I was diagnosed in 2010…here are a few things I learned over the process of producing
the documentary film Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat

Low Carb Step One - Educate Your Self

This might sound like an obvious first step, it can be hard to know who to listen to. It’s important to find out the basics of the topic. Knowing WHY lowering your carb intake is beneficial can be a powerful motivator. Do you have a specific goal for lowering your blood sugar? Try to learn how those mechanisms in your body are effected by your diet. For me Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt A.K.A The Diet Doctor and Author Mark Sisson have proved to be invaluable resources.

…I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Carb-Loaded (now on iTunes and Amazon). The film is a great way to learn about the topic.

Low Carb Step Two - Small Steps

Start with the things that are easy for you to cut out. Maybe for you it is soda or deserts. For other people it’s pasta or bread. Whatever it is, try to be conscious of cutting it out of your diet. For instance, maybe you could ask your server to swap your starchy sides for grilled vegetables instead. Analize the easy things that you could change “from the get go”.

Low Carb Step Three - Be PreparedOnce you are ready to begin an actual lower carb diet, plan out one weeks worth of meals. To successfully transition from the standard american diet to a lower carb way of eating requires forethought. Poor planning will predict whether you enjoy the process and ultimately whether you succeed or fail. It is critical you know in advance what you are going to eat. So browse through Pinterest and sites like The Food Truth to get recipe ideas.

Here is what a weeks worth of low carb meals can look like…

Low Carb Step Four - Emergency PlanCravings for your old comfort foods can be powerful! So you need to have healthy low carb snacks on hand. There are so many delicious options out there.  Early on snacks can be the “make or break” for diet change. So try to have delicious  low carb snack options around the house, the office and in the car. For me a low carb way of eating satisfies me to the degree that I don’t need to snack as much as I used to, in time you might discover you need to snack less also.

Low Carb Step Five - Buddy SystemTry to find people that eat healthfully. Maybe join a local low-carb meet up. Make friends with the people running local sources of low carb food. Meet your local food co-op are find a farmer in your area. Whatever you do don’t go it alone. Now more then ever there are other people trying to eat low carb…so find them! Check out Jimmy Moore’s blog for a great low carb community.


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