Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program
Listen, I have to tell you that I think dieting is a crock of shit. The very word DIET sends me into paroxysms of loathing. I think of how much money I have spent on dieting aids, books by the score, internet purchases and much more. I don’t want to continue like that for one more day and I will not.
My interest in nutrition and weight loss started when I went vegetarian for seven years in England in the 70s. Being part of the hippie culture I learned about whole foods: sprouts, rice, and vegetables usually grown organically in the back yard of the commune or picked up at the local market. Good times. Tasty food. Lots of carbohydrates.
Another side of my eating was the stress of wondering when and from whence the next gig would come, and if I was going to be “thin enough” for stage. Being emotional to start with, eating has always been my go-to activity when stress appeared. But not only then. Stressed, sad, happy, delighted, confused, successful – you name the emotion – they all result in eating.
Of course, events along the way helped to pile on the pounds. Motorbike accident, stopped cigarettes, hysterectomy, and a back operation: they all contributed. The sad thing is that I started dieting at a weight I could only dream of achieving now. Being over 60 and having spent years battling weight gain I do not expect to become a lissom wand, ever!
And if truth be told, food is one of my greatest passions.
I have spent the last month or more rebelling against Banting and all other diets. However, I have now managed to slow the runaway train and am a tad more thoughtful about food choices once more. It has resulted in rummaging deep within me to find some answers. My own answers and my own choices.
So what are they?
The upshot of it all is that I have decided to eat from all the Banting lists. From all food sources, all categories, nothing to be left out. Even sugar. Gasp!
And how do I intend to lose weight? Do I want to lose weight? How healthy am I? All these questions have been roaring around my addled brain, seeking the true answers that reside in my inner being. Profound, I know…
Eating less will do for starters. One helping and not two. How do intend to achieve that? By eating slowly, putting my fork or spoon down between mouthfuls, basically – eating mindfully. Big words, but achievable.
What will I be eating? Mostly everything that is natural and not processed by man. I did say mostly. There is nothing on my AVOID list because such a list does not exist for me anymore. The Amarula Crème Brûlée I had after lunch yesterday was a true delight and I refuse to go out and deny myself something so delicious, sugar and all. Sure, I will make my own at home with xylitol, but really? To go out and have a ‘normal’ meal is a huge pleasure.
Through all the years of dieting, (Low carb, keto, Banting, GAPS, Protein Power, Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, Schwarzbein) – they have all contributed to a store of good knowledge about foods and nutrition in general. I know what to eat and I am sure we all know basically what to eat. I don’t touch MSG as a rule, but there are Doritos and Lays days in my life. Mostly they were eaten with great guilt in the past, but no longer. Once in a while is fine by me.
I eat bread. Gasp again! These days I have access to stone ground non-GMO organic flour and have great fun trying out different recipes. In the past I would probably have eaten the whole loaf in a fit of secrecy and shame, but no more of that. Delicious with grass fed butter (it always sounds strange – butter doesn’t eat grass! Yes, I know, I know…) and local organic cheeses, very yum.
Every one of us has things we mean to do but never get round to. Things we know are beneficial but somehow manage to elude us in our daily routines. So I am making a list of those I am endeavouring to execute, out of which I plan to make a habit.
Habit Challenge List
Borax in filtered water daily for arthritis in my broken bones. (Google it…)
Krill oil capsules occasionally to replace the fish I very seldom eat due to mercury scares.
Lemon juice or apple cider vinegar in the mornings with coconut oil and salt. (This habit is already in place.)
Eat within an eight to ten hour window. This is intermittent fasting which I practice at least four days a week and sometimes more.
Sprout organic seeds and enjoy the abundance of nutrition, and one day make a sprouted seed bread, just for fun.
Soak oats and nuts overnight as an occasional breakfast. (Soaking breaks down the enzyme inhibitors, making the food more easily digestible. And – I like it!)
Eat vegetables, preferably raw but also cooked any other way. Raw blended green juices are the one thing with which I struggle, but now that I am eating off all the lists, I shall use apples and bananas to make them more palatable, together with seeds and nuts for protein.
Make kimchi and other fermented foods and eat regularly. The thing is to find organic cabbage. A red cabbage is growing in a pot and I am sowing more seed after the next new moon. Carrots abound in my garden and I have loads of kale, so no excuse.
Make yogurt more often.
Deep breathing daily. (I often do three mindful breaths throughout the day and also at night before I sleep.)
One last but most important thing of all – Love my body, fat or thin!
There you have it. My own lifestyle, tailored just for me. I will let you know how it goes…
Spike Day Foods – Replica Foods!
Now my thinking is to get away from the original baddies like pizza and pasta, muffins and focaccia, chocolate mousse and panna cotta, not to mention crème brulee, with their inflammatory ingredients. Yes I believe in getting back to basics and clean eating, simple foods, and I totally concur with the idea of a Spike Day (Re-set Metabolism Day!) or a Reward Meal or Carb Cycling, however you want to do it that suits. However, I do not subscribe to the idea of eating previously dis-empowering food just because I can…I do the 90% chocolate thing and will not go back to Cadbury’s Whole Nut. No sir. After all, I am in the business of re-training my whole system to do without glucose and rather to use my stored fat for fuel.
So, back to Spike Day Foods. Spike Day is not for calorie or carb counting, it is there to be thoroughly enjoyed with no guilt! This is the day for me to have fun with food!!
This is the first time my sis and I have been successful at losing weight together and it is very exciting! We love to cook and entertain. It’s in our blood, our genes…it is a passion. (That and a host of other things!) Cooking is our creative therapy in a way. It’s also our way of putting up with/knuckling down to/readjusting to our chosen lifestyle – LCHF/Banting/Ketogenic/Lowcarb. For Life!
Spike Day for me is to be used for recipe trials with all sorts of wonderful Banting-friendly ingredients. Spike Day for me is for delicious but legal Banting Foods. I work very hard during the week to keep my carbs low and my food really simple so why would I want to jeopardise my progress? Up the carbs and calories, yes! But not empty calories. I might just want more! Scary but true…
Austerity is one thing, but the Greeks showed us it’s not for everyone! I can happily be austere and rigid in my food intake for 6 days. Hey! Even take it below 20 or 10 grams! But then on the seventh day I wanna party!
Each week we will try out one Spike Day recipe each. A Dish to Delight. A Banting Pizza Pizzazz! Or muffins, or pasta, crackers and breads, puddings and cakes. You get the idea? I need to try out the substitutes for some of the foods I love and miss the most. Scones, muffins, crackers and cheese, cheesecake and ice cream. As I need to wait for Spike Day to have those, I strongly believe that I should stay within Banting ingredient guidelines – and not indulge in the foods on the Red List. There are stunning low carb recipes for most if not all of my favourite foods, Banting-legal style! Replica foods. With my experiments I will make my Foodie Muse very happy:)
So here we go with our first Spike Day Delight! Coconut Pancakes. So good you don’t even need to put butter on them. You could also make a fresh berry jam to slather on them if you like…all Banting–legal! Here I have used macadamia nut butter and cream.
Coconut Pancakes with Macadamia Nut Butter Cream
Flavoured with Cinnamon, Unsweetened Cocoa and Xylitol
2 XL Eggs, beaten
1 to 2 tsp Xylitol or Stevia to taste (I used 1 heaped tsp Xylitol)
Pinch Himalayan (Pink) or Celtic Salt
½ tsp Vanilla Essence
3 to 4 Tbs Coconut Flour (I adjusted this and put in about 6 Tbs to get the thickness I like)
½ Cup Coconut Milk (I use the thick part at the top)
¼ tsp Baking Powder (I eventually put in ½ tsp)
Combine coconut flour and baking powder in a bowl
Mix all the other ingredients in another bowl
Put the two together and mix to form a smooth batter.
Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then stir again.
Now you are ready to start frying up those babies!
Brush a frying pan, skillet or griddle with about a tablespoon of oil, preferably coconut oil.
Pour or spoon the batter into the hot pan, making pancakes about 6 cm diameter. Actually, make ‘em any size you want! I have even made one big one in a pan on its own. Yum! They are fragile, so turn them gently once the underside is golden brown. Make sure the pan is always well greased so they don’t stick.
Macadamia Nut Butter Cream (serves 1)
1 heaped teaspoon Macadamia Nut Butter
2 Tbs Fresh Cream
Stir the two together until well combined
Add Cinnamon, unsweetened Cocoa and Xylitol to taste
Fill the pancake with Macadamia Nut Butter Cream, leaving a spoonful for the top. Roll up pancake and spoon the Macadamia Cream over the top. Pour a little fresh cream over and sprinkle with Cinnamon Sugar made with Xylitol and cinnamon.
I challenge you not to eat one until they are all cooked…
Let’s get Cooking with The Revolution!
(The Real Meal Revolution by Prof Tim Noakes, Sally-Ann Creed, Jonno Proudfoot and David Grier)
14 kilos gone today. It is a milestone for me and I am going to celebrate by doing 15 minutes of weights so that I can have a higher carb meal afterwards! I am going to make some flapjacks with coconut flour and make a quick jam from raspberries and xylitol. I promise to post the photos on my blog later and on my Banting Babes and Boys Facebook page and also on Instagram.
I have to confess that I am not always a purist Banter. For instance, my breakfast this morning is 3 free range eggs (good) with 2 Woolies pork sausages (not pure and 6 grams a sausage and I am NOT going to do it again as it has GMO – OMG! I am going to learn how to make my own pork sausages with my organic herbs and organic pork from Wegraakbosch Dairy here as they have organic everything! I also eat from the orange list on days when I feel it is needed. This morning I had 3 litchis which is 5 carbs. So that means my carbs are standing at 14 right now. I put everything into the nutrition tracker on my SparkPeople page and it tots up everything. Calories 356 for breakfast. I go between 1200 to 1800 calories on most days. I found that when I was doing the Fat Fast to shift a stubborn stall, even with all the fat I did not exceed 1100 calories. Interesting, eh? One just doesn’t get hungry with fat.
There are no photos of me to post yet because I still have a lot to lose and quite frankly, although my hubby and friends can see the progress, it is not that noticeable for me yet, except for the fact that I can lean over in the bath to take the plug out, whereas that was a trifle difficult 3 months ago! I am aiming to have a lap one day, for children and cats
There has been some talk lately about people ditching the scales but I beg to differ. When I read The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, Dr Heller recommends getting a digital scale and noting how one’s weight goes up and down on different days. He suggests writing it down every day to note how the body reacts to different foods and also to different times of the month. I have been doing just that and sometimes my weight has gone up or down by at least a kilo in one day. At the end of the week you take the average. Of late my average has been between .4 and .6 kg in a week. That’s good enough for me. Also, on days when I see it has gone up a bit, I work harder the next day to stay within my strictest limits and eat more fat, less protein and nil carbs.
This is a journey of discipline and determination. One cannot relax even for a nano second. I had a sip of hubby’s orange juice the other day and that was it. Even though there was more it did not tempt me again. I remember reading a book some years ago on natural remedies for arthritis and the good doctor suggested we look at forbidden foods and imagined worms crawling out of them! Yuk! It works though
There is the idea that you don’t need to count calories, but I think differently again and I certainly count them. It has taught me a lot about foods in general. I also use Carb Cycling as a tool when I am stalled and eat my higher carb meal within an hour as the good doctors Heller suggested in The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. I have over 20 low carb diet books that I have been studying in order to get the best out of my own personal diet. The Real Meal Revolution (about Banting) is my best book. I use other suggestions from different books to tweak my diet when needed. I see them all as tools to create an optimum lifestyle for myself.
The wonderful thing is that my hubby loves the meals I cook. They are so simple and he loves his protein. We do a main big protein and fat meal first one of the day and find that we nibble on nuts (not so many for me) and biltong (which I weigh out religiously) as a snack mid afternoon and by the evening we are fine with a salad and a little protein. He, lucky chap, has lost 9 kilos in about 7 weeks without trying!
Have a great Banting weekend everyone…
Mine has been a long journey with diets, weight loss, weight gain and more diets and I have finally found something I can really live with, and it came about after much research, trial and error, experimentation, failures and now success. Here I am, steadily losing weight at a reasonable pace. MOD – My Own Diet. I knew I would find it one day, and it totally appeals to me every single day. Everything I have read and experienced about healthy foods and different low carb diets, everything that has resonated with me has been included in my diet. Not all at once of course.
I have lost and found so many kilos on low carb because I could never stick to any one regime absolutely and there were always a whole new slew of special low carb recipes to learn when all I wanted was to eat some of my favourite dishes from a “normal” life (like real mashed potatoes instead of faux potatoes made with cauliflower!). So I would stop the diet and go back to my favourites, and that would cause more and more cravings and I would put on some serious kilos all over again.
My Own Diet involves a few basic ideas that work for me. First is intermittent fasting, and that is not every day mind you, probably most of the week with perhaps a day or two of Reward Meal breakfasts or brunches and lunches with friends. (Read about intermittent fasting in an earlier post on this blog.) The one thing that supports intermittent fasting and makes it possible is fat in the diet. That is the secret weapon – appetite suppressing fat. As I write, the spinach and garlic is cooking in coconut oil waiting for the cheese and eggs. It will be followed by Earl Grey tea with a touch of cream. This first meal is eaten close to 12 noon.
This meal will hold me until 3 or 4 pm when I will have some biltong (beef jerky) or a piece of roast chicken (with the skin). Or, if I am really feeling in the mood, I may make some almond flour pancakes. Often I am not that hungry, especially if I have eaten a protein and fat snack. Another good reason for having my first meal at around 12 noon is because of the Ayurvedic premise that the digestive fire, agni, is at its strongest. The evening meal is usually eaten between 6 and 7 and if I should feel at all peckish later, which is not often, a little more biltong does it.
My eating lifestyle is now never boring and I don’t feel deprived in the slightest. My first drink of the day is usually lemon juice and warm water with a touch of salt and later in the morning I have my favourite freshly ground mocha java with a little cream. Sometimes it is followed with a black coffee, and always throughout the day, water. The first meal is anything done Banting style from the Real Meal Revolution, as well as Atkins and general low carb meals learned along the way. Through the years I have collected many a low carb recipe and I have no less than a zillion low carb books…OK, maybe 15 or so. And then there is my collection of other cookbooks which include many recipes that can be converted to low carb cooking, or eaten at the reward meal.
Low Carb Cookbooks Galore!
I am so excited. Why? Well, since one of my top passions is reading cookbooks, cooking and entertaining my friends and family with really yummy food, I can do so with whatever food I please within my reward meal hour, with no guilt. My husband is easy to please as long as I don’t give him too many vegetables. Meat and salad have become his way of eating of late and now he rarely eats bread and he has never been a great fan of rice either. It is easy living with him on this lifestyle. Of course I do try to hide an extra vegetable or two in somewhere, like in a soup.
For further explanation as regards my excitement, it is all about the best meal of the day for me. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet Reward Meal is the reason I think so many lose weight on that regime, and it would appear that 80% keep it off. What I have discovered is certainly exciting for me. If I eat a reward meal and do not go crazy with refined carbs, I continue to lose weight, 0.1 to 0.3 kg in a day. The ratio of the reward meal is protein, low carbs and starches in thirds. (Rule of thirds? Of course it doesn’t always work out like that, and that’s OK too. Yesterday, when out shopping, I had a reward meal lunch and that was a scone with jam, cheese and cream and some filter coffee with cream, (no thirds here) but then I kept the rest of the day’s food really low carb and quantities minimal as well. This morning the scale was .3 kg kinder to me.
So far I have lost 10.5 kg in seven and a half weeks which is extremely cool. The weight loss got stuck on 9 kilos for a while and then I started enjoying Reward Meals. The next 1.5 kilos loss happened in the course of this week while enjoying a daily hour of food and wine that I love. Needless to say, I choose fairly healthy reward meals and that is because I like the concept of alkaline food, vegetarian food now and then, but mostly I likw real food. Meat from animals that are reared ethically, raised and killed humanely, and natural food grown organically for my table. Of course it isn’t always perfect. Yesterday I looked at the mince from free range beef and it had in it fillers, unnamed vegetable oil, preservatives and soya that no-one can guarantee is not GMO. Why would one want to do that to healthy free range meat?
It may not always be easy to keep to a low carb lifestyle, but the reward meal has made it so much more alluring and do-able for me. It is eaten in the space of an hour so that the insulin release stays manageable. At least that is how I interpret it. Since I am pre-diabetic this is truly good news.
So what is my reward meal for today? A large green salad with a few baby tomatoes, strips of yellow pepper, shredded red cabbage and freshly picked snow peas with some feta cheese and a few raisins. This is dressed with extra virgin olive oil and verjuice. With this a free range medium rare rump steak served with a grainy mustard cream sauce. With that I will have one or two glasses of good red wine. As I have said before, this is eaten within an hour. An hour of food bliss.
That was bliss, even though I made the mistake of munching on some salad ingredients and salami before actually sitting down to dinner. The result is that I did not have time to finish the steak, the salad nor the second glass of wine. I stopped on the hour, determined to keep to the rule, but it taught me to hold back while cooking and wait to sit down when the entire meal is ready and then really enjoy the hour.
All that I have tried, learned, failed, tried again, all this has brought me to this point and now I really am excited!
Tonight’s Reward Meal
Reward Meals Rock!!!…
My hubby had an operation to fix a detached retina just over a month ago, so it has been a rough journey for him. I have spent the time with him so no writing, just a lot of thinking. He is still not back at work and will be here again on Wednesday. Life changes somewhat when he is here as a semi-patient, so I need to make a routine that will accommodate that, and carry on merrily with food trials and writing…and painting.
And so I am.
I have been reading the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet and The Carbohydrate Addicts Lifespan Program by the Doctors R Heller. I got so excited I thought I would pop! Reward Meals!!! Really? How many of us low carbers are never going to have another Creme Brulee? Or a real pizza? Or mother’s best Angel Cake? I honestly thought I could abstain and be totally committed to everything Low Carb when I started Atkins a decade or more ago. Of course I fell off that wagon and I have been crawling around looking for my way ever since. Rebellion, deprivation, anxiety, stress…call it what you will, it happens. And it is not just the weak who fall – at some point it is all of us, for many reasons.
So why did I get excited?
At the end of a seriously low carb day, there is a Reward Meal, divided evenly into three – protein/low carb veg/anything – preceded by two cups of salad. The rule is to eat that meal within one hour, precisely. (It has to do with insulin release and timing.) My high carb portion of the meal tonight was a glass of red wine and some aubergine. I would have had more wine but did not finish within the hour so I poured it back into the bottle for tomorrow! (Such control!:) The aubergine dish was so rich that I could not finish it all. I am full.
The timing of one hour is an interesting bit that reins in the hunger-horse. Watching the time carefully, I waited until the meal was cooked to open the wine and then start the hour. That brought up some interesting realisations. I have always loved to cook with a glass (or two) of red wine at hand, and it has been so easy to taste all the way through the cooking time that in the end I would have been eating for about two hours. No wonder there was so much insulin running around!
The Carbohydrate Addicts Diet/CALP has been my routine for the last five days. I had reached a plateau that would not budge for over a week, hence the research and finding CAD/CALP. The good doctors Heller have lost over 200 pounds between them and kept it off for over twenty years. That speaks loudly to me. The weight moved on down again this morning…
I can have my creme brulee and lose weight too!