I gave up carbs (for the most part) a week ago — and already I wonder how I ever stopped doing Atkins.
Seriously. I feel like a new person. I no longer want to snack all day long and I’m satisfied eating a lot less.
Why, I barely recognize myself. This evening, the Boyfriend was eating a slice of cake — the same cake I did consume a couple small slices of earlier this week, a white cake with raspberry filling, white icing and lots of almonds. He waved it under my nose, and — are you ready for this? — the scent didn’t tempt me.
There was a time when a mere whiff of cake would have sent me to the kitchen for a piece — and it wouldn’t have been just a sliver. I’m talking a gigantic slab o’ cakey goodness.
But tonight, I went so far as to say to the Boyfriend that it didn’t even smell good … just sweet.
And last night, I wasn’t tempted in the slightest to sneak one of the Boyfriend’s cheese fries. He complained that his stomach hurt because he had to eat the whole order. (I said, “Fine. Then we’re agreed: No more cheese fries for either of us.”)
I might add that I walked into a Starbucks and — although I was mighty tempted to enjoy a new coconut mocha Frappuccino — ordered a green tea w/ Splenda instead. I’ll be heading to Cost Plus World Market to buy sugar-free coconut syrup to make my own version of a Frappuccino.
Who am I? What happened to my Frappuccino-a-day habit? My cravings for all things sweet? Heck, even my cravings for chips and salty snacks seem to have disappeared.
I’m not all that surprised. Atkins says the diet makes cravings disappear.
By changing the balance of carbs, fats and protein in your diet, you boost your energy level and keep it on an even keel. When you eat foods composed primarily of protein, fat and fiber, your body produces far less insulin. And when the carbs you do eat are in the form of high-fiber whole foods, which convert to glucose relatively slowly, your blood sugar level holds steady, along with your energy level. You don’t crave a fast-fix energy booster in the form of sugary, starchy food. And you’re less hungry at meals.
Atkins has changed since my last go-round, though. Before, I followed the plan in New Diet Revolution — 1 cup cooked veggies and 2 cups salad veggies (or 3 cups salad veggies) a day.
The New Atkins has upped veggie consumption. Now I’m supposed to aim to consume 15 net carbs worth of “foundation vegetables” — a list of about 100 that include both cooked and salad veggies.
Although I’m still getting used to the new program, it’s like getting reacquainted with an old friend.
I’m so glad I took the plunge back into the world of low-carb eating.