Tell us a bit about yourself, where you’re from, your family and work you do?
I’m from Brisbane. I am a wife and stay at home Mum to 3 children aged 10, 7 and 5.
How did you find out about Thermo Foodie & The Chef?
Through a google search of LCHF and Thermomix ?
What inspired you and made you start on your healthy, low carb journey?
Firstly, my weight was out of control! But more importantly I was struggling to keep up with my kids who were then 8, 5 and 3. I had suffered from Gestational Diabetes (GD) with each of my pregnancies so knew I was a 50-50 chance of developing diabetes later in life. My diet consisted of high sugar food and I could feel it effecting my blood sugar levels. I found the LCHF diet by researching online the best diets for diabetics.
How did you start? (If you started with our free 7 day meal plan, how did that help you?)
I started with your online recipes and 7 day meal plan. The meal plan was great as there was such a variety of food and all meals were easy to make. I quickly bought the Getting Started Book and all books that have since become available.
What types of struggles have you dealt with while trying to lose weight? What have been your greatest obstacles or struggles? And how did you overcome them to keep working towards your goals?
To be honest, once my body adapted to this way of eating it was incredibly easy as I felt so much better. Surprisingly, the biggest problem I had was the attitudes towards the diet by those around me. They couldn’t believe that I was on a diet where I ate fat, fasted and cut out carbs. The comments were quite negative but I felt better than I has in years and was losing weight so I ignored it. It didn’t take long for them to see my results and now many of them have started this way of eating.
How did you manage to alter your eating patterns and accommodate the rest of your family?
This was actually incredibly easy! I usually have the same meals as my family minus the carbs. If my family has a dinner of butter chicken, vegetables and rice, I have butter chicken and vegetables. I find this is can be the case with most of our lunches and dinners. My mornings are quite busy what with getting the kids ready and off to school so I just have a cup of tea. In the beginning, once home I would then cook my breakfast which was usually bacon, eggs, mushrooms in a cream sauce – or leftover dinner from the night before. I became fat adapted quite quickly and fell into a fasting pattern naturally. Over a couple of weeks breakfast wasn’t until 4pm some days.
What are some of the best tips you’ve learnt from the Thermo Foodies Facebook Community that you would pass onto someone just starting out?
To take each day as it comes. Some days you might be hungry – so eat, other days not so much – so don’t. And if so some reason you eat something high in carbs, go big on the fat the following day and don’t stress over the day before.
Is there anything you would do differently or words of advice?
If I can do this, anyone can do this!!! I used to think and people have said to me ‘I cant give up bread – or pasta – or rice – or soft drinks” – yep, you can! And you’ll be so happy that you did.