A Series on Obesity

Its Fact Finding Friday (gosh the week has gone quickly!)

So I had found some really interesting videos on sugar – more specifically Dr. Robert Lustig speech The  Bitter Truth About Sugar. But to be honest, not only is it long (1.5hrs) I think I need to watch it at least 1 more time, to really understand it myself…it was rather heavy on the science side and to be honest my dyslexic mind needs a bit more time to wrap itself around what he was saying!

However, I came across this series called The Skinny on Obesity where Robert Lustig is interviewed and it is divided up into far more manageable episodes. I really enjoyed watching them, and watched them one after the other (well really listened to them, as I was at work!).

It is not on “LCHF” specific, however I think anyone who is interested in pursuing the LCHF lifestyle, is doing it for health reasons and to lead a better life!. Episode 5 Generation XL really struck a chord with me. As women, we are potentially predetermining the health of the next generation even before they are born and predetermining their quality of life!

So I hope you enjoy the series as much as I did!

Episode 1: An Epidemic for Everybody:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0zD1gj0pXk

Episode 2:  Sickeningly Sweet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ndTEu_qDGA

Episode 3: Hunger & Hormones

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo3TRbkIrow

Episode 4: Sugar – a Sweet Addiction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn1cI8FNU6M

Episode 5:  Generation XL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of-qvDprr0w

Episode 6: A Fast-Paced Fast Food Life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0WdRhau_No

Episode 7: Drug, Cigarettes, Alcohol and Sugar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWnbMnnLo5w

So what are your thoughts on the series? Is there anything you particularly would like to see in the next Fact Finding Friday?

Have a lovely weekend everyone 🙂

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Tomato & Goats Cheese Nibbles

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When I got home from work today, I was feeling slightly peckish – this is what I had for a snack. There is something about using toothpicks that feels so 1980s no?

If my food wasn’t posing for the camera – I would have just used the same toothpick multiple times, rather than waste them on me. However it really was a satisfying snack and one that I can’t believe I haven’t done sooner!

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Crispy Roast Chicken with Sauteed Green Beans in Garlic Butter

It is often the most simple meals that are the most satisfying. Since starting this diet, I have gotten a lot of questions from friends and colleagues asking me what I eat. But it isn’t really that complicated – normal food, but sans carbs. Doesn’t this look good? Served with a large side of salad and a little creamy gravy you have a fantastic LCHF meal.

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I have to say the garlicy green beans were really good as well – I will definitely be including them more in my meals!

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Stirfried Beef with Crispy Lettuce Wraps

This is what I had for breakfast on Sunday!

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As I sheepishly admitted in my previous post – C and I crawled back home at 5.30am after a rather wild night out on Saturday. Not only was I feeling slightly worse for ware on Sunday morning, but I woke up wanting to eat anything other than eggs or yoghurt. I would have killed for a big bowl of creamy pasta!

However, these lettuce wraps came to mind – and it worked a treat. That greasy craving you tend to feel when you have consumed one too many beverages is satisfied by the beef, but you also get this incredibly fresh crunch with the lettuce which I love. Although maybe not conventional I would totally have these for breakfast again, but they work pretty well for dinner too! In fact, you can use any mince you want – I used to make a lot of Asian inspired chicken wraps – you can find that recipe over at The Travelling Chopsticks, however depending on how strict of an LCHFer you are, you may need to substitute the honey and soy!

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Not the best photo, but I just found it amusing with our coffee cups. May not be a traditional breakfast, but it works! 🙂

My First Weekly Menu: May 20th to May 26th

For my own sucess on the LCHF diet, I decided that I needed to continue to write a food journel, but instead of publishing it on a  daily basis, I will publish it weekly. Every monday you will be able to see the food I ate the week before and get an idea of what I am eating on this LCHF diet.

Becuase I am a creature of habit, I can already tell you that unless otherwise stated, I have a pot of greek yoghurt with cream, rasberries, blueberries chopped pecan nuts and a large thermos of coffee with cream every morning for breakfast! And unless otherwise stated, I drink water with all my meals.

Monday

Lunch: Canteen Mixed Salad with ‘cesar’ dressing

Dinner: Stuffed red pepper with meatsauce and melted cheese, slice of fritatta and a mixed salad. 2 glasses of white wine and 2 squares of lindt chocolate with sea salt

Had 2 friends over for dinner and decided to make the above. The meatsuace has lots of vegetables and cream added to it. I was slightly worried that it wasn’t enough for everyone, so I made a side of goatcheese and leek fritatta served with a sald.

Everyone loved it – and no one missed any carbs! 🙂

Tuesday

Lunch: Left over goatscheese and leek frittata

Snack: Builders tea with almond milk

Dinner: 2 small seed crackers with smoked salmon, 2 seaweed wraps, one with smoked salmon, the other with ham and cream cheese.

So i’m really excited about these ‘seaweed’ wraps. I had run out of seed crackers and was just planning on spreading some cream cheese on a slice of salmon and rolling it…but then I saw this packet of seaweed lying on my counter and an indea struck. I put the salmon with cream cheese on the seaweed, rolled it…and my seaweed wrap was born! It is my new all time favourite LHCF snack! Will post pictures and instructions soon!

Snack: Camomile Tea wtih dark chocolate

The week before last, I made a concious decision of not having milk at home – and have substituted my milk and chocolate habit at night with tea and chocolate. It was much easier to do once I had no milk in the fridge calling!

Wednesday:

Exercise: Light 30 min work out on the eliptical

Lunch: Stirfried beef strips with chilli, salad of onion, red pepper, cucumber and tomatoes, cream cheese side

So I was not organised enough to bring lunch with me – and ended up going to the canteen for lunch. I had the above, but realised that there was no fat included so asked for a pot of cream cheese, which was actually worked really well with it. However, 30 minutes after lunch I was hungry…there was just not enough fat in the meal for me to be sated.

Dinner: Starter: Mango Gaspacho with dollop of sour cream. Main Course: Beef Brisket with Mole sauce, accompanied with green beens and roast caulifower salad. Desert: Poached pear with dollop of goats cheese, icecream, honey and balsamic vinigar. 3 glasses of red wine (possibly 4…)

DEFINITLY NOT LCHF FRIENDLY!! Some friends of ours organised a farewell meal for some other firends who are leaving Mexico in the next few weeks, and they put together this AMAZING spread! I have never had a mango gaspacho before and it was delicious- incredibly refreshing, but not LCHF! However, I have said, if it is for a special occasion, I will be willing to break the diet – and this was a special occasion.

Note: I felt terrible the next day! I felt as though I was hung-over, and although admittedly I tucked into the wine, I was in bed by mid-night and had a good 7 hours sleep. I felt ‘puffy’, head-achy and foggy. I wonder if maybe it was the reaction to the starter and desert I had. I haven’t had so much sugar in over a month – even when I broke mydieat in San Miguel, it was never with such intense sugar bomb. Something to consider!

Thursday

Lunch: Hot and spicy Korean soup with vegetables

Went with come colleagues to the Korean place near work. Had the usual banchan (korean sides) and a spicy soup.

Dinner: Roast duck leg, with muschrooms and smoked lardons, 2 glasses of wine

Went out for dinner and was impressed how LCHF this dish was -admittedly I have no idea what oil or butter they used to roast the duck leg in….but I would rather not know!

Friday

Lunch: Kebab meat with cucumber salad and lettuce, along with garlic cream dressing

Went to a Kebab restaurant with a colleauge – and I asked for my no bread with my kebab, which was met with a rather pequilar look. But I got everything that would normally be in the pita on a plate with a salad. It was tastey, but even with the creamy dressing – it did not fill me up one bit.

Snack: mixed salted nuts

Had an office event. There was icecream, cake, cookies and fruit…i stuck to the nuts. Have to admit I am proud of myself, as I was really hungry from lunch. But after how I felt yesterday it was not worth it!

Dinner: Fried porkchop in butter with a mushroom gravy, side of creamed spinach. 3 glasses of red wine and a tequila shot

Saturday

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese, side of bacon, tea with almond milk

Lunch: Yoghurt with cream, berries & nuts

Dinner: Spanish Tapas, lots of wine!

Ok…So I can’t be bothered to list everything I ate! A group of us went to one of our favourite restaurants in Mexico called Casa Portugesa and ordered whole list of starters and had them tapas style – all of which were LCHF friendly! I also have to admit it was a very heavy alcohol laden night too much to record here, let me just say that C and I crawled home at 5.30 am!

Sunday

Breakfast: Stirfried minced meat with vegetables & seasoning, with lettuce wraps.

SO…as mentioned previously Saturday was a late night! I woke up craving ANYTHING that wasn’t LCHF friendly! I could have killed for a big bowl of pasta, rice or a great sandwhich!! BUT I stuck to my guns, and decided to make these lettuce wraps instead – which actually hit the spot! A great hung over breakfast! You have the greasy feel of the stir fried meat, but then the crisp fresh salad.

Lunch: Guacamole and BBQ beef and roasted onions. Scoop of chocolate icecream

We went to a friend’s BBQ and I managed to keep the main lunch very LCHF friendly, but I just couldn’t resist the chocolate ice cream in the end!

Dinner: Chicken wings

I think it was more the hangover talking – but both C and I came home and were craving chicken wings. I marinated them in soya, honey, sesame seed oil, ginger and garlic and popped them in the oven. I realise the marinade was not LCHF….but I was not really thinking of that when I made them!

Summary

This week has been crazy. We have a friend in town who is staying for a month – and we have also had so many social engagements which is very unusual for us. In a normal week we eat-out one or two times maximum. Due to all of these dinners and lunches, I have not eaten enough high fat (HF) dishes or even balanced dishes at that, I have also consumed far more wine and alcohol than I usually do coupled with far too many late nights. Which means that I am exhausted and not feeling very motivated. If you are to embark on a diet like LCHF and be successful, I think its important to be organised and make sure your meals are varied. By doing so you decrease the chance of straying of even being tempted to stray.

I am looking forward to a far quieter week this week and focusing more on my meals, on exercising and early nights! Wish me luck!

The Evils of Wheat

Welcome to Fact Finding Friday 🙂

I have never been one to blindly follow a trend. I need to understand things to a certain degree and I definitely need agree with it. So over the last month and a half I have been scouring the internet looking for information in regards to the LCHF diet and if in fact it is worth pursuing.

During my searches, I have come across some really interesting speeches, like the one given by Dr. Donald W. Miller which I posted earlier in the week. I find it easier to process the information and understand the topic when it is presented to me, rather than sifting through heavy research papers. So I thought whatever of interest and of substance that I find, I will post it here – as it may be helpful to you too!

This speech was given by Dr. William Davis last year for the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). Dr Davis is best known for his book Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health.

As you can imagine his speech was along the same lines and it delves into why wheat is specifically bad for you.

During this whole LCHF process I have felt that the worst carbs out there are those that are wheat based, such as bread, pasta and cereal (processed food is a given!) Instinctively these forms of carbs feel ‘worse’ than say potatoes, sweet potatoes or carrots (which technically you can’t eat on the LCHF diet) because they are combination of many ingredients. However Dr. Davis has now confirmed my suspicions and has encouraged me to try and stay away from all wheat based products. Although I’m going to Paris in a few months…and I don’t know if I will be able to resist not to have a croisant or pan de chcolate!! (will keep you posted!)

For those of you who are interested on listening to his speech you can follow the link below. It’s about an hour long, with some really interesting Q&A sessions at the end:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbBURnqYVzw&list=PLDA93EF836A760D2D

What are your thoughts on wheat? Do you think it is as bad as Dr. Davis portrays it?

Enjoy Saturated Fat – They Are Good For You!

I was browing the web, when I stumbled upon this very interesting speech by Dr. Donald W. Miller, in regards to how saturated fat is in fact good for you. I have to admit, public speaking may not be Dr. Miller’s foretay – he seemed rather nervous on stage, but I am glad I continued to watch what he had to say as it really was rather enlightening.

I thought that I would share his speech  with all of you as well, as I felt that it gave some really good background as to why exactly we are all eating LCHF. Not because it is a fad diet and we want to be slim and beautiful (although I would be very happy if that did happen), but because it is healthier for us! The video is almost an hour long, but I highly suggest that you take the time to watch it, or at least listen to it as allot of his arguments make a lot of sense.

Although I think the speech is worth watching – you can also read his written version here:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller38.1.html

Its time to stop being scared of saturated fats and start to embrace them!