The hubby and I are on a diet because well, we got fat. I have a sedentary job…admin type; and working in a church, the heavily carb fat laden pot-lucks are endless. Hubby is a cop and yes, donuts happen too (worst food ever).
It wasn’t until I went to give blood at a drive that I discovered my blood pressure to be quite high. High enough to be turned away. The shame was unbearable.
I was agitated with my daughter’s tween angst about something when I left the house and had a huge flight of stairs to climb just before turning left into the blood drive place. That may have made things worse but still, I had never had a blood pressure problem before. I decided that day to do something about it. Not in favor of being advised to go on medication, I turned to diet and exercise
I kept checking on my pressure as I made huge changes in my diet. A very low carb plan got me results quickly without much sacrifice. Turns out, fat in the diet is good! Bread and sugar not so much. It took a few days to detox the sugar/starch out of my body but once that happened, I lost the cravings for sweets, bread, starchy food like potatoes etc.
I have been able to eat bacon and eggs with butter, steak and many other natural meats, cream, lots of greens, mushrooms, olives, pickles, nuts and seeds and have lost 43 pounds since October. My pressure is currently back to my usual 110/70.
It was a fun affair with cheesecake, chips and chocolate but I wish to last long enough to see my youngest one graduate, marry and have kids.
I did find a way to enjoy a pancake breakfast with zero guilt and when ever I do get a sweet tooth this is what I do:
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 packet non-sugar sweetener (Equal works for me)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
Combine the ingredients except the cream in a small bowl and mix until smooth. A mini processor works great, but a fork and a bit of elbow grease can also get the job done.
Heat a griddle or cast iron pan and coat it with the oil. Pour the batter into the desired sized pancake and wait for the edges to lose their glossiness, about a minute. Take a peek with a spatula if you need. When golden brown give them a flip, shut off the flame and let the griddle’s built-up heat brown the other side.
They don’t respond like traditional pancakes but if your spatula is wide enough they will turn without tearing.
When they are done, plate them up and splash a bit of heavy cream over them. There is a traditional Mexican cake called “Tres Leches” that really reminds me of how these pancakes taste…so decadent with only 4 grams of carbs per serving and this makes several 3″ diameter pancakes which could feed two.
Flour based pancakes net a whopping 30 grams of carbs per serving! My sister diva Eva Gabor might say, “Goodbye high carb life, low carb pancakes are here!” Bah da ba dum bum…bum bum!