- Eat More Vegetables
Surprised? Don’t be. Eating low carb means you’re probably going to increase your vegetable intake. Most would be surprised to know that low-carbers eat a lot of vegetables. Which ones? Not the starchy ones, like corn and potatoes, but the above ground ones, such as broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, and all the greens.
- Eat More Fat
I can hear the cries of protest ringing in my ears, but hear me out. Especially those of you who are still hanging on to your beloved low-fat diet. Yes, people who eat a diet that’s lower in carbohydrates usually eat more fats. But believe it or not, this is a good thing. Fats fill us up, and make it less likely that we will overeat. It goes without saying that a diet that is high in carbs and fat is probably not a good idea. However, there is absolutely no reason to think that adding fats to our diet is a bad thing. You can add fats from sources like olive oil, nuts, avocado, fatty fish, flax seeds and coconut oil. By the way, in case you haven’t heard, the jury is out that saturated fat is not the enemy. Become a fat-burner by eating a low-carb plan and embrace the fat your body not only craves but needs.
- Look For Hidden Sugars
Maybe you didn’t realize you needed to become a bit of a detective when you began eating low carb. It’s vital that you carefully read your labels in order to know how much added sugar you may be consuming unawares. You may be shocked to know that there may be small amounts of many types of sugars hidden in your foods. Sugar in what appears “healthy” ingredients, such as honey, rice syrup, or even “organic dehydrated cane juice”. Guess What? These all convert to (glucose) sugar in your body. Don’t even get me started on fruit juice concentrates, which may sound healthy, but by the time they get “concentrated” very little remains except sugar. Recently, someone pointed out that sugar is even hiding in our salt. Our salt! Are you kidding me? That’s right if you are using regular table salt versus sea salt you’re getting some sugar with your salt. Want to know what it’s called? Dextrose. See what I mean about becoming a sleuth?
- Swap it Out
Start substituting lower-carb foods for their higher-carb counterparts. Use zucchini to make noodles, instead of pasta, cauliflower to make “rice”. Instead of chips have some nuts or make cheese chips. Replace high carb flours for low carb nut or flaxseed meal.
- Analyze Your Condiments
You may not realize this but many of your favorite condiments like ketchup and barbecue sauce are loaded with carbs because they get their sweetness through sugar. Just one tablespoon of barbecue sauce has close to 7 grams of carbohydrates. Try your hand at new recipes that use low carb condiments like mustard, lemon juice, fresh and dried spices. Why not make your own ketchup like I did!
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