As promised, following is the list of goodies that I eat now. Of course, this isn’t everything I eat. If you want to know that, please give me your phone number and I’ll call you every time I put a piece of food in my mouth. (While you’re at it, go ahead and include your DOB, your Mother’s maiden name, and the last 4 of your social.)
This will at least give you a good idea of what has worked for me. Follow my Pinterest board and you’ll find the recipes I try there. The things I eat don’t have to be the things you eat. Just give up the sugar and carbs, track your calories, and all will be well.
Tip: Don’t use “lite” or “low-fat” anything. Eat real butter, full fat cream cheese, etc.
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Lose It is the app I use to track everything I eat. I love it. They have a free version and a paid version.
Breakfast was a challenge for me when I started this plan. I’m hardly a morning person, and so anything that wasn’t toasted, or Raisin Bran, or the tears of the person who tried to force me to be a morning person.
GET PROTEIN IN YOUR BODY! Do not skip this step. If you do, you’re going to be hungry before lunch, I promise you that. If you want to be successful, this is important. If you don’t want something when you first wake up, do it later in the morning.
Eggs: my husband is all about eggs. Not me. If I’m going to eat them, I have to be in the mood and they have to be cooked within an inch of being burned beyond recognition. Fluffy eggs? That would be something you could threaten me with if you were trying to steal one of my kidneys.
Here’s the thing with Quest Bars: it takes a minute to be okay with the texture if you’re like me that is. They can be a little chalky. There are a wide variety of flavors, so don’t give up if you aren’t in love at first bite. I really don’t like the chocolate, for instance. I sure do love the lemon Quest bars though. So good. (The cookie dough is also really good.)
The really great thing about Quest bars is that they stick with you. All that protein really fights off hunger. I am amazed at how well they work.
Uncured bacon: I don’t eat regular bacon only because the uncured bacon tastes so much better. The only uncured bacon I eat is the uncured bacon “ends & pieces” from Trader Joe’s. It’s amazing, inexpensive, and tastes like little chunks of delicious ham. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s near us, so when we make the 45-minute drive, we buy oodles of it and freeze it.
You’ll find there are a lot of big pieces of fat in the packages, but you can cut that off and save it for cooking.
I don’t eat bacon every day because the “stuff” that makes it bacon gives me pause. I worry about the effects on my stomach or colorectal health.
Atkins Protein Shakes: This is the only Atkins product I buy. There are other brands of ready-made protein shakes, but many are just loaded with carbs.
Taste is also a big factor for me and in my opinion, Atkins shakes just taste better. Way better. I love the french vanilla, and my husband likes all the other flavors.
I try to always have these in the house because I don’t have to think about breakfast (or lunch). They do a beautiful job of managing hunger.
Here’s the thing, though. Had I started this plan trying to just drink protein shakes for breakfast and/or lunch, I would have failed. My body just wasn’t ready for getting by on protein shakes alone. You may be different. If you find you drink one and are still crazy hungry, I suggest you put them aside a couple months and go to eggs & bacon or some cheese, and come back to them when you’re a little further along.
FitMiss Delight Vanilla Chai protein powder: My husband loves protein powder. He’ll drop it in his blender bottle with some water or some almond milk and PB2 peanut butter powder and he’s off to the races.
BUT, I hate his “man” protein powder. It’s like drinking testosterone mixed with Old Spice deodorant.
The absolute best tasting protein powder, in my opinion, is the FitMiss vanilla chai. It’s actually really good. You can mix it with different liquids to see what works for you. You can also dump it in your blender with some ice if you want.
As I mentioned before, my husband makes waffles every Sunday with Grove Farms sugar-free syrup. Here’s a link to the recipe he uses. (All sugar-free syrups are not alike, believe me. Grove Farms is awesome saucel.)
I’m not a big lunch eater, but if you are there are plenty of options.
Pretty much any kind of meat or fish is fine, but don’t have it coated in any sort of breading, or high sugar, high carb sauces. A misstep here could set you back. Don’t eat anything like meatloaf or fried chicken, etc.(Unless there is a shifty character with a knife in your ribs, then eat the hell right out of it.)
You can eat chicken or tuna salad, but make sure you use full-fat mayo and don’t add sweet relish. In a related story, I once knew a person who put actual sugar in tuna salad. I’m convinced they were severely mentally ill and society would have been safer were they locked in a facility for the criminally insane.)
A salad is cool, but I encourage you to leave the iceberg lettuce for someone else. It’s not going to make you fat, but it offers you nothing in terms of healthy goodness. It’s basically crispy, green water. Look for the darkest greens & reds you can find in a salad. That’s where the great nutrition lives.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you but watch your sugar & carbs when you’re choosing a salad dressing. Early on I was scared to eat Ranch dressing, so I chose the sugar-free version. It took me about a hot minute to realize that I’d rather lick the bathroom in a truck stop than pour that crap on my salad.
I decided that if I measured the salad dressing rather than dumping enough to drown a cat, I could live with the little bit of sugar in 2 tablespoons. Just take a look at the nutrients on the back of the bottle and of course, scan it.
Don’t starve yourself. If you do you’ll quit. I’m serious. DON’T STARVE YOURSELF. Keep snacks in your house that are smart choices, and also keep some in your purse, car, or desk at work. Always have something at the ready.
Low Sodium Almonds & Cream Cheese: I love these together. I count out the almonds according to what my Lose It app tells me about the portion size and I slice off 1 oz. of regular cream cheese. I like to scoop the almonds in the cream cheese. Be careful of flavored almonds (too much sugar) and of the “regular” almonds that have lots of salt (you’ll retain water).
Peanut butter: I measure tablespoon and eat it that way – like a heathen. I’m not the peanut butter police telling you to only buy the “natural” stuff. You are your own peanut butter boss. Yes, you’re going to see sugar in the nutrient list of most peanut butters. Just make sure the sugar is negligible and rather than just scooping it up like it has zero calories, actually measure it.
Barbecue (or plain) Pork Rinds: I rarely ever eat these anymore because they have too much sodium in them for my liking, and although they have no carbs, they’re just junk food. In the beginning, I always had them around to help quash the desire for my beloved Lay’s BBQ potato chips.
I would sometimes scoop cream cheese with these as well.
All sorts of cheeses: You can enjoy cheese – measuring it of course. I’m not a big fan so I don’t eat a lot of cheese. Just remember, I’m talking real cheese here. Not the stuff that comes in a box and lives on a grocery store shelf. Let’s save that for the zombie apocalypse, which is definitely coming. You’ll thank me then.
85% Dark Chocolate: There are carbs in this chocolate, but if you follow the serving size in your app, it’s not the end of the world so long as you’re under your carb limit for the day.
If you’ve never eaten a true dark chocolate, you’ll definitely have to get used to it. It’s pretty dry, and you’ll really taste the chocolate with only a hint of sweet. I have to tell you that I’ve come to LOVE it more than milk chocolate. Some brands are better than others, so experiment until you find what you love.
Sometimes I’ll take a TBSP of peanut butter and spread it on top. I lurve it.
Halo Top ice cream: I’m adding this because some people really love it. For me, it’s not terrible, but I just don’t want it. My desire for sweets has changed so, so much. My husband likes it.
There is something in it that burns my lips. It feels like using chili pepper lip balm. Maybe I’m allergic to something or maybe my life long love of Chunky Monkey is causing my body to violently reject everything else.
Do yourself a favor and stay away from sugar-free candies! They are often loaded with carbs, and to be honest, they have so much sugar alcohol that you may as well borrow Grandpa’s Depends because you are going to have an honest to God bathroom emergency.
I’m trying to save you from poopie hell, so ignore my warning at your own peril.
My gosh, there are so many things that I can’t list them all. I’ll give you a few ideas, but then for sure follow my Pinterest board so that you can see recipes I find. Himself and I try lots of them.
Stir fry: I make this a lot. I use chicken or beef, sauté some red onions and garlic in real butter, and then add some broccoli or cauliflower or both. I’m super thoughtful about the vegetables I add in because some vegetables are loaded with carbs and/or sugar. Check that you’re under your carb limit for the day, look the veggies up on your app, deduct the fiber count, and do what you will.
You’re probably not going to see me eating corn because of the carbs. Then again, unless you are a stalker with a lot of frequent flyer miles, you’re not actually going to see me eating anything.
Pork loin: These are so great for us. Because we eat the actual serving sizes now, I can get 3 meals out of one loin.
Spaghetti squash mixed with all sorts of meats and vegetables. This is easy to make, and since it doesn’t have much flavor, you can mix with it so many things and really amazing meal. Be creative and you’ll see how, using the squash as a base, you can make a pretty bad ass meal.
Omelets: My husband is mad for omelets and will sometimes ask for breakfast for supper. I man up and make them for us, even though I try to whine about it as much as I can because EGGS. Blargh.
When I make them, I load them up with a bucket load of meats, vegetables, and cheeses. He is in his glory and I pick at it like there exists the real possibility a grenade is in there.
Of course there are a lot more things you can eat. Der.
We’re the kind of people who don’t mind eating the same sorts of meals over and over, unless we’re going out. Food has changed for us. We eat because we need to put fuel in and because we’re hungry. When we want to go a little nuts and eat some of the stuff that isn’t exactly healthy, we don’t feel one bit bad about it.
After you’ve gotten used to eating this way, and once you feel like you’re personally strong enough not to blow it, by all means please enjoy all sorts of foods that you love from time to time.
If you punish yourself by being determined that you’ll never again have a piece of cake, or a bowl of ice cream, you are going to be so miserable that you’ll quit.
Plan for treats, and enjoy the hell out of them. If you’re like us, you’ll get to a point where things that are super sweet don’t hold the same joy for you.
You’ll also look at a biscuit and see it as a round clump of delicious evil. There is a tipping point where the world of food just changes for you.
Just remember, there is nothing special about me. I don’t have willpower shooting out my ears. I have no special insight or power. I finally just did it. Don’t tell yourself that you somehow have to be a different kind of person to lose weight. You’re perfect right now, wherever you are, no matter how much you weigh. You’re just going to be a healthier version of yourself so that your awesomeness is exponentially amplified. 🙂
What kinds of things do you like to eat that aren’t loaded with carbs and sugar?