It should be no surprise that eating whole foods are the best way to go if you are seeking nutrition and energy when eating the low carb lifestyle. Any foods in the grocery stores that are canned, wrapped, or boxed just aren’t as nutritious. Those products are packaged with ingredients and preservatives that low carb dieters should avoid.
One of the major benefits of eating whole foods is that you can eat all of the natural whole foods that you want and still loose weight and look great. Certain fruits, vegetables, and protein sources from lean meats should be the heart and the bloodline of your low carb diet.
Don’t hold back on the fruits and vegetables! To make eating them more convenient then try these strategies:
1. If there are fruits that do not need to be refrigerated then keep them in plain view as much as possible. You will get into the habit of grabbing them as you leave and enter the house.
2. When you do your grocery shopping try some of the items prepared at the salad bars. These dishes have fruits and vegetables already sliced and prepared for you to eat and run.
3. Shop for fruits and vegetables that do not need a lot of peeling or preparation in order to eat. Just grab and go.
Let’s not forget about our protein. Protein is a very important part of a healthy diet that is necessary in building and repairing tissue. Complete proteins from animal sources like meat, fish, dairy, or eggs contain all of the essential amino acids that your body requires. Some examples of whole food/low carbohydrate protein sources that you can enjoy are sirloin, steak, Bacon, Buffalo, Veal Cutlet, Tenderloin, chicken, eggs, and turkey.
Cheese is another great whole food that you can enjoy while eating low carbs. Cheese is a nutritious food but you need to watch for the higher fat calories. Check out cottage cheese, Ricotta (great on salads), cheddar, feta, and Colby.