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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!!

🙂

Low Carb in Antarctica
January 2, 2012

This is going to be a brief post – im in bed writing, iv had one of my herbal sleepers… so il fit in what i can, before i sleep.

speaking of sleep, god its something you miss when you cant get it easily! However, lately Ive had a good run, yay!! Im in a smaller room this season in Antarctica, with no window, and I think thats heavenly!  Theres only two out of four rooms occupied in my corridor, and we have a fire escape at the end of a short hall – which equals a door we can open, and a small balcony outside! Lets in mega sunlight, keeps the rooms cool and is generally just uber cool to hang out in!

So, I got a darker shade of red / brown this week on my ketone sticks – 3rd in line from the bottom.  THATS exciting! Perhaps the scariest part is, how easily it can come back down again, to show that there are indeed carbs hanging around in my body.  So, aim is to get it back into a darker color again AND to keep it there.

Whats the deal with being low carb / paleo in Antarctica?  Yes, all our food is frozen or tinned – there are some fresh food stuffs, but nothing to get too excited about because a) it doesnt last and b) its not organic either.  Im hot for frozen berries, which i defrost over night, for breakfast – and I add things like chia seeds, ground almonds and for fat / moisture cream (UHT though, and not organic) or greek yogurt.  The yogurt packets have only just made an appearance after resupply.

This year, the eggs are locally sourced and free ranged (local to Tassie that is), which im STOKED about!  How cool!  Lunches can be anything, meats, soup, green veges if theyre about, likewise with dinner.  I have loads of Quest protein bars and various protein powders – some whey and some vege – NOT soy, but ‘yellow pea’ – none of my protein powders have soy in them, yay!!

All our nuts have arrived – double YAY!  it was a long three weeks waiting for them to come up off the ice breaker.  We have them all – walnut, almonds, pistachio, brazil……… and seeds to.

And PLENTY of water!!!!! I have had up to 6 litres in one day, but try to have 4 per day.  Last couple of days, I havent had that much, so tomorrow is going to be about the drink!

Yeehaa!

LCHF
October 28, 2011

So, Im still in Thailand – gymming, relaxing and generally enjoying life.  skinny? not yet.  happy? mostly.  feel like LCHF isnt working? sometimes.  Find LCHF not so easy to do in asia? yes.  and so it goes on..

Im still not sleeping that well, even with the prescribed pregnenolone – I had high hopes from that stuff.  And as for the herbal sleepers from my chinese doctor in KL, bloody expensive but boy do they work!  Never ceases to amaze me!  But why am I not sleeping?  Coming back around in the circle – adrenals.  So this weekend, I pick up some more adrenal ‘medicine’ – tablets again (although I rate the cortex liquid i used last year) however, the pills contain some cortex so… and Im waiting on my second lot of hair analysis test results.  I thought that would strip me of weight really fast, but Im learning, for some of us out there, LCHF doesnt happen as fast as it does for others, and i think thats really unfair!   😦  But, a day at a time, the ups and the downs.  And life goes on.

I was going to stop dairy, but Iv just been shopping and bought more cream – frozen berries, lots of almonds and some cream, a good filling meal option.  And what is with the nut situation in SE Asia?  Its not easy to find plain, unsalted, unhoney-ed, unroasted, untoasted etc nuts – really ,its not!   But the baking section in a supermarket usually has something plain.

Thanks to my legend ‘Jimmy Moore’, i found a great website today ‘www.eatlikeaswede.com’ (and developed a certain crush on a certain man in that site, but i wont say more than that!) check it out though, its awesome.

So as my friends are all out of town (eeeek) i wont be enjoying my saturday night ribeye at my favourite restaurant here, ugh!  Got to hang in there until next weekend, when we reunite, and the night before I leave Thaiand – Antarctic bound.

until then, eggs, butter, cream… come on down (to my plate!)