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Holy shit, I’m a sugar-slut!!

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!!!

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!!

Butternut

PS: One addiction at a time. One day at a time. One step every time.

 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Cooking, Ramblings

 

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the most ketogenic diet foods

the most ketogenic diet foods

ButterNut:

Now this is very interesting – a good read and very informative!

Originally posted on optimising nutrition, managing insulin:

  • Ketosis occurs when insulin levels are low.
  • The insulin load of a food is related to its carbohydrate, protein and fibre content.
  • Calculation of the percentage of insulinogenic calories enables us to prioritise foods that will lead to lower insulin levels and improved blood glucose control.

food insulin index

The initial research into the food insulin index is detailed in a 2009 paper by Susanne Holt et al who tested the insulin demand of thirty eight different foods. [1]

The food insulin index of various foods was determined by feeding 1000kJ (or 239 kcal) of a particular food to non-diabetics and measuring the insulin secretion over three hours.   The insulin secreted for that food over three hours was compared to that of white bread (which was assigned a value of 100%) to arrive at a “food insulin index” value for each food.

Considering how potentially significant this data could be for people trying…

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Posted by on April 16, 2015 in Ramblings

 

Call it what you want . . .

. . . but it’s banting and it’s easy and it works.

2 minute microwave bread

1 egg

100 ml almond flour

2 tablespoons melted butter

pinch of salt

Mix and microwave for 2 minutes.

*Recipe from one of the Facebook Banting groups I belong to

 

I doubled the recipe and made 2 “buns”. This recipe seems to be very forgiving: I’ve taken a 3/4 cup of almond flour in the doubling process, only remembered the salt after the 1st one was already in the microwave.

For dinner, I cut each bun in half to make 4 thinner slices which I popped into the toaster. It toasts very nicely. They were then used as buns for homemade hamburger patties with cheese melted over.

*They slightly disintegrated around the hamburger when we tried to hold them as such, but overall a very nice “slice” if you feel like bread.

 

Enjoy!

Butternut

 

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Cooking

 

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The healthiest little LCHF cupcake and the quickest little deconstructed cheesecake… ain’t they the sweetest?

ButterNut:

OMS!!! Something sweet to smooth Life over …

Originally posted on Low - carb is lekker. A Proudly South African Low carb, High fat, Survival Guide:

Watermark - 10 minute choc-cherry cheesecake

DECONSTRUCTED CHOC CHERRY CHEESECAKE

Ingredients:

125g (half a block) cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup cream

1 1/2 Tbsp Xylitol

Zest of one lemon

Juice of 1 small lemon (about 4 Tbsp)

1 cup of frozen cherries or any fresh or frozen berries of your choice.

Chocolate:

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup coconut cream or regular cream

4 Tbsp cocoa

3 Tbsp xylitol

Method:

For the cheese cake mousse:

Cream the cream cheese, xylitol, zest and lemon juice in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer.

Slowly pour in the cream while mixing on low at first, and as soon as the cream starts to thicken a bit mix on high for about two minutes or until stiff peaks form.

Cherries:

In a saucepan on medium heat, allow the cherries to stew for about 4 – 5 minutes and the sauce to reduce a bit.  I did not add…

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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Ramblings

 

Thanks Giving Dessert: Coconut Panna Cotta

Thanks Giving Dessert: Coconut Panna Cotta

WOW!!!! Definitely going to try this!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Ramblings

 

I am in love …..

….. with toasted pecans.

Since starting down the healthier-eating-staying-away-from-carbs-road, I have moved over to the banting way of doing things. I’ve bought the Real Meal Revolution book of which Tim Noakes is a co-writer.

So, on and off I’d bake/make things – staying away from obvious carbs and sugar. Cheesy bread with almond flour, lemon cheesecake fat bombs, chocolate mouse with cocoa and chia seeds, cream cheese clouds, etc. Most of the recipies I found from the different Facebook groups (and there’s hundreds!).

So far so good. Not really shredding of the kg’s but I seem to be losing some cm’s.

This past weekend I roasted some pecans in the oven (160-190 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes) and then blitzed them to get them fine. I was on my way to make pecan butter. My own. My own Pecan Butter.

Raw pecans

When roasted, they become darker and smell completely different.

Courtesy of Tony Chachere

Photo from Tony Chachere

Little did I know that I was digging my own grave. I nibbled on some of the roasted pecans while waiting for them to cool off. Oh My Soul!!!! They are divine! (I wanted to grab the whole tray and find a hiding place in which I could devour the lot of them!)

Be sure you blitz them in a closed food processor or in a deep container as those little bits of escaping pecans fly all over the place. I stuck with the stick blender in a deep container and squished the roasted pecans into submission.

My own pecanbutterI added 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and ground some Himalyan salt over and gave it a final blend.

I think I died and went to heaven. I can not stop eating this stuff!

Nut(ted)Butter

PS: I ordered the pecans from TheBantingLifestyle @ R200/kg and man, was their delivery quick!!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Cooking

 

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Love . . .

Love is a servitude.

In my opinion, a relationship/marriage/partnership is NOT 50/50. It’s not give and receive.

Love is giving a full 100%. You give all you can, whenever you can, as much as you can, for as long as you can.

“True love is one-way traffic.  It’s a pure flow of giving and expecting nothing in return.  Anything else is a contract.  Notice how whenever you allow love to flow you are always clear, calm and strong.  It is only when the thought arises, “What have they given me in return?” that there is confusion and resentment.  Ego transacts, love transforms.  Life is too short for all these meticulous contracts and transactions.  Remain clear, remain bright, and remain strong.  Love without expectation.”

The secret is to have someone on the other end who feels the same. Who also gives 100%.

Butter(loved)nut

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Ramblings

 

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