It makes me chuckle a bit when I hear customers coming through my line raving about how good an ice cream flavour is or how good some other high carb nutritionally devoid food is. I’ve struggled the past week to find a topic “blog worthy” and was inspired today from a customer of all people ha ha! She was raving over how good some pita pockets were and said “Have you tried these? You have to try them!”. I usually just reply “No, they sound good.” just to end the conversation politely. Ever since the cruise (see what you guys have done! lol) I’ve been increasingly proud of being a low carber and have been more vocal about it. Today I replied something to the effect of “No, I eat a low carb diet”. She said “Too bad. You’re missing out”. To which I said, “No, not really.”
I realize I have the best of both worlds with my “diet”… and by that I mean lifestyle. I have the gift of good health and get to eat real food. I realize after years now of research through online and book sources that grains are not what people are meant to eat. Sugar is evil and they were responsible not only for my weight problems but for my poor health in general. They have caused my father’s health problems due to Congestive Heart Failure and the fact that he is currently on 9 medications. Although my mother isn’t diabetic I’ve seen hypoglycemic symptoms and arthritis in her and often wonder if she’d be better off eating the way I do. She just says it’s fine for me but not for her. I know I have faith in myself that if I indulge in something “off plan” I can jump right back into this way of eating because it’s so “ingrained” in me (pardon the pun) after 7 years that it has become part of who I am.
I still use the occasional low carb wraps in Harvey’s to eat my burger, cut in thirds just so I have enough to hold it with. I have low carb granola bars or l/c protein bars or “protein pudding” made occasionally on rush em, get outta the house mornings. As a whole I don’t eat grains, sugar, starch or white flour, rice or “Carbage”. What’s missing? Absolutely nothing, thanks. Everything in my diet is as it should be. Don’t feel sorry for me because I don’t eat nachos at social functions or bread at dinner outtings or have to pick the croutons off my salad. It’s what I’ve chosen… and will for the rest of my life. Do I miss feeling unhealthy? Nah. Do I miss the 100 lbs. of fat weighing me down and making me feel helpless? Nah. Do I miss Hypoglycemia and the crippling symptoms of headaches, sweats, nausea and trembling from crashing low blood sugar it causes. Heck no!! (feel free to substitute another word for “heck” 😉 Do I miss knowing that I was on the road to Diabetes and the inevitable health problems it entails? Nah again.
Don’t feel sorry for me, ok. My world is exactly as it should. So I’ll sit here eating my low carb high fat breakfast and know that my blood sugars are stable, my health is awesome and I feel great. Best of all I’ve secured my good health in the future by eating the way I never thought I would… a low carb high fat diet full of real food that I absolutely love!
Ever since I have started on my low carb high fat journey I have started using a “food bag” to take to restaurants. I think I started this to signify my new life and new way of eating. In it I keep what I consider to be the essentials of a low carb high fat lifestyle.
For all you voyeurs and curious alike out there I will list the contents:
-Sunflower seeds or wasabi edamame seeds to add some zing and crunch to salad… and yes, I realize Edamame is soy. I don’t have that much though.
-Butter packs they give you at restaurants so I’m not stuck with margarine, ever!
-A large pill bottle full of Ghee, which is clarified butter (butter without the dairy) so it is table safe.
-Bottle of Davinci sugar free syrup for coffee or Starbuck’s sugar free. My favourite flavour of the moment is Vanilla. Yum!
-A couple flavour packets of flavoured Splenda for emergencies when the syrup runs out.
-A couple of napkins for “more than one napkin is needed” emergencies… they happen more often than my messy self would care to admit.
-Cheap bottle of small hot sauce when I don’t want to bug the waitress or hunt down the Tobasco myself.
-Crystal lite flavoured powder to stir into regular water so I force myself to re-hydrate.
-Low carb flat wraps cut into thirds for when I want to eat a bacon cheeseburger with my hands and not a knife and fork.
I’m sure there are other things in there but you get the idea. I carry around these items in a fashionable pink “Baby Phat” makeup bag which my mom has nicknamed either my restaurant kit or more commonly “Food Bag”. If we’re meeting for a meal after work I will remind her to grab my “food bag”.
I used to be conscious about using my “food bag” in restaurants but I’ve gotten over it. People are either fascinated or horrified when they see me put extra butter or Ghee on my eggs (or under them so it melts). I will either give them a “you’re staring” look or make a comment that I’m on a low carb diet. Sometimes it opens up an interesting conversation. I am proud of my weight and health accomplishments and am proud to talk about it also.
I figure that unless they are paying for my meal they don’t have a right to judge what I do to my food. Even if they did pay for it, I would be paying for it in bad health if I ate the way of the S.A.D. (interesting acronym eh?), Standard American Diet.
I’ve become proud of my “food bag” over the years and realized I missed it on the cruise. It’s like having an old friend join you for brunch everyday. You notice it’s absense and realize something is missing.
Either you will be inspired as a low carber to start your own food bag; this will obviously work better for ladies than gents. Or you will think I’m more nuts than you originally thought. Either way, God bless 😉
I was inspired by the cruise and decided to put my blogging chops to the test. I was always great at creative writing in High School so I thought “why not?!”. I’ll start a blog about my Low carb/High fat diet & lifestyle. As many of you already know I have lost 100 pounds a few years ago and have been losing a few more or at least toning up the past year. I have added Roller Derby and Rollerskating to my Skiing regimine in the winter time which has definitely helped my weight loss and fitness goals.
I have been talking to a few low carb people on Facebook for over a year and was glad to share this recent cruise on the Carnival Freedom to Key West, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios with the group of over 100 low carb enthusiasts and experts in the low carb community. We had speakers in a seminar room on the “at sea” days. I found it so inspiring and have taken a lot away from it personally. I especially enjoyed meeting a few people who I have admired personally and their contribution to the low carb high fat community. Tom Naughton and his wife Chareva were a delight to get to know. I was inspired by Jackie Eberstein, Dr. Atkins right hand clinical nurse for many year because she has a similar story to mine… undiagnosed hypoglycemia. I regained my health in that regard after starting my low carb high fat lifestyle. I might touch upon that in another blog. Basically though I was self-diagnosed.
Jimmy and Christine Moore inspired me too due to their down to earthness and their own passion of the low carb high fat lifestyle.
I was especially inspired by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt and the Swedish cruisers in our low carb group. They have a big low carb high fat movement in Sweden and they are putting the brakes on the obesity & diabetes epidemic in that country with a healthy low carb high fat diet. It inspired me to start calling my own “Way Of Eating” (usually referred to in Low Carb Forums as WOE) as Low Carb High Fat instead of just Low Carb. It is generally agreed in low carb circles that if you eat low carb without high fat you can actually get sick. It is unhealthy. Fat is not to be feared. Our low fat high carb eating in North America is causing so many people to be unhealthy and sick. I was one of them, after all. That is why I am so passionate about this WOE. I don’t like other people suffering needlessly the way I did.
I will blog more later about the cruise because I have to get ready for my other passion, derby 😉