Hi there and welcome to my blog! My name is Terez. I’ve been following a low carb lifestyle since 2008 after many years of battling with my weight and experimenting with all sorts of diets! I’ve been through the good the bad and the ugly since I myself was a kid. So, I know what it feels like to be a kid who has struggled with weight. I don’t want that for my child or for any other child for that matter.
This blog is focussed on how I raise my child following a low carb lifestyle, with healthy unprocessed real food. My journey to raise my child this way has already started – in July 2015 when he was conceived.
I was already following a low carb lifestyle before I fell pregnant and I was determined to continue this through my pregnancy. Which is precisely what I did (regardless of what family, friends, doctors and websites said e.g. that I should increase my carbohydrate content for the baby!). I am glad that I stuck to my guns, because there have been so many benefits for me that I will share with you in upcoming posts and hope you can learn from for your pregnancy(ies).
The rest of the this blog will follow how I raise (and plan to raise) my little boy on a low carb lifestyle through breastfeeding, eating solids as a toddler, through the younger years, during the hormonal teenage years and until we manage to kick him out of the house! (Just kidding 😉 )
I know I am going to love sharing my experiences with you, and I will be doing the research and experimenting with recipes to find out what works and what doesn’t for my little son. I would also love to hear from you about how you have raised your Low Carb Kid and what juicy tidbits of advice you can give to me. Because this will always be a journey, a learning journey, for me, for my low carb kid and hopefully for you and your kid(s) too!
With love and low carb,
P.S. Here’s a little bit of the journey that’s taken me to where I am today…
My Low Carb Story
I was always the “chubby” one at school, the one that was teased and never received a rose from the neighbouring boys’ school on Valentines day. And it wasn’t as though I never tried, I have followed every single diet under the sun since I was about 8 years old, and through my teenage years I added some of those nasty diet pills to the mix. Nothing worked. I would lose a bit of weight and then swiftly gain it back.
The struggle for me was in the fact that I believed there was something wrong with me. And at the tender age of 12, that’s a tough debilitating thing to believe of yourself. Why could I not lose the extra kgs even through I was eating what was deemed to be healthy and exercising like my friends?
My lowest point came in 2004 (I was 19 at the time) when I was rushed to hospital, and was subsequently diagnosed with anorexia. I was in denial and did not want to believe the Doctors – I just thought that I was being “healthy” by following another one of those diets.
But for four more years I bounced on the proverbial weight-gain-up, weight-loss-down trampoline, without being closer to the truth. It was pretty much a case of being doomed if I dieted and doomed if I didn’t!
What I didn’t realise was that the food that I was eating was the problem. The carbohydrates and sugars were making me overweight, and were effecting me psychologically too, by making me crave more and more of them, no matter how disciplined I was.
But, that revelation only came in 2008 when I first tried the Atkins diet. I couldn’t believe that there was a diet that would allow you to eat meat and cheese and butter, all the things I loved to eat, but had deprived myself of, because they were seen as unhealthy by most dieticians and doctors at the time. The real change came when I began to experience what I call “hunger satisfaction”. I no longer craved sugar or sugary foods, I was full after every meal, I felt more in control of my hunger. It was the psychological shift that was most profound and the realisation that those processed carbohydrates were having a negative impact on my body and my mind.
I began to listen to my body more and more as I realised what a slice of cake would do to my blood sugar levels. It would give me an immediate feeling of satisfaction, then my heart rate would increase, and soon after that I would experience withdrawals from the sugar and would get the “shakes”. The shaking would be accompanied with a feeling or breathlessness and agitation. I would get grumpy and snap at people. And the scary thing was that the only way to overcome these symptoms, would be to have more sugar! Those, my friends, are some of the typical symptoms of eating sugar or excess carbohydrates and it is the reason why sugar can be addictive.
The more research I did on the effects of sugar, the more I realised that there actually wasn’t anything wrong with me. That feeling was so invigorating and changed my confidence levels for good.
My purpose: I want to share that same feeling with others around the world, but mostly with parents of young babies, kids and teenagers. I don’t want our little ones don’t have to go through the same struggles I faced (and many others do) as a child. I wish for all people to have the knowledge that I have now so that they can realise the impact that sugar and excess carbohydrates can have on their life and their health.
Fast forward to today, and here I am with an e-commerce website that sells low carb products to South Africans called Low Carb Love. And now I have started this blog where I will share more of my personal experiences about me and My Low Carb Kid.
What’s your low carb story? I would love to hear from you too!