Day 51: Eating Low Carb On A Cliff



Yesterday I went on a fun hike to Laurel Falls, Stone Door and Savage Gulf. The hike itself took 4 hours, plus the drive there and back, so my low carb lunch ended up being on the side of a cliff overlooking Savage Gulf. πŸ™‚

I’ll share the hiking photos with you in another post, because it was a seriously adventurous hike! You’ll love it. It was absolutely breathtaking… and I got TONS of exercise.

It’s really nice to stay home and enjoy Tennessee for the Spring. These day trips around the area are SO much fun, and Tennessee is truly beautiful this time of year – with ideal weather.

Outdoor adventures are much better than the gym. πŸ˜‰

Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 51 of the β€œGet Lean For Summer!” 90 Day Low Carb Challenge. It’s not too late to join us if you haven’t already!

Day 51: Tuesday’s Low Carb Meals

I got up and had my usual “low carb cereal” for breakfast. It’s 1/2 cup pecan pieces, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, and 3 strawberries. I stir it all together and it’s delicious! πŸ™‚ It comes to 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.

Healthy Low Carb High Fat Breakfast

I popped the last Low Carb Blueberry Waffle into the toaster, and ate that on the way out the door to head off for our hike. First though, I packed up some low carb foods for our hike. This was going to be a LONG hike, so we decided to eat lunch picnic-style.

I packed plenty of water, plus: almonds, pecans, cheeses, dill pickles, vienna sausages, cream cheese & peanut butter (which I eat together and call “peanut butter pie” lol).

Low Carb Hiking Foods

I also packed 2 large coffees in my Contigo Mugs, which were STILL warm/hot 5 hours later when we got back to the truck. That was a nice treat after a big hike!

Low Carb Hiking Trip

Those are my Northside Burke II Shoes that I love so much. πŸ™‚ They are GREAT for hiking, creek wading, kayaking, or just summer walks. They’re super comfortable, have great grip, and they are the best “sneakers” I have ever owned in my life!

We hiked Laurel Falls first, then Stone Door, then Savage Gulf. It was several hours and several miles, and if I’m not mistaken we had lunch at Stone Door overlooking Savage Gulf – on the side of a bluff we hiked up to, which was crazy and scary! πŸ™‚

Joe brought crisp cucumber slices, with just a touch of salt & pepper, which was a GREAT addition to our low carb picnic! Those were really refreshing along with the nuts, meats & cheeses after a long hike. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Snacks For The Hike : Crisp Cucumber Slices

I didn’t eat tons – mostly almonds, cheeses, about 4 vienna sausages, cucumbers, and then one of the little peanut butter cups.

Low Carb Picnic Snacks

When I logged it, that came out to almost 500 calories. It didn’t seem like much food, but I was satisfied – and also a bit lightheaded from the heights, lol.

For dinner, I was exhausted and just threw together some leftovers. I had stuffed mushrooms, squash & green beans – and stirred it all together. Delicious. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Dinner

I had to guesstimate a bit on my food entries and macros, because I didn’t measure or document anything at lunch on the side of the cliff – but I think I got close there.

I didn’t eat tons really. And dinner, I just threw it all together and ate it, but then didn’t finish it. We’ll call it all close enough though. πŸ™‚

Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Tuesday:

MyFitnessPal Low Carb Diary with Net Carbs Column

Tracking Macronutrients (Simple Explanation of Macros)

Fitbit GoalsHow To Get Net Carbs in MyFitnessPal

Calories: 1487
Net Carbs: 25
Total Carbs: 37
Protein: 58 Grams
77% Fat, 16% Protein

Exercise: Ambitious Hike! (3+ Miles)
FitBit Steps: 9,994
Water: 48 ounces

SIX steps short of 10,000 steps… lol.

You’d think I could have hit that Fitbit goal, but the 9,994th step was me crawling into bed after that crazy hike. πŸ˜›



Here’s the spot where we ate lunch yesterday. It was a cliff we had to hike up to, scaling rocks across a bluff that overlooked Savage Gulf, but the view was absolutely breathtaking! The picture doesn’t do it justice… We sat there on the edge of that bluff, which dropped off hundreds of feet, and watched the swallows dance. πŸ™‚

Savage Gulf - Low Carb Picnic Spot


I look forward to sharing the hiking adventure with you. I’ll put together a photo tour. It was an amazing day with off-trail hiking, rock climbing, two uphill runs, a waterfall, and some of the most amazing views I’ve seen in years!

This is the kind of exercise I LOVE. πŸ™‚

How are things going on your end?

I look forward to hearing from you!

Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler

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18 Responses to Day 51: Eating Low Carb On A Cliff

  1. Barb says:

    Sounds like a perfect day with wonderful company! We like to go down to Gatlinburg and the mountains there are just breathtaking! I love getting my exercise outside. It’s just really refreshing especially after winter!

    I am 2.5 weeks in and going strong but sooo tired. The longest I’ve survived on LC is 6 weeks and finally caved because of the fatigue. This time I’m determined to find that “sweet spot” as Mark Sisson calls it I’ve been doing some reading on marks daily Apple and am going to try and up by carbs by including more veggies and see if that helps. I’m not giving up this WOE so trial and error it has to be!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Gatlinburg is definitely beautiful, and only about 3 hours East of me. πŸ™‚ Trial and Error is the best thing to do, you have to find what works for you. My advice: only change ONE thing at a time for two full weeks, to do a true (clean) test.

      Keep me posted! I’d love to hear what works best for you. πŸ™‚

      Oh, and how are you tracking? I’m curious to know your usual fat/protein ratios most days…

  2. Kimme says:

    Hi Lynn,
    Where do you get those individual size serving containers of the cream cheese and peanut butter?

    • Lynn Terry says:

      LOL Kimme… πŸ˜€ I confiscate them from breakfast bars and from hotel continental breakfast setups on my travels, haha. πŸ˜› Sometimes it’s one of the ONLY things I can eat, or something I can toss in my bag and snack on later in my room or on the go. Especially if I’m “living out of a hotel” for 3-4 straight days on a tight schedule.

      I had a few leftover from a recent trip, and they were perfect for this hike. πŸ™‚

      Considering I hardly eat most of what they put out (that I do pay for), I don’t feel TOO bad for that. πŸ˜›

  3. Sue says:

    Love the idea of cucumber and salt/pepper. I’ve been having a small amount of ranch dip with my slices but I’m guessing some s/p would be better. I gave it a try today! (Thanks Joe.)

    • Lynn Terry says:

      I’ll pass that on, Sue. πŸ™‚ They were so crisp and delicious, just with salt & pepper – and so refreshing along with the nuts & cheeses. Perfect! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that…

      Oh – because I would have to go to the store. And wash a knife. And slice a vegetable. πŸ˜› hahaha πŸ˜€

  4. Justine says:

    Your day looked like so much fun. I haven’t had a picnic in a long time. The weather here in virginia has been crazy, 50-60’s and rain to sunny in the upper 80’s. So I guess I can now get my butt outside. Lol.

    So yesterday I was into a breakfast mood. I had scrambled eggs with ham and cheese for breakfast, bpc, 3 cream cheese pancakes (w/o berries and I added a dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract instead) and added a slice of bacon to each, rolled it up and ate it. It was yummy. For dinner we had grilled pork chops and I was seriously tempted to have fried eggs with it but instead I had cucumber salad.

    My bet carbs were 12 and my fat was 80%. I drank 60oz of water too.

    • Justine says:

      I had the bpc, pancakes and bacon for lunch. I didn’t have all of that for breakfast lol

      • Kimme says:

        lol, glad you clarified as I was reading your first original post I was thinking to myself “man that is a huge breakfast” lol

        • Justine says:

          Lol yeah there is no way I’d be able to eat all that for one meal. Well I could, but there would definitely be vomit involved afterwards. Lol

      • Sue says:

        Justine, how do you make your cucumber salad?

        • Justine says:

          I usually use about a 1/2 cup of peeled and diced cucumber, 1 tbl of mayo or ranch, and 1 tbl of feta. Sometimes I will add some crumbled bacon to it (I love bacon).

    • Lynn Terry says:

      LOL that cracked me up. πŸ™‚

      I get in those breakfast moods too!

      Our weather in Tennessee has been up & down too – but I think the heat is here to stay now, and the humidity is already setting in. I will miss those cooler days because there’s no way to hike once summer sets in here! πŸ˜› It’ll be all caving and swimming after that…

  5. Brenda says:

    Having a hard time getting the scale to move as I have been navigating this LCHF for several months now!!! HELP!!!

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