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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely deserve a cupcake for maintaining the low carb eating for this long!

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