managing an LCHF lifestyle in Israel
LCHF means “low carb high fat” and that’s all, in a nutshell. But I wrote “the long version” in the title so here it is:
LCHF is based on the idea that the human body is designed to eat in a certain way. A way that we’ve kept, and kept us, over millions of years, while we were hunter-gatherer. Only “yesterday” did we start with the innovations of flour and sugar and for most of us, our body hasn’t had time to adjust* to this new food. On the other hand, we don’t hunt our Shabbath chicken nor pick the peas we want to have as a side dish. (I mention this because there’s also the paleo/”prehistoric man’s” method where they don’t eat dairy products but add more roots etc. Maybe I’ll write about it in another post.)
As the name suggests, you eat less carbohydrates and add fats. That doesn’t mean to stop eating all carbohydrates, as many think. Nor does it mean to eat 1 kg of butter every day. So what does it mean?
First of all, eat as much natural food as possible, with no added chemicals.(Have you ever looked on the ingredient list on food packages? Do you know what the items are? Try it once!)
Second, you eat the protein with some vegetables and add something fatty for satiation. Here are some examples:
Some might say “Yeah! That’s not news! It’s Atkin/South Beach Montigniac/my grandmother used to say that potatoes are fattening.” True, but all viewpoints have something unique for them and I’ll compare different “diets” in another post. 🙂
It is important to note that there are a lot of replacements, for example for sugar, so why not drink “light”? ‘Cause what I said previously – as natural foods as possible! Without aspartame and monosodium glutamate and E stuff etc..
Some say no carbs no satiation – Therefore one increases the fat, to give the feeling of fullness over time. Besides, when you consume fewer carbohydrates the blood insulin level decreases and you don’t get the ups and downs in blood sugar that causes the hunger feelings (and the craving for sweets).
Further explanations in following posts as this one is getting to be really long …
* I don’t mean just celeac disease, but all metabolism related diseases.
(Feb 8, 2011)