In April of this year, I was the heaviest weight that I have been other than during a pregnancy. I did not feel well, was having awful night sweats, and just felt tired all of the time.
I needed to get serious about number 5 on my list of things that I was working to master!
Following a miserable road trip of just feeling rotten, I started the Keto lifestyle with a close friend. After about a month, I had lost about four pounds but I could clearly see that this was not a lifestyle that I would maintain. Having so little carbohydrates did not energize me and I knew I wasn’t going to keep it going. I did appreciate that it helped so much with my sugar addiction and pretty much fixed that altogether.
Rewind a few years back. I had checked out the new book Trim Healthy Mama. I think I even read it, or maybe I tried to read it but felt overwhelmed at the encyclopedia of knowledge.
It seems that I wasn’t the only one who could not understand the program because since then, there have been many attempts, some successful, to simplify it.
One month in, I think I have a grasp of E, S, and FP meals. I am taking baby steps. I’m seeing some weight loss and I’m feeling pretty good. I don’t get hangry, don’t feel deprived of good foods that I like, and I think this is a way of life that I can (mostly) maintain. That’s a big praise! I haven’t followed the plan 100% but that’s ok. Grace. It’s built on grace.
Those who are successful, and there are many, say that baby steps is key. Get one thing figured out before moving forward.
I wanted to share a few little low-carb tweaks that I’ve made without a lot of thought, time, or money.
My ice cream is now Breyer’s Carb Smart (purchased at Walmart) . Here I am having it with THM Skinny Chocolate over it. It is DELICIOUS!
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (I only eat them toasted) have gotten an overhaul. I use sprouted bread, all fruit jelly, and peanut butter that has nothing added. All of this is also available at Walmart. Here’s a hint about the peanut butter. Stir it and then put it in your fridge. It won’t separate out again and get that icky layer of oil. Eating this all together isn’t necessarily “on plan” as I understand it but it is certainly healthier than what I was doing.
I’ve switched out my salt to pink Himalayan salt. From what I’ve read (very little about this), it seems to be healthier for you. I found this at Dollar Tree!
No more Lipton Sweet tea for me. That’s a little sad. 🙂 At least it would be if I still missed sugar. I’ve replaced my tea with Oolong tea which I sweeten with Stevia or THM Gentle Sweet.
Making pizza and spaghetti sauce is healthier with this Great Value pizza sauce. With only 3 net carbs per serving, it won’t add too much to your waistline.
So those are just a few changes of many that I’ve made to attempt this low-carb lifestyle. I’m seven pounds down and feeling much better.
In the next post, I will share some of my favorite trim healthy mama recipes.
I’d love to hear your favorite low carb tips in the comments!