Wednesday, December 8, 2010

No Carbs, Sugar or Salt for You!

No Carbs, Sugar or Salt for You! That is what my Doctor told me yesterday morning. What? No Carbs, Sugar or Salt! What am I supposed to eat? lettuce? What about Ketchup (my favorite condiment that goes on everything)? No! I just kind of stared at my Doc with my mouth open. Luckily, I have a fantastic Doctor. He showed me my labs and explained that I was dangerously close to being diabetic and had high blood pressure. This came as no surprise since diabetes runs in my family and I have been overweight since I broke my leg and had my operations years ago. However, it didn't prevent me from going into shock. Doc then explained to me that he is diabetic and went over his daily meals, what he does at restaurants and the fact that I could use the Atkins diet as a guide.

Now that my blood pressure has calmed down and I have started breathing normal, I think that this will be great for me. I have been wanting to lose the extra weight and become healthy again for some time now. I also have a wedding to go to in February and a 10 year high school reunion sometime next year. I have been spending a lot of time on the Atkins website and there is a plethora of information there. You can get the details of their plan, look up carbs for just about any food, see what you should and should not eat and even plan out your menus! We went to the store yesterday and bought 10 lbs of chicken, some ham, turkey, bacon and some low carb grain crackers. With my new found knowledge, I now know which vegetables to buy (corn is a no go!) and I am going to make a second trip today.

Meat, Veggies, Cheese and Eggs are my new staples! It really isn't that bad once you explore your options. Have any of you ever done the Atkins diet? Any recipes or recommendations? I would love the advice! Wish me luck. : ) 


Lydia A. said...

Wow, I would have thought the doctor was joking at first! You're right though, it doesn't sound so bad once you explore your options. Good luck!

Denise said...

Make the Atkins Ranch Dressing. It is AWESOME!!!

Once you make it through the first week or so, you'll do fine. The first 3-4 days are the hardest. Just stick to it.

For a sweet treat, buy flavored teas and drink them with cream and splenda. Try earl grey with a tiny bit of vanilla extract. Delicious and you really don't feel like you are missing out on anything.

Beth said...

I haven't done Atkins, but I did a low carb program for over a year, and have kept most of the principles - with the addition of fresh fruit.

Crustless mini-quiche are great. I would make a couple dozen in muffin cups, freeze them, and take them out when needed.

Sweet Potatoes (if you are allowed those) are wonderful as "fries". Cut them up into strips, add a bit of olive oil, put on cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 60 mins. Turning after 30 mins.

Herbal teas are a great way to help you through. Mint gives that hint of sweetness, chamomile will help with relaxing, and ginger blends give a slight spice and sweetness. No sugar or sugar substitutes needed.

And drink lots of water. With all the extra dietary fat, it will help keep you from getting constipated.

Krystal said...

My mom dropped a ton of weight on Atkins but gained it all back quickly. If you stick to it (And it sounds like you HAVE to) then you should be fine! It's certainly a lifestyle change. :D

Sandy @ Journey To Our Home said...

Hey, I was wondering how you were doing on your lifestyle change diet? I hope you are doing well.
My in-laws both have diabetes and it is rough sometimes (we even think about how to make things easier on them for our family get-togethers).

Hope this is working for you!