These weeks have gone fast. I can not believe we are already 2.5 weeks into this. I thought I would do the negatives & positives so far. Things that you also might expect when starting LCHF.
Sometimes I find the butter & fat heavy. I am not use to eating this way. I have never liked big meat, cheese, egg, bacon type food. I am working on making the food lighter but still filling.
*Woozy Feeling/ LC Flu
I knew this was coming but it did effect me. I felt slightly sick/light headed. I felt ‘off’ for a few days. When your body has no carbs to use as energy it takes a few days/weeks to transition into using fat. Commonly call the low carb flu, which I now fully understand why they call it this. It really felt like the flu! This comes under negative but it also made me feel like I was doing something right. It is a common side effect and I was experiencing it. I must be on the right track.
*Watching TV Snack
This is a habit. My habit. I haven’t craved a lot of sugar but after dinner I just wanted to snack.
I really wanted to follow the rule of only eating when hungry. I know that this was not a hungry thing but a habit thing. For me, this has been the hardest change.
I meal plan a little bit and then change to what works for that day. I now find I have to plan 3 meals, not just dinner. I had no bacon or eggs one day. I woke hungry with nothing to eat. Toast or a quick bowl of weet bixs is no longer an option. Planning ahead is key to success.
*Lots of cooking!
LCHF takes lots of time. Nothing quick. Nothing simple. It always takes time to cook. This doesn’t work well with the morning rush to school/work. I have to get up early… and that is always a negative.
Meat is expensive. I am spending a lot more on quality meat. I can’t just buy myself a steak! I am trying to shop around but I have gone over our budget 3 times in 3 shops! Eek.
2kg have gone. That is always a positive. My goal is to lose 15kg by Christmas. If I lose 2kg one week & nothing the next, all is good. Just want to be heading in the right direction.
*Lack of hunger
When I read ‘Eat when hungry’, I was thinking that I would find myself eating more often. I was always hungry. ALWAYS.
It was a big shock the day I completely missed lunch and didn’t even realize it. My school pick up alarm went off and I still was not hungry from breakfast. What the! Seems that if I eat enough fat in the morning, I can go all day without food. One night I didn’t eat until 8pm. I wasn’t hungry before that.
I still have to keep track of what I eat. Not enough in the morning, I am starving!
*Not missing out
This is the only diet where I feel ok about missing some food groups. I don’t often feel like I am missing out. We went out for dinner and I had the best steak… just like everyone else. Hubby ate my fries. No dessert. All good. I was full from my steak. I really didn’t need anything more.
I have been adjusting our normal family meals to meet LCHF. The family can choose if they eat the regular or the new version. So far, so good. Hubby, who loves his rice, has even been eating cauliflower rice. That was a shock.
I feel amazing. Really good. All my tummy issues have gone. That feeling of sick when I ate bread has completed lifted. I can see myself feeling better & better. The energy has not come yet but we have had a very busy/stressful time with our business. (Too much work coming in. Good problem to have but can be very stressful)
The lack of sleep, stress & Low Carb Flu have been zapping my energy. I am sure that when this season is over the energy will arrive.
So far, so good. Looking forward to the changes that will happen if I keep this up.
Quick drink recipe…. This is my favorite morning pick me up.
One shot coffee
Dash of cream.
Mix it all up and enjoy. That easy.