Natural Low Carb Living

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Our diet is not just about cutting down sugar and carbohydrates. It is all about eating healthy food. We always keep the amount of carbohydrates we consume daily under 50g per day. We are all very unique with our health and the way our bodies react to different things. Some of us seem to tolerate more carbohydrates where as others need to follow a diet very low in carbohydrates to gain the same benefits, even lower than 50g per day.

When we follow a diet low in carbohydrates, our bodies start using fat as the main source of energy. Therefore we replace our missing carbohydrates with fat. This does not, of course mean that we eat limitless amounts of fat, but there is no need to count the amount of fat we eat, or count any calories. We simply add fat when needed. If we are hungry after a meal then the meal most likely does not contain enough fat.

It is important not to replace any missing carbs with proteins as your body has no way of storing extra protein, but all is transferred into sugar in your liver. High protein diets are actually quite harmful for your liver and your over all health.

Fat, on the other hand is extremely important. If you don’t eat enough fat, you feel weak and tired. Fat makes you satisfied so that you end up eating much less than you normally would. You don’t even feel terribly hungry ever, but just have the feeling that you need to eat something you get near your dinner time. Think of good, proper fatty cheese. You could not eat the whole lot in one go, but only very small amounts will fill you up. A good meal containing enough fat has the same effect.

We don’t count the amount of fat we eat, but the quality of the fat in our diet is very important. We only eat natural, healthy fats such as butter, fatty meat (free range), fatty fish (caught, not farmed), coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil.

We avoid all vegetable oils, including rape seed oil, and margarines as they are very unhealthy, processed fats.

We don’t eat any artificially processed food or any sugar, and try to avoid bread, pasta, or other grains, rice, potatoes or other root vegetables. They contain too many carbohydrates. All the nutritious vegetables contain loads more vitamins and are much lower in carbohydrates. When you want to follow a low carbohydrate diet, make sure you don’t eat too much fruit or berries as they naturally contain lots of sugar. We tend to avoid all fruit, apart from apples all together and eat small amounts of berries that contain much less sugar compared to fruit.

Grains are problematic for many people, but not everyone.

Dairy also cause problems to some people, but usually the problem is artificial processing of dairy products rather than dairy itself. Therefore it is important to avoid any low fat or fat free products, but only eat as little processed as possible. For us this means unhomogenised milk, cream, butter and unpasteurised good cheese. Fat is the most important part of milk.

Remember to add enough salt to your food. Especially when you start the diet, you lose all the extra fluid from your body and the salt (sodium) with it. If you don’t get enough salt, you might offer from different kind of symptoms such as weakness, headaches, muscle cramps, or even constipation. But it is important to forget about artificial table salts. Only use good quality sea salt or pink Himalayan salt.

Constant eating with many snacks during the day is not healthy. Only eat 3 meals a day. You end up eating less, but also this kind of proper rhythm with eating has a very balancing effect on your hormones. Don’t forget that insulin resistance is the main reason for obesity which also means that the over all hormone balance in the body is disturbed. Eating food low in carbohydrates and only during correct meal times restores the correct balance of hormones very quickly.

Published by goodlifeandfood

Warm welcome to my blog. I’m Hanna, a nurse and also very passioned about healthy nutritious food and how it affects our overall health and wellbeing, both physical and mental. Eating right is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy. Not just cutting down sugar, grains and excess carbohydrates, but also choosing nutritious and good quality foods, such as good vegetables, berries, herbs and spices, is extremely important. I try not to forget stress management and healthy exercise either.

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