Foods to Enjoy
& Things to Avoid
You don’t have to calorie count, you don’t have to weigh your food, you don’t have to be overly concerned about portions. You eat until you are satisfied (not stuffed.) As long as you make sure you are following these basic guidelines when choosing what to eat, your body will do the magic for you.
This is a fairly basic guide. Not every single edible thing will be listed, but with these basics, it’s not difficult to categorize most foods and decide if they are acceptable on low carb or not. If you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to ask!
Eat as Much as You’d Like:
- Meat: Any type: Beef, pork, lamb, poultry, etc. Fat is fine, as is skin.
- Fish/Shellfish: Any type: Fatty fish is fine.
- Natural Fats: Butter (not margarine,) full fat cream, coconut and olive oil (use when cooking, too!)
- Eggs: All kinds.
- Mayonnaise: Thankfully.
- Vegetables (above the ground): Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, asparagus, zucchini, eggplant, olives, avocado, mushrooms, cucumber, lettuce, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and the list goes on and on.
- Dairy products: Full-fat real butter, cream (40% fat), sour cream, Greek/Turkish yogurt, high-fat cheeses.
- Nuts: Snack on nuts instead of the typical chips, cookies, etc. (Brazil nuts and pecans are the best!)
*Berries are the best option if you are going to eat fruit. Others like bananas and grapes are painfully high in sugar, and most other fruit falls somewhere in between.
Try to Avoid
- Sugar: Soda, juice, sports drinks, chocolate, cakes, buns, pastries, ice cream, candy breakfast cereals. Preferably avoid sweeteners as well.
- Starch: Bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, wholegrain products.
- Root Vegetables: Carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot, parsnips, etc.
- Legumes: Beans, lentils, etc.
- Margarine: Industrially imitated butter; has no health benefits. Statistically linked to asthma, allergies and other inflammatory diseases.
- Beer: “Liquid bread.” Full of rapidly absorbed carbs.
- Fruit: Full of sugar. Okay once in a while or as a treat.
Dry Wines and Champagne are fine on low-carb, even strict/Keto. Thank goodness!
Pure spirits (whiskey, brandy, cognac, vodka, tequila, etc) are fine, they contain zero carbs. The problem is what you mix them with. The worst is sugary soda/juices.
P.S: Gin & Tonic is full of sugar, 16 grams! Do vodka, soda water, and lime–zero carbs.
Light American Beers tend to have the lowest carbs, if you can’t see yourself dropping beer altogether–reach for one of those instead.
*Those on low carb tend to get intoxicated much quicker than they’re used to. You may find that it only takes half the alcohol it normally takes you. Be careful!
By using the foods on the “Enjoy” list, the combinations are endless! It does require a little more effort as far as preparation goes, but I have lots of tips and trips I use for the busy bodies. It’s worth it for our health, promise! It’s never too late to take control of your health and your life. Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions.
Thanks for reading, I wish you all the best on your journey!
“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”