Bootcamp - the questions thread(799 Posts)
From experience of past Bootcamps, in the first few weeks the chat threads move really, really quickly and it's difficult sometimes to see/answer everything.
So this is a place to post any questions that you might have. Those of us who are old hands at low carbing will check this thread regularly and make sure that we answer you as soon as we can.
I have a question, Miss. How much cream is too much? I think I may be getting through a litre of double cream a week - is that a) shrug, see what happens, or b) greedy idiot territory?
Hi BIWI et al!
Q1. I'm making bolognese this afternoon, am I right in thinking that tinned tomatoes and tomato purée are acceptable but not ideal IYSWIM?
Q2. Are Herta frankfurters too processed for Bootcamp? (Just seen that they're owned by Nestle )
Are fine green beans on the allowed vegetable list? I can see french beans but not any other type. Thanks
Hi there weigh in done and about to have some total yog for breakfast.
I put this on the bootcamp light thread yesterday but I am looking for breakfast ideas that I can bring to work and eat at my desk . Think eggs might be a bit smelly . Any other suggestions ?
hi, I'm not on the spreadsheet or list any more, how do I get on it and enter my starting weight?
Another one who wants to know much cream is too much?
Also, what can you drink besides tea/water? I've been putting lemon juice (about 1 tsp) in my water.
Athel I'd go with option A, myself. Some people find that a lot of dairy (cheese, cream and to a lesser extent yoghurt, but not including butter) impedes their weightloss. The important thing at the moment is to make sure you're getting enough fat to keep you really satisfied, and that you're enjoying the food. So whilst I wouldn't go absolutely crazy and gulp it straight from the carton (unless it's a creamy emergency ), I'd see how you go with it.
Pseudo the carb content of tinned tomatoes varies enormously. Give me a bit of time and I'll post some. The ones I was looking at yesterday were 4.6% for Ciro (too high) and 3.6% for Waitrose own (still a bit high). I'm sure the ones I was using before were about 3.2% (better).
Ideally we want to stick to veg that are 3g of carbohydrate per 100g.
What's the carb content of the frankfurters? Processed food like that is to be kept to a minimum as this is intended to be a clean way of eating. Ok occasionally though. And yuck to Nestle!
therin Ocado lists their fine green beans as 3.2% carbs which is just above the 3% limit. So ok in moderation but not in vast quantities.
Morgan I'm not much of a breakfast person so hopefully people will come along with more suggestions, but how about some cheese and olives/ cherry tomatoes (check the carb content on the packet), a slice of cold tortilla (not made with potatoes, obviously!), or mashed avocado?
UhhOhh have you followed the link from the end of the Soft Warmup thread that takes you to the weight tracker? Willie the spreadsheet wizard will be along later if you can't just add yourself to the bottom of the spreadsheet.
Cbee hopefully the above answered your cream question. Lemon juice is surprisingly carby so don't add too much, but a teaspoon here and there is fine. There's a drink PLJ that's lemon juice based. It has 7.5% carbs (and sulphites in) but you're only using a little.
Herbal teas are fine but I'm not sure of the fruit teas - check that they aren't sweetened or have artificial stuff in. People last bootcamp were swearing by putting cucumber and lemons (or something similar) in water. Maybe someone can tell you about that.
Morgan - how about smoked salmon or ham rolls (spread with f/f cream cheese and roll up..)
Or buying individual tubs of Total.
Re. using tomatoes, I'd say it depends - if you're using one can in a meal that is to serve four people, then that's not too bad. I do a bit of a mental check - if I'm not having much else in the way of carbs/veg in that meal then I'd think that was fine, although in general I'd try to find recipes that use a bit of puree instead.
Herta sausages are very low carb, but I agree they are very processed and it's good to try to keep things like that to a minimum.
Can I please ask what the carb threshold for foods is? Is it 3g per 100g ? Thanks
Sainsbury's Basics chopped tomatoes in cartons are the lowest in carbs that I have found
Think I have 'carb withdrawal flu'.
Any tips to make it easier/relieve it a little? Does drinking more/eating certain things (like more salt/potassium etc) help?
At least it's a sign something's going on in there!
Re carbs per 100g - anything under 4g is what I look for, but obviously it depends on the food itself and the situation - for example, last week at the office I wanted something hot to eat - was sick of salads! I found a tin of chicken tikka massala at Sainsbury that was 6.6g for half the tin.
I never thought I'd buy tinned curry but it was actually surprisingly nice, and really hit the spot.
Now, on Bootcamp, that wouldn't have been such a great choice, as we're trying to get our carbs mainly from veg/salad, but it was all about what was available at the time.
thank you - off to Sainsbury's to stock up !!
Marking my place. No questions but learning so much by reading.
Thank you, I'll do that now. And put my name on the spreadsheet. Weighed myself this morning, heaviest I've ever been, even post baby
Also, what can I have with total yogurt in the morning to make it a bit more err palatable? I take it honey is out?
Would it be a real PITA for you to link the main Bootcamp thread here? Or at least tell me where to go looking for it please?
Actually, scratch that - I've just found it via BIWI's profile. [dim]
With tinned tomatoes I use half the amount and supplement with stock.
Are avocados ok? I have looked them up but keep finding different carb totals?
UhhOhh honey is definitely out! I have it with a dash of cream and a good grating of vanilla - that grinder is expensive but lasts ages. You could use sugar-free vanilla essence. Once I'm in bootcamp light I have it with berries (frozen, that I've cooked down to puree) and flaxseed (which makes the yoghurt thicken to the texture of icecream).
Stairs avocadoes are fine afaik.
OK, real question:
Should I be doing this while I'm still breastfeeding, even if it's not very often in a day? Usually just before sleeping, so maybe 2-3x a day and 1x in the night, and then first thing in the morning? (that actually still sounds like quite a lot, doesn't it )
Thanks, Crabby, and I cheerfully admit to eating the solid bits with a spoon before pouring more into my coffee in the morning. And then on my dinner... will see what happens.
Tinned Tomatoes carb count:
Waitrose Essential chopped tomatoes 3.57% (£2 for a 4pack)
Cirio 4.7% (usually £4, currently £2 for a 4pack)
Napolina 3.5% (£4.70 for 4pack!)
Sainsbury's own 3% (£2 for 4pack)
Athel I sometimes eat clotted cream straight from the pot or with a little grating of vanilla on it!
Thumb that'll be absolutely fine afaik. There were several bootcampers last time who were breastfeeding; I'm sure they'll be along to share their wisdom.
Re vanilla, Waitrose sell ndali vanilla extract which is alcohol-free, and which I use with my yoghurt. There's also a vanilla powder which is quite nice.
And yes, Thumbwitch, there's no reason why you can't do this whilst you're breast-feeding. Just make sure you're not letting yourself get hungry
Ooh, I have an actual question!
Are we "okay" on any veggies under 3% carbs, or should we for some reason only stick to those listed?
If you're suffering from carb withdrawal:
- drink plenty of water
- eat plenty of fat
- make sure you're eating plenty of salt - cook with it/add it to your food
- you also need magnesium and potassium; spinach, avocado, salmon and natural yoghurt are all good sources of these
Don't suffer - if you have a headache, take paracetamol (not ibuprofen, as that is implicated in impeding weight loss)
It should pass within a couple of days
It is hard (for me anyway!!) to make sure all the questions have been answered (and we are only a few hours into it!!) so can I suggest if anyone feels their question hasn't been answered, that they ask again No one will mind - honest!!
1. I think this is the main new bootcamp thread www.mumsnet.com/Talk/low_carb_bootcamp/1965309-Week-1-New-Year-2014-Low-Carb-Bootcamp-And-Were-Off?
2. I see no reason to eat this way which in my view is a healthy way everyone should eat just because you are breastfeeding. Just make sure you drink loads of water (i speak as someone who breastfed twins which is a lot of milk to produce) and eat to satisfy your appetite but with the foods allowed here which is basically all natural good foods which are not high carb. It is what mankind ate for about 1m years when many many babies were born and successfully breastfed.
I am sure Laura meant 'I can see not reason not to eat this way...'
Thumb - put the chocolate down and stop looking for excuses not to do it
or even 'I can see no reason not to eat this way'
FGS this lack of latte is not good for my few remaining brain cells.
It's ok, I got what Laura meant
I've had my last chocolate tonight. Tomorrow I will start. I will be Good. Of course, it will still be 13/1 for you lot when I wake up, so I've left my start date the same as all of you
Night Thumb see you 'in the morning' I'm just off to work, I'd rather stay here and chat
Sorry, I should have read it before I posted it. I was just trying to say fine to eat this way and breastfeed, indeed even better than eating the usual junk most people eat.
Anyone know how you bookmark threads so it takes you back to where you left off reading ??
and..... can anyone link the recripe thread on here somewhere.. Can't find sorry
Thought as much Ok I've got some vanilla, will try that tomorrow, thanks!
Ahh but I don't eat that much junk; just too much chocolate.
Most of this should be, technically, pretty easy for me in that we already cook everything from scratch anyway and do the whole food thing; but cutting out carbs is going to be "interesting" for me, so I'm looking forward to seeing how I get on!
Need to check tomorrow whether or not I can still have swedes and sweet potatoes, as I make mash from those already - does the celeriac make you a touch windy, or not?
mrshughjarse the recipe thread
and if you hover your mouse to the bottom right of a post a 'bookmark' button should appear. if it doesn't i think you might need to adjust your settings in 'customise'
thumbwitch, swede ok, sweet potato not (sorry)
celeriac does make me windy, but apparently i'm unusual in that respect
I can't eat dairy - I am looking at the carb content of soy milk/coco milk etc does the same carb threshold rule apply per 100ml as it does to 100g? Thanks
I started bootcamp on Wednesday, and since Friday, I've had a noticeable metallic taste in my mouth which I'm beginning to suspect is linked to such low-carb WOE.
Or have I got this wrong?
Ok. Here's my ?
I have been low carbing since the beginning of July and am thrilled to have lost over 3 stone since then. In the last 6 weeks or so my weight loss has stalled / slowed to a snail's pace although I definitely have more to lose yet - at least another stone and a half. Since the end of September I have also been doing the couch25k prgramme and have now completed it and am running 3 times a week. Is the lack of weight loss because I'm closer to target / the running (fat into muscle she thinks hopefully)? Or just one of those things. All opinions and suggestions very welcome... TIA
Oh and thanks again BIWI and Willie for all your amazing input.
attack - yes that's right, and you might want to check the actual quantity you usually consume too. dairy-free is not a huge disadvantage on this WOE, though it can be more difficult to get enough fat
sansucre (very appropriate name) - yes, that could well be your body switching to ketosis. make sure you're drinking enough water and getting the right electrolytes
I thought that might be the case
I'm drinking 2-2.5 litres of water per day. (Like I do every day in fact.)
I'm not doing this to lose weight, it's more to break my addiction to sugar and chocolate. I actually have very little weight to lose. (Yes, I know I'm lucky!)
Good luck to everyone.
no need to justify your choice sansucre, we're all doing this for our own reasons, all equally valid - hopefully you'll soon be seeing the non-scale-related benefits to this WOE (skin, hair, energy etc)
the metallic taste is a good sign in a way, though not pleasant i know, and it should settle down
queenqueenie - fantastic progress
the slowdown in weight loss could be the running, though i would have expected that the 'shock' to the body of a new exercise had died down by now, but we're all different
weight loss definitely as you know slows down closer to target too. <trying not to be rude> are you absolutely sure your target is realistic? as in, you're not trying to see a particular number on the scale (which your body isn't that bothered about), but actually you're at a good weight for your frame and body type?
it could also be hormones, the time of year, natural fluctuation in rates of weight loss (could be due a whoosh)...
but there could also possibly be tweaks made to your diet, e.g. carb creep where you sort of start increasing carb intake without quite realising - could you list out what you've been eating over the last few days?
Can I also check that any veg with less than 3gr of carbs per 100gr is fine, even if it does not feature on the list? Thanks!
I'm on day 3, and, so far, am 1. impressed (down 3lbs!) and 2. stuffed and 3. craving sugar. Sugar. Bags of it. Please.
Is there ANYTHING sweet I can have, or, do I just have to drink even more water and eat an egg?
What do you lot do when you have a craving? (mind you, I've not succumbed, and that, in itself, is peculiar)
I would like to ask about the coconut oil that you are all (some of you anyway) are adding to coffee.
I make my own moisturisers, shower gel etc and use coconut oil in a lot of these so I have about 1 kg of the stuff lying around. I wondered if the oil I use in cosmetics is the same as the stuff you are using?
The stuff I have is a solid white/opaque block that melts readily on skin contact. I think you can also get more processed (can't remember the real word!!) coconut oil which is an actual oil rather than solid. Which is the type you use in coffee?
Sayra is your coconut oil "virgin"? The stuff you're supposed to use for eating should preferably be virgin/unprocessed/mechanically extracted. It's solid in room temperature yeah, and white/opaque, except during the hottest summer - unless of course it's really hot in your house.
I will check with the website I get it from. If it is and people are using a lot of it then it might be more cost effective for them to buy it in bulk, I think it costs me about £5 per kilo.
I'll check if its virgin etc and post the link if it is.
I looked and I don't think it is, it says "refined" so I assume that its no good then.
Ta for the reply Willie. I fear you may be onto something with the carb creep. I think coffee is my achilles heel... i often have 2 / 3 single shot espressos a day, with some hot milk, but on the other hand I've been doing that all along.
Today I have had:
B. 2 fried eggs and mushrooms with a few cherry tomatoes
L. celery sticks, philly cheese and 7 brazil nuts
D. Steak (with lots of lovely fat) and a big salad (leaves, a whole avocado, cucumber, half a shallot, a handful of feta and oily dressing)
S. a square of 90% choc
2 coffees (as above), 3.5 litres of water
B. Total yoghurt, handful raspberries, slug of double cream
L. Big salad with mozzarella, avocado, leaves, cherry toms, basil. Parma ham on the side
D. Chargrilled squid with olive oil, chilli dressing. Big green salad, oily dressing
S. handful almonds, 2 squares 90% choc.
2 coffees, 3.5 litres water
Queen - what does your body look like, as opposed to what the scales say?
If you're running regularly you will be developing more muscle, which weighs more than fat. Willie could be very right when she says it's not about the number on the scales. If you strip off and look at yourself, are you really sure that you have that much to lose?
And, I think there is possibly a case for cutting back on the carbs a bit, (you're eating fruit, nuts and chocolate - could be a bit much?) or having a look at your portion sizes. Have you also considered cutting out/down on dairy?
gussiegrips - STEP AWAY FROM THE SWEET STUFF! This is the addiction trying to lure you back in.
gussiegrips - STEP AWAY FROM THE SWEET STUFF! This is the addiction trying to lure you back in.
gussie whenever I've had a craving (which hasn't been too often) I either eat something buttery - the salty buttery-ness seem to help, drink a hot drink/warm water, go to bed (depending on the time! , go for a walk/shower/anything to distract me or have a spoonful of yoghurt.
I also just try to remind myself that I have spent my life eating the things I crave and where has it got me? Its got me fat! and now is the time to do something about it by not giving in!
Shit! I've only gone and bought 2.5kg of non virgin coconut oil. Does it matter? Got a fab deal off ebay. It's the KTC jar. Please tell me this is ok!!
Aw thank god for that. Thought I'd got the wrong stuff with them saying up thread about refined n virgin.
Hey if anyone wants some 6x 500g tubs for £15.99 free p&p off eBay
Thanks to everyone who suggested breakfasts - have smoked salmon with mascarpone and olives tomorrow - not sure if I will fancy the olives for breakfast although I used to have them with Arabic breakfast when in the Middle East . Will create a type of Arabic breakfast with grilled halloumi , olives , mascarpone and toms and cuc - will just be missing houmous and of course pitta bread .
BIWI - two stick hits in a row has done the trick...thank you!
Sayra - excellent points, stolen and adopted.
I ate a packet of Sainsbos marinaded olives (0.3) which is satisfying as they come in tiny packets that you tear open like a packet of sweets. Though, that's where the similarity ends, seeing as how the packet contains olives. Nice olives, mind.
Then I ate 4 big spoons of total with a dribble of double cream and a wee sprinkle of cinnamon.
Then I drank a litre of fizzy water with slices of lemon.
I still want sugar, but, I'm stuffed. <burp>
This is going to be my technique of choice for avoiding sugar.
That, and visualising me being able to go into a shop and buy some clothes. Like, any shop. Any clothes. Imagine!
ElBombero and Sayra yea the refined coconut oil isn't in anyway carby or unsuitable in that way.
The reason why I said about the virgin thing is that it won't have been through the bleaching and deodorising processes, and so won't have the same potential for contaminants and trans-fats as the refined kind can have. (But their qualities and amount and type of processing varies a lot as far as I know, so they won't all be as "badly" processed".)
What Mark says
(I wish this site had the option to edit posts!)
Could anyone tell me what the deal is with coconut milk please?
Good? Or not?
Bewitched - check the label. It's fine in principle but try to find the lowest carbs per 100g/ml and make sure you know how many grams of carbs that will translate to in a portion of whatever if is you're making
Coconut cream (NOT creamed coconut) is often lower carb and you can use that and thin with water as a substitute for coconut milk too
I've got a question about total yoghurt (or just Greek yoghurt in general). Does it get thicker over time? I know that sounds random but I have a tub in my fridge that is almost at its use by date (it rarely lasts that long!) It looks, smells and tastes absolutely fine, but it is sooooooooo thick! Much more so than normal. Do you think it would be ok to eat
the whole tub today ?
i reckon it's like cheese, tea - it'll last as long as you like depending on whether you like the riper flavour!
i don't know about the thickness though...
Not sure about the thickness, but I agree with Willie - yoghurt lasts a long time. Total is pretty thick anyway, which is what makes it so yummy!
Having total for me brek once my DC are sorted, enjoying looking forward to it!
Anyone know the Pizza Express menu?
Family night out on Saturday, cinema then nosh, just need to thick about this
here you go pistey
i think i've had the pollo pancetta salad, and the niçoise and chicken caesar would be ok too with a couple of tweaks. there are some carbier things there (sweet peppers, onions, tomatoes etc) but i think that a small amount of those things every now and then is fine and adds a bit of variety as long as you stick to much lower carb things for your other meals that day, and you might want to ask them to serve the dressing separately if you're worried that it's sugary (you can ask for olive oil instead). ask for them to leave off any croutons/breadsticks that come too (or give them to someone else)
Oh good, thanks Willie
Can I just ask about tomatoes please?
I usually have loads, but am avoiding them because they're over 3 per 100g, are a few ok?
And tinned tomatoes, I was in aldi and I think they were 3.1g, are they ok?
And passata, I forget what it was but it was 2. something, so lower than tinned tomatoes, and it is only sieved tomatoes, so is that ok?
Ooooo and coconut milk, I've never used it before, haven't a clue what to do with it even, but I saw some so bought it simply because it was lower than 3g carb per 100g, is that right? And if I can think of what to do with it am I alright to use it?
Excellent news re: the Total, thanks! I've had some, it's bloody delicious but almost slice-able . Much sweeter than normal as well, imo...
Mlig, I think passata is a better bet, carb wise. It's what I try to use as we are big fans of non-spag spag bol in this house!
Oh Willie love, huge thanks, that will be me sorted.
I dread going out for meals when on low carb, so much better to be able to plan.
Mlig I eat lots of tomatoes and haven't found it be a problem... The little cherry/pomodorino type ones are 3.2%, which I think are fine. Re: tinned ones, I posted the carb counts of some common ones upthread. BIWI said that under 4g per 100g is fine, so just check your labels.
If the passata is 2% then that's fine. Check, though, because all the passatas I've looked at have been more carby that plain tinned toms.
Coconut milk I thought was quite carby, but if you've found a low carb one then try making a thai curry. Yum! You could have it with cauliflower rice.
mlig - tomatoes do vary in carb counts for some reason. i use passata as it's usually lower in carbs, but check the label, and don;'t eat at every meal!
coconut milk - so long as it's under 3g/100 is fine. I use it in soups or splash a bit in yog, or even in stews. An of course for curries!
Tea - I think yog gets thicker too (not that it gets time to in my fridge)
Whoever asked about water - I use a 1lt jug and pop any orange peel or lemon peel in it to 'infuse' The dc eat 1-2 oranges/clems a day and I use the peel - it makes the water orangey, but not sweet. (After that I then use the dried peel as fire-lighters! Thrifty, me) Or try cucumber or celery.
Dammit Milg I got all excited at the thought of a thai curry then, especially as I looked up the coconut milks and they aren't too bad. This is the green curry paste we used to use, though, and it's a shocking 21.9% carbs.
there's also a lovely slow-cooked pork in coconut milk recipe on the recipe thread
coconut milk does have a certain amount of carbs, but IME i think it averages out at not too much per portion so i do have it every so often, though actually i'm more likely to use coconut cream as i said as it's lower carb and you just thin it with water as needed
e.g. for blue dragon brand:
coconut cream is 1.8g carbs per 100ml
coconut milk is 3.4g per 100ml
i would substitute one carton coconut cream for one tin coconut milk and make up the difference with water/stock as appropriate
but beware creamed coconut is 22.1g carbs per 100g!
I make a thai red curry coup with the stock from a sunday chicken, some thai spices, coconut milk and some passata. Not authentic but just the job in winter! With a few strips of chicken and brocoli/leek/carrot, it is a main meal for several days.
crabby how much do you use though? would it be ok spread over a number of portions? obviously not for every day, but as a treat or on bootcamp light it might be ok?
or you could make your own which would have a small amount of carbs in but at least no added sugar (though you would have to be stingy with the soy sauce/fish sauce, which might make it a bit disappointing)
Good idea Willie, I might try making my own. I don't usually buy sauces and stuff, I make it all from scratch, but for some reason it had never occurred to me to make a Thai one myself. Thai fish sauce has sugar in it, I know that, but if I used tamari and anchovies that'd probably be similar.
i know what you mean crabby - if you're not cooking curries all the time the ingredients for the paste part can feel like an awful lot of outlay for just one meal
I wouldn't use a bought sauce for Indian curries - am happy to make them from scratch. The Thai spices must be much more exotic to me or something.
ha - i only have one indian curry in my repertoire! <unadventurous>
i should branch out, i expect most of the spices are the same just in different quantities
If I wanted to count my daily carbs, would I be counting total carbs or carb - fibre? Just out of interest to see how much I lose at what carb levels I've been LC for a while, but probably still having 60g a day until yesterday.
fourarms - if you are using something like MFP you will need to include a column for 'fibre' and subtract this from carbs. it's an american site, so they count carbs differently.
I have a question but am anticipating the answer. I am (was) very into baking, most of it for outside the home, eg children's groups, church events, meetings, etc (else I'd be even bigger).
I'll probably be doing bootcamp beyond 2 weeks so am going to encounter plenty of times I would have made something.
Should I bake anyway and show some backbone? Make low carb cakes in case I can't resist? Not bake at all for now as it's only for a while and is a temptation just asking me to fail?
Saturday is the first such time... don't know what to do for the best.
LittleMiss, I don't know the answer, only what I would do.
DON'T bake "low carb" stuff - it won't be low carb enough and you will justify eating it.
DON'T bake if you aren't 100% sure it will be packed up and out of the house that day.
If you can bake it, pack it and export it immediately you will be ok. But we are all going to get lows in the first few weeks. That's why I have no wine in the house, and dh has hidden all the kids' treats. I don't trust myself.
LittleMiss - I would happily makes cakes, I have never liked 'liking the bowl' <gag> or a tray of cupcakes as I'm not that fussed by them and you make 'a dozen', biscuits/tray bakes - where they are uncountable and bits 'just fall off' would be too much temptation
Try a cake this weekend - see how you go.
BUT should you be standing any more than absolutely necessary yet? It sounds to me like you could be overdoing things!
LittleMiss - I don;t like cakes or biscuits so I know I wouldn't be tempted, but if you think you might, it's prob best to find another hobby for a while!
(BTW there is no such thing as lowcarb baking, I don'tthink - flour/sugar/etc is in all cakes, surely? That said, thre is a lovely recipe for parmesan shortbread on the recipe thread. uses almonds IIRC)
Ooh, thank you for the replies! I've taken up card making with much enthusiasm because I can do it sitting down and it's inedible. Definitely agree with that thinking.
captainmummy I think I'm right in saying that you can use almond flour/ coconut flour instead and also <whispers> crystalline/ powdered sweetener. But I am not planning to do this for my consumption
not yet anyway . I completely agree Maryz that by doing so I'm probably providing myself with an excuse to eat some! - thank you for calling me on that.
I like the get it out the house the same day and the make something with a discrete quantity so there are no little leftovers. Brightly coloured cupcakes I think.
ChippingIn how do you know I have that too-fast-too-soon tendency but I do have a kitchen perch, a good food mixer, and I can ice sitting down. Honest.... But seriously, that might come into it. I have done really well this time, been disciplined about how much I'm doing, and not planned too much. Which meant that when I felt awful today I could lie on the sofa and listen to Radio 3 and relax. It would be the only plan I really have for Saturday, so I am doing things right this time.
card making excellent
both inedible, plus you need clean hands
My views are that any baking is better avoided as it is usually not great for your health, any of those foods even if someone comes up with some kind of fake pretend it's sugar and carbs receipe or paleo cookies or something. That will not help you change what and how you eat for life and will just prime the pump of need for sugar even if you use sugar substitutes. If you really have to supply cakes for things and on principle I just rarely ever would as that feels like to me giving people things which are bad for them, then you could buy them instead and then they would all be wrapped up and not tempted by them.
There is quite a lot on the radiantrecovery website which is about sugar addiction in the US on how to deal with parties and halloween and how to do festivals and school events without any cakes and sugar.
I need a drink I can have tonight whilst out. I'm off alcohol anyway, so I'm not bothered about temptation from that. I'm pretty sure the bar doesn't serve sparkling water, and as it's an occasion I don't want to drink tap water and look like a party pooper.
Can I have some advice please?
Surely any bar will serve sparkling water? Bottled sparkling water? If not I'd report them to the Of-whatever... what do they do for drivers who don't like jiuce?
If they really don't,then a slimline tonic with ice and slice looks like G&T !
This might be completely unrelated to LCing but I've been hearing/feeling my pulse in my ears a lot recently (only since I started this WOE).
Has it happened to anyone else?
Maybe get your blood pressure checked Sayra?
Could that have changed quickly? I've not had it checked recently but every time I have its been fine. No idea of the actual numbers though.
Its only been the last week, last night in bed is was very loud/irritating.
captain I've never seen it, I thought that they'd do San or something like that... Perhaps I've just never seen it.
I was thinking in a pinch; slim line tonic with ice and a slice. I know it's not great (additives) but better than diving face first into a bucket of wine.
Stairsinthenight I saw that avocado flesh is 1.9 on the veg carb counter which is at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
Stairsinthenight I saw that avocado flesh is 1.9 on the veg carb counter which is at the bottom of the spreadsheet.
Sorry folks I posted on the wrong thread twice!
But thank you Suzymoo! That means I can eat loads of avocados, right!?
Confirm my suspicion, please: chewing gum, even sugar free, is not a good idea, is it? Whenever I've had one I have felt really hungry afterwards! So, what do we do about ketone breath?! I am having lots of water but keep feeling very self conscious...
Stairs I am new to this too so wouldn't like to say -
Ooh another one asking about ketone breath! I'm on day 3 and feel a bit odd which I can manage fine except for the nasty metallic taste in my mouth and the horrid breath! Any suggestions anyone? Is there something I can eat / spray / anything to get rid of it? And will it last forever or just while I'm getting used to stuff? <panics at thought of this going on forever>
It won't last forever - drink lots of water! If it's really bad, sugar-free chewing gum can help or sugar-free mints (I know they have artificial sweeteners in them, but it's only a temporary thing)
My question is, do I tidy up the kitchen before I go to bed, or wait until the morning?
Pistey - I'm guessing I'm too late now... you should know the answer to that one though!!
Get someone else to do it tonight
LittleMiss - I believe you, thousands wouldn't. I'm keeping my beady eye on you!
SuzyMoo - I have at least one Avocado a day
And now of course I regret it!
Avocados are very good. I hate two very small ones that have been in the fridge for ages last night.
Can we drink peppermint tea? I find drinking it once a day has gotten rid of the strange breath (DP seems to agree...very enthusiastically!)
Peppermint tea id fine, great in fact as is any of the other herbal ir fruit teas, so long as they are unsweetened and black!
Sayra - I wouldn't have thought this WOE would cause blood-pounding-in-ears, but if it bothers you get it checked by a doctor. Blood pressure is the only thing i can think of that would cause pounding-in-ears...
Ziggie - what did you end up with last night?
Anyone tried turnip / swede chips in fryer?
No - because i don't have a fryer. I havent heard of anyone trying it - I do them in the oven, like oven chips. If you try it Bombero, let us know!
I did them in a LOT of Olive Oil el
They were very nice and went down well with everyone here
Needed a good pat down with kitchen paper though as they can get very oily.
filled the pan so it was 1/2 a chip thick then turned them occasionally.
captain I ended up with one glass of slimline tonic (ordered by friend before I got to the bar) and then switched out to soda water with ice and a slice. I wasn't overly sold on it, but I think it might be an acquired taste!
Stayed away from all snacks and the sugary twats proffering them to me, and left my purse at home when I dropped the babysitter back so I couldn't stop at a petrol station and bug sweets.
Can I have a gold star please?
<pins large gold star on to ziggie>
You could have had one if you'd tidied your kitchen last night, Pistey
A quick question for a complete newbie.
I do quite a few recipies that will include a tablespoon or two of flour (eg stews, white sauce etc...).
is that OK for a low carbs diet or is it already too much?
And would you have a good book/website that talks about it in more details too?
Lady unfortunately it is too much and not allowed on bootcamp (hopes BIWI will contradict me on this ). I have experimented with ways of thickening sauces and I admit that nothing quite does the trick like flour/cornflour/arrowroot. Depending on the recipe, for stews and gravies you can try using ground almonds or pureed butternut squash to thicken, or reduce the liquid down more to a jus consistency. For a white/cheese sauce I use cream and a variety of cheeses - mascarpone, mozzarella, cream cheese - to get the creamy consistency.
Once I'm on bootcamp light, I must admit I do use a teaspoon of cornflour in wine to thicken the Sunday roast gravy. <<cowers from BIWI's big stick>>
Talks about low carb in general, Lady, or cooking sauces specifically?
I am happy to be kept an eye on ChippingIn it keeps me accountable.
Really interesting thoughts on baking, thanks for adding yours Laura. I am a feeder, and looking at the way Gatorade's aunt is behaving on the other thread I can see myself in that. I have worked on it - not letting my self-esteem be caught up in people wanting to be fed, and not being rejected by that either, but genuinely offering something of myself, which people can have if they would like, and my sense of self remaining unaffected. I have to keep it in check though. And I guess giving people 'things I think are bad for them'... maybe when I have more experience I might come to thinking like that too. I think too much sometimes, that's for sure!
I have cupcakes planned for baking Saturday am and leaving the house early afternoon. If it's a disaster, I won't do it next time. It's probably in a few weeks that I will be in more danger - I've lost weight and am committed just now!
Does anyone have a really good cheese sauce recipe using egg instead of flour? I cheated today and had to use cornflour in milk, I was already halfway through the sauce and realised it was basically just liquid fat, and my DSs weren't going to eat it like that!
DIdn't think of using egg until after, but don't really know how I'd do it, so if anyone DOES, I'd be very grateful to know.
thumbwitch i don't use egg at all in cheese sauce so is that a requirement?
dollop full fat cream cheese (maybe 2tbsp?)
sploosh of double cream (maybe 75ml ish?)
large handful grated cheddar
mix together (will be quite stiff) and either melt gently in a saucepan until smooth, or spread on top of whatever it is you're cooking (e.g. steamed cauliflower for cauli cheese) and put in the oven/under the grill
the above would serve 1-2 people depending on appetite
apologies for lack of quantities - i would suggest experimenting to your own taste
Lady if you meant books about low carbing, I'll quote from (BIWI's?) recommendations from here
"Useful books on low-carb dieting:
Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution by Dr Atkins
Escape the Diet Trap by Dr John Briffa
The True You Diet by Dr John Briffa
The New High Protein Diet by Dr Charles Clark
The Harcombe Diet by Zoe Harcombe
The Idiot-Proof Diet by India Knight and Neris Thomas
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living by Stephen D. Phinney MD and Rd Jeff S. Volek
The Diet Delusion by Gary Taubes
Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It by Gary Taubes"
I've just read Escape the Diet Trap by Dr John Briffa and thought it was really good and informative.
No flour in sauces!
If I'm making cheese sauce I do what Willie does.
For things like gravy, most of the time I just use the meat juices as they are. Sometimes I boil them down a bit, to reduce them - but otherwise I don't thicken them.
There's a recipe for low carb gravy on the recipe side, from the IPD book. I've never made it myself, but if you're desperate for gravy it might hit the spot.
No, not a requirement, just a thought that it would be another way to thicken the sauce. I didn't have any other cream cheese than the Boursin and it melted down to liquid; if I'd let it cool/not heated it so much it would probably have thickened up again but I was caught out because I was halfway through cooking it when I realised!
Will get some philly or somesuch and try with that instead, thanks.
Thanks. Will have a look at all the books you mentioned.
And thanks for the advice re flour too. I am still trying to get my head around what I can do and can't and what my dcs/DH will be happy to eat. No wYi am going to make two meals
forgets that DH has to have some sort of carbs in his meal, preferably potatoes
ah gotcha - wasn't sure whether egg was essential there
with jus, you can also be terribly michel roux jr and reduce a lot then add a knob of butter, which emulsifies and while doesn't thicken it exactly sort of makes it glossy and professional-looking. and tasty obv
lady my dp eats carbs and i just make things that can have carbs added or removed as necessary, e.g.:
- for him pasta+sauce, for me veg+sauce
- for him stew+potatoes, for me stew+veg
- for him meat+veg+potatoes, for me meat+veg
- for him fish+salad+couscous, for me fish+salad
Quick question been using mascarpone which is 4g per 100g - is that a bit high ? Today bought Rachel's organic luxury creme fraiche which is 2.4g per 100g so should be ok?
both should be fine morgan, but maybe the first time you use them check your portion size so you know you're not accidentally consuming 20g carbs without realising!
That seems high to me for mascarpone, I thought it was normally about 2g/100g carbs?
Hi all. Couple of quick questions. I am doing ok but really struggling to break my no added sugar squash addiction. I am cutting down drastically and determined to kill it eventually - the fact that I am finding it harder to break my addiction to this versus wine that I love tells me it is v bad! But will it ruin my bootcamp having the odd glass?
Also, I have had diarrhea today. Am sure it is not carb related but when I have this, I usually turn to carbs to... Ahem... Thicken things up! The old BRAT diet! Any suggestions on what I could use instead?
Thermo -it's usually the opposite problem! Same remedy -lots of veg. Thing about artificial sweeteners is that sweet / sugar is addictive (as you are finding out!) And that hold on us needs to be broken. Give up if you can - and bear in mind that artificial sweeteners have been implicated in cancers, cellulite ... Our bodies don't need it, and it's BAD!!! :-)
I know! I have gone from being somewhat constipated and bowel movements akin to giving birth to this! Which is why I don't think it is the woe causing it!
Thanks for the advice!
So for tomorrow I have packed to take to work:-
B - cottage cheese ( longley farm one ) smoked salmon cuc and tomato
L- salad with calamari and avocado and lots of mayo and some chicken pieces too
Does that sound ok ??
Just having some yog with cinnamon - delicious
That sounds perfect - but please tell me it isn't low fat cottage cheese?
Hi all, I have a question or two. Is a splash of milk in tea/coffee definately out ? Cream isn't available in work and I don't like black tea/coffee.
Is shop bought coleslaw allowed ? Do I just need to check the carb content is below 3g per 100g ?
sylvana i do still have one cup of coffee with a splash of milk per day (very occasionally two). it hasn't seemed to be a problem for me, but it would be something i would look at if i needed to tweak anything
shop-bought coleslaw is ok if you check the carb content and portion size (but homemade is better )
Question from my DH, how many carbs should he be eating in a day whilst on bootcamp? Ive tried to explain that if he follows the rules he will be fine but he likes to have a number to work to!
pink get BIWI to brandish her big stick at him! The point is to leave behind the calorie counting/carb counting mentality with this WOE. I think there are some carb counters around who can probably tell you what the daily 'limit' should be for weight loss. I think it's around 60g of carbs per day, but I'm not sure of that.
I am new here and have been doing this with DH since last week. Its going really well, so thank you everyone!
But, DH is not sleeping very well at night. He is waking up a few times and doesn't feel like he's getting a good night's sleep.
Anyone have any ideas why? Or what he could do to help?
I have just discovered the Turkish yogurt from Lidl. It's lush!!
At 4.2g carbs per 100g is it too high? (I'm not trying to lose, just maintain and keep sugar levels even)
BIWI thank you . The cottage cheese is not low fat it is the normal one and I saw it and had a craving for it - it was never allowed on low fat diets as too fatty
Also had a packet of plain chicken pieces from M and S as was really hungry this am on waking - why would that be ? felt that I had a goo dinner last night plenty of chicken, bacon and mushroom casserole in a creamy cheesey sauce and mashed up swede with butter and crème fraiche and then yoghurt with cinnamon at 9 ?? Wasn't expecting to feel so hungry.
pinkbraces - you are of course right, but if he wants a figure then it's a bit tricky as everyone is different and some can tolerate higher levels of carbs than others. being a man he can probably, annoyingly, get away with more carbs, but maybe don't tell him that . i think generally anything below about 50-60g is probably ok (and considerably lower than the standard UK diet), some prefer to stay nearer the 20g mark, but really you have to find the level that works for you
seriouslion that's an unusual one because most people report better sleep. is he generally a good sleeper? he's not consuming more caffeine than before? is he eating enough, particularly fat (i.e. he's not getting hungry which is causing him to wake)? is he eating closer to bed time?
whoknows 4.2g is just about ok - just make sure you check your portion size
Morgan well it is normal to be hungry around breakfast time, but if you say you felt unusually so, i don't know... your body is still getting used to low carbing so it will probably do some funny things. maybe see if it happens again.
ooh, also Morgan, did you drink enough water yesterday? that hunger could have been thirst in disguise?
Hello Willie, hello everyone, just having a few mins catching up, need to read everything.
I didn't have to go to the loo in the night last night, I've just realised! Huzzah! Must be getting used to all this water
Huh, I made a mistaikz.
Baby sweetcorn - packet says 0.9g carbs on the back. Smashing! So, I polished off ten of the blighters in an evening.
So sweet, so crunchy, so happy!
Weighed myself this morning, no loss. I know I shouldn't be weighing myself every day - but, I'm losing a pound a day, and it's exciting!
Turns out that the 0.9g isn't per 100g. Nearly 50g per 100 in a yummy babysweetcorn. Bugger.
Add to that, I made some lovely cheese and white sauces, with, erm, flour.
I can see I'm on a learning curve.
Willie - a drank 2.5 litres plus ginger tea and x 2 normal tea so don't think I'm thirsty.
Just eating calamari and avocado salad - tis lush
Hello, is it a problem during bootcamp if you're a bit more of a grazer?
For instance, so far today I've had (along with lots of water):
a few spoons of greek yogurt
2 cups of coffee with double cream
some pork belly
a small slice of goats cheese
2 boiled eggs with butter and salt
I'm warming up to an avocado salad, and later on some chili sardines with buttery veg.
As an aside - I have ankles, for the first time ever
human - by the time you get into low carbing 'properly' you will find that you're not hungry, so grazing shouldn't be necessary.
And please make sure you do eat plenty of salad/veg - you haven't had any so far!
Thanks BIWI, I've had my avocado salad now!
Hi everyone, and thanks to all the low-carb experts for answering all our questions! Very good of you to take the time to help us out
Where are the rules ? I can't find them anywhere.
How much water should i be drinking per day?
Can you have unlimited quantities of allowed veg and fruit ?
I am invited to celebrate a friend's birthday at a Chinese restaurant. What can I have? I am worried about hidden sugar. Should I just go for a stir fry?
I found the rules on the 'soft approach bootcamp' thread. Think I will join up so see you all there ...
Dinner was chicken fajitas - chicken, red & orange peppers, mushrooms and onions with sour cream. Used tikka spices instead of fahjita spices as they contained sugar and little gem lettuce instead of wraps.
Is it OK to eat some higher carb veg if combined with lower carb to bring down the average?
Sylvana - no fruit in bootcamp
Kefybaby - I had a Chinese meal just after Christmas and didn't gain. I ordered stir fry veg for me and picked at other bits of the set menu that seemed appropriate.
Duck from duck pancakes, fried pork starter, beef & black bean sauce and prawn chop suey / chow mein (? The veg one). Felt less depriving than ordering my own meal while they all tucked in
If you're going for Chinese, always get the duck with pancakes, cucumber and spring onion although don't eat the pancakes (obviously) or the plum/hoisin sauce.
I'd also advise that you stay away from anything with a sauce, so no black bean etc as it will have a lot of sugar in it. Mushrooms stir fried with garlic and chinese greens or broccoli is a good choice too, as is stir-fried prawns with garlic
Chinese is surprisingly easy, it's Thai that's difficult to do.
Thanks a lot, FourArms and sansucre! Oh, how I wish I could have the (very sweet) hoisin sauce...
FourArms & Sansucre, I have just posted that very question about chinese food on the other thread (I should have looked here first!) Thanks for that advice
You see, better advice about Chinese nosh over here
Am underwhelmed by my liquorice and cinnamon tea. AIBU?
RatherBeOnThePiste - YABU to be merely underwhelmed at liquorice and cinnamon tea. I would be positively gagging.
I like Rooibos (Redbush) tea if I'm avoiding all milk as I find it much more akin to 'real' tea than fruit tea, but I can live with it without milk, unlike normal tea.
I don't thing eating high carb veg (eg red peppers) with low carb veg (green paper) cancels them out that would be like saying can I eat 3 mars bars if I also eat a lettuce leaf although a bit of higher carb veg once in a while is not going to get anyone off track.
Pistey, the lamb things sounds lovely though so good advice (on other thread). Don't think our chinese is that sophisticated though.
Hate liquorice, love cinnamon. I'm always v disappointed with fruit teas - always smell lovely and taste of nothing. I've never had milk in my tea anyway so got no advice on lovely tea's to try. Although I do love black jasmine and chinese teas if I fancy something different. Have you given them a go?
I just joined in 3 days ago and I have already lost 3lbs. I am committed to this bootcamp as my goal is to fit into a size 10 dress on my birthday in April. I am enjoying this as I feel like I have more knowledge than when I did it previously.
My question is I just received a book I ordered online which is the low carb revolution. However, some servings have 8g of carbs. I guess this is for when we are maintaining and not for the bootcamp period.
I like the recipes though because unlike the American ones, I understand the ingredients and the measurements.
Anew that book sounds interesting - let us know what nice recipies you use from it
Pistey - I have tried a few of the 'Tea Pig' ones, I don't think much of any of them. I do like Jasmin leaf tea (sprinkle the 'bits' into the hot water - rather than a 'bag'). I haven't had milk in tea for a lot of years now though, so I'm used to finding it a bit of a miserable experience and not a proper brew
Yes Chipping. I will share broadly once I get stuck in. At first glance, it looks 'realistic'.
Can't bear liquorice and don't like cinnamon. I take a herbal tincture and stupidly added liquorice tincture into the mix this time. I'm almost gagging every time I take it. If you have a Neal's Yard shop nearby you can buy loose herbs to make tea with, and a little ball strainer thing to make the tea with. Orange blossom is a lovely tea, loose chamomile is much nicer than the teabags ime. They do mixtures of ready made up blends too.
Anew I'd just check that all the ingredients in the recipe are bootcamp permitted, and if not substitute/adapt so that it is. Then share all the yummy recipes with us.
I like coffee black but do like a splash of milk in tea. Have two small cups a day.
Sadly can't bear the smell of red bush. One of my colleagues had that, just made me feel queasy. Like jasmine, can't do camomile, reminds me too much of morning sickness.
These fruity/ herbal teas promise so much don't they? Never blardy deliver.
Lol ratherbeonthepiste, I always think that, they sound do lovely!
Can anyone help? I'm wanting to make a shepherds pie type thing tonight with cheeses cauliflower mash for the top, but what can I put on with the mince to make it not dry? I'd usually use gravy but obviously that's out x
Mlig I had the same thing the other night, I used some beef stick with just a teaspoon of bisto best. Was yum n didn't knock me out if ketosis
AIBU to be looking forward to my gin a week on Sunday THIS MUCH?
A couple of questions:
- Can we have unsweetened almond milk? (0.1g carb so I think so?)
- What proportion of fat to veg to protein is best? Should the emphasis be on one over the others?
Could you clarify the carb counts of bean sprouts and beetroot please?
Piste try Teapigs licorish and peppermint, or Pukka peppermint and licorish. Both v v v nice.
As long as you like licorish
Can barely taste the mint, but it makes quite a difference compared to neat licorish.
Mlig - there's a recipe for shepherd's pie on the recipe thread!
Maple and camomile is my favourite (?twinings) - it really does taste as good as it smells. And pukka licorice and cinnamon.
Kate thank you for 'getting' me. I reminded myself this afternoon that I spent years responding to sugar-hunger, it's not surprising I feel odd as my body converts to a complete shift in mindset.
After my yogurt at lunch, I've been out all afternoon, and thought, what will I do if I get hungry - but I didn't. Am just hungry now, have made taco gratin from the Scandinavian Low Carb High Fat cookbook. Smells good!!
Not sure if anyone else has mentioned it but I'm a big fan of fennel tea, it's not too overpowering and makes a great digestif. Having said that, as sfr as I'm concerned it's not actual tea and I still have a couple of cups of real tea with milk in every day. I gave up sweetener in it so I now drink less of it than I did as it's not as nice! But I can't not drink tea.
Sorry, posted most of my post on the wrong thread earlier. Can I blame the brain-fog?!
So yesterday was day 11 of my bootcamp, started early. Last night was my dads 60th, I went with the best intentions but they went out of the window with the glass of pink champagne on arrival. Then a wry sweet sauce over out meat, followed by dessert. Just thought bugger it will start again tomorrow.
So checked this morning and still in ketosis. Whys that? Don't understand...
Suzy, on the proportions I think who track these things tend to do a percentage of carbs (they will come from your veg) fat and protein.
It might be 60% (or 70% even) fat, 35% protein, 5% carbs.
I don't track which is probably where I am going wrong. Have eaten only veg, meat etc all week but plus cream (and I suppose the cream must be the problem) and am 10 stone 2 and I put my starting weight down as 10 stone so perhaps I am the person least sensible to take advice from on the thread as I can eat keto/paleo or whatever you want to call it and still put on weight!.
I am going to cut out the small quarter glass of cream today and see if that works. Already have no cheese. My body really hates cheese and cream anyway.
I suppose I am going to have to limit portions and as my portions seem to be double what most people eat on here that is probably the answer. Most people's bodies don't let them eat masses of fat or even meat but mine does.
Where is the best place to order Ketostix ?
MrsHugh - I got mine here from Ebay - £5.75 and free postage.
ElBombero dehydration will also put you into ketosis - so an early morning wee after no fluids during the night and alcohol (or caffeine) the night before will show ketosis in lots of people. The sticks don't differentiate between nutritive ketosis and dehydration (they are commonly used in hyperemesis to monitor how severe things are) - so if you drink loads of water today you might dip out of it (dehydration) and then back into it (nutritive).
I think this is right I am not a long term low carber but I do know a good bit of human physiology and medical tests, etc.
Hi, I don't know if it's been brought up here yet but this thread seems like a good place to ask.
Q: When will the constant need to pee stop?!! I need to go every hour, it seems! And I keep waking up way too early in the morning, argh!
Thanks Laura - sounds like eating fat is very important then. So perhaps the cream is not the problem with you as it is low in carbs.?
I think I read somewhere on the threads that the more fat you eat the more you are likely to lose?
Is butternut squash too carby for bc and any suggestions for what to do with asparagus - I went to adli for the first time ever and can't believe how cheap the veg is so bought loads as well as cooked meats, olives and cheeses.
Laura, I have also felt really hungry this week and I feel my portions have been huge.
(Yes, cream is no carbs but it is high calorie and the bottom line is that high fat foods make you less hungry so you eat less and take in fewer calories and perhaps a few more complex things than that but that's largely true).
I had to have a day off today in order to get through my tax return and after being what I thought was so good and 100% compliant for all this week and no loss at all so we will draw a veil over the nuts and raisins and sweet potato and start again tomorrow....
I have not added up calories but a normal day this week woudl be something like
4 slices of fried bacon with 3 egg yolks for breakfast.
Lunch piece of salmon fried with a tin of oysters, courgettes, green peppers, a mound of spinach with loads of butter on top
Cream after drunk slightly warm with cinnamon - I don't actually like it so was delighted I finished it yesterday.
No dinner on Thursday as all that was so filling but even so no weight loss even then
Anyway I will get back on track tomorrow and there is now no cream in the house nor sweet potatoes left. I managed to lose almost a stone last year and keep it off so no reason I can't do the same this year.
On butternut s - I used to eat it almost every day but not now as it's higher carb. It's obviously a nice and healthy food and good to eat if you don't want to lose weight.
My favorite herbal tea at the moment is rosemary. Just a couple of shakes of dried rosemary in a small tea pot. It's really tasty. Weirdly yummy and tasty.
Notso butternut squash is too carby for bootcamp. Some asparagus suggestions...
Roasted/sauteed in butter and black pepper
Baked in olive oil with parma ham and plenty of parmesan on top
Steamed/sauteed with hollandaise sauce.
No questions, just reading. Will try the rosemary tea, sounds very hopeful! Went to Gin School last summer, as you do, with lovely BIWI and Heps. Yes there really IS such a thing, and we had the most luscious gin with rosemary in. Twas almost savoury, god it was lovely. As indeed were they all.
Nux - if you follow Bootcamp rules you will be in ketosis. No need to waste your money on ketostix.
And, if you're drinking the water that you should be, the ketostix will only show a very pale pink anyway!
How many gorgeous Tasmanian cherries can I eat in one day to minimise messing up my boot camp week? they won't last long, especially once DH knows they're in the house, and I won't get any more til next year...
12g carbs in 100g cherries, Thumb. No idea how many you'd get for 100g, but if you kept the rest of the day low carb (just salad with your meals, perhaps?) then it shouldn't be too bad.
Just be vigilant that it doesn't start off cravings for other sweet things.
OK thanks BIWI
If anything, the need for sweet has been less since I ate one, but I'll keep a strict eye on it.
Question about low-carbing. Possibly a very silly one, so forgive me.
I'm not actually overweight in a BMI sense, but I have put on about a stone in wine-and-cheese weight over the last year or so, and all of it is jiggly fat It's all on my belly, bum and thighs, looks and feels awful and is really starting to get me down.
Now, since it's excess fat rather than excess weight (if you see the distinction) would low-carbing be the wrong path for me? It does seem a terribly fatty WOE and I wonder if on a slim-but-wobbly person like me it wouldn't help the situation?
Mermaid - it would be perfect for you It will get rid of the excess fat, no matter where you are storing it - jiggly bits are easier accessed!
Had to laugh though - excess weight is just more of what you have, well stored
It is not a forgiving way to eat (lose weight) though, so you have to wholeheartedly throw yourself into it if you are going to do it - you can't keep eating (or drinking) the carbs alongside low carb meals as you will stack on the weight.
Mermaid, you sound just like me - basically slim (ish) except for a wobbly tummy and slightly flabby thighs? Take it from me, this WOE works beautifully for that! For a start, you'll find that tummy flattens significantly within a couple of days of low-carb eating...
However, I would strongly suggest you have a good read of all the info/links etc before you start, however. It's really, really important to get your head around the idea that eating fat does not equal getting flabby round your middle (or anywhere else!). Quite the opposite, in fact. On this WOE, you must eat fat to lose fat, the more the better really. It's quite a shift-in-thinking for most of us, but it vital to success.
Hope you join us
Thanks chipping and tea that's encouraging!
I do know what you mean chipping I knew it sounded ludicrous I guess I just meant the difference between actually needing to properly shift weight, and specifically needing to lose excess fat... IYSWIM... <slopes off>
The chat thread for week 1 is full! I've posted a thread to bridge us through this evening until BIWI starts the week 2 one for tomorrow.
Don't slope off Mermaid, slope on back and join us!
So no booze, eh? Even the old gin 'n' slim?
Join in Mermaid! That's exactly the kind of weight I've lost by low-carbing. Although really there's no difference in the 'types' of weight you lose. You'd lose the same bits of wobble whether LC'ing, calorie-counting or cabbage-souping or whatever. It's just that Low Carbing is sustainable, beats the hold that sugar has over you and is damned tasty
I know what you mean, Mermaid! I've only a stone to lose, tops, but it all appears to be on my thighs. Slightly aggravating that having lost (about) 8lbs already this week, it appears to have mostly gone from face, wrists, feet, anywhere you name it at the extremities, but not the podgier middle bit of me!
Best to take the first two bootcamp weeks as a break from the booze-drinks <science bit> Alcohol is absorbed very quickly that it's energy is available almost immediately. This energy is burned first, so the body fuel that would normally be used for energy is instead stored as fat.
Ratherbeonthepiste oh that gin sounds like something even I would like.
'Twas luffly. <beams>
So we all weigh in tomorrow then post on spreadsheet? I always have a bloody early start on a Mon so I may be the first.
A couple of questions, please. I've been reading the thread and I don't think anyone has asked them yet.
1. Fresh Herbs - are they carby? I was assuming not but want to check. Made some pesto (without pine nuts) during the week so hope they're ok.
2. Fat - I know we need to eat lots, but what does lots look like? I'm doing all veg with butter, some creamy sauces, fatty meat, oily dressing. But how do I know it's enough? And can I eat too much?
3. Craving sweet stuff - does this go away eventually, as I still have it? Especially in the evenings. Haven't given in yet and I tackle it with a spoonful of yoghurt but I'd still rather be face down in a tin of chocolate biscuits.
Oh, had another one that I forgot (I've been saving them up!).
What counts towards my water intake? Is it only water, or do herbal teas count? Coffee? Decaf coffee? Thanks.
1. I'm sure there are carbs in fresh herbs, but you would have to be eating sackfuls of them for them to really count!
2. Eat as much as you can. And then some more. Honestly - don't worry about it. You can't eat too much.
3. Yes, the cravings will dissipate! You'll find that next time you do eat anything sweet, it will taste incredibly sweet to you. This WOE sort of re-calibrates your taste buds.
4. Any fluid is good - but tea/coffee are diuretics. Far better to focus on drinking the water as it's also purer.
Thanks BIWI. You are a superstar!
BIWI - just wondering about this cannot eat too much... Am I right in thinking that once in ketosis your body makes ketones out of your fat stores or fat from your diet.
If your having loads of fat in your diet will it not choose that for energy first rather than your stores?
Oh yes - you can lose 8lbs in one week. But only in week one or two.
Don't be fooled into thinking that this WOE will produce losses like this every week.
Elbombero - your body will burn its fat stores once you have stopped providing it with carbs. You need to eat fat to satiate your hunger
My question is, how can it be morning already?
Piste, and how can it be Monday again too!
BIWI - is it true that in theory even if you ate 10,000 cals a day of olive oil, you wouldn't be able to put on weight? In the past I have struggled to lose weight by LCing and I kept thinking that my problem was portion control - even now if I make a yummy bolognese I am very prone to massively overeating it. I have to say this is the first place where I have possibly understood that dairy might be a factor for a reason other than increased calories. Is it perhaps the hormones contained in dairy which are growth-enhancing..? (Just guessing - I know it's one reason some believe we shouldn't drink cow's milk..)
Due to religious dietary requirements I cant eat any dairy with meat which means I am eating less fat than perhaps I need to.
Can I still lose weight if I dont eat as much fat?
I've bought some Pork Belly which needs using today. I've never cooked pork belly so wondering if anyone's got any good recipes/tips (that don't involve a slow cooker) TIA.
helium i don't claim to have all the answers, but this is an article by a guy who did an experiment where he ate 5,000kcal per day through low carb high fat for 21 days
he put on just over 1kg rather than the 7kg or so predicted based on a purely calories in vs. calories out calculation, and his waist measurement reduced. he explains why he thinks this is. (bear in mind he has a business to promote of course, but i'm prepared to trust him on the results of his experiment)
(though i don't understand why he ate so many green beans. surely you could do this with a bit more variety)
he then did the same thing but eating carbs see here - put on the expected weight and waist size increased
pinkbraces increasing your fat intake will help
but you can increase your fat when eating meat without using dairy (and dairy can stall some people so it's not necessarily a bad thing to be careful with it):
- use coconut oil (raw off the spoon or in cooking)
- add lots of olive oil
- add mayonnaise - do eggs count as dairy from a religious POV? (some of my DP's family are kosher but they all have slightly different interpretations so i get a bit confused!) it doesn't technically contain dairy though i guess some readymade brands might contain some - you can make your own though fairly easily
and presumably you can eat dairy in vegetarian meals?
Woolfey there's a simole recipe for pork belly on my blog. I've just linked to it on the main chat thread.
Here it is.
oh excellent, thanks Crabby, looks lush in the photos, I'll have a go at that (minus the fennel seeds - yuk!)
I've got myself a bit confused over carb counts. If something has 23g of 100g of which 2g are sugars, you cont the 23g rather than the 2g?
yes the 23 betty, sorry!
Thanks Willie - I had a sneaky feeling that would be the case!
Thanks for the explanation Willie
helium wrt bolognese etc i know that i can get carried away with the idea that it's low carb, because it is, but forgetting it's not carb free. so if you don't watch the portion size on something like that the carbs can add up (and that actually i would be satisfied with less; i'm just greedy)
it's also known as carb creep, as you get lulled into a false sense of security that you can eat lots on this WOE (which you can), but forgetting that low carb things in large quantities can add up to more carbs than you think
although it's boring, if you're worried you could do some weighing/calculating of the grams of carbs in your regular portions of things? it might either set your mind at rest or give you a better idea of the quantities you should/can be eating
Pinkbraces - Hellman's Mayonnaise.
You can even stir it into soup instead of cream.
Thanks Willie that makes perfect sense. I'm actually cooking up a bolognese now but aiming to make it into a lasagna using blanched leek sheets. Now just for a bit of portion control! <unlikely face>
Silly question probably - but I've seen polyols listed separately both under, and not under, carbs, while doing my food shopping online today. If polyols (and fibre actually, which is sometimes listed separately) are listed, should they be in the total carb count (aren't they indigestible altered carbs? probably very artificial anyway...)
And this facial redness... this afternoon my cheeks are bright red, the right more so than the left. As I shared I'm a recovering alcoholic and when I used to drink I did have quite flushed skin and so even now I find it flushes easily in the heat, after swimming, etc, probably due to damage to the tiny capillaries in my drinking. But this is something else - it's bright red in a streak down both cheeks. Any thoughts? Is it linked to the dietary change/ withdrawal?
littlemissdisorganized, i'm not sure about the flushing, sorry. i know i feel the cold more when low carbing, but not sure if that's related. maybe keep an eye on it?
re polyols this is an article by marks' daily apple which gives more detail about them. i think there is lots of debate about them (safety, insulin reaction, degrees of artificiality etc), and i suspect as with all these things Your Mileage May Vary - some people's bodies will have an insulin reaction and others won't. certainly things that contain them like atkins bars stall me, and whether that's to do with them provoking an insulin reaction or something else i don't know. aside from that in not-even-very-large quantities they have a huge laxative effect! they are the sweetener of choice in most diabetic chocolate/fudge/boiled sweets etc and you really have to stick to the recommended portion to avoid the laxative effect
either way they are artificial and are banned on bootcamp
Thanks Willie - I realised the likes of Atkins bars are BOB (banned on bootcamp) but this was on my soya "yogurt" substitute. Which I hoped was not BOB, and had thought to be unsweetened... I am tolerating dairy in the form of some cream and have had some 'real' yogurt so maybe time to switch back to dairy. I wondered if the intolerance would lessen - it was never very severe - once I got all that rubbish out of my system!! Thank you for such a speedy and thorough reply
that's a bugger that you've found it contains artificial sweeteners. i wouldn't have expected it i have to say
if you're going to try dairy apparently yoghurt is better tolerated than other things (something to do with the fermentation i guess)
Crabby I've just cooked your slow roast pork belly and it is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for the recipe. I have found it has one quite large drawback for me though. The house smelled of roasting pork all afternoon and it made me starving, so much so that I ate a whole packet of pork scratchings...oh dear
I am not a dairy fan because my body seems to hate it which is a great pity. Makes my nose run and throat hurt. Butter seems okay. Even cream I have decided I cannot have. No milk. No cheese. Makes snacks harder to find.
I never realised how addictive sugar is. How long before you don't crave it anymore?
Yay Woolfey I'm so pleased you enjoyed it! It does smell amaaaaazing when it's cooking. <hungry now>
Janx i find it takes a couple of weeks and my tastes change. Things that are allowed on BC light, eg berries and nuts, taste much sweeter and satisfy my urge for something that isn't savoury. When I then taste normal sweet stuff like biscuits or milk chocolate, it tastes sickly sweet. On BC light I make the most gorgeous berry crumbles using ground almonds and butter as the topping. Eat with clotted cream. Damn I am SO hungry now!
ooh another lovely idea Crabby berry crumble with clotted cream, yum
thanks Hergracious Hellmans it is
I am still really craving something sweet, when does this craving go?
Woolfey - nothing wrong with a whole packet of pork scratchings, at least not from the point of view of the fat content.
Did you check the ingredients though? How processed are they? And make sure they don't have sugar in them!
Is anyone else experiencing mild nausea? The last couple of days I just don't fancy food at all. I'm eating, sticking to the rules, drinking the water etc, just feel rather queasy and especially switched off by veg (which I am eating, nonetheless).
Also, I had to go to bed at 10 last night, and slept till 9. This is unheard of for me. Is it part of the withdrawal?
I've made a lovely pork stew in slow cooker but as usual there's too much liquid. How do I thicken it without corn flour? I always put what seems like a tiny bit of liquid then next time I look it seems to have doubled.
seri if there's too much liquid i remove the meat with a slotted spoon so it doesn't disintegrate and then reduce the liquid on the hob
Is this correct? I've been subtracting fibre from carbs when I look at food labels and this says that is wrong. Carbs on UK labels are digestible carbs.
When starting out on the low carb way of life there is a lot of confusion about carbohyrdrate levels and how to measure them. I hope that the following information will help clarify the issues for those living in the UK.
Carbohydrates in Labelled Food
Food regulations in the UK mean that all manufactured foods are labelled with their contents, calories and the breakdown of these into protein, carbohydrate, and fat, usually per 100g.
Some labels give the amount of carbohydrate that comes from sugar whilst others break the fat down into saturated, mono-saturated and polysaturated. Labels may also contain a value for fibre and sodium.
A typical label looks like this:
Typical Values per 100g
Energy - kcal
.......of which sugars
.......... of which saturates
The amount of carbohydrate given on the label is the effective carbohydrate content (ECC) of the food per 100g. The fibre value on the label is not connected to the carbohydrate value and therefore, unlike in the US, should not be deducted from the carbohydrate value. What you see on the label for carbohydrate is what you get.
A couple more questions from me, please, oh wise LC experts.
1. Should I still be thinking about getting in 5 a day fruit/veg (well, obviously just veg right now)? Across a week, I am eating a wide variety of allowed veg but it feels like it's not as much as I was eating before. Today, I've had a big heap of spinach with breakfast, a bowl of mushroom and leek soup, and I'll have a load more on the side of dinner.
2. Erm, okay I've forgotten the second one... Yup, definitely gone. Brain fog. It'll come back to me...
BIWI I guess there's nothing wrong with it in the sense of this WOE but in the sense that I ate a whole packet, was full, and then couldn't enjoy my lovely dinner that I had planned it was a bit of a problem. Anyway, I was right to eat if I was hungry.
Yes I checked the ingredients and they weren't full of sugar, and carb count was low although they did have some preservatives in them. Can't remember the make, bought them at the butchers as for some reason the supermarkets around here don't stock them.
I'd say variety is good for general health and if you keep to lower carb veg where poss it shouldn't affect your losses.
Pinkbraces things I have found helpful for sweet cravings:
Go the opposite direction, have something very savoury.
Have a hot drink - we often do not recognise thirst, especially if we have been living with disordered eating for a long time.
Try either of the licorish teas I recommended earlier. They have an extraordinarily sweet mouthfeel.
Eat something which really engages all your senses while you do so. Celery dipped in mayo is crunchy, noisy, flavoursome - and loaded with fat, so it is very satisfying on many levels.
lookslikerain - yes, for UK labelling it already lists 'net carbs' as they say in the US. in the US you have to subtract fibre from carbs, but for UK labelling this is not necessary - the number of carbs per 100g listed is the number you count. it does make googling for carb counts a bit frustrating because you can't always be sure. and using something like myfitnesspal is even trickier because of the user-added counts (where lots of people are just counting fat and calories so it can appear that carbs are very low) as well as US values
i tend to use this carb counter but it is not comprehensive by any means. also BIWI's list of veg carb counts
re 5-a-day - this is just a random number. iirc in france they recommend 10 a day. zoe harcombe is critical of it as a marketing ploy. i find that some days i eat way more than 5 portions, other days less, but as long as i am getting variety and quality (and not getting bored) i don't worry too much
Lookslikerain - 5 a day is a marketing construct! Just eat what you want/like/is appropriately low carb
hergraciousmaj i do agree about something very savoury to combat sweet cravings - a piece of very very mature cheddar can really help
i find liquorice tea just too sweet. also, i have this nagging feeling that even if it's carb free it's so sweet surely it MUST be provoking an insulin reaction (i have no evidence, just a suspicious mind!)
Read Zoe Harcombe on the 5 a day myth/con (depending on your perspective!)
I find that feta really helps with my chocolate cravings, very salty but creamy at the same time seems to hit the spot for me.
BIWI as I was typing my question, I was thinking "I bet someone comes back and tells me that's a lie too". I was right! So many food lies we've been spun over the years. It really is astounding.
Willie, try liquorice tea with a piece of really tart, crumbly Caerphilly, or similar crumbly cheese. A perfect combination.
As long as there's no evidence to the contrary, I'm going to believe that liquorice tea does not provoke an insulin spike!
I am on week 3 and have been getting headaches. This is quite unusual for me. I have LC before (Ducan and Harcombe) and did not get headaches. Could it be the dairy? I drink lots and lots of water.
kefy are you getting enough electrolytes - salt, potassium etc?
I know, Lookslikerain - it's shocking, isn't it?!
Kefy - not really sure why you would think it would be the dairy? And if you're on week 3, it seems a bit late for the carb flu.
As Willie says, are you eating enough salt/potassium/magnesium? And how about fat?
lookslikerain, i know what you mean
5 a day isn't the worst, but the problem is that of course fruit is sweeter so lots of people will go for that (and increased sugars), plus food manufacturers can advertise products with dried fruit/juices as '1 of your 5 a day!' so people are lulled into a false sense that their diet is healthy when actually it's very high sugar and triggering blood sugar highs and lows all over the place. it's win:win for government as it is approved 'healthy eating' message plus food industry is happy
(also just another thing for parents to worry/feel guilty about)
I suspected the dairy as it was not allowed on previous LC diets I have followed (and on which I have not had any headaches). You might have a point about electrolytes. What are good sources again (apart from salt)? Many thanks!
kefy you can use lo salt, which contains both potassium chloride and sodium chloride, but also salmon, spinach (and other dark leafy greens), mushrooms and avocado have high potassium and magnesium
because you're drinking more water it's a good idea to make sure you've got enough going in because a proportion will be flushed out
Humanordancer - I had mild nausea too and it's only when I read your post I realised it has disappeared. It might have lasted for about 5 days, the food seemed to rich without bread to soak it up. For what it's worth, I really don't feel like that now (two/threeish weeks in) and I realise that the richness of the food means I don't want very much of it any more, I feel satisfied and seem to stop eating it.
BIWI, previously you have posted a 19 min video about low carb / cholesterol. Could you relink, want to prove a point to my bloody DH! X
Oh goodness - I can't remember which one!!!
Have you checked the Spreadsheet? There are lots of links on there to various videos.
If it's not there, give me a bit more of a clue as to who was in it
You'd linked it in the warm up week, tells the story of "fat is good/carbs are bad" also talk about cholesterol. but link no longer works
Linked 11/01/14 @ 16.57 if that helps
Thanks Suzy, it seems to be lessening this evening. It's been a few days, and led me a bit into eating little and often just to get something down. Right now though, I feel fine - hurray
Bonjour mes amies de Losers
Morning all. Apologies if I keep asking things that have been asked.
I feel awful again this morning. I've had probably 4-5 days of feeling great, and now I feel like I did in the middle of last week - sickly, achey, mild headachy, brain fog, almost hangover like but those days are long gone. Diarrhoea this morning a couple of times too - maybe I have an actual bug?
I started feeling achey last night and adjusted my tea to have extra broccoli and lots of salt, I've also been supplementing magnesium - I bought one pot of 30, just to cover the first weeks on this WOE (sorry if that's not encouraged). Urrrgh. I've been virus free throughout my convalescence, thankfully, so maybe I'm a sitting duck for an actual bug. I have a fellowship group that I've not been to since before my surgery and I really really need/want to make it there tonight so I'm probably stressing more than I would if I didn't have plans. I am a bit 'man-flu'ish about feeling ill. Feel like curling back up into bed with my water and a book. Carb-flu again, and if so why?! And what should I do??
Crikey that was an essay, sorry.
Hmm. Well, you're the doctor
<puts white coat on and slings stethoscope round neck>
I diagnose something other than carb flu and my treatment plan for you is to go to bed and rest! Paracetamol, lots of fluids and dioralyte. If you can, get some sleep.
Wow, you have a good memory! White coats are banned thankfully due to infection risk
when I was at med school people didn't wash them all term, just take them home to mum 3 months later!
Bit better after lunch. I do feel like I don't really know my own body these days - am a big fan of people listening to their own body's instincts, but all mine comes up with is
Sleep sounds lovely. Just wish I was a proper person who just gets on with things, y'know?
Would it help if I shouted at you?
Asked on the main thread but thought I'd repost here...
My house smells like a greasy spoon. All the frying I'm doing is leaving its mark. I've had candles going all day and windows open intermittently but it's no good. Anyone got any ideas?
Shout at me to go to bed (I did!) or shout at me to pull myself together and get on with it?? I doubt I could have got on with much. Feel a bit better tonight, thanks BIWI
ChesterDrawers I've been eating lots of lamb chops (done in halogen oven). DS1 keeps complaining that the house smells like Sunday!!!
No help sorry, but I'm in the same boat! I do sometimes leave some flash in the washing up bowl with hot water which seems to get rid of other smells.
I am really enjoying the food, the cravings have gone and I feel in control of my eating for the first time ever. This might be a dumb question, but do I need to watch portion size ? I understand the need to limit higher carb veg and diary but can I eat as many eggs, protein, mayo, LC veg etc as I want?
Oh gals. I've had a shite day of divorcey news (hold the front page, my ex is a wanker holding the court system in contempt as well as me) and am now heading deep into a vat of wine. Argggh.
I have a question about sugar please?!
So I get sugar is what we are cutting out on bootcamp (and forever... ), but I've noticed a few recipes and foods have used sweetner instead - is this not just as bad, if not worse as its just full of chemically-crap?!
I like baking and I'm wondering if I can continue to do a little (not often), or if its a no-go area now? I lost 7lbs last week so I'm willing to do what ever you lot tell me!
chesterdrawers same here with odours ...... Jo Malone candles and wide open windows seems to be the answer here ...... <teeth chattering - brrr>
Sylvana - I don't know how much you want to lose. Generally speaking, you don't have to worry about your portion sizes, until you get nearer to your target.
helium - I'm sorry
gillyweed - no, artificial stuff isn't really allowed on Bootcamp. Firstly because it's artificial, second because there is a suggestion that the body can deal with it as if it's sugar, so it might impede weight loss and thirdly because we're trying to break the craving for sweet foods.
LittleMiss - glad you're feeling a little bit better
Miss I always think that if it's at all possible, it's best to listen to our bodies and rest when we feel tired. If you feel exhausted and aching, your body is saying strongly that it wants to rest, conserve energy and repair. You've recently had surgery too - be gentle with yourself! Convalescence used to be a vital part of illness and recovery but our society now expects people just to get up and get on with it, and suppress our symptoms in order to be more productive. It comes back to bite us on the arse, ime. Rant over!
Helium sorry to hear that. If he's this much of a wanker, just think how much better it'll be when he and all this are behind you.
Gilly I like to bake, and once on bootcamp light you can use ground almonds to make things like crumbles, cheesecakes and almond sponge. Yum!
Chester: do less frying.
Seriously, though, frying is not necessarily the best way to increase your fat intake. It's nice from time to time, and nothing beats eggs fried in loads of butter. Heating oils causes chemical changes that make them more unhealthy, especially vegetable oils. That's why the best, premium oils are always 'cold-pressed'.
Cook your meat in other ways, and eat it with mayo/butter/olive oil/cream sauce.
Vinegar is very good for getting rid of lingering smells. You can wipe down surfaces with white vinegar and leave overnight. Wipe again with a clean wet cloth the following day if you can still smell vinegar. Alternatively, just leave half a cup of vinegar I the room with the door closed overnight.
Chester - really daft question because I'm sure you would have thought of it, but do you not have an over-oven extractor fan/filter hood thing? I always switch mine on when I'm frying so that it pulls all the fatty smell up into it.
I like to bake, and once on bootcamp light you can use ground almonds to make things like crumbles, cheesecakes and almond sponge. Yum!
Cheesecake recipe please! You are fast becoming my cooking guru even looked at pigs cheeks in waitrose yesterday (but put them back again) so bloody cheap though.
Got distracted by the mention of cheesecake and forgot to ask the question I came on here to ask . What nuts have the lowest carb? There seems to be differing carb counts listed on t'internet. I don't like the taste of almonds but hazelnuts seem to be quite low?
Why can't I do this? I did bootcamp last summer and lost weight half of which has crept back on. Now I seem to be stuck in a cycle of lasting three days before giving in to a massive chocolate binge. The last time I lasted 6 days before giving in last night. And the chocolate binges are massive, gross and out of control. I wish I could get back into the mindset I had last year.
We've not got an extractor I'm afraid. Will be getting new kitchen in the summer though and it's high on my list of wants.
I do cook in other ways but there just seems to be a generally foody smell lingering
although I am rather fond of cremated bacon Windows open it is - roll on summer!
Woolfey I knew my greed and piggywiggy tendencies would come into their own in the end! I adapted a recipe for cheesecake last year using my go-to almond pastry as a base. It was much less sweet than a normal cheescake, obviously, but still lovely. I'll look for the recipe I adapted and let you know. I can see I'm gong to have to get busy on my blog once DD have left for NZ.
Chester it sounds like the lack of extractor fan is the problem then. Good suggestion about the vinegar. Bicarb of soda is great for deodorising but Not sure how you'd use it for airborn smells. Can you open the window every time you're frying? It draws the smell out that way. Otherwise just embrace the fact that your house smells of nice food
Rotten you can do it - you've done it before! You have to figure out why you're sabotaging yourself this time. What's going on in your life? What is triggering you to dive into the chocolate? Are you letting yourself get hungry? Are you eating something fatty and satisfying (like cream/ yoghurt) when you get the urge for chocolate? Is this emotional eating and could you find other ways of dealing with the emotion? Are you 'playing the video to the end' and thinking about how you'll feel after you eat the chocolate? I think you need to pull it apart a bit.
Crabby thank you. Normally I eat chocolate if I am insecure or as a treat. I am not feeling insecure but am treating myself I think for being 'good'. I also do that thing where if I eat it in secret it is somehow better. But I do get the most overwhelming cravings for sugar with this WOE which is obviously something I'd like to break. And after 3 days of these cravings I give in. I feel physically shit afterwards. Have to keep reminding myself of it.
I could probably keep more snacks on the go and food ready to go to keep the edge off.
Rotten I know for me personally that my willpower if I'm hungry is absolutely nonexistent. I could never do 5:2, for instance, as I can have the best intentions in the world but once I'm hungry all that goes out of the window. This WOE works for me because you never have to be hungry. I find that wanting something sweet after my evening meal is a oroblem, but I've been getting around that by having clotted cream and ff yoghurt with vanilla and flaxseed in. It has the right mouth feel, iykwim, and I can lick tiny bits at a time off the spoon like ice cream. On bootcamp light it's a breeze - berries with clotted cream or my yoghurt 'ice cream' - total yoghurt with frozen berries (cooked down to a mush in a pan), cream, vanilla and flaxseed. When you leave it overnight the flaxseed softens and absorbs moisture so you get an ice cream like consistency. Also berry crumbles made with almonds, and the odd square of 70/82% chocolate. Those are treats!!
Could you try writing down how you feel after you've eaten the chocolate, so that you can read it when you're craving it? Then eat something else instead and see how you feel. Think of other ways to treat yourself and focus on how the choc isn't a treat at all but a way of sabotaging yourself.
Thanks so much Crabby. I'm thinking berry cheesecake as I'm looking for things I can bake that all of us can eat as DD1 (3) loves baking and berries and I still want to be able to do that with her but for us all to be able to eat the final product as well.
oooh Crabby Im practically drooling at the thought of your ice-cream I cant seem to find a link to your blog please can you link again.
I have another question - my DH doesnt seem to be losing much weight and he has got about a stone and a half to lose. I think he is eating to much Total youghurt and he is also finding it a struggle giving up milk, although he has reduced his tea/coffee consumption to about 4 a day.
Am I right in telling him to lay off the yoghurt and cheese?
He went to the football last night and didnt have a pie - thats absolutely amazing, he normally has no willpower.
One other thing, I find the hardest part of this WOE is the fact you have to be so organised - although Ive always meal planned its never been set in stone where as this WOE is, does anyone have any quick go to meals which can always be on standby?
And, I need snacks,preferably crunchy ones
Drooling at the thought of cheesecake!! Wow wow wow, being on Monday
How much water do I need to help flush out my excess water? Lol
I am retaining about 1/2 a stone in the lead up to my TOTM, are there any foods that could help?
Also, will I need to redo this week next week?
Hi, I've been lurking for a while, too scared to post until now...can I join in?
I have a question - I've just started LC, on Tuesday to be exact. Having a slight panic today - I always go to my Nan's on a Thursday for lunch, and it's always a carby feast of delicious homemade food. I can't tell her I can't eat it, she's almost 80, she really won't understand....
I'll have to eat it, but what will happen? Will it undo all the good work over the last couple of days? Last week it was spag bol, but even the Bolognese had potatoes in it! eek!
not sure what has happened to the spreadsheet, i think someone has got in a muddle
please could no one touch it for a bit as i will need to do some serious repair work
normal spreadsheet service has resumed
Has anyone tried making swede crisps? I'm DESPERATE for something salty and crunchy, and have a swede. Is it easy? does it work? Are they edible?
Great tips thank you again crabby
Roast swede is delicious (make as for roast potatoes, just cut a little smaller) but I don't know whether it works as crisps. Why not try it, and report back!
You can make crisps out of kale. They are soooooo good . I find you have to turn them over a couple of times during cooking (or possibly I overload my oven trays), and other seasonings work really well, too.
RottenRow, I hear you. Me too.
I bet you already feel bad about the cravi
ng, because you know what it will lead to, and you anticipate the guilty feeling that will follow.
How about trying to think about it differently? Maybe say to yourself "I'm going to be good to myself. I'm looking after myself. I like chocolate and I will eat it when I can enjoy it." Promise yourself one square of chocolate in, say, 1hour, when you have done XYZ. Make it something achievable. And then make sure you eat that one square. Sit down, savour it, feel pleased with yourself.
Am on day 4 of LC, and for the last 2 days around 15.30 I start to get a headache (I can feel it coming on). Paracetamol doesn't help, neither does drinking more, and it gets worse until I go to bed. Then I wake up better. Any advice?!
Whiskersguinness my dad is 80 and he would understand. Why don't you just tell her straight you are cutting back to lose weight? Just pick out the meat and leave the potato perhaps? Good luck.
Does anyone low carb and do any sort of long distance endurance exercise? For example cycle 35+ miles. If you do on exercise days do you eat carbs, use gels and/or electrolyte drinks then go back to LCing on other days?
frillymilly i do reasonably long-distance running - up to 10k, though usually 5k most times i run, so not huge distances by any means
i don't eat carbs before or after, and won't eat much immediately beforehand (a piece of cheese or hardboiled egg maximum), then eat a proper meal 30-60 mins after finishing
most people find that in the initial switchover to low carb exercise is considerably harder, even if fit, because the body isn't used to processing fat for energy and no longer has glycogen reserves. however, this should go back to normal after a couple of weeks. in fact, many people find that because they aren't using glycogen stores, which once empty can be hard to push through, they don't hit a 'wall' when low carbing and exercising
you shouldn't technically need carbs for endurance exercise, but if you are racing then you might need to take advice about optimum intakes
i haven't read much about this though, and your best bet would probably be to read the art and science of low carbohydrate performance by volek and phinney as it will give a much better view
Welcome Whiskers! Sorry I didn't see your post - what did you do yesterday about your food?!
PLEASE do put up your recipes for low carb berry ice cream, cheesecake and crumble after your DD heads off to NZ (or sooner if you have a moment though you sound crazy busy atm)
See, you is a legend in your low-carb lunchtime!
Why is everyone putting flaxseeds in their yogurt? Do they just taste nice or are there some other benefits when you're Lc'ing?
FrillyMilly - my running speed has dropped significantly since starting this - i can still go the distance (up to about 10 miles) but my min/mile time is about 1 min slower. Have you noticed a difference?
Yes I have noticed a difference. An easy route I do quite often (20 miles) is taking me an extra 20 minutes. I am hoping to do a 100 mile ride at the end of summer so not sure how to train for it as well as low carb.
Its really annoying isn't it. I wonder if any long term low carbers have noticed this in the past and got their speed back?
I don't know whether to stick to short rides and HIIT sessions until I'm at the size I want to be then up my carb intake a bit to start training properly/maintaining my weight. The electrolyte powder I have to make my drinks is actually really low carb but the gels I would take during a long ride are pretty much just carbs/sugar.
how long have you been low carbing?
You should be able to get your speed back once you're adjusted to low carbing. But as Willie asks, how long have you been doing it?
I was doing it for a few months before Christmas. I fell in to old habits and am now on day 3 of the übercamp. I have not done any exercise yet but noticed before Christmas that I wasn't able to maintain my usual speed. I'll just stick at it.
Can you eat too much veg on boot camp?
Pop and sorry to sound stupid but what is flax? It's name sounds carby but lots are having it so it can't be x
mlig yes in the sense that if you are particularly sensitive to carbs (which given your earlier posts you may be), then you could be eating sufficiently large quantities of even low carb veg that it provokes an insulin reaction
if you're worried about that, then it may be worth (boring I know), weighing your usual portions just to check how many grams of carbs you are consuming
flax is the same as linseed. it is very high fibre and therefore very low carb
ground flax is in quite a few low carb baking recipes. personally i like it but it does make me stall - i don't know why!
Ive been low carbing for 2 weeks tomorrow, run around 4 times a week. So its not been ages but my runs consistently slower when I feel I pushing myself hard over that time. I hope it does get better (not that I need to be fast for any reason, i just enjoy seeing faster times!) Do you think the speed will come back BIWI from what you know? I can't find a lot online, just lots of people saying low carbing isn't good for speed but can be ok for endurance.
I was hoping the weight loss would make me faster too!
The book that Willie linked to is worth a read.
Other than that, all I can offer you is anecdotal: I started training for a 5K run last year, (which I completed in October) and have always run in a fasted state - first thing in the morning. It's never been an issue for me, and my times got better and better. My fastest time was just under 30 minutes for 5K which, as I'm 54, I was pretty pleased with!
You do need to allow your body to be properly ketogenically-adapted, i.e. you have to have switched it from carb-burning to fat-burning. Once that has been achieved, which should take a couple of weeks/a month, then you have plenty of fat reserves - either from bodily or dietary fat - to fuel you for whatever activity you want to engage in.
I've been LC'ing since December and I have noticed that although my PMT isn't worse , it last so much longer. I used to feel a bit crappy for a few days but now it's more like ten days.
Anyone else noticed any changes?
Apart from this I'm enjoying the LC'ing WOE.
Husband is super impressed that I'll actually eat some pork scratchings (never thought I'd see the day....)
<<basks in glow of everyone's cheesecake frenzy>>
Woolfey I put flaxseeds in my yoghurt at the moment because they taste nice and because they are a gentle bulk laxative which keeps you nice and regular. In the berry yoghurt 'ice cream' i put them in because I discovered that they absorb moisture to create a thicker, creamier consistency.
Be aware though, as Willie pointed out, that they can stall some people despite being very low carb.
Anyone doing this LC with no gall bladder? I've lost almost 7 pounds since starting woe on boxing day. Now though after high fat meal I get pain/tender stomach. I really want to continue as its the only woe I've done wch I have managed to stick to! However t'internet is advising high protein LOW fat when you have had gall bladder out. Also no matter how much water I drink I am constipated! Take constipating anti depressants anyway so may have to use dulcoease or something. I eat flax seed every day and just bought some oat bran to see if sprinkle of that on yoghurt will help. Just need advice! Thanks
ok I'm still a little confused about the sweetner/sugar thing?! whilst I'm totally sold on this woe, life is going to get in the way sometimes and I want to make the best choice possible.
I've found a LC recipe for pastry, savoury its fine but for sweet pastry it suggests adding sweetner - is this better than sugar then?
Also, Its my daughters birthday soon and I really want to make her a special cake (and eat it!) - so just as a one of treat, should I be using sugar or sweetner?
Re gallbladder my understanding is (and bear in mind I have no relevant qualifications) that the liver can produce sufficient bile to handle a high fat low carb diet, but in the absence of the gallbladder to store the bile it can take a while for the liver to get used to producing enough to process the fat, especially if precious diet was very low carb. So it may be better to slowly increase fat intake to accustom the body more gradually
My personal take on sugar v sweetener is that it's better to have a small amount of 'real' food than a large amount of 'fake' food. So I would make the cake in the conventional way, with real sugar, but only eat a tiny piece at her celebration - and none of the leftovers.
As for pastry, why does it need to be sweet? I dont make low carb pastry, but when I mske or use pastry for thevrest of my family I use the same pastry for sweet and for savoury fillings. Not quite true - my pâté sucré for mince pies has 2 tablespoons of sugar in enough pastry to make 2-3 trays of pies. So, again, a tiny amount of sugar per pie.
i agree with hergraciousmaj - if you're going to make a cake (and you really have to eat it), make a proper one and eat a small piece mindfully and enjoy every mouthful. bear in mind that it might trigger cravings for other carbs, and you might gain a little weight that should go with a couple of strict days and plenty of water.
low carb cakes made with flour and sugar substitutes are often poor imitations that leave you feeling short-changed and craving something better
Hi, I've been low carbing since 1 st Jan and following bootcamp since it started but all of a sudden I have an unquenchable thirst today. Does anyone know why this might be the case?
Have you eaten lots of salty food or any MSG?
You're not eating enough salt, LittlePudding. All that water will be washing it out of your system.
Cook with it, add it to your food.
Thanks for your replies, I very rarely add salt to anything so that would make sense. I'll starting using some and see what happens xx
Another question. How do you cope with pressure from people to eat rubbish? I'm quite weak willed anyway, I've fallen off the wagon once already and it took me 6 weeks to get back on. I find birthday etc at work the most difficult. Family and friends couldn't give two hoots how or what I eat but colleagues seem to be determined to force cake on people and if I mention low carbing they look at me like I've grown two heads and make comments about faddy diets.
frilly i don't tend to tell people in RL about low carbing because i'm a coward and can't be arsed to argue, so i just make an excuse about being full from lunch, or say that i'm cutting down on sugar (no one can argue with that). you do have my sympathies though as you have to be quite firm, and remember that it is Up To You what you put into your body, no one else
Don't tell them.
But also, make sure you've done enough reading to convince yourself, as well as to argue with them. Most people don't have a clue about low carbing, so if you're going to do it and be challenged about it, it's good to be able to argue back!
It probably is better just to avoid the subject and tell little lies to get around it. The only diet they seem to understand is weight watchers which several of them are on, on and off, so it is the complete opposite to what I am doing.
Ah frilly I know the problem. But I have a mean streak and have perverse pleasure in the horrified faces as I munch my way through chicken with an enormous dollop of full fat mayonnaise
Agree with BIWI that it's beneficial (and jolly satisfying) to commit a few LC soundbites to memory if anyone queries why you're refusing the cake.
It's most fun to look as horrified as if they'd offered you a crack pipe
Or blind them with science.
Frilly I've just told my work colleagues that I'm trying to give up sugar.
They all think I am daft, a few have said things like "go on, once won't hurt" but I just refuse and they now know I am being serious. I am quite overweight though so maybe when they look at me they think "yes, I know why she's doing that" whereas if you aren't then maybe they think you don't need to lose weight/give up sugar etc.
The Three-Week Stall
I'm sure you've heard of
the dreaded three-week stall when starting a low carb diet. It doesn't happen to everyone but it is very common. The best thing is to keep doing what you've been doing, an the scales will start moving again.
During the first couple of weeks of your low carb diet a number of things have occurred. You have depleted the glycogen stores in your liver and along with the weight of glycogen lost, you will have lost three or four times that weight in water. So if you have lost 10 lb then approximately two of that is glycogen, seven water and one of fat stores. Your glycogen stores are like a battery when you're eating over 150g of carbs a day: they get recharged every time you eat, and they release glucose steadily into your blood mainly as fuel for your brain. So by using up your glycogen store you are forcing your body to turn to other sources of energy. At the same time your body has been producing new enzymes to process the different diet you have been eating and your brain and muscles have adapted to using ketones instead of glucose.
At three weeks though your body has adapted to the new diet and now becomes more efficient. Your muscles have switched over to burning free fatty acids. And where do the free fatty acids come from? They are released from fat cells. So your metabolism has changed from carb-burning to fat-burning. But don't think you can shed ten pounds and your body isn't going to notice! You have lost a lot of water so your body releases a hormone (vasopressin antidiuretic hormone if you want to be precise) which usually operates to prevent dehydration and causes your body to retain water. So you are still burning fat, maybe from half a pound up to two pounds a week. But your body is hanging on to water and this will mask the loss of your fat stores. One way of helping things along is to keep drinking the water to speed up the process of adapting to your new way of eating, allowing your body to recognise that it isn't dehydrated so the hormone levels go back to normal and the retained water can whoosh away starting the scales moving again by week five or thereabouts.
StuntNun and others - could this have happened to me this week? Doing the same thing, and no loss. I did do the warm up week but not strictly, no sugar but still some complex carbs most days, and did drink the water that week, but I didn't weigh before it because I still couldn't stand up on the scales. Well, I couldn't stand up at all, not just on the scales. But it wasn't LC, it was lowER carb and still had sweeteners in diet coke every day.
I am NOT disappointed with my total of 9.5lb at all - I don't want to sound like I'm stealth bragging, I am just curious as to why so great and then nothing.
LittleMiss it's the nature of the WOE: stall and then whoosh. If we were weighing on a monthly basis then we would probably see a loss every time but who can wait a whole month?
"But I have a mean streak and have perverse pleasure in the horrified faces as I munch my way through chicken with an enormous dollop of full fat mayonnaise"
I agree on what Willie says - it's especially fun once you've already lost some weight on this woe. Although you do then get comments like "Well, sure people can lost weight by taking cocaine too, but it's not gonna be healthy."
But Frilly if your friends are WWers, surely they should just understand a simple "I'm trying to lose weight". I think WW and the like are quite rubbish, but I doubt they encourage cake...
The women I work with seem to want to persuade each other to fall off the weight loss wagon so it's a sort of 'oh I'll have one if you're having one', 'one won't do any harm', 'it's alright it was weigh in last night'. If they're being very good then they have weight watchers cakes.
Urgh, I once had a WW cake at work and it was tasteless, dry and flavourless, it was full if crap. And it was about 150 calories, may as well have had a Kitkat!
StuntNun - thanks for that post, it's brilliant
Eeew... Both at the sabotaging of each other, and at the WW cake!
Is there a list anywhere of the carb content in fruit like the one for veg?
Not sure if this is related to lcing at all but today all of a sudden I got really painful stomach cramps. They took my breath away. They then eased off and I thought I was ok, it happened again a few times over the afternoon (started around 12).
By the time I left work my stomach was ok and no cramps until about 30 mins ago.
Does anyone have any suggestions? As I say might not be related to this WOE but I've never had cramps like this before.
Sorry - I really don't know. But it doesn't sound very nice
What had you had to eat today? And what about last night?
Yesterday I had:
L- mini burgers (x3) with salad followed by ff Lidl yog
D - roast lamb (with nothing, was out at a class and ate when I came in)
L- left-over lamb with veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus) lidl ff yog
D - lamb curry
None of these are unusual things for me, even before starting lc I ate loads of broccoli and cauliflower (just thinking that people not used to veg might have problems with lots of veg). I don't normally eat as much lamb but I live myself and January is a poor month so roasted a shoulder and thought that would feed me for a few days.
It is really very painful but comes and goes. At work today when it happened I was thinking I should go home, then the cramps would go and I'd feel ok.
Probably nothing to do with lc at all!
No, I am and have always been very regular and go every morning (so regular its pretty much the same time everyday!!) so not that.
Are you getting enough salt Sayra? Cramps can be due to an electrolyte imbalance. Maybe try a boullion drink or eat something salty like salted nuts. Before I started low carbing I hardly used salt at all but at the beginning of this woe I was craving salt so badly I would pour some into my hand to eat.
Oh and are you drinking enough water Sayra? And not too much caffeinated drinks?
StuntNun I think I am drinking enough, I have had 3 litres of water so far today, one coffee (in the morning) and two cups of green tea. I will have another pint (600 ml ish I think?!) before I go to bed.
Maybe not enough salt, nothing I ate yesterday or today had any added salt. I'll try a boullion drink now maybe.
Thanks both of you for your advice
Sayra I had cramps like that in my upper stomach after having been on this WOE for a little while already (6 months-ish?), and they were bad enough that I ended up having an ultrasound scan and an endoscopy to see that it wasn't gallstones or an ulcer. They didn't find anything at all, I didn't change my diet (actually I think I becase a little bit stricter, because anything at all starchy seemed to make it worse), and they stopped on their own.
Not really advice, sorry, but I just wanted to share that it's not necessarily anything serious, at least. I hope they stop soon for you.
Steel my pains are in the same sort of area. I don't think that its anything serious really. I'll maybe just write down whatever I am eating and also if I get pains and see if its linked to anything I am eating.
I do remember (vaguely) when I was younger, maybe 14/15, I had similar sort of pains. The pains started when I was on a pony camp thing where everything we were fed was fried, I wonder if it could be the fat/oil? I will carry on and see if it gets better.
Upper abdominal cramps, intermittent but bad enough to have made you consider going home from work, are quite suggestive for gallstones. Of course, they might just be physiological but if they continue I'd be thinking your GP would be interested in doing an ultrasound at least.
I will see if it continues and if it does I will go to the doctor ....although I am not sure if I have one. Do you get taken off the doctors list like you do for the dentist if you've not been for a while? Not been to doctors for at least 10 years.
No I think they are stuck with you forever and they love having patients like you on the list - still get paid for them but they never darken the doors - what's not to like?!!
The fact you're considering it after these years tells me this is significant pain.
Just came on to ask about my 10lb loss in first 2 weeks and now nothing, have had a couple glasses of wine (3 total) and berries twice but other than that have been pretty strict. I've been powering through the cream yogurt and cheese so I've stopped eating those, and have upped water as had dropped to about 2.5 lites (from 4 per day first 2 weeks). I'm also walking about 8km a day.
But have just read about three week stall above - so is it that? Husband (low calorie) is gloating as he is losing!
saryaT I've had gallstones and it was pretty much as you describe...
It's not a stall! A stall is defined as no loss for a much longer period - around 3-4 weeks I believe.
Week 3 is fabled for this (and sometimes week 4 and/or 5).
Read the chat thread where I explain about this.
Keep on keeping on, and you will see the weight loss starting again soon. You can't expect to see such a significant loss every week, but you should see a loss of around 1-2lbs a week. (Which is much better and more sustainable weight loss in the long run)
And don't bother trying to compete with your husband! Men lose weight more quickly than women, for some irritating reason.
You might like, though, to do some reading about calorie counting and how it fucks your metabolism up, so you can scare him with that! <evil>
Hey thanks! Might say sod it and buy some cream for coffee, after dinner treat. I've totally cut out caffeine this week, finally, so I do feel even if not losing I'm eating clean and having loads of veg, so can't be bad!
Afternoon all. What do we think to these? High strength, all you need are two drops, could they be ok? www.lakeland.co.uk/p18343/Lakeland-Natural-Flavours
They look like they could be tasty but no idea if they are ok.
LittleMiss I will leave it at the moment and see if it continues and then if it does I will go to the doctors. As you can probably tell I am not the sort of person who heads off to the doctors at the first sign of something . I always think that they must have more ill people to see than me, but in reality that is probably not true.
Tricky Did yours come and go? I was fine yesterday afternoon (in the morning at least three people asked me if I was ok so must have looked ill/something - probably just because I was quiet for a change ) and continued to be fine all evening and into this morning. Did anything get done for yours?
Is this LC normal? I am following The Rules.
But...I am still struggling with nausea, every morning and some evenings (have a Mirena before anyone asks) and today has been the absolute worst, I had a meeting I had to make this morning, struggling with nausea throughout getting up and in the car. Got home, made lunch for DH and I (minute steak salad, yum) and as I put the dishes on the table had an overwhelming urge to be sick and spent the next 10 minutes in the bathroom. Lost much of my water, coffee, and visible, expanded psyllium husks (sorry if TMI). I actually ate some of my lunch half an hour later and am craving salty stuff now.
Nausea stopped for 4-5 days after initial carb flu, and better for a day or two again after last week's poorly run, but here again and I am, quite literally, sick of it. [had moderate-severe hyperemesis from weeks 6-30 in pregnancy, and plenty of alcohol poisoning over the last year of my drinking. Again, sorry if TMI]
Thinking water, letting myself have small amount of salted nuts, wait and see if it's a bug?? (Please don't say you're the doctor. I know nothing about nutrition really - what I knew I have unlearned in the past month here.)
On, and betty they sell similar things in my local cake shop - but they only cost £1.50ish . I have rose, lavender, blueberry and sticky toffee. Once upon a time, before bootcamp, they made awesome meringues, and buttercream, etc. The rose is nice in yogurt, but really strong.
littlemissdisorganised that doesn't sound LC normal to me. it could well be a bug. but if you want to check, you could always try a small piece of bread, or a bit of plain rice, or similar, just to see if it makes a difference?
it may be that you need more carbs than someone else, you never know
if you're ill, then all bets are off really, and just do what you need to do / eat what you need to eat to get better
I've retreated to bed, and tbh my immune system went from protected at home to being out and about, friends' kids, swimming, public transport. 2 bugs in 9 days though - feel pretty rubbish. Don't know what the daily nausea has been, I do wonder if I produce insulin in expectation of carbs and drop my blood sugar. Might see if I can get hold of a blood sugar machine...
Thank you Willie for responding to my self pitying moans, you're so good
Little MissD, is there anything that you are eating now, that you did not eat before Bootcamp? I wonder whether your body is rejecting something, the psyllum husks, for example, or are you having too much dairy?
Are you eating enough salt?
And what fats are you eating? I'm reading "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" which talks about how some oils/fats made people feel nauseous - butter, olive oil and coconut didn't.
Sorry, can't remember the science and I'm just rushing out, but I'll let you know tomorrow - although I hope you're better tomorrow
Is it normal to feel really energised after a bulletproof coffee? I had one today, with only a teaspoon of coconut oil and a dessert spoon of butter and I was buzzing for a while. I didn't even finish it as it was a bit sickly and coconutty.
I think it might be a bug making it all worse today, though the daily thing isn't due to that. DH nauseous - his iron constitution probably means that's his version while I'm shivering in bed and throwing up my stomach contents... I've talked him through how to make lemon pepper turkey steaks so I can have a little bit if my tummy can manage. It smells good.
I'm at the beginning of "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living" and after their warning about salt in there I am keeping on top of it, but will continue to keep an eye.
I am eating a lot of yogurt/cream, like almost daily, but I often feel a bit better for it and a bit of (like in an omelette) but not loads of cheese eg I don't snack on it or like it in chunks. And I only cook in/ add either butter or olive oil.
Thanks all for helping me feel a bit better. I will stop moaning... well, when I feel better, I don't think I'm a whingy person, although you may disagree!!
It does sound like you have a sicky-bug. Poor you. Not fun. But you know that in 24-48h it will all be out of your system. And it might even boost your weightloss! I lost 6lb through being poorly for 3-4 days (a mild spotty virus, rather than sicky). Don't worry about eating. Rest and rehydration are more important.
BTW I'm sure you don't have to be reminded that even the Mirena has a failure rate. If the regular nausea continues...
Yes, you're right, HerGreatest, I will rule that out for peace of mind. I am still on too many post-op meds for that to be at all a good idea.
Willie since I'd only been sick the once and still felt faintly nauseous, I took your advice and had (a small portion of - worried I'd be sick again) a some higher carb veg and some home-breaded turkey (I say home breaded because I know what was in it, no sugary additives etc). And felt better and stayed up watching some bits on television with DH. I know it's unnecessary but I still had a plus of ketones a few hours after, I guess I was thinking, aaargh, a bit of sweet potato and some breadcrumbs, that'll be it, I'll put it all back on. I don't daily weigh as for me that way madness lies. I will report back today/tomorrow if that's ok - bacon and scrambled egg for breakfast and ok, but a background level of nausea.
Glad you're feeling better, LMD - I think it's fair to say that you've had a pretty shit time of it recently, and you need to be kind to yourself. A somewhat higher carb day isn't going to make you instantly put on 5 stones, and if it's making you feel better then surely that's more important?
Thanks BIWI, you are so lovely!
Despite feeling nauseous and sluggish, I was still planning to go swimming, it's THE best way to build up all the muscles safely, but have decided, no, stop. The lack of control of my body is horrible. The hindsight in a few days will make it clear. I get to "this is the best I've felt in months/years" for a few days then get worse somehow again. So no swimming today, the pool will still be there on Monday, have a job application to finish and some website content editing to do, that's really enough for today. I am probably in a bit of denial applying for a full time job. I mean, really, could I? Sigh. ODAAT is the best self-advice I think. And stop whining to people I don't really know on the internet.
Whine away! That's what we're here for. Or shout shit. We're good at that as well on Bootcamp!
I have a question.........
I am on a few low carbing Facebook pages.....
All of them talk about sugar substitutes and eating fruit etc....so, how do they lose weight if they are still eating fruit n stuff?
I don't know. Are they though?
They could just be lucky people who can eat higher levels of carbs than others. Without knowing what else they're eating, it's impossible to know.
star avocados are brilliant in LC - very low in carbs, nutritious and tasty.
My MFP lists a medium 100g avocado (Tesco, so not an American figure) to be 2g carbs, but even if the figures vary, it's not going to be very high, surely.
<realises was looking at first page and lurks away>
Damn this ketosis lowers your ability to tolerate alcohol...
people have different ideas of what low carb means (see 'low carb not no carb' comments from people who don't understand that there are carbs in veg).
some people want to stay out of ketosis, which is fine, but weight loss will be slower and might possibly be harder to stick to because you don't get the benefits that come with being in ketosis like appetite suppressed, and probably get blood sugar highs/lows too. they might need to restrict calories/fat too if they are eating fruit
I'm planning to start the family low carbing from tomorrow and will sme advice before I do some meal planning later.
DH had his diabetic review a couple of days ago and (as I predicted) it wasn't good, his blood pressure is up and his blood sugar is out of control, to the point that they've recruited him for a drug trial (another thread entirely). So as I've struggled to control my eating since before Christmas we've agreed to low carb properly together.
MY question is, I'm a veggie (DH isn't and neither is DD) so we'll be having a combination of veggie meals and meals which are essentially the same but where DH/DD have the addition of meat or fish and I have a veggie protein. Are there any veggies around who've done this successfully and can you recommend low carb veggie proteins?
I'm fine with eggs and cheese and I see I can have quorn bacon but will have to be careful with the low fat sausages. I've added marinated tofu to my on-line shop for protein in salads for lunch, then I'm struggling a bit and probably need a trip to Holland and Barrett. My concern I suppose is that I'll end up eating lots of vegetable and less protein than DH and it won't work for me.
What else should I be thinking about and can anyone recommend any good recipe books for a semi veggie low carb household.
Also, DH is sceptical about having full fat mayo, butter and cream (after years of low fat) I've explained the science but he's not buying it, what else should I be saying?
Tea cheese and nuts could be good protein choices for you as well. They vary a lot in carb counts and obviously can be high calorie so you need to be a bit more careful.
I saw there were nuts on the boot camp rules, is just such a completely different way of eating it takes a bit of getting your head around, i need to lose a couple of stone, DH a bit less, eating full fat and things like nuts and avocado after following slimming world is a bit alien.
I'm not a vegetarian but I borrowed this book from the library.
TeaOneSugar how about "Try it for 6 weeks and see." By then he will have got past the switching over to fat-burning stage, and have lost at least half a stone. He should also be seeing a difference in his well-being and a levelling-off in his blood sugar. His recent blood tests will give him a benchmark, and another test after 6w of faithfully following this WOE ought to convince him!
As for nuts, brazils and walnuts are the lowest-carb, but I have always found that my weightloss stalls if I eat them. Sesame seeds (tahina) and pine seeds do not cause me any problems.
Thanks everyone for the advice.
DH will be having regular HBA1C tests because of the drugs trial he's now on, so we've agreed going to see what the results of the first test are and decide then if he wants to continue. He has an appointment to start the trial on Tuesday so we'll know more about timescales after that.
I'm not sure if he'll mention it to the doctor, TBH the diet sheet he brought home the other day is a load of rubbish so probably not much point.
His skinny latte habit is going to be a problem.
Buy yourselves a copy of "Escape the Diet Trap" by Dr John Briffa and make sure that your DH reads it. And sign up for his weekly newsletter. If you're going to follow this WOE properly you really need to be comfortable about the science behind it.
Did I see somewhere that Total greek yoghurt is allowed on BC?
Yes Jill, but make sure it's the full fat version. Lidl do a full fat Greek yoghurt as well that's much cheaper (£1.58 for a kilogram).
A question about lupin flour - does anyone have any opinion on whether it's an acceptable flour to use? It's meant to be good for low GI/high protein diets, and is higher in protein than grain flours. I don't think it has much in the way of thickening properties though (not a lot of starch in it) so it's not an ideal substitute for everything!
Try soured cream or creme fraiche as an alternative to yogurt. Tesco do a little pot (single portion yogurt size) which is very convenient. Waitrose own-brand is much nicer than the Tesco one, but only comes in bigger pots. Which would be fine if I had any self-control!
Anyone got any soup suggestions? I like to make a giant soup & a slow cooker stew to save cooking on weekdays. My go-to soups have sweet potato or pumpkin as a base apart from my Fabulous Chicken & Veg Soup which involves a Lot of Chopping.
I'm after a minimal chop then blend low carb soup or two. No need for a recipe as I'm confident with making things by guesswork.
Cream of mushroom soup is a good one, Seri!
Yum, mushroom soup sounds good.
The husband wouldn't eat it though so bring on more ideas. He also won't eat cheesy sauce so broccoli and cheese soup is not an option.
Every night he's not at home for dinner I eat a whole cauliflower with cheese sauce .
seri broccoli and Stilton with a dollop of cream is to die for ....... Yummy !
I don't let my DH at my mushroom soup! tis just for me. Not because he doesn't like it, either - but it's mine.
Does he not like cream in soups then? or you could try cream of tomato soup (I don't know if toms are allowed, I don't eat thebuggers so haven't checked)
I make a spicey soup with a leek-onion-garlic base, tinned tomatoes/passata/sundried tomato paste (ie whatever I have available), Middle East spices, and minced beef or lamb. Just before I serve I add greens: small broccoli florets /sliced green beans/whole spinach. They go in the pot, carby veg like sweetcorn or peas would be handed separately. I add a blob of mayo to my plate instead of peas
i had never heard of lupin flour. this suggests 1g net carbs per 30g (so about 3g per 100g) - i am assuming it is the american way of listing carbs so subtracted the fibre
so it looks like it's ok. i do find though that with the high fibre wheat flour substitutes (coconut flour, milled flax) they can make me stall and give me a bit of a dodgy tummy so i tend to avoid, but i'm sure most people are fine
what does the back of your pack say thumbwitch?
Forgot to say that I don't blend it afterwards. It's a very liquid soup, and the sliced veg add texture. But, apart from slicing up the leeks etc, there's no more slicing until just before you serve.
the american way of listing carbs so subtracted the fibre
What do you mean?
He prefers putting chilli sauce in soup instead of cream.
The spicy soup also sounds good, will try that one too.
Do you think broccoli and bacon soup would be nice? That way chilli or cream/cheese can be added at the end according to taste.
american nutrition labels list carbs including fibre, then 'of which' fibre separately, so you have to subtract the fibre from the carbs to get the 'net carbs'. the fibre listed is the insoluble fibre so it goes straight through you and doesn't enter the blood stream. the net carbs do.
so e.g. an american label might say:
so you have to subtract fibre from carbs to give you 1g net carbs
for UK labels the fibre is already subtracted and you're already looking at net carbs, so the same label would say:
this is why you have to be very careful using a logging site like myfitnesspal because if someone has uploaded the american figures you might get a fright thinking you've eating many more grams of carbs than you thought - actually many were insoluble fibre so your net carbs is ok. on the other hand, be careful not to assume that you ARE looking at american values so it's ok once you subtract the fibre, because it may be that you are looking at the UK values and the net carbs are what is listed - otherwise you might be eating more carbs than you think
Lupin flour seems to have 11.1g carbs, but only about 1.2g sugars. Australian labelling is like UK labelling, fibre is a separate component (but have been looking at another forum where it's confused the hell out of the Americans! "How can the fibre content be higher than the carbs? " )
Maybe lupin flour is an Aussie special... and on googling it appears it may be. Australian Sweet Lupin is the source; the "peas" of it are used. Of course lupin peas in the UK are toxic, because of the alkaloids they contain, so don't try making your own!
The carbs are not starchy according to wiki, and it's sold as a low GI/high protein flour, so FX it will be ok. I'm not baking with it, just using it to coat my turkey breasts/fish before crumbing with parmesan; and to hold my parmesan crackers together.
sadly it's the overall carbs that count (rather than the 1.2g sugar), but if you're only using a very small quantity spread across several portions it's probably fine - if you find it's causing you problems you can just stop using it anyway
i don't know whether you can get it in the uk. the only thing i can find when i google 'lupin flour uk' are warnings about allergy risks due to lupin being a legume so close to peanuts!
Have you tried almond flour / ground almonds instead of lupin flour Thumbwitch?
God no, stuntnun - can't imagine using ground almonds on a turkey schnitzel, that sounds bad enough, worse for fish! [blech]
ThatYoghurt - this is true. Lots of cross reactivity with peanut allergy, apparently.
Only using about between a tsp and tbsp of it, depending on how much sticks to the meat/fish, and only 1tbsp across 15 parmesan crackers, so not a huge amount. Won't use it for anything else. (It's quite a startling yellow!)
I don't know Thumbwitch, DH made baked brie by coating brie in buttermilk (I can't eat eggs) then ground almonds and it was lush.
Brie and almonds, no problem, I could do that. Just can't quite take the idea of it with fish or turkey. It would probably be ok with turkey, but no, still can't face it with fish.
I really like the sound of it over the brie though - was it a whole brie? how long did it take to bake it?
I will have to refer you to Mr Stunt ThumbWitch but it's probably quite non-technical: cut a piece of Brie into four, dip in egg (or buttermilk) then ground almonds, bake at 180 until the cheese is starting to lose its shape.
Thanks StuntNun - sounds like lunch to me!
Thumbwitch I had salmon coated with linseeds the other night which was good, not sure if that is maybe another option?
ThumbWitch Mr Stunt says 5-10 minutes for the baked Brie but you want it to be starting to go soft but without melting so you need to keep an eye on it.
Thanks MrStuntnun - read that just in time for lunch! Although sadly I have discovered that my stock of ground almonds is gone, so will have to go out and get some. Lunch tomorrow then.
Sayra - I think that would be ok for me, I like linseeds, but I can't see DH or the boys eating it, and I CBA to do 2 sets of coatings for one meal. I will try it when it's just me though, thanks!
What is the verdict on peanut butter for BC light, please? I have seen a few references to it on the chat thread but I am not sure if it is allowed (and in what quantities, given I can eat a whole jar on a spoon ).
kefy it is allowed, but be careful because as you say it is very moreish so the carbs can add up quickly - i would avoid more than a tablespoon. also peanuts are legumes rather than nuts, so can be carbier than nuts like macadamias etc
you also need to check the label of the jar very carefully - you don't want one with added sugar
i love almond butter but can't have it in the house because it is like crack
Is there any reason I should avoid having 4 small meals instead of 3 larger ones on this WOE?
I'm worried I'm eating more somehow and that's why I've stalled.
A stall is defined as no weight loss at all for several weeks, so you haven't stalled!
What are you eating and why are you worried it's too much?
I've stayed the same for 2 weeks and had a sneaky look at the scales this morning and they still haven't moved so wondered if there was something else I should be doing to get it all moving?
I'm cutting back cheese but I don't really have much other dairy so not sure if that will help. I'm doing my water and I'm sticking to the rules. I'm posting my meal plans on the threads. The only thing I can see that I do differently to everyone else is having an extra meal during the day. My days usually start at around 5/5.30am and end around 9.30/10pm and I find it just doesn't suit me to have only 3 meals as I get hungry in the afternoon and want to snack so instead of snacking I have one extra little meal.
I'm not complaining [cowers from big stick] just wondered if there was something I was missing? I've lost 7lbs (including warm up week) so I'm not concerned about the amount I'm losing, I'm very pleased with that, and I'm enjoying the food, it's just that I seem to have gotten stuck at this weight.
Are you eating enough fat? I know you're having an early start, but your'e also having an early finish, so you really shouldn't need 4 meals if you're eating enough fat/protein.
That said, it is very often the case that in weeks 3 and 4 (sometimes 5) people stay the same, so I wouldn't be too downhearted. Just keep on keeping on!
I have a rate of loss question - i know that 1-2lbs per week is ideal, but
ducks I seem to have lost 5lbs this week. I gained slightly last week. I started on the 6th Jan so I'm at the end of week 5. I think it may be breastfeeding related. Is this an ok amount for a woosh or should I be eating more? I think I'm eating plenty though.
That's great, Pseudo! Although overall we're looking at 1-2lbs a week, in reality this is more likely to be an average. What a lot of people report is that they lose in 'lumps', IYSWIM! Nothing for a week then 3lbs the next week.
I doubt it's breastfeeding related, unless you are seriously, seriously under-eating.
Just be pleased, and keep on keeping on
Thanks, I was shocked when I sneaked on to the scales this morning!
Can anyone tell me what ubercamp is? TIA
Are MacDonalds cheeseburgers ok, if you order them plain and take the bun off? I'm going tomorrow and can't face another salad (their chicken and bacon is low quality - unsurprisingly!)
Übercamp is 3 days of very low carb and dairy- free eating. If you go to the spreadsheet and click on the tabs at the bottom you should find it
Whenever I have stalled, ubercamp has got me going again.
I don't know if this has been answered before but here goes - I believe olive oil is best kept for salads etc so I was wondering what would be the best oil for deep frying? I am using butter or coconut oil for shallow frying. Thanks
I don't deep fry, but if I did, I'd be tempted to use coconut oil, or lard, perhaps? Just depends on the quantity of oil that you need I suppose
Thanks BIWI I was considering making some tasty looking quails egg scotch egg type things (minus the breadcrumbs) that Michel Roux jnr made on Food & Drink programme yesterday. They looked lovely.
Oooh - they sound nice! What would you use for the crumbs though?
I thought either ground almond with a bit of chilli/paprika/seasoning or some grated parmesan would be good instead of the panko crumbs Michel used
I am now thinking of venturing into bootcamp and it sounds too good to be true.
Will it work for me? I am very sedentary (can't do very much about that for now, owing to a combination of very long work hours, depression and social anxiety) but also I am in my 50s and put on weight if I just think about chocolate for too long.
I am terrified that I will stuff myself with delicious oily creamy food...and stay the same size or even put on weight.
Sorry if this has been asked before...
Are we told to limit tea/coffee to 2 cups a day due to the carbs/dairy in the cream/milk, or due to the caffeine in the tea/coffee itself?
I am regularly exceeding 2 cups of coffee with cream if I'm honest (not by much, but still) - at the moment I am losing weight but if it stalls I am wondering whether there will be any merit in having it black, or just cutting down to 2 cups if the fat in the cream is useful?
Lesser - I would advise just to try for a week and see!
I have just completed my first week after previously doing low fat/low kcal, and I have gorged on fat all week! I was convinced I couldn't lose weight eating all that fat, but I lost 4.75lbs in 1 week and feel great.
Just follow the bootcamp instructions the best you can and you can't go far wrong. I know it goes against every "diet rule" under the sun but just trust in the process and do it!
I bet you will probably even see a loss after a day, I know it is naughty to weigh every day, but if you are anxious about the high fat thing, it is sometimes reassuring to see a loss to convince you you are doing the right thing (just bear in mind it's probably water, but at least you're not gaining!)
Thanks! Do I need to think about calories at all, or just make sure I stay off the carbs?
Most of the time you don't need to worry about calories at all, as long as you are eating low-carb 'properly'. Some people find that as they get within half a stone or so of their goal weight they keep an eye on calories...
BUT... the whole point of LC is understanding that, in all honesty, 95% of conventional wisdom about calories etc is pretty much wrong, at least for many if not most of us! If you are eating the right foods, avoiding sugar, keeping your fat intake up, then calories become pretty much irrelevant.
I love this WOE precisely because calorie counting has always seemed like a joyless way to live - turns out I was right
Tossed - the issue of caffeine is a difficult one - some people say it spikes an insulin release, others say it doesn't - so it's kind of up to you to see if it makes a difference to you if you give it up.
The other reason for giving it up, though, is the amount of carbs in milk. If you can drink tea/coffee with cream, that's better than milk - but it can still also add up to be a lot of dairy, which some people have a problem with
Sorry to be abrupt but I have to be quick.
Meatballs have breadcrumbs in, can I have these or do I need to make my own?
Not really - although check the carb count and work out how many carbs in a portion. Depending on what else you're eating they may be ok. But home-made, without breadcrumbs, will always be better
As some of you know I am along time lurker and have followed this WOE successfully for some time now and I am lighter than I have been in decades!!
Can someone remind me of why from time to time you get a couple of days when you are ravenous.
Plenty of fat being consumed, water being drunk.
Thanks BIWI, going to start on Monday
barleywood that happens to me when i'm premenstrual. as i am now. i could probably eat dp if he weren't away with work
Pre-menstrual boat sailed long ago
I am hoping it is followed by a whoosh although I have no right to expect one. Sticking to low carb, high fat snacks so hopefully not too much damage.
Please remind me what proportions of calories are supposed to come from which food groups?
We don't count calories on a low carb diet! In terms of proportions it should be fat then protein and lastly carbohydrate
Oh I know we don't - just one reason to love eating this way!
I'm finding the last stone difficult to shed, so I was wondering whether I should perhaps be a bit more methodical in my approach. I know I can always bootcamp again, but I'd rather not - yet.
According to MyFitnessPal
According to MyFitnessPal, I'm getting about 70% of my calories from fat, 15-25% from protein, and 5-15% from carbs.
Are those optimum proportions, or would I be better of tweaking them?
If you could up the protein a little bit and cut the carbs back a little bit, I think that would be fine
Will give it a go. Thanks
Sueh I use lard in the deep fat fryer. I prefer the taste of light and mild olive oil but lard is better for this woe. I have a rotafryer so I have to remember to empty it before it solidifies. DH has been experimenting with deep fried pork belly (so-so) and chicken wings (yum) and I tend to deep fry spare ribs.
I still don't understand why you don't have to count calories.
Can someone explain please?
Is it that you are so filled up by the yummy fat and protein that you naturally eat fewer calories?
And if so then why the concern about whether people are eating enough calories?
Because the conventional theory of 'all calories are the same' simply isn't true.
And because we focus on keeping the carbs down, because it's the carbs that cause the insulin spike that causes the body to lay down fat.
We do, eventually, have to consider the calories we're eating, as we get nearer our goal weight, but at the outset it's sufficient to count the carbs.
There is a concern about people not eating enough, because the thinking here is that if the body isn't getting enough food/energy, then it goes into starvation mode, and hangs on to everything - so you won't lose weight. That's the theory, anyway!
If you were anaemic, the GP wouldn't tell you to take 5mg of iron filings every day, he'd prescribe ferrous sulphate in a dose which would give you 50mg of iron a day. Which you would take, and get constipated, nauseated and have black poo. So you'd come to MN, and we'd tell you to take ferrous bisglycinate, at a dose which would give you 25mg of iron a day. Which you would take, have no side-effects, and your anaemia would recover faster than it would on ferrous sulphate, despite the lower dose. This is because not all forms of iron are the same. Your body absorbs and processes them differently.
It is very similar with calories. The calorie content of food is measured by burning it under controlled conditions, and measuring the amount of energy it generates. (Because not all foods are tested, the amount if energy they can generate by being burned is calculated from the known values of their components.)
But - hey! newsflash! - you are not a machine for burning fuel under controlled conditions. You are a complex biological process. Just as not all forms of iron are the same, not all calories are the same. Your response to the calorie may depend upon the form it takes, your ability to digest that form, your hormone levels, your response to those hormones, many many factors.
This is why all calories are not the same, and calories in do not necessarily have to equal calories out in order to have stable weight.
I'm going to start LC next week and writing up a shopping list. Quick question - is there an alternative to the Total yoghurt? I get shopping delivered from Ocado and the Total yoghurt is expensive I've seen people posting about the Lidl one but I don't live near one.
Everything from Ocado is expensive!
You could get the Onken one (although make sure it's not the 0%/low fat one), but although it's as low in carbs as Total, it doesn't have the same fat content - so Total will be more satisfying (as well as better on a low carb diet)
Hmmmm I wonder if I can pick up some Total from the local asda to see if it's any cheaper. Surprisingly I do my shopping through the mysupermarket website and Ocado always comes up cheaper than Tesco, Sainsbos and asda it really shocked me!
You could always buy some double cream and add that to your Onken? Mind you, by then you'll have spent as much as if you bought Total in the first place!
I'd buy it if it was just me eating it, but I have a yoghurt fiend DP who would probably eat a kilo of it in one sitting Expensive habit!
How about cocoa( green and blacks probably)? If I make it with water and just a few teaspoons of milk would it sabotage things ?