They are all the rage. There are a multitude of low carb diet plan books and guides to get you to stop eating, or at least curb your intake of, carbohydrates. The theory behind this kind of diet is if you restrict or eliminate your carb intake, you will send your body into ketosis, which forces it to start burning more fat. With the typical low carb diet meal plan, you cut out breads, pastas, “white” carbs, even certain sugary fruit like blackberries and strawberries. You eat a lot of protein, such as meats, legumes (fancy word for BEEEEEANS!), and so on. Fats are fine, too, like dairy, cheeses, sour cream, and bacon grease (not that you would eat spoonfuls of bacon grease…but you never know!).
So, you got it? Ready to start your low to no carb diet? Got the list below memorized? All set to make sure that meal you’re eating at your friends home doesn’t have any spices you’re not allowed to have? Prepared to ask for an ingredients list at the next restaurant you visit? DO YOU SEE WHAT I’M GETTING AT? There’s a MUCH easier way, and I’ll explain below this ridiculous list.
Here are a few typical menu items you might find on a low or no carbohydrate diet plan:
All Fish, Fowl, Shellfish, Meat, and Eggs:
tuna, chicken, oysters, beef, scrambled, salmon, turkey, mussels, pork, sole, duck, lobster, lamb, trout, goose, clams, bacon, flounder, Cornish hen, squid, veal, sardines, quail, shrimp, ham, herring, pheasant, crabmeat, venison, omelets
Cheddar, Cow, sheep and goat cheese, Cream cheese, Gouda, Mozzarella, Roquefort and other Blue cheeses, Swiss
Alfalfa sprouts, Daikon, Mushrooms, Arugula, Endive, Parsley, Bok Choy, Escarole, Peppers, Celery, Fennel, Radicchio, Chicory, Jicama, Radishes, Chives, Iceberg Lettuce, Romaine Lettuce, Green Leaf Lettuce, Boston Lettuce, Bibb Lettuce, Cucumber, Mâche, Sorrel
Artichoke, Celery Root, Pumpkin, Artichoke Hearts, Rhubarb, Asparagus, Chard, Sauerkraut, Bamboo Shoots, Eggplant, Spinach, Broccoli, Hearts of Palm, String or Wax Beans, Broccoli Rabe, Kale, Brussell Sprouts, Kohlrabi, Tomato, Leeks, Turnips, Cabbage, Okra, Water Chestnuts, Cauliflower, Onion, Zucchini, Collard Greens, Scallions, Dandelion, Snow Peas, Bean Sprouts, Dandelion Greens, Spaghetti Squash, Summer Squash, Beet Greens
Spices you’re allowed to eat:
Basil, Garlic, Rosemary, Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, , Sage, Cilantro, Oregano, Tarragon, Dill, Pepper, Thyme
Now, here’s your drink list:
Clear Broth/Bouillon (not all brands; read the label)
Cream, Heavy or Light (Limit to two to three tablespoons a day; note carbohydrate content)
Decaffeinated Coffee or Tea*
Diet Soda ( made with Sucralose/Splenda™. Be sure to count the carbs.)
Essence-Flavored Seltzer (must say “no calories” and should not contain aspartame)
Herb Tea (without barley or any fruit sugar added)
Lemon Juice or Lime Juice (Note that each contains 2.8 grams carbohydrate per ounce. Limit to two or three tablespoons.)
Sounds kind of tasty, doesn’t it? I don’t know what many of these items are, but I would love to try some sheep cheese and radicchio!
Again, I ask you: Got it? Ready to start your low to no carb diet? Got this list memorized? All set to make sure that meal you’re eating at your friends home doesn’t have any spices you’re not allowed to have? Prepared to ask for an ingredients list at the next restaurant you visit? DO YOU SEE WHAT I’M GETTING AT?
The above list, whether it is a low carb diet plan for women or a low carb diet plan for men, is RE-FRACKING-DICULOUS! How am I supposed to LIVE a normal dietary life when I’m spending all my time trying to chase away all the items I’m not supposed to eat?
Folks, you’re more than welcome to jump on the low carb bandwagon. I’m going to stick to the Half Meal Habit, where I don’t have to CARE what I’m eating, I just need to eat less. Here’s what it did for me:
And what else is great about the Half Meal Habit is, if you also want to try and reduce your carbs, you are more than welcome to. But you also don’t have to feel guilty when you do eat carbs. It won’t matter.
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