So when I got married, I looked good! (haha) I went on a low carb diet to lose some weight and look good for the wedding.
I am now trying again. I also was found to have borderline high cholesterol. Being a cardiac nurse, I went to try and found what to do and found this article that shows that low carb diets can reduce certain risk factors and lost nearly three times as much weight as those on a low-fat diet.
Of course, all carbs are not created equal, simple carbohydrates are easily digestible and can lead to blood sugar spikes and lack dietary fiber.
So here I am making smart swaps to improve my health. Because...health is your wealth. Here are some things I have been doing to improve my diet:
Commit to cutting out bread:
This is my hard part. I am a lover of bread baskets, but it is full of carbs and refined sugars. Therefore, I cut the sandwiches, bread baskets, and crackers.
For sandwiches I have found it is easy to make a couple of great swaps.
Breakfast can be a little more difficult, so try and prepare by pre-making some low carb, high protein options. Try my Cream Cheese Pancakes or Ham Quiche Cups.
Swap fruit for veggies:
Fruit isn't bad for you, but there are also lots of natural sugars present, so if you’re really trying to cut back on your carb intake, replace fruits like bananas, apples, grapes, and pears with sliced cucumber, crunchy celery, or raw peppers or broccoli. Try making my Broccoli and Cheese Casserole, Bell Pepper Nachos, Chicken Salad, Shrimp Foil Dinner, or Low Carb Stuffed Bell Peppers (basically stuffed sans rice). I also incorporate zucchini at times with my Zucchini Pizza Boats and even with a little bit of flour with my Zucchini Pancakes.
But know not all veggies are low in carbs:
Certain vegetables should be avoided if you’re looking to go low-carb. Examples include starchy or sweet-tasting veggies like peas, corn, carrots, and sweet potatoes. The peas and corn are the hard ones for me, I still enjoy my Corn Pie!
Mind your condiments:
You might not realize it, but common condiments such as ketchup and barbecue sauce have a fair amount of carbs thanks to their sugar content. Instead, start using low carb options like mustard, tons of fresh spices, flavored vinegar, or fresh lemon juice and pepper.
Oh and also those salad dressings:
Just look at their carb counts! Thousand Island? More like Thousand Carbs. My favorite lower carb dressings are Blue Cheese and Bolthouse Farm's Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing (not a sales pitch, but I would bathe in it...just saying).
Watch what you drink:
I probably don’t need to tell you that most booze is packed with carbs and sugars, so it’s best to take it easy while you’re trying to slim down. If a cocktail or two is necessary during the weekend, stick to small amounts. A little glass of dry wine isn't too offensive in the carb count.
It is also key to stay away from sugar-packed non-alcoholic drinks like sports beverages, lemonade, and soda.
Not that we all don’t indulge now and again, but the fact remains that sugar is not so great for you. I often use some tea after dinner to help calm my cravings. Sometimes I will also have a Peanut Butter Banana Muffin, some Low Carb Cheesecake, or a
small handful of almonds and semi sweet chocolate chips. Also, here are some other tips for cutting out sweets.
What are your thoughts on low carb?
What are some simple swaps you make on the daily?