Most of my family and good friends know, but not many of my readers out there do, that about 18 months ago I started out on a new journey to improve my health. I was morbidly obese, my health was giving in, a series of blood tests showed that my cholesterol remained high and was increasing (I have suffered from hypercholesterolaemia/dyslipidemia for the past 14 years), I was pre-diabetic, I had sub clinical hypothyroidism, my blood pressure was dangerously high and I was suffering from depression. My longterm friendly GP was very honest with me and told me the dangers I faced and that without doubt within 6 months I would be Type 2 Diabetic and faced the dangers too of heart disease and strokes. My brother had just suffered a massive debilitating stroke that left him with right hemiplegia about 6 weeks before that doctors appointment of mine so I just knew that I had to do something to help myself. I have a wonderful family and two beautiful grandsons and I still wanted a bright and happy future with them.
Thus started my journey to better health. My doctors only advice to me that day was to lose weight and to cut out bread. Now….therein lay a problem. I was a lover of all things bread. It was part of our staple diet during my childhood and I looked at my doctor with horror. I told him I was doing the Low GI thing and his next words were…..DONT EVEN HAVE BREAD IN YOUR HOUSE! I stared at him for a moment or two and then said OK, I can do this. I haven’t touched bread since…..well not bread made from any wheat or rye or gluten free flour products! About a week or so after my doctors visit I went to the farm in the Free State to assist in caring for my brother Rey, and to help settle him into home life as a hemiplegic once he was discharged from hospital. I spent 10 wonderful weeks on the farm with them throughout September, October and part of November. I fitted into farmlife as if I were made for it, I found my way around the big farmhouse kitchen and cooked and baked and helped where I could, I assisted with Reys daily rehabilitation exercises, I pottered around in the garden, I picked beautiful flowers to fill the vases and brighten the farmhouse. I made friends with the crazy gander who fell in love with me and the bits of bread that I always carried in my hand to feed to the geese, chickens and peacocks. And I bonded with my brother in such a special way. I spent 3 visits there over a period of a year and I loved every bit of it. I loved it when it was so dry and brown that the grass crackled under my shoes and the dust devils blew up in swirls and we prayed for rain. I loved it when the storms came and the rain fell in sheets, I loved watching the brown landscape turn green before my eyes. I loved the wide open spaces and the inky black skies at night, the stars so bright and close I could almost reach out and touch them. I fell in love with the Free State during that sojourn……..
While I was enjoying my stays at the farm all the time I grew healthier happier. I knew I was losing weight as my clothes were telling me. At that stage all I did diet wise was to cut out all obvious white carbs, not only bread but pasta, potatoes, rice, all wheat products and sugar, I knew nothing about LCHF or banting or Paleo and Keto that first time I stayed on the farm. I only started learning about it on my return home when I could get onto the internet and google and find interesting articles and videos to educate myself with. I discovered The Real Meal Revolution bought the book and studied many more writings to educate myself and slowly my new lifestyle fell into place. I learned that fat wasn’t so bad after all and I learned that all things wheat are bad, that sugar is poison. I learned about good and bad fats. I learned about carbohydrates and fibre and protein and all the additives and sugar in low fat supposedly healthy processed foods. I learned to read labels! I started going back to basics and learned how to make my own double cream yoghurt because I could only find low fat yoghurt at the time. And the weight fell off me and I felt better and healthier than I had ever felt in my life. A year after my initial dr visit I once again sat in his consulting room and had all the blood work done again…… with the most amazing results. My cholesterol is the lowest it has been in 14 years, there was no sign of pre-diabetes, my subclinical hypothyroidism had corrected itself, my blood pressure was that of a healthy young person! And my weightloss really impressed him. We were both well pleased!
I have lost quite a bit more weight since this last photo was taken. Ironically with the weightloss I started walking a lot and the damage I had done to my body over the years of bad eating habits and obesity resulted in my right knee collapsing totally that I was virtually unable to walk at all. At the end of February I had a total knee replacement and am making good progress and soon I will be back to walking like a pro again. I have to have the left one done as well in the next year or so but am praying my new healthy lifestyle will make it go away! My whole family have changed their lifestyles and they are all seeing such positive change. My daughter who suffered from IBS and PCOS and endometriosis so badly that she had to have a hysterectomy last year at age 35 has never looked or felt better. So we are all seeing and feeling the benefits of our new lifestyle.
These delicious crackers are one of my staple foods. Daughter and I enjoy them a lot for lunches and snacks. I often enjoy a couple of crackers with creme fraiche and salmon, or some charcuterie or just mashed avo. You can find the recipe in the Real Meal Revolution book but I have adapted it to suit my own tastes (as I always do) and I sell it in my little banting shop and at markets in 4 different flavours. They are delicious and are always the first crackers to disappear off my cheese boards at book club 🙂
Google the recipe if you don’t have the book and try them out. They are a really great lunch box filler.
I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. I hope to be back soon with some more interesting LCHF, Banting, Paleo and Keto info. And of course they are all gluten and sugar free too 😉
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