Low carb saved my life.
Depending on what kind of low carb plan you are on there are different ways to prevent constipation. The most obvious way is to drink lots of water. Some plans like South Beach encourage 4.5 cups a veggies a day and allow fruit in phase 2. Low glycemic veggies are encouraged on most low carb plans. I eat a large salad every day which helps. The low starch veggies and low glycemic fruits are actually the ones with the most fiber. Flax and chia seeds are a good source of fiber. Greens, coconut flour, avocado, artichoke, broccoli, cauliflower, berries, pears, apples are great sources. Bean, peas, lentils, nuts, and seeds if you plan allows. Asparagus, celery, mushrooms, radishes, cabbage, peppers, zucchini. Barley if you plan allows whole grains and you can tolerate them. When you reduce your carb intake your fat intake nautrally increases and helps as well. Some people take a fiber supplement until their body gets used to it. I seldom every have any problems.
How many carbs you eat depends on your plan and what you can tolerate. Some people who do akins do 20gms a day. Others like me keep their carb intake below 150gms of net carbs a day.
I found I do not miss the bread. I discovered that what I liked on a burger was the taste of the meat and toppings. I use a lettuce leaf or just eat the burger with a fork. There are low carb breads and wraps sold at many grocery stores. I prefer to do without.
I have a list of snacks I eat -
Sugar free jello
Sugar free, fat free pudding
Sugar free popsicles
Sugar free fudsicles
Sugar Free Hard Candy
Sugar Free Jelly, Jams, Preserves
Light Whipped Topping
Ricotta cream with extracts, cocoa powder, sugar free chocolate syrup, or sugar free syrups
Laughing Cow Cheese
Cottage Cheese with SF preserves
Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Cheese
Other legal cheeses like mozzarella, gouda, American, Cheddar, cottage, provolone. Swiss, FF cream cheese
Hard Boiled Eggs with legal dressings
Nuts and Seeds
Peanut Butter Stuffed Celery
Apple and Peanut Butter
Low Carb Tortilla Crisps and Salsa
Low Carb yogurt
Serving of dark chocolate
Raw Veggies - especially radishes, cauliflower, pickled cucumbers, pickled peppers
Olives or Sugar Free Pickles
Sugar Free Deli Meat
Sugar Free Cocoa
Decaffeinated Flavored Teas
No caffeine, no sugar soft drink
There are low carb pastas, some low carbers eat long cooking brown rice as long as it does not cause cravings. There are tons of low carb pizza recipes. Sugar free candy. .
I eat the same thing for breakfast every day by choice but there are lots of low carb ideas I have - 4 fried egg whites, 2 strips lower sodium bacon, a glass of Hood Calorie Countdown Chocolate Dairy Beverage, and a clementine or 1/2 orange. Occasionally a piece of low carb toast. Rarely 1/2 of a High Fiber Light English Muffin.
I have the same thing for lunch every day by choice - a main dish salad with mixed greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, radishes, green pepper, 2 cooked egg whites, 2 queen size green olives, 2 ounces of turkey or chicken and homemade French dressing. Sometimes some cheese, bacon bits, or sunflower seeds.
Supper is usually meat, low glycemic veggies, and a piece of fruit.
All low carbers are not the same though. We tweak the diet to suit our own needs.
-American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. - Dave Barry
-My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four; unless there are three other people. - Orson Welles
-The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. - Woody Allen
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