As a low carb mom, there has been one blog that’s been an inspiration to me for over a year now. Living Low Carb…One Day At A Time is a blog written by Karen Sorenson. She shares the most delicious and drool-worthy recipes, and occasionally talks about events and giveaways that would be of interest to other low carbers.
What you might not know about Karen, though, is that she began this lifestyle and her blog in order to stay on track and maintain weight loss. She had been experiencing some health problems and was determined to make a change for the better!
Low Carb Inspiration
I love that she gives her readers the confidence to stick to their convictions in what they eat, while inspiring us with beautiful, practical meal and dessert ideas. It is a labor of love and much appreciated within the low carb community.
Since she seems to be eating in a way that is very similar to how my family eats, I just had to reach out to her! I had the pleasure of interviewing Karen, and couldn’t wait to share her answers with you.
What advice do you have for a mom on the go?
While I’m not a mom myself, yet, I am always on the go. My biggest advice would be to plan ahead. I know that is easier said than done, but I save so much time by prepping and making meals ahead of time.
Every weekend I make my breakfasts and lunches for the week so all I have to do is portion everything out the night before and throw it in my lunch bag. I take my breakfast and lunch with me to work every day so I usually make breakfast skillets with meat and veggies for breakfast and for lunches I usually add some protein to a slow cooker and roast some veggies on Sunday and I can eat off of it all week for lunch.
Both of those options have a lot of variety and I’m able to change the protein and veggies I’m using every week. Also, if I get bored with the same thing everyday then I make small adjustments like turning it into a salad, adding some broth for a soup, etc.
What are some good low carb choices while out and about?
Some good low carb choices when you are on the go are smoothies, almonds (what portion size), canned wild salmon, canned wild tuna, cumbers, celery, almond butter, avocados, coconut chips, and homemade nut/seed bars, just to name a few. These are the things I use all the time for snacks and meals on the go.
How do you get your family on-board with the low carb lifestyle?
The easiest thing to do to get a picky family on board is to slowly make changes. For example, start switching to a potato substitute by using 75% potatoes and 25% cauliflower. Over time slowly start reducing the percentage of potatoes until you are using all cauliflower. By this time, your family will be used to it and it won’t be such a shock.
Also, in the beginning it may be easier to get your family on board by making substitutes for your favorite high carb items. If your family loves pasta, make zucchini noodles and try replacing some of the pasta with zucchini until eventually it is all zucchini.
At my house we went cold turkey into low carb, but I like to experiment and try new things. Not everything you try will be a success,but you will learn what works for your family. Remember this is a journey, going cold turkey doesn’t work for everyone, so take it one day at a time and each day strive to do better than the last.
How do you respond to people that try and get you off track?
You are always going to have people around you that try to tempt you into going off track. I always think about why I made changes to my diet in the first place and all of the weight I have lost. I don’t ever want to go back to where I was so it’s important to me.
You have to be strong and be able to tell people why this “one slice of cake” will derail your progress and your health goals. I try not to put myself in situations where I don’t have food that I know I can eat. I always bring food with me to parties and events so I don’t get tempted to reach for something I shouldn’t eat. The mindset of “just one slice of cake isn’t going to kill me” usually ends up derailing your progress and you end up right back where you started.
On the other hand, don’t beat yourself up if you get off track. Strive to do better the next day and not let the carbs control you.
Thank you so much for allowing me to pick your brain, Karen! Congratulations on your weight loss through a healthy, low carb way of life.
Karen Makes It Easy to Live Low Carb
To find out more about Karen, and to see her delicious recipes, visit Living Low Carb…One Day At A Time. While you’re there, you may want to check out one of her favorite recipes, low carb Moose Tracks Ice Cream.
What is your favorite recipe of Karen’s?