Food Talk: High Protein, Low Carb Plan

by Friday, August 18, 2017

Sigh.  I do love carbs, I mean…who doesn’t?  I’m tempted to list all of my favorite carbs but I know that list will be long and I know it’ll totally tempt everyone reading to immediately crave a donut.

I’m not anti-carb in any way…especially since I work out a lot!  You need carbs for energy and cutting them out completely can be very difficult AND very dangerous.  So don’t do it.

But I also know that my body holds on to carbs and when I cut back on them, my body leans out…a lot!  It is definitely my go-to move when I need to prep for a role or want to tighten up a little, like I mentioned in my post about my “bikini model role prep”.  I went a little cray on that one because I had SO little time, but it’s worth a read if you want to know what I had to put myself through haha!

So after many MANY weeks of drinking lots of wine, eating burgers and just straight up living life and enjoying my summer….I think it is time to cut back on those carby-carbs again.  Just a bit.

I have been super interested in Ketogenic diets and how they work.  It is a high protein/high fat/low carb diet…click that link to read more about it!  A super strict Ketogenic diet is very hard to maintain on a regular basis and is usually only used as a short term thing to reach a very specific goal by a very specific date.  I read that a lot of Victoria’s Secret Models go on a diet like this  to lean out and look their best right before the annual fashion show spectacle.  Not like they need it, but hey that’s just my opinion.  Anyway…I did this super strictly for a couple of months immediately following my marathon-leg-break-fiasco.  Let me tell you why…

If the fact that Victoria’s Secret Models doing it isn’t enough for you…

I went from LITERALLY running a marathon (and training for it for 5 months prior) to sitting on my coach, on crutches with a broken leg.  Talk about one extreme to the next!  I couldn’t work out and I could barely move around much at all, so I was extremely sedentary.  I also had a vacation to Costa Rica planned for over the Christmas holiday just a couple months away and I wanted to look killer in all my bikini photos with the hubs, obviously.  PLUS, I knew I would be off my crutches by then and ready to take on the world and live it up.  SO I went on this “diet”…and it was hard.

I had to cut out SOOO many veggies and fruits… I was basically only eating avocados, chicken, egg whites, spoonfuls of olive or coconut oil, nuts and spinach.  I missed the simple things like carrots and black beans.  Go figure!  On the flight to Costa Rica, I packed a whole avocado as my lunch and I ate it on the plane…which is actually super hard to do because I didn’t have a spoon and I got it all over everything!  At that moment I was like….hmmm, maybe I am done with this??  Anyway, it worked and I looked great for my trip, and I dropped the “diet” as soon as we landed in Costa Rica…after the messy avocado meal.

I have since done some more research about it… and I also have some friends who often follow a looser version of this diet plan who love it and find it easy to do on a day to day basis.  I was immediately into it and now is the time where I am officially going to jump into it.  Into a way easier to handle version of it- one I can maintain and try out without feeling like I am stuck.

Here is my game plan/a little about the guide lines…

I am going to keep my sugar intake low.  I’m going to try to get 20-30 grams or fewer of sugar a day, and I am going to count everything, including veggies etc.  Although, if I go over because of a sweet potato or something healthy, I won’t cry over it!

Most of my protein shakes will only have maybe a 1/3 a banana or none at all.  Instead I will use a spoonful of almond butter and some blueberries.

I will eat lots of avocados, and I will eat dark, leafy greens as much as possible.  

The menus will consist mainly of protein and some healthy fats, greek yogurt, lots of coconut oil, coconut and raw almonds.

Is wine a carb?  Yep, so I will be cutting back on this too…which will be the hardest part by FAR.  *silently sobs*

 

But at the end of the day, if I am craving something, I will go for it.  I am not a believer in being super strict and I know that being really strict leads to failure.  The word “diet” is stupid…healthy eating is a lifestyle choice and right now I am choosing to give a little something new a try.  My whole goal is to give it a try as best I can and see how I feel.

Have any of you tried an eating plan like this?

Wish me luck!

XO Katrina

2 Responses
  • Elle
    August 18, 2017

    Hi Katrina,
    I hope my comment will still be posted because it seems on some blogs, comments don’t get posted if they offer any kind of an opposing view.

    I am not convinced you have to give up carrots. (Even for limited periods of time.) When I research, it seems that carrots get a bad rap as “high carb” but they are actually not so high. From one source: “Carrots contain carbohydrates, and almost half of their total carbs consist of sugar. Unlike added sugars in sweets and sodas, the sugar in carrots doesn’t have a big impact on blood sugar. In addition to natural sugars, one large carrot supplies fiber and about 400 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A.” (Source: SFGate.com)

    And although I don’t follow the Atkins diet, this article says that you’d have to eat 6 servings of carrots to cause a glycemic impact.
    https://www.atkins.com/how-it-works/library/articles/atkins-is-a-low-glycemic-approach

    • fitkatadmin
      August 21, 2017

      Interesting! Well like I said in the post, I am NOT being super strict and I LOVE carrots!! I am not giving them up. I am more focusing on giving up breads and super sugary fruits etc for the time being. I wont eat excessing carrots, but they are SO healthy thatI will definitely keep eating them. Thanks for the insight! XO

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