For the love of fat

Anyone who has ever read any of my blog entries on this page would know that I have struggled with eating in a balanced, healthy way. I get cravings, I over eat and I emotionally eat. My meals are usually healthy, but snacking is my downfall as is eating at night. For years, it has really been an effort to lose weight. I can lose a kilo or 2, and a couple of years ago I lost 6 kilos. But I quickly put it back on. I can’t remember ever losing more than 6 kilos, instead I have gradually put on weight over the years and a couple of months ago I was the heaviest I have ever been.
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This year I have focused more on mindset and going gently, and about 3 months ago started eating low carb in an effort to lose weight before I turn 40 in a few months. After 2 months of eating low carb, I had lost about 4 kilos and after a friend had huge success with LCHF/keto I decided to ramp things up and give it a go.

The 4 kilos that came off  with moderate low carb, required effort and decent amounts of exercise (I know I know, weight loss is more about food than exercise, but for me it seemed to encourage more consistent weight loss).

Things got really exciting thought when I switched to LCHF/keto and I’ve lost 5 kilos in just under 4 weeks. The process also seemed to be effortless. The switch from moderately low carb to LCHF/keto was easy. I didn’t get the keto flu so many people get, and my food only needed a few tweaks. There are heaps of resources out there and facebook groups for support and food ideas, and I have to say it really is amazing! I always thought that I was one of those people that really struggled losing weight but I think I was doing it all wrong! And I’m not super strict! If I really really feel like it I will have chocolate but I’ll buy a single serve of the darkest chocolate. I also went to a wedding recently and ate everything, carbs and all! But the next day I went right back into it. A lot of people who are into keto would say that is a huge no no and it will throw you out of ketosis, but if I am losing weight and feeling good I don’t care what anyone says I will do what is right for me!

Here are the biggest changes over the last 3 months:

  • Lost 9 kilos in 3 months, with the last 5 eating keto and coming off in under 4 weeks
  • Clothes are looser
  • Energy is more consistent – no afternoon slumps
  • I typically eat 2 meals a day and I no longer snack
  • No more cravings!
  • Mood is more consistent
  • No more achy feet (this is an odd one, I used to get sore feet walking in bare feet but I no longer do. I put it down to the reduced inflammation in my body)
  • Sleeping better (a big one for me!)

For anyone thinking of going keto, I would highly recommend it!

Just remember that you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like! It really doesn’t need to be difficult!

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Vege-licious

Today is my fourth day going wheat-free, except my little accident yesterday but I’m not going to include that.

It’s quite challenging going without the wheat but I think I’m getting into the swing of it. What I’ve noticed is that I’m going through my vegetables way quicker. It’s great. My intake of veg has gone up heaps! Usually I go shopping either Thursday night or the weekend depending how busy I am. I can usually push it to the weekend if I need to because I’ll almost always have leftover veg. But this week, I think I will have eaten it all!

The first couple of days I felt a little light-headed but that seems to have passed. No ill effects at all today.

When I got home from work today I hadn’t taken anything out of the freezer and my usual go-to meal is wholemeal pasta, or a quick healthy pizza with wholemeal pitta bread. I didn’t have many options today!

So for dinner I made a pasta sauce absolutely loaded with vegetables and cooked a small potato in the microwave, and topped it with the veg sauce and some parmesan cheese. Delish!

Yesterday I made this quinoa, cauliflower and broccoli salad and had leftovers for lunch today.

I weighed myself this morning and minimal effect. Down about a kilo from the weekend, but I often fluctuate that much even if I weigh myself first thing in the morning.

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