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Food/snack query- anything other than toast?

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Apparentlychilled Tue 19-Mar-13 09:03:47

That's really helpful all, thank you. I guess it's just a matter of planning snacks and meals in quite a focused way for a few weeks, until I get used to opting for things other than carbs as my first choice. I'm happy to still have some and I really don't want to get silly or fanatical about it, I just want to not be hungry between meals and not feel bloated.

Thank you!

Footle Mon 18-Mar-13 18:59:07

Today : (underground veg are carby, overground generally not )

Stir fry bacon, courgette, red pepper, spinach, mushrooms, sugarsnap peas , sort of tortilla with 2 beaten eggs stirred in, cooked to nice leathery consistency because I don't like eggs. Sounds long-winded but I only ate half, and tomorrow will be quick microwave of the other half. Peppermint tea.
A quick breakfast is a couple of crispbreads with hummus or peanut butter. Porridge sends my blood sugar bonkers, unfortunately.

Milky coffee ( would have been cappuccino if out )

Lunch, tinned mackerel with a big salad, in fact too big , saved some for evening.
Usual salady stuff inc chopped watercress ( good for bulk) , beetroot, avocado . Always with dressing, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
It's very hard and possibly not very good for you to try and do low-fat as well. Low fat is taking a bashing these days, partly because low fat products contain higher levels of carb.

A delicious orange - very sweet and sugary, not for every day. I avoid fruit juice and sugary drinks at all times.

Water, tap or fizzy, at various times.

Supper, home made soup with chicken and lots of veg including butternut and a sweet potato ( less carby than normal potato ). A crispbread (Finncrisp, yum ) with butter and cheddar.
Bowl of thawed frozen berries ( blue and rasp )with a spoonful of yogurt. Berries are the least carby fruit.

2 squares Lindt 70% chocolate. Yesss.

Yesterday was a shredded cabbage stir fried with half an onion, then I added juice from roast chicken, and some of the chicken meat.

Sweden has a high proportion of people eating like this. You're not diabetic, so you don't have to be as careful as I do. I'm not fanatical, and sometimes have a small bit of cake or a sandwich without its lid.

Sorry, this is rather long. Hope it helps.

forevergreek Mon 18-Mar-13 16:51:13

You could always boil 2 eggs in the morning, eat one, and let the other boil an extra minute then leave in the fridge for later ( I usually use a market pen on boiled eggs!), then that's one snack.

Tbh I eat fairly low carb, just in general not a diet or anything and rarely snack. I do eat porridge usually still though

So today

Porridge with honey,, a peach.
Leftover chicken, with avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, olives and feta
Dinner tonight will be steamed fish and vegetables.
Will probably have a few squares of good quality dark choc and some cashews

Drink only still or sparkling water

EMUZ Mon 18-Mar-13 16:39:11

I find the more protein I eat (I low carb) the less hungry I get and don't need to snack
If I do snack I have nuts, a mug of homemade soup, cold roast chicken maybe with mayo, chunk of cheese, full fat Greek yoghurt...

Apparentlychilled Mon 18-Mar-13 16:34:40

The noodles sound lovely Tom, and yoghurt, fruit and egg sounds like it could be do-able, as long as I get organised Forever. I was about to ask if it'd get dull, but given that I've had porridge with raisins for, oh, about 4 years, I'm clearly a creature of habit!

So, how about daytime snacks? Fruit, nuts, oatcakes, popcorn. I guess maybe crudites? Hummous? (but doesn't hummous go off really quickly? Which is why I never buy it). Anything else?

TomArchersSausage Mon 18-Mar-13 16:26:04

I keep meaning to make Nigella's peanut noodles Haven't done so yet but they look lovelysmile

forevergreek Mon 18-Mar-13 16:23:04

Could you still do fruit and yogurt, with a boiled egg? The egg can boil while you eat the fruit/ Greek yogurt ( frozen berries also work well if you take out the night before and pop into a cereal bowl in fridge ready)- can add to yogurt overnight so nice flavours by am

Apparentlychilled Mon 18-Mar-13 14:42:49

Ah, thank you!- that makes sense, because you're right, I felt much better eating just a little bit of carbs rather than my normal amount.

But then what do I eat if I don't eat carbs?! Is bacon and eggs for breakfast really realistic most days? Lunch I can handle as that can be leftovers w ltd carbs or some ideas of Turnip's above, but what about snacks? How do you structure your meals and snacks without carbs, if you don't mind me asking?

Footle Mon 18-Mar-13 13:18:18

You sound as if your lower-carb day suited you much better than your normally high-carb days, which you probably think of as just normal days. The more carbs most people eat, the more they crave. I'm not going to preach low carb eating , but you might find it suits you as it does me. In my case, it stopped my type 2 diabetes in its tracks - 3.5 years after diagnosis I'm still not on any medication for it , which is good going apparently. In your case, you've just found you didn't feel hungry when you normally would have done.

Apparentlychilled Mon 18-Mar-13 12:57:51

Footie- do you mean I'm someone who should do low-carbs, or that I already do? sorry for being a bit dim!

Footle Mon 18-Mar-13 11:17:57

You sound like a natural low-carber who has just found her way there by accident ! Enjoy your research.

turnipsoup Mon 18-Mar-13 06:10:51

ooh yes oat cakes, Nairns do some lovely cheese ones (I don't think they are too bad for you either)

Apparentlychilled Mon 18-Mar-13 06:05:43

I don't really like rye bread, but I avoid white of any kind. I usually eat granary bread or soda bread (Irish brown bread). My brother has recently discovered that he has a mild-ish wheat intolerance, so I wonder if I do too.

I was thinking oat cakes might be good- a while ago I got cottage cheese to have on them, but it had gone off by the time I got around to eating some.

And when I eat nuts etc, I struggle w portion size- maybe I should decant into a ramikin or something?

turnipsoup Mon 18-Mar-13 05:55:48

homemade popcorn - flavour with chilli or herbs.
fruit
handful of nuts

switch jacket potato at lunch to sweet potato - make a big batch of soup for lunch, cous cous, quinoa,
what kind of bread do you normally eat? I've found that rye bread doesn't make me bloat and fills me up.

Apparentlychilled Sun 17-Mar-13 21:10:22

I'm not sure if I've started this thread in the right place. If not, apologies.

I'm looking for tips on healthy snacking and lunches. And maybe general diet tips.

I seem to easily opt for toast/bread when I'm at home and hungry between meals. Toast/cereal is so easy and quick, even though it kind of bloats me, but I try to eat a balanced diet. Having been a VERY picky child and teen, I now eat normally and am reasonably active (on a good week I exercise 3 times a week. On a bad week, it's usually once, lasting about an hour). I've never particularly dieted (kind of intentionally, as my DM and Dsisters have serious food problems, and I don't really read food articles/diet articles in magazines). My DH is really into food and cooking though, so we have a really wide range of meals. I usually have a snack of something like granola bar and a piece of fruit at home (I'm a SAHM) between meals, and lunch is usually left over dinners or a sandwich (or occasionally a baked potato and tuna).

Also, I was away for a few days recently and didn't really have much bread (granola and yoghurt for breakfast, then scrambled egg and some bacon)- it was amazing! I wasn't hungry till after 1pm (I'm usually eating my hand off by 11.30am, after having porridge and raisins for breakfast). I then had a baguette for lunch, but was fine (no bloat) till dinner at 8pm.

So I don't really want to go down the "diet' route, but I do want to have some healthy snacks on my list to avoid the allure of toast.

Any tips or comments would be great, thanks.

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