My sister was in town this week and we were talking about how she is interested in trying out the slow carb diet, so I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and post my simple tips for keeping with it.
Tip 1: Green Tea
I brew a pitcher of green tea every few days, and store it in my fridge. I don’t add any sweeteners (some artificial sweeteners could still spike your insulin response, and I haven’t figured out which). My trick is to drink it really cold with lots of ice, and keep some on my desk all day.
Tip 2: Jerky
Right now in my cupboard I have bison/buffalo jerky from fresh market, ostrich jerky (ostrim), and regular extra lean beef jerky. Whenever I’m hungry in between meals I’ll grab a bit to snack on. These are all low-fat options for lean protein. My only concern with them is sodium, so I only eat a little bit each time (a couple grams).
Tip 3: Ziploc bags/tupperware
I break up my chicken or steak into single serving size when I marinate them in advance and store them either in the fridge or freezer. I’ll buy proteins in larger quantities then split them up so that i don’t have to thaw out an entire package for one serving.
Tip 4: Beans + tupperware
I don’t often like to eat an entire can of beans at one time, but will rinse and store half the can after i’ve warmed it up (I’ve been told rinsing the beans reduces the gassy effect of the legumes) and consume it the next morning with my high protein breakfast. I like buying the unspiced ones from whole foods that have had salt added to them (salt level is pretty low). Careful with target brand beans as they often have sugar added to them as a preservative/flavor enhancer.
Tip 5: Egg white cartons
I buy Allwhites 100% egg whites, and mix with my whole eggs when I make my scrambles in the morning. I am not a fan of egg beaters or the other non 100% egg white products (they tend to have stringy feeling to them, or strange taste). These little packages are great as they will keep for 7 days in your fridge once you open them, so for $1.50 you can get 10 eggs worth of whites to use for a week.
Tip 6: Snack before workout/eat after
So I snack on peanut butter or nuts or jerky about 2 hours before I go to cross-train. I feel like this gives me enough time to settle my stomach, and still have some bioavailability of said nutrients for the workout. I try to also eat protein or dinner within a short period of working out.
One of the hardest aspects of adhering to a diet for me is always making it a routine, once its routine and second nature, it becomes much easier to stick to. Have any dieting tips that have worked for you?