Let me first start off by saying, I am not the type of person who believes in depriving yourself of food to lose weight. I honestly think IF you don’t allow yourself to have what you crave (food wise), every once in awhile you WILL cave and end up binge eating that bag of chips at your desk or that chocolate bar when the kids go to bed. At least in my personal experiences, that’s how it goes.
I also believe in the saying “Out of sight. Out of mind.”, and that’s why I try very hard to NOT have anything my willpower cannot withstand in the house…chocolate!!!
Just before Halloween, I had a client come in and tell me about a new low carb “way of eating” she was introduced to that she had lost 12 pounds in 2 weeks from. This way of eating, called Keto basically cuts out all carbs (bread, rice, pasta, legumes…) ideally you should consume less than 20 mg per day and NO sugar. It is, however, okay to consume meat, eggs, fish (proteins) and fats (cheese, heavy whipped cream, sour cream…).
I thought, “This is perfect! If this works for me I can lose weight and still eat what I want…for the most part.” So I went to my local Costco grabbed only the foods I could eat and things were going great. I was able to make my meals every night with an alternative for my kids (who were having none of my cauli-rice) and some potatoes or pasta for my husband who claims he NEEDS his carbs. Everything was going great and just as planned – I had lost 7 pounds in less than 2 weeks and I felt great…but then Halloween happened! My kids went trick-or-treating, I tried so hard to stay strong and not eat any of the delicious junk food they worked so hard for but I lost it, I binged on way more mini chocolate bars than I’d like to admit.
Will I try again? Yes, probably not full Keto as I really don’t want to go over “the deep end” again but I will eat low carb because one thing I did notice during all of this is I eat too much bread type foods and pasta plus I actually really like cauli-rice with tuna and this easy to make Low Carb Chicken Tenders recipe I’m sharing with you below.
• 2 pounds of chicken tenders
• 1 cup of almond flour
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream
• salt and pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Pour the almond flour into a small bowl and add a pinch or two of salt and pepper.
3. In another small bowl beat the egg and heavy whipping cream until well combined.
4. Dip each chicken tender into the egg mixture and then into the almond flour mixture, coat well.
5. Put tenders on a greased baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Have you ever tried a low carb diet? What are your tips to staying focused and staying away from sweets when trying to lose weight and get healthy?
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