HFLC is a new acronym in our home. Thanks to William Banting, an undertaker who, in the year 1862, had excessive weight problems and whose doctor prescribed a diet of high-fat and low-carbs. We are back to our dietary roots as it was meant to be, according to sports and exercise scientist, Professor Tim Noakes, in his book, The Real Meal Revolution. Eating high-fat food has been a no go for years in many diets. So to suddenly change your diet to eating real butter, cream, cheese and meat and drinking full cream milk, is too good to be true, we thought.
But, Deon was determined. He wanted to put this diet to the test. So off to the shop we went and loaded the shopping basket with steak and chops (for him), chicken, green vegetables, cheese, chorizo, salami, eggs, butter, couverture (yes), cream and wine (a glass of dry wine is allowed). But, there were no bread, brans, starchy vegetables like peas or potatoes, cookies, or pasta (how sad) in the basket. Then we went to the wonderful dairy in central Durbanville to buy thick, creamy Greek yoghurt. We read that green food means go; orange means caution and red means no. After reading the ten commandments of beginner banting, e.g. eat enough fat and vegetables, do not over- or under-eat, not too much protein, not too much dairy, we started dieting. Drinking lots of water is essential, but that we have always done.
At first it was difficult to prepare breakfast and I could only think of eggs with something. Eggs with cheese, or eggs and bacon. Then I discovered the wonderful recipes in his book. How does Blueberry and cream cheese hotcakes for breakfast sound to you, or Nut Granola or Double cream yoghurt, almond and strawberry smoothie? We have not tried all of this yet, but we will get there. I want to bake the carb-free bread, because it is hard to go without bread when you follow this diet. There are ingredients I have never used before needed for many recipes, but luckily a new health shop has opened doors recently at the Glengarry shopping centre. Stevia, coconut oil, flax seed and psyllium husks are but a few new words in our vocabulary.
For dinner today I made delicious Chicken tikka masala and Sage and blue cheese roasted gem squash with sage and butter. We had ice-cream for dessert, but we have decided that we would cheat a bit on a Sunday.
There is a lot more recipes I want to try. The carb-free pasta, for which you use eggs, cream cheese and psyllium husks, looks enticing. As beef lasagne is my favourite comfort food, it will soon be on the menu. Fish bake in spicy tomato sauce, and Not Butter Chicken with mushrooms, garlic and cream also sound delicious.
After following the diet for more than a week, we have shed a few kilo’s and have lots of energy. The next step is to start exercising more, so from tomorrow onwards we will get onto the exercise bike and we will also start walking long distances in our tranquil neighbourhood. We really love our new way of eating. All of this in search of a good life!