She ditches three food groups.
By Matilda Rudd For Daily Mail Australia
Being told she would have to appear on Australian morning show to promote her first cookbook was all the encouragement Bridget Davis needed to lose excess weight.
The celebrity chef and mother of three was the heaviest she had ever been at 200 lbs. and was terrified of appearing before a crowd in 2018.
“I thought I was going to look like an elephant up there,: the 44-year-old told the Daily Mail, particularly as she’d already been told “the camera adds 10 pounds.”
She had a little over a month before she was due to appear on the popular “Studio 10” show and set to work researching ways she could safely drop the weight.
What three things did Bridget Davis cut from her diet?
She started to reintroduce sugar and high quality dairy after nine months of “dieting” but has a gluten intolerance.
“I thought about going to the gym and exercising like a crazy person but I don’t really like those kinds of workouts,” the Sydney-based chef said.
“So I started looking into gut health and realized this could be the way to do it. I eliminated gluten, sugar and dairy and instantly felt lighter and less bloated. In just over three weeks I lost 26 lbs. so I knew it was working.”
She limited her fruit intake to just one apple a day and stopped eating honey, maple syrup and artificial sweeteners.
Davis began to notice that she picked up the natural sweetness in foods you otherwise wouldn’t think could be sweet, like cabbage.
“I make a seaweed-based soup and leave the shredded cabbage to soak on top… and I can really taste the sweetness!” she said.
For breakfast she would start the day with chicken breast, turkey meatballs or prawns because the protein would sustain her until mid-morning.
In total she lost 66 lbs. eating this way and has maintained her goal weight for at least eight months, slowly reintroducing small amounts of sugar and dairy.
But one of the best things to come out of her journey was her Facebook page Bridget’s Kitchen, which Davis used to share recipes she was eating on her lifestyle.
Now, with 60,000 followers, the chef has reintroduced good quality dairy like certain butters and cheese, but steers clear of cow’s milk.
“I also cook with avocado oil and coconut oil now,'” she said. “But I stay away with gluten because it still doesn’t agree with me.”
What does Bridget eat in a day?
Breakfast: Chicken breast or prawns, turkey meatballs. Protein for breakfast helps you stay fuller for longer.
Lunch: The heartiest meal of the day for me. I have a cottage pie – use a very lean beef mince, lots of spices, almost like a gravy, top it with roasted garlic cauliflower mash.
Dinner: Stir fry, something quick. I don’t have much time. 10-15 minutes maximum. I like doing things with fish, throwing things in the air fryer. Cook without any oil and fat.
Davis knows how important diet is when it comes to weight loss because her journey was 100 percent based on the food she put in her mouth.
But as Australia edges closer to the cold depth of winter – and hunger increases – she said there is a way to have your cake and eat it too.
“If you’re wanting something comforting try oven-roasted meatballs. You can even put some mozzarella cheese in there to make it even tastier,” she said.
Despite having once cooked for Oprah, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern and King and Queen of Tonga, Davis said she feels nervous cooking for anyone.
“While you definitely feel there is additional pressure I get just as nervous serving for six people coming to my house for dinner,” she said. “It’s always about the meal you’re creating and not just about who for.”
Earlier this year the chef won a world Gourmand cookbook with her second cookbook “Breakfast Around The World.”
That same book was also named by UNESCO as one of the most influential cookbooks of the past three years, and is currently on display at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.