You guys, I’m back in action in the kitchen and I’m so happy I could cry! Our stuff arrived on Monday and please believe, the kitchen was the first area I unpacked.
After weeks on the road, we’re excited to pick up our low carb lifestyle again. I’ll be writing more about my meal prepping and favorite recipes, so stay tuned!
Why low carb?
Adopting a lazy Keto/low carb lifestyle was such a game changer for me. I say “lifestyle” rather than “diet” for a reason – it’s not a quick or temporary fix.
Since losing 100lbs, I’ve been able to maintain most of my weight loss, with an occasional 10 pound gain here and there. When I started Crossfit three years ago, I was shocked when I gained 30 pounds! My clothes were looser and smaller, but my body had drastically changed. I noticed more muscle definition in my back, legs and shoulders. The majority of my weight gain was muscle, but the number made me sick. I was inching up closer to numbers I hadn’t seen in years, and I desperately wanted to cut it down.
A lot of Crossfitters do Keto or Paleo, and after soliciting advice from a good friend (love you, Sherry!), I decided to give low carb a try. I was shocked to learn how many carbs I had actually been consuming, so cutting back was a difficult transition (sweet potatoes, bananas, oats, etc.). Fruit, especially, was a sad sacrifice. But I lost 30 lbs for my wedding, and I finally got off my weight loss plateau.
So, how did I do it?
I made a commitment to eat low carb Monday-Friday, aiming for 50 grams of net carbs per day. I cut out alcohol, diet coke and lattes. Water, La Croix and black coffee became my best friends. I gave myself wiggle room for special events, like team happy hours or birthdays. After all, you have to live your life (hence lifestyle).
I tracked every thing I ate on My Fitness Pal. James did the same, and we were able to hold each other accountable every night “Did you track that?” or “How many points was in that?” This also required us to weigh and measure everything we ate – which is a pain but an important part of the process.
Over the next few weeks I’ll share some of my favorite recipes and go-to snacks. First up – breakfast!
Eggs + Veggies
I love a good savory breakfast and eggs are a favorite of mine! As a pescatarian I need the protein. I mix this recipe up with different combinations, but the general idea is the same. If you’re pressed for time, you could make these ahead of time as egg muffins!
- 1 handful Greens (sautéed – spinach, kale or arugula)
- 1 cup Vegetables (asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini)
- 1 tbsp Fresh Herbs (basil, cilantro)
- 1-2 Eggs (fried, scrambled, hard boiled)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Total: ~5g Net Carbs
Greek Yogurt Bowl
Since I miss granola, smoothies and acai bowls, I do my best to make fancy yogurt bowls. My go-to greek yogurt is Dannon Fit & Light (9g), but if anyone has found yogurt with fewer carbs please let a girl know!
- 5.3oz Greek Yogurt – Dannon Fit & Light Vanilla
- 1/3 cup Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries)
- 1/4 cup Unsalted Walnuts
- Bonus – top with fresh mint
Total: 13g Net Carbs
Cottage Cheese Bowl
I’m one of those disgusting people who loves cottage cheese, so this is an easy way for me to switch up the yogurt bowl idea. I also like to put salt and pepper on it, so the bowl gives me just that little salt I crave. It’s so filling, too!
- 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
- 1/2 cup Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries)
- 1/4 cup Unsalted Walnuts
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Total: 10g Net Carbs