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Hi, my name is Jane and I’m a 39 year old foodie based in Copenhagen, Denmark. I live right outside Copenhagen with my husband Søren (aka The Great Dane) and our 10 year old twins, Silas and Vega.
I cook and write for a living. I’ve published five cookbooks in Danish and they’ve been hugely successful. My first book has sold over 100.000 copies which is a lot in a country with only 5 million inhabitants. My books have also been released in Iceland, Germany, Norway and Holland.
Apart from writing cookbooks, I spent a lot of time blogging. Both here at My Copenhagen Kitchen but also on my Danish blog Madbanditten.dk which is the corner stone of my little business.
MY FOOD PHILOSOPHY
I love to cook and I love to eat. I’m a firm believer in a real food diet. A diet consisting of natural foods, minimally processed and without sugar, gluten/grains and unnecessary additives. I’m not a fanatic and I sometimes eat more chocolate than what’s good for me or drink too much wine and I have the occasional serving of rice or potato from time to time but most of the time I’m a happy low carber. My own diet, my cooking and my recipes are often inspired by the LCHF – Low Carb High Fat – diet. Since I’m not overweight and never have been, I allow for quite a few carbohydrates (from natural sources like veggies) in my own diet but I always add plenty of butter, heavy cream, coconut oil or other healthy fats to my food for good taste and better satiety.
A FORMER SUGAR JUNKIE
I’m a recovered sugar addict or as recovered as they get. Eating a diet low in carbs and with plenty of healthy fats have help tremendously in learning to live without sugar. I believe the overconsumption of sugar is the root of many lifestyle illnesses today and I do my best to limit my own sugar intake as well as the sugar intake of my kids. I’ve been sugar-free for the past 5 years in the sense that I would allow for small amounts in dark chocolate and such. I recently gave up sugar all together so I’m now as close to 100% sugar-free as it gets. You can read about my decision here: 100% sugar free – my story
I have a Master’s degree in French and Rhetoric from the University of Copenhagen and I spent 5 years working in the Media industry doing Presales Management. Three years ago I quit my job and started my own little business. This has been one of the best decisions in my life.
I also took a 80 hour course in diet, nutrition and physiology that emphasized the LCHF and Paleo principles to get a better understanding of how the body works and how the food, we eat, affects the body.
ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL
I don’t believe in one-size-fits-all when it comes to diet. I believe we all thrive on different types of food and that each individual has to find the way that works for him/her. I do believe though, that most people would benefit from limiting carbohydrates in their diet and stop being afraid of eating natural fats. But there’s only really one way to find out and that’s testing it for yourself!
My best advice for someone curious to give LCHF a go is to just try it out for 3 weeks. Cutting out sugar and grain products from the diet is a big step for most people and doing it with the goal that it’s a change for life can seem a bit too scary. Doing it for a period of 3 weeks seems like a much easier task. After these 3 weeks, you can go back to your old diet if the low carb thing didn’t do you any good.
Remember though, that it takes some adjustments for the body to go from being a sugar burner to a fat burning machine and that things like headaches, fatigue, dizzyness and some general malaise is quite normal in the beginning. It will pass, believe me!
ON A FINAL NOTE
One of my flaws is that I get carried away whenever I start writing and you’ll therefore find several ramblings on this blog. Please bear with me.