Since LCHF I've lost 26kg, my outlook and sense of clarity is clearer which not only promotes my self confidence but it actually gives me more patience and understanding. I believe I am a better parent because of it, and the fact that I have the energy to run after my kids whilst before I was just lethargic and lazy. I'm a better parent now, and more of a good example to my kids to love and respect their bodies too.
I have never been a particularly slim girl. It just isn't my structure I guess. But when I had my 2 beautiful babies with just 9 months between pregnancies my weight increased heavily. I put on around 30kg in under 3 years and reached 104kg at my heaviest (immediately post pregnancy). I found since having my kids I am constantly learning so much about optimal natural health because I want the best for them and every day I am careful with their diets. I found that with my daughter over 2 years old now that she wants to eat what I eat. If I buy drive-thru in the car, she wants it. If I buy chocolate in the supermarket, she wants it. And hearing her ask for it all time made me realise just how much of that junk I was eating! It didn't seem so bad until I started recording it like that! My children's father has always been very open to admit he likes bigger women, so with no encouragement from him to lose the weight it really was a struggle for me as I felt it was something I had to face alone.
I contacted my GP who specialises in women's health. I told her my goal. Every fortnight she has me in for a weigh and that really holds me accountable for my choices with food and lifestyle in general. My first fortnight I lost 3.7kg. I was following a low carb diet. No soft drinks including artificially sweetened. I was exercising every day. I would walk around the local neighbourhood babywearing my children for over an hour a day with only Sunday off. My little one on the front and my toddler on my back! It was hard but I soon became addicted to the energy it was giving me. I was sleeping better. I was more patient with my kids. They loved the songs we would sing and pointing things out in the world around them. It is amazing what you notice about things when you just get out of the car!
All of sudden it got harder. I started craving foods. I started to become tired. Lethargic. I thought I was unwell. When I mentioned this to my GP she advised me that my body was moving into ketosis and that this is a normal experience for people on a LCHF diet. I didn't even realise I was on a HF diet! All I knew was I was avoiding carbs. Then I realised for the past month I had been eating cheeses, salami, mountains of avocado... the impossible was real!!! I was eating the yummiest food and I barely have had to sacrifice anything. I now buy things according to carb content and if I get a craving, I look for a recipe and get creative!! I found a low carb bread which is only 2g per slice. I found cookie recipes which use coconut oil and flour which are super low carb. I found all these ways to put the cravings to rest and just focus on life and looking and feeling bloody awesome! And the example I am setting for my children is my biggest success. I am so proud of that.
It hasn't affected my breastfeeding I find but it has affected my patience and overall mood. I genuinely feel I am a better parent on LCHF diet! My confidence is soaring. I put on an outfit and don't worry if I look fat. That is a priceless feeling, beyond words for someone like me. As for my kids, I don't put them on a strict LCHF diet. I give them a very balanced diet rich in natural fats, vitamins, fiber... they eat really well. If we are having pasta night, I just switch the pasta to konjac for me. Or if we want a pizza night I will make us all a cauliflower crust pizza!! They love it.
PLEASE give LCHF a go. It is a way of life like no other. It's not always easy but you will find a point where you look back and realise how well you have done. How compared to fad diets you can keep it off. How you can eat and enjoy food. big portions!! Big nutrition!! You won't regret it.