Preparing for next week's Bootcamp

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BIWI Wed 14-Jan-15 22:44:53

Evening all!

Well, only 5 days now until we get started. We have a huge number of people signed up this time, and so I'm assuming that lots of you are people who are new to low carbing.

It's really important to be prepared. Eating low carb can be quite challenging - simply because the world isn't designed for us. It's all about low fat and low calorie, neither of which we will be doing.

You also need to know that if you're used to a high carb diet, and you suddenly switch to a low carb one, that you might suffer from what's often called 'carb flu'. You might feel lethargic and headachey and generally rubbish.

So. This is my advice to you.

First, please make sure that you've read the rules of Bootcamp before we start:

Here they are

Print them out, keep reading them, and understand that they will the key to your success.

The idea of Bootcamp is that it's an easy process. There's no counting and no weighing. That's not to say that Bootcamp (or at least the first two weeks) is easy - the clue is in the name grin - but if you follow the rules it will be straightforward and as easy as possible.

Second, start cutting down your carbs now. Hopefully this will help you avoid carb flu.

The best thing to do is to try and make one meal each day as low carb as you can - why not try with breakfast? If you were to have bacon and eggs, or an omelette, for example, this would be totally carb-free.

Third, make sure you've got rid of as much carby stuff as you can. So all that chocolate left over from Christmas, the biscuits, the crisps etc - get shot of it all. And try not to buy any more! If temptation is there, it's hard to resist. You don't need it - and, being frank, neither do your children or your partners.

Fourth, have a look at your diary for the next couple of weeks, and plan your meals as much as you can, as far ahead as you can. And then make sure that you go shopping so that you have all the necessary low carb options available.

If you have the kind of lifestyle/job that takes you out of the house/away regularly, make sure that you've thought through how you're going to stick to low carbing. What low carb options are going to be available to you?

Fifth, as well as weighing yourself, it's a really good idea to take measurements. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, the scales will show no change, but your measurements will change.

Another thing to consider is to find an article of clothing that currently doesn't fit - something that's a size too small. Have this to hand, and try it one once a week, as well as weighing, so that you can really see your progress. Even if the scales are showing a loss, sometimes this can be a bit 'conceptual' compared with the reality of an item of clothing being obviously looser.

Finally, it is really helpful if you know more about low carbing than we can impart on these threads. You are very likely to come across people who are very anti low carbing - and it can be very easy to crumble in the face of their criticisms. This is especially true if it's coming from a partner, or a parent/best friend. So arm yourself with some information about the science behind low carbing (and be reassured that there is plenty).

One of the best books to read is "Escape the Diet Trap" by Dr John Briffa. Or, "Why We Get Fat (And What To Do About It)" by Gary Taubes.

To quote a very cheesey cliche:

Failing to plan is planning to fail ...

And very finally, if you've done Bootcamp before, perhaps you could add your own tips to help everyone prepare for next week?

Many thanks, and very good luck everyone


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ClockwiseCat Wed 14-Jan-15 23:51:43

Watching this with interest, thank you. I'm a carb fiend but quite keen to break free of the addiction!

prettybird Thu 15-Jan-15 08:31:07

I'd advise making sure that you've got plenty of low carb "snacks" in the house, so that if you get tempted, at least you're not going to break Boot Camp and stop the process of ketogenically adapting your body.

I find that in the first few days I often get the munchies - whether it's emotional, habit or just my body craving carbs, they still need to dealt with. Having some salami, pepperami, hard boiled eggs, pâté, home made low carb of course coleslaw in the house really helps stop diving into the carbs.

After about a week I find that I realise that I am no longer "snacking" 'cos I'm just not hungry - but I do still need to watch the "habit" munchies. I try to keep them at bay by having a herb tea (peppermint & licquorice is lovely and surprisingly sweet, as is salted caramel green tea and gingerbread green tea is lovely and warming) with a teaspoon of coconut oil. The KTC brand of coconut oil is cheap (buy it in big supermarkets with "ethnic" aisles or in Asian or Chinese? local shops) and doesn't taste of coconut.

BIWI Thu 15-Jan-15 08:57:25

And cheese and olives make good, low carb snacks as well.

The other thing I'd advise, is to print out a list of allowed veg (also on the spreadsheet), so that you get to learn the carb counts, and know what is/isn't acceptable during Bootcamp.

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SunshineAndShadows Thu 15-Jan-15 09:07:35

Thanks BIWI. I started just after New Year and was doing well but overseas this week eating hotel food and struck down with a stinking head cold so haven't done well. Looking forward to getting home and starting boot camp proper

SayraT Thu 15-Jan-15 09:41:25


Finally my internet seems to have sorted itself so fingers crossed it stays working!

This BC there are lots of people signed up (145ish I think) this means that the spreadsheet might be a bit slow to load.

To help with this if you do not use the spreadsheet in the first two weeks of BC I will delete you from it this doesn't mean that you can't go back on, you can. From previous experience many more people sign up for BC than actually use the spreadsheet. Some because they never start and others because they prefer to record their weight privately.

If anyone WILL NOT be using the spreadsheet can you let me know and I will delete you now

On Monday BIWI will post a link to the new spreadsheet, your names are already on it in alphabetical order. Put your starting weight in and make sure you hit "Enter" on the keypad (I worked out that was why some people had problems previously).

If you are not on the spreadsheet just add your name in one of the empty rows at the bottom of the list. Please don't try to insert a line in the correct alphabetical position, I will sort that later on.

Can't wait to get started!

prettybird Thu 15-Jan-15 10:00:52

BIWI I didn't include cheese 'cos I tend to overdue it! blush Fortunately I've now finished the Emmenthal and cheddar

Having said that, having cheese as a snack and then dropping it later when you hit a stall can be effective well it worked for me in the last Boot Camp wink


miffy49 Thu 15-Jan-15 12:53:17

I always struggled if I had to go out prior to going LC as I can't eat wheat and gluten. LC has solved that as I can now carry an emergency kit. smile I keep in a bag of macadamia nuts, a net of BabyBel and some of Asda's individually wrapped mini salami sticks. All useful stuff that will survive the bottom of your handbag and will keep you going nicely to your next proper meal if you get delayed.

I know the nuts aren't strict BC but macadamia are the lowest carb and its a far cry from grabbing a sarni (or a biscuit!) in hungry desperation! They keep ages sealed up too so you don't even have to remember to grab them from the fridge as you leave the

MrsKoala Thu 15-Jan-15 13:10:18

Is it okay to ask for a tip? If so, does anyone know how to thicken a casserole without using flour? I really want lots of filling slow cooker casseroles to shove in and DH & DS can just have bread/mash etc with. But all the ones i have done omitting a thickener have been watery. I was thinking maybe pureeing some swede/butternut squash and stirring it in. Or is that too carby? My butcher does great ox cheeks/tail and i really want some recipes for these too if anyone has any?

Thanks - sorry if it's the wrong place to ask Biwi.

daisychicken Thu 15-Jan-15 13:10:28

I am joining in again but not on the spreadsheet. I've been lax due to Christmas and DH working away which means I go for the very quick faves of the dc.. But this last 2 weeks we have had planned low carb meals and I've kept up with it - just got to stop the habit nibbles..

Any thoughts for a warm but quick breakfast? When the weather is warm, I like greek yoghurt with berries or slices of ham and cheese or crustless quiche but it's cold and I want a low carb version of porridge - quick and simple to make without requiring effort (I struggle in the mornings so cooking is out)....

Birdinacage Thu 15-Jan-15 13:22:52

Mrs Koalo I tend to either add cream and then reduce the sauce down a bit to thicken or alternatively pumpkin is great for thickening things like casserole and lower carb than butternut squash. Also you could try chia seeds, they are really absorbent and soak up a lot of fluid, they feel a bit like tomato seeds to me when cooked as they get a jelly like coating around the crunchy little seeds but they don't really taste of much.

BIWI Thu 15-Jan-15 13:49:36

MrsKoala - ask away!

I never thicken my casseroles - I just put less liquid in to start with.

If it turns out that there's too much liquid when it's cooked, then I'd drain the liquid into a saucepan and reduce it down before adding it back to the meat.

Or, serve it with some kind of mashed veg - celeriac, cauliflower or swede, and that will absorb the 'jus' - lovely!

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BIWI Thu 15-Jan-15 13:50:53

I need to warn you all that we may not have the Weight Tracker for next Bootcamp <inserts Daily Mail sad face>

Apparently there are some tech issues behind the scenes at MNHQ which means that they may not be able to help us this time around. But I'm on the case and will see what I can do.

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MrsKoala Thu 15-Jan-15 13:54:02

Thanks Bird.

Can anyone remind me if coconut milk is allowed? for thickening curries.

RatherBeOnThePiste Thu 15-Jan-15 14:42:41

Daily Mail sad face....

Yuleloglatte Thu 15-Jan-15 14:46:14

Coconut cream is great for thickening curries - you can get it in UHT cartons. It's lovely.

MrsKoala Thu 15-Jan-15 15:27:41


Also (sorry - lots of questions!) are there any 'ready' sauces which are low carb and not full of sugar and nasties? (i have a 2yo and 4mo so easy things are often necessary!!)

SayraT Thu 15-Jan-15 16:49:29

Daisy at work so shouldn't be on but coconut porridge is good for a filling warm breakfast, it is not the lowest of low carb though. I like it occasionally.

Can't remember exact quantities off the top of my head but roughly:

25g desiccated coconut
25g ground almonds
100ml coconut cream
Dash double cream

Heat in pan over stove until nice and warm. I sometimes have it with berries....since it is nuts you can't have it the first two weeks but after that it is a good breakfast.

daisychicken Thu 15-Jan-15 17:04:05

SayraT - that sounds fab... I might experiment and see if I can microwave it too.

A friend cooks bacon and freezes it in slices, she then microwaves however many slices she needs for her breakfast - she has a chronic fatigue as well so this is her quick warm breakfast - but I can't imagine the bacon would taste good reheated confused it's not like it's on a salad where it can be cold and crispy! Anyone tried it?

BIWI Thu 15-Jan-15 17:27:04

Thing is, it only takes a couple of minutes to fry bacon anyway!

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Pisseslikeahorse Thu 15-Jan-15 17:42:44

SayraT you could delete me as I've not got much to do and am on the brink of maintenance (ish).

WireCat Thu 15-Jan-15 18:37:55

I'm looking forward to starting this.

Just to nuts in the 1st 2 weeks? I used to love a slice of cheese with peanut butter spread on it. Will avoid though.

Will do a menu planner later. Am dreading weighing myself on Monday morning.

Romeyroo Thu 15-Jan-15 19:01:42

Sayra, please feel free to delete me from the spreadsheet, I don't have scales and am aiming at inches and wellbeing! Have not read the rest of the thread beyond the spreadsheet alert; but looking forward to reading it later

AlphaBravoHenryFoxtons Thu 15-Jan-15 20:32:37

Sayra - you can delete me. I am boot camping but I don't need to use the spreadsheet.

SayraT Thu 15-Jan-15 20:41:39

Thanks you lot and wow pisses well done!

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