A life without bread is not impossible.

About four weeks into my health kick, shortly after I discovered that the food component was actually really important in achieving my goals, I researched what eating for fat loss looked like.

Low carb, high fat was a popular one, and one I knew about having a vegetarian friend eat this way most of the time. The other was keto and another was whole 30.

There were lots of others but a common theme in all of them was no bread. Basically, anything that had a high carb count was off limits if you wanted to achieve some good health. And not just fat loss, but gaining energy.  Not needing an afternoon nap, or to combat it with a sugar fix at 3pm meant cutting the bread out as a first step, followed by pasta, white rice, potatoes (sob) and other high carbohydrate foods.

I knew I was probably going to struggle with this. So before I even started, I made peace with my goals that stuffing up was actually ok, so long as I gave it a really good go. I started with a keto diet that shed about 2kgs off in ten days. 

Knowing what I do about how losing weight quickly can cause some upset with a person's gallbladder, I decided to take it down a notch and run with a low carb high fat diet instead. This one is great, because in order to keep things interesting and not miss out on delicious carbs all the time, I have what's called a "refeeding day" and occasionally a couple of treats through the week too. This has slowed my loss down to about 500g a week, sometimes a bit less, which I'm perfectly happy with. And with a refeeding day, where I remind my body what carbs are, I'm mixing it up and training my body to burn fat as an energy source first and the carbohydrate second.

Well, in theory that's how it rolls, and so far it's working well. I don't feel starved on delicious carbs, and as a result, I've stopped mindless eating. Whatever I put in my mouth is considered now. So instead of oats or toast or fruit for breakfast, which I was never really that excited about, it's fat and protein that I'm reaching for. It fills me up, I don't get a food coma, unable to focus on my work till 10am and it's so delicious.

If time allowed, I'd happily choose bacon and eggs. It never does, and so when I wake up in the morning, I get my non-negotiable coffee, then hold off till I get to work and have a stick of cheese with a salami stick. If I don't have any of those, I have a handful of salted peanuts. I know the nuts sounds a bit bizarre, but if you usually have peanut butter on toast, you can skip the toast and just have the nuts and feel much better. About 14 peanuts goes into 1 teaspoon of peanut butter, and so if you would normally have two slices for breakfast, that's quite a lot of nuts that can sate you as much as, if not better, than the toast would have.

Give it a try. Lunch is a whole other story, so I'll post that next. I don't have anything planned or prepped for lunch today, so it'll be interesting to see how I make some good choices instead of rubbish ones. Wish me luck!

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