Yesterday I started the second half of my 16-day mini challenge. I originally called it a 17-day Challenge, but that’s because I obviously can’t count. 😛 I can’t believe nobody else caught that either! LOL
So this post is my meals & macros for Day 9 of the challenge, and Day 1 of the Zero Carb Week. – See All Posts
Unfortunately the last two days haven’t been so great. On Day 8, I didn’t feel like eating at all. And I didn’t.
Then yesterday (Sunday, Day 9) I felt sick all day. I have no idea what caused all that. Stress? A stomach bug? Who knows. At one point I wondered if I had eaten dynamite in my sleep or something. LOL. My stomach was NOT happy…
The Challenge Of Going Zero Carb
For me, the biggest challenge is my coffee. For months now I’ve been enjoying Coffee-Mate Sugar Free Hazelnut Powdered Creamer. It’s 1 carb per TBSP, absolutely delicious – and while it’s low carb and sugar free… I drink entirely too much coffee, which means I end up consuming at least 1/2 cup of this creamer a day (if not more).
I lovingly refer to it as “My Chemical Coffee” given it’s one of the few things I enjoy that is not “real food”. Since I often have 7-10 coffees throughout the day (yes, all the way to my “bedtime coffee”) this adds up at 1 carb per cup to almost HALF my daily carbs! That takes up a lot of carbs I’d rather use on healthy green veggies.
I started by cutting it way down, with the goal of eliminating it from my diet altogether in favor of a “real food” alternative. That proved to be challenging…
If you’re a “light coffee drinker”, I highly recommend the Sugar Free Coffee-Mate flavored creamers (powdered). They are very low carb and amazingly delicious!
For me though, this is a problem area. As we strive to become our healthiest, leanest, happiest selves… we have to identify our own “problem foods” along the way, and deal with those, as part of that process. For me it’s the “overdose of coffee creamer”. For you, it may be something totally different.
This Coffee-Mate creamer replaced Splenda (which I referred to as “My Rat Poison”) when I decided to quit THAT. *sigh* Yes, it’s been an ongoing challenge, lol…
My Low Carb Coffee Trials:
With it being Day 1 of my Zero Carb challenge, I had to deal with the 7-10 carbs a day of coffee creamer. I woke up and brewed my first pot of coffee, and I brewed 1/2 TSP of cinnamon in with the half pot (6 cups).
- Coffee One: 1 TBSP HWC & 1 TSP Torani SF Vanilla
- Coffee Two: 1 TBSP HWC
- 1 cup of chicken broth
- Coffee Three: black
HWC = Heavy Whipping Cream, which is .4 carbs per TBSP, or 1 carb for 2 TBSP
I also had 16 ounces of water in there somewhere. The cup (8 ounces, not a “mug”) of chicken broth (1 carb) between my 2nd and 3rd coffee was because I wanted something to sip on that actually TASTED GOOD. 😛
At this point it was 11:15am, and I STILL didn’t feel like eating. That’s after NOT eating the entire day before. 😐 But at least I was making progress with my coffee, and thought I had it licked…
Zero Carb Lunch
Ricky came over and made sausage and fried eggs, and I had another 16 ounces of water with lunch. I had no appetite, but I didn’t have any problem eating it all – which seemed like a good thing.
After lunch, for my 4th coffee, I decided to make a large glass of BPC (Bullet Proof Coffee). I don’t really see any “amazing benefits” with BPC, but it was a zero carb coffee option to try at least. And I liked it okay when I tried it before. Except last time I think I added HWC to it (Heavy Whipping Cream).
* If any of these acronyms confuse you, see Common Low Carb Terms & Acronyms.
So for that 4th coffee, which was actually two coffees in a large glass, I added: 2 TBSP salted butter, 1 TBSP coconut oil.
*Note: It’s important to use organic extra virgin unrefined coconut oil.
I felt sick (again) about halfway through that BIG coffee, and after eating “real food” – so I didn’t finish it. I drank about half of it. I don’t know what was wrong with me. My stomach just did not feel right at all. 😛
I laid down for a nap around 2:00, and slept maybe 90 minutes. I got up and had dinner and two more coffees, but ended up going to bed early (like 8pm early, lol).
Zero Carb Dinner
I had my 5th coffee before dinner with 1 TBSP HWC (Heavy Whipping Cream) + 1 TSP Torani Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup. I boiled eight eggs when I first got up in the morning, so I creamed up one of those with salt & Duke’s mayo. Then I heated up two leftover baked chicken thighs to go with it.
The chicken thighs are baked with skin on & crisped: add a pat of butter to the top of each, cover pan with foil, bake at 350° about 40 minutes, uncover for 15-20 minutes until brown & crisp. You can see the original recipe here. Thighs are better than breasts because they have more fat, and because they taste better. But even better: They don’t dry out when reheated, so you can easily cook up a huge pan of thighs and have chicken to eat on for days. They make great chicken salad too. 🙂
My 6th coffee: 1/2 TBSP HWC & 1/2 TBSP of the sugar free coffee-mate. This stuff is like crack 🙁 Fortunately since I went to bed early, that was my last coffee of the day.
Here’s how my macro ratios worked out for my first Zero Carb day – including all the crazy coffee concoctions:
4 net carbs, 5 total
80% fat / 19% protein
Water: 48 ounces
One carb for the eggs, the other three carbs were all coffee stuff.
I went to bed super early.
After a roller coaster schedule and an unhappy tummy for two days in a row, I was just wiped out.
I woke up refreshed this morning after a solid sleep of more than 8 full hours… and expected the scales to finally move.
And they did. In the WRONG direction.
I went from 153 pounds to 154.6 over the last two days. 😛 lol – Rah!
That can be disheartening, especially when you didn’t eat for a whole day (which some people do on purpose – fasting) and when you try SO hard to fix your “chemical coffee” addiction. You know how these things go though… it can take your body a few days to figure out what the heck is going on and do some adjusting.
I stood there on the scale (half asleep still, lol) just staring at that number for a loooong minute. Then I stepped off and back on again. Hmm. Totally puzzled, slightly annoyed, and still fuzzy from a long sleep… I promptly went in the kitchen and fixed a coffee with a full TBSP of my “coffee crack” (Sugar Free Hazelnut Creamer).
It’s not called a CHALLENGE just for the fun of it. 😛
I just fixed my second cup of coffee, with nothing but HWC. I know better than to let the scales get the best of me. I will NOT let this defeat me. I will NOT let this give me an excuse to continue to my addiction.
In fact, I’m going to show those scales that mock me who’s BOSS.
I’m glad I managed to get two full meals in yesterday. I have plenty of extra food on hand today, so hopefully I’ll get even more in today. I had Ricky go ahead and cook up the whole package of sausage, so I have the rest of that. And I still have two chicken thighs leftover too, along with 6 more boiled eggs ready to eat.
It’s going to be a good day. Me and my crappy coffee are armed & ready! 🙂
How do you take YOUR coffee?
p.s. I didn’t get my workout in yesterday, because my stomach was “explosive”. I was slightly sore (not bad) from the T25 and my Ab Carver Pro the day before, so decided to let my body rest & recover. Today I’m going to do that same combo though. 🙂