I was just writing this email to a friend who wants to start LCHF and thought it would be good to post the same here…it is a quick recap / look at starting LCHF as well as some tips and hints….

My only advice is…if you go this route you have to be committed and stick to it to really see results. You have to CUT OUT ALL SUGAR and CARBS – NO cheating, otherwise it will not work and you will put on all the weight you lost and more as soon as you eats carbs. This really is a lifestyle change / way of life…

In the beginning, I found it useful to make Oopsie breads and almond bread (think I put recipes on blog) – to make up for the no bread thing…

Now I don’t really make it that often – only as mock base for pizza. Also, make yummy foods – makes all the difference…steak with cream mushroom sauce / garlic butter fillet & veggies / asparagus and hollandaise sauce, roast lamb & veg / salmon / butter chicken and cauliflower rice / goulash and cauliflower mash / roast chicken and roast veggies etc etc…make dinner YUMMY!

Only snag – all these nutrient rich foods come with a cost – My grocery bill has gone through the roof with this way of eating eish…No cheap carbs to fill up on anymore. Yes, you will eat less, but it is still all pricey food especially if you buy organic eggs, nuts etc.

Make sure you are eating enough FAT otherwise you will get hungry. Use cream in your coffee not milk / butter on veg / olive oil / cheese / olives / nuts to snack.

You WILL get hungry the first few weeks as your body weans off carbs. You then feel a different hungry as your blood sugar / insulin levels stabilise – quite nice really…I LOVE not feeling bloated and stuffed after every meal!

EAT if you are hungry – a piece of cheese / cheese rolled in ham / a boiled egg with mayo / biltong / nuts (almonds, macadamias, walnuts or brazil) etc.

Drink enough water to help you lose weight and use your thirst as a guideline – I aim for 2 litres a day.

If you are feeling really deprived, you can use a little xylitol – but I would avoid any sugar replacement while you are weaning off sugar and carbs. Artificial sweetners are really bad for you so no diet cokes etc. It is best if you go cold turkey while you get used to no sugar.

You can indulge in a block or two of 70% dark chocolate now and then…

As soon as you are well established – takes a few weeks, you will notice you don’t get as hungry and feel like you can even go without a meal…

We usually eat as follows:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with feta / bacon / avo OR omelette OR boiled eggs, avo, cheese, ham OR Full fat Greek Yoghurt with berries, coconut, sunflower seeds. Macadamias, walnuts.
Lunch: A big ass salad with all the trimmings and avo, cold meats/ chicken breast / salmon / left over chicken etc OR left-overs from previous supper
Supper: Something scrumptious – a meat, sauce and veggies…
Treat: Block dark chocolate OR coffee with whipped cream OR whipped cream with berries

We only drink water / sparkling water with lemon and coffee with cream / whipped cream and tea…

Good luck!!!


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