Archive for February, 2012

LCHF Update
February 25, 2012

Greetings,

Ok, so heres the deal.  Still holding onto excess weight? Yes.  Still stressed about it? Yes.. etc. BUT, two days ago, the penny dropped and I thought, to hell with it, Im going to go hard-core.  Even after one day I was so stoked!! and todays been day two.  Feel like I ate more today, but its probably because I didnt eat that much – its a day off for all today, including us chefs, so its been an eggy, cheesy day for me – oh, and I had a coconut oil and protein powder smoothie for breakfast..

So what did I change?  Coffee. I was inlove with mochas – a teaspoon of milo, decafe (or a half n half, or full strength) and milk, but, yesterday i tried a long black with a shot of cream in it, HEAVENLY!  I do love the bitterness of coffee.. Today though, Ive just come from an afternoon trip out and about, and dove straight in on a decaf… mocha!! Feel guilty? Not too bad.  Was it to die for? NO.. its classic me, to give in, however, i made it a longer extraction, which = less milk, see! 🙂 We all know milks got carbs in it..

But, I scored some chocolate this arvo, while I was out at one of the huts here (in Antarctica) for tomorrow – my carb day.  I plan to let loose and do what I need, but I also plan to go extreme low carb for as long as possible.  Im hoping to see ‘the change/s’ that i hear about, read about, see pictures of etc – in others! I want that to!!

I think Ive really come to realise, only recently, just how easy it is to eat ‘hidden carbs’, theyre everywhere!! So I think back to my paleo breakfast in Thailand – frozen berries defrosted over night, with cream and maybe some greek yoghurt – carbs!! Eeeeek!! I know berries are low GI but what IF I really am gonna notice a difference with NO carbs, or less than 50gm a day?! I mean, my doc suggested it ages ago, or that maybe it was what I needed.. hmmm well, we’ll see!  Im excited, I want results now, for sure, but Il wait it out and stay motivated – although motivation is definitely NOT lacking!!

On a random note.. I dreamt about a sort of ex last night, and right before I woke up we were hugging, and he whispered to me ‘I love you’…. dam!! thats a fine dream right there!!

🙂

SLEEP
February 25, 2012

Ok, so, Im happy now because – Im sleeping again!! Easily!! 95% of the time!! How? Why? When?  Well, it was about six months of trouble sleeping, and Im here in Antarctica, where it can be hard enough as it is (24hour sunlight) and I had a brainwave to call a hypnotist.  I found a couple on Google, the first two, no answer, then I got a dude in Adelaide.  What I didnt realise, was that it goes against the law, for a hypnotist, to treat someone over the phone, whom, theyve never met.  Which was me, with this guy – dam!  But, he gave me a couple of options, including buying the ‘Sleep Better Without Drugs’ programme by a Dr. Morawetz – so buy it I did.

Had to wait for a flight to come in, to deliver it, but, it came and it delivered.  Well, ok so Dr M studies sleep and has done for years.  He is a hypnotist also.  I ripped the package open and skim read the book that came with three cds.  I put the discs onto my ipod, and that night, i listened to the relaxation piece – theres only one of them on there, and its 20 minutes long.  So along side all his advice (dark room, get up if you cant sleep after half an hour of going to bed, dont drink too much before bed etc) and BANG! i was asleep.  Actually, I do recall using one of my herbal sleepers that night to, but after – nope, clean sailing all the way.  Dr M’s advice is to follow his programme for ‘4-6 weeks’, but after five nights, I wasnt even listening to the relaxation part!! I am so blown away!! And happy!

I believe my problem was adrenal / hormone related.  I really do.  And now, being able to be asleep by 10.30pm, Im ensured Im getting that important time for my adrenals to rest and recover.  I think we really, really underestimate stress – in all its forms and types.

Im pleased to say, Im NOT addicted to caffeine again and infact, with my current extreme low carb, im now on decaf long blacks, with a shot of cream in them – divine!! Do you know how many carbs are in a teaspoon of milo (enter, my much adored mochas – which Iv ditched also)!

Rock along, sleep well, and if in doubt – purchase ‘Sleep Better Without Drugs’ – its amazing!

Mags 🙂