06 Jan Recovering From Carb Overload: Healthy Hacks & Advice
I am sugared out! And, it’s not just the sugar; I’m pretty carb-ed out as well.
My diet for the last two weeks has consisted of berry pie, my mom’s homemade chocolate chip cookies, and pasta. I never thought I’d get to the point where I could revert back to my old food routine, but I think I’m ready.
Now the tough part begins…breaking the cycle! Luckily, I have discovered some healthy hacks that are really helping me get back into the swing of things.
- I start my day with a strong protein. The protein helps to keep me full and as long as my tummy isn’t grumbling, I can stay pretty focused on eating healthy and away from the sweets.
My Healthy Hack: I add 1-2 scoops of @vitalproteins collagen protein to my morning tea. This is roughly 15 grams of protein, which is the equivalent to 3 eggs!
- I drink a hot beverage throughout the day. I prefer a cup of chai tea with a little monk fruit sweetener and some oat milk. It tastes like a slightly sweet chai latte and it prevents me from grabbing something sugary like a scone or muffin. Since it’s so delicious, it satisfies my ‘sweet tooth’ and I don’t feel like I’m depriving myself.
My Healthy Hack: A cup of yummy tea…I like the @tazo chai or the one from @traderjoes. I add a teaspoon of @lakanto monk fruit, topped off with a couple tablespoons of @oatly milk [I am obsessed with their barista version].
- I stay hydrated. When I get dehydrated, I get really tired and a little ‘headachy.’ And then, I start craving carbs, usually in the form of a scone or cinnamon roll. This is actually a normal reaction to fatigue because sweet carbs can very quickly turn into energy in the body and give a quick boost. The biggest problem with this quick burst of energy is that when it’s gone, you end up craving even more carbs!
My Healthy Hack: I start my day [before coffee or tea] with a glass of water. I continue to drink at least one glass of water [about 8-10 ounces] every hour throughout my work day. I don’t drink much water after I get home because I don’t want to get up and pee in the night…but that’s a story for another day!
Questions about monk fruit? @drjoshaxe has some great articles about it. Keep in mind, I am using a small amount. The jury is still out on safely using this product in large amounts. Heads up…large [or sometimes even small amounts] may cause a bit of digestive distress [aka diarrhea] for some people, so use it wisely.
Have a fab day, everyone!