Boredom is the enemy of healthy eating, right? It’s easy to be enthusiastic five days into low-carb dieting, but 20 days later? Not so much.
I suffer from this myself. Sometimes, you long to nose-dive into a gigantic bowl of crisps. Or scarf down eight slices of bread, covered in butter. Here are some ideas for keeping boredom at bay.
Do try out lots of different recipes. Most of us rotate the same meals week in/week out. When you’re restricting what you’re eating, that’s a double whammy. We’ve lots of suggestions here, but the Grand Daddy of diabetes-friendly recipes is The Diet Doctor. There, you’ll find various carb counts, vegetarian choices, fish, meat and eggs ideas in abundance.
Look for different texture. Low-carb foods can lack crunch. (Think crisps, crackers and more.) Pork rinds are crunch-tastic. Make them yourself by cutting pork skin into strips and tossing with a little sea salt and hot smoked paprika. Place them on a rack over a tray and whack in a very hot oven for 25-30 minutes. You can buy them too.
De-carb your favourite recipes. Missing bread? Try our easy, low-carb version here. Use cauliflower for rice or those zero noodles to make Chinese and Asian-inspired dishes. Cauliflower also makes fabulous mash.
Eat enough. Boredom might be hunger in disguise. Work out your calorie allowance for your levels of activity and ensure you’re meeting it. Adding cheese, cream and mayonnaise to dishes is an easy way to bump those numbers up.
Try new foods. Yes, branch out and eat something you thought you hated. Liver, cabbage and sprouts (not all together) might turn out to be delicious.
Have at least two or three go-to sweet recipes. Humans love a sweet taste. While you might want a low-carb diet to get rid of yours, the wise woman (or man) has low-carb options on hand just in case. Try our peanut chocolate fudge for a sweet hit. Or this recipe for ice-cream.
Eat high-carb occasionally. Make it worth it, though. I ate a slice of chocolate cake recently which was…average. I muttered to myself afterwards, “Well, that was a total waste of carbs.” Choose the very best you can and eat in the evening, rather than at lunchtime or breakfast as the resultant tiredness won’t matter so much.
For a book stuffed to the gunnels with low-carb recipes, The Diabetes Diet (now available in print and e-book format) is your number one choice.
7 thoughts on “Avoiding Boredom on a Low-Carb Diet”
I love making texture the focus of my food. I add nuts and seeds to improve the mouthfeel.
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Good idea! A salad with lovely dressing and lots of walnuts is a delicious thing.
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It is indeed.
Oh No, never eat extra carbs at night. That would mean my blood glucose would stay higher all night, which means higher average BGLU affecting my body for over 8 hours, and difficulty waking up the next morning. Mornings are tough enough for me.
Higher carbs at night also has the effect of making me unable to accomplish anything at home after dinner. Higher BGLU overnight means a longer time to make a higher HbA1C. Any extra indulgence should be at lunch, so it can be burned off before bed. And it gives me more time to remember that the wonderful treat was just not worth the carbs or the effort needed to mitigate the indulgence. The thrill is gone and another food has become resistible.
Hey Margaret, thanks for dropping by. Different strokes for different folks, as the saying goes. We all react differently. If I’m going to eat them, I prefer them at night, but obviously that doesn’t work for you. Best wishes, Emma
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