The Low Carb Cruise almost seems a distant memory as I settle into my daily routine. I have been making my meals and experimenting with flavours.I think the key to staying on track is to make sure each day I am fully prepared with what I need to eat. I also need to batch cook each weekend the things I will need to eat through the week. I will explain this later but I need to share something exciting with you all.
For many years my darling husband Chris has never quite grasped the importance of my diet, and he’s always resisted to follow it. Chizzy Nwankwo one of the Heal Clinics team tried talking to him while we were on the cruise, he was quite flippant about not subscribing to it. I was a bit hurt by what he said but I know it would be his choice and I cannot make hime eat how I eat. If he changed it would have to be his choice and he would have to do it for himself and not for me.
Well to my surprise since we have been back in England he has been for the most part sticking to the foods I eat. The only exception is he has his lattes with milk. Each night I have made something meat oriented, I made steak one night and even made a butter sauce to go on it which he liked. I’ve cooked chicken in garlic butter. Omelette is also a good choice as you can add meat to it. During the day he doesn’t really eat, he used to eat crisps(potato chips) and chocolate, now he says he just drinks water. I really hope he sticks with this as I do not want him to get diabetes or any other illness related to a high carb diet. He still hasn’t grasped the eating out bit, but baby steps are better than nothing , right?
My second piece of news is, my youngest son Luke is 19 and has Aspergers. He has a mind of his own and, while I try to influence him, I believe he is old enough to choose for himself. I can only try educate him of the best food choices but ultimately it is his choice. I have always prepared my own meals different to the rest of the family, unless we have meat then I eat what I have prepared for the others. Since returning home I have been planning ahead and making tasty snacks to keep me from straying. I’ve made beef jerky and pork rinds, and my meals have always smelled nice. Luke has been very tempted by everything I have made so far, but when he wants to eat I have said to him if he follows my eating plan then he can eat the food I am eating. I have always told the family to leave my food alone, it’s not that I’m unwilling to share, it more the fact that they eat my food then move on to their high carb stuff. As they are adults I can’t make them eat low carb, I’d rather they did this willingly. I don’t buy lots of carby foods they can buy their own if they wish. But if there is bread in the house it usually goes mouldy before it is eaten which shows they don’t eat a lot. So back to Luke, last weekend he came to me and said I want to eat the foods you are eating. So I explained that he couldn’t be eating anything that contained sugar and anything that contained grains. So far he is doing really good but I will keep you updated.
Now back the the title of this post. I’ve often found in the past I would be more tempted and had more cravings if I didn’t start the day off covering every eventuality. So every day I take to work with me everything I might need. I have a cool box which I load up with with my food for the day. I have bottles of water with covers on them to keep them cold as I hate drinking warm water. At the moment I am still drinking coffee so I take cream with me too. I carry salt and pepper too. I also carry a small set of scales to weigh my food to log on My Fitness Pal. Doing all this keeps me totally focused, it may seem a little OTT, but we all have to find what works for us in this way of eating.
So each day I get my food ready, If I am starting very early I get it ready the night before. I usually cook a pack of streaky bacon and let it cool. I have got it down to a fine art,
I like my bacon crispy.
Heat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF Gas 6
Line a baking tray with foil, this is purely to make cleaning easier for me.
Lay the bacon on the foil and put in the oven for 10 mins
Turn the bacon over
Return to the oven for a further 10 mins.
I often leave the bacon in the oven and turn it off.
The result for me is perfectly crispy bacon.
If you miss crisps(potato chips) then this is a great alternative.
I plan my lunch which is usually any of the following:-
Smoked salmon with cream cheese
Ham and cream cheese
Meat from the night before dinner
Fish fillet cooked in lemon and butter
My list of foods is growing but above all I follow the KISS rule, keep it simple!
My taste buds have changed considerably, I am tasting so much more so finding I have had to cut back on the seasoning.
I have a cool box, it’s a small one to be able to carry with me. I am quite mobile in my job so it stays in the boot(trunk 😉) I put al the food in containers and enough freezer blocks that stay frozen all day.
Each day my cool box always contains,
Almond milk for tea.
Bacon(this is my snack food)
Plus whatever lunch I’m having.
I weigh everything so I can measure how much protein and fat I’m having each day.
If I have chicken wings I weigh them first then I eat, I weigh the bones and subtract this from the start weight, the answer is the amount of meat I have eaten.
I have lots of containers which I can fill for the day.
I haven’t so far had a day when I feel tempted, I think it is because I prepare carefully each day. If ever I feel hungry I have coffee with cream in and it satisfies me. I have coffee cup that will keep my coffee very hot for 3-4 hours and that is always by my side. I only really have 2 cups a day but I sip it so it lasts me.
If ever I see anything that would be tempting I am totally fine not having it. I don’t miss anything either. In fact yesterday I looked back over the day and I’d hardly eaten anything, I was so busy all day that I didn’t even think about food. Last night we went to the cinema and I took a coffee with me and I didn’t even miss having snacks. I wouldn’t normally have coffee in the evening though.
I will be sharing some of my favourite recipes
I will give you an update on my Blood glucose and weight loss.