Today marks day 9 of being on the Atkins Diet. I really can't believe it has been that long! The first few days were horrible. I was hungry all the time, had the shakes, and a horrible headache. If I could have hit someone or something, I gladly would have without hesitation. I figured out that my body was reacting more towards not having caffeine than not having as many carbs. I drank a lot of caffeine before the diet. I also discovered in those first days that I have to eat loads of vegetables. Meat and vegetables are the major part of my diet. I don't have the problem with the meat, but I have never eaten a lot of vegetables. Now, I eat A LOT of vegetables.
I weighed Wednesday evening (the week mark) and I had lost 6 lbs! Something else I've learned is not to weigh every day if I want to succeed at this diet. My weight at times seems to be all over the board, so I will only weigh once a week.
I haven't followed the diet religiously. I do every now and then have a shot of coke just to give myself that taste. Many people have said to try Pepsi Max. I tried it. I hate it. It just tastes like every other diet soda out there. I don't like the taste of diet soda. I also have been eating cottage cheese which isn't on the list. It's on the old list in the book I read, but not on the updated list. Because I don't want to waste a tub of cottage cheese, I will be eating it until it's gone. When I get a craving for something sweet, I have a few grapes. Grapes are not on my list, but I can tell you a few grapes is much better than giving in to a couple of cookies. I pick my battles.
I feel so much better already. I'm not getting sluggish in the afternoons and I have so much more energy. With the absence of caffeine, by 9:30 p.m. I am ready to go to bed. Although, right now it's 10:30 p.m. and I'm still awake...
Anyway, I have found that trying new recipes keeps the diet interesting. Out of every 3 or 4 receipes I try, I find a good one. The breakfast bites I talked about in my first diet blog are good and easy to make. The recipe for today is a chicken recipe. I ate too much when I tried this. It's really good!
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips)
6 strips bacon, fried and crisp (crumbled)
1/4 cup Ranch dressing
1/3 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
Fry chicken strips in butter till done. Put chicken into a lightly greased casserole dish. Pour dressing over chicken. Put crumbled bacon on then cheese. Broil till cheese is melted and lightly brown. Soooo Gooood!
Feel free to share your recipes with me. I'll try them and let you know what I think...In a loving way of course ;)