Iam having a terrible time giving up bread, pasta etc... HELP any suggestions.
Grew up in an Italian household, so I feel your pain. I started to like the alternatives, slowly but surely. Wraps- delicious! Hummus as a snack with fresh veggies- my new fave! Quinoa was my new fave grain. I felt fuller with the new meals- lean meats, veggies. I still have my weak days where I have to make a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. But...they're few and far between now. You'll get through it and try looking forward to exploring NEW foods. That's half the fun.
Gluten free pasta - rice noodles are cheap if you can find an asian market. Also if you have a spiralizer or something that can cut long very thin strips I hear certain veggies (zucchini, yellow squash etc...) taste remarkably similar. If you can handle cooking things you used to buy try looking up Paleo recipes - they will all be grain free.
Have you tried Shirataki noodles or Quest noodles? They are all fiber and very low calories all together. I love my pasta, too. And these noodles satisfy that 100% without the craving and the calories. Shirataki noodles nutrition facts (I have them in my fridge; eat them several times per week): Total servings per package: 2; Total Calories per serving: 20; Total Carbs: 3g; Protein: 1g. They are gluten free and are made out of glucomannan. I will warn you that the alkaline water they are packaged in does have a "fishy" order, but when you rinse the noodles, they are fine. Very easy to cook and I regularly top mine with veggies, homemade tomato sauce and turkey balls or ground turkey. I love them and don't miss regular pasta what-so-ever. I purchase mine Shirataki noodles at Kroger. The Quest noodles I have to purchase online because there is not a store near me that carries them.
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