Candice’s top tips:
Realise that it may not be beneficial to go to a doctor who doesn’t believe in LCHF when trying this new lifestyle. Several GPs told me to eat carbs again. Eventually I found Dr Schoonbee and I haven’t looked back.
No one can tell you exactly what to eat. There is no meal plan because this is not a diet – it’s a complete lifestyle change and your food interests matter. If you don’t like avocado, have coconut oil. If you can’t tolerate dairy, go for milk substitutes.
Set realistic goals. I made the mistake of thinking the weight loss would continue to be as fast as it was in the first six months, and when it wasn’t, I felt guilty. Realise that this is a journey. It’s good to have a goal weight, but be careful about focusing too much on the scale – measuring yourself with a tape measure is much more satisfying!
Understand that the craving for carbs is easily overcome when you question the reason behind the craving. The last time I craved carbs was before a funeral. Before that, it was after writing an exam. I questioned myself instead of giving in, bought some delicious salami and the craving was gone.
Don’t give up if you do happen to give in to a craving. You haven’t ruined all your hard work, and beating yourself up about it is pointless. Just move on. Luckily for me, I can’t cheat because my body responds with a 24-hour bug.
Focus on yourself. I went a bit crazy at first – biting the head off anyone who questioned LCHF. Don’t be that person, especially if your partner or children don’t follow your lead. It’s not about them, it’s about you.
Leave the expensive ingredients – like the almond flour and xanthan gum – on the shelves. Keep your meals as natural as possible and the change won’t be costly.
Make your environment safe. If you’re addicted to sugar and you think it’s okay to keep treats in the house, you’re kidding yourself. Remove everything immediately and if family members don’t agree with you, ask them to keep their own private stash hidden from you.