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.
15 years ago
The day after the lecture I decided to exclude all unnecessary carbohydrates (such as sugar, starches and gluten-containing flours) 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.
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.
Just in time for the release of LCHF Barbecue, I’m going to Florida in the last week of May to participate in the annual Low-Carb Cruise. It will be so exciting to meet so many others that share my interest in natural food. And of course to listen to the interesting lectures. Here’s the impressive list of speakers this year.
I’ll post a lot of pictures from the cruise in the Caribbean when I’m back home again. I will keep this blog very simple, just sharing my favorite recipes and many of my pictures from Sweden.
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