The Slow Carb Diet is intended to be simple. There’s really only 5 rules, so it’s pretty hard to mess up. I managed to mess up without even realizing it, and it all came down to what I consider a rookie oversight.
So here’s the story. Hopefully, it keeps others from making the same mistake.
I started Slow Carb last week. The first few days I lost steadily, about 3 lbs in 4 days, despite eating out twice (yes, I stuck to the rules but was a bit nervous about hidden sugars in the sauces) and consuming about 6 glasses of red wine on my boyfriend’s birthday on a non-cheat day.
The rules were easy enough to follow, and I was happy with my progress so far, but I was concerned that I was eating too much sodium since my main source of legumes so far was canned, refried beans. I decided I should switch to one of Tim’s preferred legume types, and since black beans in a can are impossible to find in Australia, I chose lentils – something I’ve never really cooked or had in any way, shape or form other than in Indian food.
I wanted a bit of inspiration so I got out 660 Curries, my favorite Indian cookbook, and found a recipe for garlicky lentils. I knew I had about a pound of leftover bacon in the fridge that needed to be used pronto so I decided to take a bit of creative license and incorporate it into the curry. Halfway through the cook time, the lentils were smelling and tasting great, but looked pretty dried out. I decided to add some chicken stock and then reduce them a bit more.
That did the trick. They were absolutely phenomenal. Even my boyfriend who hates lentils and has no need or interest in following the diet loved them.
So did you catch it? The mistake I made.
That was day 5, and I didn’t catch it until today on day 9. I’ve been making some version of lentils with chicken stock every day and finally ran out of stock cubes. I went to the store to replace them and happened to look at the ingredients because my boyfriend had recently mentioned that in Australia, they’ll sometime include cow parts from England and sometimes people get Mad Cow.
I have absolutely no idea if that’s true, but it’s the only reason I took the time to read the label. I’d purchased the brand before and remembered it to be all natural, gluten-free, preservative-free, lactose-free, etc. Pretty much “everything” free. Well, I was wrong. It wasn’t SUGAR free.
Wow. I was pissed off. A week of being diligent about everything that went into my mouth (so I thought!) completely for nothing. I’d been unknowingly sabotaging my eating plan for days now.
As someone who thought I had a good grip on the nutritional content in most foods, I’m pretty embarrassed by this slip up- though there were two positive take-aways or things learned from this experience. 1) I now have a good idea why the Slow Carb wasn’t working for me the way it seemed to be working for others on the plan. 2) I now have increased motivation to double-check nutritional info to ensure success.
Due to my little slip-up, I’m “starting over” this week and calling today Day 2 of Slow Carb as last week’s results don’t accurately reflect the results of someone properly following the diet. It’s Monday, and I know I consumed trace amounts of sugar both today and yesterday which will impact my results, but I’d rather not wait until next Sunday to start again.
I’m ready to start seeing the great results everyone else seems to be seeing.