The Google ice cream was the ultimate blessing in disguise. I was initially upset that she had deviated from the low carb plan–I thought she didn’t understand the fact that a scoop of ice cream would temporarily negate all the benefits of becoming a “fat burner,” and it would take several days to get back to the same place. On Atkins type eating plans, people can choose to start in an initial very low carbohydrate phase (called “Induction” by Atkins) that accelerates the process of changing over from burning primarily carbohydrate for energy to burning primarily fat for energy. If you consume a lot of carbohydrate in this phase, you quickly reverse the process and go back to burning carbohydrate.
But the effect of the ice cream was so dramatic and so negative, she now finds it pretty easy to adhere to the low carb eating plan. She knows she will feel badly if she eats a high-carbohydrate food. She feels GREAT eating low carb. Her energy is high all day, a big improvement and a big change.