Slow Carb Diet Quick Start Guide

So if you’re interested in getting started with the Slow Carb Diet, maybe this post can help. I’ve had some friends who have followed this and have lost anywhere from 10lbs in a week to 30lbs in a month. Here’s how you can get started:

I’m not going to reiterate what has already been said. Read this post if you want to get started.

After you read that post, here are some unexpected restrictions and expectations you will/might encounter.

You’ll be eating a lot of the same meals over and over again, so plan your entire week out.

Pick a day like Sunday, and cook in batches. Use tupperware and store food in your fridge for the rest of the week. We didn’t follow it and spent more money than we should have on Chipotle lunches. Save yourself $10 a day and make it at home.

Have an accountability partner.

With Mimi, who made everything taste good, it was much easier than when I tried to do it by myself. Have a friend or your roommate do it with you, it makes it so much easier.

No fruit juice or dairy

This means no fruits or fruit juice, cheese, or milk.

Beans are a staple of the diet, it keeps you full.

If you don’t like beans, up the protein and veggie intake to stay full.

Butter’s OK.

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy

Workouts are optional

We both lost weight and we worked out a total of 1 time for the last 2 weeks. If you want faster results, add Occam’s Protocol to your SCD.

Some staple meals:

Eggs/Turkey Bacon

Chipotle Burrito Bowl (or any general mexican bowl without the tortilla/taco bowl itself)

Steak/Chicken and Veggies

There is some room to mess up, but results will be compromised.

That bleu cheese in your salad might be a small amount, but the “just one bite” mentality might get to you, so it’s better to just stay away from any small amounts of anything that you could snack on. If you’re hungry or not full from a meal, just have another one. If you must snack on something, carrots and almonds, but only a handful.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment in the section below. Thanks!

Patrick

 

Slow Carb Diet: The Last Day + Photo Contest!

Apologies for the late post, but I had to ‘ve decided to combine both today’s post and yesterday’sLast day today. You all might be wondering why I’ve decided to cut it short. Well considering that I failed a bunch this week, it is just way too impractical. Not saying I wouldn’t do it again, but this week has been kind of rocky with work, two classes at 8:30am and guests who we’ve had to eat with. Especially when eating out, it becomes hard to avoid carbs/fruit/dairy at restaurants. Tonight will be our last no-carb dinner night, and I can’t wait. I learned so much from this experience, about myself and my partner. I’ll probably write a lessons learned post tomorrow and a quick start guide so if anyone wants to learn how to get started and what to expect, they can do it themselves too.

Yesterday

Breakfast

Tomato soup with bacon (the tomato soup had cream in it, but we were both too lazy to make something, so it was kind of a fail)

Lunch

Watched part of Bourne Supremacy and got some carne asada, onions, bell peppers, black beans, and salsa.

Dinner

Mimi went to Eataly with her mother dearest and a friend, while I…sort of forgot to eat because I was working on my websites. Schmerp.

Today

Breakfast

Since our photography class was at 8:30am, we so cleverly forgot to put an alarm on and woke up at 8:11am. So we rushed and had no breakfast, but TOOK SOME AWESOME PHOTOS OF BREAKFAST INSTEAD.

LOOK. BREAKFAST.

Totally aced that class..even though I didn’t pay for it. Seriously though, Mimi’s cooking blog photos will be so much shmexier.

Lunch

Stupid old me decided “Oh hey let me get the veggie quiche, since there are so many vegetables in them!” Well turns out the majority of it consisted of potato. White. Carb. Potato. My first (or probably second/third) fail came when we went out for lunch with Mimi’s mom at Le Pain Quotidien. I ordered the sandwiches thinking I would just take all of the bread off. Well I caved in because I was so hungry. And it felt good that I would enjoy the sweet thing called bread once again.

Dinner

Haven’t had it yet, but it will be shrimp and veggies all sauteed in garlic. Mmmm…garlic.

Thoughts on This Experiment?

The first week was so much better. Second week, not so much. It would have been damn near impossible to do it without Mimi, so I believe an accountability partner would be helpful. Sometimes you just have to cave in, and I would assume that more restraint would be needed if you’re actually trying to lose weight. If I were 20-30 pounds over weight, I may have been more motivated to do it, but since I didn’t need to really lose any, perhaps the second week I just lost motivation(although I did end up having a somewhat slimmer waist).

I definitely urge anyone who’s looking to slim down a bit to try this out for at least a week, two if you’re really motivated and have a friend you can rely on. Again I’ll probably come up with a quick start guide and post it up tomorrow.

P.S. I just entered a photo contest which would help me go around the world and win $25,000! If you check out my page and click “Collect Me” it will help me win. I’d definitely appreciate it if you did. Thanks!

Link to Photo Contest: www.patrickdomingo.see.me/onelife2012

Cheers,

Patrick

Slow Carb Diet: Day 8

Today wasn’t so bad, considering the food photography class, which was awesome. Definitely gonna write a guide on it. Look out for that coming really soon. Funny since I’m in a final group, but I’m only auditing the class, so it’s not like I’ll get a grade or anything. Anyways, really quickly here’s the eating list.

Breakfast

  • Mimi’s leftover sweet Italian sausage with green bellpeppers and onions.

Lunch

  • Taco Salad (surprise surprise) from Kimmel

Dinner

Finally another picture!

 

Easily the worst photo I’ve ever posted, but oddly the most delicious dinner I’ve had in a while. I think it’s the bacon that makes it so much better. Not pictured was mushrooms and spinach sauteed in butter, which also made everything taste so good. We tried to make our own version of KFC’s double decker chicken sandwich, but that kind of failed. I feasted like a king once again.

On another note, we have an alarming amount of sweets in the fridge, including chocolate truffles, a frozen ice cream pie, and pumpkin bites. Oh shall we feast on Saturday. We’re still contemplating whether or not we want to continue this through saturday into sunday and monday, but honestly, we’ve had enough of a go at it and will probably just switch to a normal diet come sunday. We may try a hybrid, with two “no white carbs” days of the week, which doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.

P.S. For those of you who are looking to try the diet yourselves, check out Tim Ferriss’ awesome post on it. If you want some tips, recipes, want any advice, definitely check out my previous posts, or look at my girlfriend Mimi’s blog for recipes.

Cheers,

Patrick

Slow Carb Diet: Day 7 + A Question For You, the Reader.

Halal. Fries. Ice Cream. Sandwiches. Burritos. Just some of my favorite/convenient/drunk foods + a billion other things. I can’t even handle this right now. The pain…I WANT TO EAT ALL THE THINGS. I AM A RAGING EATING MACHINE. I WILL EAT EVERYTHING IN MY PATH..

Anyways..

Diet’s sort of inconveniencing me in terms of..well convenience. Street carts, birthday celebrations, drinking(water), trying all of the foods. I don’t know how people with full time jobs do it. I have just a part time job and after everything I can barely keep up. I just can’t wait for this week to be over, then it’s back to gorging with my every-day-is-a-cheat-day mentality.

I’m glad I’m doing it though. I can’t believe it’s only been one whole week! Time’s gone by so slowly for me, and it’s taught me a lot about myself. I’ve learned to be more patient and disciplined with my decisions, and while pure willpower can only go so far when changing a habit, it is still necessary for a habit to be changed. Hopefully I’ve learned to be more conscious about my eating decisions and be less impulsive when it comes to eating out and drinking.

Here’s the typical eating list.

Breakfast

  • Cobb Salad at Pret a Manger (accidentally ate some blue cheese and some cranberries, but felt like a negligible amount)

Lunch

  • Tri Tip Steak Salad at Grand Central Station

Dinner

  • Las Tortugas Tortilla Steak Salad (without the taco shell)

Salad was a huge theme of today. Glad I got tons of veggies, but wow I felt so..”diet-y” I guess. Went to my favorite bar to do some keyword research and drink (real) water. Not a bad day, although I got a lot of work to do for the next week. Tomorrow will be a 7AM wake up call for Mimi’s Food Photography class, which I will be dropping into 🙂 Can’t wait, uber excited. But enough about me, a couple of things that require the attention of you, my fellow reader(if there is anyone reading this, of course).

I’ve realized talking about myself all the time, while enjoyable, is a tad narcissistic and I’d like to start providing posts that are helpful to you.

I have some ideas, but I’d like to hear your thoughts? Here are some of mine:

Self-Improvement (Achieving Goals, Getting Things Done, etc.)

Photography (Lighting, Composition, Headshots, Pricing Your Work, Membership Comparisons)

Health & Fitness  (Getting in shape, eating right)

Random Helpful Tips (Best Brunch Spots in NYC, Flea Markets, How to Haggle)

I figure I’d probably start writing about all of those, since I don’t want to be pigeonholed into one thing just yet, but I wonder if there’s anything specific that you’re interested in reading about? Maybe it’s too early for that? Either way I’d like to know.

Give me your thoughts in the comment section!

Slow Carb Diet: Day 6

So today wasn’t too eventful. Here’s the breakdown:

Breakfast:

  • 2 Boiled Eggs

Lunch:

  • Chipotle
  • 3 bites of birthday cake (it was my boss’s birthday, and I was too embarrassed to say “no, I’m on a diet” since I was one of the skinniest people there.)

Dinner:

  • Cafetasia (Sweet and Sour Salmon and Mixed Veggies and Salad with a glass of red wine)

 

That’s really it. I figure it’ll get pretty repetitive, with Chipotle staying in the Lunch area for the rest of the week, and Breakfast being something of scrambled eggs and turkey bacon/regular bacon. Dinner’s always a nice surprise though.

On another note, sort of working out my next challenges after this diet is over. Stay tuned 😉

Cheers,

Patrick

Slow Carb Diet: Cheat Day Round 2

Okay, before you start saying that I broke the sacred rule of cheat day being once a week, and that there is no excuse for it, well here’s my excuse. I tried Indian food and authentic Japanese food for the first time. It was an awesome cultural experience, and it was definitely worth breaking the rules to experience the awesomeness that is both Indian and Japanese food. So with that in mind, Cheat Day Round 2 went quite well, and no debauchery happened, unlike the other day, which is great. Anyways here’s what I had today:

Breakfast

We had eggs with red onions and turkey bacon, since we sort of didn’t anticipate that we would get another cheat day.

Lunch

Indian food for me, Mimi had something and like a belgian waffle.

Dinner

Mimi’s mom is in town with her friend and they took us out to have real Japanese food. It was delicious and it was very generous of them to invite me. Definitely an experience.

This post is somewhat short and sweet, but I’m trying to post something every day, and it’s been going quite well. To be honest, this is the most committed I’ve ever been to this blog, so I’m just trying to get into the habit of writing every day. Hopefully it’s of some value to someone out there reading it.

Cheers,

Patrick

Slow Carb Diet: Cheat Day, An Aftermath.

So it’s 3:50AM when I’m writing this. Odd times for inspiration I suppose.

Anways, cheat day was as much a success as it was a fail..actually it was totally a fail. More details below:

Breakfast

Had half a wheat bagel and pumpernickel bagel with sun dried tomato and bacon cream cheese. Hazelnut coffee. So far so good.

Lunch

Had Lobster mac and cheese…and drinks…of water. Just water. Nothing else. Then went to drink more water..

???

Unfortunately, for reasons unbeknownst to myself, I experienced nausea, some elbow trauma, and due to my sudden symptoms, ended up throwing up in a taxi cab on the way home Probably too much water.

Anyways, night ended shortly and I napped, showered, and am now blogging at 4AM in the morning. But now the debauchery has ended and back to eating healthy forever…and not drinking so much water.

IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER/PERSON INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH ME/MY MOTHER

Please don’t judge. While you can can google me and look up on my site all the things I’ve done, you can’t judge or determine who someone is just by their online identity. There’s more to it than that. I’m a good boy. I promise. People like me. I’m a college student and it’s sort of what college students do. You wouldn’t want some boring, straight laced, goodie-too shoes, who follows directions and doesn’t think for himself would you? Or maybe you would. Who knows? Either way, this is an experiment and as such, will be treated like one and understood like one. Plus, if you understand me and who I am , I probably wouldn’t want to work for you. Love you though!(Mostly for my mom, but I guess I love you too, unnamed employer/person interested in working with me).

On Another Kind of Important Note..

I also lost weight. Probably most important to say, but weird, my Body Fat Percentage was around 12-13% before this, and I’m pretty sure it’s gotten lower. Mimi’s pretty dress that she wore today was loose on her, and according to her mother, who was an actress and danced every day, she looks thinner. Wow this totally works.

…I should go to sleep…and drink some actual water.

Cheers,

Patrick

The Day Before Cheat Day.

So since all I care about is cheat day, that is what Day 4 will be in reference to(as will day 11) but today was weird indeed. Read below.

Breakfast

I had to wake up at 5am to go to work and ended up only being able to microwave eggs, so a bad start. Ate that at around 5:30am

Lunch

Couldn’t get a break till about 11:50am, about 6+ hours when SCD calls for lunch no later than 4 hours after breakfast, which makes me hate working for someone even more because I can’t do what I want, but I digress. Anyways just had Chipotle, steak, no rice, black beans, guac, the works.

Dinner

Finalllyyyy had steak. Marinated in tons of butter and garlic, it was awesome.

Not bad dinner at all. Still need to solve the breakfast problem, since lunch and dinner can sort of be taken care of. Perhaps boiled eggs the night before with some cauliflower/broccoli. We shall see. I don’t really care at this point since all I can think about is my cheat day.

It’s so close, yet so far away. I don’t understand how I, and especially Mimi, being the baking/chocolate junkie that she is, have gone so long without any sweets. Call it bravery, call it courage, perhaps some decency, but one cannot fathom the disgusting, vile acts that will occur on the day that is known as Cheat Day.

We have a game plan and everything:

12:00AM (since it’s technically Saturday):

Chocolate Cake from Work

Chocolate Truffles

Ice Cream Pie

Ice Cream

All while watching Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Breakfast:

Pick a Bagel’s coveted wheat bagel with bacon/sundried tomato cream cheese

Lunch

Drunch with my good friend Jon and Poco for Lobster Mac and Cheese and Unlimited Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and Screwdrivers

Dinner

Stumbling around while Mimi babysits, then meeting up with her for Shake Shack Shack Stack burgers and Cheese Fries

Sit around and loathe forever.

That’s the game plan.

We shall wine and dine like kings and queens. TOMORROW WE FEAST.

Cheers,

Patrick

Slow Carb Diet: Day 3

Not much went on today, other than working from 12-9pm sort of screwed up my eating schedule because I didn’t get to eat until 4pm and 10:30pm. Not sure if that would affect it but what can you do? I work again from 6am(ugh) to 2pm so I’ll be making today’s breakfast for tomorrow.

Breakfast:

  • Turkey Bacon and Scrambled Eggs

Lunch:

Dinner:

I forgot to mention that yesterday we decided to marinate some chicken breasts in olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Probably should have mentioned that, because that’s what we ate tonight, photographed nicely here:

Honestly I couldn’t handle this diet if the food didn’t taste so good. Mimi’s a huge reason why I’m sticking to it, since it’s nice to have a partner who is also doing it, and cooking good food is a hugeeeeeee plus. Regardless, we both have running lists/plans for our cheat day(!) on Saturday.

I realize that this diet has been sort of unstructured, and these blog posts are quite short, so I promise things will be a little more polished and refined next week. It’s just the nature of starting something new, we’re getting accustom to it and finding a nice baseline. Major apologies and look forward to better structured content next week 🙂

Cheers,

Patrick

 

Slow Carb Diet: Day 2

Started work today, which was nice, except the fact that my lunch was a horrible attempt to eat healthy at a not at all healthy restaurant. Here’s how the meals went down:

Breakfast:

  •  Scrambled Eggs
  • Broccoli

Lunch was utterly retarded. Since it was my first day everyone suggested we go to the one place that was the most tempting for me: Shake Shack. Know what I end up getting? A double hamburger with no bun. This went against everything manly I once stood for. The lady even asked me “Do you have a gluten allergy?” to which I said “No. I just don’t want the buns.” Anyway I just ate it. It actually wasn’t bad if you don’t mind using a knife and fork and having the lettuce sort of wilt on you due to all of the grease. Anyways I love the job and everyone there is so nice and understanding of my 2 week diet. They all were open to joining me on my cheat days 😛

Dinner:

The Final Showdown. After a horrific, traumatic experience which can only be described through a picture, I can say that this time, we totally kicked dinner’s ass. Oh yeah. Feast your eyes on this….

Taco Guaco Salad, Ladies and Gents.

It was so good. I’m being the most cocky on this blog right now, I’ll hate myself when I read it again, but THE NIGHT HAS BEEN WON AND WE ARE THE VICTORS. Check out the recipe at Mimi’s blog. We used the shopping list from the previous post and modified it to suit our needs, and spent around $55 for the next week, which is not bad at all. For now, shake shack’s shack stack and cheese fries, is at the top of my cheat day list. Oh and the doggie treats, too. Can’t forget about that.

Cheers,

Patrick