All of us in Team DietDoctor are thrilled to see so many visitors and new members here in the beginning of 2017. Congratulations on the wonderful changes you’re about to make in you life! Regardless of what brought you here we want to empower you to revolutionize your health.
But, what do you actually eat on low carb? You eat food. Real food. Delicious food. To be more specific, a meal often consists of a source of protein such as eggs, meat, poultry, fish or seafood. This is often served with vegetables and fat in a natural form, for example butter, olive oil or coconut oil.
Recipes and meal plans
Please see below for a few examples of our more than 300 recipes on our recipe site.
Check out some of our top low-carb recipes below.
Do you NEED breakfast on a low-carb diet? No. On a low-carb, high-fat diet you’re likely not as hungry and you don’t need to eat as often. Skipping breakfast is perfectly fine if you’re not hungry. Perhaps you’ll only have a cup of coffee or tea.
In fact, skipping breakfast is a popular version of intermittent fasting.
Choose any kind of meat that you like, preferably organic and grass-fed.
Poultry is a lean type of meat so make sure you add enough fat to you meal to keep satiated.
There are a lot of great fatty fishes to choose from such as salmon, mackerel, sardines or herring but white fish or tuna works just as great when eating low carb. You might need to add more fat to feel satiated if choosing a leaner type of fish.
Is it possible to eat low carb and vegetarian at the same time? Yes, it is! If you choose a so called lacto-ovo vegetarian way of eating it works like a charm, providing all the nutrients you need. Lacto-ovo means avoiding meat, poultry and fish and eating vegetables, nuts, eggs and dairy.
So, what vegetables are to be preferred on a low-carb diet? A rule of thumb is to avoid what is growing under ground and eat what grows above (read more about carbs in different vegetables).
Excluding dairy from your diet can be an effective way to speed up your weight loss and help reversing type 2 diabetes. Dairy products contain not only milk sugar (lactose), but also milk protein (casein), which stimulates insulin secretion more than other types of protein. This is why milk is great for a growing baby, but not that great for an adult who wants to lose weight.
A lot of people who limit dairy will still enjoy real butter, since butter even though it’s made from milk contains only trace amounts of milk protein and sugar. That’s why we use butter in our dairy-free recipes. Alternatively, use coconut or olive oil.
Side dish recipes
What do you eat instead of potatoes, pasta and rice when trying to lower your intake of carbohydrates? The answer is delicious vegetables! Our vegetable guide helps you find the one’s that’s best for you.
Desserts can be difficult if you’re trying to avoid sugars and starches. If you have diabetes you know that it doesn’t take that much of a traditional dessert to make your blood sugar go sky high.
Our desserts can hopefully give you the same satisfaction but without the negative health consequences. Still, this is intended as inspiration for special occasions and not something we recommend for every day.
We’ve chosen to keep our desserts free from artificial sweeteners for the best effect on health and weight (here’s why).
If you aren’t too sensitive to sugar you might want to enjoy fruits, nature’s own sweet treat, once in a while. Check out our low-carb fruits and berries guide to help you find new favorites that are lower in carbs.
What low-carb snacks are good? There’s a simple rule: The best low-carb snack is no snack.
That said, many of us want a snack once in a while. Our recipes provide a better alternative than the traditional ones that often have plenty of sugar included.
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Do you have a great low-carb recipe that you want to share? We can cook it, photograph it and publish it here on the site, with your name on it. Or maybe you have a traditional recipe you want us to make a low-carb version of. Please send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions on how to make our recipes better. Alternatively, leave a comment below.