I’ve been doing some research over the past few weeks, on the Low Carb/High Protein (LC/HP) way of eating. I won’t call it a diet, as it seems to me, that it is more than that. I’m fairly sure that, once, begun it would be a sustainable way of eating for health.
High fat doesn’t mean it’s ok to eat heaps of bad fats. Some of the fats to eat, are from the following foods – butter, olive oil, cream, cheese, bacon, meat chicken, eggs, Shellfish, Avo.
Low carbs are mainly green leafy vegetables, sweet potato, cucumber, mushrooms. This is just a few. Most vegies, other than potato are low carb, some are lower carb.
The foods to avoid when eating LC/HP foods are bread, pasta, rice, corn, fries, grains, sugar, and all low fat foods. Low fat foods contain sugar. After all, when the fat is stripped out, something has to be added to make the food taste good. Check out the sugar content on a carton of low fat milk, next time you get the chance.
The above is just a rough outline of the LCHP way of eating. Books have been written about it, so there is much more to learn than I can say in a couple of paragraphs. Just google it for more info. There is heaps out there.
I need to stress that I don’t view LC/HP as a diet. I am not looking for another diet! I am tired of dieting, having done so for all of my adult life. Now, I want to focus on being healthy, and eating in such a way that all my nutritional needs are met. Also I’m looking for something that will give me the energy to do all the exercise that I want to do each day, without almost collapsing.
There is a huge amount of evidence in cyberspace that LC/HP provides all the energy needed to live an active lifestyle. The energy from protein fats stored in the body has been proven to be much higher than the energy levels from a low fat/high carb diet.
Also I need to say, that even though I’ve done quite a bit of research, and have decided that yes, LC/HP is a valid way to eat, I’m still struggling to get started. After all, everything in this eating plan is the opposite of what we have been told for most of our adult lives. Eat low fat, eat less meat etc etc. It really worries me that making the change to high protein will make the scales read higher. I definitely do not want that!
So back to sugar. There is definitely no sugar eaten when following this plan. I’ve given this much thought and I know that I can’t possibly attempt to eat high protein, while being a sugar addict. So instead of going in guns blazing, all or nothing, as I usually do, I am going to make the change in small steps.
The first step will be to give up sugar. Even just writing that here, almost causes me heart palpitations. In the past, if I say here that I am going to do something, then that is it – I will do it! The reasonable side of my brain knows that I have to give up sugar. The other side, which I think of as the Devil, says don’t be ridiculous and keeps reminding me how much I love all my sugary treats. There have been too many sugary treats lately!
I have given up sugar in the past but have been unabble to sustain. From what I’ve read, the key to going sugar free long term is to eat high protein/high fat.
I have recently begun reading a blog called Get Me Out Of The Bowl! – Confessions Of A M&M Addict which has advice on getting started with a low carb diet. For an entertaining and informative read, take a look. Dee is the self confessed M&M addict. I can identify with her addiction, so I’m looking forward to following her progress.
Here are a couple of quotes from Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar
- Quitting sugar is not a diet
- Quitting sugar is a way of living without processed food .
- Quitting sugar is about eating like our great grandparents used to before the crap
How hard can that be? Sound simple really? I will report back in a couple of weeks, on my no-sugar progress. Once I get the sugar under control, I will try HP/LC
I Quit Sugar for Life written by Sarah Wilson