I’m trying very, very hard to Bant. Or then, as others say: LCHF (low carb high fat). Not as a diet, as a lifestyle change.
I don’t have a problem eating fat: I love avocado, fat on steak and biltong, butter and cream (I’m very partial to dairy, being a milkman’s granddaughter). I know I should stay away from sugar and carbs, having a enlarged fatty liver and suspected diverticulosis/diverticulitis. I have no problem replacing bread and pasta with banting-friendly options like almond-flour- or cream cheese bread and zucchini spirals.
What gets me everytime: SUGAR!!!
I experience times when nothing is sweet enough. I can eat a whole tin of condensed milk or a slab of chocolate and not cringe. I can go through a packet of koeksusters like a hot knife through butter. At times I am willing to run down any sugary product that passes me slow enough to catch – using “run” in the loosest sense of the word. I suspect it has something to do with my insulin levels and emotional eating. Yes, I am one of those. I eat when I’m emotional.
In short, I have no problem following a LCHF lifestyle. I just need to overcome this sugar addiction I have. Yes, my name is Butternut and I am addicted to sugar.
I found this link on Facebook this morning: 15 ways to beat sugar cravings on a low carb diet.
I am going to incorporate those directions in my LCHF lifestyle as best I can.
1. Eat sufficient amounts of protein and include it to every meal. Eggs & meat it is then, in any form, with veggies from the green list.
2. Don’t be afraid of fat. That, luckily, I am not. Although, to speed up the weight loss, it is advised to cut out dairy as fats.
3. Don’t starve yourself. Fat keeps you fuller for longer and I will add as many veggies as needed from the green list.
4. Eat frequently. If you eat enough according to the Banting-plan, you should only be eating twice a day I read. But for managing insulin levels, eating more frequently should stabilize your sugar levels.
5. Always choose whole foods over processed foods. Much can be said and proved about how bad preservatives are for us and I would like to follow a more natural lifestyle. Back to basics then: eat fresh and make it yourself.
6. Drink plenty of water. Don’t drown your kidneys though, but up your water intake. Clean fresh water. And try to stay away from sodas (with this one I will have a slight problem – I drink Coke Zero every day).
7. Take supplements to beat sugar cravings. This I did not know and haven’t researched yet: “Certain supplements can help you fight sugar cravings. These include chromium,
L‑Carnitine, L‑Glutamine, omega oils and green tea extract.”. I will drink salmon oil (omega 3) every day and see if this helps. I am not a fan of drinking pills.
8. Approach artificial sweeteners with caution. Where needed I will use small amounts of Xylitol and try to stay away from soda. This I must. Try. Really.
9. Don’t have caffeine. I am not a big coffee lover, although a cuppa at the right time does wonders for my soul.
10. Get enough sleep. I find that when I’m tired, I tend to eat all the wrong things all the time. Eating “cleaner” might help getting a good snooze in, I hope. And more sex.
11. Stay away from temptations. I will have to have a talk with the other shoppers in the house about this one.
12. Exercise regularly. *blegh* I am not very partial to exercise and I hate sweating. I leave home in the early hours of the morning and come home late most nights. And I am tired. Cutting out sugar and carbs may fix this. I might just have to do motre natural exercises (a.k.a. sex) more often. And it makes me feel good, too!!
13. Do not reward yourself with food. Damn!! Food will not be a treat anymore. I will stick to banting-friendly options when I feel like a snack. Hopefully the weight loss and feeling better will be reward enough.
14. Don’t give in to emotional hunger. Double-damn!! repeat no 13.
15. Follow the guidelines of your low-carb diet precisely. GREEN LIST only!!!
*sigh* Yeah, yeah. I know it will be good for me and I know I will feel better and (hopefully even) look better. But warra-warra-warra-bah-humbug!
I will try. And hopefully beat this addiction to sugar and live better.
See you on the other side!!
PS: One addiction at a time. One day at a time. One step every time.