I have wanted to lose weight for years but didn't even bother with trying to diet. I knew I wouldn't be able to stick with them, especially the low calorie ones. I knew that when I was really ready to lose weight it would be the Atkins way.
My mom and sister have used Atkins many years ago so I am some-what familiar with it but I had never read the book.
In my heart (and belly hee,hee), I knew the only way I would stick to something was to use Atkins. Not only as a diet but to change the way my family and I eat, so I’ve jumped in with both feet.
I purchased DANDR (Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution) and became part of the Atkins online community (those wonderful people are awesome). Then I stocked my kitchen with real food, which is mostly refrigerated, so my poor fridge is almost bursting. I love seeing bell peppers, kale, romaine lettuce, and even something new Bok Choy (what is that I’m not sure but it’s listed as a food I can eat and I found some recipes too).
I have since purchased the newest Atkins book, A New Atkins for a New You (the latest book). This book is not authored my Dr. Atkins he passed away in 2003 I believe. I also purchased, Dr. Atkins’ Vita-Nutrient Solution: Nature’s Answer to Drugs and Atkins Diabetes Revolution: The Groundbreaking Approach to Preventing and Controlling Type 2 Diabetes. Guess I went a little Atkins crazy huh?
But look at my fridge! It’s jammed packed with good stuff. It has never seen so many veggies. It’s so filled I had a hard time fitting it all in.
It’s funny because I wanted an avocado but where or where would an avocado be? Josh said he would find it. As he was looking he asked Caleb, “When you organized the food did you color code it or organized it by texture?”, and he was serious!
Not everything in the fridge is low carb friendly of course. My family is not on Atkins, they just reap the benefits of it.
With Atkins you learn how to balance out your meals, for instance, you can’t eat all meat. You need to have a little fat and veggies too. Here is what I mean by making sure you get enough fat.
If I am going to eat a chicken salad, I make sure to add an avocado. If I am not going to eat an avocado then I’ll add olive oil and vinegar to my salad. It also depends on what dressing I use too. Mayo would count as a fat, and I think my Blue Chees dressing does as well. Basically you want to make sure you get your meat, veggies, and fat. You can be a herbivore and use Atkins too but since I eat meat I haven’t read much on that.
Reading labels is a must when living a low carb life. Thankfully I’ve been reading labels for years so it’s ingrained in me to read, read, read, what’s in the food I’m buying. You’d be amazed that ‘natural’ is not always natural. My hubby is so patient when we are out grocery shopping.
What I tell the kiddos when in doubt, if it’s God made it’s good for you. If it’s man made then probably not. I don’t mind if man took the tuna from the ocean and put it in a can but I don’t like when they add or take away from it.