I eat a low carb diet. I do my own thing, I don't do one of the prescribed doctor-developed preset plans. I track everything, and in general I try to have 20% or less of my daily calorie intake from carbs. The rest I split between protein and fat. I've lost 45 pounds, my energy and endurance levels are up, my aching hips don't ache anymore, my itchy skin doesn't itch anymore, and the IBS symptoms that plagued my stomach for most of my life are gone. In other words, it works for me.
So why do I feel sick?
Well, I wouldn't be human if I didn't occasionally give myself a reminder of exactly why it is I eat a low carb diet. For some reason, I ate garbage all day long today. I started with one of those gigantic muffins from Dunkin' Donuts (630 calories and 98 g of carbs, or 62% carbs*) and it went downhill from there. I had a sandwich from Quizno's for lunch (810 calories and 74 g of carbs, or 36% carbs**) with a big cookie (180 calories and 25 g of carbs, or 55% carbs***).
Then this evening I went to a family dinner at my sister's house. I pigged out on chili, chips and guacamole, rolls, salad and low fat salad dressing. (Now, we all know what it means when the salad dressing says "low fat," right? It means they add more sugar and the carb counts shoot up.) Actually the dinner at her house was probably the healthiest meal of the day. But at this point, who's counting? She's a really good cook, and that chili was fabulous. However, I have no idea what all was in it, so there's really no way to track it.
I feel like a stuffed sausage!
I'm afraid to get on the scale tomorrow. I weigh daily, which helps me stay on track. If my weight is up, I can usually figure out why and fix it. And if it's down, I know I'm doing the right things and can keep doing them. (No, I'm not scale-obsessed.) However, seeing as how I already know what went wrong, maybe I'll skip tomorrow and give myself a chance to recover from today's food debauchery.
You might be asking yourself, "why is she punishing herself by reliving these gory details?" Well, aside from feeling like crap, which will eventually go away, this written reminder is something I can come back to as often as I need to as a way to help tell myself,
"HEY DUMBASS.... DON'T DO THAT!"
* Nutrition counts courtesy of Dunkin Donuts' website: www.dunkindonuts.com/abo
** Nutrition counts courtesy of Quizno's website: www.quiznos.com/subsandw
*** Nutrition counts are a rough guess courtesy of SparkPeople's Nutrition counter