Low Carb Diet Review, Date Night Ideas, and Lemon Meringue Pie!

It’s been almost three weeks of this low carb “diet”, and I feel awesome. I’ve noticed some changes, namely:
– I’m able to wake up early. I was never, ever a morning person, and that was mainly because I had a hard time not pressing snooze for two hours straight. Since taking these new eating habits into our home, we’re both able to wake up early, and we rarely hit the snooze button. (Coincidentally, the days we did hit snooze were usually right after we’d had more carbs than normal.) 
– Higher concentration in class. My short attention span is magically gone.
– Weight loss. This much was obviously bound to happen. Including today’s weigh-in, I’ve lost a total of 5.8 lbs in 20 days. (This past week I lost another 1 lb.) 
– Sugar and carb cravings are gone. This one was one that really worried me–I thought that I wouldn’t be able to resist my fries or cookies, but it’s been surprisingly easy after the first week. I saw a girl eating McDonalds fries a couple of days ago, and I almost wanted to want it. I tried to imagine how it would feel and taste eating those fries, and my stomach actually churned at the thought. 

So there’s the update of my journey thus far! As for more exciting news, it was our 40 month anniversary yesterday (or monthiversary, haha). We tend to celebrate our anniversary every month in one way or another every months–maybe some of you call it a date night, but it’s more special when it’s on a set date, in my opinion! Plus, it gives us something to plan for and look forward to every month. 
We just redecorated our apartment, so it is now roomier and a little homier. As such, we were able to take the mattress/cushion thing off our futon and put it on the ground, make heavily buttered popcorn and lemon rum & gingerale cocktails and play games and watch movies all night. It was actually really awesome. Started the day off with Dan making me breakfast, and ended it with an awesome steak dinner (made by Dan, too), and a low carb lemon meringue pie (Okay, it isn’t *really* low carb, but it’s way lower carb than most other pies. If I made a damned low carb crust then it would have been low carb!). We generally go out or do something a little more exciting, but there was something so satisfying about just staying home with our entertainment and slow intoxication.

1. Fort Night. Throw a couple of sheets over the dining table or  around four chairs, set up cushions and mattresses under the table with a lamp and games and snacks (and drinks). You now have an incredibly cozy night that has so much versatility in terms of what to do and you can rekindle with your childhood, too. Woo! 

2. Late Night Picnic. It doesn’t matter if you don’t live near a gorgeous view or do not have a park nearby, grab a sheet and pack some favorite finger foods with some beer, wine, champagne, or whatever you’re interested in drinking, and go and have a picnic! We usually bring our badminton set with us and set it up at the view near our house, but we’ve considered just bringing music and sneaking up to the roof of the school, too. 

3. Get classy with fondue! You don’t even need a communal pot for this; if you have a slow cooker, then you can easily make fondue with cheese or chocolate. Have your cut up fruits or foods ready with skewers (the dollar store sells about 200 wooden skewers for… a dollar!). (Can you tell that I really like dates that have food?)

4. Pick a random daily deal. You know those daily deals sites like GroupOn, Buytopia, and Social Shopper? Head on over there and see what activities they have at a discount rate, and go for it! Alternately, you could just go on Craigslist and click on the “Events” button and pick something from there. Try to go and do or see something you haven’t before, like a Burlesque and Improv show or Snow Tubing/River Tubing! 

5. Wine & A Canvas. Why pay an exorbitant fee to go to an art class and not learn anything? (Okay, maybe you’ll learn something. But it won’t be lasting knowledge!) Head over to Michael’s or Walmart, and buy a canvas and some paint; get some wine and cheese and crackers (this portion is up to you and to your taste, these things just sound really good right now, haha); and go to a pretty secluded area and go wild trying to paint each other or the view! 

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Lower Carb Lemon Meringue Pie (Don’t worry, the blue part is icing, not weird mold!)

Lemon Meringue Pie
Serves 8-10

For the custard:
Set 1. 
2 tbsp flour
3 tbsp cornstarch
.25 tsp salt
Set 2.
1 tsp liquid Stevia
0.5 cup water
1 cup milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
75 ml lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
0.5 tsp lemon extract
Set 3.
2 tbsp butter
Set 4. 
4 egg yolks (In a mug or small bowl)

1 baked pie crust (I used… Shortbread Pie Crust. I know, it’s terribly unhealthy, but I figured what the hell, I’m going to go nuts!)

For the meringue:
4 egg whites (room temperature)
0.5 tsp sweetener
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350*.

1. Mix everything in Set 1 together in a pot. 
2. Turn the pot to medium-hight heat, add everything from Set 2 to the pot. Bring it to a boil, then lower the temperature to low-medium. Keep stirring constantly.
3. Add Set 3 to the pot, keep stirring until everything has melted.
4. Beat the eggs in Set 4. Scoop out about half a cup of the Set 3 mixture into the mug/bowl that the eggs are in and beat it all together rapidly. Then scoop everything out of Set 4 into the pot and mix it all together. Pour what should now be a thick custard into the baked pie crust. 
5. In a big bowl, beat just the egg whites on low speed. Keep beating until soft peaks start to form (about 5 minutes). 
6. Slowly add the sweetener and the vanilla extract to the eggs, and keep beating so the peaks are still soft. Spread this on top of the custard.

Bake for 10 minutes!

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Our 40 month anniversary lemon meringue pie! Our meringue isn’t as “peak-y” as it usually is, but I think that’s because of the lack of granular sugar in it.

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Nutritional information for the meringue pie *WITHOUT* the crust (in case you’re less lazy and want to make your own crust). Adjusted for 8 people.

Verdict: Dan said it’s better than my lemon meringue pie made with sugar. I guess that’s a thumbs up for liquid Stevia!

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Nutritional info for the meringue pie *WITH* the crust (adjusted for 8 people).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XO,
Rebecca

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8 thoughts on “Low Carb Diet Review, Date Night Ideas, and Lemon Meringue Pie!

  1. Okay you have me convinced. Stepping back and taking a look at current diet, it is not a drastic change. Still questioning the wine though, seeing mixed reviews sometimes saying high in carbs sometimes low. Any thoughts? Have a great week and thanks (again) for the great advice.

    • Haha, yes! I’m so glad you didn’t think I was a crazy carb-hater. So there are actually a lot of variations of low carb diets; for Atkins, he recommends around 30 g net carbs (so fiber isn’t included) a day, whereas others recommend 50-150 g a day. I think 30 is too low, because your body needs 30 just to function. If you go with regular low carb recipes and eat eggs and bacon for breakfast and snack on cheese sticks, pepperoni sticks, and dark chocolate throughout the day, then you’ll definitely have room for 3-4 glasses of wine. Apparently the sweet dessert wines are the only ones high in carbs; if you have a dry white wine then it’s only about 2.9 – 5 grams of carbs per 5 oz, and a dry red has 3.4 – 5.5. Really not that bad at all! In fact, you can have any alcohol; hard liquors have 0 carbs, so if you have it with a diet beverage then you can knock yourself out (no pun intended). I hope this helps! And thanks! You have a great week, too. (Looking forward to your next post. (: )

    • Actually, all hard liquor is 0 carbs. (: And since we mixed it with diet ginger ale, it’s also 0 sugar! Hope this helps and you’re able to have a drink now.

      • Well, that explains it. I`m part of the new school of thought that the body interprets all sweet tastes as sugar, regardless of what the chemical composition says. That does help to know about the hard liquor though!

      • Haha! There are definitely different variations of interpreting sugar, and it does seem like everyone just sort of abides by their own rules. In my case, I’m aiming for 30-50 carbs per day (since you need 30 carbs just to function, so I think Atkins is sort of crazy haha) and I do work out, which would burn off any sugar that I would potentially have. Sugar isn’t evil, there’s just too much of it everywhere in literally everything so it’s difficult to take it in moderation!

      • Very true! I just limit it as a matter of course. I aim for under 25 grams a day, and I like to use whole sources, just because I`m more comfortable with them. (Like natural sugar, honey, maple syrup…) I guess what is really important is being aware, but not obsessing.

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