I promised to photograph my meals more often. Here’s a half-eaten photo of the dinner I made last night:
Salmon with sour cream
Half of a red bell pepper, sliced
Half of a medium tomato, sliced
Homemade ranch dressing (Michael’s ranch seasoning with a base made from mayonnaise, sour cream and heavy whipping cream)
A lot of folks will tell you that tomatoes and bell peppers are not particularly low carb, and they’re right. But they’re also not especially high in carbohydrate either. In total, the vegetables on this plate added maybe 5 grams of net carbohydrate to my dinner. That’s really not much, especially when you consider what the tomato and bell pepper add, in terms of micronutrients:
a significant amount of potassium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C – all micronutrients which can be difficult to get on a keto diet.
I bring this up only because I see so many people limit themselves to 10 or 15 net grams of carbohydrate a day and then experience health problems because they’re not getting sufficient fiber, or Vitamins C and A. I’ve been actively trying to limit myself to 25 grams or so in the hopes it would accelerate my weight loss (before I was eating about 35 grams – and after a month the lower carb intake honestly hasn’t accelerated the weight loss at all). When I made the decision to limit myself to 25 grams of net carbohydrate, I decided I would do so by cutting back on things like: atkins bars and shakes, low carb tortillas and carbsmart icecream, in favor of incorporating more whole foods in my day: which meant more salads, more raw veggies, more hard boiled eggs, more bacon, more broth. I do believe there’s a place for all the frankenfood and the keto-friendly treats but limiting those is a much smarter (and healthier) way to bring daily net carb counts down than eliminating vegetables like bell peppers or tomatoes. I’m not making the argument that some carbs are better (all carbs are carbs), just arguing that you can use your carbohydrate limit in smarter ways or in ways that may make you physically ill (vitamin deficiencies don’t play around).