Posted: May 21, 2012 2:00 PM
 
Making the decision to cut carbohydrates from your diet is difficult enough when you are responsible for your meals only. But, when you have kids who love all things high in carbs, it can be tough to remain on your low-carb path. Here are some helpful tips for success.

When you're responsible for providing healthy meals for your entire family, it can be challenging to make your low-carb lifestyle a success. But there are a few things you can do to give yourself the best shot at sticking with your plan.

Snack wisely

Probably the best thing you can do for yourself is to set aside some time to create a snack station for when you're feeling hungry and your kids' Goldfish crackers start to look incredibly tempting.

Create a section of the refrigerator that is specifically for you and fill it with washed and prepped:

  • Bell pepper strips
  • Cucumber spears
  • Snow peas
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli florets
  • Turkey pepperoni
  • String cheese
  • Olives
  • Hard boiled eggs

Create another snacking station in the pantry that's filled with such snacks as:

Redefine dinner

Although you're the one on the low-carb diet, your children can still benefit from dinners where the main part of the meal is low in carbs. They can add in some carbs, but it's nice when you are only responsible for making one meal for the entire family.

Go ahead, make chicken breasts and Brussels sprouts and let your kids add a slice of whole wheat bread and perhaps a bit of dessert.

Stay busy

When your kids are in the kitchen, grazing on your favorite high-carb snacks, it's a great idea to leave the room and find something to do that will take you out of the environment and your mind on your goals.

Living low carb can be difficult -- but if you prepare ahead of time with healthy, easy to access snacks, alter the way you define dinner, and remove yourself from the carb fest your kids are throwing, you'll have an easier time staying committed to your plan.

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