Cutting carbs

I’ve made the journey to my goal weight, and now I stay here.

Our 3 month journey

Over the past 3 months, we’ve been following the Ketogenic Diet.

For those who don’t know:

The Ketogenic Diet is one of several High-Fat-Low-Carb diets out there. So, minimal carbs, medium protein, high fat percentages. This forces the body to burn fat, instead of carbs, for energy. This process releases ketones, and throws your metabolism into ketosis – hence Ketogenic Diet.

This is what we’ve been doing for 3 months now, with the exception of about 3 cheat days (we can’t resist sushi, and there was an ice cream tasting that we couldn’t avoid).

For those of you who think “but what about pizza, and pasta, and bread, and… stuff?”, we’ve got this covered.

We don’t have bread. Haven’t had it since we started. And we don’t crave it, which is great.

We’ve found a place that makes pizzas with a cauliflower base, and we’ve even made our own. It’s still a work in progress, so we haven’t had the perfect pizza replacement, but we’re getting there.

There are many alternatives to pasta, and we’ve even made our own lasagna and mac ‘n cheese using cauliflower and zucchini. It tastes great, AND we don’t end up carbo-loading after a meal.

For those who want flour-based foods, there’s an alternative for that too – almond flour. Or even coconut flour. Actually, the list is too long. We haven’t used those because unfortunately I have an allergy to nuts. There goes 3/4 of our Keto food options.

Erin can have them though, so it’s really only me with limited options.

Canceling carbs

Ever since we started counting carbs, we’ve realized how much we actually used to take in.

For a low-carb diet, the recommended carb intake per day is 30g (for Keto, it’s limited to 20g). That sounds like a lot, until you add the little things up.

30g carbs in every day foods

  • 276ml of Coke.
  • 1 cup of rice.
  • 1 banana.
  • 1 donut.
  • 2 dates.
  • 1 pancake.
  • 1 apple.
  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread.

These are all approximately 30g of Nett Carbs EACH.

One of these servings takes you over your daily limit of carbs.

So we cut them all out. We have zero sugar drinks, plenty of greens, and protein shakes.

Sugar dependent? We use Xylitol sweetener as a sugar replacement.

Some food for thought.

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