Leading a sugar free/low carb lifestyle can be compared to the Atkins diet. Actually you can find many great ideas and tips for acceptable foods on their website. However, I do not limit or restrict myself as much as that, and i've still lost so much weight and am a much healthier/happier person! I eat lots of fruit, I'm carb concious, but I do not count carbs, I never weigh food portions, although I do eat smaller portion sizes and always look at SERVING size! I have also changed many other eating habits to make for an even healthier lifestyle.
Here's the basic run down for anyone interested in how I eat...
I don't eat any processed sugar or snack foods. So no store bought candy, chips, cookies, soda, etc. I eat as little artificial sugar as I can.
-If i'm craving sweet I try to reach for low carb fruits. BERRIES mostly. (see below)
-Sometimes I'll buy sugar free products such as SF Jello to curb cravings, but I try to keep these products to a minimum. I'm more of a believer in whole foods.
-I drink lots of flavored bagged teas which almost always contain 0 carbs/0 sugar.
-I also do occasionally make low carb desserts by using artificial sugar. I always use Stevia as it is the most natural low carb alternative to sugar. Again, I really try to limit my artificial sugar intake, but sometimes you just need a good dessert!
-Most of my sugar intake comes from fruit (see below)
I don't eat any flour or grain products such as bread, pasta, oatmeal, crackers, cereal, granola, etc.
-I do buy nut flours such as Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, and Walnut Flour. Baking with them is a bit different, but you can make some great low carb recipes with them, such as pancakes, cookies, cakes, etc! It just takes some practice and figuring out how to make each work for your recipe.
-There are a few very low carb crackers that I indulge in on occasion. I buy WASA brand FIBER crackers. For a big cracker slice there are 6 net carbs. So occasionally I'll have one with some meat and cheese. Honestly though, i'm just as happy with the meat and cheese and so I usually just forgo the cracker altogether, and leave out those extra carbs. Still, if you want a crackery type thing, you do have some options!
I eat tons of fruits and veggies!
Most of my sugar intake comes from fruit. I do tend to shy away from bananas and other tropical fruits because they contain the most sugar. Berries contain the lowest sugar. Also, I try to limit fruit to the mornings so I can burn off the sugar throughout the day. Just a tip.
I eat pretty much all veggies, except for the starchy ones such as potatoes, beans, and corn...your body processes these just like sugar. I call them the belly veggies.
I do NOT eat low fat, but I do eat healthily
When you go low carb, I do not recommend going low fat! You can actually mess up all the awesome benefits (such as weight loss) that come with going low carb if you do. Your body needs to burn the fat for energy now that it's not burning the carbs! So don't feel the need to shy away from sour cream, butter, cream cheese, etc. However, i've taken a more whole foods approach lately and I've been really trying to NOT add things to my food if I don't have to. Not because of carbs or calories, but because i'm trying to really enjoy the food as it naturally is. Just my thing...and I feel healthier for it.
I eat most dairy foods
Almond Milk: Unsweetened
Cottage Cheese- Occasionally
Ricotta Cheese- YES
I don't drink milk as it contains too many carbs and I just really don't actually like it that much. I drink unsweetened almond milk instead. I also use unsweetened vanilla almond in my tea and coffee. I eat cheese and some cottage cheese as well (just watch serving size/carbs).
With creativity, you will never feel as though you are sacrificing!
You can live this lifestyle and EAT BIG. Visit my Facebook Page at Sugar Free Like Me, or Follow me on Instagram @ "lowcarb_and_fitness" to see the delicious food i'm eating daily, as well as my fitness and wellness efforts.
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Low Carb Grocery List
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What to Buy for Sugar Free/Low Carb Baking
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Search online for low carb products on sites such as Netrition, Julian Bakery, and LoCarb Connection!
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