LCHF 1 Month Update

I’m a week late, but here’s an update after one month of low-carb high-fat ketogenic eating. I’m down 13 pounds and have more energy than I’ve had in ages. All of my tummy problems are gone, but that may be because I’m eating 100% whole foods and that eliminated all traces of soy from my diet. I’m sleeping better, and I don’t feel like I’m sluggish and dragging myself to my first cup of coffee in the morning.

I’m officially not vegetarian. While there are vegetarians who eat LCHF they seem to rely heavily on meat substitutes, nuts, beans, dairy, and eggs. That is not doable for me. I’m keeping carbs <20g per day and it’d be extremely difficult to get enough protein with those sources and avoiding soy. (I am not saying “average” vegetarians/vegans lack in protein. I’m saying with very low carbs it would be difficult to get protein at the level I want while eating a vegetarian diet.)

Food

I was vegetarian for 17+ years, many of those years strictly vegan. I loved being vegetarian, but my body didn’t. Before I was veg my weight was stable and low. Since.. well, it’s been a roller-coaster of ups and downs. Unfortunately it’s mostly been “ups”. I’ve gained about 60 pounds. I tried Nutrisystem for a year. I really enjoyed it, but I only lost 17 pounds and my options as a vegetarian were limited. I gained all that back and much more after “falling off the wagon” following the death of two of my dogs within 6 months of each other. Then I developed a soy intolerance. I can’t eat anything with soy without consequence.

I’ve decided to try something entirely new.

I know a few people who successfully eat a low-carb, high-fat diet. That is what I’m trying now. It’s such a total lifestyle change for me. Animal welfare was the main reason I was vegetarian. My¬†welfare is the reason I had to change. It is clear that a high-carb diet is not healthy for me. My health is not what it was 20 years ago and I can’t simply blame that on aging.

I started eating low-carb, high-fat May 30, 2015. As of Jun 4, 2015, I’ve lost over 7 pounds. Most of that is “water weight”, but I’m happy with that because water retention is a big problem I deal with. (My doctor prescribed compression stockings to help with fluid buildup in my feet and ankles.) Thing is… I’m not eating less calories than I was the week previous. (I chart with My Fitness Pal.) I’m just eating different food. I’m also feeling better.

Here’s some honesty: Eating this way is more satisfying. I don’t mean that it’s more delicious; I really love vegetarian food and think it’s delicious. LCHF (low-carb, high-fat) is more satisfying is that I don’t get that intense hunger in-between meals. It’s easy to feel full with less food. No sugar rush, no crash after.

I know it is possible to eat LCHF in a vegetarian way. It’s not for me. The protein sources that are vegetarian are mostly off-limits for me. Too much tummy troubles or too high in carbs. This is really hard for me. I have no clue how to cook meat. Well, that’s not entirely true. My adult life between 18 and 24 I did cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but beyond that I’m pretty clueless.

What about animal welfare? Well, I’m going to seek as many local sources as I can and avoid “factory farming” as much as possible. To be brutal about it, I’m the priority now. I need to spend more time worrying about myself. I spent 17 years of my life avoiding animal food products. This is not something that was an easy decision.

Other stuff:

  • My husband still eats mainly vegetarian, but he has added fish to his diet a few times a week. He is not eating LCHF.
  • I had no problems eating animal products after 17 years. I was scared. Vegetarian books/websites warned that I’d be sick because my body wouldn’t have enzymes to digest animal products. I believe that is propaganda that has little basis in truth. Sure, eating a new food may disagree with some people, but eating vegetarian long term does not automatically make you “meat intolerant.”

Well, that’s my ramble for now.

Apple Watch

The new love of my life is my 42mm Apple Watch Sport with white sport band. For me, it all comes down to freedom from my phone. I hate needing to carry my phone around my house. I don’t really mention it often online, but I’m disabled and in the past few years I’ve had some nasty falls. I needed to carry my phone on me in case I had a fall and needed to call for help. I even bought a “fanny pack” to wear so I could keep my phone on me. Hated that. Apple Watch solves this problem for me. (Phone calls on the Watch work similar to hand-off/continuity on iPad or Mac. Calls are routed through the phone using Bluetooth or WiFi. The Watch cannot make/answer calls when out of range of the iPhone.)

The other main reason I love my Apple Watch is the reminders to stand up and move. A traditional fitness tracker isn’t something I’d need, but the Apple Watch is perfect motivation for me. Without the little hourly reminders I can easily sit for hours at a time and crochet. I really need to be more active and the Watch helps.

Everything else is a bonus. It’s great to see message notifications right away instead of my not wanting to pull out my phone to look. Paying for things with Apple Pay instead of digging around in my purse saves time. It’s so easy to check the weather or breaking news headlines.

One more thing… I have had zero problems with my Apple Watch due to my tattoos. There have been many news stories about tattoos interfering with Apple Watch sensors and I have had none of those reported issues.

Love this car…

I don’t think this feeling will wear off any time soon.

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Punky

Punky - 2015 Honda Fit EX-L w/Navi

Punky – 2015 Honda Fit EX-L w/Navi

Finally did it. I bought a new car. I love it so much.

Brr

I gotta freeze, so I might as well try and find something positive about the cold. Look, pretty desktop wallpaper! (Frost on my kitchen window.)frosty

Lou

Lou

My very handsome man..

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