A few weeks ago I decided to be brave and post about my weight loss journey. If you missed that post, you can read it here. Since then I have received a lot of questions and it seems as though people want more details. So, I’m back! I’m here to share some tips and tricks that helped me stay motivated and on track. I’ll also be sharing some of my favorite low-carb recipes and a FREE printable! Lets get started.
So, what now?
You read the post and maybe you even read the book. You’re ready to give this a try but where do you start? What’s your next move?
STEP 1) Buy a Scale. Weigh yourself. Nobody likes this part but trust me, once you start losing weight this scale will be your biggest motivator. It’s easier to say no to cookies when the scale starts to reflect all of your hard work! The best time to weigh yourself is in the morning, before you hop in the shower (and after you poop).
Step 2) PRINT THIS. Logging the foods you eat is a tangible way to keep yourself accountable. You’ll notice in this PDF there’s a place to log your water intake. You should be drinking LOTS of water. Not only will this do the obvious and help you stay hydrated and flush out waste and toxins but it can also help your tummy feel full. Just mark a check mark for every 8oz you drink. Don’t blow this off! If it feels like drinking water is becoming a chore, then you’re doing it right! Take your current body weight (in pounds) and divide it by 2, that’s how many ounces of water you should be drinking per day.
STEP 3) Grocery shop and meal plan. This is when it can get tricky! There’s a lot of work involved in this step. Make a Pinterest board called “Low Carb” and start searching for recipes and snack ideas. The key is to have foods that are readily available. I’m someone who doesn’t enjoy cooking, so spending my entire Sunday meal prepping for the week sounds AWFUL. I always look for foods that are ready to eat such as turkey meat, individually packaged cheese, almonds, etc. Set a bowl full of your favorite dry nuts and seeds in a bowl on your kitchen counter. It’s easier to eat healthy when healthy food is sitting there right in front of your face. If you have to wash your celery and chop it all up, that takes time and you will be more tempted to grab the chips out of the pantry. Prepare your snacks and plan your meals.
Speaking of meals…..
Low-Carb Recipe FAVS!
Pepper Stuffed Tacos- Really, is there anyone on this planet that doesn’t enjoy a good taco? Didn’t think so. You can use any peppers but I prefer sweet peppers! You don’t need a lot of directions for this. Cook up your taco meat and season it however you prefer. Slice the peppers in half and stuff them with your taco meat. Sprinkle with cheese and any other favorite toppings (read labels for carbs and sugar!) Heat them up in the oven for about 10-15 minutes at 300 degrees. Enjoy! Whenever I cook these, I always make extra for lunch the next day.
Egg Salad Cucumbers- This is a favorite lunch and snack of mine! Click here for the recipe.
Philly Cheesesteak Mushrooms- Don’t these look amazing?! I’m not a huge mushroom fan so I prefer to have it without the mushroom and lots of avocado instead! Click here for this recipe.
Turkey Loaf- Turkey loaf is probably the number one thing we eat all the time. It heats up perfectly for leftovers. I’ll make it for dinner and then have it for lunch every day after until it’s gone. One thing to modify is the marinara sauce. I substitute straight tomato sauce out of the can and use it sparingly! Find the recipe by clicking here.
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite foods that I turn to when hunger and cravings strike. I’m kicking this off with my favorite go-to snack…
Peanut Butter- But Peanut Butter has carbs! Yes, I know. But so do carrots! Don’t confuse “low-carb” with “no carb.” It’s unrealistic to shoot for a NO carb diet. Back to Peanut Butter. I take spoonfuls of this throughout the day. Mid-afternoon hits and I start to get hungry. Instead of going for a granola bar or some crackers, I eat a spoonful on peanut butter and it helps curb those dangerous cravings. Just don’t get carried away and eat the whole jar!
Cool Whip- My sister actually got me hooked on this! Cool Whip (not to be confused with whip cream) is a low carb treat when you limit yourself to a couple tablespoons. I’ll eat several spoonfuls in the evening. Sometimes I’ll even add some peanut butter with it! I still feel like I’m getting to indulge in a sugary treat but without all of the carbs and sugar that a bowl of ice cream would have.
Tic-Tacs- YES! Remember Tic-Tacs? I buy them in all flavors. My favorite are the “Fruit Adventure” packs. I eat these whenever I’m just having one of those “sugar craving” days. There is such a low amount of carbs and sugar in Tic-Tacs that they don’t even put those values on the label. Again, don’t eat the whole container in one sitting. But those little bursts of fruity flavor could help you calm that sweet tooth!
Celery and Cream Cheese- This is a new favorite snack of mine. Cream Cheese is a great alternative to dressing. If you’re someone that can’t eat raw veggies without gagging and hurling, then we have something in common! Stay away from the ranch and sub in the cream cheese!
If there’s any questions you have or if you would like to see more posts like these in the future, comment below or reach out to me via email/social media!