Banting Irish Style. October 6 2015.


So. On August 21st of this year I started out on a journey that I’d like to share with you.

All of my life I have been overweight. This summer came a moment when I finally contemplated whether it was in fact time to consider surgery. I hear people say – “she’s just too lazy to try” or “just walk away from the junk”, “don’t have it in the house”, “go to bed hungry”. For someone with a food addiction it’s not that simple. I never ate because I was hungry. I didn’t eat because I was unhappy. I wasn’t and am not in a bad relationship. I love my job. I just wasn’t in control of my eating.

It’s very hard when you come from a family of people who all manage their weight and who have never had the same issue as you. A BMI of 43 is not a good place to be. If your BMI teeters from 28-33 your issue is not the same as mine. I have tried twice as an adult to lose the weight and twice regained all of it and then some. I have done Scarsdale, the Mayo Clinic, the three day Irish Heart Foundation, the Weight Watchers plan, the Slimming World plan. I even did the dreaded Lipotrim shakes.

None of them worked. None of them was fun. None satisfied my constant craving for – I couldn’t name what I craved, but it was not fed. I felt deprived all the time and I always saw these plans as something to do until I got the weight down so I could go back to my real life. When I did the shakes I felt high – I was in ketosis after all which gives you a kick, but the problem was I couldn’t eat anything – three shakes a day and 600 calories. The weight fell off but as soon as I ate normal food again I piled the weight on. My sister – a paediatric endocrinologist told me that my body responded to starvation by hoarding every calorie I put into it once I increased my intake for fear I would starve it again. Oops! I found myself eating far more on the Weight Watchers and Slimming World plans than I normally ate because it was all no fat or low fat and so sure I had to make sure I ate enough. I still binged and craved but never felt that I had enough.

So as I say this August I decided I would go the surgery route. The scary thing was my sister – said doctor – did not argue with me – she actually agreed. That set me thinking. Three years ago I saw a sponsored ad on Facebook for a film called Cereal Killers. I had looked and wondered but never seen it. I decided I might as well have a quick look before ringing a surgeon to enquire about the gastric band or bypass.

To say I was blown away by the notion of disregarding everything I’d ever been told about losing weight was a revelation to me. I couldn’t believe what Donal O Neill was suggesting – eating loads of fat could help you to lose loads of weight. No way – not a hope. But I was intrigued enough to google Dr Tim Noakes and that is where my story begins……….

8 Replies to “Banting Irish Style. October 6 2015.”

  1. Orla, again you are showing how sheer determination can achieve anything. Hard but very worthwhile journey. We’re all on our own journey and you certainly have my support and encouragement. Best wishes


  2. Orla, I’m captivated as you know:) keep giving us all the details. I’m most interested in a bid to wean the family off sugar… Realistically not a total ban but certainly we would like to reduce our sugar cravings.. And the sesame seed crackers on the website are as tasty as any cheese biscuits. So keep it coming:)

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