Curbing Carbs

paleoThis was so NOT what I thought it was going to be.

Once you’ve resisted the temptation to chomp your way through an entire baguette for a couple of days, two of the most incredible things happen:-

1. The hunger pangs totally disappear, as do the cravings

2. You feel shit

On the chomping baguettes issue, I should firstly put on record that we were, up to this point, total bake-o-philes (I made that up). We had taken our bakery ‘issues’ to extremes. Trog Dad is a one-time Master Baker (no sniggering please) and his passion for flour and yeast had recently been rekindled when I had purchased him a day’s Artisan Baking course, as a birthday present. Bad timing.

We had also bought a job lot of rice from the Wholesalers, and a year’s supply of Noodles. Bugger. Still, we could wait until we’d munched our way through the lot, or we could just get started. Right now.

So we did the latter.

On point number 2, here’s what happened. At around day 4 of this experience, I was struggling to get out of bed in the morning. I felt light-headed and drained of energy. A bit ‘sweaty’ and frankly struggling to do anything that involved moving my limbs. I felt about 95. It passed, but has reared its head on several occasions (mainly for a day only) since then.

We’re now in week 10. I really need to work out how to isolate this feeling and pin it down to what I’m eating/not eating that’s causing it. I am guessing (from research online) that it’s Ketosis and that I’m low on carbs, but since I’m eating plenty of green veg, I’m now not so sure. Maybe it’s about the amount of fat I’m consuming/not…..

Any ideas?

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6 thoughts on “Curbing Carbs

  1. Helen, I eat minimal carbs and it’s the only way I know to maintain my weight. I have a slice of toast prob twice a week, eat salads for lunch, never have pasta, have rice and occasionally a few spuds!

  2. Well inspired by you and this paleo thingie the tummy is flatter, I feel more awake and alive, have little desire to eat whereas before people were in mortal danger if they stood between me and the toaster but the cold has arrived…..hopefully not for long!

  3. Good job. This can be a bit of a miserable experience if you’re getting too much into ketosis. There’s a fine line between Atkins and Paleo. I find that having lots of fresh fruit about helps, and nuts. As well as crossfit do some very low intensity cardio to get your fat burning systems going. Remember homeostasis will sort your weight out if you’re doing the right things, which you are so don’t force it, don’t count calories and use a tape measure instead of scales.

    • Thanks Frank! I do try to avoid the scales, as they just send me into a mental death spiral, but there’s no doubt that our body shapes are changing. Slightly amazed to see how many folks have found the Blog already, since I’m only just setting it up! Did Pete (CrossFit) put you on to it?

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