4 September 2012

Jeanne and I will be doing a weekly check-in from now on.  Below is a quick ‘how we’ve been’ so far …

Jax –

I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how easy it’s been to eat carbs – they’re everywhere! Maybe that’s why so many people are hooked on them. Three things that have come up so far are the following: I have a bigger appetite, I’m thirsty more often and I’m sneezing more. Whether or not these things are because of my high carb diet remains to be seen, but hey they’re there so I thought I’d share them.  What do I miss the most?  Seattle Coffee Co’s muesli cup with real Greek yoghurt, local honey and the best muesli I’ve ever had.

Jeanne –

I’m doing well so far on the high fat/protein diet!  It’s been easy enough to eat within the parameters, even when dining out, although I will admit that for the first few days I did feel somewhat restricted and I still miss being able to enjoy cupcakes and rusks!  Energy-wise I feel a little tired (weak) but this could be due to needing more salt in my diet as it has a natriuretic effect.

(This picture was taken by 3-year-old Grace with my i-phone)



  1. Feeling week in the beginning is normal when you stop eating carbs, it might have to do with salt, but the body also has to adjust to extracting energy from fat instead of sugar and most people feel weak the first few weeks. After that period you will get much more energy.

    In Sweden the LCHF-lifestyle (low carb, high fat) is becomming more and more popular. Loosing weight is just one of the health benefits. It has also become the cause of many debates and heated discussions among both scientist, physicians and those who eat it those who don’t. Your experiment will therefore be very interesting to follow.

    Good luck to the both of you.

  2. I love seeing the Olivia book on the floor!
    I was wondering what Jeanne’s daily protein grams are? And while we’re at it, carb and fat grams, LOL.
    Also, you CAN enjoy low carb cupcakes, by using coconut flour, or almond and/or flax meal (and also artificial sweetener). I could not give up my baking, so I’ve learned to substitute. I love the LCHF way of eating (it’s not about high protein either), though I still need my brownies once in awhile. They’re just wheat-free, low carb brownies now :)

  3. It is not unusual to feel a little weak for the first couple of weeks. It takes time for the mitochondria of your cells to shift from burning primarily glucose to burning fat and ketones. My friend, Dr Steve Phinney, coined the term “keto-adaptation” to describe this process. Most people report a surge in energy levels once this has happened.

  4. Hi TracyKM. Thanks for your question

    Because we’re doing this project as ‘normally’ as possibly – trying to keep it as real for our followers – we decided to uncap the diets and eat according to the food lists/types we’ve been prescribed but not actually weigh everything out.

    By the end of each day we should be getting roughly the following in:

    Jeanne (high fat/protein):
    65% fat
    18.3% protein
    16.7% carb

    Jax (high carb)
    20% fat
    15% protein
    65% carb

    • Thanks! That’s around what my numbers are too (when I focus on eating well!). It’s interesting that it’s called “high fat/protein” yet it’s only 3.3% more protein than the high carb diet; I wouldn’t call it a high protein diet, especially since it’s also only 1.6% more protein than the carbs. Most people call it “low carb/high fat” since the protein levels are around the same as most other plans.
      Can’t wait to read more!

  5. This is so interesting and I am very anxious to see your outcomes. I say that because I have battled with high carb or high fat and cant seem to find which works best. Thanks for doing this little personal study and blogging about it too. I think it will be very enlightening for many people :)

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