About this blog

Birgitta Höglund Photo Gunno Rask

Birgitta Höglund Photo Gunno Rask

Welcome to Sweden and my LCHF Blog

Hi!  I’m Birgitta Höglund and I’m a retired restaurant chef living in Östersund, Jämtland, Sweden. It’s a mountainous county in the northern part of Sweden, close to the border with Norway. After eighteen years in many different restaurants I injured my back 15 years ago, which effectively ended my career and professional working life. After the back injury and a spinal fusion, I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

I searched for something that would alleviate my problems and improve my health. I tried to remain as active as possible with daily physical therapy and long walks, but then a lecture by the physician Annika Dahlqvist, MD, made me change my eating habits completely (Dr Dahlqvist is the founder of the LCHF movement in Sweden). After a couple of years on this diet she was free from pain and fatigue brought on by fibromyalgia, and if she was able to cure herself, then perhaps I could too.

Birgitta Höglund

15 years ago

The day after the lecture I decided to exclude all unnecessary carbohydrates (such as sugar, starches, gluten-containing flours and all other grains) from my daily meals. Instead, I began eating far more vegetables than I had ever done before, and they have proven themselves worthy complements to the varieties of fish, meat, shellfish and eggs that I now put on my plate.

Instead of the carbohydrates I started to eat more fat, such as butter, coconut oil and olive oil. My food has become so much more natural and varied than it used to be, and tastes far better without all the various additives that are included in most commercially prepared foods.

Birgitta Höglund

I have now posted about 1,000 recipes on my Swedish blogs, Birgitta Höglund’s Food and Birgitta Höglund’s Paleo. I have so far written three cookbooks. The first one, Low Carb High Fat Cooking for Healthy Aging, I wrote together with Dr. Dahlqvist.

Then followed Low Carb High Fat Barbecue and Low Carb High Fat and Paleo Slow Cooking. This summer all three will be published in English with Skyhorse Publishing, NY. You can find them here at Amazon.


LCHF for Healthy Aging

Low Carb High Fat and Paleo Slow CookingSlow Cooking

I also want to give my warm thanks to Gun Penhoat, Inger Swanberg and Maud Hedman all of whom have been very helpful with the translation and proofreading of my recipes.

Learn more about LCHF here: DietDoctor – LCHF for Beginners.

I hope you will enjoy my recipes and pictures. Eat, enjoy and feel good 🙂

Mountains in my home county, Jämtland

Mountains in my home county, Jämtland

28 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Paula 21 June, 2015 at 02:00 Reply

    Hi Birgitta…i saw just now your post on one of fb groups i follow…i am happy to find someone here in europe full of recipes lchf… sometimes i go to the market and dont know what to eat cause i reconize only vegetables i had also in brazil.
    now i’ll go through your blogs to be able to discover new flavors and have a nice lchf life

    Ps: i am a brazilian living in belgium!!!!

    Best regards!


    • Birgitta Höglunds Mat 21 June, 2015 at 03:58 Reply

      Hi, Paula, glad to see you here ❤
      I live in Turkey in the winter time so I use a lot of fresh vegetables in my LCHF-cooking.
      Hope you will find a lot that you like 🙂


  2. lore 21 June, 2015 at 07:01 Reply

    Hi Brigitta, looking forward to lots of tips and tricks and great recipes 🙂


  3. Debbie Botha 23 June, 2015 at 07:36 Reply

    Wow, you live surrounded in beauty. I keep saying I am going to start this way of eating and do a lot of the fat eating etc. but just cannot get my husband to conform, he was brought up having rice and potato on the same plate at the same time. He did say the other day though we must find new recipes but he was very upset with me because I did not buy anymore rice for the pantry. He loves his butter, kidney, cannelloni and baked beans too and insists on buying tins of them for the pantry. I must give my sister your page etc. as she has fibromyalgia too, she is 60, hubby 55 and I am 49. I wish I could change his way of eating, any ideas?

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    • Birgitta Höglunds Mat 23 June, 2015 at 08:10 Reply

      Thank’s, Debbie , and welcome to my blog. I hope your husband will like my kind of cooking too 🙂

      If he likes to take care of the griling, maybe you could buy him a copy of my Low Carb High Fat Barbecue?

      Then I think it’s easier for him to stay away from the rice and potatoes 😉
      Vegetables are great companions instead of potatoes and with a satiating sauce or herb butter, I think the change will be easier for him.

      Glad if I can make a change for you both and your sister ❤


  4. Elizabeth 29 June, 2015 at 08:51 Reply

    Birgitta, nice to have a different view from another country. I am South African and have been on LCHF for 14 months and very happy with the results so far.I feel for Debbie…our men do love their starches! Keep giving us your delicious recipes. More and more people here are giving LCHF & Banting a try.


    • Birgitta Höglunds Mat 29 June, 2015 at 08:54 Reply

      Welcome to my blog, Elizabeth 🙂 So good to hear that you like my recipes, I hope they will change a lot of peoples life around the world. And that they can convince many men that food without starches tastes so much better 😉


  5. loveandlowcarbs 7 July, 2015 at 03:30 Reply

    Just stumbled upon your blog as I begin my own low-carb journey. Excited about all the recipes on here! Thank you for sharing. 🙂


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  8. Martje Mensink 22 October, 2015 at 01:03 Reply

    Hi Brigitta, i am from the Netherlands. Love your blog.. Love your contry. Been there this summer aigain. I am always woundering how you folks beat the dark winter…. Now I know, you cheat!

    I love your recipes. Thank you.


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  10. Kerstin Winston 27 June, 2016 at 07:31 Reply

    Downloaded your book to Kindle yesterday. Your recipes already made me homesick . I live in Florida and anticipate a problem acquiring some of the ingredients. I was born I Malmo and graduated Realen I Skovde. Can’t wait to try some of your recipes.


  11. Jennifer 29 January, 2017 at 11:48 Reply

    Hello Birgitta. I have just found your blog through diet doctor and am glad to have access to even more lchf recipes and suggestions but even more excited to hear you were able to make yourself better through this way of eating. I have had fibromyalgia for most of my 63 years and I now have a very degenerated spine. I want to feel a lot better than I do right now. I did 9 weeks of lchf and really enjoyed it and found it very delicious, filling and easy to prepare but around new year I fell back into my sugar addiction when life became very busy and I was suffering quite a bit of distress. I’m trying to get that under control now and feel ready to change my life again for the better. I look forward to following your blog along with all the information on diet doctor.
    I am fortunate to live in the southern corner of Western Australia and we have an abundance of pasture raised meats, fresh fish and fresh produce at our farmers markets. I grow all my own greens and herbs and have access to locally grown macadamia nuts, almonds and free range eggs. Who wouldn’t want to eat this way?


  12. Jennifer 30 January, 2017 at 07:47 Reply

    Thank you for replying to me. I’m sorry you no longer post here. This is the first time I’ve tried to follow someone’s blog. I probably won’t try to use the translation site but thank you. I will look at your books tho. I hope you continue to be well. Thank you for inspiring me to get back on track. Best wishes.


    • Birgitta Höglunds Mat 30 January, 2017 at 09:22 Reply

      Oh, sorry about that, but you see it’s too hard work for me to run both a Swedish and English blog…
      You can get a lot of recipe inspiration and advice about a healthy living through my cookbooks.
      Best wishes ❤ Birgitta


  13. Una Barry 16 September, 2018 at 04:53 Reply

    Birgitta, hello! I am with the DietDoctor, and got your recipe for Oxtail Stifalo off there, and cooked it. it is really lovely, but I am questioning the amount of butter that is required, and also the fact that it is 17g of carbs. Is that really the case? The recipe says cooking with oil, and then where does all this butter go. Even when I made it with far less butter, it was swimming in oil, and then not knowing what to do with that oil when there isn’t any veg or whatever to mop it up. Would appreciate if you could check your recipe on Diet Doctor, and see if it has been typed up correctly? I love oxtail, and that’s the only recipe on there for oxtail but even on a high fat diet, the amount of butter required seems excessive and not sure where to put it is another. Many thanks and really look forward to hearing from you.


    • Birgitta Höglunds Mat 17 September, 2018 at 07:40 Reply

      Hi Una and welcome to my blog. Unfortunately there has been 2 mistakes in the recipe at Diet Doctor. The Oxtail Stifado is from my cookbook Low Carb High Fat and Paleo Slow Cooking.
      In the ingredient list it only says; Butter for frying, no amount. Oil isn’t mentioned at all in the recipe. I will ask my friend Inger that takes care of all the translation at Diet Doctor to change the recipe,

      Here you can find the cookbook at Amazon. Would be glad if you share my page there with your friends 🙂
      All the best./ Birgitta


      • Una Barry 17 September, 2018 at 07:45

        Thanks Birgitta. Terrific. Will look properly tomorrow as I’m in London about to get a long distance train back home north. Need to.change that DietDoctor recipes in many ways!



      • Birgitta Höglunds Mat 17 September, 2018 at 07:55

        Thanks to you. And for qustions about the carbs you have to talk to the Diet Doctor team. Have a nice trip home 🙂


      • Una Barry 17 September, 2018 at 09:31

        Just to say I have prderd your book off Amazon!!



      • Birgitta Höglunds Mat 18 September, 2018 at 06:14

        Thanks Una, hope you will enjoy it 💕


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