Damn Tasty - Low Carb in Paris
16 FEBRUARY 2017
After seven months of gorging myself with amazing French food, I find myself at a crossroads. I love food in all forms, but some things might not be especially good for me or my figure. I’ve always been or at least looked somewhat athletic. I played basketball all my life, competitively from third grade to my senior year in high school. Even after high school, I still at least looked the part, that is until I turned 35.
I'm Getting Old
I just turned the big 3-5 this past year. I was determined to spend my thirty-fifth birthday in the city I’ve just recently determined was my adoptive home, Paris, and I fucking did it. However, a Gemini’s Paris was not how I pictured it. The Seine was flooded, which in a way was fucking awesome, but it encroached on my initial fantasies of a Parisian June. Sub 60 degree temps also made things kinda shitty, but I was in Paris, so it all didn’t really matter. My special day was topped off with dinner at my fav classic French restaurant in Paris, Auberge Pyrénées Cévennes, and my first “professional” chef’s knife. A beautiful Zwilling J.A. Henckels Professional “S” chef and paring knife set. Game Changer. If you have a shitty or so-so knife throw that shit away. I didn’t know that something so simple could make such a huge difference. Having a good knife is definitely worth the extra cash. I’ve got the best friends in the world. Anyway, I’m getting a bit off topic. I’m 35 now, eating shit tons of bread, drinking copious amounts of beer and wine and eating many different types of pastries, my metabolism is nowhere near as potent as it used to be. So I have gained about 15 lbs (6.8kg) in the last 7-8 months. SOMETHING’S GOT TO GIVE…
Low Carb it Is
In an effort to get back down to my fighting weight I’ve decided to go low carb. Which means no bread (holy fuck, no bread, in the land of all things good bread, it’s blasphemy I know), no potatoes (freedom fries?) and no sugar. I know it sounds impossible, considering my circumstances, but in all actuality, it hasn’t been so bad. Cauliflower is an admirable potato replacement. Stevia isn’t so bad. I love meat. Almond flour can make due in a pinch. And water is life. Also, the internet is teaming with some amazing low carb recipes. It’s only been one month and without exercise, I’ve already lost 7lbs (3.2kg). I no longer have to suck in my disgusting gut. Of course, I cheat at times, I’m only human right??? Right? Living a low carb lifestyle is about restraint and compromise. Sure, your fried chicken won’t be as good, but damnit if you have the will and proper ingredients it will still be damn tasty.