Tag: paleo

Hello, January!

It’s been too long since I last wrote. But boy did that festive season fly by. Except for the part where I still had to turn up to the office. Rough. It was the first Christmas I have worked in three years! While there was basically no work to do and I received a sum total of 12 emails – the importance was the fact that I was there, in body. My mind and soul were still chilling in my comfy loungewear and drowned in Christmas spirit(s).Read More

Whole30, round three: what I ate in week four

This Whole30 feels like its going way faster than the last one. It just feels normal now, like I’m just eating. I don’t overthink it all (which is new for me). Before the last Whole30 and this one I cleared all my cupboard and fridge. It’s nice to know I can just go for the food in my house and eat it, no guilt. I definitely recommend this, especially on your first time – it’s so easy to fall off the wagon if there are quick, easy treats at arms length.

I bought an immersion blender this week. So shit got exciting. Hello, Paleo Mayo!

If you’ve missed the previous posts, weeks one, two and three are here, here and here.

 

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Recipe: Tuscan herbs and almond flour crumbed chicken with homemade Paleo mayo

Crispy, crumbed chicken has long been a firm favourite of mine. So as soon as I nailed the paleo mayonnaise I decided I needed something scrumptious to dunk in it, and what goes better than crispy chicken and creamy mayo?!

I had tried making paleo mayo once before but failed miserably when the ingredients didn’t emulsify. On my second attempt, following Michelle’s strict instructions and recipe I had huge success! Phil is a huge mayo fan so was over the moon. You can find the recipe at the above link.

For the chicken, check it out below:

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Whole30, round three: what I ate in week three

This week sage has become my favourite herb. So much so, I want to name mine and Phil’s first daughter after it but he’s not having any of it. Especially, if you already know his surname which he shares with a common vegetable (similar to a zucchini/courgette) he’s scared she’ll sound like a recipe. I was all, mate, she’s a reflection of us and I LOVE cooking! He’s still not keen…

You can see week’s one and two here and here. You can see what I ate this week, below:

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Creamy chicken and mushroom soup, with no naughty bits

After our weekend away in Prague scoffing only carbs, fatty meats and beer we’re both feeling rather sluggish and keen to eat light meals consisting of mostly vegetables. Because it now feels like the middle of winter we thought we’d get going with soup.

I am a huge fan of a creamy mushroom soup, but often with all the added cream, butter and salt, it can be healthier for you to pop down the road and order a BigMac. Last night I whipped up a creamy chicken and mushroom soup with no added naughty bits, but still with the indulgent creamy texture and packed full of flavour. This soup is also very filling as we are back to skipping carbs at night, so didn’t have it with any bread. Completely satisfied.

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Thai prawn boodles

With the release of the new season of Gilmore Girls my friend and I decided we wanted an indulgent Friday night in. We grabbed a bottle of wine and some dinner to whip up. I decided on a Thai inspired prawn stir fry using boodles (butternut squash noodles) instead of pasta so it remained paleo/Whole 30 compliant. Of course, the wine isn’t compliant – but sometimes you need to enjoy and compromise.

The Thai prawn boodles went down a treat, here’s what I did:

Stir fry garlic, onion and chilli in a little coconut oil. Then add sliced red pepper, mange tout and spring onions. Cook for 2-3mins. Add the prawns and boodles to cook through. Squeeze over the juice of one lime. Toss through some chopped coriander, sesame seeds and cashew nuts. Cover and cook for 3-4 mins to ensure everything is hot and cooked through. Serve. Hey presto! Easy peasy.

Definitely a new favourite – I’ll be making this one again.

 

Whole 30: Day 30!

Boom, alright! I feel amazing. I’m not stopping at 30 days, I’m carrying on. I won’t be as stringent, because hello! Christmas is on it’s way. But apart from Christmas celebrations and my trips to Prague and Salzburg – I will be eating Whole 30.

Last time I did a Whole 30 in 2012 I was straight onto a glass of wine the day after, to celebrate. Seems silly, I know. But this time round I’m older, more determined and ultimately just not as beholden to a glass of wine like I used to be.

The results:

  • I sleep soundly every night. Every! I have more energy, I get up and move about more, I’m overall less lazy.
  • I have lost 4.7kgs (10.3lbs) and not only do I feel and notice the difference, people are commenting on it. The frustrating thing is that my weight loss is all around my face and shoulders and décolletage. They always say you lose it top to bottom, so I really need to get stuck in now to slim my tummy and ass.
  • My skin is clear, my hair is glossy (I think it’s all the salmon and avocado I’ve been eating); religiously drinking water really does have it’s benefits.

I won’t be posting weekly reviews moving forward, instead the odd catch up post on how I’m progressing.

If you are wondering about a Whole 30 and if it’s right for you – start reading up. Knowledge is power. If you understand the eating plan of Whole 30 you can make a judgement. Don’t jump in knowing half the facts. Especially make sure you understand what is approved to eat and what is discouraged. A simple slip up of eating peas (nearly happened to me on day 24) could ruin all your hard work. Not ruin in the fact that you gain weight or your body falls apart, but more your sense of achievement for not making it the full 30 days!

Whole 30: Week four in review

We are beyond fully in the swing of this thing. We are owning it like Whole 30-champions. Every day I’m excited to look up new recipes or simply experimenting with the fun things I find in the vegetable zone of the supermarket: courgetti, boodles (butternut squash noodles) and so many different types of mushroom.

Cracklin' chicken
Cracklin’ chicken

Also people are noticing the changes – my face is slimmer, my skin is clearer and my other half is grateful that my emotions and mood are now under control and I’m not up and down every other hour.

On the weekend I finally got around to trying Nom Nom Paleo’s Cracklin’ Chicken. Devine. The boyfriend was overjoyed. I was amazed at the flavour and crunch. It’s a great alternative to roast chicken paired with oven roasted sweet potato and a huge heaps of steamed brocolli. Perfect winter fodder. So easy to make and so cheap considering you’re using chicken thighs – which I think always has more flavour than the breast meat.

Hearty beef and tomato soup
Hearty beef and tomato soup

I cooked a piece of beef earlier in the week in the oven, roasting it to a crispy outer but still moist in the middle. No idea how I actually managed that – but I’ll take it. There was beef leftover so froogle, money saver me (not me at all, normally) decided to whip up a hearty tomato, beef, chilli soup with the leftovers. Adding mushrooms, carrots, onion, garlic, the leftover beef, a can of tomatoes and a hint of chilli the soup thickened and I was pleasantly surprised as to how it turned out.

I’m looking forward to the week ahead. I feel like we are in full swing and nothing is going to throw us off. Today is day 28, we technically have Monday and Tuesday to go to hit our 30 day completion. But the other half and I have decided we’re going to keep going. Christmas is coming so things will get mental soon. But we’ve decided that unless it’s a special event or night out or Christmas, we won’t be breaking from how we’ve been eating. We’re reaping the benefits and we don’t want to give it up.

Whole 30: Week three in review

Week three of Whole 30 was yet another success, we stuck to it and I tried out even more yummy recipes that I’m keen to share. People are even noticing how different we look now – clear skin and eyes and even seeing the weight we’ve lost.

I’ve felt more energetic this week and have been out moving about – we’ve been on walks to and through Greenwich Park. I’ve been getting off the bus earlier to walk further. Little things, but they’re adding up and I’m feeling better for it.

With every week we complete the more my determination grows to continue eating the Whole 30 way for longer. It really makes me feel so much better and I’m enjoying cooking new recipes. We’ve decided to continue eating this way except for the odd night out or celebration. But definitely no more bottles of wine at home on a Monday night.

Plus, I’ve now lost a total of 4.3kgs (9.4lbs).

Baked salmon with spicy baked vegetables and macadamia nuts
Baked salmon with spicy baked vegetables and macadamia nuts
Bacon, vege, lemon, chilli courgetti
Bacon, vege, lemon, chilli courgetti
Autumnal roast lamb
Autumnal roast lamb
Cardamom + sea salt ganache tart
Cardamom + sea salt ganache tart

Whole 30: Week two in review

Week two flew by, I literally don’t know where the week went. Not once did I panic about food or what I was planning, nor did I ever feel hungry. I continued to enjoy my smoked salmon, boiled egg and spinach for breakfast each day, as well as a salad from my work cafeteria.

I cooked my first ever roast beef on Monday night and my other half was thrilled – he’s northern, so anything roasted with meat and vege is his absolute favourite. It was even pink in the middle and not chewy at all! We skipped the gravy of course, but it was full and happy bodies all around.

On Thursday I tweaked Daniel Green’s nut crust salmon recipe from his cookbook: instead of adding macadamia nuts, almonds, almond flour and an egg, I wanted something crisper with more BANG flavour. So I through almonds, lemon rind, chilli, cracked pepper and dill into my food processor to whizz up the salmon crust. Amazing.

Salmon with a crust of almond, dill, chilli, cracked pepper and lemon zest all whizzed up in the food processor
Salmon with a crust of almond, dill, chilli, cracked pepper and lemon zest all whizzed up in the food processor

On Saturday I made a Whole 30 approved Thai green curry using a paste I found in the supermarket that was completely compliant – win!

Chicken Thai green curry
Chicken Thai green curry served on cauliflower rice

Sunday was the best breakfast of the week, partly because we had been out for a walk around Greenwich Park first to work up an appetite, but mainly because my other half made it and I didn’t have to move a muscle (except to pour my coffee).

Guilt-free breakfast, while not lifting a finger.
Guilt-free breakfast, while not lifting a finger.

I did weigh myself on day one, Monday 17th, and weighed myself again a week later, on Monday just been. In Whole 30 rules this  a huge no-no. But I love seeing the progress – you can’t see the difference straight away, even though you feel lighter and 100 gazillion times better. I still like to see the weight loss – to me that is fact that I am going in the right direction and to keep me motivated. Plus I’m a rebel. The good news is that in a week I had lost 1.7kgs (3.8lbs). But that’s mostly butter and wine weight, there’s lots more to go. I’m excited to see what the difference is this Monday coming.

 

Coffee

Yesterday I tweeted about a girl I overheard with a bonkers request whilst ordering my morning crack coffee. Each day I go to the same Eat store on my way to work and order a black Americano (long black), the people there know me now, they’re sweet and always work extra hard to get my coffee to me quick.

So what did this girl request? She asked for a “cappuccino with no foam”. I was thinking, is she serious? She had a serious face and had a take-no-bullshit look about her. I felt bad for my friends behind the counter who were now going to have to make this non-cappuccino cappuccino. She’s lucky I wasn’t working behind the counter as I would have said quite quickly – what the fuck is that? Do you mean a white Americano? But they smiled and nodded and went on their merry way to make this crazy lady’s hot beverage. I nearly turned to her and asked what a foam-free cappuccino was, what was the point?! She’s murdering an Italian classic. But then this is Eat, it’s not exactly a snobby Italian coffee bean spot – so I guess she had every right to amend it to her taste. But who doesn’t like foam?! Befuzzling.

You may be thinking, how can I even be drinking coffee while doing my Whole 30? It’s approved I’ll have you know. Bizarre, because I doubt the cavemen got out their percolators to brew their hot drinks on a daily basis, but the Whole 30 gurus are happy for us to stay caffeinated. Of course I’m having mine milk and foam free, so not breaking any rules. You’re probably better off without the addiction, but one cup a day isn’t hurting me. Well it could be, as without it my boyfriend doesn’t like being around me. Apparently I’m a monster (his words), I think he’s just being sensitive. Coffee is good for everyone – even without that bloody foam that gets in the way.

coffee
Me in the morning.