On day four I woke up at 6am to the sound of light rain. I got up and adjusted the tarp over the tent and put on some coffee.
My breakfast (left) was grilled polish sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, and peanut butter & jelly.
I’ve been eating the Smucker’s Organic Natural Peanut Butter, which you see in the picture, because it was the one with the lowest net carbs at the store we stopped at on the way up…
After breakfast we threw on some jeans and old shoes, and took the 4-wheelers up to a riding trail in the woods. We rode for a couple of hours, which was great fun! Linzi and I were so muddy we had to wade into the river fully dressed just to get some of the mud out of our shoes and jeans. LOL.
I had a light lunch after the ride. Just some deli meat (roast beef & turkey) rolled up with colby jack cheese slices – and dipped in caesar dressing.
Caesar dressing replaced Ranch as my favorite dipping sauce, as it’s only 1 net carb for 2 tablespoons (and I can never eat that much of it!).
After that I had my usual afternoon nap in the tent, a low key afternoon, and then it was time for dinner. I was not planning to eat the evening camp meal, which I knew was going to be chili. Um, NOT low carb, LOL. But after seeing it simmering in the pot, I couldn’t refuse:
I checked some of the ingredients while Becky was making it. Beans are not usually on my menu, nor tomatoes, but none of that was really as bad as I expected. It was the sweet corn that put it over the top.
Still, I decided to have half a bowl – and I was glad I did!
Wow, that was *beautiful* chili! 😀
As people were going back for seconds, and I realized I was full, I was reminded of the days I would eat a full bowl and go back for another myself. It’s strange. I don’t even have the desire to do that anymore. I tend to stop eating when I’m satisfied, instead of when I can’t possibly eat another bite without exploding.
I find that odd. I haven’t done anything to curb the overeating, and still love food as much as I ever did. I’m not sure if that’s an effect of the low carb diet, or what.
Either way, I’m not complaining!!
As for the Chili, and it’s carbs, not so big a deal. I’d had a very low carb day (less than 5 net carbs total before dinner) and if I’m going to dip deeper than my “20 net carbs a day” it might as well be on a vegetable (corn) and on an awesome bowl of chili!
That said, I keep it in check. Allowances are a slippery slope, and could easily lead you back into old eating habits. You have to know yourself, and trust yourself, to make choices like that. And I call them “choices” – not “cheating”. This is my body, my life, my health, and my personal goals – not a game or a test.
So I left it at half a bowl, which percentage-wise was actually very little corn – or anything for that matter. I have no idea what my total count was for net carbs by the end of the day, but still well within reason. 😉