Many people would like to try the low-carb lifestyle, but are very unsure of what foods they can or can't have. It's not really difficult, but may certainly be overwhelming for those who are new to the idea.
Today I'm going to share with you a low-carb shopping list. I've printed this list out and keep it in my recipe binder where I can always reference it. For many of you, this may be old hat. But for those of you who are needing some direction in regards to food choices, I hope this helps.
Keep in mind that none of these food will have breading on them in any form. If you want something breaded, find a low-carb cookbook and try one of the many recipes available. My personal favorite for breading is mixing spices with crushed pork rinds and Parmesan cheese. :0)
Low-Carb Shopping List
Meat Beef (all kinds) Pork (all kinds) Poultry (all kinds) Wild game (all kinds) Fish (all kinds) Shellfish (all except imitation crab meat) Deli Meat (watch labels - nitrate free is preferable)
Fruits and Veggies Cauliflower Green Beans Artichokes Spinach Asparagus Jicama Broccoli Yellow Squash Zucchini Okra Spaghetti Squash Onions Green, Red, Yellow and Orange Bell peppers Tomatoes (go easy on these as a general rule) Cucumbers Bean Sprouts Brussel Sprouts Radishes Celery Mushrooms Lettuce Bok Choy Cabbage Greens Peppers (jalapeño, etc.) Leeks Snow Peas Turnips Eggplant Tofu Pumpkin Raspberries Strawberries Blueberries Blackberries Cantaloupe Lemons Limes
Dairy Heavy Whipping Cream Half & Half Sour Cream Cottage Cheese All hard and soft cheeses Eggs (why is this considered dairy again?) real butter cream cheese
Other Items *NOTE: Some (not all) of these items MAY cause stalls, so use wisely! Sugar Free Jell-O Sugar Free Pudding Mix Diet Hot Cocoa (read labels) Coffee Tea Water Diet Soda Crystal Light (mix is better than pre-made) Kellogg K2o Protein Water Mix (again, avoid the pre-made) Sugar Free Kool-Aide Low-Carb Breads (read labels) Low-Carb tortillas (read labels) Sugar Free Chocolates (like ChocoPerfection) Flax Seed Nuts Nut flours Pork Rinds Low-Carb shakes and bars Vital Wheat Gluten Guar or Xanthium Gum Coconut Oil Olive Oil Stevia Protein Powders Splenda Fiber Fit True Lemon/Lime/Orange Davinci or Torani Sugar Free Syrups
The above list is by no means exhaustive. I know I've left lots of items out. But you get the idea. Print out this list and carry it with you. When someone pooh-pooh's your plan, just pull this list out and say "Now tell me again how I'm depriving myself?" :0)
Congrats on already losing some weight! Many people can't tolerate simple carbohydrates. Processed grains, sugars in any form, and starches are the culprits that raise insulin levels and trigger fat storage. I'm one of many though who can not even handle small amounts of complex carbohydrates, so even whole grains have to be left out of my menus.
A diet based solely on carbohydrates could, in my opinion, be very harmful. You need proteins and fats to be properly nourished.