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What do you eat on LCHF? The long version

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:

  • Eggs fried in butter with a slice of cheese on top, and some salad
  • Grilled chicken breast with steamed vegetables and cream sauce (coconut cream based for example)
  • Tuna patties with creamed peas
  • Strawberry mousse
  • Cheese “chips”

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)

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4 comments on “What do you eat on LCHF? The long version

  1. jay becker
    June 27, 2012

    Hello, great post! I notice and error on the first line where you explain “LCHF” it actually means “low carb high fat” you wrote “low fat high carb” , I know you already know the explanation based on the article you wrote, just wanted to make you aware of the typo : )

    • Dina
      June 27, 2012

      Oy vey! 🙂
      Fixed.

  2. Michal
    January 30, 2013

    what about high cholesterol? these foods would just make my cholesterol go even higher!

    • Dina
      January 30, 2013

      Which foods? As I write and explain in this blog, these foods helps to get the cholesterol in order. 🙂
      We need cholesterol so the only time you really need to worry about high cholesterol is if you have the genetic disease “Familial Hypercholesterolemia”.

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