Want to tame cravings and lose weight? Then keep reading for Shelley’s Case Study about her life-changing experience after reading Eat Like a Fatass, Look Like a Goddess (the book + the blog).

Shelly wrote in:

Hi Erika,

I bought your book and read it in less than 24 hours.

I had my baby 21 months ago. She has still been nursing about 4-6 times a day, and before I read your book, nursing would make me more hungry than usual.

I am 5’9″, and before my pregnancy I was 155 lbs and pretty happy with my weight. Then I went all the way up to 200 lbs during my pregnancy and had the worst time ever getting any of it off.

I finally got down to about 175 lbs with calorie counting, but try as I did, I couldn’t seem to get any lower. If I did, I would just start feeling HUNGRY and would have to eat the house. Then I’d swing back up to about 185 lbs.

I was also getting terrible sugar and sweets and baked goods cravings. After dinner is always my worst time.

I felt like I didn’t get these crazy sugar cravings before I was nursing. I also felt really light-headed a good portion of the day, even though I thought I was eating enough food–more than enough (think: eggs/plenty of protein in the morning).

Since reading your book I have made sure my diet is full of healthy fats, full-fat dairy, vegetables, limited fruits, and homegrown eggs and organic free-range/grass-fed/pastured meat (chicken is pretty available where I am, though I will need to opt for delivered grass-fed beef).

I was raised vegetarian and was vegetarian for years after I grew up. I have always had a really hard time eating meat. But I have finally gotten to the point where I feel better about it. It has made a big difference in my satiety and sugar cravings.

I also appreciate the articles about calorie counting in your blog.

[Shelley is referencing the following articles:

I further experimented based on these articles, and the results were awesome.

I laughed to myself as I read them because it is SO true:

  • It WAS hard for me to think about having more than one or two eggs and some veggies in the morning–it really did unconsciously feel wrong.
  • And I DID snack on ONLY vegetables or fruit without any accompanying fat or protein, and wondered why I was hungry so soon after.
  • And, just like your articles say, I HAD been trying to up my protein without upping my fat–even though I actually BELIEVE in fat more than your average person, but I still had those mental blocks to really consuming more fat.

It’s been pretty interesting.

Since reading your articles and emailing with you, I made a conscious effort to up my fat in the mornings.

For my breakfast around 8:30am, I tried eating multiple eggs cooked in a tablespoon of coconut oil (we have a friend who has chickens so we are lucky with our eggs, no commercial eggs), sausage, and kale.

At first, I really couldn’t believe I was about to eat all that food that seemed to be swimming in fat. 🙂 But I did and was so happy to find that later in the day, I was not lightheaded at all, like I had become so used to.

Not only that, but instead of barely making it from 8:30-11:30am for lunch, I served the kids lunch at 12:00pm and was not hungry at all. Instead, I didn’t start getting hungry for lunch until around 1:30pm–that’s been unheard of! That’s 5 hours since eating breakfast!

I have lost about 8 lbs since I started eating more fat in breakfasts and meals 4 weeks ago!

Another thing I notice with eating this way is that my sugar cravings seem to be gone. It’s hard to want sweet stuff when I feel so satiated. When I would nurse my baby, it used to be that afterwards I would feel ravenous. Now, with eating this way, I feel satiated and can tell the difference between hunger, thirst, and urges to emotionally eat.

So thank you for all your amazing tips and guidance. It really is life changing, especially for me.

I look forward to all the new stuff you are rolling out, and I appreciate all the help you have offered so far. I am grateful for all the wisdom you have shared, it has made a big difference in my life.

–Shelley

Thank you, Shelley for your curiosity, commitment to exploring new ideas and practices, and for sharing your journey with us all. You’re truly a Goddess.
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