No longer Need A Knee Brace

All my life I have thought of myself as a bigger person but never as big as after I had my two beautiful children and then gave up smoking. I have since discovered that tobacco contains a high sugar content hence why we look for sweet things when we give up smoking! Well, my weight ballooned. For years I neglected my body eating many of the wrong things and drinking copious amounts of diet coke. After discovering the extremely bad effects that aspartame was having on my wellbeing in the form of massive headaches body aches and pains etc I gave that up, nope not cold turkey I switched to normal coke instead!

My weight continued to increase over the years. In November 2016 my good friend Ange introduced me to the FaceBook Group LowCarb World and gave me a big spiel about how good the food was. Of course, the obese side of my brain fought her off making up all sorts of excuses. As a family, we loved to eat pasta and rice and these two alone would form much of our meals; enjoying curries and pasta dishes. ‘Substitute cauliflower rice for normal rice,’ she said and of course, my obese brain fought back with “have you seen the price of cauliflowers!? $6 each and I would need a whole one to feed my family of four.”

 

Eventually, she gave up. However, I remained a member of the group researching and
reading everything in the files and watching the progress being made by those who had already taken the plunge. It wasn’t until September 2017 when off to the hospital I went with what I suspected to be a kidney stone. Correct I was and I passed that little painful sucker without pain relief after waiting in the ER to be seen and then finally taken in for diagnosis and treatment. They tried to get a cannula into my fat arm, however, due to being dehydrated and obese they struggled to find a vein and so no pain relief was forthcoming! By the time they brought in an ultrasound machine to find a vein, I had passed the stone and the pain was almost gone!

After this admission, I researched even more and discovered that my coke addiction most likely caused my stone.  I made the decision to improve my health with coke being the first thing to go. At this point, I weighed in at a massive 155.8kg! I took Ibuprofen almost daily for pain from viral arthritis that my Doctor diagnosed from a bout of Ross River fever.

I made the decision to start LCHF on the 29th of October 2017 and was out shopping to start when my husbands father passed away. Knowing that I would find it really hard to be totally compliant while away in Melbourne for his funeral I waited until the 8th of November the day we returned home to begin in earnest.

My road has been pretty good. I did once have a non compliant meal after only being compliant for about 3 weeks due to bad choices and circumstances and felt ill for
two days after so won’t ever do that again! One of the first things I noticed was my fingers felt thinner when washing my hands! From there I began to notice that I no longer required pain killers as often and to show you how little I need them now I have taken two ibuprofen since Christmas 2017!

This achievement alone gives me the encouragement to continue on my healing journey but that is not all the benefits I have gained. My IBS is virtually non existant. I no longer require a knee brace when playing soccer. I have not needed to use a ventolin puffer this year. I no longer suffer from acid reflux. I am more active and enjoy my games of soccer each week and feel good after playing. At last measurement on 12/04/2018 I have lost a total of 93.5cm from my body gone from a size 26 to a size 18-20 and last because its less important than everything else to me I have lost more than 44kg. Not once have a felt deprived or starving nor do I feel like I am only eating rabbit food! I have by no means reached my goals however I have embraced this WOE and made it my life! I love the food that I can eat it, has so much flavour that I really do not miss the foods that I choose not to eat anymore!

 

 

 

The only downside is that I now feel the cold which I have not done in years! The upside to this I now fit into the jeans and warm jumpers that have lived in my wardrobe for years waiting for this day lol! I felt so liberated when I went through my wardrobe
and culled all the clothes that were TOO BIG YAY! My clothes will last longer because my
stomach no longer rubs on the steering wheel in my car! I feel so good that I just want everyone to feel the same way and so I encourage many of my friends to at least take a look at the green and red lists and go from there.

I am a convert! LCHF for life!

Tina

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Incredible Blood Tests

My friend Yvonne had spent years telling me about the benefits LCHF and I’d spent just as long dismissing her excited chatter. It seemed to me that LCHF involved a ‘diet’ that was unhealthy and unsustainable. I’d given up on diets…until I saw Yvonne’s before and after photos. When I won a new job at a prestigious school, I felt affirmed and was finally in the right headspace to give banting a go.

On December the 11th, days after my appointment, I bought The Real Meal Revolution, joined LowCarb World and started eating nothing but green listed foods. Naturally, I received a lot of dismissive comments about the wisdom, or lack thereof, of starting before Christmas. I survived work shows, family Christmas and New Year’s parties and countless lunches, dinners and breakfasts during my holidays, all while sticking religiously to the green list. My only indiscretions have been about 6 glasses of wine, including a sparkling white which I found so sweet I could barely drink. Despite having previously been a big social drinker, I’ve not missed alcohol. I’m quite happy to stick to soda water, water or black coffee.

 

 

 

Probably the hardest issue I’ve had is that I’m such a social being. Going out to dinner at a café is generally not too bad…I omit rice, pasta and potatoes and am no longer too scared to tailor the menu to suit my needs. Friends, however, try to provide ‘healthy options’ despite me being upfront about my new way of eating. They offer alternatives, however, such as fruit salads and sugar-free desserts which I just continue to refuse. I’ve overcome the problem by taking keto seed crackers and cheese with me to dinners and announce that, rather than eat dessert, I’d prefer to nibble on a cheese platter after dinner. No-one ever watches to see how much I eat, as they’re all too busy raving about the crackers instead!

 

What of the benefits of my new way of eating? Where do I start…there seem to be so many!? Firstly, the added energy having lost my first 22kg. I can now dance, walk and move without being immediately out of breath and beetroot faced. It’s been a joy to find I can fit into clothes that are several sizes smaller. The absolute winner though…my GP has been astonished by my weight loss and the incredible results of my blood tests, prompting him to phone me after hours to tell me my liver function was ‘perfect’, thyroid ‘perfect’, sugars ’perfect’ and cholesterol…you guessed it…’perfect’. I am no longer on cholesterol medication and my next goal is to kick the blood pressure medication too.

I have about another 14 kg until I reach my goal. It suddenly seems achievable, thanks to this wonderful way of eating and supportive group.

Don’t procrastinate. Just do it!!

Jo

Now Ready for a Night Out

I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few years ago. After some very difficult times, several medication changes and retiring from my 21-year childcare position ( I just didn’t have the energy), I was desperate.
Acid reflux was changing my voice, erosive gastritis and IBS were ruling my life, as was the RA. I began to research anti-inflammatory diets on the net. LCHF came up.

That night, I went out to my (very belated) retirement dinner and complimented a friend on her glow and weight loss. I’m so grateful to her. She joined me up with LowCarb World, I bought RMR to read and away I went. Within six months I had lost 20kg. At almost twelve months, I’m 22kg down. I don’t know if I’m at goal, I’ll let my body decide. This is a way of life for me, NOT a diet. Many of the people I love most have joined me along the way, with great success.

Best of all, the RA is much better, I have more energy and I sleep well. Acid reflux, erosive gastritis and IBS are problems of the past.
LCHF has been the easiest lifestyle choice I’ve made. I’ve kept it simple, virtually no faux foods, except the occasional seed crackers (from RMR).

I’ve chosen as best I can when eating out. Avocado, homemade mayo and olive oil/lemon are handbag staples. I can’t say I’ve ‘never’ eaten anything that’s not green list but if I have, straight back to this way of eating at the next meal.
The hardest thing for me? I haven’t found much hard about it. Keep your fats high, vary your protein and your vegetables each day. Stick to a cup of green list veg per meal, eat fat/protein first. I don’t track but have been known to look things up from time to time. When I’ve had a craving, mostly I’ve eaten cheese and butter. I still eat Lindt 85% dark chocolate sometimes.
If you’re out there ‘waiting in the wings’, jump in, the water’s fine!
Happy Banting all!
Vicki Randell.

Best Thing For MY Body

steph sideI found LowCarb world via a friend who recommended the group and said it was the only group I needed to be in. She was right!

The info is the best and the most thorough out of any other groups, and I love how ‘strict’ the admins and mods are with no faux foods and staying on topic and following the rules. It leaves out confusion and makes the LCHF/Keto way of eating easy and simple.

The hardest thing about Keto was the initial Keto flu and withdrawing from carbs and sugar.. but this then led on to making this journey easy, because I realised just how bad for me these things are. The clear mind with no brain fog and energy from eating this way is what makes this such an easy lifestyle change.

I went from needing 5-6 coffees a day to stay awake and function in my job as a nurse, to only needing/wanting one in the morning, and actually enjoying it instead of just having it for ‘energy’.steph brain

Obviously feeling amazing isn’t the only benefit of LCHF/Keto, the weight loss and non-scale victories are the real winning stats – I’ve lost 12kg and over 49.5cm just from eating to fuel my body. I haven’t been able to exercise due to a back injury… so this is all from diet change alone! Absolutely amazing, and the best thing I ever did for my body, my health and my family – is Keto!

The best thing I implemented to keep me accountable, was a weightloss “peg board” and also the monthly body shots because we know the NSVs are more important than kgs lost!stephs board

I also made a dedicated Instagram to keep me accountable and asked all my family and friends to follow, and since then I’ve found many amazing Keto-ers and we all keep each other accountable and inspired!

Love this way of eating and life.

Stephanie

Heart Attack

In April 2012 I suffered a heart attack.

It was – luckily – a minor one, and I arrived at the hospital in time for a blockage removal via Iv medications and then more medications. After the heart attack, I was put on the drug-cocktail the Norwegian health administration is forcing every heart patient with; statins, blood pressure meds and blood thinning meds.

The medications made me feel awful.  My muscles were aching, my brain in a constant fog and lacking energy – I felt like I was on the edge of dying.
Late 2013 I decided to go back to eating low carb – I had back in 2008 tried it for more than 6 months and knew the science behind it and the health benefits it promoted. I did not tell my doctor, I just started.  After 5 months on it, I went to see a doctor who took a full blood lipid profile as well as other extensive blood samples. All results came back great and he advised me to reduce the statin dose to half and to quit the blood pressure medications and re-test after 3 months. So I did, and after 3 more months on low carb, I could toss the statins away as well!  I went full scale ketogenic after that and I never regretted it.

Still living on keto and all my blood tests are excellent and being at goal weight is a big positive! Actually, I never feel like I am missing out on anything!
I found Low Carb World thorough recommendation in a Norwegian LC group.
Best regards
Lise Kristin

Life Saving

IMG_20180122_182822At the end of January 2017 I went for my regular Type.2. Diabetes check up. I mentioned to my GP that I couldn’t remember the last time I had urinated & was feeling very unwell.

She wrote out the forms for multiple tests & urged me to get it done the next day.

A few short days later I went back to discover that I was actually in dual kidney failure, my blood sugar was astronomical & I was in ketoacidosis. It was quickly discovered that I was so insulin resistant that I didn’t even respond to injected insulin which ruled me out of being put on the transplant list.

My GP, endocrinologist & nephrologist suggested that I might as well try a low carb/ high-fat diet as I’d probably be dead in about 6 weeks if nothing changed.

The plan they gave me was enough for me to quickly see a change in my sugar levels, but not enough to save my life. I started doing my own research & found that my carbs were still well above Ketogenic levels, so I went looking for more info about being under 20g net.

The group that is now Low Carb World was suggesting to me by Facebook (thanks to their stalking technology. It actually came in useful!!) & at the 6-week mark my doctors were happily surprised to see me alive, healing & out of immediate danger.

As the months went by I became healthier & stronger. I went from being a 40 something couch potato to a regular runner. I’m on minimal medication & feel fantastic…especially knowing that I’m ensuring that I’m around to care for my disabled child for as long as possible.

To be honest, I didn’t find the change in lifestyle hard. My previous one nearly killed me, so all I did was decide that my life was worth more than processed rubbish. I’ve never felt the urge to “cheat”, or felt like I’ve missed out on anything.

I’ve lost 44kg & gone from a Size 20-22 to a Size 8-10. I still carry extra weight around my middle due to insulin issues…& will probably never be bikini ready, but I’m still here over a year past my “expiry” date & that’s all that really matters to me.

Caryl Stotter (aka Caryl Rialla on FB)

Japanese style Omelette

Super tasty, super easy, rolled Japanese style Omelette. I love Japanese food and whilst rice is a large part of their intake they have many delicious and simple foods that are not carb loaded.

This omelette is rolled in the pan, I’m not sure why but it makes it so much more delicious than your usual flat and folded omelette.

I use a basic recipe and leave out the mirin, you can add a pinch of xylitol/erythritol to get the traditional sweet hint in it but because I use Coconut Amino’s I don’t bother. Coconut amino’s are very sweet anyway so just a few drops do the trick. I use a fish or chicken stock, I actually prefer it made with the fish stock, but you can play around and use what suits your taste.

Watch this Japanese chef whip up lots at once!

Recipe

4 whisked eggs

2 sliced spring onions

50 ml stock (needs to be cooled)

1 Tbsp oil

  1. In a frying pan or Tamagoyaki pan on a medium heat, add oil and fry spring onion.
  2. Add stock to eggs and whisk briefly.
  3. Add a thin layer of whisked eggs and swirl to cover onions and base of pan.
  4. Once the bottom is cooked and while the top is still wet roll up to one side of the pan.
  5. Add another thin layer of again and repeat the process until all egg is used and rolled up
  6. Remove from pan and let cool
  7. Slice horizontally and add some Tamari or Coconut amino’s to taste. These slices are great for lunch boxes too, try adding different fillings Enjoy!

Carbs 2g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 33g