My Low Carb Journey – Part 3

We have 5 more days until we leave for vacation.

I have good energy although I have to admit that I haven’t been sleeping well. I’m not sure if it’s related to changing my diet or if it’s stress and getting too excited about leaving for vacation.

I bought some “sleepy time” herbs and hopefully that will help. But anyways, I digress….

Day #8 (Monday)

Felt good all day. I was actually pretty hungry at dinner and I was so busy so all I had time to do was make a protein shake. I logged all my intake in my fitness pal app on my phone so I knew that macros I had left and what I needed to add to my smoothie.

I’m still having a hard time meeting all of my fat goals. It might just be too much for me and not realistic, but I’m still trying as an experiment throughout this week.

I went to bed around my normal time and my stomach had hunger pains. I haven’t been hungry at night in a long time.

I just drank some water and went to bed. I’m still having a hard time falling asleep at night which is very rare for me. I usually hit the pillow and knock out.

Easy breakfast. Veggie patty, avocado, low-sodium sliced turkey breast, Kite Hill almond milk ricotta cheese and blueberries.

Day #9 (Tuesday)

Of course, I woke up STARVING! Maybe I should have had something last night.

I usually don’t have anything to eat before my weight lifting days, but today I had to have something. I ate 1/2 banana which was perfect and just enough to get me through my  workout.

I have been having dizzy spells lately. Mostly when I stand up too fast. This is something that I was worried about when I lowered my carbs (energy source) and continued my high intensity exercises.

Overall, good energy today. Feeling less bloated is probably the biggest difference so far and again, not sleeping well.

Day #10 (Wednesday)

Since feeling dizzy when I woke up, I decided to just do some light weight lifting and mostly stretching. No cardio today.

I ate all my meals and was feeling extra full today. Today is the only day that I 100% hit all of my macro-nutrient goals.

“Snacky lunch”: tuna with TJs vegan pesto, cucumbers, cottage cheese with chives and Foods Alive flax seed crackers.

Day #11 (Thursday)

I slept in this morning. I slept a little better last night. I did change up my magnesium supplement that I usually take at night so maybe that was it? I don’t know…

I feel strong and happy today, but also sleepy. Work has been very busy and I have a lot on my mind but I never skip any meals or snacks.

I am feeling bloated today though. Meh.

Day #12 (Friday)

Friday!!! Woooo hoooo! I leave for vacation tonight.

I slept HORRIBLE last night and woke up this morning unmotivated and sleepy. I feel bloated and tired too. I cut my morning workout short because I seriously lacked energy.

This is not normal for me. I now know that I need to get away, unplug and recharge my batteries.

Overnight oatmeal for breakfast again because it’s Friday! It’s our Friday thing. Same as last week though – this took up a large chunk of my carbs for the day.

Dinner was amazing! I made a new vegetable tikka masala and served it over cauliflower rice. It was the perfect meal to end the week and start out vacation.

Made this for dinner before we left for the airport. Tofu for me and chicken for the hubs – tikka masala.


Final Thoughts

This was a good experiment and I learned a lot about my body. It proves that not all eating patterns are a one-size-fits-all.

I don’t think I do well with high fat. It makes me feel overly full and I do believe cutting my carbs too low has made me feel dizzy. I need that energy to fuel my workouts and this was a good lesson to learn.

Poor sleep for over a week has me in a rut. Again, I’m not sure if this was related to me changing my eating habits, but I’ll see how the following weeks are as I return to my normal eating routine.

I think in the past I was eating too much protein and not enough fiber from vegetables. So I will continue to monitor my protein intake and make sure to snack on more vegetables. I usually always have at least 2 cups of veggies with my lunch and dinner, but it continues to not be >20 grams of fiber. My goal was to get >25 grams of fiber per day and I met my goal 6 out of 12 days.

Overall, I’m glad I did this and now…. I’m ready for vacation!

Until next time 🙂

Author: Katie

Hi! I'm Katie, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. This website it dedicated to those looking to heal their bodies from the inside out - and it all starts with balancing out your blood sugar. Let's heal disease together one plate at a time.

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