Check-in: Week 4

JAX – CARBS

FOOD

As summer slowly warms up our wintry Cape, braais (barbeques) are on the increase home.  While I can enjoy and appreciate a chicken kebab with salad,  what I really want to do is tuck into a few lamb chops complete with their fat! Having said that, this carb journey remains enjoyable.  I’ve continued to keep an eye on my ‘healthy’ carb-eating friends to learn what are generally accepted as good nutrition.  Quite a number of them believe in the ‘wholewheat’ label and will happily add ‘wholewheat bread’ or ‘wholewheat rusks’ to their day.  This stood me in good stead as I found myself breakfastless at a kiddies party on Sat morning and ate some ‘wholewheat’ rusks to fill the gap.

FEELING

Tired.  Sleepy tired.  I woke up with the kiddies on Sun morning and found myself back in bed an hour later while my husband took them for a forest walk.  I slept for 3 hours and was tired again by 15h00 that afternoon! My ice-craving has persisted too which is a sure sign of iron deficiency.  I may ask Pathcare if I can add an iron test to next week’s batch to see where I’m at.  Thanks for the helpful comment that alerted me to the theory that wheat may inhibit the uptake of iron in the body too.  Unfortunately tiredness doesn’t help when mothering two littlies who are on holiday, but otherwise all’s well :-)

DIAGNOSIS

I’m also a little confused by our BIA Fat% reading as I have definitely put on weight (fat).  Jeanne can see it, I can see it and I can most definitely feel it.  Noakes explained that because Jeanne and I don’t have much to loose on the fat front, we easily fall into the natural margin of error that any machine has.  Had we been obese we would have shown more clear results.  As I’ve said before though, by the end of the project there should be a clear sign of which direction we’re heading in.  And yes, I may well be loosing weight, but then I have some serious issues and my sister, my eyes and my clothes are deceiving me big time!

DIARY

This last week with the kids off school wasn’t as hectic as I thought it may be.  We were very social and they played well together.  They’re off this week again and we have two days of sun before the rain sets in.  After posting this update I’ll be getting us ready for a trip to the beach :-)  We usually have our BIA fat% and weight tested on a Thurs morning and Bodytec on Wed, but Jeanne has to be on set those days. We’re also going away on Fri for some girl-time so we’ll have to try fit everything in today and tomorrow.

JEANNE – PROTEIN/FAT

FOOD

Well it’s been a good week for me food wise.  As ever, I have found this shift to high fat/protein for this project easy to do – although I do find that I am very drawn to the fat & protein bits and must keep an eye on getting a good dose of salad and veg in as I go along!  I find it a little frustrating that some coffee shops & restaurants don’t have pouring cream for coffee so I sometimes lug my own around just in case.  (In fact I should have done that on Saturday afternoon as I spent the full 3 hours of a tea party not being able to eat any of the cakes and only having water to drink as there was no cream for coffee.  Sigh!)

FEELING

I’m feeling great, although what still surprises me is that I am quite tired when I wake up.  I don’t know what I am ‘supposed’ to feel as I have purposefully remained as objective as possible by not reading up on the affects of a high fat/protein diet….but I suppose I just expect to feel supper perky from the start of the day.

DIAGNOSIS

To be honest I am a little confused by this week’s results as I can see and feel that I have lost weight but the results say differently in some ways.  I understand from our experts though that things are likely to go up and down in the process but the beginning vs end results will be clear.  Last week my exercise levels were particularly low as I only made it to gum once and with the table readings for the upcoming film I spent hours needing to just sit….it will be interesting to see what affect exercise may have on it all, especially as Jax does a lot of ‘accidental exercise’ running after Grace & James all day!

DIARY

I am excited so start filming a local feature called “Felix” this week and will be on set Wednesday & Thursday – I will be sure to post a few pics and let you know how catering fares from a low carb perspective!  The challenge for me will still be to try match Jax’s energy output by getting to gym a few times (despite being on set for 2 days) – but I will just have to make a plan.  Toning wise, I am loving Bodytec and look forward to our 5th session this week…it’s remarkable how quickly I am feeling the changes and I look forward to seeing how this unfold too! At the end of the week Jax and I will be going away with a few friends which we haven’t done (without kids) for years so that’s certainly something to look forward to…!

2 Comments

  1. Hi Jax,

    My experience on both diets has been that the low fat diet, which is also a high carb diet, results in you putting on fat on your belly and under your chin so that you get what many people think of as a middle-aged look! The scale may not show that you have put on weight yet but your fatty deposits will change and settle on your tummy and under your chin so that is why you will begin to look fatter, even before you have put on weight.

  2. Jax and Jeanne I just came across your site from Tim Noakes tweet, loving your guys biohack experiment. I have been experimenting with a high fat diet for two months now. I was near my ideal weight already but have lost 4 cm around my hips, 3 cm around my waist and 2 kgs in total. I’m going to be re-checking my Vit D3, hs-CRP and Total Cholesterol scores soon. My overall impression is this way of eating feels great and is sustainable. I believe it is good for the nervous system cos if it can help kids with epilepsy and those with Alzheimer’s then there must be a health benefit to adding healthy fats to your daily eating.
    Jeanne if your allowed try adding butter to your coffee like bulletproofexec.com Dave Asprey does everyday. He is the one that got me on a high fat diet :)

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