I've been trying to cut the carbs. Not completely and only the stodgy carbs like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes while also trying to eat a little healthier. She say's that after gorging on fried calamari! (old habits die hard eh). The situation that made me realise such carbs don't really agree with me was when I cooked up some mash. My stomach blew up like I've never had before and I could've been mistaken for 6 months pregnant! Not a good look (unless you are pregnant of course) and not very comfortable! The main bloating culprit are potatoes which I happen to LOVE so that is kind of depressing but I knew I was eating far to much bread and needed to change food habits.
These habits would be toast for brekkie and a ham sandwich for lunch.
How utterly dull.
I gave myself a pep talk (as you do) and got ready to cut those carbs out. It's actually not been as hard as I thought it would be. I've kept to smaller portions if I've had pasta or potatoes but I felt like they weren't needed in the first place so I might try and skip altogether next time. I have slipped on couple of meals and paid the price but it's a learning curve right? My stomach is a lot happier already which is spurring me on and I am also hoping for a little bit of weight loss too now. That's if I avoid the calamari...
So far I have been either having porridge with raspberries or red grapefruit with a yoghurt and a handful of almonds.
I do try and make my own hummus but the store bought is pretty OK when you can't be arsed. I generally team this with seeded ryvita. Other snacks include fruit and yoghurt or popcorn.
If I've felt the need for a sandwich I've pulled out a wrap instead as they are lower in carb but still filling. Chicken or avocado with a cheeky bit of mayo have been fillings of choice. I made the courgette boats - recipe here - which are delicious! They do take a little bit more work but if you have pesto in the freezer it makes it that touch quicker. A dish I made quite a bit in the beginning of the year is this Asian soup with either chicken or prawns, I also add a little rice noodles. Luckily I love soups so with winter coming I'll be making a lot more!
Dinner meals are where I've had the most carbs. It's my favourite meal of the day and I bloody love carbs so it's been a little harder to let go, hence the adding of small portions. Bolognese is an almost weekly meal in our house so I replaced 2/3 of the spaghetti with broccoli. Another meal consisted of roast pork with roasted root veg and a little potato. Normally I would've just had steamed veg on the side but the root veg was to replace the majority of the potato. Can't beat a good stir fry so I had a small amount of noodles and extra veg.
I hope you liked this post! A little different to what I would normally put up on a Sunday. I'm also looking for more ways to cut the carbs so please leave me a comment with your favourite healthy/low carb snacks, meals etc. I need inspiration!