For those of you who have been following my blog from the start – know that I was not sold on this diet from the beginning. However, due to the excellent results that my brother who is diabetic had from being on this diet, I became intrigued, and decided that I needed to check it out on my own.
After completing my self imposed one month challenge – I was loving the results and I decided to extend the challenge for two months. After that two month period, I was convinced, I am now an LCHF convert! I absolutely love this way of eating and living! My body felt stronger, my skin had improved remarkably, my nails were harder and I generally had a feeling of well being.
However, as the months passed, I have felt my self be increasingly liberal with my diet. Although I am 100% committed to the idea of LCHF I was allowing small amounts of carbs and sugars back into my diet, and increasingly making exceptions. I know for a fact this is because we have recently moved to Brazil and we are being more social than usual in an effort to make friends. Coupled with the fact that I am lucky to be very healthy person, I am not overweight, thus have no real ‘need’ to be on this diet more than the fact that I think it is the right thing to do!
But it is time to real in the reigns!
Starting tomorrow, on the 1st of November – I am going back to LCHF old-school style! What does that mean? Well just being super restrictive with the amount of carbs, sugar and starch that I am putting into my body. I actually think it is worth doing this every couple of months, to keep yourself on track and to remind yourself of the benefits.
And incase you guys need reminding or would like to join me here are the general rules of LCHF and what I intend to eat in the next 30 days (note: if it is not on this list, it is not LCHF!):
Golden Rule No. 1: Eat when your hungry and until you are sated. Do not count calories or weigh your food and absolutely avoid all low fat products!
Golden Rule No. 2: Eat meat, fish, poultry, eggs, all above ground vegetables and of course natural fats.
Golden Rule No. 3: Eat food that has a maximum 5g of carbs per 100g of food.
Golden Rule No. 4: Cut out all processed and unnatural food, and cut out any food product that is low fat (this deserves a double emphasis!).
If I follow these rules closely – I think I will be doing pretty well in November! So what am I allowed to eat?
- Meat: All types: beef, pork, chicken and game – fat and all! There will be no removing the chicken skins or cutting away the fat – these are the best bits 🙂
- Fish and Shellfish: All types: especially fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel or herring. However, unfortunately in Brasilia it is hard to come by fresh fish and seafood, so I will not be eating this as much as I should.
- Eggs: All types: chicken, duck and quail. Prepared how you like it boiled, fried, omelets or scrambled – your choice!
- Natural Fat, High-Fat Sauces: Using olive oil, coconut oil, butter and cream when cooking. Not only does it make your food taste amazingly it will also make you feel more sated.
- Vegetables that Grow Above Ground: The list is quite extensive but here are a few to think about: all types of cabbage (ex. cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts), asparagus, courgettes (zucchini), aubergines (eggplants), olives, spinach, lettuce, mushrooms, cucumber, avocado, onions, peppers, tomatoes…the list goes on!
- Dairy products: Always select full-fat options like real butter, cream (40% fat), sour cream, Greek/Turkish yogurt and high-fat cheeses. Be careful with regular milk and skim milk as they contain a lot of milk sugar.
- Nuts: Good snack option.
Now, my problem is the alcohol and chocolate! What exactly is moderation?…I HATE that term. What I consider moderation may not be moderation to someone else. So during November this is my goal:
- Alcohol: Once a week in unlimited quantities – I have to be realistic! 😉 However this is limited to wine and straight spirits (absolutely NO sugary mixers including juice!). It is a good thing that I really like whiskey on the rocks!
- Chocolate: The jury is still out on this one. My favourite indulgence during the day is having a couple pieces of dark chocolate after dinner. However, I am going to try and cut this down dramatically!
Last night at dinner, after I had announced my November plan a girlfriend said that she would never be able to do this, carbs were such an important part of her meals and what exactly was I going to eat. In case you are thinking the same – here are a few photos of very LCHF meals….lets see if you need any further convincing 🙂
I challenge any one to tell me these dishes are boring and they could not possibly eat an LCHF diet! 🙂
What are your thoughts? Do you want to join me and challenge yourself in November? 🙂