Tag Archive | LCHF

It’s Been a While

It has been a while since I last did my blog, not because of any particular reason except that I don’t feel I have a lot to report. I am not due back at the doctors for my 6 monthly diabetes check up for at least another month (they tend to be around your birthday and mid year), and sometimes it doesn’t feel like much is happening…

Until I look back, that is…

A few years ago, not that many.. maybe 5 or 6 I went to weight watchers (a wholly owned subsidiary of Heinz by the way… you learn something new every day!) and weighed in at 20.5 stone. I dieted and lost 2 stone, which I thought was a bit of a miracle and then lost another stone when I split up with my then boyfriend three years ago now…

Then I found out I was diabetic and since starting a low carbohydrate  lifestyle in October last year have lost almost another 2 stone (it will be two stone in 2 lbs time).

And it’s in looking back that I realise just how far I have come, and the weight is still moving slowly but in the right direction. In the past 7 months I have lost 26 lbs… that’s a nice average of 3.5 lbs each and every month.

And I feel great.

 

Blood Glucose Meter

I finally got a meter back in February, and it has taken me this long to pluck up the courage to use it, who’d have thought a big girl like me could be so worried about a little needle prick!

Anyway, my results for the past 24 hours are:

Pre dinner yesterday 5.1
2 hours after dinner 7.3 (Naughty me had a couple of slices of cheese on wholemeal toast)

Pre breakfast today 5.1
2 hours after brekkies 5.8 (Yogurt, cream and mixed nuts)

Pre lunch 4.9
2 hours after lunch 5.5 (Salad leaves, slice of ham, chunk of cheese and full fat coleslaw)

Pre dinner tonight 4.8
2.5 hours after dinner 4.5 (Home made chilli/garlic burgers with cheese, I pity the girl I have to work with tomorrow! Garlic!)

 

I am Happy!

Funny thing happened to me tonight, I realised that I am happy!

I had been feeling low for years, well three or so years to be more precise but since going LCHF my mood has gradually lifted and I feel great. Yes, I have my grumbles like everyone else but overall I feel happy to be alive again.

Please, if you haven’t watched this video on you tube yet, do take the time out of your life to watch this.

The Food Revolution

 

Results Day!

Saw my diabetes nurse today to get the results from my blood test, and also as I hadn’t written down my previous results I also asked for those while I was at it so I could do a comparison.

Bearing in mind that I have been following a LCHF diet for just 3 months:

  • My HbA1c, which measures how your blood glucose control has been over the past three months, was 41 (5.9 in old money), down from 58 three months ago and 103 at diagnosis. To give you an idea of what that means, what is considered a good result for a diabetic is between 48 and 58, and for a non-diabetic person is 37 and below.
  • Weight down by 7.6kg
  • BMI down by 3.1
  • Blood pressure down from 120/80 to 112/70
  • Total Cholesterol up by 0.1, but
  • HDL up by 0.4, and
  • My Cholesterol to HDL ration was 3.9 (4.5 and under is considered good)

I am so chuffed.

Although everything screamed that I was doing the right thing, 30 years of being taught to base our meals on carbs and eat low-fat was a lot of conditioning to overcome, and there was always a little corner of my mind asking “What if you are wrong?”.

My diabetes nurse said I have excellent control of my diabetes and asked me what I was eating. I told her I had seriously cut back on my carbs.

She replied “OK, are you eating veg?”

I said “Yes, lots of green veg”

To which she replied “Wonderful.. keep doing what you are doing.”

To finish, I have borrowed this:

 

Primal Living

I have been looking/reading a lot since I decided to go low carb, and I have been very impressed by the Primal Lifestyle.  If you want to have a look into it, I suggest you start somewhere like Marks Daily Apple on Facebook. A daily blog on going/living primal.

He also has a daily newsletter (with a number of give-aways) that you can find here 

It is probably too high in fruit for me as a diabetic, but for those with a healthy insulin production system and a wish to regain brilliant good health you should look into Primal. Our ancestors thrived on it, it is modern living that is killing us.

Good luck in your quest.

Lesley

 

How Am I Doing?

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last did a blog post so I thought it would be nice to update you on how I am doing – bet you thought I had slipped off the wagon and hence was not updating my blog!

Well the news is really that there is no news! Yes I did slip off the wagon slightly… last Friday! I ate two Jaffa Cakes. According to my little carb counter they have 7.3 grams of carbohydrate each so added almost 15 grams of carbs to my diet that day (which would still leave me way under 60g).

Apart from that little slip up, I have eaten low carb high fat every single day since I started at the beginning of October, have easily been able to resist carbs in any form and in fact, out of pure curiosity, I checked one day how much carbohydrate I had eaten in that day and it stood at 13.9g in total.

What I don’t really know is, am I doing it right? What effect is it having on my blood glucose etc.? All I know is that I feel more satisfied on less bulk and am not then hungry again a half hour later.

Hopefully this is all doing my diabetes the world of good. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Weight-wise, after the first week when I lost 7 lbs I didn’t lose any further weight until this week when I have lost a further 1 lb. However that’s a very happy 1 lb for me as it puts my weight under 17 stone for the first time in more years than I care to think about. 😀

Currently I am reading “Living Low Carb” by Jeremy Bowden PhD, CNS. It makes very interesting reading and if you can get hold of a cheap copy I thoroughly recommend reading it.

One thing that has been worrying me a little is the amount of fruit juice that the youngest generation are given as a “healthy” drink; and I am equally guilty of supplying it. It is so hard to overcome the diet mentality of the past 30 plus years in that even whilst becoming more and more convinced that LCHF is the way forward for me, I still can’t convince myself that it would be right for my grandchildren. For them I am still buying into the high carb, low-fat diet that I am increasingly aware is the worst thing we can do. How the mind does play tricks on us!

I have really surprised myself that I have carried this through as long as I have, almost a month now and no (apart from 2 Jaffa Cakes) sliding off the rails.

Oh, and I have lost a half-inch off my waist. A small amount so far but definitely in the right direction.

Keto Flu

This week I experienced Keto Flu. Most definitely flu-like symptoms, hot and cold, fatigue, inability to get out of bed – oh hang on, I suffer the last of those most work days! But seriously, I felt very, very unwell on Monday, slightly improved on Tuesday and almost normal today. Fortunately I spotted an article on Keto Flu on Tuesday so I knew it wouldn’t last too long. Did I feel like eating carbs? No, I didn’t really feel like eating much at all.

In Facebook I follow a page called KetoLiving and they have many interesting articles in favour, of course, of a low carb diet. Today they linked to an article on Carbs, Sugar Linked With Cognitive Impairment Risk In Elderly: Study which showed that a low carb high fat diet was linked with lower instances of mild cognitive impairment in subjects aged 70 to 89. If that’s not another good reason for changing my eating habits then I don’t know what is! I don’t know about you, but I am terrified by the thought of developing Alzheimers later in life.