LCHF

Right, now I have logged on via my iPad and that makes everything so much easier – I can actually write and put pictures on the blog directly without having to transfer to my computer. This is my first attempt, so bear with me if I fail.

I am attemprting low carb again – I know that I said last time it wasn’t for me, but I misunderstood the concept; didn’t realise I had to substitute for lots of fat, which I am doing now!

I have so far (and when I get a chance and some time) created loads of lovely dishes with low carb, but high fat. I have lost 2,8 kg in 11 days, which is really good!

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Above we have homemade crackerbread, osso buko in a pot with cauliflower mash, low carb lasagne (yes, it IS possible) egg, bacon, mozarella and tomato omelette, pancakes with creme fraiche (with sweetner and blueberries)…..

I really like this way of eating – I always miss the fat when I am dieting and it never lasts, but you have all the benefits of the taste and texture of the fatty products, combined with the creativity of trying to find alternatives to the normal way of cooking, so I find myself in the kitchen looking for recipes and trying them off……

But on a personal note – I am still single (there was something about a joiner and an engeneer, but no longer), am happy, had an amazing summer with Lukas and I have started a part time degree to study to become a reading and writing advisor for kids who struggle learning the concept! It’s hard work, but I like it and I can see the direct benefit of the work I am doing, so that can only be good.

Anyway, am looking forward to blogging again now I am on a platform that’s a little bit easier to access for me!!!

The Low Carb Adventure: The end

Last night, after eating a sensible amount of wholegrain bread and a few potatoes during the day, I had so much more energy than during the last week and a half and felt like actually participating in life around me again, so I have hereby finished my experiment – low carb is not for me…. I have however learned that I don’t need the carb as the bulk of my meal, but that I can substitute some of it with hearty salads, so it hasn’t been totally in vain to do it………… also my initial weight loss was a one off and when I weighed myself again, some of it had come on again, so my weight loss whilst eating low carb, is no more than on my normal diet (well, not from what I could observe for this small amount of time)

What was the most frustrating was that I felt so tired I didn’t go to my normal amount of exercise classes and when I did, I couldn’t hardly lift my legs off the floor!

I know I didn’t do it by the book and that I didn’t do the detox to start out or cut all carbs totally out, but I never wanted to do that, and am still not planning to – it becomes too much like a diet and not a sustainable lifestyle change, so now I am back to healthy, normal living and can start thinking about making pasta again (just have to remember not to eat too much)……..

The Low Carb Adventure: testing the diet

Well, after a week on low carbs, my weight loss is the same as with my previous type of diet, but my energy levels gone down and I have been having head aches – I have been constantly tired for a full week, so am going to test if it is the lack of carbohydrates in my body or if it’s just that I have been feeling stressed………… am not throwing the low carb diet totally out, I am going to be sensible and not gorge out on white bread and pasta, but choose the healthier carb options and make sure I have loads of salad on my plate as well and see if my energy levels go up………. so the diet experiment continues.

Tonight’s dinner is going to be gammon (hamburgerryg) with kale in a white sauce served with (a few) potatoes……… can be done totally without the potatoes as the kale is high in all sorts of nutrients: vitamin K (good for the neurons in the brain), iron and protein………..

The Low Carb Adventure: pork chop in a vegetables and tomato sauce with salad

There is not a lot to tell today – I had some Turkey breast with a cabbage, carrot, apple, orange, nuts and raisin salad for lunch. For breakfast I had an avocado with scrambled eggs. My dinner consisted of:

Pork Chops in a tomato and vegetable sauce with salad

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 15 mushrooms
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • salt, pepper,
  • 1 teaspoonful of oregano
  • 1 teaspoonful of thyme
  • 1 handful of grated cheese.

Fry the pork chops to seal the meat on a hot pan. Place them in an ovenproof dish. Cut all the vegetables in small bits and fry them up. Add the tomatoes and seasoning. Pour the sauce over the pork chops, sprinkle the grated cheese on top and bake in the oven for 15 minutes till the cheese is melted.

Serve with a salad of your choice and pasta or rice, if you want some carbs.

Low Carb Adventure: Moroccan chicken thighs with stir fried vegetables

Moroccan chicken with stir fired vegetables

Spurred on by last week’s weight loss, I have decided to continue on the low carb diet. I have read up on the pros can cons and the long term effects do not look good on a strictly non carb diet, but what I am doing is not cutting out carbs totally – on Atkins I wouldn’t be allowed simple things like carrots or fruit as they contain fruit sugar, but I have only cut out the unhealthy carbs out: pasta, rice, bread and potatoes…….. I obviously have to replace them with other foods with fiber in them, so I am trying to eat things like leeks, cabbage, fruits, nuts, avocado, peas and broccoli – there are loads of ways of getting fibers which doesn’t include eating bread. And then of course, I need to eat loads of protein

So, what is the theory behing the low carb, high protein diet?

“The thermal effects of protein raises your metabolism and makes your burn more calories than you do from the same amount of calories ingested in the form of fat or carbohydrate. On top of that, studies have shown that protein settles your hunger far more efficiently than both fat and carbohydrate as protein gives and better and longer lasting feeling of being full”  (translated from http://www.alun.dk/sund-kost/protein-sundhed-fitness-vaegttab.html#)

On top of that, the body will naturally look to burn carbohydrates in your body when they are present, but when they are not present, you body will find other energy sources and will start burning your fat instead…………….

So, phase 2 of my diet starts here………. phase 1 was by the book – controlled calories, wholegrain, fruit, smaller portions and loads of exercise, but eventually my body stagnated and no matter how careful I was or how much exercise I did, I didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.

I had never expected to cut out carbs (I love them), but I am determined to lose weight this time, so this is it…………… on top of this, I can’t help but feel that I am really healthy as I am forced to think about other ways of eating than making a sandwich or cooking some pasta – I can’t opt out on the salads or vegetables, so I feel really healthy……..

Anyway, here is my last dinner:

Moroccan Chicken with Stir Fried Vegetables (serves 1 person)

  • 3 chicken thighs covered in Moroccan spices (chili, garlic powder, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper)
  •  1 onion
  • 1/3 red pepper
  • 1/3 green pepper
  • 10 mushrooms
  • a handful of broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon of gyros mix
  • oil to fry
  • 3 spoonfuls of Greek 10% yogurt with fresh herbs (coriander, dill, chives, parsley, basil – or whatever you have)
  • Salt

Fry chicken on a pan till cooked through

Cut vegetables into bits the same size (mushrooms in half) and fry in oil with gyros mix.

Mix Greek yogurt with fresh herbs and salt.

Serve and eat! Enjoy!

The Low Carb Adventure: Bolognese with Coleslaw

Yesterday was not an adventure – I had loads of meatballs, some cottage cheese and avocado……..

Dinner consisted of bolognese sauce served with a massive portion of coleslaw (made out of white cabbage, leek, carrots and roasted and chopped hazelnuts, mixed with a dressing made out of yogurt, lemon, honey and salt and pepper)…………….

All in all edible, but not amazing, so it doesn’t warrant more than the 6 lines here!

The Low Carb Adventure: tomato soup with chicken breast and brocoli

Have yet to have a 100% free carb day (with carbs I still mean the ones that come in the form of starchy products) – woke up and had not shopped properly at my dad’s yesterday and had to have a slice of bread, but went carb free for the rest of the day.

Last night, Matt made a tomato soup with loads of vegetables (red peppers, celery, tomatoes and onions – more or less the soup from Egg Cafe, but without the potatoes) and made bowls of filling on the side so the rest of the family could add toppings as they wished – bacon, chicken strips, chunks of potatoes, brocoli – you could also make bowls with pasta, croutons, roasted seeds etc. In order for me to get the protein and calories that I required, I had a whole chicken breast to go with the soup………… it was nice – and more or less carb free….. so far it’s going okay and I am looking forward to seeing if it has an effect on the scales when I get home.

The meals I had earlier in the day consisted of: Breakfast: cottage cheese, avocado and tuna and for lunch: omelette with bacon, mushrooms, onions and cheese.

I am really enjoying tucking into the foods I have deprived myself of – cheese, eggs, avocado and loads of meats…..