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About Lowcarbworld

Registered Nurse in the UK, Trained & Certified LCHF Coach, Dip in Dietary & Nutrition Advice. Loving life and working at making it last as long as possible and hopefully keeping lots of you here far longer too by teaching you how to be the healthiest you can without hunger!

Nikki’s amazing story!

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Is this even the same person!?

My journey began on the 8th of May 2017 and it changed my life forever. When my friend told me she was doing this way of eating I was sceptical. I’d been told all my life that eating high fat was really bad for you so I told her to be careful.

Living interstate, it was a couple of months until I saw her again in person, and the difference had me floored. That trip I also spoke to another friend who told me more about the science supporting this way of life and that her doctor was supportive. They were key factors in my decision to start. I reasoned that as it’s based on solid science, has medical backing and I had seen such positive results for myself, then I had to give it a go.

I started at 138.9kg (I’m so embarrassed by this). I had managed to lose 6kg to get to that point, but that had taken me 3 months to do using a traditional diet. Needless to say, the task ahead of me felt impossible, so really I had nothing to lose by giving this a go. Once before, when I was younger, I had lost a significant amount of weight (but nothing compared to this), through eating “healthy” and exercising obsessively. However, eating that way I was starving all of the time, and as soon as I would go out with a friend or treat myself I would have massive setbacks. When a friend came back into my life and we we’re spending lots of time together, I fell back into old habits and was eating lots of the wrong foods again and my addiction quickly resurfaced. Of course I ended up right back where I started, and actually in a worse position.

nikkim collage

I was super active, dancing and playing basketball multiple days a week, but this had no effect on my weight. I now understand that exercise really doesn’t have much impact on weight loss, despite all of its other health benefits, but back then I didn’t.

I had tried every way under the sun to lose weight and nothing ever worked or was sustainable. Now, having been keto for nearly 14 months, I feel like I know the secret to good health and I wish everyone knew about it.

nikki m july 2018

On my journey, I have learned that sugar is the most addictive substance I have ever had. It wasn’t my lack of willpower that was the issue, it was just that there was no way I could win that fight if I even had a little bit of it. I have learned that I can’t go near it, but also that it isn’t worth it if I do because I won’t enjoy it and my body reacts violently to it now. I look at how I feel now and compare it to how I felt then and I feel the best I have ever felt. Back then though, that was my normal and I had no idea that it wasn’t how I should feel.

During the first 14 months of the rest of my life being keto, I have lost 55kg. I still want to lose more but I am so happy with my progress. Taking photos and looking back at how far I have come is the best thing I could have done.

progress

I have had so many other health benefits, and I was so lucky to see them quickly which was a great motivator.

My sleep quality improved quickly. My polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms eased. My blood pressure and heart rate dropped significantly. I get sick less often. Breathing is easier, the pilates classes I was already doing quickly became easier and I can walk at a much faster pace now. I also enjoy finding new recipes and cooking more than I ever thought I would.

I also suffer chronic back pain as a result of a car accident. This has been the area of my biggest gain on this way of eating. I can’t tell you that it has lessened my pain, although I’ve read other people who say it has for them, but it has given me the mental clarity and strength to handle the pain much better. Before I started it was all I could do to get through a full day of work. There was no chance I could come home and cook a meal or clean or do anything else. Even something as simple as chopping some veggies would induce a flare. On the weekend it would take me a half a day to clean the house because I needed to rest in between every task I did. Now, despite the same pain levels, everything has changed. I can get through work more easily. I can do things other than sitting on the couch after work, such as returning to my beloved dance classes. And cleaning the house now takes me a quarter of the time it used to.

I am just starting to have days where I feel really confident in my appearance. It makes a nice change but I am still learning to wrap my head around this. My mind hasn’t caught up with my body yet. Clothes shopping is fun again.

I have found what works for me and for me this change is for life. I seriously owe everything to finding this way of life. I’m going to be forever grateful to my friends for introducing me to it, and to the admins of this group who work tirelessly to give everyone the support they need. You really make a huge difference. And to every one of you who have ever commented on or liked a picture.

Nikki

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Free 1 Week Menu

This menu is an example of how your first week may look. By week two you will be full enough from week one that you will drastically decrease your intake. Watching my group members I have seen that week one tends to be a hungry week as they start toward being in ketosis.

Fat is very high to begin with, the high fat gets you full, provides fuel and helps you get into ketosis.  Don’t skimp on the fat, it really is the magic that gets you through week 1. You will not be on this much fat for long and the majority of people still lose weight when it is this high but they don’t feel hungry or deprived!

All the recipes are easily found online, Google is our friend!

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Salt & Pepper Squid

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You May have previously read that I love(d) salt & Pepper Squid when we used to get Chinese. I have made Salt & Pepper Pork Belly a few times and it is divine. I believe there is no better fat on this planet than the chewy or crunchy (depending on how you cook it) fat of pork belly.

I have absolutely no idea why I haven’t just bought squid and done this dish before now, although I am definitely an airhead at times so this may be a valid excuse!

Most supermarkets nowadays have prepared squid available, or go to your fishmonger and support your local small businesses!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

Recipe

Serves 2

300g raw clean Squid

2 Tbspn. Olive Oil

1/4 tsp Garlic powder

3 green spring onions sliced diagonally

3  Birdseye chillis are best for this dish

1/4 tsp Salt or more to your taste

1/4 tsp Black Pepper or more to your taste

1 tsp grated fresh Ginger

  • I used frozen squid so I defrosted overnight. Before use just give your Squid a quick rinse and pull off any leftover cartilage. Pat dry with paper towel.
  • You can get your squid cut by a fishmonger but it is super easy to do yourself. Lay it horizontally on a chopping board so the wide end is pointing to your dominant hand then just slice vertically, this will give you ‘rings’, or if you prefer you can just cut it into similar bite-sized pieces.
  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl EXCEPT the oil. Use your hands to mix it well so the squid is well covered in everything. You may want to use gloves to do this so you don’t later rub your eye with a chilli infused hand! Painful believe me.
  • Heat the oil in a pan until it is very hot.
  • Gently add the squid mixture and stir-fry for no more than 3 minutes
  • Serve with your choice of side. I had Coconut Cauli rice & stir-fried broccoli with mine…mmm mmmm Or a fresh zingy green ‘papaya’ salad would be fab with it. So I had better put that recipe up too then!

These are Thai Birdseye chillis

chillis

So, normally Salt & Pepper squid has a light coating of flour on it, I have tried making it with a little almond flour on it, but it just turns to a gooey mush which is NOT nice in the mouth. Doing it this way you don’t even notice the coating is missing.

Chinese Take-Away Keto Style

In my old life, I always ordered Salt & Pepper Squid if we had Chinese. I am an absolute fresh chilli junky so the heat and salt and the texture of the squid was just everything I needed to get my taste buds zinging and singing.

salt & pepper pork belly

Then I moved to UK and unless I am in London it is hard to find so I changed to Salt & Pepper Chicken which was available in my area. Today I decided to have the 2 strips of pork belly left in the fridge but had no idea what to do with them, I was really hungry by 3pm so my first meal of the day needed to be quite quick.

So I started cutting the belly into bite-size pieces and then thought ooh salt and pepper belly!! I left the fat on and drizzled a fair amount of olive oil in the pan on a high heat then turned it to low and cooked for 18 mins.

I didn’t fancy cauli rice today so made a mash, I have to say this will now be a regular weekly meal for us it was AMAZING.

Recip

2 Tbsp. oil heated

2 strips Pork Belly

very small sliced onion

1/4 sliced Green Capsicum

1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp White Pepper

1 tsp salt

Chop the belly into bite-size chunks, leaving the fat on

Add to the hot oil then turn heat to low

Sprinkle meat with salt, white pepper and cayenne

Leave to cook on low for 18 mins.

Turn each piece over

Add onion and capsicum to the pan and stir everything together

Cook for 5 more minutes until onion is partially softened

Serve on preferred vegetables.

 

 

Men too!

In May 2017, after we’d recently married, my wife Jen sent me a message when I was at work. Jen wanted to try this LCHF WOE she’d be reading about.

Jen had joined the LowCarb World LCHF group a few weeks earlier and had been seeing people with some amazing results eating awesome looking food. She wanted to try it and wanted to know if I wanted to do it or simply support her. Both our weights had rapidly increased in recent months. I was drinking too much alcohol, we ate crap and felt awful. A big weakness for me was ice cream. Jen was about to need to buy size 14 skirts for work and refused to accept it. I was busting out of my work pants.

 

We knew we were overweight, we just didn’t realise how much. We’d had lots of personal training, tried the typical eating healthy methods. Nothing had worked. LCHF sounded different, but logical.

Jen added me to the group and I was all in. I did some reading and we decided to empty our pantry and fridge of any red list items and crap. I stopped drinking alcohol. I started off taking LCHF snacks to work along with breakfast and lunch. We started each day with a Bullet-Proof coffee.

mels bpc winner

The results were fast. I dropped 11 kilos in 6 weeks without exercise. I was hooked. As time went on, I stopped needing the snacks. We started drinking alcohol in small quantities and not being quite so strict (the odd cheat meal pizza) and we were still seeing results. My weight stabilised at 98.5kg, down from 116.5kg as my heaviest recorded weight. I had been bigger but refused to get on the scales.

Fast forward to now. I was recently diagnosed with mild fatty liver, but my doctor said it was probably much worse before I dropped 20kg. I started to use intermittent fasting on a daily basis and this has helped me push through the plateau and I’ve gone from 98.5 where I was for months, to 92.4kg today.

It’s not just about weight loss anymore, it’s overall health and well-being. I feel so much better. I was a light sleeper and I have a stressful job. Now I can sleep properly. I used to get a frozen shoulder and require remedial massage once a month, I don’t get that anymore and can’t remember the last time I needed a massage. I have better mental clarity and my skin is clearer. There are so many positives to this WOE and that’s before we talk about all the bacon, cream and butter!

I had Nothing To Lose

nikkim collageMy journey began on the 8th May 2017 and it changed my life forever. When my friend told me she was doing this way of eating I was sceptical. I’d been told all my life that eating high fat was really bad for you so I told her to be careful. Living interstate, it was a couple of months until I saw her again in person, and the difference had me floored. That trip I also spoke to another friend who told me more about the science supporting this way of life and that her doctor was supportive. They were key factors in my decision to start. I reasoned that as it’s based on solid science, has medical backing and I had seen such positive results for myself, then I had to give it a go.
nikkimahoney graph
I started at 138.9kg (I’m so embarrassed by this). I had managed to lose 6kg to get to that point, but that had taken me 3 months to do using a traditional diet. Needless to say, the task ahead of me felt impossible, so really I had nothing to lose by giving this a go. Once before, when I was younger, I had lost a significant amount of weight (but nothing compared to this), through eating “healthy” and exercising obsessively. However, eating that way I was starving all of the time, and as soon as I would go out with a friend or treat myself I would have massive setbacks. When a friend came back into my life and we were spending lots of time together, I fell back into old habits and was eating lots of the wrong foods again and my addiction quickly resurfaced. Of course, I ended up right back where I started, and actually in a worse position.

I was super active, dancing and playing basketball multiple days a week, but this had no effect on my weight. I now understand that exercise really doesn’t have much impact on weight loss, despite all of its other health benefits, but back then I didn’t.

I had tried every way under the sun to lose weight and nothing ever worked or was sustainable. Now, having been keto for nearly 14 months, I feel like I know the secret to good health and I wish everyone knew about it.

On my journey, I have learned that sugar is the most addictive substance I have ever had. It wasn’t my lack of willpower that was the issue, it was just that there was no way I could win that fight if I even had a little bit of it. I have learned that I can’t go near it, but also that it isn’t worth it if I do because I won’t enjoy it and my body reacts violently to it now. I look at how I feel now and compare it to how I felt then and I feel the best I have ever felt. Back then though, that was my normal and I had no idea that it wasn’t how I should feel.

During the first 14 months of the rest of my life being keto, I have lost 55kg. I still want to lose more but I am so happy with my progress. Taking photos and looking back at how far I have come is the best thing I could have done.

I have had so many other health benefits, and I was so lucky to see them quickly which was a great motivator. My sleep quality improved quickly. My polycystic ovarian syndrome symptoms eased. My blood pressure and heart rate dropped significantly. I get sick less often. Breathing is easier, the pilates classes I was already doing quickly became easier and I can walk at a much faster pace now. I also enjoy finding new recipes and cooking more than I ever thought I would.

End of July 2018 nikki m july 2018

I also suffer chronic back pain as the result of a car accident. This has been the area of my biggest gain on this way of eating. I can’t tell you that it has lessened my pain, although I’ve read other people who say it has for them, but it has given me the mental clarity and strength to handle the pain much better. Before I started it was all I could do to get through a full day of work. There was no chance I could come home and cook a meal or clean or do anything else. Even something as simple as chopping some veggies would induce a flare. On the weekend it would take me a half a day to clean the house because I needed to rest in between every task I did. Now, despite the same pain levels, everything has changed. I can get through work more easily. I can do things other than sitting on the couch after work, such as returning to my beloved dance classes. And cleaning the house now takes me a quarter of the time it used to.

I am just starting to have days where I feel really confident in my appearance. It makes a nice change but I am still learning to wrap my head around this. My mind hasn’t caught up with my body yet. Clothes shopping is fun again.

I have found what works for me and for me this change is for life. I seriously owe everything to finding this way of life. I’m going to be forever grateful to my friends for introducing me to it, and to the admins of this group who work tirelessly to give everyone the support they need. You really make a huge difference. And to every one of you who have ever commented on or liked a picture.

Nikki

Yo-Yo Dieter

I am a yo-yoer and tried everything on the market including shakes, lite n easy and other diets. I have always been fairly active; doing bootcamps and going to aerobics, and i also own my own business and work excessive hours. My lifestyle is very busy with a husband and 3 children to cater for.

In October 2015 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy. After radiation and hormone treatment which put me into enforced menopause (I was only 46) I was very sick for nearly a full year (in and out of hospital many times with a further 4 surgeries under my belt).

I suffered badly from menopausal symptoms and had severe hot flushes 3-6 times a day which was very embarrassing during meetings etc!

I was seeing a hypnotherapist to hopefully lose weight and she told me that due to cortisol stress levels with the business and being in menopause it would be impossible.

A girlfriend Leaha Campbell who is a member of the Facebook group LowCarb World told me about this way of eating. I decided as soon as I got back from Bali I was going to start this way. I wasn’t entirely convinced, but it made sense to me. After all, I had nothing to lose did I?

I joined the page beginning May 2017 and read the comments religiously every day for weeks. I trawled through all the files, printed recipes, made many notes, saved and printed all the memes and made a spreadsheet of common foods and their macros. I was as ready as i’d ever be. My Low Carb journey began on 22nd May 2017. I weighed and measured myself and took photos front and side on.

 

I thought i’d give it a go for a month hell for leather and see what transpired. If it didn’t work, well so be it ( I was worried that my hormone treatment would permanently affect my weight loss efforts). By day 2 I was down to TMAD, week 3 OMAD. The 1st week I tried too hard to make it work and put myself under pressure. The 2nd I slowed it down and went back to basics and just tweaked what i’d normally have. IF and EF became a common scenario and i was fully immersed in the FB page, watching, reading and then answering questions for the newbies.

Two weeks in, the changes were obvious.

  • My stomach bloat which i didn’t realise i had, was gone.
  • By day 2 I didnt have hot flushes AT ALL anymore
  • No night sweats anymore
  • Better mood, more positive frame of mind
  • No more insomnia
  • No restless sleep (brain too active usually but not now)
  • More patient, happier
  • Skin better, healthier

 

As well as the health benefits I was consistently losing weight on the scales and off the scales.

I have hated cooking for as long as i can remember and only cook because i have a family and they need to eat. It is a chore. Now i found that I was enjoying cooking…. and from scratch not from jars and packets.

At around 4-6 months I started losing clumps of hair which was the hardest thing to deal with. I didn’t know how to stop it and couldn’t. It has now finally slowed and is growing back thicker.

Lately i have been on and off the ‘wagon’ so to speak and I am feeling the old effects. I am determined to make this my way as I have a significant surgery coming up shortly, in which I need to be the best version of me… and low carb is that version.

Jenny

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