Thanks for popping by! A little about me.
Who I am
Hi, I’m Kristy Alford (Zenk). An Aussie of Lithuanian descent. A writer, a sales & marketing professional, minimal exercise lover and fan of food (obviously!) I battled with my weight for most of my life – overeating, binge eating, yo-yo dieting and exercising to exhaustion – for the longest time. I spent some of the best years of my life obsessing, being miserable, trying to find the ‘right’ way to lose weight rather than focusing on the most important thing – being happy. Stupid huh?
So my life completely turned around when I decided enough was enough, no more obsessing over calories, starvation diets and driving myself crazy. Enough! I decided to forget about all the advice out there that didn’t work for me and instead to tune into my own body and listen to what it was telling me. It’s quite clever you know. This awareness led me to the way I eat and exercise today and enables me to have the body I want with no effort at all. The double bonus is clarity of mind, boundless energy, sweet treats, no health issues and a love of life.
My aim is to be a weight loss cheerleader for those desiring change in their lives and who have tried everything like I did, with no success. I hate to see people suffer like I did. Just so unnecessary! The one big lesson I have learned along the way, is that there is no one way to do this, no one absolute right way. Different methods suit different people and if I had to calorie count to this day, I’m sure I would be frustrated to distraction, still overweight and ready to throttle someone!
I am passionate about helping those who are open minded and ready for change. No one can make you do it; it has to come from you. Watching and helping people find their way is thrilling beyond belief. Other passions are healthy, organic food and finding the easiest possible way to lose weight and cook healthy food. Why make it harder than it needs to be?
My approach to food
I’m currently following the Dr Ray Peat guidelines and tweaking it to suit my body, to reach a new balance that works for me. Practically it is low polyunsaturated fat, low grain, a little meal and seafood, bone broth and gelatin. I love coconut oil, root & fruit like veges, coffee, chocolate, natural sweeteners like raw honey, coconut sugar and fresh fruit. You will see what else I eat through my blog posts, book and social media pages. Eating enough is definitely a part of a healthy life. Starving to lose weight is so 80s – not to mention damaging to the metabolism.
When I found the answer for myself I was just bursting to let everyone know what I had discovered and I wanted everyone to be as happy too. However some people are not ready for change, and different methods suit different people. I found myself annoying more people than I was helping! Not the desired effect. So I wrote it all down and figured those who were ready to hear it would find it. The result is this blog and five books on diet, exercise, loose skin and recipes! Read more about the books here.
I am so lucky and blessed that my husband is a professional photographer, with a fantastic eye for telling a story. All my books are full of his magical shots and this site too except for a few of my food shots taken with my trusty iPhone! So if you get a chance, check out his amazing photography on his website and YouTube channel.
Love exploring opportunities
Reviews, giveaways, advertising, guest posts, featuring in other blogs, magazines, media – love to hear from you. Followers on Instagram – @slimbirdy, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and my blog – love to hear your questions, stories, comments and about you too.
Let’s go find your happy body.
Thanks Lindy Lou!
cool bananas, love it.
good luck with the blog.
Thank you Gina! I hope it is as much fun to read as it is to write!
HI there, I having been adding more Peat ideas to my diet with much success. But after a year of doing milk, coffee, collagen and sugar as a morning smoothie, I think the dairy is not sitting well with me and want a break. In one of your blogs/posts I recall you saying you use a dairy alternative. Would you mind sharing that with me. I believe you said coconut milk…do you mean the one form the can, or what is more likely coconut beverage (as long as it has not carrageen?)
Hi Effie, yes it’s good to experiment a little as I am finding too much coffee, especially first thing in the morning is giving me a combination of belly fat and weird lower belly bloating, so I feel like I have an inflated tyre just below my belly button! So I’m cutting back the coffee and only having one later in the day. Apparently coffee can affect your gut much like gluten and cause all kinds issues. Anyway back to your milk question, there is no healthy substitute for real milk in terms of giving you similar nutrients. I used to use coconut milk in the can until I realised it’s pure fat with no other nutrients. So some options: in your smoothie have coconut water and just do a dash of coconut milk or real cream to give it a creamy taste. I put a banana in there too and it’s amazing. I have backed off the quantity of milk I was having too as it was just too much. I now have 2 glasses of milk in the day and some cottage or normal cheese. Where as I was having 4 glasses of milk, plus a cup of cottage cheese and normal cheese! Cheers Kristy
Hi Kristy, I have actually bought all your books and just realised i have never received the Fat Burner HIIT book, probably because I bought the others separately. Would I be able to have a copy?
Hi Susan, just saw this comment. Just making sure you have them both now? The HIIT Guide and the 3 Day Summer RESTART?
Hi Kristy, I’m impressed with your website and the fact that you’re a Peat fan/follower. I am, too. Are your books available as hardcopies? Netta
Hi Annette, I have sent you an email too. The books are only available as ebooks as it would cost far too much to print them. They are only AU$9.95 which is currently about US$7.08 where as if I printed them it would be about $50. Plus the transport logistics would be a nightmare as they have currently sold to about 30 countries. I’ve had some ladies buy them and then print them out for themselves. However as they are full colour with gorgeous pictures and the way I have designed it, they need to be printed as a picture file, not a normal document as half the print goes missing. Anyway, thanks for trying to reach me. Cheers Kristy