And I’m killing for fruit. This is a good thing. I haven’t craved anything except pizza, Chinese, cake, and ice cream for the past month. Obviously fruit is a WAY better option. I’m almost 100% sure that after this week I will add fruit back. Fruit and nuts. I have a few reasons for doing a shortened induction and adding fruit back so quickly. The first being my goal for all this isn’t to be on Atkins forever. It’s to cut my sugar and processed food addiction. A detox so to speak. I have been completely out of control and I figured drastic times need drastic measures. I’m hoping 7 days of strict eating will break that cycle I was in. I knew a low carb diet would be the best for me to keep hunger away while doing this.
The other reason? I am convinced that traveling on Atkins will need a few more options. Right now I’m looking at lots of bars and shakes and I firmly believe fruit and nuts are a better choice. Just eat real food (the ultimate goal).
My ideal diet is this:
Fruit, nuts, meat/fish, veggies, and the occasional treat meal or dessert.
Okay – it’s official – I’m doing Atkins. Why? Because the more I researched low carbing the more I realized that it was a better choice for me right now than what I am doing (floating aimlessly on the healthy eating seas). I need some structure right now and this is it. I am not doing the ketosis sticks or any of that…just aiming for eating healthy meals with a meat and veggie base. I am following the Atkins induction food list to craft these meals. I’ve been wanting to kick gluten and sugar and processed foods out of my diet for months now and kind of not sure how to do it. Well this is definitely one way to move towards that goal.
So, with that said, this is my induction week 1 menu. I am assuming this actually should last more than a week considering I’m just cooking for me and some of these will be multi-serving meals. But I was more worried of running out of food and not knowing what to eat – so I made sure to have a few options for everything.
Mexi Pepper (from Atkins induction meal plan online)
Scrambled Eggs with a solid veggie base
Hamburger Stir Fry
Catfish with caprese salad
Pork Chop sauteed with bell peppers and onion on a bed of greens
Atkins Shake (I have the coffee caramel ones)
Veggies + blue cheese dip
Roasted Turkey + Provolone
I will grab some bars later this week so I have them for my trip this weekend. I debated the shakes, but I do love a good shake or smoothie and in a pinch, I wanted to have something acceptable on hand that I could grab and run out of the door. I may not drink a single one – but I wanted that safety net since my schedule tends to be a little crazy. The only processed foods I have this week are the shakes, the blue cheese dressing (I have researched recipes and may start making my own at some point and I bought the brand with minimal ingredients), mayo (I don’t really want to make mayo…I’m not sure I even like it as I’ve been team Miracle Whip my whole life), and pre-packaged tuna. I bought organic where the option was there and worked with the budget.
I tried to make a plan for the week that is easy to follow and I think I have. All the recipes look yummy and it’s all food I actually like to eat. I haven’t decided fully if I’m doing a week, a month, or forever on Atkins. But I do know that I need to make a change, so here I am.