The Diet Post (part 1)

Hi Everyone,

 

I’ve gotten so many requests to do a post on my diet and how I lost my pregnancy weight, and I’ve honestly been trying to write this post for months now. But everytime I start, I think I sound way too smug, preachy or self righteous. And we already have sooooo many people on social media telling us how its easy to eat clean and stay in shape. I LOVE the women who will tell you point blank period that it is hard and sometimes painful. So here I am telling you that I find it incredibly hard staying in shape. But the more disciplined I become, the easier it gets.

 

I love food. I adore carbs. Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, YAM!If it is a carb, I love it. I could go for days without eating any protein. Lets not even get to cookies, cake, chocolate and ice cream. I have a TERRIBLE sweet tooth. I’m that person at birthday parties hustling for cake and stealing children’s party packs so I can eat cookies (I’m not joking). Don’t invite me to your child’s birthday! For a very long time, I could eat whatever I wanted, work out moderately and be just fine.

 

Until of course, I went through the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth twice, in very quick succession. I gained a whopping 65 pounds with my son, and lost about 45 before I got pregnant with my daughter six months later. Then I proceeded to gain ANOTHER 40 pounds (when I’m pregnant NO LETTING GO NO HOLDING BACK with food obviously).  I was able to lose the 40 pounds I gained by being very strict with my calories and working out like a mad person, most times twice a day. But no matter what I did, I couldn’t lose the last 15-20 pounds.

 

Since working out and starvation weren’t giving me the results I wanted, I knew I had to try something new. I got introduced to the Ketogenic diet by my sister Nkem in June last year. The Keto diet involves eating a High Fat- High Protein- Extremely Low Carb diet (no sugar or carbs, basically no fruit, very limited vegetables) and though it is extreme, I thought it would be a great way to break the hold of carbs on my destiny. I hated everyday of it because like I mentioned earlier, I’m really not a big fan of meat- but it forced me to think about food differently and learn about different ways to make protein exciting enough for me to tolerate. I did it for 60 days, ate until I was full, did not count calories, did not workout, and I lost about 5 pounds.

 

After my Keto challenge was over, I decided that it was way too hardcore for me but I’m still grateful that I did it because it really reduced my reliance on carbs and definitely changed the way I ate. I was ready to follow a not so intense version which is the Paleo diet where you can have all the fruit and veggies you want, some good complex carbs like sweet potatoes (HALLELUJAH!), no dairy, and of course meat and fish. So this is what I followed from August last year until late March this year. Until I discovered something that changed my life forever….. DUN DUN DUN! Find out more in the next post!

 

So…are you struggling with your weight?  Have you heard of or tried the Keto and/or Paleo diet? What foods do you tend to avoid?

 

Let Me Know,

 

Nicole xx

13 Comments
  • Senami
    Posted at 14:09h, 23 May Reply

    I’ve been following your blog now for a while and it’s amazing. I met you briefly once a couple of months ago at Stella’s Addiction and I think I was a bit starstruck *covers face*.

    This post came at the best time. I’m in the tail end of my last trimester aka my last chance to pig out and Ive been on the look out for effective ways to shed the weight Ive put on after the bub arrives. My friend tried the Keto diet and found it effective, but bcos of the reduced carbs, her energy levels were a bit low. How did you keep your energy levels up? Or did you have the same problem? Since you said it was too intense.

    Can’t wait for part two of this post! Xoxo

    • Nicole
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      Posted at 14:49h, 23 May Reply

      Hi love! Ah yes I remember! It was so lovely to meet you! So you mean you were pregnant then???? Where were you hiding the bump?? You clearly don’t need this post then Skinny Minnie! My energy levels were actually okay when I was on Keto. The first 10 days were pure hell though (when I was in sugar withdrawal). That was when I understood that sugar is actually a drug. I was tired, shaking, no appetite, headaches. It was horrible. But Day 10 I literally woke up and felt on top of the world.

      Keto was too intense for me because even your vegetables are limited. No stew??? No fruit?? What kind of life is that? And not getting enough fibre was giving me digestive issues so I just couldn’t deal. But I’m very glad I did it because it forced me to eat much more meat and much fewer carbs which is fantastic

      Thank you so much xx

      • Known
        Posted at 17:21h, 23 May Reply

        Hi, I was actually on the keto diet (off carb,reduced quantity/ frequency of meals, NO SUGAR, and at least 1 hr @ the gym 3-4 times a week) unknowingly throughout last month and I experienced same tiredness, shaking and I had to rush myself to the hospital to get glucose. SUGAR IS VITAL

  • Oyinlola
    Posted at 14:10h, 23 May Reply

    Choi Nicole, first let me say thanks for this post. Well appreciated. But daris God oooo, next post is like waiting till next year. Used to be a size 8 before my first child, size 10 after my first, then 12 after my second now i’m a size 14 and I’ve tried tried nothing seem to be working. I would really love to hear your secret in the next post, so DUN DUN DUN…….. xoxo

    • Oyinlola
      Posted at 14:11h, 23 May Reply

      Let me just add that I have 3 kids now.

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 14:40h, 23 May Reply

      Hi Oyinlola! My sister please I know I know, no one believes me but part 2 WILL be out on wednesday! I’ve just been so overwhelmed, but I promise no unnecessary delays going forward. Three kids!! You go mama! Yeah the secret definitely worked for me, but half of the battle was won when I switched to a Paleo friendly diet. I’ll outline some of the things I eat and don’t eat on Wednesday as well, so stay tuned for the big reveal! xx

  • Marianne
    Posted at 17:10h, 23 May Reply

    Hi Nicole!! Love your post ? I am waiting oooo. Humm. Thanks dear.

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 21:08h, 23 May Reply

      Hi Marianne! Wednesday unfailingly! Thanks so much love xx

  • Uche
    Posted at 20:27h, 23 May Reply

    It’s a date
    Still have 20kg to lose and my baby is 4 months
    Sigh

    You look great btw

  • Olly
    Posted at 23:58h, 23 May Reply

    Looking forward to wednesday. Xo

    • Nicole
      admin
      Posted at 14:44h, 25 May Reply

      Hi Olly! Thank you so much- part 2 is up! xx

  • cec
    Posted at 05:48h, 24 May Reply

    Love the post! Thanks Nicole.

    Please can there be pointers or tips as to not even gaining so much weight and still be healthy (baby & mum)while pregnant.?

  • myHairmyBeautyNG
    Posted at 16:12h, 12 July Reply

    LMAO @ hold carbs had on your destiny. Too funny

    Carbs have rubbished my life 🙁

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