Kate CP - posted on 07/12/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
The first thing people ask me when I tell them I'm living low-carb or "doing Atkins" is: "Isn't that a lot of meat? I don't know if I could eat that much meat." And the answer is...nope. Not really. I eat more veggies now than I did before I started low-carbing! My mashed potatoes have been replaced by mashed cauliflower and they taste great! My rice has been replaced with riced cauliflower. My lasagna noodles have been replaced with zucchini slices! The more veggies, the merrier, I say!
So the next comment I frequently get is: "Oh, I went on Atkins and I lost a ton of weight. Then I went off it and gained it all back and then some." Well, there is the problem, folks. This isn't a diet. It isn't a fad or a phase. It's a way of life. It's changing your whole perception of food and nutrition and sticking with it FOR. EVER. Does that mean I will never have fettucini alfredo again? Maybe...but quite possibly I will enjoy a small portion of it at some point for a special occasion like my birthday or Christmas. And I'm okay with that. I'm okay with not having those vices like pasta and bread and cereal...because I *feel* better. I *am* better. I'm getting healthy and it's not hard! Being healthy *shouldn't* be hard to achieve. I am flabbergasted by the out-right WRONG information out there on nutrition and dieting. Doctors CONSTANTLY tell you to cut out calories and fats and then WE get discouraged because the weight never comes off but we're starving! Fats and calories don't grow fat cells...sugar DOES. We're told that a majority of our diet SHOULD be whole grains. WHAT FOR?! You get more fiber out of broccoli and carrots than whole-grain pasta or bread! AND you feel better, too! We need to return to a whole-food diet, folks. And by God, if that means I can never have a BLT again...so be it!