I’ve gotten such positive feedback on the health & wellness content I’ve been sharing lately [like my workouts of the week] that I thought I’d take you guys along on a day of eating with me! For this post, I wanted to share what I eat on a low carb day. For me, that means that I want to eat <50 net carbs [meaning carbs less fiber] and double up on fats to meet my daily calorie goal. I learned this in the FWTFL and still incorporate into ~80% of my life. I want to put the disclaimer out that I am not a health coach, fitness instructor, doctor, or dietitian; I am a person doing what feels best for me! Everyone views nutrition and diet differently, and while this may not work for you, it does for me! I try to eat like this one or two days a week but am by no means perfect at it. I am human and fallible just like everyone else! That being said, let’s dive in!
10AM – Breakfast: Breaking my fast with my Green Smoothie. Nothing special here, just my go-to. This is one of my more high-carb items of the day, but I love having it first thing to fuel me for the rest of the day!
11AM – Coffee: I did a large cup of black coffee with 1 TBSP of Sugar – Free Vanilla Creamer and a splash of Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk! I didn’t have my coffee earlier so getting it in now before lunch. I typically have this first thing in the morning since it’s only about 20 calories, it doesn’t break my fast. But today I just happened to have it during my eating window.
12PM – Lunch: I’m having the Pioneer Woman Egg Bites with some cheese sprinkled on and a little drizzle of ketchup. These are SO good and only take one minute in the microwave. I love egg cups. Sometimes I’ll make my own as meal prep [that recipe is saved on my EATS highlight on Instagram] but these are a great alternative if you don’t have time to make your own.
2PM – Snacktime: I’ve been LOVING these cheese boards lately so I decided to have one of these and a sparkling water. These are high in calories, low in carbs, and SO delicious. A great option for low carb [or any] day.
530PM – Dinner: Mike was grilling steaks so I decided to turn mine into a fajita-style wrap. I used 0.6 lbs of wagyu skirt steak for the taco and marinated it in this . Holy cow, this marinade was SO GOOD. [disclaimer: I did not factor this marinade into my My Fitness Pal, mostly because I was lazy; ha! But it did have olive oil so that would up my fats for the day. I typically don’t count marinades or olive oil/butter that I cook with into my daily goals and that’s just a personal preference. Again, I’m human and don’t need everything to be THAT specific. But, if you’re following this daily log for yourself, you could definitely factor it in to be more precise]. You can follow me on Pinterest to see more of the recipes I go to. I always use low-carb tortillas because they load you up on fiber and are guilt-free and honestly taste the same to me! I really love the La Tortilla Factory brand. I used one tortilla for my steak and I topped my taco with some grilled onion and red bell pepper [I sauteed these in some of the leftover marinade I used on the steak], 1/3 of an avocado [to meet my fat goal for the day], a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, some diced up tomato, and 1 TBSP of fat-free sour cream. Overall, this taco was so delicious and filled me up so much. How beautifully was that steak cooked?!
6PM – Dessert: I still needed a bit more fat for the day so I licked a spoonful of peanut butter. You gotta do what you gotta do! I got in some healthy fat and ended the day with a sweet treat. I just had regular Jif on hand, but I also love Crazy Richard’s peanut butter for a cleaner option.
While I wasn’t perfect, I was definitely in the ballpark I wanted to be. I was a few calories shy of my daily goal, but knowing that I had the marinade not factored in, I called it a day. I went slightly over on protein [which I’d rather have than missing my goal], had 53 net carbs, and almost doubled my fat goals. In a perfect world, I’d have met my protein goal exactly, had 50 net carbs, and 98g of fat, but that’s OK! It was very close and I felt satisfied throughout the day.
So there you have it! I did my usual weekday intermittent fasting in a 8 hour window and got everything in. Again, these macros are what work for me, my body, and my goals, and they will most likely look very different than yours, and that’s ok! I just wanted to give you an idea of what I eat in a day to achieve these goals. And also remember, I only eat like this one or two days a week. The rest of the week I eat plenty of carbs! I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you’d like to see what I eat on a full macro day.