Helpful Hints on Starting LCHF

Starting out on a LCHF Lifestyle

(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and they always say consult a doctor before changing things with your health or diet. These are just my findings from our family living LCHF lifestyle.)

It started right around Thanksgiving 2012 when my Hubby came across something talking about wheat being bad for you. After finding the Wheat Belly Blog, he started following the guidelines and began losing weight. After about a month and 10 lbs down he read the entire Wheat Belly book. More weight was coming off for him and so I read the book. And that is where it began.

I admit I was reluctant at first, but he can be very convincing in his arguments and logic - not to mention the incredible weight loss (after Little Bird was born I had a hard time losing the baby weight). So after about 6 months, I joined him trying out low carb living. The switch for me meant adding breakfast and lunch, since I was already making low carb and/or wheat free dinners for us and the kids. I would have to say the most difficult part when you get started is completely retraining yourself from all the ways you have been told to eat. After you retrain your brain, your body eliminates the cravings as long as you stick to it!

What to watch out for

  1. Going to the grocery store will seem odd. Instead of skim milk, you're getting whole milk. Bring on the BUTTER! I will take 5 dozen eggs please. Where is the bacon - no not turkey bacon- REAL BACON! You might even be surprised to find that your local grocery store does sell things like pork rinds. Who knew.... And basically you will just need to forget that the store has anything in the middle - you only need the outsides where the real food is.

  2. Get creative with meals you used to enjoy. Bell peppers make a great bread substitute for chicken/tuna/egg salad sandwiches. You can have a BLT on long leafs of romaine lettuce instead of toast. Spaghetti squash and zucchini are good spaghetti substitutes. Cauliflower rice is oddly satisfying in a stir-fry. You won't feel like you are missing out. Three cheeses made into a pizza crust - seriously - it is better than regular pizza (recipe found on my pinterest dinner board linked below).

  3. Don't give in to the remembering temptation. Meaning "I remember the last time I ate a piece of bread (or cake or whatever) and it was SOOOOO GOOOOOOD." The less you have those carbohydrates, the less you will want them. Yes, I still have some of those cravings, BUT when I do eat them, they don't seem to taste quite as good as I remember - and I can be happy with just eating one or say no altogether (that is huge when it comes to certain desserts!).

  4. Everyone is going to think you are crazy, until you start dropping weight, have more energy, and get other health benefits. Then they might still think you are crazy, but might be a little more curious and start asking questions. The most interesting question I have been asked was "How would you feel if you went out and ate a huge pasta dish and bread sticks at Olive Garden?" I answered that I probably would feel disgusting. Honestly at this point (being low carb for over a year), I don't have any desire to eat that kind of meal.

  5. Gatherings are hard for several reasons:

    • It will be loaded with temptations. I find it easy not to purchase things for in the home when I am at the store, but hanging out staring at it for a while makes you want it (See above).
    • People have been told to kick out the fat from everything, so there is not enough fat in most dishes to keep you full.
    • When you are not full you will want all of the things you are not supposed to have. I like to bring cheese, olives, or nuts along just in case we need something to keep us going. If your family is like mine - the desserts are usually overflowing, so I try to bring a low carb option. There are good gluten free recipes for desserts/treats that satisfy the need without totally going overboard. Basically, you are going to have to provide the alternatives. Perhaps someone else will jump on the LCHF train with you!

So where has following LCHF brought us so far? Even energy levels throughout the day (elimination of the highs and lows of created by blood sugar changes to the brain), improved dental health, softer skin and reduced redness, decreased joint pain, clearer mental focus, and to date, my Hubby is down 40 lbs and I have lost almost 20 lbs! We have also seen improvement in behavior from our oldest son when we switched him from cereal for breakfast to eggs or plain whole milk yogurt. I don't know if there is any one diet that is best for everyone, but this is what works for us.

Helpful Resources

Are you new to LCHF or have never heard of Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) (Or Keto/Paleo/Atkins)? Or interested in learning more?

Watch this long video (45 minutes) it explains how we were convinced to eat low fat, but it isn't really how our bodies work.

Another great resource is The Diet Doctor . (He is a doctor).

And you can follow my Pinterest Boards LCHF Dinners and LCHF Treats for tasty recipes!

Discuss getting started on my Facebook Fan Page !

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