I have been eating my way through all the regular North American holiday excesses and then adding proper Scottish comfort food because I can. Between weeks of eating my way round 4 countries in June and July, then eating too much “convenient” food during renos, Thanksgiving stuff and left overs, and then the insanity of December…. I’ve gained some weight. Which is just an outward sign of some more important issues: I’m not sleeping well, my brain feels fuzzy, I’m coughing more, and I’m feeling stresses more.
While I’m thrilled to report that I have not gained the entire 20 I suspected (I finally faced the weigh-in this morning), I am now staring at 15 pounds of proof that my health is not what it should be.
So I’m losing it. This month. I’ll be posting things in here as a way to share this rather easy and satisfying way to lose the extra bits my friends may be facing themselves, and, more importantly 😀 as a way to make sure I get the job done. If You’re watching, I’ll try harder. LOL
Day 1 Breakfast:
Protein shake (#smoothy? whatever)
A #vegan protein powder, unsweetened coconut milk, and several tablespoons of coconut oil.
It had 26 grams of protein, a ton of calories (all from great-energy fat!), a full dose of the RDA of vitamins and minerals, and was under 10 total #carbohydrates.
A quick instant meal; it’s thick, rich, creamy, keeps me full a long time and tasted like a vanilla milk shake for breakfast. What’s not to like? I love these things! Total cost: about $2.50 US per shake.
Lunch: (which I finally got to at 4:15)
Spinach salad, cherry tomatoes, a Big chunk of full fat cheese. Poured Lots of olive oil all over it, added fresh ground pepper, pink sea salt, and a dried mix of nuts, seeds, and veggies. Also had peanut butter (100% peanuts, nothing added) and sea salt on celery.
High in fat, tons of vitamins, minerals, fiber, #lowcarb (under 10 carbohydrates total), and tasty. I kept eating until I couldn’t eat anymore, calories happily ignored. I feel energized by this meal, instead of needing a midday pick-me-up sugar buzz. And of course one could add all the meat one wanted to this meal with no added carbs.
Dinner: (around 9:00 that night)
Vegetarian stew and Greek salad and cheese. The stew had a rich dark gravy (because of high fat content, since I made it), made from onions and local hunted honey mushrooms, filled with big chunks of broccoli, carrots, celery, onion, cauliflower, green beans, tomatoes, and spices. Meat could be added of course, I just didn’t. Total carbs: under 10!
Day 2 Breakfast:
Two scrambled eggs with salsa and cheddar cheese (cooked in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of butter). Romain lettuce salad with tomatoes, salsa and olive oil. Fast (under 5 minutes to make), good protein, high in fat, fibre and vitamins. All under 8 net carbs!
Adding another egg, more salad, or meat (if you need more food) would still make this a low-carb breakfast of awesome. Being high in fats means this meal was filling; I couldn’t finish it all. Bella got some bits of egg and cheese too.
Lunch: Missed it, too busy at work. But I found time for some peanut butter on celery (with sea salt) as a snack around 4:30 (when I finally got a bit hungry).
I’ll add dinner in another post. Enjoy!