The second day of our low-carbohydrate diet experiment started out fantastic with leftover bacon from the massive amount of cooking we did in Day 1. Three slices of bacon and I was ready to meet the world.
At lunch we ate sausage and eggs and I learned to make smaller portions for me than the book recommends or I can’t finish it all. I think that’s a good thing too.
Our snack though, was something of a failure. One of the books recommended slicing a medium tomato and melting mozzarella cheese over it. First, this felt like a very low-protein snack and was not very satisfying. Second, I like fresh tomato and I like melted mozzarella cheese, but the only way to get both was to microwave the tomatoes with the cheese on them. Pretty yucky!
However, I have a recipe for a basil, tomato and mozzarella salad that might be an adequate substitute. We’ll try that next time.
After the mid-afternoon snack, we ran into two problems. Both my husband and I felt rundown, like we had no energy. My husband was also hungry.
After he ate some of the chicken I was pre-preparing for future meals, he felt more satiated, but still rundown. Thinking this might be the beginning of the induction flu, we increased our water intact and added more salt to dinner. Once we had eaten a saltier than usual meal, we felt fine.
Dinner was something of an oddity. We had the goulash, which had been cooking for an additional few hours in the crockpot. The meat was tender and the broth was nice. It just desparately needed more flavoring. Thankfully, we wanted more salt anyway.
We paired the goulash with what was supposed to me mashed cauliflower, but we don’t have a food processor, so it was steam cauliflower chopped up with a hand mixer. The texture ends up something similar to rice and the flavor, when mixed with some butter and heavy cream was very nice. The goulash managed to redeem itself and remain on the menu, just with a longer cooking time.
The induction flu is definitely a drawback, but one that can easily be overcome if you are following the instructions in the book. The weakness/run-down feeling was not comfortable, but it was easy to overcome.
Atkins Advantage: According to the scale, I lost almost 2 pounds in the first 24-hours. While the body can fluctuate that much or more in a day due to water weight loss, I was definitely not dehydrated. In fact, I’m drinking more water than ever before