Eating Low Carb Alone, Together, at Home or Wherever


 

Keto SnacksHappy Monday! I woke up almost a pound lighter this morning, which always makes a great start to the week. πŸ™‚

I stayed in this weekend, and I was eating low carb alone and getting caught up on some writing work.

Below are ALL of my low carb meals & snacks for Saturday & Sunday, plus my MyFitnessPal diaries so you can see how I logged everything.

On Friday Aaron came over and worked from my home office with me and we “ate alone” together (lol). You can see Friday’s low carb meals here. We made a healthy “whole foods” LCHF breakfast together, then we got low carb Mexican take-out later.

He also came over and did some baking a few days before, so we had Low Carb Blondies and Low Carb Brownies on hand for easy snacks & treats.

I said treats/snacks, but the way we make them they’re more like a meal!;)

Saturday is when I taught our last Low Carb Class, so it was nice to have low carb foods on hand already that I could just “grab & eat” without any fuss in the kitchen. Meaning: no cooking, which I always love. πŸ˜‰

I’ll show you what I ate this weekend…

My Low Carb Meals on Saturday

I had a busy start to the day, so I grabbed a handful of raw pecan halves early that morning. When I say “a handful” what I really mean is: I measured out exactly one serving (30 grams) on my kitchen scale – and logged them. πŸ˜‰

Healthy Snacking: Pecans, LCHF, Gluten Free, Low Carb

I had breakfast later in the morning, and just warmed up a Low Carb Cream Cheese Pecan Blondie with fresh sliced strawberries. Delicious! More like a dessert than breakfast, and GREAT with coffee. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Dessert Ideas

For lunch I had some Low Carb Spinach Bread made up in the fridge, so I just tossed 3 of those in the oven and had them warm with kosher cream cheese on top. πŸ™‚ Yum!

Low Carb Spinach Bread - Gluten Free, LCHF

Since I’m eating alone, I usually make a whole batch of the low carb breads, then patty them out so I know how many servings to add into the MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator – then I bake what I want, and put the rest of the patties in the refrigerator and bake them fresh when I want some.

I usually just wrap them in parchment paper, and then use that to bake them on too – like this:

Storing Your Low Carb Bread Dough

You can see a variety of my low carb bread recipes here including blueberry shortbread and garlic cheese bread. Those types of foods are great to have on hand for a quick meal or something to grab on the go! πŸ™‚

For dinner I made my favorite “low carb cereal” which is also gluten free – and has perfect LCHF macros. It’s 1/2 cup (60 grams) of pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, and 4 small diced strawberries.

It comes to 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.

Low Carb Cereal - Real Food, Gluten Free, LCHF

That’s one of my FAVORITE low carb meals because it’s easy, requires zero cooking, it’s all “real food” and pecans are a great source of healthy fats.

I also had 6 mugs of coffee on Saturday, each with 1 TBSP of Coffee-Mate Powdered Sugar Free Hazelnut Creamer (1 carb per TBSP).

Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Saturday:

MyFitnessPal LCHF Meals Diary with Net Carbs

Net Carbs: 21
Total Carbs: 42
Calories: 1928
Protein: 52 grams
84% Fat / 11% Protein
Water: 64 ounces

 

My Low Carb Meals on Sunday

I skipped breakfast Sunday morning. Not intentionally, I just wasn’t hungry and enjoyed some coffee and quiet time.

Then for lunch I finished off the last of my fresh baby spinach… and fried 4 eggs to go on top.

I fried the eggs in 2 TBSP of real butter, and drizzled the rest of the melted butter over the fresh spinach. That was delicious! πŸ™‚

Healthy Whole Foods Low Carb Meal

I wasn’t really in the mood for dinner either.

Then I remembered there were low carb brownies in the fridge! πŸ™‚

A big beautiful double-batch of fudgy Low Carb Peanut Butter Walnut Brownies!

Low Carb Fudge Brownie

I also had some fresh strawberries, and figured I would “add some food color” to my day (which is ALWAYS a good idea!) – green from the spinach, red from the berries. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Berries

I grabbed some mozzarella string cheese too, so here’s my plate:

Low Carb Treats

I couldn’t finish it all. I ate about 3/4 of the brownie, 3 of the strawberries, and only one of the cheese sticks. πŸ˜›

I also had 5 mugs of coffee on Sunday, each with 1 TBSP of Coffee-Mate Powdered Sugar Free Hazelnut Creamer (1 carb per TBSP).

Here’s my MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Sunday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Foods Diary with Net Carbs Column

Net Carbs: 14
Total Carbs: 26
Calories: 1135
Protein: 43 grams
78% Fat / 16% Protein
Water: 24 ounces
Exercise: 20 Tricep Dips and 10 Modified Chin-ups

The Free Plugin I Use to Get Net Carbs in MyFitnessPal

LCHF Macros: A Simple Explanation & Illustration

 

I know it can be tough sometimes if you’re eating alone (no accountability), and it can be tough if you’re cooking for a family – or eating out with friends that aren’t low carb.

I get that. I’ve been in ALL of those situations.

I found it easy enough to cook low carb when the kids were home, or when my friends are over these days – just by making a meat & green and then adding a healthy starch to the meal for everyone else. Or when friends are over now, we’re all adults… so we can cook together and make it work!

Eating alone can be tough too, especially because it’s too big a bother to mess up the whole kitchen for one person. And because I end up having to eat leftovers for days, lol.

Either way, all ways, whether you’re alone or not, eating out or eating in, it really just boils down to a choice. You have to eat anyway no matter where you are or who you’re with… so it’s just a matter of deciding WHAT to eat. That’s it…

I got my arm workout in yesterday! πŸ™‚

I’ve been SO out of the habit with my exercise routine lately, and my big goal right now is to get back to my daily strength training. Just simple things I can do at home in short time.

Yesterday I did 20 Tricep Dips and 10 Modified Chin-Ups. Why? To tone my jiggly upper arms, because I have a trip coming up next month and I would LOVE to wear a new sleeveless dress I have… without being embarrassed of my arms. πŸ˜›

I honestly don’t think I would have MADE myself do it, if I hadn’t asked you to hold me accountable! So thank you.:):)

Smaller muscles, like your arms and calves for example, are SO easy to tone up FAST. And those muscles SHOW more than any others, so you can make a big difference in your appearance in short time with quick/easy muscle building exercises at home. πŸ˜‰

How are things going with you?

I would LOVE to hear how things are going on your end. What are you struggling with, how is your weight loss going – any questions? And: are you working out or toning up TOO?

Leave a comment & let’s chat.;)

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

p.s. I am working on A LOT of fun & exciting updates here on the blog, so for now you can still watch all 5 low carb classes for any price you want – until I get the new page set up for them, then they’ll be a set price.

And I haven’t mentioned this yet, but there will be a surprise bonus coming SOON for those of you that are registered for the classes. πŸ˜‰ So stay tuned for that!

 

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15 Responses to Eating Low Carb Alone, Together, at Home or Wherever

  1. Amy says:

    I need to be toning my arms too! Little exercises every day Amy…I need to add this to my running because these arms…have been flabby for far too long πŸ™‚ Good job Lynn…I hope to keep hearing you’re doing that to keep me motivated too! You rock! P.S. Come visit me πŸ™‚

    • Lynn Terry says:

      That is SO going to happen one of these days, Amy. πŸ˜‰ And THANK YOU. I need that kind of accountability, to MAKE me get in the habit and do this daily. I want sexy arms!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ lol – so now I’m going to say “Do it for Amy!” (on the days I don’t feel motivated to do it for myself, ha).

      Arms are SO easy. I was amazed how fast mine toned up and got definition last year when I was doing little things like tricep dips or pushups or climbing. I regret not keeping it up πŸ˜‰ but I feel inspired to see those results again, and even better this time!

      • Amy says:

        Well ya got a partner in motivation crime with me on this one lol…lets do this! Tonight I will make sure to do some arms. And maybe again tomorrow morning when the coffee is brewing πŸ˜‰ like you used to say. Lets do it! I’ve got this!

      • Lynn Terry says:

        I am brewing half a pot of coffee now, and you’ve inspired me – I’m going to go ahead and GET IT DONE! It only takes 5 minutes or so to knock out some good tricep dips & pushups. πŸ™‚

        Here’s to sexy arms we can show off! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ *cheers*

  2. Those breads are such a great idea Lynn! I love them because they are solid food, and eating just salads can become pretty bring and unsatisfying after a while, especially considering that protein should be a lot lower than what I thought earlier. I’ve ordered 2kg of almond powder, so looking forward to experimenting with your recipes. The spinach breads will be the first to try I think, but I love the look of your brownies too! πŸ™‚

    What is your view on coconut flour? Do you add it to any of your meals/ bakes? I have quite a bit, but am worried that it may have a bit too much sugar for low carb meals.

    The exercises are such a great idea! I am not a gym person, so anything in the frsh air, or “on the go” suits me just fine! πŸ˜€ What a lovely surroundings to exercise in too! I use 5kg weights to tone my arms, but will be adding the triceps dips to the routine.

    I have already started promoting your plan to my family and relatives in Russia. They are keen to learn more, so I will keep ‘educating’ them as I learn about it myself, and maybe will create a blog in Russian at some point. My cousin who lives in Siberia has not even heard about it yet! Doctors found a tumpur in her stomach (she is under medical investigation now), so I said that the first thing she should do is stop eating carbs in order to stop the fermentation process.

    I am feeling very excited about my new lifestyle, and the potential to improve my own health and the health of my family! The longer it goes, the more determined I am to make it a life-time habit rather than one of those dieting episodes I’ve been through so many times.

    Thank you for all the shares, and the inspiration you provide! πŸ™‚

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I started out thinking I was just going to “diet to lose weight” too – but as you can see (more than 6 years later, lol) it has become such an easily sustainable lifestyle with SO many benefits!

      The low carb breads ARE great, because sometimes you really DO want something more substantial. Plus it’s a good thing to make (whether biscuits or cheese sticks or smaller “thick crackers”) for favorite things like: herb cheese spread, spinach dip, salsa, etc. πŸ™‚

      I haven’t worked with coconut flour but there are TONS of low carb recipes that use it. From what I understand it requires a lot more liquid than almond flour recipes – so there is that to consider.

      I have 5 pound hand weights too, and should use them more. But I find using my own body weight in most cases is easier – because I don’t always have my weights handy. And if you clicked the link … you saw I do Tricep Dips pretty much anywhere I can find a bench or a large rock or even a fallen tree that is the right height. πŸ™‚

  3. I should develop another habit – to proofread everything before clicking the ‘send’ button! πŸ˜€

  4. Good point Lynn! πŸ˜€ Perfectionism is the reason I am not moving as fast as I want to. I need to take your advice and just get things done! πŸ˜‰

    • Lynn Terry says:

      If I put too much thought into anything, I would never get ANYthing done -lol. Because I tend to freeze up if it requires that much planning or overthinking! πŸ˜›

      That’s why I don’t do meal planning, and why “going low carb” worked so well for me. I could just jump right in, and it’s easy to maintain without requiring much forethought or any real “perfection” about it. πŸ˜‰

  5. PattyAnn says:

    Your posts are so helpful!! I absolutely LOVE the cottage cheese with pecans and berries!! Ive been eating it for breakfast every day!!
    I’m still struggling to get on track and STAY on track eating this way–LCHF. I seem to do well for a day or so, then i cave and eat junk. Ugh! I’m learning to just start with the next meal/snack and move forward! Baby steps, I guess!!
    So thankful for you and your blog! Have a great week!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you, PattyAnn. πŸ™‚ Try this: Commit to 5 full days. Just five. That’s easy enough, right? At that point you should be in ketosis – and your cravings and appetite will practically disappear. Then it gets EASY. πŸ™‚ Try it, 20 net carbs max, for just 5 days only – and see!

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