Adventures in Carb Cycling

Carb-cyclng is done! (Click on the link to the left for an explanation if you have no idea what I am talking about). It turned out to not be completely horrible, difficult, or impossible – once you establish a routine. It is also a great way to shred fat and expose muscle rapidly when combined with a solid fitness program.  The most difficult part for me was explaining my eating patterns to family and friends and then trying to convince them that you are not insane. I mean who walks around with several packets of tuna or mixes up protein shakes in restaurants while everyone else is eating actual meals?

For me – the most challenging part was completing high carb days.  The endless amount of relentless eating was difficult.  One high carb day involved two whole wheat bagels, fruit, curried chick peas, a veggie marsala burger, a mango smoothie, protein powder (twice), a shrimp caesar salad wrap, and two sweet potatoes (and i know that I am leaving something out).  The following high protein low carb day was a breeze because I was still full from the day before.

Below are some snapshots of a couple of meals:

On low carb days I ate a lot of eggs, greek yogurt, greek yogurt with protein powder mixed in, milk, tuna, salmon, shrimp, salad, peanuts, and protein powder.

On higher carb days I ate green grapes, mango coconut milk smoothies, whole grains, sweet potatoes, beans, and still consumed a lot of protein, but kept my fat intake low.

Every day: This Protein Powder, mixed with Ronny Brook Farms Skim Milk and 6 ice cubes…is to die for. Delicious, filling, and the perfect calorie-carb-protein-fat ratio. Used about twice a day.

Low Carb Day: Fat Free Plain Chobani, Whole Wheat Toast, Peanut Butter & Company Maple Peanut Butter, Gummy Vitamins (which also have carbs)

High Carb Day Breakfast: Whole Wheat Bagel, 1 tbsp of Whipped Cream Cheese, Mango and Light Coconut Milk Smoothie

High Protein on the Road Snack: Package of Salmon (can find at grocery store or drug store), Fat Free Plain Chobani, Luna Protein Bar (think it was Peanut Butter and delicious)

Low Carb Breakfast or Pre/Post Gym Snack: 2 strips of Nitrate Free Bacon, Hard Boiled Eggs (Version 1 - salt, flower pepper, and sriracha hot sauce; Version 2: flower pepper, shaved parmesean cheese, and truffle cream)

High Protein Snack: Tuna

Isn't the prettiest but it was definitely tasty and a nice departure from plain tuna.

Low Carb Day Lunch: Caesar Salmon Salad (some days I substitute salmon with Shrimp) with purported whole wheat croutons (although the dont appear wheat looking - i read the label), and a baked (then mashed) sweet potato

High Carb Day Lunch: (aka wow my entire lunch is brown day): Curried Chickpeas with Veggie Marsala Burger (Available at Trader Joe's contains No Soy), Baked then Mashed Sweet Potato with cinnamon, Peanut Butter Oat Bar (Trader Joe's), Fat Free Plain Chobani

Low Carb Lunch: Buffalo Salmon Salad (poached salmon, romaine lettuce, bacon, blue cheese, Walden Farms Calorie Free Blue Cheese Dressing, whole wheat croutons), Fat Free Plain Fage Greek Yogurt, and Trader Joe's Chocolate Oat bar (whole wheat, rolled oats, and no refined sugar - but has soy (ehh))

Sometimes I like to sweeten my yogurt... Sometimes, I like to sweeten my yogurt. The Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Rolled Oat Brownie and Peanut Butter bars are awesome. A nice and healthy way to satisfy a dessert craving.

High Carb Day: Falafel and Kale Salad (chickpeas, feta, kalamata olives, cilantro and jalapeno hummus, tabbouleh, and grape leaves)

Wrapped up with a side of Five Alarm spicy peanuts and a yogurt

High Carb Day post-gym lunch: Mediterranean Wrap (hummus, chickpeas, tabbouleh,kale, graoe leaves, feta, olives,whole wheat wrap)

Lower Carb Breakfast/Post gym: Greek Scramble and one strip of nitrate free bacon

Low Carb Day DInner: Coconut Curry Haddock (sauce was made from scratch I might add), sauteed greens, and very few lentils (ran out of carbs)

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