Wednesday’s Meals & Macros: 19 Net Carbs


 

Yesterday was a weird day. I have bronchitis this week (YUCK!) and I woke up at 1am miserable – and couldn’t go back to sleep. So aside from a 2-hour nap later that morning, I was up from 1am until about 10pm last night.

It was WAY too long of a day. 😛

Sipping hot chicken broth is great when you’re sick, by the way. I usually use a can of Campbell’s chicken broth (the kind you cook with) and boil it with equal water as directed – then sip it hot out of a mug. It’s great for the low carb flu too, as it replaces sodium and electrolytes lost.

It’s just plain good ANYtime you’re feeling icky!

I should have made some broth yesterday. I’ll definitely have some today – for sure.

Of course, I have hardly any appetite being sick, but I’m forcing myself to eat as healthy as I can for two reasons: 1) to get well faster, obviously. And 2) because I need food on my stomach to get the meds down. 😛 Fortunately I didn’t have to do ANY cooking, because I certainly don’t feel like goofing off in the kitchen right now!

I started my morning off with a nice hot coffee, and 1/2 cup of pecan halves. Pecans are great because they are a single real food, and VERY low carb / high fat (LCHF). Because they are so high in healthy fats, they are actually quite filling (more so than you’d think!). I usually have 1/4 or 1/3 cup, but at a full half cup so I could take meds.

LCHF Snack - Pecan Halves

Later in the morning, sometime after sun-up I guess, I had “a real breakfast” – which is typical for me. I don’t really like to eat heavy first thing in the morning. I heated up leftover grilled chicken & roasted broccoli.

This was leftover from take-out the night before, where I ordered enough for dinner to have plenty the next day. Smart, right? 🙂

Low Carb Leftovers for Breakfast

Breakfast Macros

For lunch I had the last piece of leftover chicken, with 1/4 cup of Daisy Brand cottage cheese and a few more pecans. I mention the brand because that’s important – whether it’s sour cream or cottage cheese, you’re better off with Daisy Brand.

Just look at the ingredients compared to any other brand on the shelf! Daisy brand has WAY fewer ingredients, which is a plus!

Simple Low Carb Lunch

For dinner, Ricky came over and made bacon & eggs. Yum. 🙂

Low Carb - Bacon and Eggs for Dinner

Low Carb Lunch and Dinner Macros

Grilled Chicken is very low fat, high protein by the way. You really want to limit your protein to 20-25% of your daily calories. I got it because it made for easy low carb take-out, and easy leftovers. But I often order the Delmonico Steak from there instead. If you’re cooking at home, chicken thighs (with skin on) are much better – and taste tons better too, baked in the skin and in their own juices. I rub mine with a tad of olive oil and top with a pat of butter and just bake until done. Easy!

When I cook, that is. lol.

Here’s how my day came out, when you include my coffee & creamer:

Tracking Daily Macros for Weight Loss

Perfect! That’s what you want to shoot for: under 20 net carbs, around 70-75% fat, 20-25% protein, and 5% carbs. Hmm. there was butter on the broccoli too that didn’t get counted. Oops! All in all a good food day, super easy foods, and great macros.

Edit – I just remembered, I had a slice of plain ham and a slice of swiss cheese somewhere in between lunch and dinner.

You’ll notice I keep my foods super simple, with as few ingredients on my plate as possible. This is ideal. The less combinations of food, the less ingredients, the easier it is to digest your meal. You’ll feel less sluggish after eating because your body doesn’t have to work so hard to digest simple foods. My ideal number is 3 – I shoot for no more than three ingredients on any plate. That’s the goal anyway!

I ordered more Low Carb Bread and Low Carb Bagels from Netrition, and those should be here today. I’m SO glad. Something bland (and something quick & easy) sounds SO good right now.

And a toasted bagel will go great with that mug of chicken broth. 🙂

What about you – what did you have yesterday or today?

Best,
Lynn Terry, aka @LowCarbTraveler

About Lynn Terry

I love making the low carb diet EASY for people with a busy lifestyle (like me!) with my KISS / Keep It Simple method. :) About Lynn Terry: Host of the Low Carb Challenge

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6 Responses to Wednesday’s Meals & Macros: 19 Net Carbs

  1. Josh Loe says:

    I tend to stay away from the low carb bread. I went through a phase of eating it quite often, and my results really slowed down. I’ve been at low carbin’ for over 6 years now, you can read about my story if interested Josh Loe’s Journey

    Your lunch looked great though!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Great to meet you, Josh! 🙂 I’ve been through some BAD experiences with low carb breads myself. YUCK. One of them (JB)… tasted like licking the back yard. lol. The one I DO like, that doesn’t stall me or knock me out of ketosis and actually TASTES GOOD is a great company.

      It’s The Great Low Carb Bread Company. Check out the ingredients here: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/5564/low-carb-bagel-ingredients/ Pretty impressive. They’re kosher, GMO free, and even have gluten free breads. Everyone is loving them so far!!

      I will say though, it’s not a habit for me. But toast & broth sounds REAL good right now while I’m so sick. 🙂

  2. Angela Pryor says:

    Hi Lynn, just want to say how grateful I am to you for starting this group and sharing your victories as well as your struggles. I have been low carb since March 31st and I’ve lost about 7lbs but that was in the first week when I kept it simple. but because I haven’t kept my woe simple my weight is stalled, I was constantly looking for all this oil or butter or grass fed meat (that I can’t really afford) whatever else low carbers do. I noticed you don’t bother with any of that fancy crap, you totally keep it simple. So thank you again for this blog. God bless you!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Angela 🙂 I do keep it super simple. I like foods with few ingredients, and anything organic / REAL is definitely best in my book. But the fact is… I’m super busy (like most people) and do A LOT of take-out and easy stuff, and that’s when I’m not traveling and eating out – which is a lot!

      I chose low carb as a lifestyle because it fits MY lifestyle, as a means of losing weight AND being healthier. I love that you can eat out, even fast food in a pinch, or eat super easy foods.

      I keep pecan halves in the house at all times for example – they are great for “grab & go” and I like that they’re a “single real food” for a snack or a meal.

      You might really enjoy this post, by the way: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/4945/simple-low-carb-diet/ It’s all about keeping it simple. 🙂

  3. Lu Ann says:

    I am loving your website! Thank you for all you do! I do have one question, though. What food tracker are you using to break down your meals? I would like to use one and wonder what you suggest. I am new to your website, so please forgive me, if you have posted this somewhere else.
    Thanks! Hope you feel better soon.

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