— StepAwayFromTheCarbs (@stepawaycarbs) January 31, 2017
I recently, as in approximately 30 minutes ago, realized that all salads are out to get me. It can’t just be me, either. I am equally certain they have targeted others.
I have not been able to eat a normal leafy green salad for decades. Having Ulcerative Colitis I like many other sufferers of #IBD, find all forms of roughage to trigger flare ups. No leaves, no seeds, no beans is a general rule I must live by. This eliminates all you garden salads, chef salads, cobb salads and even side salads. As I don’t care for vegetables this really didn’t bother me in the slightest.
Then when I tried to lose weight I began modifying an #LCHF lifestyle to coexist with my personally designed #IBD dietary requirements. This involved calorie counting and checking carbs. Pasta is an obvious carb, and was the first to go. Along with it went my favorite salad of all. Macaroni Salad. This creamy delight I had enjoyed all my life goes against my new low carb lifestyle and so must go.
No fret, I do so enjoy Potato Salad that it will fill that gap in my life. Only to find out that while better than Macaroni Salad it is still a carb loaded starchy calorie pit. Though I do occasionally cave into it as a rare treat, the fact is that it does not belong in my life anymore.
But hey, there is still Ham Salad! What could fit better on a High Protein Diet than HAM Salad. And oh so delicious! So good I will eat it straight from the tub, no sandwich bread required.
And then there was today, where I paid a tad closer attention while counting my calories, and realized that Ham Salad is a lie! Despite the meaty, protein filled name, it still has more carbs than protein. And the calories, oh the calories! A serving of Ham Salad has more calories than an equal portion of Potato Salad, and almost as many calories as my beloved Macaroni Salad. Heart break.
So in the end we find that all salads are indeed created evil…
I have been trying to maintain a Low Carb/High Fat diet for about a year now and I was doing really well until this happened.
Thick cut grilled bologna sandwich on rye.
It was so good, that after running out of bologna, a ham melt followed.
And today, roast beef and white cheddar.
And now I’m wondering if I need an Intervention?
Or for someone to take away my George Foreman Grill….
Smart phones, smart watches, activity trackers, and a wide variety of health related apps have all combined to make calorie counting second only in popularity to activity tracking. Anyone overweight tends to think it sounds like a good idea, but it is such a burdensome task. The vast majority start, only to give up after only a few days. This was me as well, many times, many starts, many stops, but I am now going on my 175th consecutive day and have some tips for those who want to get started.
1 – Know the benefits: Besides the obvious of knowing how many calories you consume there is a hidden benefit I didn’t expect. Counting calories allows you to identify hidden calories. Like bread for instance. A simple hot dog bun it 120 calories. Just the bun! And condiments too. Ketchup is loaded with calories where hot sauce, salsa, and mustard have very few. So counting calories allowed me to eat more food, while consuming fewer calories.
2 – Count every meal. If you wait till the end of the day you will fail. It won’t become a habit and you won’t be honest when tracking calories. Count every single meal, every day, no matter how annoying it may seem. By the end of a week it will start to feel more like a habit than a chore. Eventually it is just a part of eating.
3 – Track it all! Yes, that’s right, everything! Even that slice of cheese you ate while making the sandwich! That single tasty slice could be 100 calories on its own.
4 – Count your calories while you cook: Many smart phone calorie counting applications such as My Fitness Pal or Jawbone’s UP include the ability to scan bar codes. Easiest way to count calories is to scan ingredients as you prepare a meal.
5 – Set attainable goals. You can adjust down the road, but at first what matters is that you are becoming aware or your eating habits. Once you have a baseline you can adjust from there.
6 – Don’t cry over spilt milk, or blown goals. So you caved and had that 1,200 dessert? Don’t panic, don’t give up, don’t even care. Most of all, don’t try to make up for it, just move on. You will have days like that, and all that matters is that they aren’t every day. I try to limit mine to once a week, but now it’s more like monthly.
7 – Don’t just accept the target macro nutrient targets. If you are going Low Carb, High Fat, change the targets accordingly.
8 – Save favorite recipes as meals. Do it once and the next time you make it you only have to select the meal instead of each ingredient.
9 – Good luck, and may you benefit as I have. I’m eating better, I’m healthier, and I’m not hungry. I don’t eat less, I eat smarter.
I have finally accepted that ketchup is basically heavily salted high fructose corn syrup. Sure it is addictive and delicious, but there are many condiment options with far less sugar, calories and sodium.
So rather than continue my life long habit of ketchup consumption I am not going to replace the bottle I just emptied. I will instead replace it with hot sauce, salsa, or horseradish sauce. If none of those work I should probably just stop eating whatever it is that tastes that bad.
This was my lunch today.
You should be able to tell three things about me from this.
- I live alone
- I need to go grocery shopping
- I suck at cooking
How many did you get?