This is MY eating style, made up by me for me. What works for me probably won't work for all of you. I had my top teeth pulled out 3 years ago, so hard crispy food are impossible to eat. Think..raw veggies, nuts, and beef jerky. I also live in a remote area and go grocery shopping 1 or 2 times a month, so whatever I buy has to last that long.
I am not into name brand labels for almost anything...including diets. So while I will say that I am trying to eat low-carb, I won't say "oh I am doing Keto, Atkins, Paleo, Dukan, or that South Beach thing".
What's the difference between just low-carb & those name brands...not very much.
I wasn't having any trouble cutting out carbs...or so I thought. Then I got a Fitbit, that told me that I wasn't doing as good as I thought I was. Oh by today's standards I was still low-carb most days, but there are some rare days when I will eat enough that I can't even claim that. I didn't track anything yesterday...and it might have been one of my highest carb days this month.
BUT, today is a new day
According to diet doctor, low-carb is defined as a diet with less than 130 grams of carbs. For comparison, a regular Western diet can easily contain 250 grams of carbs. People choose their own levels of carbs based on their own needs. I choose n ot to go so low that I end up with Keto flu..especially on work days. If I have to deal with the public than I can't deal with feeling any "bad" side effects from my diet at the same time.
I have a family history of epilepsy, diabetes, some type of heart disease, or other issues that could probably all be helped with eating less carbs. But seeing as most people rely on whatever info doctors give , even though we all know most doctors don't study nutrition. If my family had known more about how nutrition effects health, I wonder if they would have changed enough to still be here.
Now that I travel around the country to work in different locations all by myself. I need to learn how to take care of myself because I would have nobody to lean on if I needed medical care. People say that it's to expensive to eat healthy. I say it's to expensive to pay for medicine every month for the rest of my life.
So my usual/normal things to eat:
Can fish (tuna & mackerel)
DAIRY: trying to limit these
PRODUCE: Fruit and vegetables
Okra pickles..something new I bought, but haven't tried yet.
Tahini..just bought this to try
Hummus...haven't had any in months
Pure protein bars...need to quit these
Store-bought guacamole..lasts longer then avocados
I am sure I forgot something on my list above. This list above doesn't include anything from the EDR ( Employee Dining Room) where I can get something everyday...if I want, but most days it's not worth getting. But once in awhile they have meatloaf or some type of chicken stew or chicken casserole that I will eat.
I mostly eat simple foods..foods that I consider "real"...real as in no mile-long ingredient list. Course I do make exceptions, as in the bullion, store-bought guacamole, tahini and avocado dressing whenever I have those.
I have not bought sugar for many years..have no idea what it even cost anymore. I don't like alternative sweeteners...NONE! They are all gross. I drink my coffee straight up black with nothing added but the hot water.
Funny (strange) how people say they would get bored eating the same thing every day. But then if you go into any restaurant and hear a server say "what will you have, the usual again"? Obviously that customer likes to eat the same meal often. How many of us will have coffee made the exact same way every single morning...without getting bored of it? How do you get bored of a food if its something you like?
Are you eating for health or eating for entertainment?
Health...eat what will nourish your body
Entertainment...then you need a new hobby