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Today I woke up with a lot of energy and my mood was really positive. This is my second day of not feeling very nauseous and so I seem to be adjusting. The other thing I have noticed is that my nails have suddenly grown really white and are much stronger rather than been all brittle. Also I am no longer using my asthma inhaler. So lots of these things make me happy. I found I was just not hungry during the day. But I have felt very minor cravings tonight but totally manageable. But it is always scary to feel those cravings because I worry that they will get worse. I know I should just eat more but I am still set in that calories matter mindset. 

My exercise routine is going strong. I noticed that I was a lot more consistent today. Usually when I exercise I start off with a bang and my heart rate stays quite low and so I have to keep turning up the levels on the treadmill then after 10mins I get tired and I slow down. But today although I didn’t get to the high levels I just cruised for 20 mins and still burn’t off the same amount of calories. So it seems that my heart rate is no longer fluctuating and is remaining a lot more stable. 

I find I am eating a LOT of eggs. But the thing is they are just so cheap and they make the most efficient low carb snack I can find or think of. I should really buy a few chickens and save myself some money:)

What I ate today:

Breakfast:

Ham salad: Ham, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, cheese

Brunch:

2 fried eggs

Lunch:

Lamb in a cucumber and yoghurt sauce: Lamb, grated cucumber, full cream yoghurt, mint

Dinner:

Steak and eggs: 2 Steaks, 1 egg, butter and garlic sauce

Supper:

3 boiled eggs

Exercise:

20 mins brisk walking (153 calories)

Total Calories:

2207 calories

20.7g carbohydrates (11.7g sugar)

168g fat (73.5g saturated fats)

179g protein

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I cannot believe that I only ate 1600 calories today and I am NOT hungry. I simply am amazed at this. I literally do not feel hungry at all. I am starting to get used to the meals and that horrible nausea has gone. But most of all I am simply NOT hungry. Still feeling a little weird about not eating the veges but I did have a whole brocolli head today and it didn’t blow me over my carb budget. So I think I am getting to know how to do this. 

On a more negative note I didn’t do so well on the exercise today. My heartbeat was rising very quickly and I did not burn off as much calories as I normally do by keeping my HR between 145-155 heartbeats per minute. I will monitor this. 

Today I ate:

Breakfast:

50g Edam Cheese

Lunch:

Curry Chicken: Full cream yoghurt, Garam Masala, Turmeric, Cloves, Garlic, Chilli, Ginger, Brocolli, Skinless Chicken, Mint, Canola Oil

Dinner (ATKINS STYLE)

Pork, Eggs & Butter

Exercise

20 Mins Brisk Walking on Treadmill – 143 calories

Total Calories – 1623

Carbohydrates – 20g (13.6g sugar)

Fat – 90g (33.1g Saturated Fat)

Protein – 206.7g

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WOW. Since monday (it is now wednesday) I have lost nearly 2 kilograms or 4.4 pounds. Basically ever since I severely reduced my carb intake on Atkins this has been happening. It is amazing!!! My hunger levels have bottomed out to be sure. I feel a little bit ‘arrggghhh’ at eating meat, eggs and cheese all the time with little veges or fruits. But I am soldiering on as I know the veges will return and I will be a happy camper. For now I will keep drinking water to feel refreshed. 

Yesterday I ate:

Breakfast:

Glass of Milk

Lunch:

Minced beef, tomato slice, edam cheese, 5 onion rings

Afternoon Snack:

Steak, olive oil, garlic

Dinner:

Steak (more), lettuce, tomato slice, 5 onion rings, edam cheese, fried egg

Exercise:

20 mins brisk walking – 154 calories

Total Calories – 1931

Carbohydrates – 19.2g (15.3g sugars)

Fats – 125.1g (51.1g saturated)

Protein – 207.4g

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There are two reasons why I have changed my site. Firstly, I had noticed since I had been on the paleodiet that the less carbohydrates I ate the less hungry I felt. So I concluded that it was carbohydrates that essentially were the problem with my eating. In conjunction, I have been reading a book called ‘the Diet Delusion’. It is very scientifically based and provides a lot of evidence for the evils of carbohydrates on our health and explains the current delusion around the myth that ‘saturated fats are bad for you’. Hence, I decided to focus more on the low carb diet (specifically atkins) rather than the paleo diet. No doubt more posts will come, around the evidence I have found, to back up these beliefs. But also the layout will remain the same. 

So far so good. I was only just a few grams over the 20g carb limit today. But Im getting used to the new approach. I will keep it under this 20g for two weeks then start increasing by 5g until I start feeling hungry and that will be my carb limit. 

Today I ate:

Lunch

Omelette: eggs, steak, butter, onion, mushroom, 

Afternoon Snack

Salad: Lettuce, Tomato, Edam Cheese, Olive Oil

Dinner

Bolognese: minced beef, canned tomatoes, edam cheese, olives, onion, oregano, garlic, olive oil

Snacks

2 Eggs, 40g Cheese

Total Calories – 2270

Carbohydrates – 23.2g (6.9g sugar)

Protein – 119.7g

Fat – 175.5g (71.6g saturated fats)

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