Long time no blog, eh?
In case you hadn’t guessed, my New Year’s resolution/intention or whatever the hell you want to call it was a big, fat bust.
Which brings me to Labor Day … and a Sept. 8 re-launch into the land of low-carbing it. As I’ve often said, Atkins is the only diet I’ve ever followed where I can forget to eat. On other plans, I’m constantly thinking about my next meal and/or snack.
Not so when I’m doing the low-carb thing.
So on Monday, I hit up not one but THREE grocery stores — Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and Walmart — in preparation for Tuesday’s start.
My grocery haul. Not included: The Atkins bars and shakes I bought for quick, on-the-go eats.
I boiled some eggs (which have already disappeared. Need to make some more.) I chopped jicama and cucumber spears. I whipped up some homemade olive oil mayo (using this recipe from Melissa Joulwan).
Since the recipe used a whole (small) bottle of oil, it’d probably have been just as cheap to buy mayo … but this stuff tastes so much better than the crap from the store.
Before I went shopping, I planned a rudimentary menu, with certain things on the list for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
Despite all my foot-dragging to get to this point, re-starting the low-carb plan has been easy. I (as always) don’t miss the pasta, bread and potatoes I’ve been OD’ing on for far too long.
Lunch the first day was pickle spears wrapped in ham and Swiss.
I forgot how delicious — and filling — they were. You see I packed three of them, because I thought I’d be hungry enough to eat three. Stopped after two and was perfectly content.
This week has been about rediscovering old favorites…and trying new foods. I tried bacon-wrapped avocado fries one morning, just because I’d seen them all over Instagram and Periscope and they looked delicious. (You can find me on Periscope: @arlenehittle.)
You can see them alongside this two-egg omelet topped with cherry tomatoes. They are pretty tasty, but in my quest to make sure I got crispy bacon, I might have let mine cook too long.
Ah well. There’s always next time, right? Because I’m back, and determined to take this weight off again so I can get healthy.
This morning’s breakfast was this “pumpkin pie” from the Paleo Mama.
It’s topped with a tablespoon of coconut butter. Yum! I had to find a way to use up the rest of the can of pumpkin I opened to make a batch of Kerri O’s Paleo Pumpkin Spice Creamer.
Yes, it’s Pumpkin Spice Latte time at Starbucks. While I enjoyed the real thing several times last weekend, thanks to the “unlock the latte pass,” I needed to find a substitute starting Tuesday. I’ve been adding 2 Tablespoons of the creamer and some Splenda to iced coffee. It works — and keeps me from feeling deprived.
Not that I’ve been hungry much. It’s amazing how filling l0w-carb meals can be.
And I think I’m already noticing results. When I woke up in the middle of the night early Wednesday morning, I got out of bed without groaning and complaining about how achy I was. The achy feeling was GONE …
Things can only get better. 😀