So, it's been about a week now, and for the first time I got real big carb cravings at lunch time.
The deal is this: I've not eaten any grains in about ten days. Still doing dairy and the ocassional potato - potatoes mostly because I eat out at lunch time, and trying to go completely carb-free will drive you nuts in the small town I work in. The no-grain options on the menu just weren't calling out to me, and so I went for beefburgers (just the patties + bacon) + salad. That'd be so far so good, except that the different salads were pre-prepaired. I should have expected that, but maybe my taste buds have changed Anyway, that all tasted totally artificial so I mostly ate meat and came away feeling hungry. Hungry for carbs and specifically the unique *texture* - pastry, pasta, cake all have textures totally different to things produced from meat and/or vegetables. I'm pretty good at figuring out exactly what I'm hungry for, and it wasn't for sweet or stodge, it was for that melty pastry feel, or crumbly cake texture.
So, does anyone have suggestions on things that can be substituted on that front?
FWIW, I didn't succumb. I ended up buying some 70% Lindt and having a couple of squares of that.
Otherwise I'm doing pretty good. I haven't eat grains intentionally in about ten days, except once when I used a little flour to coat some fish before pan-frying. There's probably been a little bit in the restaurant food I've eaten.
I've cut added sugar down to a teaspoon of honey in my morning coffee, and ocassionally dribble some honey over natural yoghurt as a dessert, but that's it.
I'm surprised I haven't had the carb craving before now, all things considering.
On the upside I've discovered some great foods/recipes. Found some great all-meat sausage (well, apart from the seasonings) and coupled that with some leeks sauted in butter, and added a splash of white balsamico and a slightly larger splash of white wine to the leeks while they were cooking. Simmered that down to almost nothing. Wow. Seriously, have never had leeks anything like them (and all my own creation!).