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Menu (June 29th-July 6th)

For the next 2 weeks I’m going to experiment with combining Atkins/Paleo with Trim Healthy Mama. I’m going to continue to count carbs except for berries and leafy greens. The leafy greens have almost no carbs. One package of Herb Mix has 4 net carbs and I don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting. Berries I’m counting by putting the added carbs in parentheses. I’m counting them but not if you know what I mean. Clear as mud, right? Trim Healthy Mama has berries as ‘free’ because they are low glycemic. I don’t plan on having berries every day but I do want to enjoy them more often. 1 cup berries except blueberries, only 1/2 because they have a higher glycemic level then the others.

If I gain weight then I’ll know it doesn’t work, hopefully that doesn’t happen though.

Saturday-June 29th
Weight: 144.0
Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. coffee with cream and stevia (1 carb)
Lunch: 1:00 p.m. Trim Healthy Mama Pancakes with jam, bowl of 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt (9) and 1 cup raspberries. (20 net carbs)
Snack: Salad with Herb Mix, tomato, mushrooms, Walden Farms Cream Bacon dressing.
Snack #2 @5:30: Muffin in a Bowl (2 carbs). Hubby and I are going on a late date. I was hungry.
Net Carbs: 32 (w/berries 42)
I haven’t tried any of the Walden Farms dressings because I’ve heard they don’t taste good. Well I finally took matters into my own hands and decided to try one and I liked it. I just put enough on my salad to add a little flavor. I’m trying to control myself and not drown my salads like before.

Woke late and skipped breakfast.
Lunch: Wendy’s double cheese burger with no bun, mayo, ketchup, mustard, or onions. Drank water and coffee with two half and half with splenda (5 carbs)
Dinner: Green leafy salad with Walden Farms dressing, small steak, 1 cup yogurt with (9)1 cup berries.
Carbs: 14 (w/berries 24)
My carb count was way low today but it was not a normal day. I woke at 2:00 p.m. after staying up with the kids all night. Skipped breakfast. Lunch was about 3:30.

MondayWeight: 143.8
Breakfast: S-Coffee with cream and stevia (1 carb), Cake in a bowl pg. 380 of HTM (3net carbs)
Lunch: E- 1 cup pinto beans (29)with salsa (2) and 1TBL of parmesan cheese. 1/2 cup greek yogurt (4.5) w/1/2 cup raspberries  (5 ‘free’ carbs per HTM)Total: 35.5 w/berries: 40.5
Snack: FP-Muffin in a bowl (3 net carbs) with non fat reddi wip.
Dinner: S-Easy (and fantastic) Meal Loaf pg.317(4 net carbs), salad and Konjac noodles for me.
Total Net Carbs +/-: 46.5 (with berries 51.5)
I notice I’m still hungry after my meals. I think I need more veggies. I’m eating too many ‘baked’ Linda goods. I need to get back to the basics. Tomorrow I’ll have a real breakfast of eggs. As much as I love cake, I know it’s not the healthiest choice for my first meal. What I love is it’s quick for those busy morning though.

TuesdayWeight: 143.6
Breakfast: (S) Coffee w/cream and stevia (1), eggs with green chili
Snack: FP- Fat Stripping Frapa (3) 
Lunch: E- Turkey patty sandwich using 2 Ezekiel slices of bread, slice of tomato, lettuce, and 1tsp mayo. Side salad with Walden Farms dressing. (25 net carbs)
Dinner: S-Crockpot Chicken with Kojac noodles (dreamfield pasta for the family) (2), green salad with tomatoes (1)
Net Carbs: 32
I had my first sandwich in about 6 months. I used THM approved bread. Thankfully no gas or bloating. Yay!
What I like about HTM is the E meals. I can eat more carbs in one sitting. It does take a little getting use to that even with an S meal the calories are not suppose to go to high. With my S meals I continue to eat them Atkins style.
Tomorrow will be interesting. I’m having to E meals and an E snack.

Weight: 142.0
Breakfast: Coffee w/cream stevia (1), S pancakes (4) with sugar free jam
Lunch: E- Lean turkey meat sandwich with Cottage Berry Whip (33)
Dinner- E- Loaded Fotato Soup pg. 294 with 2/3 cup Quinoa (27)
Carbs: 65
I was shocked to see I had lost over a pound. Wahoo! Today I’m having 2 E meals so I’ll have to see what happens with that. I hear some gain a few pounds on an E day.
Lot’s of carbs today. Most I’ve had in a long time.

Weight: 142.2
Breakfast: S-coffee/cream, pancakes(4)
Lunch: Salad with 1/2 avocado, tomato, weeds (as my hubby calls it), turkey patty with sautéed onions and mushrooms with 1oz cheese. (7)
Snack: 1 1/2 S pancakes (1)
Dinner: T-Bone steak with 1/8 cup of chili beans and a leafy green salad (4)
Total carb: 16
Today was the 4th of July so I made it a S day.

Weight: 142.4
Breakfast: S pancakes and coffee (4)
Lunch: Heavy S: 1 cup 0% greek yogurt with 1 cup raspberries. Leafy green salad with 1 tomato and 1/2 avocado. Walden Farms dressings. (23 carbs 8 from ‘free’ berries)
Dinner: E-Stuffed Peppers with butternut squash and a green leafy salad (23)
Snack: Muffin in a bowl (2)
Net Carbs: 44 (52 counting the berries)

Guess I ate a little too much steak yesterday because I’m up 2oz, haha.
The stuffed peppers were so good.
Stuffed Peppers
SaturdayWeight: 142.8
Breakfast: Skipping because I have blood work
Lunch: Off plan- Country Burger with Sweet Potato Fries (43).  Snack: FP- Fat Stripping Frappe
Dinner: S-In-N-Out Burger with no bun or sauce. (2)
Snack: Saxby’s Coffee-Snickers made with sugar free syrup and cream (4)
Net Carbs: 47
Eeeks, my weight is slowly creeping back up and I’m sure my burger is not going to help. I’ll just expect to be 143 tomorrow and work hard to lose that pound.
Today I did not do well with eating. I didn’t have any veggies other than what was in my hamburger. I enjoyed my food though. For the record I don’t call eating a hamburger with the bun a ‘cheat’ because I’m not hiding from anyone. I think of it as a splurge and/or a way of life. It happens and it’s okay. I have been on Atkins for 7 months now and have only had 3 off meals that is too high with carbs. I think 3 meals is not bad. I haven’t had chips, cookies, etc. and I always make my next meal an Atkins one.

SundayWeight: 142.2
Breakfast: FP- 0% Greek yogurt with raspberries, coffee with half & half (18)
Lunch: S-Chili (Well Fed Cookbook) (2)
Dinner: S- egg burrito made with a low carb tortilla, 1/2 avocado, 1tsp sour cream, 1TBL salsa (7)
Net Carbs: 27
Thankfully I didn’t gain any weight from my splurge yesterday
Love this chili.
One week of combining Atkins with HTM and so far so good. I have noticed though that since I’ve started HTM I am not eating enough veggies. I think I’m eating too many “Linda” made foods. I really need to up the veggies. I don’t know where some of them fit in with HTM though. I want some beets, zucchini, and sweet potatoes. I know a sweet potato belongs in an E meal but not sure of many of the others.

I’m lingering at 142. Hopefully that will change next week.

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