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Mashanshell wrote: This is the yogurt that I’m eating: I don’t think that there are any added sugars etc and I am intolerant to cow’s dairy so cannot have Greek yogurt. Do you think that this yogurt is acceptable? Kefir and sauerkraut are both something I am yet to get my head around. Javizy – I’m actually based in London as well – Can you recommend anywhere that I could buy either kefir or sauerkraut, or should I try to make my own?

That yoghurt actually has almost 50% less sugar than Greek yoghurt. It’s not organic, but according to the website they’re not fed rubbish or housed in a cramped environment, so it’s unlikely they’re routinely fed antibiotics. If you don’t feel you’re getting any sort of reaction to it, then I don’t see why it’d be a problem.

Kefir can be bought, but it’d probably be made from non-organic cow’s milk, which would probably give you a lot of problems. You can buy grains with starter kits from Kefir Heaven on the 1st of each month. It’s really up to you if you decide to make it. It’d require you to buy a lot of Goat’s milk, which is pretty expensive, and takes a bit of effort, but it’s delicious and contains a massive amount of probiotics.

I know for sure you can find sauerkraut in the Eastern European refrigerated section at Asda. I’m sure you could find it in Polish shops and other supermarkets too. It’s called kapusta in Polish. If you get the jarred kind from the shelf, it probably has no live probiotics remaining.

Mashanshell wrote: I’m not eating dried fruits or dark chocolate anymore. I’m eating a huge amount of veggies, all from the recommended list on this website. The cravings have almost subsided, but I’m constantly struggling with this hunger, like my stomach feels empty an hour or so after I’ve eaten a good meal, with some meat and lots of veggies (mostly cauliflower, broccoli, avocado, spinach and courgette (zucchini).

How much of the fish and poultry are you eating? And how much oil do you use? You need protein and fat for energy since you’re not eating many carbs. Try to get at least 50g or so of protein each day. Use coconut oil generously when cooking and drizzle plenty of extra virgin olive oil on your salads or over cooked veggies. The right kind of fats are what trigger a feeling of satiety after eating. They’re also digested slowly (protein even more so), so they’ll keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Don’t be afraid to snack though. Smaller, more frequent meals stabilise your blood sugar level and take the strain off your digestive system.