I’m going to try and record everything I eat for the next 30 days, whether I am able to stay on the low-carb plan or not. I don’t expect anyone to read the entries. But, if you happen to notice that I’m counting carbs wrong, OK to let me know :)
I wanted to use a one-day fast to start things off, but M wanted to have sushi, so we went to Tokyo Sushi. I had: salmon sushi and Phillidelphia rolls without the rice (salmon, small amount of cream cheese), soy sauce, miso soup, small salad with a sweetish vinegar dressing, mussels, and soybeans. The mussels had some sort of dressing on it that was mayo-like… I scraped most of it off and squeezed on lemon juice.
Carb count: At a rough guess, between the cream cheese, salad dressing and mussels, probably in the 10g range.
I was actually able to fast all day Tuesday. I had tea with nothing in it in the morning, lots of water during the day, and a sparkling water with slight hint of orange in the evening. (Yes, I know it’s dangerous to stop eating altogether… I am unlikely to do it again after the first day. I understand the importance of having protein and some amount of fat for an Atkins-like program to work.)
I’m counting this as a near-zero carb day. Also, bad breath was observed (well, pointed out to me :) in the evening, which is probably an indication of ketosis starting.
I skipped breakfast (I know, not good) and for lunch I had a no-bread sandwich (approx 2 oz of meat, lettuce, mayo and mustard, dill pickle) along with a Diet Coke (which I will probably also cut out of my diet — I later found that aspartame may cause insulin production almost like sugar). And lots of water.
For dinner I made a stir-fry with: tofu, ground beef, tomatoes, onions, and had this along with 1.5 artichokes, with 2 dipping sauces: mayo+soy sauce, and mayo+chili/garlic sauce (this is the red stuff in the jar that I have seen in some vietnamese restaurants – it makes a great dipping sauce, but I forgot to check the carb content). I also had water+lemon+splenda and iced tea with splenda (4 splendas total).
Carb count: 1 for cheese, 2 for dill pickle, maybe 5-7 for onions and tomatoes, 10 for 1.5 artichokes, 4 for splenda. Total 20-25g.
So far I am feeling good. I have felt hungry (or at least cravings) from time to time, but these feelings seemed to go away when I ignored them.