Welcome!

First of all don’t blindly believe anything I say! If something looks fishy to you, please follow it up and try to find an answer (or even better: more questions) somewhere else. The only agenda here is to learn.

Secondly, don’t underestimate the power of groupthink and common sense. Many of the things we just know come from the way our friends and family and society around us thinks. We unknowingly think and decide together. Why would we question these things if we all know they are true?

With this in mind, I am trying to approach nutrition with a clean slate in my mind. No assumptions. Let’s just try to understand.

Also: “eat and let eat”! I’m not here to judge anyone’s way of eating. If you’re healthy and happy, keep at it. 🙂


 

I am eating the way I do so that I stay in a state of ketosis . No, that is not ketoacidosis, I choose life, thank you very much.
This does not mean that I think everyone should do the same, not at all! I’m doing so in order to manage my own health (up yours, PCOS), because everything else I’ve tried makes my life a daily repetition of misery.

 


Why are all these people joining this low-carb thing?

A lot of these people are sick, possible pre-diabetic, already diabetic, or just fed up with dieting cycles and feeling crap and want to try and fix that.

Switching to a low-carbohydrate, high-fat lifestyle is primarily a choice to try to be healthy. This choice is based on the dodgy science that has governed nutritional science for the last few decades.

A lot of people living a low-carbohydrate lifestyle report having more energy and not going through the usual hunger crashes (no more being hangry) and mood swings. But don’t take my word for it, have a look at the online resources and do some of your own scratching around! AND if it doesn’t work for you, don’t continue! It’s important to take note of what your body is doing.

In time I will have posts that explain the science in a way that I understand. This means that there will probably be a lot of hand-drawn squiggly pictures and bad handwriting.


I hate diets.

Me too.

However, if you are getting in most of your daily fuel from fat, you will gradually enjoy feeling more satiated throughout the day. The crave for snacking should also get less urgent. This makes your life a whole lot better as you don’t go through cycles of hunger and guilt (if you over-ate). You get to feel calm about food.

This lifestyle diet means that your meals should be high in fat, moderate in protein and low in carbohydrates. Everyone seems to react differently to the amount of carbohydrates they take in, so it is up to you to experiment and find out what works for you.

Your plate may look like it has a majority of protein in it, or is just a pile of veggies, but you have to remember that fat is a very dense fuel. A lot of energy is packed into a very small space.

A lot of people enjoy measuring the amount of macronutrients they get on a daily basis, but I am far too lazy for this. My approach is to eat appropriate foods until I’m full and to eat again when I am hungry. At the moment this means that I eat on average two meals a day, with coffee and cream in between.

When you start limiting your carbohydrate intake your body will slowly switch from burning sugar as its primary fuel to fat. In time your brain should come around to properly regulate your hunger. Listen to your body! You don’t need to ignore the hunger pangs anymore. Eat. Eat fat.


Okay, I’m jumping in! Where do I start?

[1] Purge your kitchen!

The following items have to go:

– All seed oils! Toss all the rapeseed and canola oil immediately. Please keep any olive, coconut,   macadamia or avocado oil! These are great.

– All starchy foods. Goodbye potatoes. Goodbye rice.

– All grains and grain flours. Your baking drawer will instantly become a lot less cluttered.

– Beans, brans, breads and breakfast cereals.

[2] Stock up again.

Some basics that you can stock up on:

– Butter! Butter for frying. Butter for sauces. Butter for coffee (if you want to). Butter for president.

– If it’s available to you: ghee, lard or duck fat. You can source these at smaller shops and they often end up cheaper than butter.

– Veggies! Spinach, lettuce, broccoli, brussel sprouts, asparagus, aubergine (eggplant), peppers, tomatoes, olives, celery, leeks and courgette. Pumpkin, but not butternut. And of course the mighty food of the gods,  avocado!

– Nuts: almonds, macadamias, pecan nuts, flaxseed (linseed), pecan and pine nuts, walnuts, sesame and pumpkin seeds.

– Meat is good and animal fat is your friend! Processed meats should be avoided, but naturally cured meats (e.g. salami) are fine.

– Cheeses and full-fat dairy products if you are fine with lactose. Heavy creams have around 35% fat which is wonderful! Don’t be afraid to buy them. Avoid all the low-fat nonsense.

[3] Make some meals and freeze them for the week.

This will make your life a million times easier.

There are countless great recipes out there! Pinterest and google will keep you busy and eating happily for a long, long time.

Keywords for searching: Banting, keto, ketosis, lchf, low-carb.

[4] Don’t fear salt.

Your body needs salt. It is not the enemy.

[5] Join a community.

There are many online communities out there! Do some googling for lchf, ketosis, Banting or low-carb groups. Or start one yourself! Reddit has a wonderfully supportive keto group, for instance.

Having support on your journey will help a lot. You don’t have to go it alone.

[6] Enjoy building a healthy relationship with food again! 🙂