Detrimental Impact Of Holiday Weight Gain
As you may have read in my previous post, whilst on holiday I gained an extra 7lb in weight, even though I thought I’d been pretty carefull but clearly the ‘odd’ glass of wine and a couple of ice creams made all the difference and on return from holiday, I could really feel the negative impact of the extra pounds, both physically and mentally:
- Having worked hard last year to put Diabetes Type 2 into remission, using the Newcastle University Study ‘Low Carb Diet’ recommendations and being able to avoid taking Metformin medication, I was very conscious that those ‘extra pounds’ could see me slide back into higher blood sugar levels again.
Read about my diabetes journey: How to be Positive about a ‘Positive Diabetes Diagnosis!
Low Carb Post Holiday Kick Start
Seeing the extra pounds on the scales, inspired me to set some new targets for my healthy weight journey, which had slowed to a standstill prior to my holiday. In addition to needing to lose the 7lb gained on holiday, I also decided to set a new target goal of losing a further 1 stone (14lb) as well. On return from holiday, I kicked straight back into a strict and yet tasty ‘low carb’ diet and to help keep me motivated, I started my new Brilliance Within HealthyWeight Diary series.
How I’ve Lost 7lb in 6 Days:
After just 6 days, I’m delighted that I’ve now lost ALL of the 7lb I’d gained on holiday. I have to say, I’m impressed with myself – half a stone in less than a week is pretty good going and I can honestly say that it hasn’t been hard. The Brilliance Within Healthy Low Carb Recipes are so tasty that I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
- Going Low Carb, doesn’t mean going ‘Low Fat’. Indeed, sticking to full fat products like Full Fat Greek Yoghurt, Cream and Crème Fraiche which I add to some savoury sauces, really helps to keep the ‘hunger pangs’ at bay and also helps me to feel that I’ve eaten something luxurious, rather than feeling that I’ve been deprived of a great meal.
- Eating plenty of protein in the form of chicken, salmon, eggs, red meat, avocado etc. also helps to reduce hunger.
You can check out some of the great low carbohydrate recipes that I enjoy via the links below:
Foody Friday: Focus on Goat’s Cheese
There are lots more to check out under the Health & Fitness Low Carb Recipes Tab: https://brilliancewithin.com/category/low-carb-recipes/
How Food Swaps Make a BIG Difference
Making some simple changes to what we eat can really help ease the transition to a Low Carb Diet:
- Swap normal rice for cauliflower rice
- Swap pasta for courgetti
- Swap toast with breakfast for a large flat mushroom
- Swap several cups of tea per day, for water with lemon juice
- Avoid high carb fruits like bananas, melon and grapes and eat more strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
When I started out on this Low Carb method of eating, I didn’t like the idea of some of the swaps.. I certainly didn’t fancy the cauliflower rice. However, once I tried it I was immediately won over and now I actually prefer cauliflower rice to standard rice as an accompaniment to chilli con carne and curry etc. I used to feel bloated after eating standard rice and this is no longer the case with the cauliflower rice. Once the ‘tasty’ sauce is added, I love it!
Initially, I wasn’t keen on the lemon water but after the first few days, I developed a taste for it and it’s now one of my favourite drinks. I don’t added slices of lemon due to the wax and chemicals on the lemon rind. You can by ‘unwaxed’ organic lemons but they don’t last very long. I therefore just add a good squeeze of lemon juice instead. I mix it up though having an early morning glass of ‘warm’ water and later in the day having cold still and/or cold sparkling water.
Salmon, Avocado & Strawberry Salad
Next week, I’ll talk about kick starting a new ‘get fitter’ regime to combine alongside healthy low carb eating plan…
Watch this space!
Let me know if you’ve had success in controlling Diabetes Type 2 or Healthy Eating – I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below..