It’s much cooler here today and it’s raining. I am so thankful for that. We needed the rain and I’ll never complain about cooler temperatures. Today I want to talk about tips for starting a low carb diet. It can seem overwhelming at first because most of our diets are filled with carbs. I hope these tips will help you start this lifestyle in a way that promotes success and helps you transition easily.
First off, you need to remove all of the major temptations in your household. While some people find it easier to make small changes at a time, this leaves room for you to have little cheats here and there. This is perfectly fine, depending on what your goals are, but if you goal is to get into ketosis, cheats will not help. You will need to get rid of all your bread, rice, pasta, and most of your grains. Go through your fruit and vegetables and get rid of any of them are high in sugar and carbs. Stick with vegetables like broccoli, spinach and cauliflower. As far as fruits, stick with berries in the beginning as these are lower in carbs.
The next thing I would suggest is to stick with only what is on your grocery list. When you first start out, it’s hard to remember what you can and shouldn’t eat. Start by creating a meal plan that includes every single meal and snack you and family intend to eat for the first week. Keep it simple when you are starting out. If you think you are going to stick with making all kinds of fun new recipes at first, you will burn yourself out. Take your meal plan and create a shopping list that is detailed and includes all the ingredients you will need. When you go to the store, only purchase what is on your list. This will allow you to stick to your diet, but also to get just what you need for the meals you have laid out. Need help meal planning? Check out Healthful Pursuit for meal planning done for you. Also check out Netrition for a ton of low carb options.
Some other diets might give the option to have a cheat day, which is one day a week where you can eat whatever you want. This might be fine for a typical low calorie diet, but it does not work well when following a very low carb diet. You will find that it is harder for your body to recover from a cheat day, even if you don’t gain any weight from it. In the beginning it is best to hold off on cheat days. Do I ever cheat? Of course I do. I’m human, but I have discovered the longer I stay with my low carb lifestyle, the worse I feel if I decide to cheat. Give yourself a couple of weeks and see how you feel. Then if you feel like you want a little treat every once in a while it’s better than dedicating an entire day to French fries, cookies and pasta. There are a ton a really great low carb replacements for your favorites. One example would be Keto Kookie. They taste just like regular cookies, only in a low carb, keto friendly version.
My last piece of advice when starting a low carb diet is to avoid eating out in the beginning. It can be a struggle when are transitioning to this new lifestyle. You will learn ways to eat out and still be low carb, but you might want to hold off for now. Until you know how good you are going to feel eating low carb, it’s easier to just eat what you have at home instead of going to out to eat and falling for the higher carb options eating out.
That’s my advice today. Check out the links above to make planning and shopping easier. You will not regret switching to this way of eating once you get started. As always, feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Talk to you soon,