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Thanks, @Callyanna, for starting this discussion. I agree with so many of the feelings and opinions voiced. I'm buying more nuts, which hubs can eat with abandon (being a naturally slim person) and I can eat with care. I'm going to buy some coconut oil. How can I explain this to the kids - less than a year ago we were making fun of people advocating eating coconut oil to avoid Alzheimer's, and now I'm sort of, kind of believing them... As I posted somewhere else here, I feel a bit like I've joined a cult and am going to have to persuade my family that I'm not totally nuts. Speaking of nuts.
Does this mean that I can't have any carbs? I would really like some fruit and sugar. Sorry to be so thick but I really don't gone the low carb thing and am terrified of upping the fat and overloading on hidden carbs into the bargain.
Not eating bread, rice, pasta and potatoes anyway but am eating everything else.
I love nuts, so that's ok but as for cheese for instance, what would you eat it with if not in/on bread or crackers? I don't have cheese for that reason. I could have broccoli and stilton soup I suppose @wildmissus but can't have cauliflower cheese because it would have flour in it. How about cream if it can't go on fruit or pastry/pudding? I am such a dunce. Sorry.
Please, please could someone help me with a list of what I can eat on a low carb/high fat diet. I would be very grateful. I know it's been explained to me before but I really am finding it hard to understand. I'm probably overthinking it too but am keen to get it right. Thanks x
Full fat dairy
Veg (excluding potatoes, parsnips)
So meals are meat and veg based (everything from spicy lamb with veg curry to chicken and mushrooms in cream with celeriac chips. Often have a egg and bacon fry up with toms and mushrooms. Its relatively easy to eat out like this, if you chose veg instead of potato/rice as a side.
I love pre-dinner nibbles, this can be cheese, pate, smoked salmon etc with salady bits.
And a little bit of dark chocolate if I'm craving sweetness
So many people think you have to go no-carb. I hope nobody feels pressured to do that, because this is not an easy thing to do. Carorees posted in another thread that it's not even healthy as a long-term way of eating.
Reducing one's carb intake is a good and reasonable thing to do. But there's no need to make it painful! If you're trying to stick within your TDEE, there is room in a healthy diet for butter, wholegrain bread, fruit, nuts, meat and cheese -- and lots and lots of veggies! I agree that fat is more satisfying and fills you up better. I would rather have a small piece of bread with a small piece of cheese - I would indeed feel more satisfied and fuller for longer than if I had the same amount of calories in just bread.
But people, remember, it's not one-size-fits-all. It's not all-or-nothing. Find what works for YOU
Though I've read the entire thread, I want to clarify something. If I am doing 5:2 with a higher fat/lower carb pattern, I am still staying w/in or a bit below TDEE, yes? I'm not just eating butter, nuts & cream ad libitum & not keeping track?