So whats this Paleo thing again?!

I found this fabulous little run down about what the Paleo diet is about on http://www.themogulmom.com.

A few of my friends sort of understand a little of what i have been trying to do to my diet (not strictly following but 80% of my weekly intake of food is now paleo).

I must hold my hands up and admit i haven’t totally cut out the dairy yet (although i have cut down!) , and once a fortnight i have something with lentils or beans in it, but i don’t feel this is the biggest dietary sin in the world!

So for those still out there who are a little confused or are just beginning their journey to find the right diet for their body have a quick nosey!
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Spot the difference….

I realized the last progress report i did was in May, and although my goals have changed now to maintaining a healthier weight and a healthier lifestyle, i do think its worth sharing how fa i have come by doing these changes!

 

 

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Here i am before i even considered my lifestyle was doing me the most favors in the world

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Here is the photo i shared with you in May this yea after a few months into my new diet

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and here i am now….excuse all the muddle around me i was going for a dress fitting, and i do love this photo!

I have lost over 15kg since the start of the journey, and although my aim is now not to lose any more, i do want to maintain my figure and enjoy feeling better in myself and having more body confidence!

Yum yum yum…

Just a quicky tonight to share with you one of my newly discovered favorite recipes!

I posted this ‘recipe’ on my personal Facebook page and was met with lots of ‘are you pregnant’ style remarks….

Well 1. No I’m not and 2. Don’t knock something until you’ve tried it….. (Unless its something fennel based then whatever it is I knock it way out of the park….urg)

So here it is…..( please excuse my lame presentation, I never said I was a chef or a photographer!)

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Mango and avocado with bacon…. ( and a little side salad.)

I don’t need to give you any more directions than that…. it’s simply what it says on the tin.

No need for dressing on the salad as the sweet mango mixed with the scrummy bacon adds enough flavor…

So what are you waiting for, go make some up, I guarantee it will become a firm favorite! 🙂

The essence of baking….

You may have noticed that most baking, whether Paleo or non-Paleo, tends to include vanilla essence.

I love vanilla essence and probably don’t use it particularly sparingly and as a lot of you already know its not exactly a cheap ingredient to be filling your cupboard with!

But here’s news for all you vanilla essence lovers! You can actually make your own! With two ingredients!!

How?

One bottle of vodka ( any price range! Don’t think it matters), 6-8 vanilla pods.

Unscrew vodka bottle, either decant into a prettier bottle (especially good idea if for a present) or if for your own use then use the bottle you have…. Shove in all the vanilla pods.

Replace lid, store for 2-3 months and presto! Vanilla essence.

Just keep topping up the vodka as you use it.

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A spoonful of sugar…

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For anyone that has turned their eating habits around and have really looked at what they were eating, they will understand what I am talking about and why this rings true!

I love how fascinating food can be and how if people really researched what they are eating and how it’s effecting them they would be highly surprised!

There are so many diets out there to offer support to people who are suffering things from migraines to MS, to Autism to cancer…. There is so much you can do to support whatever your body is going through with just choosing the right nutrition!

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Take a look at your diet today or why not see/research what you can do to help yourself by a little diet change!

And just to clarify…. I don’t assume that food and nutrition can cure everything, but if it can help and give your body the boost and support it needs to get you through, why wouldn’t you try it?

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Boil, bake, fry or steam…

Whilst I have been changing my eating habits over the last 6 months I have been adding a lot more vegetables into my diet.

As there are folks out there who may be doing the same or thinking of doing so, I found this great chart to get you started with how to cook your vegetables!

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It may sound simple but some people want or need the simple instructions to give them that little extra confidence in the kitchen!

With thanks to Domestic Superhero for their fab chart and to Chetna Patel from Mamami by Chet for sharing this on Facebook!

Smoothie Talker

Todays blog is dedicated to my best chum, Charlotte.

The other morning we were discussing ‘healthy eating’ options, something a year ago you would never have seen me doing!

My buddy was feeling a little bothered by the fact she had lost her way on her diet, by diet i don’t mean general weight loss, i mean healthier lifestyle choices relating to food and how it can impact her general being! – lets get this straight, DIETS should be an eating choice, you can be on a diet of chocolate and state you are on a diet…. to me, a diet means your eating habits not just always just a way to lose weight!

But anyways, my dear chum had felt she had let her diet slip, and had noticed she was putting on weight and feeling she wanted to get back to the healthier her……

What had changed in her life to cause this slip you ask? LOVE!

Now, don’t get me wrong, love is a great thing, its great to be in a new relationship, but its lethal if your into your fitness and body image!

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Going on dates ( which usually involve eating) , meeting new people ( usually involving the consumption of alcohol) and then the ‘cosy nights in’ ( usually spent in bed or on the sofa watching copious amounts of films….well, maybe a little bit of exercise thrown in now and again too if things are going well)….. All these lovely experiences are bound to impact what you eat, how active you are and how you feel.

So me being the health guru i am ( said with a huge amount of sarcasm) , i decided to have a general chat about her eating habits.

Now my lovely friend is one to occasionally skip a meal if she isn’t feeling hungry and snacks on bags and bags of nuts. Now nuts are great for you, nothing wrong with eating nuts, but probably not a family pack a day and definitely not after 7pm. As for skipping meals, i don’t think this is a particularly great thing for your body, if you eat healthy, balanced meals then you should have no need to skip meals and your body will know where it is, when its meals are coming, better control of your body sugar levels and have a steady metabolism!

One thing she has added to her diet is to have a smoothie for breakfast.

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“Good for her” i hear you all shouting…. But…

Fruit smoothies for breakfast just starts your day with a massive sugar hit, by the time you’ve got rid of the peel and mashed the fibre then you have already lost many of the potential health benefits. What you are left with is just a sugary drink.

There is a lot of information out there encouraging people to juice, saying its a healthy option, but recent studies have concluded that starting your day with a cup of coffee has more benefits to your health than a smoothie, caffeine and all! The sugar, the calories ( not that i am a calorie counter!) and the acid within your ‘healthy drink’ do not have the health benefits you are probably seeking! Did you know that by regularly eating fruits reduces the risk of diabetes by 2% but drinking it raises it by 8%?

So should you stop downing the smoothies?

I think like everything, its always best to have things in moderation, maybe have a smoothie two or three times a week rather than religiously having one a day, and when you do go to grab one, maybe look for something with a little more substance if you are considering having it for breakfast!

Ways in which you can improve your smoothies nutritional value is to add in vegetables!

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There are plenty of recipes online for Green Smoothies, and while i would still state that you should have things in moderation, there still is the opportunity to cut the sugar content! Why not swop that sugary banana for some avocado? Or get some iron into you with some spinach? And if your trying to cut the dairy, try it with some almond milk!

So are you a smoothie drinker? Whats your stance on having a smoothie instead of a regular meal?

And heres the fun bit……i don’t even like or eat the darn things! But its always good to know if i ever wanted to force myself to have one i would know what i was letting myself in for! 🙂