Going low carb right before the holidays can be a brilliant plan for avoiding holiday weight gain. I recently shared my Clean Eating Eggnog recipe on Facebook and that got me to thinking about how I would enjoy this drink without all the carbs for Christmas. If you have a thermometer, the temperature you are looking for to kill Salmonella in the raw egg is 155 F for 15 seconds, according to the FDA Food Code. It can also be an overwhelming challenge because you still want to enjoy all your holiday favorites with family and friends. Christmas is a big holiday at my mom’s house and usually comes with a buffet of delicious, not-so-clean foods that could tempt the gods. Please note that all opinions are my own and I will only endorse items which I truly feel are of value to my readers. In fact, I’m still not sure if going this route at this time of year is a sign of pure genius, or pure insanity.
How do you go without dessert????!!!If any of that describes you, then this post is for you. To someone still addicted to eating starches or grains at every meal, that probably does seem low-carb. They taste great with extra fat on them (butter & bacon grease are my morning favorites), and they cook fast! Pre-fill the tins with grated cheese, chopped veggies, and bits of bacon or other left over meats, then pour the stirred eggs on top. So yummy!Eat the yolks raw in smoothies.  For lower-carb smoothie options, use coconut milk, kefir, or yogurt for the liquid and be sure to add in a low-sugar fruit like berries instead of something super-sweet like bananas or pineapples.
It can be as simple as eating the same thing you ate for dinner the night before, or you can get creative.

Keep your meats & veggies separate when you cook them for dinner, mixing them only on your dinner plates as you serve them.
After a few days of doing this, you’ll have a variety of meats and cooked vegetables. That can be leftover taco meat, leftover bits of diced steak, leftover pulled chicken, leftover diced pork chops, hard boiled eggs, smoked salmon, tuna, nuts, you get the picture. Sour cream or enzyme-rich mayonnaise mixed with healthy oils make for a tasty, creamy base to which you can add various herbs or spices. It cooks in a lot less time, has almost no carbs, and serves well to replace rice in 95% of recipes.2) You love pasta because of the SAUCES. Or you could use spaghetti squash or stringed zucchini to get your “pasta” fix.5) Get a good cookbook to jog your creative juices. Most low-carb cookbooks aren’t into Real Food, but the Paleo Eats Cookbook is!6) What about pizza? There are quite a few recipes out there for decent cauliflower crusts, or you can do what I do: make pizza soup!
Cook those eggs in extra butter, drizzle your steamed veggies with bacon grease, stir coconut oil or full-fat raw cream into your hot tea or coffee. Asian markets have a slew of inexpensive, interesting snack-ish foods that are quite nutrient-dense — everything from dried anchovies (taste like little chips!) to kelp chips fried in palm or coconut oil.4) Fry your own snacks! Nutrition educator & author extraordinaire, she's also a rebel with a cause who enjoys playing in the rain, a good bottle of Caol Ila scotch, curling up with a page-turning book, sunbathing on her hammock, and watching her three children grow into young adults. That means that you’re pretty much guaranteed to be happy buying from the sponsor below. I am doing low carb right now and I feel so much better with tons of fat and very little food overall.Reply KristenM saysJanuary 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm Amen!

When I go low-carb, I typically eat 65% of my calories from fat, 20-25% from protein, and 10-15% from carbs. Adapting your body to using fat for fuel is the #1 priority, and if you avoid eating when you feel hungry simply because you think you are eating too much, you’ll be much more likely to fail. Being single I’ll make up something like 4 servings of curry and eat it for dinner, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I could eat roasted veggies and grilled meats every meal, every day for the rest of my life and not get tired.Speaking of that, one thing I noticed personally is that my relationship to food changed. It was no longer the focus of my day and indeed I wanted to make cooking as easy as possible, and now that I had all these flavourful ideas, it was easy. Me and my kids have been on the Anti-Candida diet, which is pretty strict, and it took some time getting used to the new way of eating. I’ve been trying to find a good subsitute for cereal for my husband and I think he might be more open to ditching cereal now. For the first little while, it’ll still want to use carbs as fuel and will be defending its fat stores. Once your body starts adjusting to using fat & proteins as fuel rather than a steady stream of carbs, the extra thirst will subside.
In the meantime, drink to your thirst!Reply Motherhen68 saysJanuary 23, 2010 at 12:13 am Kris, did you just begin low-carb?

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