Monday, 17 October 2011
I usually do hill training on the treadmill. I managed it the first time but only because I decreased the speed to close to zero. The second time I had to stop after 15 minutes and the third time I wanted to die. Today I felt like superman. Strong, fast and unstoppable. I even added another 10 minutes sprint after the hill training.
It's days like this that I am happy I signed up to the gym. The weather was terrible. Stormy winds and heavy rain. I would never have gone out running in this weather. I don't mind some rain or the cold but I don't want to torture myself. Running should be fun and British winter is not the best time for fun running. Although to be honest it was absolutely amazing running on Saturday - sunny, warm and autumn colored leaves everywhere. So there are good moments too. And for the bad days I can go to the gym. Win-win.
Autumn run in the South west of England looks almost like this (http://126.96.36.199/bmi/www.shutterscript.com/wp-content/files/Autumn_Run/Autumn_Run.jpg)
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Now I am watching X Factor after having my first home made meal since three weeks. Yes, I know it's not very good but at least I enjoy cooking these days. We had salmon with vegetables in a cream sauce. Very tasty!
Sunday, 9 October 2011
Had my first organised run today since I took up running again. It started off pretty bad actually. I was so tired when the alarm went off this morning that I stayed in bed for a while. And fell asleep. Woke up 40 min later, had quick breakfast and rushed to the run. I was walking the 2 miles very fast to get there on time. Just to find out that my watch was still on central European time since my visit to Zurich earlier this week.
So I was one hour early.
But apart from that I am happy with the run. Finished in 62 minutes, next time I'll beat the hour! :)
Friday, 7 October 2011
BUT! I am still low carbing, still running and still all in for the 100 days challenge. My target was to make 20 KM / week but the last week I ran more than 40KM! Yesterday I did 10K at an average speed of 10KM/H - given that I wasn't even able to run 2 miles at a speed of 7.5 KM/H three weeks ago I think that's quite a strong improvement. I am participating in a 10K race on Sunday and really hope to make it below the hour :)
Haven't been home for two weeks and haven't been on a scale since. Next weigh-in is on Saturday in a week from now - well excited :)
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Mattessons have different kinds of seasoned chicken sold in small bags if 60 g. It's not good food, yeast and wheat is used for the seasoning, but it's better than most other snacks.
It's ridiculously expensive - 60 g meat for 1 pound. And that was on offer. But anyway. Good for crisis situations.
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Today I managed to eat 1200 calories. That's alright given that I didn't do any other exercise but walk to work this morning. Canteen served roast beef with cauliflower and cabbage, perfect for LCHF and it tasted very good. There was yorkshire pudding as well but I don't think I'll ever adjust that much to the British cuisine that I could enjoy that. And not whilst on a low carb diet anyway.
Our canteen is alright actually. There is always a salad / sandwich bar where you can chose your own ingredients. And some warm dishes but they are usually extremely unhealthy or just odd. I've noticed that it's very strange to leave out the carby side dishes. It's as if the people serving get worried you won't get full. And offer extra meat instead. But as always I rather just have some more vegetables :)
In a way it's good because it means I will lose weight faster if I eat less, but I know it will change eventually. It's the same story all over again, I start off full of energy and motivation, but then I get tired and hungry and stop following the plan. I want to stay healthy this time and that's why I need to eat more.
Adding breakfast might be an idea. Or add some meat and fat for lunch.
Monday, 19 September 2011
Tomorrow I am going to a running club. I am actually nervous. I never ran in a club before, what if they are all much faster than me? But today went a lot better than yesterday so I am hoping that tomorrow will be even better. Fingers crossed!
Since I lost 6 weeks my new target for the 100 days challenge is to run 150 km until the end of the challenge. I will also eat a healthy low-carb diet and keep my coffee intake at 2-3 cups per week.
Friday, 16 September 2011
This is the new era!
And there are 59 days to go on the 100 days challenge
Back then my goal was <60kg and >250 km running. And I don't think that's gonna happen... I won't get back on the scale until a week from now. Denial. My next run is tomorrow!!! :)
Saturday, 3 September 2011
I have left the living but I am not dead, I am just trying to finish my dissertation. Who would have thought it takes so long time to write 12000 words? I wish I thought about that 2 weeks before deadline...
My life is on hold for now but when I'm back I'll be back big time!!
Saturday, 6 August 2011
The challenge starts on 8 August and ends on 14 November - 100 days - and everyone sets their own goals. My goal is to weigh less than 60 kg and to have run more than 250 km. That is an average of 18 km per week. Spread out on 3 running sessions every week that is totally doable.
Yay, this is exciting :-)
Friday, 5 August 2011
I am a regular on the cross country service but this time I brought my own food. Very excited about coming home again after a week without a scale. Wonder if the scale will show results already? Feels like it, I have been quite disciplined in spite of some emergency food the other day. I wont weigh myself until tomorrow but it will be difficult to stay away...
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
How I will lose weight:
- Running 3 times per week / 300 - 500 kcal burned per running session
- Daily calorie intake of 1500 calories /
- Restricted carb intake / <50 g carbs daily
- Eat 3 regular meals and no snacking in between
- Schedule time for workouts and preparation of healthy food
- Don't replace real meals with snacks
- Drink more water: 2 liter spread out evenly throughout the day
Here it is important to break down the weight loss in small steps that you can stick to on a daily / weekly basis.
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
- Wear a smaller size
- Have a healthier body
- Become a faster runner
This is what I normally would have written. But let's think business - these goals are too wishy-washy. Goals need to be precise and measurable.
These are my personal goals:
- Wear a smaller size --> UK size 8
- Healthier body --> Increase blood pressure, decrease heart rate while running
- Faster runner --> run marathon in 4.5 hours
I do not know what you did at 5:00 AM but I was frying lean ground beef for breakfast. Whatever you need to do to get skinny, right? Not sure this is an activity skinny people regularly engage in, but then I have never been one if them so what do I know?
I could not actually bring myself to eat anything though. Smelling raw meet in the morning certainly does not stimulate my appetite. But at least I am prepared for lunch.
Monday, 1 August 2011
So to stop myself from forgetting why I am doing this, here it is black on white.
The reasons why I want to lose weight:
- I feel heavy
- I look thick in jeans and I can't wear certain types of fashion because of my weight
- I think people judge me because of my weight
- My face looks round and swollen
- My eating habits irregular and unhealthy
- My old jeans don't fit and I am now buying larger sizes...
I just realized all of these reasons are extremely subjective. I had to struggle to come up with some objective reasons - my clothes size. This must be why I lose motivation so quickly. As soon as something more important or urgent comes along, like work, my weight loss reasons become less important and I re-prioritize. I need to find reasons that are waterproof even in stressful situations..!
I am working from home today so I have more time for planning meals and cooking. The problem is when I am away. I have to be better prepared for stressful days so later on I will make some lunch boxes for the week with whatever is in the fridge. How many different meals you can make with spinach, zucchini, mushrooms and lean minced beef?
Sunday, 31 July 2011
They try to make it as simplistic as possible and don't use precise measurements but rough estimates. Fair enough. But here is the big problem. Food is split into 3 categories - good, ok, and bad. Obviously these apps aren't made for low carbers, but I still want to keep track on what I eat. But these categories are just ridiculous. How can whole milk be a red item when wine and bear is yellow and ok? White bread is ok but egg with yolks is bad? And any fruit is good - no mention of banana or grapes being full of sugar.
Too bad, I kind of like the look and feel and that it is so simple but I definitely don't agree with how they categorize food.
I am quite successful at what I do at work - I am hard-working, intelligent, and set myself very high goals --> high performance. I should be able to approach weight loss in the same way. I know what to do, which tools to use but still I always end up at square 1. All the determination and motivation I have for work is almost non-existent for personal projects.
But enough is enough. I was never good at prioritizing my private life and my work-life balance is not very balanced at all. This needs to change and finding time to prepare healthy food, exercise, and relax is a key part in that process.
But how? This might sound sad (?), but since I know what to do in the office I will think about my weight loss as a work project. Exercise and healthy eating will be part of my schedule. Full stop.
Deadline: 31 December (5 months / 22 weeks / 153 days)
Target: 56 kg (-12 kg)
* 4 weeks: Friend's wedding / -3 kg (really want to wear THAT dress...)
* 8 weeks: Celebrating end of studies and -5 kg /
* 11 weeks: Boyfriend's birthday present: -6.5 kg
* 14 weeks: Celebrating 60 kg with spa treatment!
* 18 weeks: 1 month and 2 kilos to go. Time to go shopping!
* 22 weeks: END OF PROJECT - TARGET REACHED! Going some place sunny and warm to celebrate!!
That's the plan. And no more shopping, not even bags or shoes, until I have lost 5 kg.
Friday, 29 July 2011
Since I started the low carb diet I have stayed away from Italian places. For obvious reasons, I thought. But yesterday I was tired and boyfriend wanted pizza (surprise) so I gave in for the our Italian around the corner. And it turns out there are quite a few dishes to choose from. If you are dying for a pizza (and hardcore LCHF), have the topping and leave the bread. But no need to go to such extremes. In the salad section you should be able to find low carb meals but among the pasta dishes there is something for us! Real Italians don't serve that much pasta anyway but you can ask to substitute some of the pasta for vegetables. Sauces are often creamy and rich - perfect for LCHF. Soups are often low in carb as well but stay away from fried food like calamari and meatballs.
Enjoy your low carb Italian food :)
Saturday, 23 July 2011
I had a fantastic evening yesterday. We went to a cafe with live music, had some wine and saw some great artists. No plans for today. I have no food at home so need to go shopping. Have not had salmon for a great while so that is today's dinner. With some creamy sauce, green beans and parmesan shavings. Nom nom.
Friday, 22 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
I am back on the cross country train and I can't help to be amazed by the junk served. I just asked if they sell fruit and the sales guy didn't understand my question. Fair enough, I an a foreigner with some accent. So I asked again - and was offered danish pastry with raisins!!! Now I am wondering whether they actually have heard of fruit before??
My low carb focus is going good so I don't eat fruit anyway. I'd rather stay with babybel :) i
Monday, 11 July 2011
So today's dinner was - no surprise - cole slaw and grilled chicken breast. Very good! Tomorrow I will take the first train to work at 6:00. No time for breakfast at home. I packed some cheese and salami for the go. Life is good with LCHF :)
Today started with a ham omelet, we'll see what dinner brings.
Sunday, 10 July 2011
Before I started my skin got oily - as in shiny - within a couple of hours. I was very careful using products for oily skin only but nothing had results. I also had some problems with blackheads and large pores but at least makeup could deal with that.
Now my skin is much more balanced. It doesn't ever get shiny - besides after running :) My pores are still large but they are clear and seem to be getting smaller as well.
What did I do? In the evening, I washed my face with almond oil. I just pour some oil in my palm, rub it to make it warm and gently massage it in the face. After a couple minutes, pour some hot water on a towel and gently rub the oil off. Then I rinse with warm water and dry with a towel. After that my skin is always clear and makeup is gone as well. In the morning I just rinse my face with water in the shower - no soap.
I know some might find it disgusting not to wash your face with soap and I was probably one of them before I started this. I am not a hippie who wants everything to be natural. I just like to try new things and if it is good in many ways it is even better. In the end, I wanted to improve my skin and I did :)
Monday, 4 July 2011
Sunday, 3 July 2011
Saturday, 2 July 2011
Friday, 1 July 2011
Just take your favorite cut of meet, add some home made sauces based on sour creme or mayonnaise, alternatively some from the store but make sure they don't have any sugar (I'd stay away from the bbq-sauce...) Add some rocket salad, low carb vegetables (stay away from corn!) and you have a delicious low carb meal. If you're up for dessert get some cheese and wine or strawberries (not always but sometimes :)).
So today I am going running and then I will have a nice LCHF breakfast consisting of a mushroom omelet with cheese :)
Sunday, 26 June 2011
Speaking about salads, my current favourite is Ceasar salad less the croutons. This is an old favourite, but instead of just a anchovy-flavoured salad sauce, I am adding anchovies to the salad. Canned fish is not the best thing to eat on a low carb diet because the water is often sweet, but this is so good and since you're not likely to eat excessive amounts of anchovy (?) I think it's ok :)
Sunday, 19 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Is this what they mean when they say LCHF is not a diet but a lifestyle? E.g. not be so stressed you don't have time to have a proper meal? Sorry, this is turning in to a workaholic blog but it is just so hard to resist when everything around me right now is work, work, work. But I guess that's the reality for most of the people out there and we still want to low carb, right?
Sunday, 12 June 2011
Saturday, 11 June 2011
Thursday, 9 June 2011
Anyway, I wanted to give a short update on the food. I neither have a kitchen nor a fridge and I haven't even been to a supermarket since last week. What do I eat? Those of you who know British food probably know what I am going through right now. And I am not in London but in a little small village with lots of pub food only. Yesterday I had to go for a panini for lunch (left most of the bread) - it seemed liked the best option next to fish and chips and pie.
Breakfast is a lot easier! I just finished a nice mushroom omelet with coffe (thank god for room service!). The hotel has many choices and the food is very good. I usually eat dinner back at the hotel as well, which means there are at least a few options to chose from. Yesterday's Chicken Ceasar salad with real anchovies was a dream!
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Saturday, 4 June 2011
So, today's exercise: Baseball in sunny England! Bonus: if your partner throws really hard balls you will be too afraid to catch them and will run more ;)
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
There will be no running this week. Not a good sign for the first week after signing up for a marathon. I think the biggest challenge won't be to actually run the marathon but to schedule time for training. Every week. Week after week. Subconsciously, I think this is why I signed up for the race in the first place. I know I need training and don't give up on things. The only way to pull this one through is by staying determined.
Monday, 30 May 2011
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Tomorrow is a bank holiday here in England. I must say, the English have A LOT of bank holidays. We just had one for the royal wedding and now there is the next one. And whenever there is a bank holiday on the weekend, like on 1 May this year, the following Monday is off. I don't care really. I usually work all days, work day or not. But then that's the way I like it :)
Don't expect a non-low carber to give up his or her regular flour pancakes for these ones but it's definitely a good low carb alternative if you want to eat the same food as your company.
This is for 5 medium sized pancakes - 2 portions
0.5 dl ground almond (25 g)
0.5 tablespoon psyllium seeds
0.5 dl cream
Total of approx 4 g carbohydrates and 250 calories / portion
I haven't counted the psyllium as the body cannot extract any energy from the whole seeds (or something like that).
Saturday, 28 May 2011
I just (pre-)registered for Edinburgh marathon. Almost exactly a year from now, I will be running 42.195 km. This has been a goal ever since I started running (jogging) but I never had the courage to sign up for a race. Now I am close to my worst running shape ever and to be honest I am not sure I can do this. Edinburgh is a fast race so I hope that means it is easy as well. But still. 42 km - there is no way I can get around without lots of exercise this year. I have some stressful work months ahead and will have little time for exercising but I am hoping this will keep me on track. I mean, it has to!
Have to start look for training plans. I am scared.
Friday, 27 May 2011
I don't know enough to make an informed decision about coffee so I just carry on drinking it quite thoughtlessly, really. If I look for more information, there is a chance I might feel bad about caffeine and want to stop drink it even though I would miss the habit. I think it is true for many people. Not for coffee, but definitely for many other things where the real choice we make is to stay unknowing. There is a risk inherent with knowing more, you might change your mind, change your behavior, reassess your existing knowledge. Add to that the cost (time) of gathering information and you get a pretty poor risk-benefit analysis. If the benefits of doing this (mitigate potential harmful side effects of caffeine) seems low, the choice to stay unknowing is a logical choice to make.
This is such a stupid thing to do, though. It means decisions are based on guesses and perceptions rather than real facts and information. This can be applied to so many things and the obvious discussion that comes into mind is climate change and sustainability. People have very strong views about this, both pro's and con's. But how many people could actually say that they are informed about the state of the planet, for example? That is a whole different discussion and one that is just remotely related to LCHF so we'll leave it at there for now.
But think about it. Are your food choices based on intelligent decisions or unknowing guesses?
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Chicken I like a lot - and it is good low carb food, too. I eat mine with beans and dijon mustard sauce. Ttotally obsessed about dijon these days.
I wish I had a camera but you just have to imagine how it looked like. Think green and mustard. Now I am enjoying my first cup of coffee today. Very late for me but nice!
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
I don't have a mixer (I haven't lived in one place long enough to collect such household things) but I tried to use a normal eggbeater. When I poured the egg into the pot with the melted butter the egg got too warm and started coagulate (?). It looked bad and tasted even worse and was definitely not something I was going to put in my coffee. I'm going to give up my old latte habit, that's probably for the better anyway.
Brunch - 2 eggs sunny side up and too much coffee
Lunch - Don't know yet. Lunch time is approaching but I'm not very hungry. Maybe I'll try a low carb latte made with "eggmilk" later in the afternoon...?
Dinner - Salmon with mashed cauliflower (like mashed potatoes but so much better)
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Most of my readers are from America, the UK and Australia but I thought most are expats like me who heard about the news from home. Now that super-blogger Jimmy Moore has started a new blog, I am not so sure it's all Swedes anymore.
I think this is really good news! It's not that I want to convert people to low-carbing, people can eat whatever they want, but I think it's great for people to know there might be an alternative way of eating out there that would suit them much better than the current fat-phobia.
My LCHF is about my choice of eating LCHF and how it works in practice. It's not always easy, sometimes I fall for cravings but this blog helps me to find the way back to a healthy life style and I hope it will help you, too!
The Ultimate Body Press is a dip bar. It allows for a few variations but is really efficient. When it first arrived I wasn't able to do one single dip. One week later I can do three (poorly performed ;)) and I'm getting stronger and stronger. I can definitely recommend this one for someone who wants to increase strength but don't have access to a fitness studio.
Basically, OCM is about using natural oils to clean your skin instead of the chemicals used in soaps. It sounds contradicting to clean oily skin with oils, but I guess the theory behind it (extremely simplified) is that chemicals dry the skin and make it produce more oil, whereas OCM balances the oil production. And on top of that it is supposed to remove black heads. We would want that, right?
Tonight was my second night of OCM. The oils recommended to use are extra virgin olive oil, castor oil, almond oil, jojoba oil. Perhaps some other ones as well. The only one I could find was sweet almond oil so that's what I am using. So far I haven't seen any results, not even negative ones as you would normally expect in the beginning of a new treatment.
I'm giving this 2 weeks and will keep you updated on the progress. Hopefully, this one goes to nature!
Sunday, 22 May 2011
You know how mold sometimes grows on the bathtub sealant? It's gross so I was determined to remove those stains but all that anti-bacterial, chemical stuff is so bad for the environment. I decided to use environmental friendly methods so first I used vinegar. Nothing. I tried lemon. Nothing. I mixed vinegar and baking soda. Nothing. Finally I used everything together but still NOTHING. Filled with despair, I grabbed an old bottle of bleach and within a few minutes and no scrubbing what so ever the stains were all gone. That shows just how bad bleach really is but I am also glad the stains are gone. Today, nature was defeated.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
This is what my work days have looked like for the last week:
07:00 Time to wake up
10:00 2 cups of black coffee (over the morning)
15:00 Cafe latte
18:00 Starting to get hungry again
21:00 Perhaps a cup of green or herbal tea
The weird thing is that the only time I am really hungry is before dinner. I guess that's why I need lots of vegetables to fill the stomach without adding too many calories. Should I get worried I don't eat enough? I don't want to eat just for the sake of eating and it's a nice feeling not having to go around hungry just because I want to lose weight. I think I'll keep listening to my body for some time but probably add some breakfast.
The doctors performing this are the biggest scam. Talk about taking advantage of people's weight issues. Short-term fix for loads of money - the doctors are getting rich while their patients will go back to gaining weight as soon as the patch is off. No thanks.
Read at the Diet Doctor
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
But now I started using another diet planner tool called www.cronometer.com. I like it because you get a detailed overview of all vitamins, lipids, amino acids and minerals measured against RDA.
But look at this - yesterday my Vitamin A intake was 1,829% of RDA. And Vitamin K was 38,634%! Eating too much Vitamin K is not critical unless you are on some kind of blood thinning medicine. Vitamin A, on the other hand, could be toxic if intake is excessive over a longer period of time.
Guess that means I should eat less spinach :(
It is so sad to hear people complain that natural, organic food is too expensive while spending loads on junk food, sweets, and soft drinks. Not to mention alcohol or tobacco. (I understand some people don't have a choice because of lack of money or sometimes addictions.) What's even worse are people complaining about how expensive food is, yet, they always have the newest high-tech garment there is on the market. It is a true mystery to me how some people can prioritize material things like that over good, quality food, not only for them selves but also for their children.
Maybe it's me being fooled and one day additives prove to be the best thing that's ever happened to mankind. Until then I think I'm gonna stick to natural food.
Monday, 16 May 2011
Today I am having lentils (!) soup. Lentils are not very low in carbohydrates, but I mix them with canned tomatoes, spinach, cream and water so one portion only contains about 20 g of lentils. Add to that garlic, curry, chili or whatever spices you prefer. So good!
This week I will try to:
- only make wise food choices
- go running 3 times
- work out on the ultimate body press a little bit every day
- publish My LCHF posts daily :)
- keep a detailed food journal - everything will be noted and published by the end of the week. Don't want to bore you with daily food journal posts.
But what is high fat? Does it mean you can eat unlimited amounts of fat? Off course not. Quite frankly, I don't know what it means, just that it's more than low fat.
I've thought quite a lot about the best way to eat lately. I really do like LCHF because I feel so much better not eating bread, pasta, rice or other types of starchy food but the HF - high fat - is concerning me. People say you need the fat to stay full, which I guess makes sense if carbohydrates are almost entirely excluded from the diet. The energy has to come from somewhere and if it's not from carbs or protein, it has to be fat. But I haven't felt full at all.
I'm probably still fat-scared. After 2 months of low carbing, it's still weird eating excessive amounts of fat while carrots, tomatoes and mushrooms have to be weighed and tracked. I am really struggling eating 75E% fat because I feel so bad about eating fat.
All these thoughts have made me experiment with the diet. My new thinking is to eat more, much more, vegetables, allowing carbohydrates from these sources while keeping a closer eye on the fat. No bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, sugar, chocolate. You get it. I still eat full-fat versions of cream and cheese. But I prefer my side dish to be broccoli rather than butter so I am not eating as much fat as before.
And I am no longer hungry!
200 g of spinach or broccoli is nothing in terms of calories (60 kcal). Not very much in terms of carbohydrates either (but more than most LCHF-people would eat). But it sure is a lot on the plate and it fills your stomach. This is how I need to eat to achieve and maintain my goal weight. It means that I am getting a bit more liberal on the carb count. I am not going to binge eat sugar but I also won't go crazy about 50 g carbohydrates from a healthy meal based on vegetables. We are all different and while some people have to / want to exclude all carbs, other people will be like me and feel sick from the fat and miss the vegetables. This is what a sustainable low carb diet looks like for me, personally.
I don't really know how to label this, though. I think this is more normal fat than high fat. I don't need to label my diet, so that doesn't bother me in the slightest. But if there was a name for it, it would be My LCHF :-)
I think one of the best things of going on a trip is the hotel breakfast - I love breakfast! But I'm not very experimental. My favorites used to be oatmeal, cheese sandwich, yoghurt and muesli or other cereals. Very typical where I come from. No sweet flavors at all, not even sweetened muesli.
But it doesn't look like that in other countries. I like to travel and since I moved around quite a bit I have friends from most parts of the world. I'd like to think this gives you an indicator of how profound this analysis is ;)
Let's start with the French "breakfast" - croissant with jam, at the most. And coffee, off course. Simple and light.
In Germany, breakfast is the complete opposite. It's a lot! It often equals muesli or a basket of bread and sweet spreads are common but also sausages. The muesli is sweetened with sugar, honey, or even chocolate and having jam on the bread is quite typical. Not to mention Nutella. Rich in calories, very sweet and it will keep you full for a whole day.
The Dutch breakfast is sweeter, but smaller. I know a few Dutch people who now get to represent the whole country, but according to them, everyone tops their bread with Nutella or chocolate flakes.
I'm not too familiar with southern European breakfast habits. I once lived with a Spanish family while attending a language course. I remember having chocolate milk for breakfast and my lunch bag was packed with sweets. Don't know if it's typical. In Italy, it's quite common to have cake or other sweet pastries for breakfast.
Here in the UK, a typical breakfast seems to be toast and jam. Oatmeal can be bought in portion-sized packages labeled "instant", which is ridiculous since that is essentially the exact same product as the big packages for baking. And all of is instant.
Well, Quaker made the Americans like their "instant" oatmeal as well. But not as much as they like donuts and muffins for breakfast. I used to live in New York, so this list would be incomplete without the BAGEL. And McDonald's, sadly enough.
Heading East, the Russians (women) I know don't eat breakfast at all. They are very petite and health conscious. A cup of tea and a piece of fruit is what they're having. Further East, Indians either don't eat breakfast or they eat any type of warm food. Dinner, lunch, breakfast - it's usually no difference the same for them. Lots of people only eat 2 meals per day, especially in Asia. Or simply any type of food for breakfast, like rice, meat, or vegetables. My Japanese friends eat rice or sushi in the morning, seems to be quite normal.
From a low carb perspective, all these breakfasts are notoriously bad. In fact, the traditional UK breakfast minus toast and beans might be the one breakfast best suited for low carb diets. Bacon and egg is and will always be the no. 1 breakfast for all low carbers out there.
Sunday, 15 May 2011
As you can see, I had a bit of a negative development lately. I have quite a stressful life and sometimes things happen that will get me out of balance and make me lose focus. It's not a big deal for me as long as I get back on track. This is for life and I am getting more and more health conscious so what's a few days of backlash?
Friday, 13 May 2011
I've been reading about other low carb diets and came across the Paleo diet. It sounds pretty interesting although for me personally it contains too many starches. From what I understand it is considered to be a low carb diet (might be wrong) but if I would eat according to Paleo I would eat 100 g of carbs per day. Sounds like a lot to me.
I also stumbled upon www.30bananasaday.com. I've heard about raw food and fruit diets but I never took it seriously. It's quite an interesting idea, though. You can tell that I am easily fascinated by new things - everything sounds interesting to me :) I don't think I could ever stick to raw food diet, though. Imagine never being able to eat warm food? And imagine eating buying all that fruit! Not to mention the shipping of fruit. Low carb diets are (rightly) criticized for being wasteful as they're based on protein and often includes lots of eggs and dairy products, which use much more resources than crops. But at least you can eat local food when low carbing. Sticking to local food on a fruit diet would be very, very boring here in the north, if at all possible.
No, I'm fine with LCHF for now :)
Monday, 9 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Today I have no inspiration what soever for dinner. I'll probably just eat something quick and then go to bed and catch up on some sleep.
Monday, 2 May 2011
Not much time for cooking so I'll have some simple, fast snack for lunch and yesterday's leftovers for dinner. Not too exciting but it works for today :)
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Meal count: 500 kcal and 6 carbs.
I only had 1000 kcal so far (but 18 g carbs - strawberries for breakfast - totally worth it). 1000 kcal isn't enough for me - this is not a starvation diet - so will get a snack later.
Not for me. I lost quite a lot in the first few weeks but then it suddenly stopped. What had happened? I guess I lost water weight in the beginning and just a tiny bit of fat, perhaps 1 kilo at the most. As soon as the body stopped losing water, my weight loss slowed down and in 2 weeks I only dropped 0.1 kg. Not very impressive.
I was told to limit the carbons, eat when I'm hungry so that's what I did. But eating when you're hungry is quite tricky. It assumes you actually know what hunger feels like.
I know weight gain can be caused by medical conditions, inactivity due to injuries, etc, but the majority of all dieters must be dieting because of previous overeating, right? Obviously if you overeat, you eat even though you're not hungry or when you shouldn't be hungry. People eat because they feel like it, because they're sad or because of habit. But we don't always eat because the body needs energy, which should be the original physical function of hunger (?).
My point is that hunger is a feeling most overweight people don't understand, that's why we struggle with weight problems in the first place. It is easy to confuse hunger (need to eat) with appetite (desire to eat) or food cravings (strong desire to eat).
The only thing I would recommend regarding hunger is NOT to eat when you are NOT HUNGRY. I don't trust my body to tell me when it needs food, I think it still tells me when food would be nice have. That's why I am sticking to food plans this week, which includes both carb count and calorie count.
Is that the right way to go? I don't know - next week's weigh-in will tell.
Saturday, 30 April 2011
But hey - I didn't have any wine :) And today's kcal count is 1200 so I don't feel too bad. Tomorrow is a new day with less carbs!
Enjoy your Saturday evening, folks!
On a ketonic diet (low carb, high fat), just like any other diet, the body will initially lose water weight. You can't burn fat in the beginning as it takes time for the body to shift to the new source of energy. What happens is that the body starts using it glycogen reserves. How much glycogen one has is highly individual but usually is around 0.5-1.5 kg. In addition, for each molecule of glycogen you lose, you'll lose 4 molecules of water. Or put differently, for each gram of glycogen, there is 1.7 gram of water.
If you lose your 1 kg glycogen reserves in the first week, you will lose another 1.7 kg of water, adding up to a total of 2.7 kg. This is what the big weight loss in the first week is about.
There is nothing wrong with losing this water. It will make you feel less bloated and your measures decrease. But, if you start eating carbons again, your body go back to producing glycogen and binding water. Cheating could therefore have an extremely deterrent effect. Depending on how many carbons you eat, quick weight gains are very likely. Luckily, as soon as the body runs out of glycogen you will be back to your pre-cheat weight (unless you had so many extra calories you actually gained weight off course).
Week 9 challenges:.
- Exercise at least 3 times: Time to put on those running shoes again
- No alcohol: No, not even a glass of wine. This is almost too easy to be a challenge.
- Plan meals in advance: Easy with the tool I found
- Don't eat snacks in between: Hm, let's test that self discipline...
Friday, 29 April 2011
Well, what caused the break in the first place?
- No results, most definitely - yeah, this is a lifestyle and bla bla, but I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT TOO. Glad we made that clear ;)
- Lack of variation - too many eggs, too little inspiration.
- Eating food I don't like just because it's LCHF - not a good idea!
--> Frustration --> 0 motivation --> What the heck? --> Carb cravings
Ok, first point is easy to deal with. I have to get stricter. Second one is easy as well, I just have to give some effort to cooking and looking for more food inspiration.
The third one is trickier as it requires own thinking... ;) As a beginner, I read everything I could find about LCHF and followed every advise. I don't like bacon, but since it's LCHF, I ate it and thought I would get used to it. I even used cream in my coffee and finally put butter in it even though it was repelling just because that's what I've heard. It sounds ridiculous.
This time it really will be different. I might still be a beginner but compared to two months ago I know a lot more. I am slowly starting to filter the LCHF-information and I feel like I can make informed decisions about how to eat low carb in a way that won't make me lose inspiration. And for me, it is ok to eat low carb food like vegetables, lean meat, and cottage cheese even though they are not "fat enough" according to other LCHF gurus.