I had been a foodaholic

So many times in the past, I said the words, ‘I am addicted to food’, then people laughed and thought that I was joking. But I wasn’t.

That was long before I started the LCHF lifestyle more than two years ago.

I was involved with family members suffering chemical addiction and went to the training the hospitals gave. When I listened to what the trainers said, I knew that I had an addiction too, although it wasn’t acknowledged in those years and I am afraid to say, in most places it isn’t acknowledged still.

But I know what I know about myself. Most people still are in denial about this, but like so many other addictions, a person with a food addiction just can’t help him/herself!

I love food. I love eating. One of the things I am most thankful about is that with the LCHF lifestyle I am allowed to eat all these wonderful foods and never have to feel guilty again because that was one of my biggest problems before, Feeling guilty of eating so much! What was wrong with me? What problem did I have? I felt like a glutton (is this the correct word?).

I still love eating. I still love food. I think I still do eat more than I really need, but I feel wonderful. I lost 17 kg and maintain the weight loss. I have no cravings at all and if I feel like eating a snack, cheese is the perfect snack. I am sure I do eat much less than before, by the way!

I know how it feels to became fatter and fatter, when your clothes do not fit nicely anymore. LCHF worked for me. I can’t promise that it will work for everybody, all of us are different.

Please, if you ever decide to do the LCHF lifestyle, please consult your doctor first. It is 100% your own choice when you choose to do LCHF. I don’t take any responsibility for it.

Toortsie

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Hello, my name is Toortsie, which is the Afrikaans word for a flashlight, just a little light, like a small torch. We have a mixed farming operation in the Overberg. We grow grain crops (canola, wheat, and barley) and we also have sheep and dairy cattle.  Although grain is not allowed in the LCHF lifestyle, it is a part of my life and I can’t expect our whole farm to change for the sake of my weight. In no way am I trying to impose my lifestyle on others.

In July 2014 I was totally disheartened. I have already tried a lot of weight loss programmes with which I did really well until I reached my target weight, just to gain it all again! Do you know that feeling? A scale doing the see-saw?  One moment you are looking beautiful and sexy, the next moment you have gained every single kilogram you have lost before?

When Prof. Tim Noakes reached the headlines with his new approach to eating, I just shook my head. We just have to eat a balanced diet, don’t we? But I became more and more interested. The problem was, I was eating way too much with excellent balance!

I started recalling bits of conversations, like uncle Tooi, a physician, who once said that the human body cannot actually digest whole grains. Why didn’t I grow fat as a child when I ate so many eggs?

Over time, I heard of more and more doctors approving of the Banting lifestyle, I started thinking that perhaps I should give it a go.

On Sunday, July 27, 2014, with a weight of 96.7 kg, I decided to try the Banting eating plan. Since then I never looked back. Today my weight is about 80 kg.

I realise that there are many interpretations of this way of eating. Some people say that we may eat fruit while others say no. Some people do count carbs while others say that it is not necessary. Some ‘schools’ say that we must not eat vegetables in the first week of LCHF, while others say that we have to eat vegetables with every meal. I feel that each person has to choose which one of the many schools he/she is going to follow and then stays within that rules, and most importantly, know the rules. I am following the Banting lifestyle as is described in The Real Meal Revolution by Prof Tim Noakes and when writing on this blog, it is my interpretation of the lifestyle.

My wish is to help and inspire someone.

Best wishes

Toortsie

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Toortsie and the photo shoot

When I published the Afrikaans book, Toortsie se Bantingboerekos, I planned a photo shoot as soon as the book was published. I wanted to take photo’s of all the boxes and boxes full of books. But it didn’t happen like that.

You see, it took longer than I planned for the book to get edited and printed and at last, it was published om 16 December 2015. Holiday time! Chaos! Time to go to sea, so the photo shoot didn’t happen.

In the mean time, I totally forgot about it.

So, when the English Toortsie, Toortsie’s Banting Bash, was printed, I had the same idea again. I contacted a photographer, Lize du Toit, from Photography by Lize, the same person who took the photos for the book as well. We dicided on a time that suited us both and she organised the place, a nice guesthouse, Bredasdorp Country Manor, in Bredasdorp.

Oh, that was fun!

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But, there is something else I want to tell you!

Anna-Mari, the owner of the guesthouse, asked me if we had a LCHF event in town, because Tim Noakes booked there for the night, he could arrive at any minute. I really was scared that he would arrive while I was there because I didn’t want to intrude. We were finished before he arrived and I left him a copy of Toortsie’s Banting Bash. He left me this lovely thank you card.

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And no, this doesn’t make this book Tim Noakes Approved as this wasn’t what I asked of him. It was a personal gift to him, and a nice thank you from him. Nothing more. But to me it means a lot!

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Banting muffins LCHF

I don’t bake lots of Banting bread or muffins, I am too lazy! But sometimes I feel like it and then I bake these muffins. They are delicious and easy to make. Today, when I wanted to grind the seeds, my food processor didn’t work well, so it wasn’t ground so finely as I always do. I thought that it wouldn’t be a success, and can you believe it, it was!

Banting Muffins

Ingredients: 

100 ml flaxseed (linseed)

100 ml sunflower seed

250 ml almond flour (100 g almonds)

30 ml psyllium husk

250 ml cream

6 eggs

10 ml baking powder

5 ml salt

5 ml xylitol

pinch of cinnamon, pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts (optional)

Method:

Mix all the seeds and grind them finely. Mix the dry ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients and add the mix to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Grease muffin pan with butter. Spoon dough into muffin pan.

Sprinkle muffins with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds or chopped nuts.

Bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes until cooked.

These muffins keep well in the freezer too.

You can bake the same mix as a small loaf.

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Best wishes

Toortsie

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So you have reached your goal weight? So what now?

So you have reached your goal weight? Congratulations! What are you going to do next? What are you going to do to maintain that weight?

What I am writing now, is my personal opinion.

In the past, when I was following other weight loss programs, it always went well. I lost lots of weight in the shortest possible time and then I reached my goal weight. Wonderful! And THAT was when the problems started. The first thing they did, was changing the meal plan. I got more relaxed, didn’t write down everything that I ate, and within two to three weeks I started gaining weight again! BOEM! I fell of the wagon, I gained all the weight that I lost plus more. Do you know that feeling?

So, when I started the LCHF lifestyle on 27 July 2014, more than two years ago, I decided on that first day that I would not change the eating plan when I reached my goal weight. What I did then, is what I will continue doing.

When I had lots to lose, it was easy. In the first week of LCHF, I lost 4 kg! The next week I lost one. Since then I still lost but it happened slower and slower as I didn’t have so much to lose anymore. In the first 6 months I lost 13 kg. Then my weight was standing still for nearly a year, and I didn’t care about it, I was so glad that my not going up and down like a yo-yo. Then suddenly, at the beginning of 2016, I started losing again. Slowly, slowly I lost my weight and at this stage I am about 2 kgs from my goal weight. So till now, I lost 17 kg and I am so proud of it!

From day one I ate as much as I needed from the green list, never from the red list and also from the orange list. (Lists from The Real Meal Revolution, Tim Noakes). Over time I used less alcohol, I would drink a glass of red wine every evening, nowadays I drink about one per week. I use less and less yoghurt, but the rest stays just the same, as on day one. And this is how I will continue.

I am a bit worried when I read that you may eat more from the orange list, or even things like beetroot that is on the red list when you’ve reached your goal weight. Personally I think that we are so much more vulnerable when we are at our goal weight as when we had lots to lose. Be careful. Let’s do LCHF for the rest of our lives. Let’s do it the best we can.

Toortsie

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The LCHF traveller

Every time I return home from a trip somewhere, I come to the conclusion that LCHF definitely is the easiest and best way of lifestyle, even when travelling.

It helps if you are prepared a bit.

On our last trip to the Baviaanskloof, where two meals a day were provided, I still did a bit of packing. I also knew that there would be lots of eating and drinking and the one thing I really don’t want to do, is falling off the LCHF wagon! No! Not after two years doing it and I’m doing so well on it, I really don’t want to start over again.

I did cheat a little bit, drank some brandy, mixed with Coke Lite and also a glass or two of red wine. Yes, we are allowed to drink red wine, but I usually drink only one glass per week since I am very near my goal weight and is very sensitive nowadays of eating the wrong things.

So I packed lots of pecan nuts and almonds, a variety of cheeses and salami. Oh, I love these things! You know, in the past, before the LCHF days, these were the things with witch I’ve always cheated, now I am allowed to eat them as much as I like!

I also packed a few tomatoes, for when the salads provided were potato salad or beetroot.

After 4 days of eating way to much I can say: LCHF is definitely the way to go. The scale didn’t move an inch! Yes! And the reason for it? Because I ate the food that is allowed to eat, even while I ate a bit more than usual. And what’s more? In the past, when I was still on a ‘balanced diet’, on a trip like this I would have gained more than 2 kilo’s and at home the eating would continue, but not with LCHF. Now my appetite is less because my body has to adapt and within a day everything will be normal again.

LCHF rocks! LCHF is a lifestyle, not a diet and really, not difficult to do, even when you are travelling.

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The orange list, oh, the orange list

The one thing in LCHF eating that creates so many different opinions, it is the orange list. Like so many other things, LCHF are interpreted in different ways.

Me myself does Banting, as described in The Real Meal Revolution by Prof Tim Noakes.  On page 47, Prof Noakes write that the green list is the all you can eat list. From this list we can choose anything we like, without worrying about the carbohydrate content as all the foods will be between 0 to 5 g/100 g. He also says that it will be almost impossible to overdo your carbohydrate intake by sticking to this group of foods. Eat only a moderate amount of animal protein but include as much fat as you are comfortable with.

We all know that we are not allowed to eat from the red list because they will be either toxic or high-carbohydrate foods.

Now the orange list. The orange list is made up of ingredients containing between 6 g to 25 g of carbs per 100g. If we want to lose weight, we must try to eat less than 25g of carbs per day. So, if we eat for example one and a half apple, we had the full amount of orange list for the day. It is not ‘and, and, and’, but ‘or, or, or’.

Remember, we want to make LCHF a lifestyle. This is not a prison camp. We don’t have to make it more difficult than it is already. Actually, it is not difficult at all, but we must be careful not to deprive ourselves of something we are allowed to eat. By including some items on the orange list widen the variety of foods that we may eat. It helps not to get boring with the diet.  I highly recommend that we sometimes have some of the foods on the orange list as well.

As there are for example 5 carrots per day on the orange list, that is the full amount of orange list for the whole day, why not put one or two carrots in your mixed vegetables? It is not halfway as many as is allowed and it makes your vegetables more interesting.

I had items from the orange list from the beginnig and have it still, after losing 17kg. My opinion? Eat from the orange list as well, but remember to do it within the limits.

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