What you can’t eat:
- All bread and bread products (this includes whole grain options, rolls, pita bread – avoid ALL bread products!) – Traditional bread can be replaced with low carb options, but never fear, you can still enjoy a big bacon and egg breakfast – minus the soggy toast!!
- Sugar in any form, including; plain sugar, castor sugar, maple syrup, golden syrup, honey, agave nectar, coconut sugar, rice syrup – Use Natvia or Stevia to sweeten your for in the early days, however you will very soon lose the need to for sweet treats.
- Rolled oats and breakfast cereals – Enjoy bacon and eggs from breakfast and Just Nuts is an excellent alternative to your usual cereal.
- Rice white and brown (this includes sushi, rice crackers, rice noodles) – Replace rice with Cauliflower Rice, a tasty and nutritious alternative
- Chickpeas, lentils, soybeans, and other pulses
- Pasta and pizza – Make your own pasta alternative with noodles made from vegetables and make your own low carb pizza base.
- Hamburgers, fries and most takeaways – Get ‘takeaway savvy’ and explore low carb options such as Bunless burgers
- Lollies and chocolate – Try some 70-90% cocoa dark chocolate. A square or 2 per day can satisfy the chocolate craving in the early days of LCHF
- Beans and legumes – Replace with green leafy and above ground vege
- Dried fruit
- Fruit juice including freshly squeezed juice – Try flavoured water
- Beer, cider and liqueurs – Consider low carb beer, red or white wine, but try to reduce the quantity you drink. Perhaps try a better quality of wine but drink less of it
- Cakes, biscuits, muffins, crackers (unless the recipes have been accessed from this website) – Try some of the tasty but healthy LCHF dessert, cake, sweet options
- Potato chips, rice crackers, corn chips, pop corn and packaged snacks -Snack on almonds, cheese, sliced vegetables and make you own LCHF crackers
- Potato, taro, kumara, pumpkin and corn on the cob (or any corn). Note pumpkin is lower in carbs than other starchy vege so can be included occasionally – Avoid potato but pork belly and crackle is back on the menu and enjoy fatty cuts of meat that you have avoided previously
- Pastry – But you can still enjoy a low carb pie option!
- Flour, plain and wholemeal and all flour based products – When baking replace flour with almond meal/flour, and enjoy experimenting to LCHF cakes and desserts
- Banana, grapes, canned and stewed fruit – Include berries, or one piece of fruit per day (apple, mandarin etc)
- Processed sauces and condiments (tomato sauce, sweet chilli sauce, low fat mayonnaise) – Make your own mayonnaise, and alternative tasty sauces
- Honey, jam, nutella, marmalade – Almond butter is a good alternative
- Polyunsaturated oils (canola, rapeseed, soybean oil, and corn oil) – Use Coconut oil, olive oil and butter for cooking
NOTE: If you are in doubt as to whether you should or should not eat a particular food a good motto is;
“If in doubt, leave it out!”