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John Strout, MD
I'm a retired physician, and very interested in the Low carb, high fat diet, having been on statin drugs for 40 years, possibly unneeded. Since there are 3 main food groups, I would like to see more info about quantities of protein/meat to eat in balance with the concept of low carbs and almost unlimited fats. In other words, excessive protein can be as bad as too many refined carbs? At least info on this aspect of proteins would be appreciated.
I mention the macro quantities on some pages, but really I like to steer away from being too prescriptive. I give the carb variations (low, moderate, keto) and protein (1-1.5g/kg ideal body weight) for those starting out, but I want it to be as easy as possible and sustainable. Too many low carb critics say we are too difficult to follow and complicated whereas I find it is the exact opposite. I started to count macros but soon stopped once I just knew what to eat and what to avoid. I completely agree, too much protein should be avoided, but also too much fat. Fat should come along for the ride with the meat that is served and full fat cream, dairy, recipes etc but not in excess. Fat should be coming from our food, or our waistline. It will take some getting used to but as long as we base our meals on whole food that happens to be low carb and avoid low fat but eat healthy fats, then it is easy to follow long term. I'll try and mention this a bit more in my posts, thanks for raising the discussion.
please explain what 1-1.5 g/kg means in USA terms. I live in Missouri and am trying hard to figure out what is the best protein amount is for me. I'm over 60 and don't want to lose any more muscle than I already have .
Great question. There is debate about how much protein is ideal but 1.5g-2g protein per kg ideal body weight, equates to 0.7-0.9g per pound of ideal body weight.
Kia Ora Libby
Just wanted to say how much I adore your website. It is my go to for finding new lchf recipes and new inspiration for cooking and creating lchf food. I am still just dipping in and out as I need some time to sit down and read your books but over summer when I'm not teaching I hope to do lots more reading of your literature.
Thank you for flying the lchf so high and so well. I'm so proud you are a Kiwi like me too
Yay, I love it when kiwis discover me and I love that you are enjoying my recipes. I think I'm the little secret website in NZ that is famous worldwide but not so much in my own backyard.
Yes I wished you were super famous here in NZ! Being a teacher and seeing lunchboxes on a daily basis I so want to bring lchf education to my classroom but sadly it's not likely anytime soon
So excited that all the ingredients I recognise as a newbie I need all the help with product. Thank you thank you
First would like to say thank you for all of your amazing recipes. Low carb diet has really made all the difference in my daughter's A1C (she has Type 1 diabetes). Since starting this, I've made multiple attempts at creating a low carb recipe for Koulourakia -Greek Easter Cookies without success. I see you have a few Greek recipes and wondered if you are familiar with this one to offer some advice. I just can't seem to substitute the flour correctly in order to still be able to twist the dough. I would really appreciate any suggestions you might have.
Sorry Laura, I'm thrilled that my website and recipes are helping you and your daughter's T1D. Have you joined TypeOneGrit yet? They are a fabulous group of T1D using low carb to achieve fabulous control. They are a supportive bunch who will help in so many ways. As for your cookie dilemma, I have never made these. Anyone else here made these low carb with success?
What are your thoughts on coconut yogurt?
I would absolutely love it if it weren't so darn expensive. Maybe I'll try and make my own. I still have a yoghurt maker in the cupboard somewhere.
Hi Libby, I am hoping you can answer this. Since I live in the U.S. I'm hoping that you can tell me where you got those adorable bottles shown in the picture for the ketchup. Are they available for sale somewhere still? Hope, hope, hope?
The ones I found on Amazon are very similar. Enjoy x
Dear Libby is there any info or books about the carb value of foods, as I would like to convert some of my own recipes to this way of eating, there are plenty of recipes but I want basic info like carb count for say 100 grams etc, any information would be appreciated. thanks Marg
There are plenty of online programmes and apps you can use, but if you want a print version, take a look at these on Amazon which might help you.
How has your low carb, grain free lifestyle for your own children been received by their doctors? My son is a Type 1 Diabetic and is thriving with beautiful blood sugars due to this new way of eating. He is happy, healthy, and overall feeling more "in control". His doctors however have concerns that his nutritional needs might not be met with me limiting his carbs. Just curious if you found acceptance or did you have to advocate for them that this was the best choice for your family? Thank you so much for your time!
My doctor is incredibly supportive, she understands well the importance of nutrition and there is no need for children to be on a high carb diet, diabetic or not. I hear this all the time that dr's are reluctant to recommend low carb for growing children, which is why I keep on emphasising we are LOW carb not NO carb. A high carb diet is so damaging in so many ways. If you are not already, follow TypeOneGrit Facebook page where other parents of diabetic children are incredibly supportive and can help you face the doctors office next time with a wealth of knowledge that supports low carb for diabetic children.
Hi Libby, I want to thank you for the wonderful insight and recipes on your website. Thanks to you and the information provided, I think a lot of my fear of going LCHF has been conquered. I've done Atkins in the past and went gluten free (mostly) for about 2 years but have since fallen off the wagon. I have joined and rejoined WW more times than I care to admit. You get the picture, a lifetime of one diet or another with varying degrees of success. I had always felt that WW was the most reasonable 'lifetime' program until recently with their new program, Smartpoints. There were always things I didn't totally agree with but was able to make it work for me. But Now, with them demonizing saturated fat and still pushing low and no fat and processed foods and the lousy app and changes in the website, I feel it is not for me. But....I need something! I am in agreement with most if not all the principles that you talk about so I am excited to begin this new journey! I am hypothyroid and have about 80 lbs. to loose.
My main question today would be that my husband does not need to lose weight and though I totally agree that he can also benefit from a lifestyle like this, I am at a loss on how to make sure he gets enough calories and nutrition without foods being around that totally tempt me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated?
Thanks again Libby and keep up the great work!
Hi Tammy, Great news that you are going to start the low carb journey. By avoiding the high carb and processed foods that you once relied on, you will not be deficient in any way. If anything, you will both be gaining on the nutrition front as you will be basing your meals on good quality proteins and plenty of vegetables and healthy fats, so no worries on either the nutrition or calorie counts. He may feel he could afford more carbs than you if you are wanting to lose weight and he does not. Make sure his carbs come from nutrient dense sources such as berries, nuts, dairy, and some coloured root vegetables. My husband and children eat more carbs than I do as they are all metabolically healthy, in the healthy weight range and active. You will both feel incredible after ditching the carbs and the processed foods and getting those healthy fats back into your diet. All the best, Libby.
Good morning, Well at least on my side of the world. I was wondering if you know of a substitute for zucchini and squash in general. So many of the recipes I look at today call for this wonderful veggie that I am so highly allergic to.
Thank you for your wonderful site.
Can you eat pumpkin? That is a little higher in carbs and needs cooking but might be a good swap?
Hi, I would try cabbage noodles in some applications. And cauliflower "rice". You can also make noodle substitutes from carrots - but they are a little higher in carbs than zucchini/squash.
Hello Libby. I came across your website while searching for a LC brownie recipe (thank you)! Little did I realize you are in NZ, so I'm loving the site even more. 🙂 I cannot wait to try many of your recipes! Thanks for your hard work in educating the mass on LCHF eating.
(Kiwi in the USA)
Yes I am a kiwi girl through and through, with 2 Brit kiddies and 1 kiwi kiddie. I am so glad you have found my website and are enjoying the recipes. Welcome. Libby 🙂
Hi Libby. I love your blog and website. Its really helped me get going on this WOE. Best Wishes
Hi Angela, I love your story and honesty of going sugar free. Well done and I am glad you are enjoying this new way of eating and new way of cooking. Libby x
Fantastic job with this website. I especially love the fact that you have a section for kids. Well done!
Wow thanks Nina, this is praise indeed coming from you. I am constantly referring readers to your incredible book and TedX presentation. You are so highly regarded in the low carb and scientific community. The Big Fat Surprise is so well researched and written, it is the go-to resource for those wanting to learn how the food pyramid has got it so incredibly wrong and why it still continues to this day.
I am so glad you like my section for kids, I knew once I went LCHF I wanted my entire family to eat the same way. So many parents want to do the same and I'm hoping I can show them how to do it without a mutiny in their hands. Thanks for your support, Libby.
Libby, You have a great site. I love the idea of low carb but everytime I try I get serious depression that I cannot even function. Any tips?
Do you think it could be withdrawal from sugar and sweet treats we have leant on for too long? For many, giving up sugar is incredibly hard and many find that the carbs and sugars were more than just a snack but an emotional aid. I certainly know I would rely on sweet things when I needed a pick me up, and conversely when I wanted to celebrate. Go really slowly, wean yourself off the sugar and starchy foods little by little. Don't be too strict too soon. Be proud of any changes, don't be hard on yourself, baby steps. You are doing amazingly well and have made the first step - just take it slowly and join my Facebook group for support. Libby x
I am very excited to have found your site, thank you so much.
I am a Nutritional Therapist (trained somewhat in the low fat myth approach) but have
blown that myth away in my own mind for some years.
I actually work supporting adults with autism and am battling against very poor levels of nutritional
knowledge amongst care staff, your recipes are going to be brilliant to share with them.
Eddie (in Glastonbury, England)
Hi Eddie, I'm so glad you have discovered my site and are loving the recipes. How exciting that you are helping people with your nutrition therapy and I may play a small part somehow in that. I too was trained in the low fat myth (from a pharmacist's perspective) and have had to retrain myself also. Our passion for this will truly help so many I am sure of that. Join me on Facebook to see daily updates and my recipe finder is great for those new here. Take care. Libby x
Just got your recipe book. Wish I could use but having a hard time with g and ml conversion.
Take a look at my cooking conversion page. I now write all my recipes in g and oz for my American readers. Most people use a digital scale as it is so accurate and there are so many errors that can occur with UK and US cos, packed or loose almond flour etc
Hi Libby, I have just discovered your site and it looks great and I'm keen to try some of the recipes. I do have one question though, why is it ok to eat processed meats like bacon and ham when all other processed food is avoided? I thought processed meats were full of nitrates and had been linked to cancer causing carcinogenic by products in them? Or is that just burnt meat?? Should they not be avoided like any other processed food??
Great question. There is a huge difference between processed meats such as hotdogs, luncheon sausage, and other meat products (I call fake foods) which contain very little meat, lots of fillers, colours, preservatives etc. What I use is bacon (off the bone), salami (minimal additives), sausages (above 85% meat) and ham (off the bone). All of these are high in meat and have the minimal processing and as few additives as possible. So preformed and reshaped ham vs ham off the bone are 2 incredibly different meats. The first I would avoid like the plague, the second I would feed my children. Saying this, I would always go for a cut of 'meat' as opposed to 'meat product' but these good quality meat products are very versatile for so many recipes and don't make up the bulk of our diet. Thanks for stopping and asking 🙂
I'm so thrilled to have found your site. This is one of the only sites I found that has information about the LCHF lifestyle for kids. My question is: how do I switch to this way of eating to lose weight, but still include my husband and children? I don't want to make three separate meals. Also, one of my two children is very picky. (I noticed some helpful tips about that, so thank you!) My little girl has sensory issues, textures, smells bother her. My little boy has texture issues too, everything has to be bite sized. I'm hoping the increased nutrition from the LCHF way of eating will help us all be healthier. One more question: what is the best way to transition my family to this way of eating. Doing it all at once doesn't work for us. Thank you so much and keep up the amazing work!
Gina (from USA)
Hi Gina, welcome and I am so glad you've found my site. Your comment is exactly why I started my website - for families. I truly believe the entire family should be eating like this. Read my "New Here" page and take a look at my series on "Low Carb Kids". I'm like you, I couldn't clear my pantry and start LCHF from day 1, I went slowly and got rid of the bread first by making bread-free lunch boxes once or twice a week, then increasing it until eventually we had been bread-free for over 2 months so threw away my toaster and bread maker. I worked on 1 meal at a time and now it is so natural to be eating this way. My kids eat more carbs than I do as they are incredibly active and don't need to lose weight. Start slowly and you will get there. I have picky children too but I learned to let my picky one leave 1 thing on his plate every time, but little does he know I add extras of what I know he will eat. I also let them add butter or grated cheese to their veggies, seems to work. I hope these tips help you, Gina. Libby x
Hi Libby, so great to find an awesome LCHF page from a fellow NZ'er! I am 2 weeks in to my new LCHF lifestyle and I look forward to having a good read through your page and trying out some of your recipes, have printed some off already 🙂
Hi Nads, welcome and I'm so glad you found my website and are enjoying the recipes. Us Kiwi's, we get everywhere huh? 😉
Hi My friend has Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), also known by some as Hughes syndrome, it is a disorder of the immune system that causes an increased risk of blood clots. would a LCHF be ok. i can only assume a LCHF diet will be a great benefit. can you help with any advice. thanks
I can't give medical advice so you would have to speak to your GP regarding their medical situation. I can help you with the practical side of switching to LCHF however, then ask away.
Hi Libby, I'm about to row across the North Atlantic on a 3 month unsupported venture. I'm doing it LCHF and am filming a doco incorporating the nutritional benefits of such a life style. I'd like to discuss this and a couple of other ideas with you if you have the time. How is best to contact you?
Wow what an adventure that will be. I'd love to hear your ideas, email me via [email protected]
I have recently found your website. It is great. We have been paleo for some time yet have recently adopted LCHF as I felt I was having too much fruit/carbs on paleo and not curbing sugar cravings.
I have 2 questions for you, I hope you can help. I am also a mum of 3 children with 3 very different tastes. Slowly try to change their food too. Number 2 is quiet a fussy eater; loves veggies so thats great but really hates anything with fat! She would be a raw vegan if I let her choose! Its texture related. She likes food that has crunch! So won't eat butter, cream, avocado, Yoghurt, eggs, takes fat off bacon, meat etc. So basically I am worried without the carbs she is not getting enough calories/nutrients. Any ideas to sneak more fat in?
Thanks on advance, Kelli
How about creamy dips with some crunchy vegetables? Spread nut butters along celery sticks? Nut butter on apple slice? How about cinnamon crunch, there's lots of coconut oil in it or grain free granola bars and you could spread them with nut butter. For a dessert have some whipped cream and berries with more cinnamon crunch on top? Pork crackling? Beetroot and carrot salad with homemade mayo? Does she like smoothies? You can hide almost anything in them such as coconut cream, coconut oil and avocado. (You can probable tell by the list that I have a tricky child too). I hope that will accept one of those ideas 🙂
Thanks Libby. Some great ideas. Made the nut butter on apple slices, it was a big heat. The cinnamon crunch sadly was not popular, though I think it is delicious! Will try a few smoothies this weekend. Making a batch of 'peanut butter' cookies as I write.
Thanks again for your very helpful website.
Libby, your website is fantastic and as a blogger myself, something I aspire to! Like you I found that I don't have to count calories, I just listen out now to see if I am full. And after decades of yo-yo dieting this was something new. I too am passionate about spreading the message and helping people educate themselves.
Isn't it fabulous after years (decades) of counting, we don't count anything any more. It is so liberating and not restrictive like so many critics claim.
Hi Libby - just discovered your site - very exciting - looks easy to follow and lots of great ideas. I am in Auckland too - just wondering if you have any sausages that you would recommend? Also, my 10 yr old daughter is going through a 'don't want to eat meat' stage and am finding it difficult to find things for her to eat that are low carb and not meat based - at the moment it's haloumi cheese and eggs but even the eggs are something she would prefer to avoid! Will try out some of your suggestions on the site. One last thing - what is your opinion of the atkins range of bars as a low carb snack/treat?
Hi Cindy, always choose sausages that are more than 85% meat and have no wheat fillers. Most of the regular gluten free sausages are OK. As for her going off meat, will she eat in tuna, fish, chicken dishes? Rather than meat and veggies, slow cooker meals with a sauce (like the malaysian beef curry etc) or stir fries are a great way to disguise meats and give lots of veggies at the same time. And as for Atkins bars, I wouldn't have them as they are expensive and incredibly processed, go for real food when possible. Hope this helps. Libby.
The Good Life
Are you in New Zealand? Great website! I'm in Taranaki and am LCHF Paleo 🙂
Yes I am in Auckland. I love your blog name, we are living the good life and so lucky 🙂
Hi Libby - I have subscribed to your newsletter as I think your site is awesome. I am just starting LCHF today after reading and researching about it in the weekend. Just one thing - I don't recall getting a link or attachment for that fab e-book about snacks that was promised when signing up. Did I miss an instruction somewhere?? Cheers Jayne x
It was in your first welcome email. I will email it to you again. So glad you are liking Ditch The Carbs. Good luck x
Great website and info. You promote LCHF lifestyle which I applaude but Weight Watchers has an ad banner below? Wouldn't it be better to have a low carb program/lifestyle advertised? Last time I checked WW wasn't an advocate of this lifestyle. Just a thought!
Oops, that is from my ad networks. I must figure out how to stop inappropriate ones showing. Thanks Tracy x
Hi Libby, I have just found your website and am very excited. One thing though, I suffer from Osteoarthritis in both knees and hips!! Can I still follow this type of eating plan?
Absolutely, this would be perfect for you. By cutting out sugar, wheat and seed oils, these raise inflammation in your body. Take a look at this article on omega3/6 ratios. I am sure you will find giving up these 3 things will improve your osteoarthritis incredibly. 🙂
I've just found your site and I wanted to say it is fantastic! I've been eating LCFH for about six months now and I'm absolutely thrilled to find such an informative and easy to read site. Looking forward to following along.
Wondered if you would like to add this recipe from South Africa? The only carb ingredient is the slice of bread that is used to combine the meat and spices. I made this and instead of rice made the cauliflower rice.
I'll leave the link up so others can go take a look. The carbs are from bread, apricot jam, rice and raisins but readers may want to replace these with low carb options.
Pardon the pun but certainly food for thought or should it be thoughtful about food? I'll chew this over some more. Interesting tho.
Hi Libby. I was directed to your blog by Barbara Anello. Great information. I started LCHF in May and lost 17lbs but got waylaid by the huge renovation of my house and the many difficulties that arose and so while I maintained this woe for the most part, I did indulge myself by eating bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and a little bit of fruit. As a result, I gained back 7lbs in 3 months. I started a challenge in Barbara Anello's LCHF group on September 2nd and in 5 days I have lost 8lbs so a grand total of 18lbs with many more to lose. I am beginning to embrace this way of eating and I am determined to make this a lifelong healthy choice. Thanks for sharing the wealth of information you have accumulated throughout your journey!
I am so glad you have found my site useful. That is exactly why I started it. I wanted to put everything in one place, and to show practically how easy and simple it can be by showing what we eat as a family of 5. I am so happy you have lost so much weight. Keep in touch x
Hi there, subscribed some time ago and patiently waiting for my free 7 day low carb eating plan 🙂
Can't find any contact details on your site, and your e-mails are 'do not reply'.
Hi Lynn, There is a link in your initial email you would have received from us to the 7 day plan, and my direct email is on the front page if you still have problems. 🙂
Hi Libby, just found your blog and I have to say it's super ( lay out, design, recipes, health info, links, research etc) I've got small kids and was looking for LCHF kid friendly ideas of which you have plenty. Keep up the good writing & recipes and a big thanks!
Hi Natalie, What kind and lovely words. This is exactly why I started this website, to inspire others and help you make the change to LCHF in an easy, practical way, especially those with children. I am overjoyed that you have found Ditch The Carbs and find it helpful. You have absolutely just made my day. Libby x
You mention using Coconut Cream in several recipes. What is this and where do I buy it?
Hi Barbara, Coconut cream is the full-fat version of coconut milk. You can buy it at any supermarket. It will come in a tin or box. Take a look at the different brands as they can vary dramatically. The coconut cream I use is about 20-30% fat and less than 3% carbs. Take a look at my low-carb keto Amazon store. I have a full pantry list so you can see exactly what to buy. Hope that helps.
I have a wordpress blog and would love to follow you but don't know how. Any suggestions?
Hi Jenni, There is s 'subscribe' button on the right hand sidebar of my website. Once you subscribe, you will receive a free 7 day low carb meal plan and free recipes each time I post them. I look forward to you trying out my recipes. It seems like I have a big following from South Africa. Kind regards. Libby.
A great site! Thoroughly enjoyed reading through and looking forward to more!
Thanks Neil. I so glad you found it interesting. Keep coming back for more updates and recipes.
Hey Libby! Thanks for checking out SFL-I'm loving on your blog too! LCHF solidarity!
Nice to see your blog is about LCHF and not making your food restrictive with obsessive Paleo or Primal ideals 🙂
Thanks Dean. I think Paleo, Primal and LCHF all have a lot of similarities in that they all base themselves on real, whole, unprocessed food. I use many of their recipes but choose the ones which are low in carbs.