My ‘precious’ family food experiment: how healthy is my cooking, really?


Day 2 of the detox plan, going well so far. Still hanging on, the husband gave up on the first day 😏. Drinking loads of water and exercising as well. I did the hip hop abs at the gym with the crew today. I’ve actually had this DVD since I gave birth to my son, that’s 2 years and 9 months to be exact. It was meant to be instrumental in getting my six pack back after pregnancy.

I think I’ve done the exercises on that DVD for a total of 4-5 times! Mainly because the six pack came back spontaneously when he came out. No bragging or anything but when I got pregnant I gained 12 kg in the nine months, all the weight gained in the last 3 months. I’m attributing this to good genes and decent fitness pre-pregnancy.

And when he came out, I instantly lost 8kg! I was so excited weighing myself. Quite honestly there are 3 things women worry about when giving birth:

  1. If the baby is going to be born alright, with no complications.

  2. How quickly are the stretch marks going to go away? Could they be scarred for life?

  3. How the heck are they going to lose all that baby weight?

Fortunate for me, none of these issues became an issue. I was so so lucky.

Anyway, over 2 years later my family is still healthy. We have not stepped into a hospital since we left then. Well, other than for work.

When my friend asked me for tips on low carb and low fat cooking, I started questioning if my food and recipes are generally healthy. I know I occasionally cook with duck fat, margarine and cream but other than this I think it’s pretty healthy. I was inspired to validate this though.

Now I want to do an experiment/ study. I want to see how healthy my food and cooking really is.

Title: My ‘precious’ family food experiment.

The hypothesis: I cook such healthy food that my family will either lose weight or stay the same in 12 months. Of course with the exception of my son, as he is still growing and his weight gain is important. So that leaves me and my husband.

Methodology: I cook food as usual, almost every night. Different recipes, different food combinations, no conscious effort to make it healthier than it already is.

We will weigh ourselves at the start of the year, then at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months, to keep tabs of our weight progress.

We will do lipid( fat and cholesterol) profiles at the beginning and the end of the study.

A few compounding factors are noted that might cause bias to my results, such as exercise, obtaining food from other sources. To address these, we are going to continue exercising like we always exercised, and  eat in( my food) at least 4 times a week.

So, Precious( me):

Weight: 55kg

Hips= 87cm

Abdominal circumference= 71cm

And the husband:

Weight= 78kg


Abdominal Circumference= 95cm

Now pending for much more specific analysis are our blood results for our lipid( fat) profiles. That is; Triglycerides( actual fat in the blood), Cholesterol, HDL, LDL and VLDL. To be updated.

Wish me luck!

Maybe you should do the same! For a healthier you in 2015!


Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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