No Sugar, Low Carbs
Recently a friend of mine got the advice “no sugar and max.20gr of carbohydrates each day” from her doctor. It turned her world around, for one, she was used to drinking sodas all day. Knowing most youngsters drink several cans of energy drinks every day, is the reason for this post: my friend won’t be the only one getting this advise! We came to talking about what she would be eating and drinking then? I helped her figure out what to eat and she helped me spark my creativity! It is truly inspiring to take a deeper look!
What is she allowed to eat, comes very much near to what is known as Paleo Diet. Other diets like Atkins and South Beach come pretty close too, but the aim behind them is different: Paleo is about choosing what is healthy, like from the days of the Hunters and the Gatherers. Atkins and South Beach are designed for weight loss and cater alternatives for previous (over)used products too; Atkins Products I can easily find in the supermarket, candy bars and crackers mostly. When checking the ingredients though, there are still carbs and the sugar has been substituted by stevia or other alternatives. Let’s just go for the healthy approach!
No sugar and low carbs means
- no sugars of any kind
- hardly any fruit
- no soda (and from healthy perspectives, no light products either);
- no grains: no bread, no pasta, no cereals
- no rice
- no potatoes
- no store bought soups, sauces, spice mixes, etc. for a lot have added sugars (just to make the taste a little better, not to forget the also unhealthy added salts)
- no ready-made meals
- no candy
- no junk food
- no ‘diet’ or ‘low fat’ products
- no otherwise processed foods
What is allowed on a sugar free, low carb diet?
- water, (herbal) teas and coffee
- water with some fruits added for flavour (to substitute the sodas)
- lots of fresh vegetables
- meat and poultry
- nuts and seeds
- (high fat) dairy
- healthy oils (avocado, coconut, flax, olive, walnut, macadamia, old fashioned butter or ghee)
- in moderation: fruits
As you can see, that pretty much makes most pantries useless for my friend; though her pasta craving has been helped much now that she has a spiralizer!
Here are some interesting websites we found:
Have you ever tried no sugar & low or no carbs? Please share your personal experience, favorite recipes or blogs, so more people can benefit from it!