Help! Why do I eat more on cold days?

(Copied and changed a bit from my post in

In answer of a question of another member on a LCHF Facebookpage, I want to write this.

First of all I want to tell you that I think it is normal. The wonderful thing of LCHF, or Banting, is that we don’t count food. We listen to our bodies! We eat when we need food and stop when we had enough, so, on a cold and rainy day, when our bodies ask for more food, we give it to them and tomorrow when the sun is shining and we, perhaps, need less food, we eat less.

With all the other weightlossprograms that I followed, I had to count food, and when my body asks for more, I couldn’t give it to him. Now, I am allowed to listen to my body and give it what it asks.

But there is a snag! On such days we can’t eat anything that we want! No! We still have to stay within the boundaries of our new lifestyle. And as always, when our body ask for more, or for sweetness, we have to eat more fat! Yes! Fat! So, stop counting the food and eat more fat and don’t feel a failure because you are not one, not a failure at all! You are someone who wants to live a healty life and this what you are doing by doing LCHF.

So my dear friends, when you feel that you need more food on a cold day, make yourself a lovely, creamy broccoli soup or a cream cheese tart.  Or what about a nice stew with fatty meat. Recipes for all of these lovely foods are in my book, Toortsie’s Banting Bash. 

But most important, enjoy yourself! Give your body what it is asking for! By depriving yourself of food on such days because you already had the prescribed amount of food, is bad news and can be the reason for falling off the wagon. Somewhere along the line your will-power may give in and it is just then that you over-indulge in bread or chocolate or anything that you see. Do you know that feeling? I do, and that is the reason why I say, rather eat the food that you are allowed to when your body asks for it, than losing it.

Make yourself a lovely comforting cup of hot chocolate: Use a cup of full cream milk, of even better, use cream, or a mixture of cream and milk, with 2 teaspoons of good quality cacao and 1½ teaspoons of xylitol. Mix. Put in microwave oven for 1 to 2 minutes on high and enjoy! Enjoy every moment of it. Don’t feel guilty about it. At LCHF we don’t feel guilty about enjoying food, we enjoy every bite.

Make sure that you always have cheese in your fridge. Lots of cheese. Nice cheese.  Nuts don’t do it for me on cold days.

But most of all: Forget all the old diet rules that we believed for too long. Listen to your body. Give it what it asks, from the green list, and perhaps a little bit from the orange list, but never from the red list.

Good luck. It is absolutely worth it. I am more than 2 years on LCHF, lost 17 kg and the best of all is that I am maintaining my weight! What a blessing!

You can do it as well! Really, you can! It really isn’t difficult.


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