A Low Carb Diet for Beginners

Meal prep for a low carb diet.
Eat vegetables grown above ground for a low-carb diet

What is low-carb?

A low-carb diet is low in carbohydrates, primarily found in sugary foods, pasta and bread. Instead, you eat whole foods including natural proteins, fats and vegetables. Studies show that low-carb diets result in weight loss and improved health markers. These diets have been in common use for decades and are recommended by many doctors. Best yet, there’s usually no need to count calories or use special products. All you need to do is to eat whole foods that make for a complete, nutritious and filling diet. - Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt

Over the past few weeks, I haven't been eating the healthiest due to eating more fast foods than usual. This past weekend, I was in the French Quarter and downtown area enjoying the Fried Chicken Festival and spending time with my family that was in town so you know I enjoyed plenty of cocktails. So I decided to do a detox AND eat healthier this week and embark on a low-carb diet, which I was clueless about until I did a little research. I pretty much live a healthy lifestyle but I'm human and get off track at times. Eating foods with low-carbs have so many health benefits.

I really enjoyed learning that you don't need to do math counting calories or buy any specialty foods, I can eat mostly what I already have in my refrigerator: meat, fish and seafood, vegetables grown above ground and foods with natural fats like butter and avocado.

Fish and Seafood

Living in New Orleans, I'm surrounded by fish and seafood. Weekly, I eat salmon or shrimp so that works perfect for me. Fish are high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and some fish have vitamins like B12 and B6.

Eating fish and salmon is beneficial for your low-carb diet.
Salmon is a great choice to eat for a low-carb diet

Do NOT do this low-carb diet if you take medications for diabetes, high blood pressure or if you are breastfeeding.

Now, of course there's some sacrifices you have to make on this diet and below are the foods and drinks to avoid if you decide to do this diet. ALWAYS check with your primary doctor before you go on any diet and/or if you have any pre-existing health issues.

Foods and Drinks to Avoid

  • Sugar or honey

  • bread and grains

  • pasta

  • rice

  • beans and legumes

  • potatoes

  • corn

  • beer

  • beets

  • sweetened yogurt

  • juice

  • fruit (mango, banana and pears)

  • milk

  • gluten-free baked goods

There are tons of lists of do's and don'ts out there on the internet for beginners who are doing the low-carb diet. Again, you can do this diet for your weight loss goals or if you want to improve your health. This diet is also highly recommended by most doctors. I always suggest that if you are trying something new to journal your progress in case a problem arise because you can possible get to the root of it if you have recorded your journey. Consult with your doctor if at any time, your body doesn't agree with the diet. I’ll be sharing some of my progress on social media this week. Feel free to share this post or share Your journey in the comment.