Yesterday we officially kicked off the Summer Low Carb Mini-Challenge, so for the next 20 days I will share my food diaries with you – for ideas and inspiration, and also for accountability. I look forward to your comments as we power through this short challenge together! 🙂 If you missed it, here are the Challenge Details…
Also be sure to see this post on Preparing For The Challenge. There’s a great list for you at the end!
I stated my goals for the challenge here which are 1) to exercise daily, and 2) to give up my beloved Coffee-Mate Powdered Sugar Free Coffee Creamer.
I’ve been exercising consistently for the last few months, but my goal for this challenge is to push myself HARDER and really focus on getting in amazing shape this summer. 🙂
As for my coffee creamer, I love it. Dearly. And the hazelnut powdered version is only 1 carb per TBSP, which is not bad. Over the years I’ve tried all sorts of low carb variations with my coffee – heavy cream and splenda, coconut oil & butter, you name it. I love (LOVE) the delicious creamy sugar free hazelnut creamer…
The sugar free coffee creamer isn’t the problem.
The problem is that I drink WAY too much coffee. If you’ve been following my low carb food diaries you’ve seen that I drink 6-10 mugs a day, which is usually around 8 carbs a day in coffee creamer alone. That’s 1/2 cup (or more!) of a “non food” in my diet, not to mention close to HALF my 20 net carbs a day. 😛
I’ve really struggled with this. On the one hand, I’m losing weight consistently and ENJOY the hazelnut sugar free creamer. A LOT. On the other hand, I want to get as close to “clean eating” as I can. And on the third hand (?? lol) I realize it’s a problem/addiction – not just the amount of creamer, but how much coffee I drink.
I go back and forth constantly. Does it matter? Shouldn’t I have one thing in my life that I enjoy THIS much? Sure, if I could enjoy it in moderation!! lol… *sigh*
The bottom line is: I want to use my carbs more wisely, and trade those 6-9 carbs a day for healthy foods like even more blueberries and spinach. 🙂 🙂
When you only have 20 carbs to spend in a day… you should spend them getting the most nutritional value possible.
On that note, my meals yesterday included healthy foods like: strawberries, blueberries, pecans, spinach, chicken, cauliflower & broccoli. 🙂 I’ll share my meals and my MyFitnessPal food diary with you below.
Here’s what I’ve discovered with my “coffee swap” so far:
I like coffee with butter in it. I use salted butter. If you drink black coffee a pinch of salt takes the “bitter” out of coffee, so black coffee with salted butter has a really nice rich flavor.
BPC (Bulletproof Coffee) is black coffee with a TBSP of real butter and a TBSP of MCT Grade Organic/Virgin Coconut Oil. Some add artificial sweetener and/or heavy cream.
Yesterday I tried just butter, then butter and coconut oil combined, I tested sugar free flavored syrups, just playing around with combinations…
Drinking the same amount of coffee I usually drink with butter in it and/or coconut oil… I felt sick by 11am. 😛 There’s no way I can drink 8+ mugs of coffee a day with butter/coconut oil, lol. I’ll have to work this out. I’m still feeling my way through it, literally – because my tummy FELT very weird yesterday. 🙂 haha.
So now the question is: Cut back on the amount of coffee I drink? Keep playing with low carb combinations? I did drink less coffee than usual yesterday, only because I enjoyed it less. *sigh* We’ll see how this goes!
Right now I think doing away with my favorite sugar free coffee creamer was a STUPID idea and I feel MISERABLE lol. Grr 😛
Tuesday’s Healthy Low Carb Meals
I only had two meals yesterday while playing around with my coffee, but they were both very healthy meals. And of course I stayed full between those two meals and all the calories in my coffees, lol.
For breakfast I made my usual “Low Carb Cereal” and this time I used: 1/2 cup crushed pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, 4 small diced strawberries and 1/8 cup (17.5 grams) of blueberries = 6 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.
I could only eat half my breakfast, so I finished the other half for an early lunch. That was because of all the extra calories in my butter/oil coffee’s of course! 😛
For lunch I had leftovers. I am STILL eating the beautiful Chicken & Veggie Oven Stew I made the other day. I made TONS of it, lol. This was actually a very late lunch, more like an early dinner, and my last meal:
The “low carb bread bites” are really easy to make, and you can make them any size. I made them small this time to dip in my stew. I put the recipe in the Preparing For The Challenge post if you missed it. Enjoy!!
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary For Tuesday
Net Carbs: 15
Total Carbs: 27
Protein: 97 Grams
71% Fat, 25% Protein
Exercise: Mountain Hike
Fitbit Steps: 3,717
Water: 56 ounces
I did have two coffees with my favorite sugar free creamer yesterday, but that’s much better than the TEN the day before. 😛 lol. Is that “cheating”? Nah, it’s called weaning!
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in regards to weight loss – and IF I can do it! ha…
I did try a combination of sugar free Torani syrups in my coffees too.
I liked butter and English Toffee – and coconut oil with Peppermint. I even had half a cup totally black! ~ BLAH ~
I’m STILL sore (two days later!) from the Push Up Bars workout, lol.
I did a short hike last night to get my exercise in anyway, though.
It was a short hike, but all up/down hill so it was a real thigh burner! 🙂
My weight is fluctuating again. Monday I was 141.8 pounds (my lowest weight to date!). On Tuesday I weighed 142.2. Today (Wednesday) I am 142 pounds.
Fluctuations are totally normal of course, which is why it’s best to weigh yourself once a week. It doesn’t always mean you did something right or wrong.
I’ll be interested to see how my weight plays out this week with the “coffee experiment”. If I don’t get frustrated and chuck it, lol. 🙂
What about you? Did you kick off the challenge STRONG?
I would love to hear about your day, what you ate, what you struggled with, etc. And any thoughts/questions you have, of course…
I always look forward to hearing from you! 🙂
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