I’m sharing with you days one through seven or my first week following a lower-than normal carb diet. I hate saying “low carb” as I think people get the wrong idea. It’s actually called a liberal low carb diet which means 50-100 grams per day.
I am aiming for less than 70 grams of carbs per day and my husband is less than 120 grams of carbs.
Day #1 (monday)
I woke up this morning ill prepared. I didn’t get to food shop and meal prep like I wanted to last night so this morning was a little chaotic. I had my breakfast sandwich like usual which is lower in carb so that didn’t throw me off.
However, I chose to take Friday night’s dinner leftovers as my lunch today and it contained lentils. Having said that, I met my carb quota for the day by the end of lunch. Mehhh!
Lessons learned: BE PREPARED!
So for my afternoon snack I had baby carrots and bell peppers and had to skip the hummus. I ate 2 hard boiled eggs along with this.
Dinner was a salmon patty from Costco. I cooked it in coconut oil for added fat. No carbs, but it made me sad.
I went over my carbs and protein today and was too low on my fat intake. This is completely new for me and I really need to plan this out better. I was kind of winging it today thinking that I would have it under control.
I’m going grocery shopping tonight so I’ll be better prepared for the rest of the week.
Day #2 (Tuesday)
I worked out for an hour this morning and it was pretty intense. Breakfast was satisfying and I made a Matcha latte with go with it. I used mostly water and a splash of unsweetened almond milk and added coconut oil for satiety.
I got really hungry before lunch today. I was full this morning and only ate half my morning snack. Probably why I was so hungry.
I’m still struggling with meeting my fat needs for the day, but I was able to meet my protein needs. I was even under on my carbs.
It’s a work in progress…
Day #3 (Wednesday)
Felt good today. Kind of full and I couldn’t finish all my snacks.
I started to crave chocolate at night, but I was busy with work so once I got home I just brushed my teeth and went to bed.
I was 10 grams over on my carbs. Ugh!
Day #4 (Thursday)
Definitely feeling less bloated today. Woke up craving chocolate again! So crazy. I made a new adaptogen chocolate milk recipe which was only about 6 grams of carbs. It hit the spot and I didn’t think about sweets for the rest of the day.
I wasn’t hungry for lunch, but I ate it because I know how important it is to get all my nutrients in.
By the time dinner came around I was STARVING!!!
Overall good energy today and not feeling unusually tired. I was under my carb goal.
Day #5 (Friday)
I woke up with so much energy today. Really feeling focused and energized.
I ate overnight oatmeal for my breakfast which took up a large chunk of my carbs for the day, but at the end of the day I just skipped the sweet potato and had extra vegetables.
I was completely satisfied … but have to admit that I missed the sweet potato.
I keep telling myself “this is only an experiment and not forever” 🙂
I was actually over on my carbs today. I think the overnight oatmeal put my over. I ended up with 82 grams of carbs for the day. Still considered low carb, but over my personal goal.
This weekend I’m going to tweak some recipes and come up with more recipes. This should put me in better shape for week two.
Day #6 and #7 (Saturday & Sunday)
This weekend was rough because we like to go out often. We stayed home and I made most meals.
I did have plans to meet a friend for lunch on Sunday, but I picked the place and ordered grilled fish and a large green salad. Generous oil dressing. It was great!
My husband told me today that his work shirts are starting to fit better.
I grocery shopped and meal prepped for the whole week. Definitely ready for week #2!