I am going strong this year without carbohydrates. I typically keep under 50 g of carbs a day and many days I am under 25 g. I think men can handle a persistent very low carb lifestyle better than women from the research that I have read. The bottom line is that I feel great, but I do miss bread and pasta. A delicious plate of pasta with a nice red will call to me from time to time. I feel like I can’t even step inside an Italian restaurant. The gelato alone would be calling to me from the freezer case.
A big advance that I have made lately is to start making my own noodles from zucchini squash. You will need a spiralizer. I got mine from CVS for $15. Heat a pan with extra virgin olive oil on Med-High heat for a couple minutes and use the spiralizer on the pasta. Put the zoodles (zucchini noodles) into the pan for four minutes and turn often:
You can go down to Med heat after you get cooking. I heat up some marinara at the same time. I have been really digging Uncle Steve’s Arrabiata: http://unclestevesny.com/product/arrabiata-sauce/. It has some kick and tastes super fresh and healthy.
Take the noodles off the stove and add the sauce:
It feels like you are getting away with something. It really tastes that good. When I used to eat pasta, I would usually feel tired afterwards as I came down off the blood sugar high from the processed carbohydrates. Now I don’t feel that at all. I just feel great. I ended up pairing my zucchini noodles with some pork ribs and had a wonderful dinner: