For the last 3 weeks I have reduced my carbohydrate hugely. Not because I think they are bad or anything, but I knew we were relying on them, that they were making us feel sluggish (by we and mean me and Hubby, not the little guy, he thrives on them!) and I wondered if they were contributing to me not being able to shift weight I’ve gained in 2017.
In the past all I’ve needed to do was clean eat if I’d put on a few pounds and I’d lose weight. This video is from 2016 when I’d been clean eating all summer and felt amazing. I was happy with my body and felt energetic. Over 2017 was a different story.
This time it just didn’t make any difference disappointingly. I’m not sure if it’s my age (fellow 30-something women have told me they’ve found it harder too), that I sit down more for my job or the constant change in hormones for IVF and tests. As much as I love body positivity and feeling comfortable with however you want to be, I wasn’t comfortable with my body and wanted to claim it back I guess. Especially after the IVF.
And I’m so pleased that reducing my carbs has made a huge difference. I don’t think I really knew how little a portion of pasta or rice is really meant to be. For example a chilli con carne and rice for us would be half and half which is huge compared to recommended amounts eg
Pasta: The size of a scoop of icecream
Rice: A cupcake wrapper!
I’ve also said in the past we like to share our food from the middle of the table. Instead we now do that at weekends, but during the week it’s plated up in the right portion sizes on our plates. That way we don’t keep picking at more when we’ve finished!
It did take a week to get used to a new way of eating. We swapped rice for cauliflower rice (or if we had normal rice it was brown and white mixed and a small portion). I found I loved courgetti if it’s lightly fried with a little soy sauce, vinegar and chilli. I realised how much we rely on carbs to fill us up so we’ve eaten a lot more veg and meat/fish/meat replacement. I have also been drinking a tonne of water!
So far I’ve lost 3 inches from my waist, which is my hardest area normally and realised how much I was over eating without realising. We make healthy meals but just eat too much and add too many carbs. That’s changing and we are feeling better for it. I find I get fuller quicker now as my stomach has got used to healthier portions and I actually don’t like that over full feeling.
So tonight I shared our grocery shop on Instagram live and I mentioned I’d share our meal plan for this week. I can honestly say I’m looking forward to everything. I know I’m not denied anything. It’s just with more moderation. Hope if you are thinking of reducing your carbs too this helps:
We’ve grabbed the following recipes from my sisters Joe Wicks cook book (The body coach) “Cooking for Family and Friends“. She really recommended it.
Creamy Pesto Chicken
Salmon, grilled melon and avocado salad
Lamb madras curry (We are using paneer instead of meat)
Grilled prawn and halloumi salad
Baked eggs and salmon
Then we’ve added:
Cauliflower fried rice
And for lunches I’ve been having soup such as tomato, watercress and pea or carrot and coconut.
I’ll try and show our meals this week on Instagram stories for those of you that are interested.
If you tend to eat less carbs, what do you find fills you up nicely? Always looking for ideas!