The second week of April, as a family, we changed our eating habits. After a long, cold, depressing winter, we had all gained weight. I’m not so sure if this was due to eating too much, or our lack of activity, but I knew one thing for sure, we had to do something about it.
After being inspired by a single Dad who put his Angelman Syndrome daughter on a modified Ketogenic diet, I felt we could incorporate something similar. For the most part, we’ve cut out bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and sugar. The first reaction many have is “oh, how drastic!”, but the reality is, this could not have been easier.
This change was just a matter of thinking and cooking differently. We have had the occasional sandwich (with bread), but mostly we’ve 86’d the big offenders. Because we were all sporting tires around our bellies, because we were all feeling sluggish, we knew we had to do something. Besides, this visceral fat is a big health concern.
There are more benefits than just losing weight:
- feeling full on less.
- not craving sugar
- not feeling the need to snack
- not crashing in the middle of the day
- mood elevation
Don’t believe me? Check this out for more detail as to the benefits for a low carb diet
As of today, husband has lost 4 pounds, Jess has lost 10 and I have lost 6, that is 20 pounds collectively! Who knew Jess would be the biggest loser! She is also the one who will benefit the most. Over the years, she had been gaining weight. The winter months are tough due to low activity. Typically, a summer of swimming keeps her slim. Eating had turned into an activity that Jess enjoyed. Yes, we all eat socially, but she seemed to always be hungry. Now she is happy and satisfied to snack on healthier choices. Food is no longer the focus.
Jess does have a seizure disorder. Five years ago, she was fortunate to ween off of seizures meds. In hindsight, I should have tried her on the Ketogenic diet to reduce seizures, but felt that we did not have enough control over her food intake. People offered her candy and food without my knowledge. This would happen when she was on the school bus, or when out with other people. No one realizes the impact of one slip up. Others think giving her candy or a cookie is an act of kindness. Unfortunately, this would completely undermine the whole diet and we’d never know why it wasn’t working. I felt defeated without even trying.
We are not following any magic formula. We are focusing on healthier fats, not counting the carbs in our vegetable and eating smaller portions of protein. For this first month, we have eliminated fruit, but will incorporate that back into our diet soon. Overall, this is a lifestyle choice. This does not mean that we haven’t have the occasional piece of bread, serving of french fries or cup of ice cream, however we will make sure they don’t become part of our steady diet. Loosely, I’ve followed this outline as to what to eat, and what not to eat.
To me, diet is a four-letter word, a word no one should say. Once you admit to a diet, you’ve challenged yourself to restriction which sets you up for failure. At least this is our experience. I prefer calling this a life style change and one that we have been happy to make.
Swimsuit weather, here we come!
* I’m posting recipes as I test them.