Hi, I’m Abbie and I love creating and sharing simple 30-minute low-carb and keto recipes that don’t sacrifice flavor. That’s one of the main reasons people are drawn to the ketogenic diet – because of the delicious food you CAN eat. It’s not all salads and grapefruit here!
I like to be quick in the kitchen so all my recipes can be made in around 30 minutes. The 30-minute meal is a mindset not so much a strict rule (who needs more rules?) It’s about keeping ingredient numbers down and the steps required low.
I believe that keto doesn’t have to be complicated.
I’m fascinated by health and nutrition and the connection between nutrition, health and energy levels. I love experimenting with new recipes, diet plans, supplements, gadgets and time-saving techniques.
I like to play around with my diet to see what works best for me and I would encourage you to do the same. While this website will teach you what you need to know if you are new to a ketogenic (keto) or low-carb diet, keep in mind that there is no one size fits all approach.
WHY I STARTED A LOW-CARB DIET
I have a history of thyroid problems that caused bloating, weight gain, brain fog and general lethargy for several years. My metabolism became very slow and at the age of 28, I was unable to run around the block. At the time, I thought it was because I was getting old and that it was all downhill from there! Luckily, I discovered through a blood test, that I had hypothyroidism.
My thyroid hormone levels were almost non-existent. I was able to resolve the thyroid problem with medication over time, however, a new problem arose.
My energy levels became erratic. I would eat, then crash 2 hours later. I was a major carb lover and would merrily eat carbs all day long – starting with cereal for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and then pasta for dinner with some cookies to snack on in between.
After eating a high-carb breakfast of toast or cereal, I would be raiding the fridge 2 hours later and would always need to carry granola bars and snacks with me in case I died of starvation mid-morning! Family members would complain that I constantly had to stop and eat all the time.
There was clearly something going on with my blood glucose levels and I wondered if the food I was eating was causing the problem. I was also just sick of having to think about food all the time – it felt like a burden. After many years of feeling constantly hungry, tired and suffering from unstable energy levels, I came across the Ketogenic (keto) Diet which has received a lot of attention in recent times (for good reason).
One of the benefits that intrigued me was that you would not be hungry while eating a ketogenic diet. This seemed impossible and totally unachievable for me given my constant hunger roller-coaster. So I slowly changed what I was eating to be low-carb, high fat and moderate protein.
The results were astounding to me. I can now last for hours without having to worry about food. The bloated tummy was gone. I always thought it was the result of having 3 kids but was in fact related to a high-carb diet. I also lost weight and don’t worry about weight gain anymore. It just doesn’t happen on a low-carb or keto diet.
I can also extend the time that I go without eating by intermittent fasting. If you want to create more time in your day, try intermittent fasting. You will spend much less time eating and preparing food. For a busy mum with 3 kids in school, this is a major bonus of eating low-carb!
SHOULD YOU TRY THE KETOGENIC DIET?
Give the Ketogenic Diet a go and see for yourself. As I said, everyone’s physiology is different. You will need to experiment with your carbohydrate levels till you find what’s right for you.
You will improve both your physical and mental energy and lose weight. All while eating healthy, unprocessed, low-carb food and improving overall health markers.
On this website, I share what I have learned (and am learning) on my low-carb journey. Whether you are just starting out, looking for ideas to adapt family meals or are looking for step by step information, recipes & tools and tips, I hope you will join me.
All our recipes are for busy people and families – they can all be made in 30 Minutes, so you don’t need to spend all your time in the kitchen.
PS. In case you are wondering, you don’t have to give up all your favorite high-carb foods. I will share lots of recipes for great low-carb versions of foods like:
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This site is for information purposes only and is based on my experience and circumstances. Information provided is general in nature and is not a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, or care of disease by a medical provider.