This is going to be a speedy Whole30 summary this week because I want to talk about all the amazing things I learnt at Low Carb Downunder over the weekend!!!
Week 3 has been a bit more of a breeze to be honest. I am in a good routine and habits in terms of menu planning and eating. Certainly noticed that my digestion and tummy has really settled. I have eaten nuts on a few occasions and I haven’t really noticed any problems. Kind of annoyed at myself for not having the willpower to skip them but in the scheme of things not the worst thing in the world I could do. Especially given I spent 6 hours baking for Low Carb Downunder on Friday and did NOT eat a single piece of dark chocolate. Stressing about what you are eating is almost as bad as eating the bad stuff so you do have to cut yourself some slack. Exercise has been a little bit of a fail, only 4 of the 7 days but again this was due to being crazy busy with Low Carb Downunder. As previously mentioned in this post, I am not doing chronic crazy cardio every day, I am just trying to get active every day. Some days a walk, some days circuit training others yoga.
This week I have started counting calories which I know is against Whole30 protocol but after learning about Jimmy Moore’s experience I was curious to see what my overall total percentage of fat, protein and carbs were. Plus monitor my protein and sugar intake. I am not counting the calories to ensure I am below a certain number of calories consumed. I want to know that my instinctive eating is on the right track. Will do a post on my thoughts and results on this.
So Low Carb Downunder… what an amazing day/week for me. Not only did I learn so much and meet many amazing people. I also got to serve my Lady Homemade food and receive some really lovely feedback. I love it that people are already cooking my recipes at home. I love it that people are sharing my website with friends. It is just fantastic! Thank you so much, I feel even more energised about my blog than ever!!!
I just thought I would summarise some points about the speakers that really stuck a chord with me that day. There were heaps of speakers with amazing journeys into the low carb and paleo lifestyle like Crystal from Eat, Sleep, Move, Jo Fitton from the Melbourne Paleo Meet Up Group and Ivy from Paleo in Melbourne. Hearing how paleo has benefited them, their health and their families health really helps remind you of why you should eat the right foods. It wasn’t just about the positive results of the changes, but also the difficulties with their health and mindset towards health prior.
David Gillespie was the first speaker of the day and he knocked my socks off. Anyone who knows me will tell you I am obsessed with how bad sugar is and seeing the king of anti-sugar speak made my day!!! David has written two books, Sweet Poison and Big Fat Lies and his presentation was based around them. He is a lawyer by trade but after many years of battling with his weight, he has lost 40kgs through quitting sugar. Pretty incredible stuff.
Here are some key points from his talk:
- 80% of sugar we eat we don’t even know about – hidden in day to day foods
- We should be eating 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar a day. The average Aussie eats 30+
- We are NOT adapted to consume high amounts of fructose, it’s basically just metabolised to fat. But they worst kind, more often than not visceral fat around your liver. Hello fatty liver diseases!!!
- Fructose is as addictive as nicotine, when quitting you are likely to experience similar symptoms
- Excessive fructose completely messes up your appetite control. You are more likely to be hungry all the time
- Fatty liver disease, diabetes, gout and kidney disease are all caused by too much sugar
- 1 in 5 Australians will have type 2 diabetes, something that is completely preventable
Jimmy Moore spoke twice during the day. The first speech was more about his history and how came to living a low carb lifestyle. Hearing Jimmy speak about his life before and after the weight loss, the loss of his brother to heart disease and his whole journey was really incredible. Jimmy raised some interesting points about the importance of fat in your diet and the links between a low fat diet and Alzheimer and Dementia. Pretty controversial stuff and something that requires me to do some investigation. His second speech was all about his journey with Nutritional Ketosis. Jimmy eats a diet that is 85% fat and is losing weight!!! This presentation was a little lost of me, partly because I wasn’t super familiar with the ketosis theory and partly because my brain was at information overload at that point of the day. Going to go back over Jimmy’s posts on ketosis and make more sense of it for myself. The big thing that I hadn’t really considered is the fact that I may be over consuming protein, which is ultimately converted back to glucose. Hence why I am tracking what I eat at the moment.
Christine Cronau was another highlight for the day for me. She spoke in a way that was so easy to understand and my word she looks damn amazing for a 41 year mother of two. Many great points about the consumption of vegetable oils, sugars and fat. My favourite that was excess sugar consumption destroys collagen so can speed up the aging process you. Ek! As if it wasn’t bad enough. Her book The Fat Revolution is definitely on my book list and I think it would be a really good read for anyone considering changing their diet but thinks that a completely grain free/paleo lifestyle is too much.
Finally Natalie Kringoudis of the Pagoda Tree, the ebook Fertilise Yourself and Health Talks spoke. Of all the speakers I was most excited to see, I think Nat was it. I love her blog – Melbourne Natural Fertility and I love her attitude to fertility, health and wellness. Ok, stop freaking out with the F word – fertility. No I am not planning to have babies any time soon but as Nat said fertility isn’t just about getting pregnant and making babies, it’s an extension of your heath. If something is out of whack in your body, your fertility is most likely going to be affected and compromised. Nat discussed the importance of protein and fats in your diet and how excess sugar and even gluten can affect your fertility. Seriously, all ladies should be reading her blog. GO DO IT NOW!
If you want some more summaries of the event check out this post by healthier jane. Loaded with info and also has more links to the rest of the speakers.
Here are links to the recipes that I served that day too:
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Also I need to thank Rod Taylor and Jo Fitton for the fantastic opportunity for me to present my Lady Homemade food, get up and talk and meet all the speakers. Their tireless efforts along with committee made for such a great day and I can’t wait for many more events to come!