Covering the Basics with Chrstine Cronau

Sorry it has been so long since my last post – life has been hectic over here with a constant stream of house guests, work events, social engagements – that I just have not had time to sit down and post.

However, today I came across this interview with Christine Cronau who I am following on FB and it really is a very good interview as it covers the most basic question of the LCHF life, many of which I had when I started. So I thought I would share it with you guys:

In case you don’t have time to listen to the entire 50 minute interview, you can also read the transcript here:

It has now been two month since I started my LCHF Challenge, and although I promise to write a post dedicated to the 2 Month Mark – I can tell you now, that I have no intention of returning back to my previous way of eating.  The more I read and look into LCHF – it just all make sense and I can’t believe all the nutritional nonsense that we have been fed by government and large food companies over my entire life time! It is time to stop and for the everday person to take control of what we put in our bodies!

I hope you enjoy the interview!


Day 26

0800 Breakfast: Yoghurt with cream, berries and nuts. Thermos of coffee and cream

1300 Lunch: Kål Pudding (Cabbage Pudding)

OK – so in English this does sound good at all! But I promise you it is – it used to be one of my favourite dishes that my grandmother used to make when we came to visit. Very typical Swedish peasant food (not saying my granny with a peasant…but you know what I mean!)

Basically its fried cabbage with minced meat and baked in the oven for 30-45 minutes. Traditionally served with potatoes and a brown gravy (of course) but I had it as is and really enjoyed it. I will post the recipe soon!

1700 Snack: 2 seed crackers with cheese, tea with milk

I really wanted to have a cafe late today around 3pm – as that worked so well the last time I went to hot yoga, but as there was a strike outside our office (one thing I hate about Mexico) and right next to Starbucks, I decided that I could live without it.  So had some tea and crackers instead.

1830 Exercise: 90 mins hot yoga

Did really well the first hour and 10 minutes – but then I crashed! The last 20 minutes of yoga killed me and I really struggled even to stay in the class – the heat felt unbearable today. I really think Hot Yoga is not only a physical challenge, but incredibly mental as well. If you brain is not in the right frame of mind you have lost the battle!

2100 Dinner: Mixed cold cuts, cheese, vegetable and cracker plate. Tea with milk

To be honest, I felt so sick after hot yoga the idea of food was incredibly off-putting. C made a lovely Cesar salad with chicken and bacon (made the dressing from scratch too) but I just couldn’t face it. However, I knew I had to have something in my belly – or I was going to feel terrible in the morning. So had a couple of slices of pork terrine, a wedge of Roquefort cheese, sliced up capsicum and crackers. It was just what I needed, and I could pick it at, until I was full.

Future & Summary:

Again, not much to add today. All signs of side-affects from changing to the LCHF diet seem to have disappeared. I no longer have headaches, no rash on my chest…and best of all I no longer smell 😉 (which is alawys a bonus)

Day 25

1030 Breakfast: 2 Home Made Seed Cracker. One with cream cheese and pate, One with butter & Cheese. Coffee with Cream

I made these home-made seed crackers – which were awesome. I will share the recipe shortly. They have far more consistency that Oppsie bread and far nicer to eat! I’m excited that I have found them!

1400 Lunch: Tea with Almond Milk

I was not at all hungry at lunch time, but knew I had to have something in my tummy, as we had an appointment between 3 and 5. I’m part of charity committee here in Mexico, and we spent a couple of hours at a local orphanage helping them set up their new library with all the new books and games we had donated. It was a lovely afternoon. But there was temptation everywhere! The other volunteers had backed some amazing cakes, biscuits and muffins, then they ordered pizza – it was torture! But C and I stayed strong 🙂

1800 Snack: 1 almond cookie with brie cheese

When I got home, I just needed something to tie me over until dinner. C had made these almond cookies the day before, which on their own I am not too excited about, but with the brie cheese, they were delicious, I will share these with you too!

1930 Dinner: Fried Chicken thigh with Salad, glass of red wine

Originally we were planning on eating salmon filets for dinner. However, after we left the orphanage and managed to abstain from all those goodies – C was determined to indulge in some fried chicken. So C was in charge of dinner – and he made them brilliantly, really crispy skin and succulent – what a lucky girl I am to have a hubby who is such a good cook!

2100 Snack: Chamomile Tea, which Sea Salt Dark Chocolate!

I have swapped out the milk for the tea – this is my first step to try to cut out milk completely. But I have decided that I am not cutting out my chocolate. I am not a fatty and I have no health problems to worry about, so I am going to enjoy this!

Future and Summary

I was actually surprised how little appetite I have had during the days over the weekend. This is something incredible for me as I am constantly hungry and wanting to nibble on something. I feel as though I have increased my fat consumption this week, and maybe that is the reason.

I am now on my final leg of this journey – and I’m feeling really excited. How I feel now, this is something I will definitely continue with in the future. I may even give myself another month…let’s see how it goes!

Day 21

0800 Breakfast: Greek Yoghurt with cream, raspberries and pecans nuts. Thermos of coffee

1130 Snack: A few cubes of cheddar cheese and chorizo

I was going to meet a friend of mine for lunch today – and knew she wanted to go to the Korean place around the corner (yes it is very good!), but after my less than impressive choice the last time we were there…I decided to prepare myself, so that I wouldn’t be too hungry.

1300 Lunch: Stirfried Pork with lettuce wraps

I have no idea what it was called, but it was stir fried bacon with onion, some chili sauce which you then wrapped up in some flavourful leaves and popped in some raw garlic. Apart from being slightly sweet – it was really good! Although I did pity anyone that came in a meter radius of me, as I must have just reeked garlic! It was a huge portion, and as I wasn’t very hungry due to aforementioned snack I took home the left overs.

1700 Snack: Black Tea with milk

I wasn’t very hungry due to such a bit lunch – but I wanted something before Hot Yoga tonight.

1830 Exercise: 90 Mins Hot Yoga

Another really good class. I really had to battle with myself to go – but I managed to talk myself into it, and am really glad that I did. I had a lot of energy all the way through and saw some marked improvement in my flexibility.

For those of you who don’t know what Hot Yoga is you are missing out! But you can read about it here

2030 Dinner: Left over Melanzane

Yup – after 3 meals of the Melanzane I am starting to get bored of it. Luckily I only have a little bit left, which I am sure I can snack on tomorrow….but it has been incredibly convenient to heat up after yoga and I have been on my own this week so have had little desire to cook.

2130 Snack: Chocolate

Did you see that? I just had a little bit of chocolate and no milk…I’m cutting it out slowly! Next week, I am going to try to cut out chocolate a few more evenings, and drink tea instead – maybe that will help.

Future & Summary

I had a sneaky peak on the scale today – and I was not happy. According to the scale it looks as though I have gone up! After my initial reaction of irritation – I decided to forget about it. 3 different people have told me this week, that I am looking good, and I can even see the difference in my yoga clothe – and we all know spandex is unforgiving!

I really notice the difference of my energy level in hot yoga as well – it has definitely increased, and I don’t feel absolutely zapped of my energy afterwards, which has always been the case in the past.

I know this week I have been out to lunch twice, which is not normal for me and I know I’m out for lunch again tomorrow, but if this is going to be a lifestyle change – this is what will happen in life, and I can’t worry about th scale!

My Thoughts – Half Way Through

So, I’m almost half way through my LCHF challenge, and I thought I would jot a few notes down on my feelings thus far.

Apart from a few days in the second week where I was battling a killer headache, I actually feel quite good. I feel lighter somehow, less bloated and I have more energy. Keep Reading

Day 9 – Weigh-In Day!

08:30 Breakfast: Café late with normal milk from Starbucks.

13:00 Lunch: Stir fried beef and vegetables with side salad and thousand island type dressing, serving of edemame.

I decided to go out for lunch today – I hadn’t been organised enough to bring a packed lunch with me, and I felt that I needed a change of scene. So went to my usual Japanese place with is just a 3 minute walk from work. Armed with my trusty kindle I enjoyed a lovely ‘Japanese-esk’ stirfry on my own. Now, I don’t know exactly what was in all the sauces that the beef was made in – I can imagine there was definitely some sugar and thickener lurking about – but I am not going to get my knickers into a twist about every single ingredient that is in a dish. Lets aim for the bigger picture.

17:30 Snack: Two Oopsies. One with cream cheese and smocked salmon, the other with butter and cheese.

I made another batch of Oppsies last night – I added more baking powder in, and some psyllium husks which gave it a slightly more ‘robust’ consistency. But don’t fool yourselves – these will never feel or taste like bread, so go in with that mentality straight away. I find once I toast them, they get a bit of a crunchier texture which I like. But ultimately you are eating a savoury merengue!

20:30 Dinner: Grilled beef short ribs with salad and wine, and a cheese platter.

We went out for dinner last night with some friends. Went to a small Argentinian steakhouse. I have to admit, that after the massive lump of steak that C made the night before, I was not in the mood for any more red meat, and I should have gone with my gut feeling and ordered the chicken. Three of us ordered the short-ribs, and 2 of the dishes were sent back – half of the strip with pure fat! I decided to keep mine, well…because I’m rubbish at sending things back, and that English side of me shines through where you do not want to make a fuss. I need to learn to be more outspoken! After dinner we went to another place for some more drinks, and as I was still hungry I ordered the cheese platter (I am starting to lose my guilt finally!).

Future & Summary: Today is my official weigh in day today – and do you know what it was? 60.1kg! Which means I went down a further 700g in 2 days. That really is quite impressive especially if you take into consideration I only exercised twice this week!

I am very surprised of the rapid weight loss – I really did not think I would lose so much in one week, as I personally didn’t think I had that much to loose. Its funny, my weight aim for the wedding was to be 60kg or under, and I spent months training, eating right, looking after my body and I managed to get to 62kg. Then less than a week on this diet I drop almost 3 kg. Quite amazing.

These results has definitely made me very motivated to continue this way of eating. One of my readers (yes, alright – my mum!) told me that it is normal to get headaches when you change your diet drastically but that it should go away soon. Well today, I had no headaches and felt generally pretty good/normal all day. One thing I have noticed but have failed to mention in my previous posts, is that I wake up early in the morning (3, 4, 5am) desperate for the loo and incredibly thirty – I don’t know if that has anything to do with the diet or it is my body acclimatising itself to altitude again.

Lets see how the next week goes!

Wish me luck 🙂

Day 7 – On a Roll

08:30 Breakfast: Thermos of coffee and Cream, one Nestle Yoghurt drink

Nothing really new to report here. I enjoy my morning ‘breakfast’ and don’t feel that I need any more.

14:00 Lunch: Stuffed Pepper with pork mince and vegetables

Remember how I was saying yesterday I love it when I’m organised! I really do! For lunch today, I got to enjoy yesterday’s left overs and it was delicious (as always is the case with any ‘mince dishes’ they tend to taste better the next day!).

17:00 Snack: 6 smoked mini sausages

Have I mentioned recently how much I love these sausages? They are incredibly addictive!!

19:30 Dinner: Chicken and home made mayo salad with lettuce ‘tacos’.

So my hubby is pretty damn good in the kitchen – and yesterday he made us a cold chicken salad (finally using the rest of that Costco chicken we bought on Sunday) with home-made mayo, celery, onion, parsley and tarragon. We had it with lettuce taco style. And I have to say, I did not miss the bread at all. It was such a fresh and summary dish that we will definitely have this in the future. Will also work nicely as lunch!

22:00 Snack 😦 chocolate and milk.

Damn…i almost made it through the day without my dark chocolate fix!! But went into the kitchen to turn off the lights before bed…and my chocolate cupboard was calling me….

Future & Summary

So I have planned to weigh myself once a week to see if there was any change in my weight (if I was going up – I was abandoning this project quickly). As Friday was the first ‘complete’ LCHF day I had – Friday was going to be my weigh-in day.

However, I jumped on the scale this morning to see where I was standing…and did you know what it said?! 60.8kg umm…I was 63kg 7 days earlier on the same scale! Can that be right!? Although I’m slightly skeptical of the number as it is quite a drastic fall: slightly over 2kg in a week – but it definitly made my day 🙂 (women are silly that way!)

I also feel very good – I have had no side affects the last few days for drastically reducsing my carb intakes.

Lets see what happens tomorrow.