I decided to turn today’s post into a topical post. Hope that’s ok with you all
Based on the fact that I’ve been working 60+ hours a week at my ‘regular’ job, I think it’s important to talk a little bit about how to fit low carbing into a busy (read: normal!) lifestyle. It’s actually much easier than you think! If I had one sentence to tell you how to do it, it would be- Always come prepared. But thankfully, I have a whooooooooole bunch of sentences at my disposal, so I am able to elaborate for you. (Lucky you!!)
As you may or may not know, I’m quite the advocate for eating when you’re hungry. Sounds pretty common sense, right? You’d be surprised how many people think that not eating is the secret to losing weight, it’s totally not. It’s actually counter-productive because, uh… it sucks? Who the heck wants to be hungry? That’s where people get messed up. I love food and I love to eat, so if my tummy rumbles, you better bet your ass I’m going to feed it! The key is, in a busy lifestyle when hunger strikes, you have to have planned ahead. If you’re on the go a lot, Atkins bars are a life saver, or those single serving packets of nuts (just regular salted is best, but if you need more flavor, just watch the carb count. I stick to peanuts, but almonds are good too). Keep one in your car, your purse, your backpack, your desk at work, anywhere. EVERYWHERE. Then you know if you need to eat something, you have something that not only fits your life; it fits your ‘diet’.
(Please note: Low carbing is not a diet, it truly is a lifestyle, but for the sake of this discussion not getting too confusing, I’m saying your ‘diet’, but by that I just mean how you eat. But you’re smart, you already knew that.)
Make sense? It should. Seriously, eat. Especially if you’re first starting out while you’re adjusting to everything in your body switching gears. Don’t deprive yourself of food in general, just cut out the white crap (kidding, read the books, but really that’s the jist of it.) Don’t worry about too many calories in the beginning, you likely won’t have to watch those for a while, as you will find yourself being hungry less often anyway (barring you’re eating enough fat) and your body will regulate itself to only wanting enough calories to sustain your activities. True story.
I, myself, actually do what people call ‘intermittent fasting’ or IF, but not really on purpose. When I stick to a low carb style of eating, my body naturally adjusts to only wanting one meal a day. I drink coffee (black w/Starbucks sugar free syrup) and water all day, if I get hungry, I’ll grab one of the above mentioned snacks or an Atkins shake and then between 6-10pm when I’m actually hungry I make and eat a big ass dinner. It just works for me. Plus I’m lazy and have no desire to plan and prepare 2-3 meals for myself a day, I’m not much of a cook. Just putting a little extra thought into it and you can make this thing idiot proof, I promise. For example, cook up a pound of bacon on Sunday night; throw it in the fridge in a Ziploc and woohoo! Snack for the week! Or do the same with hard-boiled eggs, etc. 3 meals a day even on a busy schedule is easy!! Exhibit A: Jimmy Dean Omelet for breakfast, ham and cheese rollups and a small salad for lunch, Atkins bar/shake or a pack of nuts for snack and a big old juicy burger with a side of broccoli and cheese for dinner. Sound easy? Yep. Sound good? It is.
So what the hell are you waiting for??????????