“After 6 weeks on the protocol I was off all of my anti inflammatory medication and daily pain killers were a thing of the past”.
What got you interested in the low carb way of eating?
I became interested in the low carb way of eating in 2014 after I was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition. I had recently undergone a hip reconstruction and was struggling with inflammation. After trialling a vegan diet for two months with no luck I discovered studies on the anti inflammatory effects of the ketogenic diet. After 6 weeks on the protocol I was off all of my anti inflammatory medication and daily pain killers were a thing of the past. Needless to say I have never looked back!
How strictly do you follow a low carb diet?
The only time I eat carbohydrates (except for those found in greens and nuts) is during social occasions. Otherwise I no longer feel the need to include them in my diet.
How many carbs do you consume/recommend consuming per day?
I usually like to limit my clients carbs to around or below 40grams for the day. This number varies depending on a persons goals, body composition and activity level. No two humans are exactly the same.
What benefits have you personally seen from the diet?
Apart from the dramatic reduction in inflammation I have also noticed more clarity, more energy and better digestion.
How did you help yourself first adjust to a low carb diet?
For me there was no adjusting, I was head first in! In my case I was trying to get my body to produce ketones, gradually decreasing or easing myself in would have delayed this process and delaying was not what I wanted to do.
What is your favourite low carb meal?
My favourite low carb meal is what I call my ‘one pan wonder’ – Lamb cutlets, haloumi, asparagus, spinach and butter in a pan. It’s cooked within 5 minutes and is super easy to clean up!
What are the favourite resources you have used to learn more about the low carb diet?
Having studied science and nutrition at university I love a good research article, my favourites are from Dominic D’Agostino.
What are your thoughts on intermittent fasting?
There is a tonne of research showing the benefits of intermittent fasting on brain health, immune function and hormone production. I personally practice intermittent fasting as part of my daily routine, often not eating my first meal of the day until 11 am. I do however start most days with a bullet proof coffee.
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