About diets and eating

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Back in the beginning of April this year I decided I needed to change the way I eat. I had gained a lot of weight since Christmas, and my clothes washer was starting to shrink my jeans especially (I know, what a sod!!). Let’s go back to what happened at Christmas. Every year we get together at my uncle’s house for Christmas celebrations, and the food there is always not only absolutely ridiculously delicious, but also plentiful. In fact, I’m pretty sure a small army would come out satisfied. Well this past Christmas, for no reason known to me, I decided I was going to eat until I could eat no more. Well, I was wrong there, I ate way past not being able to eat anymore. And then I ate some more. And then came the desserts… You get the picture I’m sure… The problem came when I didn’t stop at Christmas, I just carried on and on and on. Every weekend I would lie on the couch, and quite happily have a whole tub of ice cream. And a couple of bars of chocolate. And a bag of candy. And wash it all down with crazy amounts of sugary soda.


Sooner rather than later all that gorging was starting to show, and I wanted to put a stop to it before it was way too late. I weighed 69kg, or 152lb, at the beginning of April. I know it probably doesn’t seem like an awful lot, and I wasn’t even at an overweight BMI (quite!) but for my skinny build, it was way too much excess weight. I hate the idea of a diet per se, I hate being hungry, and you really don’t want to be around me when I’m cranky from hunger. Just ask anyone who knows me, I’m vile! So I decided to do something that I know has worked for many people, including family members, and I cut down on carbs. I essentially stopped eating sugar, grains, rice and potato. Yes, not having sugar was really hard, but the one thing that drove me nuts was not having bread. I would walk through a bakery section of a store, and they’d have to mop up puddles of saliva in my wake. So obviously something had to be done about that! I found a recipe for what I now call my fake bread. It’s made of grated cheese, ground almonds and eggs. It’s delicious, especially toasted with butter melting on top, mmmmm. And it worked just as I had hoped, my brain thought I was getting bread, and the cravings stopped.


I was really strict with the “diet” only for the first 2 or 3 weeks. After that I started giving myself a break at weekends, and I will occasionally have pizza (omg I can’t give that up!!), ice cream and chocolate. Actually, I may have to give up pizza after all, because I never realized until now, just how awful wheat makes me feel. I feel bloated, a bit sick, and there are other side effects that I’m sure you can guess, and that I’m not going to discuss haha!!
My aim was to drop down to 63kg, or 139lb, by the end of the summer. That really is a very healthy weight for me, still a tad padded around the waist, but far from overweight. I just weighed myself this morning, and I weigh 62 kg, or 137lb. Holy crap!! And it’s only the beginning of June, 2 months since I started this new way of eating. That’s it, I’m not even going to call it a diet anymore, because it’s not. It’s a different way of eating, a new way of life.


I’m pretty sure that having Santtu (our poodle puppy) helps, I’m walking briskly for at least an hour more each day than I used to do. But this low-carb is just the best thing ever!! I have so much more energy, I’m never bloated, and very strangely, I’m never ever hungry! So now, I’m wondering if I can drop to 59kg (130lb) by the time school starts in the fall. I haven’t weighed that since I was 23, and I would be even more over the moon than I already am. So here’s to a happier, healthier, rest of 2016!

 

Comments

Whoohoo!

Way to go, Annukka! That is will power at first. But as you are finding, it gets easier as it becomes to new normal and you feel so much better. Congratulations!!!

Thank you Heidi! At this

Thank you Heidi! At this point I believe I need to just keep going. Although after writing this last night, I couldn't help but have some chocolate haha!! But luckily it doesn't make me feel awful, just slows down the weight loss.

Your diet

Could you give me your recipe for Fake Bread?

Here's the recipe - 1

Here's the recipe - 1 deciliter (dl) is 0.4 US cups

1.5 dl of finely ground almonds (almond flour)
2 dl of grated cheese
2 eggs
2 tsp of baking powder

Mix all ingredients well in a bowl. Place heaps (3 or 4) on baking paper, bake at 200 C (390 F) for about 10 minutes, until golden brown.

I like to leave my heaps for a few minutes on the warm stove top before baking. They sort of spread out, and then I form them again in to flat roll shapes. This way you get bread that you can split in the middle and add filling. I also try not to handle them when still hot, as they have a tendency to collapse a little.

Enjoy!

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