With more and more people (still!) finding the book and then eventually finding this site, I’m getting a bunch of questions on a pretty regular basis. Lots of times, I even get the same question from several different people!
As a result, your questions have driven the creation of this new type of post that I’ll be doing here. I plan to do them at least monthly, but we’ll see how frequently I can get some up.
If you’d like your question answered, send me a quick note or leave a comment!
Let’s get right into them.
Cheat Day Breakfast
I get this one a lot: “On my cheat day would would your recommend I have for breakfast?”
This question comes in a couple flavors, so I’ll use it to address the flavor of someone actually eating food (not IF, not a shake, etc).
The book teaches that a cheat day is founded on a solid slow-carb breakfast. Before Tim goes to eat his chocolate croissants, he gets probably his only healthy meal of the day.
So what should you eat? Follow these guidelines:
- Get at least 30 grams of protein for breakfast
- Eat something from each category – protein, vegetable, and legume (although legumes can be omitted)
- This is the one time that a glass of freshly-squeezed (that’s important) orange juice is allowed with an otherwise slow-carb meal as it blunts the insulin response when you start your refeed
If you don’t want the traditional scramble, here are some options:
- Breakfast Burrito
- Ham & Kale Frittata
- Eggs Benedict
- Alternative 3-Minute Slow-carb Breakfast
- Chili Omelette
Are falafel slow-carb?
This one is from Margie: “My question was mostly about whether the falafel mix that I have found is ok to use on the slow carb diet. I’ve read other places that falafel isn’t ok.”
I get it – falafel is really just ground up chickpea, right?
Sometimes. Margie was specifically asking me about a mix she’d found that had slow-carb ingredients, but it also had two kinds of wheat products in it as well. That’s obviously not going to fly on a slow-carb diet.
If you can make the falafel patties yourself, you can control what goes in them and you can make sure you’re working with truly slow-carb ingredients. If you’re using a mix, you really need to read the labels. If you’re getting them from a restaurant, it’s probably better to assume they’re not slow-carb compliant.
A fellow slow-carber, Beka from Slow-Carb Snacktime is working on a slow-carb friendly falafel recipe for us over here. As soon as she gets that finished, I’ll link it up and you’ll all have a great falafel option. 🙂
What do you think of tofu?
“What do you think of Tofu? I have heard different opinions on it for SC.”
I’ve gotten a question like this more than once. I scoured the book, and what I’ve found is that the book mentions it as a “good slow-carb option” food source (instead of supplement) of calcium, so it appears it’s slow-carb friendly. However, later on in the vegetarian chapter, he talks about studies showing even 30g of soy (two tbsp) have enough phytoestrogen to mess with your thyroid, which is a dangerous business.
He says in another place to stay away from refined soy products like soy milk and soy protein powder.
So what I take from that is that it’s a slow-carb friendly food that shouldn’t be the base of your diet. If you have some tofu once in a while, it’s perfectly fine and not a big deal. I just wouldn’t eat it every day.
What’s your question?
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