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A bit of a dilemma... [SOLVED]

Protein ShakesProtein Shakes __BANNED USERS
edited May 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
I've been on a low-carb diet lately (less than 30g carbs a day) and it has been working out great. The first week was a bit hard as I was always feeling tired, but after that I stopped having carb cravings and also my energy levels stabilized completely. I'm eating a lot of fatty foods with plenty of protein and this has had significant benefits for my body composition as well as workouts. I've been sleeping much, much better, and I'm also in a great mood all the time.

The problem is that I will be spending this weekend and next weekend at my uncle's. The reason this is a problem is because he is a baker, and always bakes his own bread. He has a pretty huge belly that he claims he hasn't been able to lose despite lots of exercise over the past year, and honestly I don't want to deal with trying to convince him to eat better.

The typical foods they eat are also full of carbs. Mornings have cereals and bread and yogurt, and lunch and dinner usually has rice and pasta and potatoes and things like that (also meat, but that's usually a small amount).

Here's my question: do you guys think it would be too extreme/rude if I took some of my own food with me when I go down to my uncle's? I'm thinking several servings of nuts and beef jerky for snacking on, and maybe some protein powder in a ziplock bag to supplement that. I'm also trying to figure out a way to politely decline all the carbs that they will no doubt try to make me consume, primarily because baking is sort of a family tradition on my uncle's side of the family and he is quite proud of the breads he bakes.

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Modern Man wrote: »
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  • hectorsehectorse Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    A carb weekend is NOT going to kill you, that's silly. I also do a low carb diet, and occasional carb intake (pizza, beer, some good bread) is not the end of the world. Remember that this IS a marathon not a sprint and as long as you daily diet is good, you are not going to DIE on the spot if you don't do it once. If you were staying for say, a week, I could see myself going to the store and getting bacon, eggs and tons of milk, but for just 2 days? not worth it. With that said, I don't think bringing your own snacks is rude at all, especially if it's just beef jerk, nuts and whey protein.

    Enjoy your carby meals and enjoy the family

  • KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    hectorse wrote: »
    A carb weekend is NOT going to kill you, that's silly. I also do a low carb diet, and occasional carb intake (pizza, beer, some good bread) is not the end of the world. Remember that this IS a marathon not a sprint and as long as you daily diet is good, you are not going to DIE on the spot if you don't do it once. If you were staying for say, a week, I could see myself going to the store and getting bacon, eggs and tons of milk, but for just 2 days? not worth it. With that said, I don't think bringing your own snacks is rude at all, especially if it's just beef jerk, nuts and whey protein.

    Enjoy your carby meals and enjoy the family

    Ha! That's exactly what I always said about weight loss. Kudos.

    Moderation is the key here, and to life. Just indulge and enjoy your family's company and good food.

    As per your question, I wouldn't consider it rude, but in truth if I were your family member it would rub me the wrong way.

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  • ceresceres Just your problem OoSuper Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited May 2010
    If you're talking about between-meal snacks, go for it. If you're talking about refusing their meals and bringing your own, yeah, that'd be rude.

    I've got my own life and I've got my own plans
    I hope you understand, and like the way that I am
  • Protein ShakesProtein Shakes __BANNED USERS
    edited May 2010
    hectorse wrote: »
    A carb weekend is NOT going to kill you, that's silly. I also do a low carb diet, and occasional carb intake (pizza, beer, some good bread) is not the end of the world. Remember that this IS a marathon not a sprint and as long as you daily diet is good, you are not going to DIE on the spot if you don't do it once. If you were staying for say, a week, I could see myself going to the store and getting bacon, eggs and tons of milk, but for just 2 days? not worth it. With that said, I don't think bringing your own snacks is rude at all, especially if it's just beef jerk, nuts and whey protein.

    Enjoy your carby meals and enjoy the family

    Maybe I am just being a little OCD about this, but it's actually a total of 6 days in the next 14 days that I'll be staying with them.

    I realize that it's a long term thing, but I don't want the food I eat there to kick me out of ketosis. I already have some belly fat that I am trying to get rid of and eating carbs (even in "moderation") is not the way to go about it.
    If you're talking about between-meal snacks, go for it. If you're talking about refusing their meals and bringing your own, yeah, that'd be rude.

    Well, what about certain parts of the meal? Can I go for the fatty meats and ignore the carbs?

    Modern Man wrote: »
    Well, if my mom met the following criteria... I'd be in favor if waterboarding her.
  • VisionOfClarityVisionOfClarity Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Also, if you really want to avoid some carbs offer to cook a meal for the family. Don't offer it as "I'm trying to make you eat better" but as "I want to say thanks for letting me stay by making a meal so you can relax".

  • hectorsehectorse Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    hectorse wrote: »
    A carb weekend is NOT going to kill you, that's silly. I also do a low carb diet, and occasional carb intake (pizza, beer, some good bread) is not the end of the world. Remember that this IS a marathon not a sprint and as long as you daily diet is good, you are not going to DIE on the spot if you don't do it once. If you were staying for say, a week, I could see myself going to the store and getting bacon, eggs and tons of milk, but for just 2 days? not worth it. With that said, I don't think bringing your own snacks is rude at all, especially if it's just beef jerk, nuts and whey protein.

    Enjoy your carby meals and enjoy the family

    Maybe I am just being a little OCD about this, but it's actually a total of 6 days in the next 14 days that I'll be staying with them.

    I realize that it's a long term thing, but I don't want the food I eat there to kick me out of ketosis. I already have some belly fat that I am trying to get rid of and eating carbs (even in "moderation") is not the way to go about it.

    I am in a cutting diet too so I know what you are talking about. If you were a vegetarian, your family wouldn't have any qualms in modifying their cooking for you or at least let you cook alternatives, but with low carb, that's not going to happen. It sucks but that's how it is. That said, even in ketosis, if you eat carbs, you won't be losing that much progress. At most you will be falling into the "carb cycle" regimen, which ain't so bad either.

    I say don't sweat it, but don't get used to it. If you want to be extreme with this, you could try explaining them that you are following a very strict regimen and that you'll cook your own food. That usually helps

    (I eat 70 gr of carbs a day)

  • ceresceres Just your problem OoSuper Moderator, Moderator mod
    edited May 2010
    If you're talking about between-meal snacks, go for it. If you're talking about refusing their meals and bringing your own, yeah, that'd be rude.

    Well, what about certain parts of the meal? Can I go for the fatty meats and ignore the carbs?
    Yes. But you shouldn't bring your own part of the meal for just you, is what I'm getting at. But if you are feeling the meat that is being served and not the bread, you are mostly likely under no contractual obligation to eat the bread.

    If cooking is very important to your family and you know it, it is a huge slap in the face to the host to bring your own food to the table and eat it almost exclusively. That's all.

    I've got my own life and I've got my own plans
    I hope you understand, and like the way that I am
  • hectorsehectorse Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    ceres wrote: »
    If you're talking about between-meal snacks, go for it. If you're talking about refusing their meals and bringing your own, yeah, that'd be rude.

    Well, what about certain parts of the meal? Can I go for the fatty meats and ignore the carbs?
    Yes. But you shouldn't bring your own part of the meal for just you, is what I'm getting at. But if you are feeling the meat that is being served and not the bread, you are mostly likely under no contractual obligation to eat the bread.

    If cooking is very important to your family and you know it, it is a huge slap in the face to the host to bring your own food to the table and eat it almost exclusively. That's all.

    Yes I think this sums it up. Bringing food with you is a big no-no, unless it's snacks, but actually going to the market and buying stuff to cook during your stay isn't rude at all. In fact, I would love it if all my guests cooked for me lol

  • Protein ShakesProtein Shakes __BANNED USERS
    edited May 2010
    Okay, thanks guys.

    Modern Man wrote: »
    Well, if my mom met the following criteria... I'd be in favor if waterboarding her.
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