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Welcome to Sew Low Carb.  This blog allows me to journal my low carb Way of Eating (WOE) in order to keep myself accountable and on-track.  The easiest way to do so is on a blog so my gain is your gain, just not in pounds.

On this page, you will find daily food logs along with a reflection on the day, be it good or bad.  I also have pages for tracking my weight and good stock items for this WOE.

To view previous food logs, you can visit my Photoblog site.

December 9, 2017 – Egg Fast Day 6

Breakfast:

A switch-up with the BulletProof Coffee this morning, I added some Pumpkin Spice syrup that came in my new Keto Krate.  There wasn’t quite enough in the two packets to overpower the bitterness of the coffee (since I usually use 1-2T and each packet was 1t).  I did also add a little vanilla and it was quite good.  I’m looking forward to trying the little sweetener packets that came in it as well.

  

 

Lunch:

I ended up running baking shows in the background today so was craving something sweet, so I made another batch of Cream Cheese Pancakes.  They were again delicious with the new syrup.  The cheese content was actually a bit low as one big clump, of about 1T didn’t mix in.

  

 

Dinner:

I was also having a bit of a pizza craving so I had the next best thing, some baked cheese slices dipped in Ranch dressing.  A favorite snack anytime.

  

 

Summary:

I was a bit cheese-heavy today and too low on my eggs.  I only had two eggs and about 3T of cheese.  My fats were highest, with 4-5 tbsp between all the meals (Ranch is mayo based which makes it count as a fat).  I’d forgotten when I made the cheese chips that there was cheese in the pancakes as well or I’d have eaten an additional hard-boiled egg or two as well.

  

December 8, 2017 – Egg Fast Day 5

Breakfast:

And again, BulletProof Coffee for breakfast.  I don’t really get tired of starting my day with BPC because I have a nice variety of Torani Sugar Free syrups that I can flavor it with.  These really help if feel like a different drink each day while acting essentially as a meal replacement.  I do sometimes make a BulletProof Tea to switch things up though.

  

 

Lunch:

Today was my other day to go into the office this week so lunch was essentially a repeat of Monday’s as egg salad is the easiest thing to make ahead of time and take in with me (especially since eggs are hard to heat).  I had already baked the cheese chips on Sunday with the others so I threw those in as well.  I probably shouldn’t have had the Bai Coconut Water; it only comes to 2g net carbs for the bottle but has several grams of sugar alcohols, which I am supposed to be limiting during the Egg Fast as well.

  

 

Dinner:

I’m pleased with having lasted so long on the Egg Fast but am starting to get to the point where nothing sounds appetizing.  I had taken the two cheese sticks to work with me in case I needed a snack, so I just warmed a hard-boiled egg in a hot water bath and at it with those.  I thought of deviled eggs while writing this so I may have those tomorrow.

  

 

Summary:

I did better today; I know on some previous days I’ve definitely not been having as much as I should.  Being in the office and moving around more helped I think.  Altogether I had 4 eggs and 4oz of cheese.  I also had 4-5 tbsp of fats between the BPC and the mayo in the egg salad.

  

December 7, 2017 – Egg Fast Day 4

Breakfast:

No surprise, BulletProof Coffee to start the day.  It has 2T of fats, which makes it quite filling.  Depending on how it’s sweetened, it’s also usually only 0-2 grams of carbs.

  

 

 

Dinner:

I had a dentist appointment right after work so I didn’t have my second meal until late.  With the cold blast finally hitting Texas, I decided soup would hit the spot.  I’d had this Egg Drop Soup recipe during a prior egg fast and it’s quite good.  I decided to add a third egg, which turned out to be too much for the amount of liquid.  I also didn’t keep stirring it as the egg solidified so it got a bit clumpy in the center.  It ended up to be more like eating Chinese flavored runny eggs but wasn’t so bad I couldn’t eat it.

  

 

Summary:

I had originally intended to also have some cheese after but since I ate so late, I wasn’t hungry afterward.  As such, I had 3 eggs and no cheese.  I had at least 3T of fat but am not sure if there was any additional fats in the soup broth.

  

December 6, 2017 – Egg Fast Day 3

Breakfast:

BulletProof coffee again of course.  It’s always a good, filling way to start the day, especially now that it’s colder out.

  

 

Lunch:

For lunch today, I went with Cream Cheese Pancakes.  These are one of my favorite egg fast recipes, especially now that I’ve found a really good, thick sugar free syrup to go with them.  They’re also really easy to make.

  

 

Dinner:

As a counter to the sweet lunch I had a couple of over-well eggs, lightly salted.  With it, a couple of pieces of cheese.

  

 

Summary:

Again, carbs are super low due to following the egg fast.  In all, I had 4 eggs and 4oz of cheese.  With that 3-4 tbsp of fats, mostly in the BPC but also when cooking the other two meals.

  

December 5, 2017 – Egg Fast Day 2

Breakfast:

Again starting with BulletProof coffee as a way to get in some fats; that’s usually the department I struggle the most in.

  

 

Lunch:

After I got off work I still wasn’t really hungry so this was really more of a dinner.  I took two hard-boiled eggs and sliced them before frying them in some butter.  It’s actually a pretty tasty way to have eggs.  I also had two types of cheese, just over an oz of each.  After this I hard-boiled some more eggs and did eat one of those plain while it was still warm.

  

 

Summary:

I definitely didn’t eat enough today and expected I’d be hungrier but I wasn’t.  I had three eggs and probably about 3 oz of cheese.  I had at least 2T of fats from the BPC and one or two from the butter I cooked the eggs in.

  

December 4, 2017 – Egg Fast Day 1

Breakfast:

After falling off the wagon over Thanksgiving I decided to do an egg fast to reset myself.  I’m going to try to do the full week but we’ll see how it goes.

I started the day with a BulletProof coffee, with plenty of filling fats to tide me over.  I came into work early and nursed it through the morning.

  

 

Lunch:

Well into the afternoon I had time for lunch and had an egg salad along with some baked cheese chips.  This was two eggs with mayo and cheese and 2 slices of cheese along with a Powerade Zero.

  

 

Snack:

I got home early, after a stop at the dentist to reapply a temporary crown.  I decided to stick with soft foods, finishing some egg drop soup I’d ordered a couple of days ago and having a couple of cheese sticks.

    

 

Dinner:

Later in the evening I was feeling hungry again and went ahead and scrambled some eggs with some butter and topped with cheese.  I also had a flavored water, slightly sweetened.

  

 

Summary:

Altogether today, I had 5 eggs and 5 oz of cheese.  I also had about 5oz or Tbs of butter so I was mostly on par with the egg fast plan.  I had a total of 5 carbs, mostly from the egg drop soup as it was restaurant bought and not homemade.

  

November 8, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

The goal for today was to stay on track and get back to eating low carb.  After all I ate yesterday I wasn’t hungry for a while in the morning and didn’t make my BulletProof coffee until almost noon.  It was a cold, wet day today so this BPC with hazelnut flavoring really hit the spot.  0g of carbs as usual.

  

 

Dinner:

BPC is really filling so I wasn’t hungry again until after I’d gotten off work.  I had what I had planned to eat for dinner yesterday, a serving of chili with some riced cauliflower mixed in.  I had a small Powerade Zero with my meal, which came to 13g of total carbs.  Of that, the chili and cauliflower each had 2g of fiber, leaving 9g net carbs for this meal.

  

 

Snack:

Since I ate dinner so early I started feeling a little hungry again after 7.  I settled on some nice, 0g carb cheeses as I hadn’t added any to my chili as I had intended.  My brother and cat each ate a piece so I had slightly less than was pictured.  This snack came to 0g of carbs.

  

 

Summary:

As a switch from yesterday, today I’m well under my carb goal, with only 13g of total carbs and 9g net carbs.  My macros are close to their goal percentages as well, with protein slightly high and fat slightly low.

It rained all day today and, with highs in the 40s, I couldn’t bring myself to go out and walk.  Today was a muscle building day for my MPC program and I did complete the assigned exercises.  As it’s a new month I also ramped up some of them to the next level of modification.  On the ones I didn’t change I plan to add an additional rep.  I’m kind of surprised the step-ups didn’t register as stairs and the exercises in general didn’t register, since I was definitely puffing and working throughout.

    

November 7, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I had a late breakfast today and went ahead and made breakfast tacos, eggs, ham, and bacon wrapped in a tortilla with cheese.  Delicious.  I also had a bottle of flavored water, which I drank throughout the rest of the morning.  This meal came to 19g total carbs, 8g of which were fiber from the tortilla.  The ham calculated to 5g of carbs, which seems a bit high for meat.  Altogether, this meal came to 8g net carbs.

  

 

 

Snack Pt. 1:

Rather than lunch, I heated up a piece of the cake I had made (I’ll probably have to freeze a bit of it) and topped it with a serving of frosting.  The cake scanned with 2g net carbs and the frosting with 16g total carbs, 1g of which is fiber and 10g of which are sugar alcohols, leaving 5g net carbs.  This snack came to a total of 7g net carbs.

  

 

 

Dinner:

The highlight of my day.  My brother woke up and decided he wanted to order pizza.  I looked up the flavor he ordered in My Fitness Pal and with the toppings only, each slice came to only 5.4g of carbs.  He ordered the thin crust, of which I ate the toppings off three of the little squares.  I still counted it as two whole, regular slices to be on the upper side.  I had him order naked wings for me, which calculated with 5g of carbs for the 8 wings.  With them I had a combination of the new low carb BBQ sauce I got in my last Keto Krate and Bleu Cheese, which have always been a favorite combination of mine.  I topped it off with a Zevia Cream Soda.  This is the most indulgent meal I’d had in a while and it was pure heaven.  Altogether it came to 19g total carbs, which is pretty much my whole goal for the day but was so worth it.

  

 

Snack Pt. 2

We ate dinner a bit early and I really didn’t need any additional carbs but old habits die hard and after the pizza and wings I was craving a dessert.  I decided to try the little peanut butter bars with actual peanut butter, which was okay but not as good as I had thought they’d be.  The candies scanned in as 0 net carbs and the peanut butter had 12g of total carbs, minus 4g of fiber, leaving 8g net carbs for this snack.

  

 

Summary:

I’m over on pretty much everything today, especially carbs.  If I’d known my brother was going to order pizza I definitely would’ve planned ahead and not had carbs for the two prior meals in order to stay on track as much as possible.  MFP calculated 68g total carbs for today and my math shows about 42g net carbs, which is more than double my goal for each day.  The important thing will be to get back on track tomorrow and not get derailed.

I didn’t make my step goal today.  After working all day I had a dentist appointment and got home as it was already turning dusky.  I managed to get the front yard mowed before it got too dark as my active recovery day activity.

    

November 6, 2017 Food & Activity Log 

Breakfast:

I kicked off the week with some BulletProof Coffee.  Rather than open a new pack of butter I used 2T of the ghee and coconut oil combo I had purchased.  I’m not sure why it doesn’t blend in the way regular butter and coconut oil does as it’s essentially the same thing but both last time and this time I had the same issue.  I’m not a fan but it’ll do in a pinch.  Plus, it’s still 0g carbs.

  

 

Lunch:

I was feeling a little off by 11, just tired and slightly woozy, so I decided to go ahead and eat my lunch and see if that helped.  It must’ve as I did feel better afterward.  I had one serving of the Tamale Skillet Pie I’d made and frozen a while back, which has 12g carbs, 6g of which are fiber.  My Bai Lemonade scanned with total carbs instead of net, calculating it at 18g total carbs for the bottle instead of the 2g net carbs.  Altogether, this meal came to 8g net carbs and I did drink on the lemonade through part of the afternoon.

  

 

Snacks Pt. 1 & 2:

Having eaten lunch early and without tons of work to keep me busy I munched on some nuts around 3pm.  I guesstimated the amounts and just used generic searches but this snack came to 10g total carbs.  About 3g of that was fiber, so this meal was around 7g net carbs.

  

 

Not too much later I needed something else to kick-start my mind and energy so I had the cheese stick I had brought today, which has 0g carbs.  Also, before I left for the day I had a sugar free Wint-o-Green mint, which scanned for 0g net carbs.

  

 

Dinner:

I had thawed out a couple of steaks this weekend so I cooked one of those and had the last of the green bean salad I had made with it.  I also remembered the BBQ sauce that had come in my last Keto Krate and decided this was the perfect chance to try it.  The sauce was good, sweet and tangy at the same time, and didn’t overpower the other foods.  Altogether this came to 7g total carbs, 5g from the beans which also had 2g of fiber, and 2g from the sauce, leaving 5g net carbs.

  

 

Summary:

My total carbs were a bit high today, at 47g, mostly from lunch with the tamale casserole, which has a bread base, and the Bai Lemonade.  My net carbs, though, came to right around 20g, which is about on track for my daily goal.

I did well on my activity today as well, having gone into the office.  I also switched my MPC up a day, making today my cardio day instead of the muscle building day.  On the down side, it getting dark so early didn’t allow me to go out and walk like I usually do so I did jumping jacks instead.  Having not done them before I don’t have a comparison but they definitely helped up my “steps”.