Going Low Carb

On 6th December I wrote a post on Facebook as follows:

low-carb

You won’t be surprised to know that within 48 hours it generated engagement (Likes, Loves, Wows) from 82 people and counting, and comments from twenty more, several of whom said they had been experimenting with it themselves.

What started me off down this track?

Michael Mosley, of course. He of the 5:2 fasting and the HIT high intensity exercise and the thinking woman’s health programmes on BBC, many of which you can find on You Tube. What I appreciate about MM is that he conducts the experiments on himself first. He trained as a doctor originally and his wife is a GP, to the extent that you might care about that sort of thing. I don’t.

This is not a diet, despite the book of his being named that. He makes the point that his publisher required him to use that word.

If it’s not a diet, what is it then?

It’s a choice. About what I put in my body, via my mouth, today and for the rest of my life.

The discussion on Facebook inevitably got down to dieting fairly swiftly, and I distance myself from that because I know that dieting doesn’t work. Weight loss is not the focus of this story, though it is the somewhat inevitable by-product and certainly many were inspired by stories of health and weight loss in the initial article I saw in that august organ, The Daily Mail. Mostly their focus was on diabetes. Again, mine was not.

The resources I used:

The Article published on 23rd September, two days before I joined in with my own personal experiment
The Book I bought on my kindle on 25th September
The Recipe Companion Book I haven’t really bothered with since I am not a cook. Today’s main meal will be cod wrapped in parma ham served with spinach. I don’t need a recipe for that, do you?
The Website I found useful – again do not allow your attention to be drawn to the D word in the title. I don’t do Ds.

I know that no matter how many times I say to you that this is not a diet, I don’t do those and neither should you, the majority will get hung up on that.

  • What are you allowed/not allowed?
  • Don’t you miss this or that?
  • Have you fallen off the wagon etc?

All these questions become totally irrelevant when you are eating for health, not focussing on being skinny. One is proactive, deliberate and towards. And the other one holds no interest for me. You can make up your own mind, of course.

Quite quickly your blood sugar regulates as you stop eating carbs and drastically reduce them to just a little fruit and quite a lot of green vegetables.

In practice this means no rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, not very much fruit, no biscuits, cakes, sweeties, puddings, ice-cream etc. And no chips! All of these items either are sugar or turn to sugar after you’ve eaten them. And that’s not good for you. That’s it in a nutshell really. Don’t make a big do about this.

You get over the low carb thing very quickly as you start to feel very well. Also you need only do it for 8 weeks as recommended before you move onto a more relaxed Mediterranean way of eating which “normal” people and reformed addicts can easily adopt. There is no falling off the wagon and no temptation to cheat or treat. There can be no such thing when you are eating for your body’s health.

I did do this with one of my business partners, Emma. And she and I have both lost a couple of stone apiece in about 8-10 weeks*. We both feel better and often had to keep reminding ourselves that this was about so much more than weight loss and to focus on that was wrong. Emma takes exercise too, I do not. Walking is recommended.  An accountability partner is quite a good thing. Emma and I emailed each other our results every Monday morning.

In the first few weeks I sometimes had to give myself quite a stiff talking to if an old historic memory/craving emerged. Often a glass of water and 20 minutes is all it takes for it to simply disappear again, the last temptation of Judith as the grip of the sugary carb leaves you.

Expect enormous health benefits. Be prepared for any weight to go first from around your middle. MM recommends measuring that (i.e. taking your focus OFF the scales!) but I didn’t have a tape measure to hand at 25th September, or now. Suffice to say my clothes are baggy, especially around the middle, that’s what prompted my remark about my trousers falling down. I do look slightly like a party balloon the next day, i.e. a bit deflated!

Here’s what to do if you too want to feel great:

  1. Don’t over-think it.
  2. Buy the book. Both books if you need recipes. Get them on kindle and start today.
  3. Follow the instructions.
  4. Drink plenty of water, perhaps with a squeeze of lemon. Booze = carbs. Soz.
  5. Compare notes with me in about eight weeks’ time.
  6. You can either count the 800 calories a day as per Dr Mosley or count carbs as per the website I link to above. 20-50 grams of carbs a day is regarded as LOW. Even at 50-100 you can lose weight effortlessly if that’s still your main thing after all I’ve said above. What are you like?!?!?!

asparagus-1307604_640You can enjoy meat, fish, eggs, cheese, nuts, some low-carb fruits, ditto veg (above ground preferred, too much starch in the ones which grow below ground), full-fat milk, cream, butter and cheese. So, think…

  • Bacon and Eggs
  • Cod wrapped in parma ham with spinach
  • Cheese and mushroom and tomato omelettes
  • Any kind of meat or fish served with veg and/or salad
  • Full-fat Mayo and full-fat butter added to anything to make it delicious
  • Ditto whole milk in your coffee and full-fat yoghurt and double cream on your raspberries and strawberries. It must be full fat, all the “lite” versions are wrong on this. It’s the fat which keeps you satiated and not hungry. Prepare for the book to re-educate you on this and other points.
  • Dark chocolate, I recommend 90% Lindt, two squares a day. You will be amazed at how delicious this is, how nutritious and how you don’t need to eat the whole bar. I have three bars in my kitchen cupboard right now (Ocado three for a fiver bargain) and they do not throb as they would have done during my failed dieting decades in the Seventies and Eighties.
  • Smoked salmon and prawns, with lemon juice and black pepper on the salmon and mayo on the prawns. Yum. No carbs at all and almost no cals either. I like to have this on Saturdays with #Strictly for a double-whammy good time. I know how to live, me.
  • Courgetti spaghetti is a nice veg with stuff.
  • Steak.
  • Lobster.
  • Roast chicken – watch the below ground veggies with that one.
  • Cheese.
  • Asparagus.
  • Spag bol. Without the spag. Try white cabbage instead.

I’m gonna stop there in case you start to think this is complex. It’s not. It’s easy and it feels great. You can see why I don’t need a recipe book. Those things are just fresh ingredients served with other fresh ingredients.

Buy the book and give it a go, but only if you want eat your way proactively to a long and healthy life. You have been warned.

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