Living an LCHF lifestyle has changed our lives forever!
I am a mother of two beautiful boys, partner to Derek and have lots of beautiful, supportive friends. That said, I've spent the last 14 years of my life over weight. At my biggest official weigh-in I was 169kg. I was tired, depressed and sick all the time.
My solution was to stick my head in the sand. I decided it was easier to live in denial than to face the brutal truth: I WAS KILLING MYSELF!
Suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, my Blood Glucose Levels were regularly over 35mmol/L. I was insulin resistant, had inflammation of the liver, depression, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, extreme swelling, dizziness, panic attacks, vomiting, eczema, cushing syndrome was mentioned more than once (though I never followed through with regular doctor appointments to have it confirmed), as was irritable bowel syndrome.
I had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder (a diagnosis that has now been reassessed and removed). The prescribed medication for this escalated all symptoms of the illnesses above.
I was booked in for weight-loss surgery, spent the two weeks leading up to it following the required pre-op diet (funnily enough it was ketogenic) and was then told my liver problems made the surgery too high risk. Looking back now, I am so grateful, but at the time it seemed to be my only hope.
In 2012 I started making small changes in my life and was able to slowly lose 30kg over the next year and a half in what I like to refer to as 'accidentally'. It was discovered my bipolar diagnosis was incorrect, and I was taken off the medication and started counseling.
We moved interstate, and I started to find quiter places I could go with less panic attacks. I was always so self-concious. I started to walk a tiny bit more, I ate a tiny bit less and a smart man named Derek gave me a goal. I got a horse that required physical care every day in a place where there was no one around. I had my 'space' to move my huge body and not feel judged and a reason to do it.
I was still sick but was slowly changing my life for the better and here is where our lives truly changed.
At the end of 2013, Derek began his Low Carb, High Fat journey without my support. High Fat??? I was a bitter, cynical and honestly a scared woman. I did want him to change and be happy, but I was worried about his health (heart attacks, cholesterol...oh yep I harped on at him). I was confused and afraid of the changes I started to see in him, but in awe at the same time.
Three months after watching his journey from the sidelines, seeing how he'd become obsessed with a lifestyle, and was discovering new levels of personal health and happiness I grew curious. He NEVER once suggested I tried it, he NEVER once tried to tell me why my porridge with banana and honey was wrong and he NEVER once snapped back at my cynical and negative comments.
It was the smartest thing he has ever done in our relationship and I believe it saved my life.
One day, after complaining and whining of how tired and hungry I always was, I took it upon myself to show curiosity to him and asked 'eating boiled eggs helps you when your tired and hungry hey?'. He smartly replied with a simple 'yep, it does'. No pressure or jumping on the chance to get me on board.
And so it started at the end of March 2014....my life really began. I ate an egg. One boiled egg started my journey and here I am today with a whole new life of health and happiness!
I am no longer on ANY diabetes medication.
My average Blood Glucose Level is now 4.4mmol/L... 100% from diet change.
No more medications AT ALL for any mental health or physical illness.
This is the happiest, healthiest and most energetic I have ever been. EVER!
I now have the energy and vitality to enjoy life and be the mother and partner my family deserve.
I know it can work for you too!
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After 34 years of eating a Standard Aussie Diet, I reached my heaviest (recorded) weight of 143kgs. I had become a tired, cranky man. How Telaine put up with me I don't know.
I decided for my own health, to be the man I needed to be and to be here long term for my family that something needed to change, and NOW!
In September 2013 I began researching various diets, exercise programs and weight loss methods. I had tried so many in the past but my will power could only sustain me for so long. Inevitably I would end up throwing it all in and gaining back any weight lost along with interest. I was determined to find the best path to optimum health and weight loss. I decided I would not YoYo again. If I was to start a 'diet' it needed to be sustainable for life.
After much reading I decided a Low Carb High Fat diet made the most sense to my scientific brain. I went in 'whole hog' on Dec 30th, 2013 and expected great things, the results however even took me by surprise.
Within the first two weeks i had noticed major changes in my well being.
- I felt more focused and alert.
- I was able to sleep at night and wake rested and refreshed.
- Eczema had healed up.
- Heart burn and indigestion was gone.
- Dizzy spells stopped.
- My weight had begun to drastically reduce.
- Inflammation in my body had gone down.
- I was no longer angry.
- Generally I was feeling amazing!
I was so excited that this lifestyle really did everything I had read about and decided I wanted to help as many people as possible discover this way of eating. A health revolution to see every individual live to their health potential and really enjoy LIFE.
In March 2014 my beautiful girl decided (of her own accord) to join me on this adventure. I am so happy she did and am beyond proud of her transformation. Her support has made a world of difference to me and our family.
After 10 months eating and living an LCHF lifestyle I saw my weight drop below 100kgs for the first time in my adult life. I went from wearing 5XL - 7XL shirts down to being able to shop at regular stores and fit comfortably into a size Large.
Between Telaine and I we have now lost over 114kgs (250lbs) since our heaviest. And the weight has stayed off! Living LCHF keeps us healthy and full of energy.
I have never felt so energetic, healthy and alive in my life and I'm positive you too can experience success living an LCHF lifestyle.