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Old 07-22-2011, 07:09 AM   #1
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What is a foodie "treat" for you?

Was just wondering how often other l/c'ers give themselves a foodie treat, and when they do, what is it? Do you view some l/c foods as "treats" or does it have to be a high carb food?

When I was on low cal low fat, I would be terribly strict all week...then have the weekends "off", to eat as I wanted (The No "S" diet)

Trouble is, I wouldnt just have a few treats, I would spend the weekend eating crap...which in turn led to massive guilt, and bouts of bulimia....SO not a healthy way to live!

Now I am doing low carb, Atkins style, I know that if I have no treats, I will manage for a while, then end up with a massive binge. Also, if I have a "day off" as some do, I wont be able control my eating, and will end up bulimic again.

So what I do is have a daily treat...still l/c and still within my allowance...for me usually an egg custard, or some greek yogurt with p/b or rhubarb.

This is always the last thing I eat for the day, and it has stopped any feeling of being deprived...I think its kind of the carrot and donkey effect...lol!

Anyway...I started L/c on the 28 March this year...and so far...no binges, a very slow weight loss....and more important ...no bulimia!
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:22 AM   #2
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Jo, that's fabulous! The way I look at it is, this way of eating can be so broad and varied that there would be no reason anyone would have to deprive themselves much at all, ever.

Obviously, if you are currently in a round of eating for weight loss, you will be eating less and within stricter parameters. And it's up to you whether you choose to eat like that for weeks/months on end until you've lost all the weight, or whether you want to take it in stages with periods of maintaining the current loss in between those rounds of more weight loss. So during weight loss your food choices may well be a bit more limited, but still filled with fabulous foods, delicious foods, and certainly foods that you could consider a rewarding and fulfilling *treat*.

And with the inclusion of the alternate flours and sweeteners on the market today, and available and easily ordered through Netrition here, folks can eat almost anything that the non-low carbers can eat in their homes.

It's just that when it comes to eating the manufactured low-grade crap foods stocked in grocery store aisles and sold in the donut shop-type establishments everywhere, well... those are the foods we choose to not eat. But you know what? A lot of people who are not on low carb food plans choose not to eat that crap either, so we're not alone.

Glad you've found some fun foods and food combos that fill that little happy delight of being able to treat ourselves to something yummy and pampering to our mouths and tummies. LOL
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Because I am not on a strictly low carb WOE my treat is frozen blueberries with sliced fresh strawberries topped with some cream. I need to not feel deprived or let myself get too hungry as that is when I fall off the wagon.
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All my lc foods feel like treats. A nice thick grilled ribeye, bbq wild salmon, roasted chicken all with fresh garden salsa.
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A Larabar is my treat during the week. Saturday is my off-low-carb day and my favorite treat is chocolate chocolate chocolate candy!
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I do not have 'off plan' food but I do have l/c treats and they are not always in the form of 'sweets'. I do like sea food a lot but it is expensive so it is an occasional treat.

I started eating yogurt a few months ago as I felt it was very good nutritionally speaking. As it turns out, it is a delicious treat as well and I include it in my menu almost daily!!

Cheesecake is my 'ultimate' treat. I made one last weekend for a birthday and the remainder is frozen in individual servings and I will have a slice in place of a meal when the urge hits me....hmm, maybe today!!
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A Larabar is my treat during the week. Saturday is my off-low-carb day and my favorite treat is chocolate chocolate chocolate candy!
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:41 AM   #8
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Low-carbs treats: Fage yogurt (always full fat--I think of it as my "poor man's ice cream.") Peanut butter. Green & Black's organic 85% dark chocolate. And I love making desserts with low carb ingredients--nut flours, stevia, erythritol, etc. It's such a fun challenge to see how close to high carb treats I can get them. I can't eat any of this stuff if I want to lose, however. In weight loss mode, the only thing sweet that I have is coffee with a little cream and stevia--tides me over for a bit.
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:45 AM   #9
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A real treat is a more expensive or elaborate low carb food. Steamed artichokes with dill dip, shrimp with lc cocktail sauce, a rib eye steak with blue cheese butter... things like that. If it's a really special occasion, I make LC cheesecake with pecan crust.
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In the summer lobster is a treat for me because it goes on sale so often. Still expensive for a regular meal at home, but worth it. This week I had to settle for some steamers though, because lobster wasn't on sale - stil a treat though.
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Always ON plan treats for me. And usually something sweet.

Atkin's bars (though not often and with my research on sugar alcohols probably not anymore)
coconut bark (if I want to make it really special I'll eat it with a couple of peanuts)coconut fudge(my latest indulgence. Just like the bark only you add cream cheese.)
Lemonade (water, lemon, stevia & ice)
Spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter
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Low carb treats for me as well

85% or 90% Lindt Dark Chocolate
Coconut bark...extra special I'll add a tsp of almond butter, tbsp sliced almonds, 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
Coconut Manna by Nutiva its so so so rich that just a little bite it good...the texture is a little gritty but I think mixed with some cocoa and stevia I'd be in heaven
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I agree, I try to stick with low carb treats since even overdoing it on those can stall your weight loss!

SF jello and SF coolwhip was one of my favorites before.
Atkins bars (especially the coconut- 10 carbs)
Almond flour muffins with cream cheese in the middle (I try not to make these too often because theyre so addicting)
Breyers low carb almond ice cream bars (7 net carbs including sugar alcohols.. Theyre soo good I try not to buy them because they're too easy to overeat)
Shrimp scampi frozen from Whole Foods- expensive but amazing!
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In the summer lobster is a treat for me because it goes on sale so often. Still expensive for a regular meal at home, but worth it. This week I had to settle for some steamers though, because lobster wasn't on sale - stil a treat though.

For all the cooking I've done over the years I have never had the courage to steam a lobster tail. Could you pm me or post how you do it? Even on sale I would hate to lose the money if I screw it up!
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I'm all about low-carb treats. Some of them for me include:

Filet mignon
The biggest shrimp I can afford to buy...
Chobani Greek Yogurt (freeze it for about an hour - it is like soft-serve ice cream...)
Sugar-free fudgicles
A smoothie made with some almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla (or your fav) protein powder, and some frozen blueberries or strawberries...

Having a food that feels like a treat and is still low-carb is like a double treat to me!
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I'm all about low-carb treats. Some of them for me include:

Filet mignon
The biggest shrimp I can afford to buy...
Chobani Greek Yogurt (freeze it for about an hour - it is like soft-serve ice cream...)
Sugar-free fudgicles
A smoothie made with some almond milk, greek yogurt, vanilla (or your fav) protein powder, and some frozen blueberries or strawberries...

Having a food that feels like a treat and is still low-carb is like a double treat to me!
Threadjack: Hot Tamale- the question and the quotes in your siggy are great! Did you recently put them up? I don't remember reading them before...? You know, some days you see the same thing you have probably seen many times before- but on this day it hits home and is like brand new. Thanks.
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I would LOOOVE if you shared your l/c egg custard recipe, please!
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Old 07-22-2011, 04:30 PM   #18
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A Larabar is my treat during the week. Saturday is my off-low-carb day and my favorite treat is chocolate chocolate chocolate candy!

What specific types of Larabar do you like and that are l/c? I've seen them in the store but never checked the info or flavors.
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I know that they are terribly unhealthy with hydrogenated oils and malitol, but I do love the Chocolate Sugar Free Tasty-Kakes. I count the sugar alcohols and make sure I keep my carbs under 30 for the day.
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Coconut bark made with about half a serving of nuts. It's as good as any candy bar I've had. I make it into a "Mr. Goodbar" and eat it every single night. In bed. ha!

Kroger brand SF popsicles that I will eat half a dozen of some days when it's super hot. I love the banana flavor the best. I usually only have one or two.

Good nuts like roasted pecans and macadamias. I have a serving every night if I remember. I usually remember. lol

I am like you. I have to have my goodies or I'll binge. I know this like I know my name now. I can avoid binging by planning good treats during my trigger times. Some people in my family make comments about me eating at night, but they can just go jump in a lake. I'm eating these treats and it's working for me. Hrummpff!
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Hi Julie - Glad my quotes hit home! Actually, the quotes have been on there for probably close to a year... The top bolded question, however, is pretty new, but it I put it there because, for me, it really is the question I've started asking myself before every meal and also when I feel like not exercising... All of the quotes help me remember why I'm doing this and what I want. Glad they worked for you today!
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We do up our carbs just a bit on Sunday. Sunday was always the day I would make a special meal with a dessert before we went on the diet. We still do that. All low carb and legal but not something we would eat every day. Like Blueberry muffins or SF Chocolate pudding or maybe a small slice of watermelon or cantaloupe.
I keep SF Jello in the fridge for snacks during the week and of course there is pork skins. As long as we have something special on Sunday, we seem to do alright through the week. But if we did crave something, I would try to work a low carb version into our meals without worrying about the carbs since we are perfectly happy most days with just simple meat and veggie eating.
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Hi Julie - Glad my quotes hit home! Actually, the quotes have been on there for probably close to a year... The top bolded question, however, is pretty new, but it I put it there because, for me, it really is the question I've started asking myself before every meal and also when I feel like not exercising... All of the quotes help me remember why I'm doing this and what I want. Glad they worked for you today!
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Old 07-22-2011, 10:17 PM   #24
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Thats great you have found a way to keep on track and taking control of your bulimia.

My treats are:
Chicken wings (bit high cal for my daily consumption) every 2 weeks or so
Bottle of red wine, every 2-3 weeks
Something made with cream cheese (when I can find it in the store)

Few things are off limits to me as long as they fit into my daily plan. Eg I splurge on chicken wings, or a cream cheese chocolate thingy I'll normally eat lower cal for the day.

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All my treats tend to be of the "I went to some trouble for myself" variety. Elaborate preparations of LC things, sauces, that sort of thing. I have to stay Very Low Carb to lose, so I can;t do fruits, and even most LC SF desserts considered "Induction friendly" can get me off track. Here's a list of things I do for myself that feel like "treats", though:
  • A nice antipasti platter of different home-made sausages, cured meats, cheeses, pickles and so on. With a few home-roasted nuts, which is about as high carb as I can go.
  • Chocolate made with coconut oil and cocoa powder. I got a few different molds (bars, pyramids, squares...) from my favorite online "books and everything else imaginable" site and make fun and fanciful shapes. My next experiment is to use coconut manna as a filling for bonbons, once it arrives.
  • STEAK! I loves me some steak. And again, taking the time to grill it over good wood makes it that much better.
  • Seafood - shrimp and scallops sauteed in butter, served over baked fish
  • A really good coffee with cream and SF hazelnut syrup
  • I make SF popsicles (got the molds the same place as the chocolate molds) out of lots of things - sweet tea, lemonade, limeade, SF kool-aid etc. Love 'em.
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My treat is nuts ... specifically cashews and smoked almonds. But I have to be very careful on the portion control. It is real easy to eat a billion calories and carbs with them.

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I am a huge foodie. I find that LC eating plans allow for a lot of great foodie choices. Some of the things that eat as foodie treats are:
Steak with basil or cajun cream sauce
mashed cauliflower with lots of butter, cheese and bacon
SF cheesecake
berries
red wine
zuccini fries with spicy mayo dipping sauce
my Starbucks treat is a SF vanilla latte made with hwc--heaven

One thing I do every night to help keep me from feeling deprived, is arrange my food really nice on the plate. I feel like I enjoy it more if it looks nice, like i'm eating out or something.
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I love SF creme brulee



....and call me crazy, but liver and onions cooked in butter with a splash of red wine is also a special treat (I know, many would barf just at the thought of it).

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