This meal plan is brought to you by a person who went, “ what on earth am I going to eat now?!” on diagnosis. Let me confess at the outset that I am no expert – neither in nutrition, nor in culinary techniques. But I do welcome you to join me in my gastronomic mis adventures. Hopefully, we can make this journey of frequent “misses” and occasional “hits” a delicious memory. This much I can promise – there’s never a dull moment in the low carb high fat kitchen.
We start off with the understanding that we have a go-to list and a no-go list. The very first thing to do is to familiarize ourselves with these ingredients. Sorry, there’s just no skipping this part, if you are serious about this w-o-e. Spend some time and effort getting to know who is your friend and who is not. Once the boundary lines are established and established firmly, chances are that the brain will no longer want to venture into enemy territory .
We are all unique and one of a kind. The master craftsman made us all the same and yet each one of us remains unique. How your body handles a certain food may not be how my body handles it. The only way to know for sure is to test before and after meals. Factoring in other variables brings in more complexities but let’s just keep it simple for now and focus on getting those postprandial numbers under control.
The LCHF diet can be made to be as budget friendly or as expensive as we want it to be — just like it is with the so called “regular” diet. We can make our diet as fancy–pancy and varied as we want or keep it basic and stick with the same foods day after day. Whatever floats your boat!
This life style is not so much about record book worthy will-power as it is about understanding what different foods do to our body. Will power can only take us so far and sustain us for so long. Ultimately, life goes on and things that need more willpower will jostle for space and attention. This is the point at which most diets, even the most structured and successful ones, start to fall apart. When we know the science, we become conscious eaters and we choose our foods deliberately. Healthy choices become automatic and that superhuman willpower can be saved for the other crises in life. Temptations and cravings will no longer have the stranglehold on us as they did in a previous life-time.
I’ve tried to connect with you, not as the expert, but as the flawed human being who made some really stupid mistakes. I really don’t want you to follow this meal plan to the T. Play around with the recipes/ingredients, identify what can work for your specific needs, modify others by subbing ingredients and feel free to discard the ones that you can’t relate to on any level. When you find something that works for you, tell us how you enjoyed it, click some pictures and share it with all of us here.
When you get the hang of things and you get consistently good blood sugar numbers I’d love for you to pay it forward. Help at least one other person break free from the health industry-sponsored shackles of ever increasing doses of medicines and drug induced diseases.
Remember the book/movie Life of Pi? Remember Richard Parker? In our circles, Richard goes by another name – Diabetes. This tiger in our life boat is equally dangerous and unpredictable, equally savage and life threatening. Every time somebody here remarks about all of us being in the same boat, I think – Oh yeah, and we all have our personal Richard Parkers to tame and subdue. So my dear fellow traveler, let’s learn from each other and prop each other up when one among us stumbles and goes off plan. Challenging life circumstances can and will upset the best laid plans. If ever you find me at such a juncture, my friend, don’t forget to extend a helping hand to me and I promise to return the favour. The support offered by a group such as this, can mean the difference between success and failure in our diabetes management.
Don’t expect everyone to understand this diet. In fact, don’t expect ANYone to understand. Not even close family might be fully on board. Be prepared to be called an un co-operative stubborn wet blanket kill joy — sometimes all of that comes out in one angry/exasperated/disappointed breath. It can seem overwhelming initially, and I can assure you, it will never really stop. But when your diet begins to take hold and works its magic on your numbers – aaah that’s stevia-sweet vindication! Congratulations your hard work and perseverance have paid off – give yourself a pat on the back (frozen shoulder permitting).
As Teddy Roosevelt said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty. I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
Carb count for all 7 days is in the range of 20 +/- 3
To meet macros for the day, different Fat Bombs may be used. They come in different shades and colors and the recipe for many are available in the “Recipes, Meal Plans & My Plate, My Blood Sugar” section of the community.
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