If you’ve been following machinegunmeow for some time, then you’ll know that I went low-carb some time ago. You can read about my experience here.
What I want to share today is a different side of the LCHF journey.
- Firstly, and mainly, I was curious. I have already illustrated in my post about Banting how going LCHF (low-carb high/healthy fat) changed things for me. I wanted to see how awful I would feel mentally, physically, emotionally and generally if I stopped.
- My weight had slowly moved back to pre-LCHF without any change in how I was Banting, exercise patterns (what exercise?) or other factors. This didn’t worry as much as it puzzled me. Having said that, I have been a believer of the notion that your body has a weight it ‘likes’ to be. There is no science behind my belief. But over the past two decades, I have noticed there is a weight +/- 1 kilograms that I tend to sit at on the scales. It’s a perfectly healthy weight even if I wish it was a smaller number.
- Next, and related to point two, I found that while I weighed about the same, my clothes fitted me differently. I wouldn’t be quick to blame it on muscle (what muscle?). I can best describe it as a redistribution of weight so my body was a slightly different shape – heavier in the bottom half on Banting.
- I missed entertaining. Preparing elaborate or simple meals for friends and family and gathering at the table has always been a pleasurable experience for me. With Banting, I wasn’t doing this much. I hadn’t been enjoying cooking much and consequently, was hardly doing any cooking.
- It was my birthday and I didn’t want to be the one ordering special dietary requirements at the celebratory breakfast.
- I wondered whether grains had a different effect on me as a descendant of an early grain cultivating people vs. recent grain eaters. It is well known that lactose intolerance is prevalent in East Asian populations – the argument being that the genetic mutation that enables lactase production in adult humans is only present in about 10% of the population (as opposed to about 95% of people of Northern European descent who can digest milk as they have a long history of dependence on unfermented milk as a food). I wonder if this analogy applied to grains and pulses.
- I didn’t care for sweets and bread. But man, I really missed eating lentils. Almost as much as I miss my mum. Who makes said lentils.
So I decided to, very un-scientifically, re-introduce different ‘red list’ items to my diet and see what would happen. It was important to me to not bring things in all at once because then I wouldn’t know what effect each food item was having on me.
Before I reveal what results my experiment gave, I’d love to know about your diet journey, particularly if you have tried or still eat LCHF.
What challenges did you face? How did you overcome them?
What worked for you?