Photo Tour: My Low Carb Meals For 3 Days


 

I got home from my Low Carb Vegas Trip late Wednesday night. My feet and legs were swelling terribly after two flights and a 3-hour drive.

This is a GREAT article that explains why you bloat up and experience swelling when you travel.

I woke up on Thursday morning weighing 154 pounds (2.2 pounds heavier). I took a nap that afternoon, and woke up again… weighing only 151.6 pounds. πŸ™‚ On Friday, I weighed in at 150.2 pounds.

That’s less than I weighed before I left for my trip!! πŸ™‚

Low Carb Weight LossI always bloat up a little when I travel. That’s totally normal. It just takes a day or two for your body to adjust back to your normal routine – and altitude.

Here’s a photo of me on Friday at 150.2 pounds.

I felt LEAN! πŸ™‚

The fluffy/puffy bloating was gone (lol), I was down another pound or so, and I was even down almost a whole inch in the waist & hips!

I could cry happy tears, lol.

Size 10 feels SOOO good!!!

It’s been a long haul, but SO worth it…

I was scared when I first started eating low carb, asking myself if I could really do it. I wasn’t entirely sure what to eat at first either, so I started with this Atkins Food List and just picked out things I liked. I read a lot of their articles too.

Just the other day I was doing a little happy dance (lol) over my weight loss, and had this conversation with @AtkinsInsider on Instagram:

Atkins Diet

That totally made my day! ME, an inspiration?! My struggle has been HARD. I cannot tell you what that meant to me, along with your support & encouragement!

Atkins has supported my journey, and our group, from the beginning. In fact, they are sponsoring a giveaway contest for YOU here on my blog. πŸ™‚ Be sure to enter!

 

Living Low Carb In My Shoes: A 3-Day Photo Tour

 

I am not perfect, I don’t eat perfect, and I’m a “lazy lowcarber” lol.

Keep that in mind as you browse this 3-Day Low Carb Meal Diary, and also keep in mind that I just got home from an awful trip – totally jetlagged and crabby. πŸ˜›

On Wednesday I decided to eat off plan, but not terrible. That was the day I was traveling home. I kept it at 100 carbs for the entire day – which is still relatively low carb by most standards.

I did have a big healthy salad for lunch at the Timberline Grille in the Denver Airport. It was a beautiful Caesar Salad with Salmon & Fried Egg. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Airport Meal

That was an easy, fast low carb lunch while traveling!


I also burned 499 EXTRA calories that day (1,924 total) according to my Fitbit.

In addition to traveling, I did what I call “CARdio” on the drive home. πŸ™‚

That’s where I dance while driving – which yes, looks pretty funny (lol).

I focused on my abs, butt & thighs while jamming out to a Group Love album. πŸ™‚

I’m determined to exercise daily, plus I knew my legs & feet really needed some movement to improve my circulation – and reduce the swelling from traveling. πŸ˜‰

Thursday’s Low Carb Meals At Home

I was SO happy to wake up in my own bed on Thursday morning! I had my favorite low carb breakfast “cereal”: 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, 1/3 cup crushed pecans & 3 medium diced strawberries. (5.5 net carbs and 83% healthy fats)

Low Carb Breakfast

I didn’t really feel like cooking that day, or even eating really, so I snacked on Atkins bars here and there. The Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar (3 net carbs) is pretty good, and I still had a few leftover from my trip – so that was easy.

Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar

For dinner I grabbed a Low Carb Thickburger from Hardee’s, and said “Make it a double!” πŸ™‚ lol. I order mine without onion, tomato & ketchup. That makes it zero carb, according to the nutrition facts on their website.

Hardee's Low Carb Burger

Yes, this is on their menu! Along with a low carb grilled chicken club, and a low carb breakfast bowl.

Here’s my entire MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Thursday:

MyFitnessPal Net Carb Food Diary

Friday’s Low Carb Meals

For breakfast I had the “low carb cereal” again. I make it a little different every time. This time it was 1/4 cup Daisy Brand cottage cheese, 1/2 cup crushed pecans, 2 strawberries & a chopped Atkins bar (Peanut Butter Granola) – for a total of 9 net carbs. Delicious!

Easy Low Carb Breakfast

For lunch I made ham & eggs. Let me backtrack… Remember when I went to Hardee’s the night before? Well, I also bought a “Hot Ham & Cheese” and stashed it in the fridge. I just could not be bothered to get dressed and go to the store after all that traveling. πŸ˜› So this was my version of “grocery shopping” lol. Anyway, I ditched the bun and chopped up the ham (3 ounces) and put half of it away…

Low Carb Fast Food Tricks

I scrambled the other half (1.5 ounces) with two eggs and called it lunch. πŸ™‚

Easy Low Carb Meal

And then, for dinner, because thinking about food was too much work (lol) I just got another Hardee’s Double Low Carb Thickburger – plain with cheese & mayo (Zero Carbs).

Low Carb Thickburger from Hardees

Here’s my entire MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Friday:

MyFitnessPal Net Carb Food Diary

Saturday’s Low Carb Meals

By Saturday I was running out of low carb foods at home. I had a bit of this, a bit of that, some eggs and half a block of cheese in the house. πŸ˜›

For breakfast I had to make my “cereal” without berries, so I used Sugar Free Strawberry Preserves instead (Polaner brand, I got it at Wal-Mart).

1/2 tbsp sugar free preserves, 1/2 cup crushed pecans & 1/2 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese (7 net carbs).

My Low Carb Breakfast Cereal

I was bored with it, and REALLY hungry that morning for some reason, so I chopped up an Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bar and stirred it in (3 more carbs).

Low Carb Cereal

For lunch I used the rest of the ham, added .46 ounces of Colby Jack Cheese (off the block) and scrambled it with 3 eggs – in real butter.

Low Carb Breakfast: Ham, Eggs, Cheese

Dinner… sigh. 😐 I had a date…

It did not go well, lol. I got up and left by the time my water hit the table. Seriously. I got in my car and went somewhere else, and enjoyed a beautiful low carb dinner – alone. πŸ™‚ It was a little joint, a quiet place, called Rafael’s Italian Restaurant (yes, Italian lol – it’s quiet in there!).

I ordered grilled chicken smothered with (extra) mozzarella & mushrooms with roasted broccoli as my side. I had to special order it a bit (no rice, no bread, no noodles, etc).

Anyway, it was delicious. And no “attitude” or “bs” with my meal. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Restaurant Dinner

Knowing I had hardly any food at home, and feeling a little annoyed (pissy!) at that point, I ordered the exact same meal… to go – also. The guy must have thought I was crazy to eat alone and order two identical meals (yes, me and my invisible friend! haha) – but I didn’t care. This is my version of “grocery shopping”. πŸ™‚

Besides, the guy that served me was MUCH nicer than my date. πŸ˜›

Low Carb To-Go

I kinda blew my carb count later that night with a delicious low carb dessert. I just felt like indulging! It was a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding Cup with Reddi-wip. πŸ™‚ Amazingly delicious, but totaling around 10 net carbs – Ack!

Low Carb Dessert

That’s more carbs than I prefer, but at least it wasn’t _____ (censored!). πŸ˜›

Here’s my entire MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Saturday:

MyFitnessPal Net Carb Food Diary

I mentioned my CARdio on Wednesday. On Thursday night at 11:40pm – and Day One back home – I realized I hadn’t worked out yet! I jumped up and did a workout to YouTube videos for the last 20 minutes of the day. πŸ™‚

Fitbit Goals

I’m really making a serious effort with this exercise thing. πŸ˜›

I use a Fitbit (plum, above) to track my steps, and I have it synced up to MyFitnessPal too. This is how I track net carbs in MyFitnessPal by the way. It’s easy to set up!

I didn’t work out Friday or Saturday though. The trip caught up with me and I felt jet lagged, so I just took it easy and caught up on rest and work.

You’ll be happy to know I finally went grocery shopping last night. πŸ™‚ After that “date” I’m ready to stay IN for awhile! πŸ˜› LOL

Low Carb Grocery Shopping

 

See this post for the grocery discussion & some easy low carb recipes. πŸ™‚ Also see this low carb grocery list – and the comments with tons more low carb food ideas.

I hope that didn’t bore you to death, and at least gave you some easy low carb meal ideas. Now that I have some groceries back in the house I’ll be getting a little more creative with my low carb meals. πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for some fun EASY recipes in my next low carb food diaries…

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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11 Responses to Photo Tour: My Low Carb Meals For 3 Days

  1. Marie says:

    Thank you. You have given me a few ideas but where did you get the Atkins pretzel bars? I have not seen them and they sound good.

  2. Melissa says:

    I LOVE your easy meal ideas! I really love cooking, but when I need to adjust to a new eating plan, I don’t want to be frustrated in the kitchen. So thank you for making this easier!

    By the way, how did you sync your FitBit with MFP? I’ve tried syncing mine (I have a Zip), but it doesn’t work.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you Melissa! πŸ™‚ Hmm, I don’t know what a Zip is? I think I connected MyFitnessPal through the Fitbit website – or vice versa. I can’t remember now. Hmm.

  3. Patty says:

    Im glad your feeling happy and less bloated! I would have liked to see the look on your dates face
    I know LCHF is supposed to keep me satiated but I have days that even though I keep my carbs on the lower end my calories hit 2k. I think it’s mostly when I’m overtired. However, my husband told me I look like I’m getting thinner all the time. I think he’s probably being sweet. I’ve only lost the four pounds I mentioned yesterday in a previous post. He’s doing weight watchers I keep trying to convince him low carb is the way to go. I tried WW but I still had episodes of hypoglycemia because of all the free point fruit. I never experience that choosing low carb foods. He likes to have red grapefruit and bread.
    Sorry to ramble! Should I be concerned when I have high calorie days?
    Thanks for being such an inspiration!
    Patty

    • Lynn Terry says:

      The look on his face was priceless. πŸ™‚ Second to that was the sweet waitress, who I handed a five dollar bill on my way up from the table – for bringing me a water. πŸ˜› I have no shame about it. After my struggle with meals in Vegas, the last thing I’m going to do is “suffer through a meal” right now. lol

      I don’t worry about calories. You will notice in my diaries here that my calories are often close to 2,000 – and that doesn’t seem to affect my weight loss (whether they are lower or higher). If I eat too lean, I stall though.

      See: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/4606/lchf-diet-explained/ to understand why, and the science behind why calories don’t matter.

  4. Tom says:

    The label on the chocolate peanut butter pretzel bar says 19 total carbs …so how can it have 3 net carbs?…you have to go by total carbs.

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Tom πŸ™‚ The label also says “3 net carbs”. You subtract the fiber and the sugar alcohol to get net carbs – unless you go by total carbs, and I do not.

  5. Monica says:

    You are so inspiring Lynn! I enjoy following you. You remind me that one of the joys of LCHF living is that it is easy, even when you are on the go, we just have to think outside the bun (pun intended) and be creative.

  6. Stacy says:

    You are an inspiration!!!! I have always struggled with “the last ten pounds” but finding this LCHF lifestyle and reading your daily updates keeps me inspired. I’m almost at goal weight and I’ve reached it in a healthy “easy” way. Thank you!!! – Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  7. Roye says:

    So sorry your date night went so bad! You handled it perfectly though, good for you for not sitting there trying to be nice or polite.

    I bought the Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars thinking they would be a good snack or sweet treat, I have a bad sweet tooth :(. But I am also diabetic and have read that Maltitol which is the sugar substitute Atkins uses in everything!! spikes your insulin and blood sugar, not to mention these other worries from what Dr. Davis of Wheat Belly Diet fame has to say.
    β—ΎSugar-free foods – Wheat Belly Total Health says to stay away from foods sweetened with sorbitol, mannitol, lactitol, or maltitol, as they act much like sugar and cause diarrhea and bloating as well.

    I’m assuming you don’t have the problems with the gas, bloating and diarrhea that it causes me. So I have found I can’t eat them…..Wahhhhhhhhhh.

    I have been SO VERY BAD since Thanksgiving and just couldn’t seem to get the motivation to start this LCHF WOE again, especially since the last few weeks I was on it and being really good I didn’t lose a pound. I’m assuming my problem is the 2 to 3 glasses of red wine I’ve started drinking at night. I’m really enjoying it and don’t want to give it up but I am going to start this WOE again and will stop the wine to see if that was the cause of my not losing. Thanks for all you help and inspiration.

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