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Low Carb Diet Food Ideas

I am currently on a low carb diet trying to loose 40lbs. So far I went from 220 - 213 and its been the first week but its obviously water weight. My food is pretty restricted and I dont want to cheat since xmas is coming up and I will have to cheat then. The only thing I drink is green tea, crystal light or water. This is what my diet looks like…

Meal 1- 3 whole omega 3 eggs with spinach
Meal 2- Protein shake in water
Meal 3- salad with no dressing with turkey slices/ celery
Meal 4- Post workout protein shake with milk
Meal 5- Chicken breast or fish with veggies

If anyone has any thoughts on this please comment. But my reasons for posting is idk what else to eat. I want to try bison meat or somthing. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY LOW CARB DIET RECIPES? keep in mind I cant eat bread and stuff.

anyone know what kind of seasoning I can add, to add more flavor to my food?

Why do you have to cheat at christmas? I would do a serious gut check if I were you… It sounds like you’re going to fail miserably. No food tastes as good as it feels to improve your health and body. Garlic works well. Not trying to be rude, but from the tone of your post it doesn’t sound like you’re really ready to commit to your diet.

idk, imo i am. I’m just trying to find more foods for the future to keep me on track. I’m sure I’m gonna get tired of the food later and im just trying to find some alternative. As for Xmas, idk, I’m gonna gonna go all out splurge but for what my family serves its stuff like breaded fish or somthing like that.

Protein Sources
-Fish (this includes fatty fish, such as salmon and mackerel, too. Don’t fucking get stuck on orange roughy and shit like that - you’re doing a low carb diet, so keep your fat intake up)
-Basically any animal protein
-Protein Shakes watch the carb content in them, though

Fat Sources
-Extra Virgin Olive Oil
-Coconut Oil
-Fish Oil (obviously not for putting on food…unless you’re weird like that)
-Macadamia Nut Oil
-Cheese (watch carb content)
-Nuts (again, be aware of the carb content)
-Heavy Cream

Stuff to Make Food Taste Better
-Tomato Sauce (only 2g cars per 30grams of sauce, with a gram of fiber. Contains lycopene. If you measure this out and don’t use too much it makes a great sauce for meats.)
-Mrs. Dash Extra Spicey. This is awesome on brocolli with olive oil
-…well, and whatever spices you like. Garlic was mentioned. Its good.

Here’s a couple of my favorite low-carb meals to eat.

Meal One
Chicken Breasts, cooked, cubed
1-2tbsp macadamia nut oil
30grams tomato sauce
Mrs. Dash Extra Spicey
-mix all this together and eat. Awesome.
-eat with some brocolli or Spinach sauteed in small amount of macadamia nut oil and water

Meal Two
4-5 whole eggs
3-4 ounces cooked 90% lean beef
28grams cheddar cheese
-scamble the eggs, mix in the meat when the eggs are done, top with cheese.

Just use your imagination man, make sure your ingredients are low carb and just go to town combining food stuffs.

GOOD low carb meals:

My per-meal calorie target is 600. If yours is less, you’ll have to adjust the portions. Use fitday or something similar. Some of the cooking instructions are pretty elementary. I am no CLM.

Meal 1:
0.5 lb pork chop
1c kraut
2.5 oz swiss cheese

Heat cast iron skillet over high heat.
Preheat broiler.
Salt and pepper pork chop.
Sear pork chop in skillet, 1-2 min each side.
Reduce heat to medium, cook pork chop till it’s well done.
Transfer pork chop to oven-safe plate.
Turn off stove.
Dump kraut into hot skillet.
Stir it around with a wooden spoon, scraping up the browned bits of pork.
When the kraut is hot, dump it out on top of the chop.
Grate cheese over kraut.
Run plate under the broiler to melt the cheese.
600 Kcal, 37g fat, 8g carb (4g fiber), 56g protein

Meal 2:
2lbs chicken breast, cut into pieces
2 cans chicken broth
a piece of ginger as big as your thumb, grated
4 stalks lemongrass, or 4 tsp lemongrass paste
4 13.5 oz cans unsweetened coconut milk
0.25 cup thai fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
juice of one lime
2 cans of straw mushrooms, drained (or whatever kind of mushrooms you like)
red pepper flakes, to taste

Put chicken, broth, ginger and lemongrass in a pot over high heat.
When it boils, turn the heat to low, and simmer till the chicken is done, ~20 min.
Add coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, mushrooms and red pepper flakes.
Give it a chance to get hot again, stirring occasionally.
Add salt, to taste.
Makes seven servings, each approximately
600 kcal, 50g fat, 8g carb, 30g protein

Meal 3:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 a 10 oz package of frozen spinach, thawed
1/2 cup part skim ricotta cheese
4 large eggs

Heat olive oil in skillet.
Add garlic, cook for a minute or two.
Add spinach, cook off some of the moisture.
Salt and pepper.
Add ricotta, mix well.
Scramble eggs and stir them into the cheese & spinach mixture.
Keep stirring till eggs are done.
621 kcal, 44g fat, 14g carb (4g fiber), 43g protein