2 Weeks on Induction

I have been on Atkins for 2 weeks.  I have completed the required 2 weeks of induction. I’ve come to a few decisions.

I will continue on induction for at least another week. I don’t feel I have controlled my eating enough to come off into a more liberal phase of the plan. I still crave sweets and crunchy salty things. I also still overeat in my opinion. I am definitely still working on my self control. I think with a little more induction I can rein this in. Given the fact that I will be leaving for California next week I think if I can stay on induction my first few days staying with the family I can control myself through anything.

I have learned a lot so far. I know that I can adapt almost any recipe. I also know that the adapted recipe is NOT going to tast like the real high carb thing. I’m okay with that. As long as I don’t feel deprived I know I’m doing things right.

My next challenge is not being whiny when my friends on pinterest post all their high carb pins. I’m going to start trying to remake them to low carb. I’ll post my results on the blog for sure.

I am still keeping up on the every other day walking a mile. I hope that after that next month I can be up to 2 miles. Then  slowly progress to the point where I can do the zombie 5k app!

So, here’s to another 2 weeks on induction!

Learning To Like Cooking

Ever since I could remember I have hated to cook. Not only did I hate it I sucked at it.

Every time I would hit the kitchen there was sure to be a disaster! Burned, under cooked, stuff falling on the floor, you name it I’ve had it happen.

It was even to the point that my last room mates cooked for me because they’d seen what a kitchen horror I was. It was quite embarrassing. I was that girl who always brought the utensils to potlucks. Or I’d go to the store and buy chips and salsa. Because even the act of making salsa was too complicated for me. Sadly I just looked lazy.

I started cooking for myself again when I moved to Portland in July. I could make passable food. I didn’t burn everything. I didn’t under cook anything either. I even made bread. But I still just wasn’t feeling it.

Until I started eating low carb!!!

Here is my week in food….

thisweekinfood

This week alone I have made pizza crust and a sandwich muffin without carbs. I made rice out of cauliflower and a pork steak.

I won’t lie, I have had some kitchen fails. Bacon wrapped chicken thighs? Crappy bacon and bone in thighs were not a winning combination. Everything ended up soggy, it was edible though. Pepperoni chips in the oven? Yeah I set off my smoke detector. Also pepperoni doesn’t look burned even when it is.

I’ve burned myself a couple times, dropped things and otherwise made a mess but I have fed myself healthy real food for almost 2 weeks. I feel really good about that! I may not be an uber chef. I am not even saying I like cooking all the time. But I can do it. I can feed myself and others.

I can’t wait until I move on to OWL and can start cooking other types of food. Things that anyone I cook for would love to eat.

Tomorrow I will post the results of my induction phase and friday look for a recipe!

My Relationship With Non Sugar Sweetener

The other night I had a mini breakdown. But, it led me to a breakthrough in learning more about myself when it comes to food. So that turned into a win.

I wanted something sweet. I went on LowCarbFriends forum because people are always posting amazing recipes on there. I found a recipe for cream cheese muffins. Everyone talked about how wonderful they were. I HAD to try them.

Maybe I did something wrong, maybe I’m just not a fan. But, they weren’t good. Not that the recipe was bad or anything. I just didn’t like them. I realized this after eating 2 of them.

So I continued on my quest to stomp this sweet craving. I know that at this time of the month I tend to get them and if I don’t give myself a sweet treat I will go crazy and eat the whole apartment.

So I grabbed some sugar free jello (generic) that I picked up at Winco a couple weeks ago. I’d made it that morning and it was ready to go. I took a couple bites. Mmmmmm yummy sweet jello.  I put it back and went to go about my evening. I grabbed some knitting, turned on The Walking Dead on Netflix and settled in.

Then it happened.

I walked back into the kitchen and continued to eat the jello until it was gone. I could not stop.

The next day I felt starved, headachey and miserable. I also did not lose any weight. I went to the box with the recipe on it and looked at the ingredients. The damn jello had aspartame in it!!!

I remembered something the Atkins 2002 book about avoiding aspartame. I went and read up and realized that it causes some peoples blood sugar to spike and makes you feel like you had carbs or sugar. Crap!

I had worried it was the amount of Spenda in the muffins. I worried I ate wrong the whole day. I got down on my habits. But ultimately it was the damn aspartame. It made me feel like shit and I now know to look at the ingredients in “sugar free” foods from here on out.

Since then I have even cut down my intake of Spenda. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t screwing up everything that I’ve accomplished. I’m still working through cravings caused by that night. But, knowing that I have gone from 226 to 217 since I started this makes me just keep pushing through.

I may stay on induction until I leave for California. I’ll start going up to OWL while I’m in California. If I stall or stop losing I will hit induction again when I come back.