If I could pinpoint my biggest challenge in doing low carb for the long, long haul, it is keeping a larder of low carb food available to ensure that food boredom doesn’t set in. Part of my success, I think, has been that I can eat the same thing 3 days in a row, if not more, and this makes it possible to eat low carb, enjoy it, and not be tempted by the high carb goodies that surround me daily.
You might say: why not a little willpower, you idiot! – and you are right, but I also think that willpower is somewhat overrated – or maybe misunderstood. Many people confuse effort with results – and I have had the pleasure of working for a number of these people.
Willpower is a component to long-term weight loss when combined with smart eating choices that provide the necessary nutrients, and are enjoyable enough to lessen the need for willpower.
Significant weight loss will never be effortless – but it can’t be a never-ending teeth-gritting herculean effort either.
For most of us, that will fail in the long run.
My problem is cooking in a house where I’m the only one on a low carb diet. I need to cook a lot of high carb meals for the kids, yet still cook my own stuff. As time is short, I cook large quantities, hoping others might eat some, which they do, but not consistently. This means I end up eating the same thing too often, promoting food boredom, promoting cheating.
that’s my slippery slope.
I’ve heard that Nutrasystem for men has proven successful in that men are attracted by the simplicity of the approach, and the elimination of cooking – and maybe even shopping. I’ve never met anyone who succeeded on Nutrisystem, though I have known a number that tried, but my point here is that their plan is geared to eliminate the problem of what foods to pick, how much to eat, and time to cook.
I don’t think Nutrasystem is sustainable – are you going to eat microwaved TV dinners for the rest of your life? – but I do think there’s something there.
The notion of meals on hand – easy to grab and eat, with enough variety to sustain.
So my thoughts on this lead me to single-serving freezer meals. Rough outline: Cook a few times weekly, choosing carefully to ensure variety. Package in single-serve portions, and freeze.
I know – a big ‘duh!’ from the masses that think this is friggin obvious, but I never said I was a genius.
I started yesterday by freezing up a few portions of the London broil with Brussels sprouts. These can be lunches or dinners next week. It was a lunch on this day – and much enjoyed.
The food boredom set in when coming home. My wife had to work, and I was left to watch the kids, try and feed them, and feed myself. I had some ham and cheese on some low carb bread, but didn’t really enjoy it. I like ham in limited amounts, as flavoring – as a sandwich, it’s not my first choice.
Meanwhile, I cooked up ravioli for the kids. Ugh.
The evening ended with what I’d call ‘cheat containment’. I did have some ravioli, but not too much – and one piece of candy. I brought all the yummy candies to work to fatten up my coworkers, so the temptation was somewhat lessened.
The containment worked, as today’s weight is 206.0 – down 0.6 from yesterday, and 8 lbs. from the start of 214.
Anyone out there have successful strategies for cooking and freezing? I’m all ears. Post a comment or send me an email if you’re shy about posting.