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8 Ways to Go Low Carb Without The Mood Swings

And heads up — low carb eating can be totally delicious.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

Low carb diets have been all the craze over the last few years — from basic low carb eating to strict ketogenic diets, they have certainly made waves in the wellness scene. But, what’s the secret to ditching the carbs without dealing with terrible mood swings?

We’re dishing all the deets and filling you in on eight hacks to lose the heavy carbs, nourish your body, and avoid those pesky mood swings.

8 Hacks to go Low Carb Without Feeling Super Moody

Disclaimer: Always speak with your doctor before making dietary changes. Low carb eating may not work for everyone. Speak with your medical provider about any concerns you have.  

#1 Slow & Steady Wins the Race

Going in hard core is bound to leave us with some serious irritability. Completely cutting out sugar and carbs from your diet will be a shock to the system. It’s best to ease yourself into lower carb eating by removing one heavy carb item at a time. 

Maybe it’s soda, or maybe it’s that evening bowl of ice cream. Start by picking one high sugar food/beverage and eliminate that before moving to the next. 

Start with the worst offenders first like sugary drinks and candy as these can really get in the way of you reaching your health goals, so it’s a great time to work to eliminate them one by one. 

#2 Add More Healthy Fats

If you find yourself irritable and craving even more sweets since reducing your carbs, reach for a healthy fat — your body needs fat (especially when eating low carb), and fats can be super filling and may help keep those cravings at bay. 

So, when you’re feeling cranky and like you want to reach for something sweet, try snacking on:

  • Half an avocado with a drizzle of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt 
  • One cup of full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt with almond butter, raw cacao nibs, and hemp seeds 
  • Golden milk made with full-fat coconut milk and ground turmeric  

#3 Drink Enough Water

Hydration is key! Staying on top of your water intake isn’t only important for preventing dehydration, but when you go low carb, your body tends to excrete more sodium than if you consumed a higher carb diet. The result? Your body holds onto less water. This makes it even more important to be mindful of your water intake by making sure that you are adequately hydrated throughout the day. Plus, staying hydrated is great for fending off pesky cravings as well! 

Start your day off with a large glass of water and keep a bottle within reach throughout the day. 

Bonus Tip: Sip on a mug of bone broth with a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt for an added electrolyte boost in addition to some added hydration. 

#4 Make Sure to Get Enough of the Right Kind of Salt 

While it seems like we are always trying to reduce our sodium intake, when you go low carb, you are going to naturally be removing those processed, high sodium foods. While this is great, the body needs sodium from the right healthy food sources, so you’ll want to be sure to season your dishes with sea salt to make up the difference (in a much healthier way). 

Note! We’re talking about sea salt, not the refined table salt. 

#5 Get Those Omegas

While low carb diets are notorious for being high in fat, we often forget about omega-3 rich foods. These fatty acids have shown some promising results for mood disorders. While more research needs to be done, it gives us another reason to consider adding these healthy fats to our low carb diet, especially when trying to combat those brutal low carb diet mood swings that often come on early in our low carb journey. 

Some great healthy options include:

  • Wild-caught salmon 
  • Sardines
  • Herring
  • Chia, flax, hemp seeds
  • Walnuts 

#6 Make Healthier Alternatives

We can all get irritable when we become hangry and when craving our favorite foods but feel like we can’t have them. So, give in to those cravings every now and then… just do so in a healthier way. 

Craving that sweet breakfast you used to enjoy? Try making pancakes with almond flour instead or try making a low-sugar dessert with some full-fat unsweetened Greek yogurt, raw cacao powder, and some almond butter. 

Sometimes we just have to trick those cravings into thinking that we’re eating that dessert or comfort food, when really we are eating a much healthier and more nourishing option. 

#7 Don’t go at it Alone

After clearance from your doc, if you have a friend or family member willing to jump on the low carb bandwagon with you, do it together! Having an accountability partner to join you can be a gamechanger. Plus, if you have someone to share low carb recipes and meal prep with, it will be ten times more fun — hey, you even may find yourself feeling a bit less moody when you have your BFF to navigate some of the early challenges of low carb eating with you. 

#8 Make it Delicious

Last but certainly not least is to make low carb eating delicious! Just because cutting sugary carbs out of our diet may seem like we are ditching some of our favorite foods doesn’t mean we have to feel completely deprived of comfort foods. 

There are so many yummy low carb options available, and we share nourishing recipes and meal plans in FitOn PRO that may help inspire you to whip up delicious low carb recipes without sacrificing flavor. 

And to give you some added inspo, here are some delicious, nourishing, and filling low carb meal ideas to get you started. 

Breakfast 

  • Veggie omelet with cheese and avocado 
  • Hard-boiled egg with half of an avocado and berries 

Lunch

  • Salad with wild-caught salmon and balsamic vinegar
  • Tuna salad with avocado mayo, red onion, and lettuce 

Dinner

  • Turkey tacos served with lettuce leaves 
  • Chicken burger served with lettuce leaves as the bun and topped with tomato and avocado 

Snacks 

  • Nuts with berries 
  • Smoothie made with full-fat coconut milk, berries, and spinach 

Sail Into Low Carb Eating Smoothly 

Whether you are looking to go completely low carb or just want to start eliminating the processed carbs from your diet, there are ways to go about it where you don’t have to suffer from mood swings. With approval from your doc and a solid game plan, you can sail into low carb eating — you may even find it to be easier than you thought!