After years of struggling to maintain a healthy weight following low fat diets, I finally switched to a Low Carb Healthy Fat lifestyle at the beginning of 2016. Since making the switch, I have lost 14KG. I am so enthused by the positive changes in my life that I decided to share some of my experiences and tips here in this Blog!
So who am I?
First and foremost, this is a blog about food. I love my food! When I first dipped my toe into the Blogosphere a number of years ago, my focus was on baking, bread making, preserving and anything else that took my fancy. In those days my moniker was Cookbook Addict and my blogging was patchy and random to say the least! I have since been forced to upgrade to a new platform but I will share some of those old archive materials here from time to time because I find it interesting to look back and compare – Then and Now!
Baking and preserving aside, I have always been a pretty healthy eater (or so I thought!) but I still struggled to maintain a healthy weight. I had some success with low fat diet plans and intensive exercise off and on but I was never able to sustain the weight loss. The main problem was that I just felt deprived on a low fat diet – I mentioned that I love my food, right? I really missed the tasty things that I love to eat – butter, cream, cheese and most of all eggs! (I keep hens in my garden and there is nothing better than nipping out to grab a fresh egg or two for breakfast on a Sunday morning – but that’s a whole other blogpost!)
At the end of 2015, I met a up work friend for coffee. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and I was thrilled to see that she had lost a lot of weight. She looked amazing and I was really surprised when she told me how she had done it – Low Carb High Fat was new to me. I had never even tried Atkins because I had been so indoctrinated by the fat-phobic dogma of the last 40 years of nutrition advice. She recommended a South African website with great resources and tools where I could learn all about it, have access to great recipe demos and track my meals online.
I signed up for the Beginner Banting Course with Real Meal Revolution [RMR] thinking I would give it a go for 3 months. I mean seriously, a diet that advocates butter, bacon, eggs and cheese? I thought – What the hell!
Epiphany time! I soon realised that I had really not understood the science behind the various eating plans that I had been following. This fueled a pretty extensive period of research where I read everything that I could get my hands on regarding low carb and nutrition science. (Sample below – that’s just the books!)
Within 6 months of starting to eat Low Carb Healthy Fat (a.k.a Banting), I was 14 kilos lighter and hooked on this lifestyle! Soon my husband joined me and almost by osmosis (because I do the bulk of the cooking in our house) he lost a substantial amount of weight and is now the fittest and slimmest he has been since his early twenties.
You notice I use the word Lifestyle rather than diet because the word diet triggers thoughts of deprivation in my food focused brain and eating this way is simply no hardship for me. It does require that you make changes and it does require sacrificing things that you might feel that you simply cannot live without – like bread and potatoes (I am Irish – that’s practically a crime here!) The simple truth is that I got over it very quickly and very easly – because I feel so much better without them. I do not want to go back!
The key learning for me when I was losing my weight was that there is no one size fits all approach when it comes to weight loss and weight management. Professor Tim Noakes the sports scientist, author and running guru was responsible for popularising this way of eating in South Africa when he discussed in interviews how he had used it to manage his own diabetes. He basically read New Atkins New You by Dr Eric Westman and worked with it until he found a food mix that suited him. He describes us all as being an “experiment of one” and this has become a personal mantra. It reminds me that if an approach is not working for me as it worked for someone else, then I can tweak something to find the right path for me. There is no failure, simply a series of experiments to find the formula that works with my biochemistry. I have embraced my inner bio-hacker and I encourage others to do the same.
You can do it – get bio-hacking!
I am already qualified as an Executive and Life Coach, so having lost my own weight, I quickly realised that I wanted to use those skills to help others achieve the same results and signed up to join the RMR Banting Elite training Program.
You can sign up for my weight loss coaching programs through this link Real Meal Revolution or simply follow my blog here for tips and recipe ideas.
It is liberating to be free of the notion of dieting. We are incredibly lucky to have an amazing Farmer’s Market near our home so the majority of our food is locally sourced direct from the producer. This is a luxury, I know and I am grateful for it. In simple terms, we eat unprocessed real food. Without getting too scientific, we follow a low carb, moderate protein, healthy fat lifestyle (there it is again!). We avoid refined sugars, carbs, and seed oils. To say that we love it is something of an understatement. I am passionate about eating for our health as well as for our taste buds and I will try to share some of those experiences here because it turns out that it’s OK to eat the fat!