Like many people, I have, at times struggled with my body, how to feel my best and also how to get in great shape and feel as confident as I wanted.
About 8 years ago, I was working as a Personal Trainer, at the same time as I was running my own cafe in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Many of my PT clients started to talk about low carb diets – they had heard that this could help them achieve great results, simply by removing high carb foods such as bread, potatoes, pasta & rice, and switching to high protein low carb foods such as meat, seafood, chicken, veggies, cheese and nuts.
At the same time, I had customers at the cafe who were also starting to ask for high protein meal options, such as egg white omelettes, protein shakes and low carb bread.
The fact that I saw so many people, across 2 different environments talking about the benefits of Low Carb High Protein foods made me very curious, so I started doing my own research.
I read stories from many people that had converted to this low carb high protein way of eating and had achieved some great results and were feeling better than they ever had before. I loved that everything I read about this way of eating made complete sense. It was pretty much advising to stay away from everything that has added sugars, to pack your diet full of meat and veggies, and really reduce other carb heavy foods. When I thought about it, really, that is how we would have eaten hundreds & thousands of years ago – back when we were hunter gatherers – our diets would have been based on these simple foods like meat and veggies that were available to us.
It’s only in recent times that foods have become overly processed, convenient and because of this convenience factor, they have to be packed with sugar & starches, which are cheap fillers and preservatives. It made sense that if we cut out all this crap, and got back to eating what our bodies actually needed, that we would feel our best!
I kept reading about these positive benefits, and pretty much zero negative effects, so I decided to try it out for myself.
I wrote a low carb high protein meal plan for myself, to plan out my meals week by week.
This plan included lots of high protein foods such as: Meat, Chicken, Fish, Seafood, Nuts, Cheeses, Yoghurt, Seeds, and heaps of veggies, mainly green veggies as these were the lowest carb.
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I removed from my diet high carb foods such as: All added sugars, honey, rice malt syrup & maple syrup, traditional bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and cereals.
To be honest, it wasn’t as hard as I thought! I found that the sugar cravings actually disappeared after the first 2 days, and I also found myself bouncing out of bed when my alarm went off, rather than feeling sluggish and pressing snooze 5 times. That was just the beginning, the fact that I saw such immediate positive results from my low carb high protein meal plan, gave me the confidence and motivation to continue.
After my first 30 days following this high protein, low carb way of eating – these were the other benefits I experienced:
- Natural weight loss
- Zero hunger or cravings – I felt satisfied all the time.
- Reduced puffiness & bloating
- Increased mental clarity
- Increased positive mindset
- Heaps more energy
- The desire to make great food choices
So I was sold. With a few simple changes to my diet, I was feeling better than I ever had.
The best change was the desire to WANT to eat great healthy nutritious foods. It was no longer a mental battle of temptation and guilt – I craved foods that were good for me.
If you are looking to experience some of these benefits in your life too – you can.