Help with understanding Low Carb Eating

Help with understanding Low Carb Eating

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The Carbohydrates Bust!

Hi friends!
So like I mentioned in my previous post, I have been on this low carb eating since the beginning of January. However, it hasn’t been easy and despite the positive effect of losing the weight that I was planning on losing (about 6-7lbs), I wanted my cheat day!

So on the 18th day of the diet, I went out to a Thai restaurant. I had some shrimp spring rolls and Massaman curry with rice. I love Thai food and I’d usually be able to finish that one cup of rice very easily. However, I found myself struggling to finish the rice since I felt too full. It would have been nice if I left it at that. But there is no cheat day without a cupcake treat! So I went to my favorite place, Ethereal Cupcakes and got myself a Boston Creme Cupcake which was soooooooooo good! And this was not even the end! I then went to watch Gravity with my friend and got myself a small popcorn 🙂 Suffice to say, I felt terrible by the end of the evening! My body had been weaned off of carbs and was in no shape to be bombarded with them, all in one evening.. lol! The guilt pushed me to the gym on the next day and I completed 5miles on the treadmill and elliptical combined. I felt that I had redeemed myself.

Little did I know, that carbs really work as an addiction and after that one cheat day, I couldn’t wait for my next one! So, I went to a sushi buffet yesterday.. yes, a buffet! BAD IDEA! I ordered 4 rolls — Shrimp Tempura, California, Spicy Salmon and Sweet Potato Tempura. It took me about 1.5hrs to finish those because I was SO full! I had just consumed about 1000 calories and 130grams of carbs! That’s insane I said to myself but it had happened already and there was no going back. I had truly busted my carbs 😦 What I didn’t realize is that once you get off the carbs, flooding your body with them just make you feel sick! I felt full, lethargic and just plain blah! My tummy felt heavy and upset; and I just wished I could have undone all that consumption.

After yesterday’s episode I’ve decided not to ever blow up my carbs like that ever again. I can’t wait for the end of this month in order to go to normal eating. I don’t want to remain on low low carbs for the rest of my life because when I crave them, I do stupid things like mentioned above. But I also know the effects of high carbs in the diet and will definitely be more watchful over the consumption of carbs. I plan to consciously remain on low carbs but not as low as 30grams per day. The low low carb diet is most definitely beneficial for individuals who are obese and trying to lose weight or for those who are insulin resistant. But for people who can use their will power to curb their every day cravings and to remain active, a moderate carb intake is more than enough for weight maintenance.

My Initiation to Low-Carb Eating

Hi friends.. I hope 2014 is off to a good start for you all just like it has been for me! I can’t believe we are half way into the first month already!

So as you may have or may not have noticed, I don’t have any Weekly High Fives for this year. That is because I didn’t want to rely on just the Weekly High Fives to write something on my blog. I want to push myself to write more when I think about stuff to write about. Also, the Weekly High Fives have served their purpose.. they’ve made me remember to be thankful each and every single day without having to write about them 🙂

Okay, now to start off what I wanted to write about today. I have been doing my surgery rotation in Hampton, VA since November 2012. I am working under a wonderful general surgeon who also runs a bariatric weight loss program. I am learning a lot about weight loss, nutrition and the way our bodies really function in relationship to what we consume. Part of the bariatric program is a supervised medical weight loss program which mainly involves one-on-one sessions with patients in order to change their eating behaviors. The biggest change that most patients are required to make, according to me, is minimizing their carbohydrates intake to 30gms/day.

Since I wanted to lose a few pounds AND I’ve always struggled with belly fat since my childhood, I decided to experiment and put this low carb eating to the test for a month. I have been on low carbs since January 1st, 2014. It hasn’t been easy since we practically live off of carbs and they have sneaked into almost all the foods that we eat. The first 3 days of my diet were the toughest. I had this constant craving for high carb foods. I didn’t think I was going to last even a week when I first began. I even played mind games and bribed myself to stay on it for at least a week in order to treat myself with a cheat day after my week was over. Suffice to say, I was so impressed with the weight loss in the short period of time that I decided to hold off on my cheat day! Now, on Day 15 of the diet, I have lost 7lbs! (P.S. I didn’t have much to go to reach my goal weight, nor was I overweight per my BMI). Therefore, if someone like me has had these results, I’m sure someone who needs to lose more, will very easily lose 10-15lbs in a month.

My biggest struggle has been choosing foods that I can eat. So I’ve made a short list of foods that might help someone who is trying to go low carb.
— eggs
— olive oil
— fish, shrimp (any seafood)
— mozzarella cheese sticks
— salad
— caesar dressing
— meat, chicken
— almonds, other nuts
— dark chocolate
— whipped cream
— almond milk
— hummus

I’m still experimenting and trying to find out what other options would be available for low carb eating but I must say it is extremely tough!
I plan on staying in the under 30-40gms of net carbs per day until the end of this month. After that, I want to get back to eating regular foods but being more mindful of carb content in my foods. With the little bit of reading and research, I have found out that having up to 100-150gms of carbs per day is not bad for maintaining weight.

This experience is not going to cut out carbs from my eating completely but it has definitely educated me to be a more mindful eater and remain aware of what I’m putting into my body and how it affects the overall metabolism of the processes that take place at cellular levels.

I plan on having my cheat day this weekend but after knowing all that I know at the moment, I will probably still be more reluctant to over-indulge in anything 🙂 Definitely deserve a cupcake for maintaining the low carb eating for this long!

Hello 2014!

Happy New Year!!!
Hoping everyone had a wonderful and safe new year’s eve.
I stayed indoors last night since I had nowhere to go and no one to really hang out with. But it was a nice relaxing evening.. bought myself some sushi and watched movies.. I even passed out before midnight with CNN on in the background! Am I getting older, I asked myself this morning! And although the answer to this question is a big yes, this is the first time in many years that I’ve felt a sense of peace at the beginning of a new year. I do not feel that life is just passing me by, I do not feel the pressure of “getting older”, I do not fear the uncertainties, I do not catch myself making resolutions and knowing in the back of my head that chances are those will not continue through the year.

This year feels like a different kind of year. I’ve just turned 28 at the beginning of December and for the first time ever, I truly feel that my thinking, my actions, my decisions, my aspirations, my choices are not child-like. I am looking at this year with open arms.. to soak in everything wonderful that it has to offer! This year will mark some big changes in my life and I can not wait to get on with it! My medical school journey is coming to an end this year, and all that I’ve experienced will come to a bittersweet end when I get that MD degree. However, the learning will go on for as long as I shall live! AND I’m getting married — the biggest step in my life yet! I am super excited and can’t wait to begin the rest of my life with the love of my life!

As far as resolutions are concerned, I don’t really have much going on other than some basic reminders for myself.. Pray often. Be grateful. Respect for parents. Abundant love for Arhaan. Relive childhood memories with my siblings. Continue to make my sister-in-law comfortable being part of our family. Write more. Eat healthy. Don’t ever stop eating cupcakes and chocolate and desserts. Go to the gym. Take lots of pictures. Use snail-mail. Make friends. Keep in touch with old friends. Be positive. Work hard. Read more. Help everyone. Do good. Stay true to yourself. Don’t care about what everyone says or thinks. Listen to your heart. And promise to love Saad even more than ever!

Have a great 2014!!!