake up with a rock star blood sugar, I often like to fast until lunchtime. See my post about how easily an A1c can be manipulated.
- Mozzarella, avocado, beet “salad”. This is one of my simple, but delicious creations. I cube 125g mozzarella, 1 avocado, and 1 beet and toss them with olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. This is high in healthy fats and low in carbohydrates.
- High-Protein bread sandwich. I have been very lucky, and have been able to find high-protein bread at Aldi here in Germany. Each piece has only 3-5g of carbohydrates per piece and is packed with healthy nuts and proteins to keep blood sugars stable.
- Meat and cheese with olives. Simple.
- Leftovers, if there are any 🙂
- Fat Head Pizza from the Diet Doctor. Delicious. My husband had to do a double taste; he thought it was normal crust.
- Cauliflower, cauliflower, everywhere. My favorite Cauliflower Soup comes from the Diet Doctor website. It’s super creamy and full of flavor! I top mine with bacon, walnuts, & cauliflower with paprika spices for an extra kick.
- Burgers. Iceberg lettuce works really well as a bun.
- Salad. And lots of different types of toppings. Try this Zucchini Walnut salad.
- Basically anything that is non-starch veggies and protein like hamburger, chicken, turkey, or fish.
- Nuts, like pistachios, walnuts, or peanuts.
- Meat and cheese
- 85% dark chocolate
- Chia seed pudding
- Coffee, I drink mine with heavy cream.
- Diet Pop/Soda, but only occasionally.
My favorite LC websites and recipes can be found here.
Each of my meals typically contain 5-12g of carbs or less. I find this works really well for me. The least amount of carbs I consume, the better off my blood sugars are. I feel more in control without constantly guessing and BG rollercoaster rides.
Since switching to a LC lifestyle, I have radically reduced my insulin intake. Instead of filling my pump reservoir with 1.8ml of insulin for 3 days, I now only fill up to 1ml. That’s a 80 unit reduction!
I need to bolus for protein, especially for red meat. When I first starting eating LC, I wasn’t aware that I would need to do this. I would eat a LC meal, and still be 150mg/dl or higher after the meal. This lead to a lot of frustrating evenings. However, after a lot of research, I found out that I needed to start bolusing for protein (and fat).
To wrap it all up, I thrive on a LC lifestyle. It is a choice. I am in more control of my blood sugars, and I do not spike or have elevated blood sugars like I used to. And yes, I am full and satisfied after each meal. Traditional carbohydrates are “fillers” and non-essential for the body. I fill up on healthy fats and protein.
What questions do you have about eating low carb?