Tuesday was pancake day. Any excuse for a binge, for something sweet and yummy. Or that was in the ‘old days’….
What I didn’t realise before was that most things can be made to be gluten free, dairy free, processed sugar free and grain free. All it takes is some preparation and effort. Actually just imagination and thought.
I have, since trying to be healthy, developed a real sweet tooth, needing to have something sweet after dinner in particular. So I have been testing as many naughty recipes as I can with Paleo friendly ingredients; chocolate chip cookies, sweet potato brownies, carrot cake….and pancakes. Pancakes are the only ones which turned out a bit of a disaster, they tasted delicious but were more like a scramble than a cake. However with only bananas, eggs, a little vanilla essense, some cinnamon and a little bit of coconut flour, i’m prepared to keep trying until they are just perfect. No giving up on this journey!
We have also discovered – only for special occassions – coconut milk ice cream. Topping off our scramble – YUM!
Following a number of blogs by amazing people who have been living the clean life for a while makes all this so much easier -http://paleogrubs.com/banana-pancake-recipes
Pancake day – shrove Tuesday – leads to Ash Wednesday which is for a lot of people, whether practicing or not, the start of lent and giving up something for 40 days. My sister has always given up something, or a couple of things – always foodwise – for the 40 days and 40 nights. I have always tried yet never successfully. So now is the question – what do I give up? Is changing my lifestyle enough? Is it necessary to give up one thing in particular for 40 days? I’m going to say i’m giving up processed sugar and dairy for lent. However I hope this to be a longer term change. I guess this will be the tester!
So here goes, to lent, to giving up, to change and to living a healthier better life!
ps – I moved from the thick green band to the thin blue band for my chest to bar pull ups today handstand push ups are still very much a work in progress!!
It’s lunch time and I haven’t done any exercise today but the day isn’t over, and although I truly believe that getting it done early is the best way; not only do you have the rest of the day to do whatever you want, but also there’s less time to make excuses, it’s not the end of the day and I need to stop with the excuses!
The last month I have in general been very good about exercise. I get up in the morning and go to crossfit, then I either run or do pilates or yoga. I have made these my routine and what I base my day around. I believe it’s important to have a routine and to know not only when you are going to do exercise but also what you are going to eat and at what time. Month 2 I will make more of an effort with the food I eat and when I eat it.
We’ve been trying to follow a ‘not-fully-strict-but-nearly-there’ Paleo diet and have on the whole been very good with it. I have learnt to substitute noodles with zoodles, spaghetti with squash-ghetti and rice with cauliflower rice and honestly have enjoyed it. But the issue is that anything you want to make ‘healthy’ you can; chocolate chip cookies, brownies, carrot cake. However how ‘healthy’ are they? Yes the replacement of processed sugar with coconut nectar or raw honey is a step in the right direction, but am I substituting one addiction with another? I was never one to snack on sweet stuff but now that I am trying to be healthy I have all of a sudden got these ridiculous cravings for sweets and I have no idea why!
For the next 2 weeks I am going to try and cut out all sugar; so no more baking, cut out dairy; whaaaaa no cheese, cut out tomatoes; and this is a strange one but I think they are part of the cause of my tummy issues and gas…gross. So a 2 week experiment (I know my experiments often get forgotten and as with this writing, I get side tracked, but I am clearing my pantry and will try my hardest!)
At the end of the day I need to remember what I want to accomplish…do I want to continue seeing the flabby reflection in the mirror or do I want to see this…. 😉
Right i’m off to the gym for my (at least) 5km and some core work!!!
Complete coincidence that i’m wearing the same underwear one month in. And although the changes are not as easy to spot as i’d of liked them to be, I think they are there!
Measurements today also show that I am cinching in a bit with 2cm off my waist, 3 off my belly and 2 off my bum!! There’s a happy face right here (even though scales say just over a kilo down).
So what’s been the main learning from the first month? It’s all about what’s going on in you head. If you are excited about the challenge, happy with life, keen for change and motivated to make it, then this is ‘easy’. If you have off days, your period, a snow storm, or are unprepared, the task ahead is more like a climb to Everest than what it should be.
I can’t believe it’s been a month and I have experienced all of these emotions. I have given up and started again, I have cheated in my food intake and have not felt motivated to do the exercise i’ve aimed to do. But I know one thing, when i’ve eaten right and worked out, I have felt INVINCIBLE.
So month two – where am I going? No dairy, no sugar, no tomatoes. Carry on the running, keep up with the crossfit, pilates and yoga and keep POSITIVE.
Oh and find something to get rid of that cellulite, EURGH!!!
My favourite foods are saucy; spag bol, curry, stews…and guess what comes with them – yup carbs! Pasta, rice, potatoes. And although I know that I can eat rice – wild, red and brown are obviously better than white – and I can substitute pasta for rice noodles or something but that’s not the point, I need to during this little adventure try and eat better but find food which are still yummy.
So last night I cooked cauliflower rice with chicken and veg Thai red curry and it was yum! I will definitely cook it again and experiment other cauliflower rice recipes.
(for 2 people)
2 chicken breast – chopped up into cubes
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 medium red onion
1-2 tablespoons of thai red curry paste (make sure buy the one which only has herbs and spices in the ingredients, nothing you can’t pronounce!)
1 cup coconut milk (I used lite)
loads of veggies, whichever you like (I used red pepper, mushrooms, courgette, broccoli, snow peas)
I got everything chopped and ready
Chopped the chicken and seasoned it with freshly ground salt and pepper
Get the coconut oil in a big heavy based frying pan on medium heat and once its nice and shimmery add the chicken and brown it
Once the chicken is brown (so dont worry if its not cooked all the way through) take it out the pan, on to a plate and put the onion in to the same pan and get it nice and cooked (when it goes kind of transparent). Then add the chicken back in and add the curry paste
And give it all a good stir so that the chicken is completely coated
Then add the coconut milk and stir so everything is covered
Then you’re ready to add the veggies. Stir and cover and put on looooow heat for at least 20 mins.
A medium cauliflower head – florets roughly chopped up
small onion – chopped up small (you can put it in the food processor to make it tiny)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
salt and pepper to taste
Put the chopped up cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until it gets to a rice consistency
Fry up the onion in the coconut oil and once its translucent add the ‘rice’ and season (you can even add some paprika or chilly flakes)
Cover the cooking ‘rice’ and leave for 10-15 mins on lowish heat with the occasional stir. Then you are ready to serve!
Hey and guess what it was yuuumy!
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I love salmon and have tried for months to get my boyfriend to eat fish and he has always said no… so today when I asked him could we have it – as a start of the new regime – he kindly agreed, bit the bullet and said go for it. I knew I had to make it delicious and non-fishy so that any other request for it would be allowed.
Salmon and veg done well –
2 handfulls of baby bak choy – chopped length ways
1 red pepper – thinly sliced
1 handful of snow peas
2 salmon fillets (if cooking for 1 then only one fillets and reduce the veg as well)
half a red onion finely diced
3 small cloves of garlic sliced
1.5 thumbs of ginger – peeled and sliced into batons
1 teaspoon of sesame seed oil
1/4 cup of tamari (or low sodium soy sauce)
ground pepper to taste
How I put it together –
Preheat oven to 400F
Get all your veg ready and chopped
Mix up the ingredients from the onions down in a bowl and set aside
Tear off as many long pieces of parchment paper as you have salmon fillets and fold in half (i’d say 60cm total – 30cm when folded)
Arrange the veg on the parchment paper with the salmon on top
Drizzle the onion etc mix over each salmon fillet
With the salmon fillets parallel to you bring the paper edges together and roll and fold, then fold up the ends
Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 20 mins
ps – he loved it, there will be salmon on the menu again