Low Carb Life…

My weight-loss journey has certainly been a LONG journey, started well over 2 years ago.  I started on my own with just exercise and watching what I ate, I lost about 25 pounds on my own.  Last summer, running regularly and eating the good parts of the food pyramid, I started gaining weight and was confused, flustered, angry and depressed.  Instead of giving up, I talked with my family doctor who advised me to speak with some kind of specialist who lives a live style that is low in carbs.  What did I have to loose?  So, I went to see Dr. Leah, and she set me up on living Low Carb and it’s hard, every day is HARD, but it has been the most rewarding and educational journey I’ve ever been on!  She has taught me some amazing LIFE LONG skills that can keep this going for me forever!  What I enjoy most is I get to eat regular people food every single day.  I don’t have any special foods I have to buy from some specialized location, it’s normal grocery store food.  It doesn’t cost me any more than it did before, because frankly, I’m a teacher, I don’t have a whole lot extra to fork over.

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On the left was my very heaviest, slightly after my wedding at 240 pounds…I can’t even stand looking at myself… On the right was just about a month ago I was at 162 pounds.  I’ve thus far gone from a size 22-24 to a size 12.  A size XXL to a size M/L.  I feel great, I’m inspired by my own story and further I still have a little ways to go, but I’m finally feeling comfortable in my own skin.  I feel a confidence I never thought I’d have.  On top of living low carb, I head to the gym a few times a week and am so looking forward to spring to go RUNNING!  I have my first 5K of the year on February 4th and am planning to complete 17 5Ks all together this year.  I would have NEVER dreamed I could do things like this, but I am and I’m nailing it!

Along the way I have had to be creative, because I can’t give up sweets, who can?  But I’ve educated myself to modify them to become as healthy as possible.  For my own sake I wanted to jot a few of them down so I have them in one location so I can reference what I’ve done moving forward.

Low-Carb Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies – Makes about 11 cookies

1 cup almond flour

1/8 cup (17 grams) of coconut flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar substitute

1 tsp baking powder

shake of salt

1.75 tbls butter

1.75 ounces of 1/3 fat cream cheese

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/6 cup of sugar free strawberry jam (I used Smuckers)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and cream cheese some, not all the way, but some.  I put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients so that there aren’t any lumpy parts with the flours.
  4. With an electric mixer whip together melted butter/cream cheese mix, egg and vanilla.  I put it on high for quite some time, it got slightly fluffy.
  5. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients.
  6. I noticed the dough was slightly wetter than I wanted so I let it sit for a moment to let the fiber soak up some of the wetness.
  7. Using a cookie scoop, which I believe holds about a tablespoonish of dough, I scooped and placed plopped them down on my prepared sheet about 2 inches apart.  They won’t spread while baking.
  8. Using my thumb, I indented about 1/2 to 3/4 the way down in the middle of each cookie.
  9. I filled each indent with 1/2 tsp of jam.  They will melt over if you over fill.
  10. Bake for 8 minutes.
  11. I let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for about 10 minutes before taking them of.

I brought them to my first hour class (there is only 7 of them) and they ate every last one of them.  They didn’t even know they were low carb or “healthy” for you!

Using my calculations from MyFitnessPal app, it claims each cookie has 93 calories; 5.4 grams of carbs; 2.2 grams of fiber; 3.2 net carbs!

I adapted this recipe from here.

Now, I also LOVE me some Betty Crocker Brownies, oh so much!  Nothing like chew chocolatey-ness!  So of course, I modified what I already like…

Low-Carb Brownies – Makes 9 servings.

4 tbsp 1/3 less fat cream cheese, slightly melt

2 tbsp butter, melted

3/4 cup granulated sugar substitute (I use sucralose)

4 eggs

1 cup Almond Flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

shake of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Grease a 8 inch square baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients until just incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, checking to see if the brownies are done by inserting a knife.  Done when knife comes out clean and edges of the brownies pull away from the pan.  Let cool before cutting.

This is so good with homemade sugar-free whipped topping and a few raspberries on top, yum!

Using my calculations from MyFitnessPal app, it claims each brownie has 147 calories; 7.6 grams of carbs; 2.5 grams of fiber; 5.1 net carbs!

I adapted my recipe from here.

I know these are just a couple, but I use them frequently when I’m craving something sweet.  Another of my favorite go-to desserts is sugar-free Jello-o (0 carbs!) and homemade sugar-free whipped cream (a trace amount of carbs!).  I do have a Low-Carb Chocolate Chip cookie recipe that I’ve been adapting, more to come!

 

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tara Lamere
    Apr 03, 2017 @ 20:01:09

    Hi Harmony! I just want to say you look fabulous! Keep up the grear work! I am curious how you calculate how many carbs you should have a day for a low carb lifestyle?

    Reply

    • harmonyrichman
      Apr 04, 2017 @ 07:38:58

      Thank you, Tara! I’m under doctor supervision and she has me at less than or equal to 50 net carbs per day. Once I reach my goal weight, that can change, but not sure to what. I average about 25/30 net carbs per day.

      Reply

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