In my last blogpost, I outlined my intention to begin a high fat – low carbohydrate diet. This is an update of how things have panned out since then. To say that the change has made a difference is something of an understatement. Two to three weeks seem to have cleared up years of various problems. After overcoming the initially challenging adaptation period – the effect on my life has been little short of miraculous. So much so, words alone are not quite able to do it justice – but I shall try! Perhaps the primary reason for changing my diet in the first place was in the possible hope of reducing the gastrointestinal issues that have been an on-going and debilitating occurrence for as long as I can remember. The low carbohydrate – high fat diet has brought unequivocal success. I have had only the merest hint of IBS since making the change. Fellow (former) sufferers will know only too well the unimaginable relief this would bring. Other positives that I have experienced are no less significant – and probably linked to this improvement in digestive health. Anxiety and depressive episodes have all but disappeared (although I am aware it’s still early days), I’ve been sleeping better than I have in years, and my energy levels remain fairly constant throughout the day. Gone it seems are the times when I would be hungry by 11am despite eating a large bowl of porridge for breakfast. Yesterday, for example, after eating scrambled eggs with coconut oil in the morning, I went out on my bike for a few hours, did some jobs around the house, and walked to town in the afternoon. I didn’t feel hunger until about 3pm, and even then it wasn’t ravenous. There is no post-meal slump in energy or the drowsiness often experienced after eating high carbohydrate foods. I feel cognitively more alert; it has been like a whole new lease of life. I view this very much as a lifestyle change, not just a two week fad diet before reverting to old ways. These are my personal experiences of going high fat – low carbohydrate, and there is also a wealth of scientific evidence that such a diet can markedly improve the issues surrounding obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. I cannot recommend strongly enough that, at the very least, you find out more about this diet. The internet is a wonderful source of information – following Professor Tim Noakes (@ProfTimNoakes) on Twitter will be enlightening, and www.dietdoctor.com provides many interesting and relevant articles. Thank you for reading!