Hi, and thanks for visiting my ‘About Me’ page.
My name is Belinda. Shane is my wonderful husband. Although we’ve never been able to have children, we consider the furred and feathered critters very much our family. We currently have five cats and two hens.
I have many creative pursuits, and it seems cooking is being added to that conglomeration of activities. I don’t mind cooking, most of the time, but I would never say that it’s been a passion. It is weird how life can take us down roads we’d never before considered to be in our ‘neck of the woods’ . One of those unexpected roads has led me to writing this blog.
Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with a Doctor new to our town. He explained his own eating lifestyle, chosen because he had a history of weight issues. What he said made sense to me and my new approach, aka new lifestyle, began the very next day.
I don’t do macros or carb counting in any form. I read labels (from what little processed food now makes it into consideration) and make the wisest choices possible. For me it has to be simple. If I have to weigh, count, balance, or juggle food values and how many grams of apple I can have in my next snack it just becomes unsustainable. Been there, done that. I don’t want a life spent worrying about little details and stressing over it when it inevitably goes awry. Truthfully, life doesn’t have to, and shouldn’t, be about that.
In a nutshell here is the doctor’s advice and the very basis of plan I personally follow. It is not a typical low carb ‘diet’, and he did not even call it low carb.
- “You are not a cow” – cows eat grass. Farmers feed their stock up on grains to fatten them before being slaughtered for the dinner table. Grains come from grass. So no oats, wheat, rice, and such like. That eliminates cereals, bread, crumbed or coated products, etc. The one exception here is brown rice. It’s a sometimes food. He also advised one slice of wholegrain bread a day is fine if desired.
- No potatoes or bananas. Both are capable of being made into bread. (This limitation does not extend to carrots, corn, or pumpkin, all of which can be used to make bread or cake).
- Eggs! As many eggs as you want or need. Eggs for breakfast. Eggs for an afternoon snack if needed. Eggs, eggs, eggs.
- No margarine type products. Use butter and use it generously. Butter is an appetite suppressant.
- Generous portions of meat and vegetables, including sweet potato (New Zealand kumara) for lunch and dinner. Eat the fat on the meat if you want. Eat to be full. Don’t skimp, there’s no need to EVER feel hungry.
- And the obvious one – NO REFINED SUGAR, EVER! I’ve pretty much had very little refined sugar since I was diagnosed as a diabetic around 2012. Gradually things creep in though. The sugar added at the local cafe because it’s easier than asking for a sweetener. Chocolate biscuits provided by the boss. The easy takeaway meals when I’m too tired to cook after work. The hidden sugars in lazy food, such as noodles, packet soups and sauces, fruit yoghurts; and just about any other manufactured food product you can think of. Especially products labelled as “low fat”. “Low fat” on a package is a sure sign that they’ve added even more sugar to counteract the flavour lost through removing the fat.
- Full fat everything. Full fat milk, yoghurt, cheese, etc. Fat satiates you and is not harmful. It becomes harmful when ingested with sugar. I don’t completely get the science of it, but there is a chemical reaction that happens when fat and/or eggs are combined with sugar that changes how the body deals with that fat. Fat on its own is used as energy or passed through the system. Fat plus sugar is stored, i.e. it makes you fat.
It has only been a little over 3 weeks since my husband and I changed our lifestyle to fall in line with the above. While we changed most things overnight, we did proceed to use up a few ‘non=compliant’ foodstuffs. Most we gave away. My overstuffed pantry where you couldn’t find anything became awesomely organised and healthy. Shane works a very physical job so he has two slices of toast with his morning bacon and eggs. He also still eats bananas (in addition to magnesium supplements) to stop his muscles cramping. Within a week we were enjoying new levels of energy and suffering no hunger pangs.
While this is not about losing weight, it is a very desirable outcome. My husband has lost an amazing three kilograms in three weeks, and he wasn’t all that much overweight. Being a woman means it’s much tougher for me to shed those kilos. I can’t say whether I have or not, although at times I find myself thinking, “are these pants feeling just a little but looser?” It’s going to take the long haul, so it’s a jolly good thing that Shane and I have sailed fully into this lifestyle without life preservers back to “lazy food”.
Follow my journey as I blog the highs and lows of living a low carb lifestlye.
Eat well, eat healthy,