Thankfully, for all my younger years when it actually counted – I was fortunate enough to have a figure which most people considered “good”, but as age crept in and my ridiculously speedy metabolism decided to slow down… that changed a little bit hahaha!!
Now, I am by no means what someone would consider obese, but it is all relative and having been really slender my whole life, even the slightest bit of weight made me feel really uncomfortable. That feeling lessened as the years went on until I reached a point where I was buying clothes several sizes bigger. That was when I decided to change things. I have never had an unhealthy diet and I cook a home cooked meal every SINGLE day in a conscientious manner, I don’t eat fast food and don’t really have a sweet tooth… but I have always had one serious weakness and that was carbs!
I jumped onto the whole “banting” bandwagon a few years ago. And when I say I jumped on board, I mean I followed it to the T. I cut out absolutely ALL carbs, ate cauliflower EVERYTHING lol, used absolutely NO sauces, spices, stocks, gravies – NOTHING! If I couldn’t get it from my garden – I didn’t use it. Yes, the weight peeled off me and I felt great! It was also an amazing learning experience as you are really creatively challenged when you have to season things 100% naturally – and as most of you know, I am an avid foodie and what I would consider a very adventurous cook, so for me to make that statement says a lot haha! It was also a MASSIVE EYE OPENER when it comes to paying attention to what you are buying - if you REALLY want to cut out ALL the bad stuff, it pretty much eliminates 99% of what you buy in supermarkets! I was banting religiously for about 6 months but then I became frustrated with it because the thought of things that I used to love – like avocado pear and eggs… literally began to make me feel nauseas.
Personally, I believe that our physical make up is unique to each and every one of us... and for me, I was honest enough to admit that banting was NOT going to be realistically sustainable. So, I tailored the banting lifestyle and began to introduce light carbs like sweet potato, carrots, and cous cous (I know this is not a light carb – but I find I eat it in MUCH lower quantities than I would mashed potato or roast potato for example) I found a nice balance with this way of living and I kept all the weight off with absolutely no problems for 3+ years. One December holiday wrecked that for me haha!!! I fell off that wagon and never got back on fully, so needless to say – I have begun to pick up weight again.
I am very much a person that gets to a point and then something has to change. I have reached that point lol… so – I have decided to go back to my old habits eating wise and have also started drinking more water again, which I was very good with. I have introduced Tae bo into my daily routine and have also tried to space my low carb eating to the hours similar to “intermittent eating”. I am feeling SO much better already and it has only been a few days and I would like to believe that I will keep it up lol!
The reason I am writing this post is to see what feedback, opinions, tips and/or advice you guys have on intermittent eating and anything else I have mentioned. Yes, there is a world of information online but I am curious and keen to hear from people that I trust...
Until next time...
Much Love from Cape Town, South Africa xxx
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