Low Carb Living Made Tasty

Inspiration Avenue is a place where you can read moving stories written by everyday Australians who have travelled the road many of us are now on.

Empower Foods would like to thank the authors of these stories. They have provided the low carb community with an inspirational and honest account on their journey not only to weight loss but to better health, increased self-confidence and awareness.

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Danni - Recovering Her Power

This is a story of struggles and heartache. It began about 6 years ago. I was always an extremely skinny child. So much so that people would say I was malnourished, but it was nowhere close to the truth. I was just an extremely active and energetic child. I burned twice what I ate and didn’t eat sweet things…unless it was a very special occasion.

Then puberty hit! Suddenly I went from a skinny size six or eight to a larger twelve or fourteen. At the time however, I didn’t really notice. I was never a confident child, so the extra weight didn’t affect my confidence, as I didn’t start with any : )

During high school I was very unhappy and ate to for comfort. I am an only child and would come home after school and eat. With nobody there to tell me that a minimum chips to myself as a “snack” was excessive, I could ignore my conscience and that little voice in my head that told me I wasn’t happy with my body. However, the more weight I gained the unhappier I became. And, as the story seems to always go, the unhappier I got the more I ate. The more I age, the unhappier I got. And so the vicious cycle began.

When I graduated I began my first serious relationship. I was in love!! However, it was not the healthiest relationship and we did not communicate well. In addition my best friend’s father was abusive towards her and I copped the brunt of it in what can only be described as one of the most terrifying times of my life. As a result of these traumas I developed very fixed and regimented eating habits. These habits later developed into anorexia and then bulimia.

I seesawed between anorexia and bulimia for around 5 years before I realised just how sick I was. Personal tragedy and the end of my relationship fuelled my self-hatred. In addition they fuelled my need to control the only thing that I felt I could…food.

My friends gave me an ultimatum. Either I get help or they get me help. I decided that I would do it for myself. I wanted to grow old and have a family and I knew that I was the only person who could sustain an effort at regaining my health. So began a long and difficult road. I gained back the weight people said I needed to…plus a whole lot more!!!! I was back to my original weight, which places me in the overweight category of the BMI chart (which is not an entirely good indication of one’s “ideal weight” but it was all the knowledge I had at the time).

I remembered in high school once loosing a fair amount of weight with Atkins. I knew that I had to control the amount of carbohydrates per day. This seemed like a healthy obsession to substitute for my negative old habits. I have however, not sustained my carbohydrate controlled WOL particularly well thus far. I still have difficulties eating that much food sometimes. However, all I try and remember is what life was like before I started again on this WOL. It’s all about eating a healthy and balanced diet, so that’s what I attempt to do. I am currently close to my starting weight again, but I am determined to get close or at least towards goal before I start travelling for 8 months on my own at the end of the year.

I know this isn’t an inspirational story in so far that I’ve reached goal and can thus show people that it’s achievable. However, I guess I just wanted to show people that you can overcome anything in life. This forum and the WOL it advocates are really helpful and inspiring resources to have.