Still having about 6-8 cups of tea it's my one aberration from Boot Camp - although in my defence it's weak tea (a blend of Darjeeling and Earl Grey). I'm trying to substitute some of the cups with rooibos, which I can drink without milk.
Definitely going to roast up my bag of shredded kale that's been sitting in the fridge as that seems to tick the box for magnesium, potassium AND iron.
Thanks Biwi , had not thought about bean sprouts . Good tip about eating before as well , I have made huge pot of soup so will have some before we go. Also will surreptisciously give dd some off my plate, which she won't say no to
Thanks for telling me about chantenay carrots. Will have to swap to buying baby carrots from now on. Do you know of any supermarketd that sell them or am i best just buying loose carrots and looking for pake skinny ones in there?
I don't think so, nappyaddict - it's more about general proportions. Just make sure that you are eating fat:protein:carbs. Re the carbs, I would suggest that you should be in the realms of 30-40g carbs per day, and no more.
Hi, I'm not on the boot camp threads but have a question so hope this is the right place.
I read Briffa's book and really enjoyed it. I've been realising over he past few months how completely reliant I am on refined carbs and how tired and ratty this is making me feel. So I started lower carbing last Thursday and other han a bit of a carb crash yesterday I think it's going well. However, my concern is that I am a healthy weight and really don't want to lose weight. I am guessing it's perfectly possible to eat Low carb in a 'maintenence' way so what do I have to be careful with. Increased protein? Or do I need to keep some extra carbs in my diet?
Hi IVcoffee - i think the point ot bootcamp is to crush your cravings for sweet stuff - make no mistake, sugar has a huge hold on us that is hard to break. It's like nicotine, it's an addiction. The 'carb crash' is exactly that - it's to try to force your body to give in and eat carbs (in any shape)
I would still recommend that you do 2 weeks bootcamp, because after that the sugar will no longer be relevant.
You are absolutely right, you can low carb in a maintenance way. The key thing is to keep your food in the following proportions: fat:protein:carbs
So in reality, this means cutting out all bread, sugar, pasta, rice and potatoes and adding into your diet butter, oil, cheese. If there's anything you are eating that is 'low fat' or 'light' or even worse, 'lite' (!), stop eating that immediately and look for the full fat version.
For now, I'd avoid all fruit as well. As captainmummy says, it's important when you first start to low carb to really break the hold that carbs have on us. And sugar is hugely, hugely addictive. So although you may be able to introduce some fruit later, I'd steer clear of it for the initial two weeks.
The first phase of Bootcamp is two weeks as this seems to be how long it takes not only to switch to fat-burning from carb-burning, but also to break the sugar addiction.
Oh, and nuts/seeds will be good for you to eat as well, seeing as you're not focussed on weight loss. (Just check the carb counts on the back of the packet, as some nuts can be surprisingly high in carbs)
Thanks for the answers. Okay, basic meal plan has been:
Breakfast: Greek yog with berries, coffee with splash full fat milk.
Lunch: omelette with cheese and spinach, salad. Or a chicken Caesar salad with cheese dressing.
Dinner: Bolognaise sauce with spring greens instead of pasta.
Snacks: (not felt the need for many) Cheese or few nuts.
How am I doing? For the first few days I felt great but yesterday was a bit shattered. Although I worked a night shift on Friday which may have has something to do with it! Should I ditch the berries for the first couple of weeks?
I was watching Supersize V Superskinny and they recommend that you only eat 20g of saturated fat per day which should be 10% of what you eat in a day. I know we are supposed to eat a high proportion of fat but BIWI would you agree that only 20g/10% should be saturated?