I have received so many emails from people who have gastro intestinal issues, ‘what if certain foods give you really bad acid reflex, or intestinal problems? How can I possibly manage the diet when I have limitations with what I can eat?’ Dr. Laurie suggests that the first thing to do is sit down and write out what you can eat. Having a list of digestible consumable foods, will allow you to get away from a ‘can’t do’ attitude into a ‘can do’ attitude.
It is also important to remember that we are socialized into what we consider is breakfast food, or lunch food, or dinner food, or snack food, and once you broaden your horizons to realize that breakfast does not have to be toast, cereal, or even eggs with bacon you can shoot for the stars. All food intake is meant to energize the brain and energize the body, in order to get you through your day without feeling deprived, or moody, or tired. In other words; pulled chicken with salad in the morning is going to do the same thing as an omelette.
So once you have that list of digestible food items that are your ‘can eats’, then take a look through the recipes and see what fits. Perhaps eggs get boring and bacon might not be on your ‘can’ list, but stuffed mushrooms using tuna salad, or egg salad, or salmon salad might be great alternatives. Even Portobello mushrooms with eggs and cheese melted on top might be a great alternative ‘breakfast’ item. All creative ideas are good for any breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack! The key is to be adventurous, positive, and open, to new ideas as well as new ways of looking at food.
Taking any of the recipes that are on this blog or you find anywhere are opportunities of transferring one food item for another, which is totally doable. The other thing to remember is, that being prepared for your day is also really important, for when you are either out for the day or at work. Preparing your own iced coffee with stevia, cream, and even whipped cream on top is an enormous difference in carbohydrate intake from 4 grams compared to a medium Iced Cap of 34g. Eating out is definitely an option, and instead of trying to minimize your carbohydrate intake, for example, by purchasing a six inch sub instead of a twelve inch sub is actually not going to do the trick. The trick, is actually to purchase the twelve inch sub with leaving the bread component behind. This also applies to similar items such as burgers, same with Arby’s sandwiches, you can ask for the meat in the container and tell them to hold the bun.
If you work nights, just remember, that if you were sleeping at this time normally, you wouldn’t be eating. So to keep your energy up, bring low carb snacks such as; cheese, berries, pork rinds, eggs, meat, as well as vegetables that you can tolerate.
“Another way people can fool themselves is when they don’t plan and so there is no food in the house.” Says Dr. Laurie. “Clients tell me all the time how they have run out of low carb items and had no time to go shopping so they say to themselves, ‘that’s okay, I’ll just fast tomorrow.’ All of a sudden they not only didn’t make it through the day but because they had no low carb food in the house they snuck in some of their kids school treats or perhaps gobbled down some of their spouses chips while they weren’t looking. Always be prepared, and you won’t give yourself an excuse to fail.
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