I thought Hunter and I would be together forever, that nothing could ever come between us. I was wrong. Death has a way of breaking even the strongest of bonds, and we were about to learn that lesson first-hand.
So, I have been doing the low carb/high fat way of eating for a few months now. I'm finding the transformation a lot easier than I expected I would; I actually think my brain was hindering me before, because I was convinced I couldn't live without refined carbs! 90% of my aches and pains have disappeared - I still get the odd ache, but considering I was in constant pain 24/7 before starting this journey, I am ecstatic. The side effect of losing weight while consuming more fat, is an added bonus and still a little hard to get my head around. We have been told for years not to eat fat, to eat more grains and fruit and I have now learned that the opposite is true for me. By flipping the food pyramid on its head, my health is improving.
I had previously been diaganosed with Ankylosing Spontilitis, Hypothyroidism (I only have half a thyroid due to an operation in Nov 2012 to remove an enlarged parathyroid gland and multiple nodules in my right thyroid gland), Fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, anaemia, insulin resistance, GORD, peri-menopause, low vitamin D, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Before starting this, I was a bit of a mess to say the least. I struggled every day just to take care of my kids, let alone do any cooking or anything around the house.
Since beginning low carb/high fat, my passion for cooking has returned. I wish I could say my house was spotless, but baby steps! I am sure I will get there. I still have problems with fatigue, but nowhere to the degree I used to. I am coping a lot better with the kids and actually being able to enjoy them again. My blood pressure has returned to normal, my blood sugar is stabilizing, my cholesterol has come down (come down from eating saturated fats?? Sugar/carbs are the enemy people - not the fat!) and my health has improved a hell of a lot. I will get blood tests soon to check the other things, but I have a feeling that everything is improving.
I am finding it way easier than I thought I would to give up refined carbs. I still cook the same meals, but I replace the carbs with a healthier alternative. For instance, if we are having shepherds pie, I make it exactly the same, but replace the mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower. Mashed cauli is my new fave food and you so have to try it if you haven't already. It is made exactly the same as mashed potato, except I use a hand blender instead of a masher. Add in butter and cream and it is honestly hard to tell the difference! Even the hubby and kids like it. If making spaghetti bolognaise, replace the noodles with shredded zucchini or parsnip. Use thin slices of sweet potato, egg plant, kale or or zucchini to replace the pasta in lasagne. I make my own bread out of flaxseed meal, olive oil, cream, eggs and baking powder and have this for breakfast smeared with peanut butter, avocado, cream cheese or real butter.
I don't eat any fruit at the moment, but I load up on low carb veges for the vitamins and fibre. Berries like strawberries are lower in carbs, so can be incorporated into your diet if you like. I will do that once I have lost the weight. If your main source of potassium is bananas or potatoes, then you just have to make sure you are getting it from a different source (eg mushrooms, salmon or avocado). Nutritionists will tell you that you need grains to get your daily intake of B vitamins, but the truth is that the process of refining those grains strips most of the vitamins out and they actually add them back in. Natural sources of B12 come from animal products, such as meat, eggs and dairy. Mushrooms are a valuable source of not only potassium, but B vitamins, magnesium, vitamin D and selenium. Dairy products also contain B vitamins, as do leafy greens, offal, nuts, seeds (especially sesame seeds), poutry and eggs. Animal fat and dairy are also a great source of retinol or vitamin A - which is very important for thyroid health. Cutting out fat can cause a lot of problems for a sluggish thyroid. As long as you are sensible and eat a variety of vegetables, meat, eggs and dairy, you should be fine. I take ferritin and B12 as I was deficient before starting this.
I have a bit of info and recipes here: http://thedreamseries-gladysquintal.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page_80.html In summary, I've cut out refined carbs like sugar, bread including anything crumbed or stuffed with crumbs, pasta, rice, cereal, potatoes. I've upped my intake of saturated fat including things like real butter, cream, full fat cheese, olive oil, coconut oil, dripping, eggs, avocado, bacon, and peanut butter. To date, I have lost 5.5kg but I cannot remember the exact date I started. It has been slow going, mainly because of my thyroid issues and menopause, but the weight is going down so I am more than happy with that. I will never go back to eating bread, pasta, rice, pastry and cereal. Most of these things I can easily replace with something healthier for me. I will post again when I hit the 10kg mark, wish me luck - though I have a feeling that I am not going to need it!
I opened my mouth to protest when the stranger pulled out his wallet and handed the woman two one hundred dollar bills.
“This should just about cover your loss of earnings, now take it and get out of here before I change my mind and get the police involved after all.”
He didn’t have to tell her twice. She snatched the money out of his hand, smiled from ear to ear and then turned and took off down the street with the other women running after her, no doubt making sure they got their cut. He then grabbed the clothes from me, stuffed them into my bag, turned and started wheeling it down the street.
“What are you doing?” I cried, exasperated. I was running to keep up with him. He didn’t answer but kept walking and towing my bag behind him. I caught up to him when he stopped by a silver car. He opened the boot and threw my bag in, slammed it shut and opened the car door.
“Get in,” he snapped without bothering to even turn and face me.
“What? I will not get in. For all I know you could be a serial killer or rapist!”
“Would you rather I left you here to fend for yourself? Those women have pimps and they will not be too thrilled to learn that you have been stealing money from out of their pockets. Though I am sure they will think of a way that you can make it up to them!” he snarled through gritted teeth.
“But you gave them money?” I gasped, suddenly realising that I was now in debt to this man that I didn’t know anything about.
“I did, yes. Let’s just call it an advanced payment for future services, shall we?”
“But I’m not…..” I tried to protest.
He roughly grabbed my arm and dragged me to the car. “Just get in the bloody car, I will not tell you again!”
I was frantic and tried to pull away, but his grip on my arm was solid and was really starting to hurt. My eyes darted around the street looking for someone, anyone to help me, but all they saw were those same four women and a couple of big, scary looking guys running towards us, pointing and yelling.
“Shit!” I heard him curse under his breath. “Get in the car now!”
He let go of my arm and jumped into the driver’s side. The engine roared to life. I was standing there in shock, not knowing what to do.
“Last chance, get in or I will leave you here to deal with them on your own.”
I scrambled into the car, barely closing the door behind me before we sped off down the street with the two tough guys chasing us. I was glad to escape that hell, but wondered to myself if I’d jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.
All 3 Novellas in "The Someone To Love Me" Trilogy:
Undeserving (Novella #1 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)
All of her life, Bree had been treated badly by men. According to
her mother, it was just the way it was with the women in her family and
there was no point in trying to fight it. There was no sense in dreaming
about Prince Charming right out of the story books, he just didn't
exist. She had to accept her fate and move on. It was as simple as that.
Bree craved love. She longed for a man to promise her his heart and
soul and protect her from the monsters that she had grown accustomed to.
She prayed that her mother was wrong and that one day he would find
Unforgiving (Novella #2 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)
When she is given a second chance, Bree tries to put the pieces of
her shattered life back together. Without her abusive husband ruling her
every move, she begins to enjoy her newly found freedom and decides to
explore her feelings for his younger brother. But is the violence truly
over? Or is Bree undeserving as her mother always said she was......
Understanding (Novella #3 in the Someone To Love Me trilogy)
Still believing that her mother may have been right and everything
she touches turns to dust, Bree decides to break away from the entire
Butler family. Can she put the pieces of her shattered past behind her
and start afresh on her own? Or will Trey's undying love draw her back
into his arms and into his world once more.
Ever since the death of her parents at the age of 17, Cassie has
been dreaming about a dark haired man. He always comes to her in times
of trouble to comfort her and help her through the toughest of days. But
now after the devastating break up with her boyfriend, Cassie struggles
with separating reality from her dreams.
During a trip to her family beach house, her dream man becomes her
lover and Cassie finds herself longing for this man to be in her life.
But trying to find out the truth about him leaves her questioning her
very existence and sanity.
She is convinced her dream man is real and connected to a string of
macabre murders over the last 20 years. Fearing for her life, Cassie
prays she is right about him and that he can save her before it is too
Outside of the human subconscious his true form is a Vampire that
survives on the blood of human beings. Despicable humans, but humans all
the same. He tries to only drink from evil men in the process of saving
an innocent life, but to do this must wait until the victim is
unconscious or near death. Otherwise they would see him in his true form
and be terrified.
Nicknamed "The Ghost" he seemingly
gets in and out through locked doors and windows leaving no trace of
ever being there except for the dismembered bodies of the assailants he
leaves behind. The bodies are literally ripped apart and drained of
blood leaving a macabre scene for police. They have not had a single
clue to go on over the last 20years except for the recurring
descriptions of a dark haired hero who swoops in at the brink of death
to save a woman about to be raped or murdered.
way to break the curse and appear human is for a human woman to fall in
love with him - the real him and he knows this would be impossible. As
he sadly backs away from Cassie she starts to put two and two together
and suspects him of being "The Ghost." But while researching him finds
out a few home truths about herself which leaves her questioning her
very existence and sanity. Faced with her own terrifying ordeal she
prays she is right about her lover and that he can save her before it is
Note from author: WARNING : This book has an episode of sexual abuse.
Be Careful What You Wish For (Book 2 in The Dream Series)
Alexi is a Vampire trying to live a human existence, he even has a
human wife. The Vampire secret is paramount and cohabiting with humans -
unless you intend on turning them, just isn't done. Can Alexi protect
his beloved Cassandra from the would-be enforcers of this law or will he
lose her forever?
The Chosen One (Book 3 in The Dream Series)
Trying to exist undetected in a human world, with a human family is
hard enough when you are a Vampire - but finding out your son is also
the fabled Chosen One, makes things even more difficult.
Will Alexi's love be enough to protect his precious child from the
powers that be and prevent fate from dealing him yet another cruel blow?
Or is he condemned to live out eternity alone...
Succubus: An Erotic Companion (Book 4 in The Dream Series)
Succubus is book 4 in The Dream Series, written as a novella to fill
in a few gaps – which you know by now is something I love to do. Rather
than continuing the plot from book 3, it takes the reader back in time
to just after Elizabeth “dies.” You’ll find it a bit more erotic than
the first three books, so fair warning!
What happened in the 400 years between Elizabeth dying in her castle
tomb and the birth of The Chosen One? Take an erotic step back in time
and learn more about what Elizabeth and Sebastian were up to as they
prepared for that monumental event to take place.
They certainly didn't get bored while they were waiting, that's for sure!
A Match Made in Hell (Book 5 in The Dream Series)
Gabriel is beyond furious when he discovers Chloe was responsible
for the untimely demise of his beloved brother. Will Moyra succeed in
protecting her friend from the four hundred-year-old vampire intent on
The evil Elizabeth has betrayed them all. Her deceit could find
Sebastian burning in the fires of hell for all eternity and force a
wedge between Alexi and Cassandra forever.
Teaser from "Be Careful What You Wish For" (Book 2 in The Dream Series)
There was always a
smorgasbord of egotistical, drunk young men who really believed a young,
beautiful girl such as Chloe would be interested in going home with them. It
was just a matter of waiting and watching for the loner or straggler, for it was
a lot easier if they were by themselves. Then no one else saw her or believed
the stories of conquest, for there were no witnesses. She was always careful to
bite them in discreet places so they would not notice in the morning.
No, she didn't
kill them. She only snacked on them, and it took all her control not to drain
them. The only problem was, she always felt a little tipsy afterwards from all
the alcohol in their blood. It wasn't a bad feeling, though, and it wasn't like
she was driving anywhere!