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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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!

OMG I’m back……

Well, hello there!

I’m so sorry i have been away from you all for so long, i have had the joys of school holidays, jetting over to the USA for my first ever visit, over to England to visit family and friends, then back to Switzerland to settle back into the school routine…….and now its nearly Christmas, where have the months gone?!

So here is the big question…..have i been keeping up the diet and lifestyle change?

Why yes i have! For once in my life i’m managing to stick to something!

My weight has now hit 64.9kg so i am pretty happy with that, its not bad going losing 15-20kg since May!

I still do my hula hooping every other day, i haven’t mastered any tricks, but the main thing is i enjoy it!

In other news i have hit the stage where i have been treating myself once a week to something ‘naughty’, usually when my husband and i go out for our ‘date nights’ but the last three weeks i decided to see what would happen if i ate ‘normally’ again.

By normally i mean, bread, pasta, the very odd cake if i was out for a coffee with friends etc. i didn’t want to return to my old diet, i just wanted to see its impact, if any.

And the result?! Well, it was horrific as far as i was concerned. I lost all energy, felt really lathargic, grumpy, i was suffering horrid headaches, feeling forgetful, dizzy and just all over the place.

Who knew diet would have such an impact on how i was feeling and so rapidly?

Trying this diet was always an experiment after being told that i was a likely sufferer of Adult ADHD and there being other ‘medical conditions’ within my family, i thought i should do something to see if i could improve how i felt and how to look after a healthier, happier me.

I was so pleased that once i began the diet i noticed a significant change in my behaviour, energy levels and general being. I felt that maybe a lot of my issues (tiredness and foggyness) were just down to my weight issues but it looks like what i eat obviously effects me more than just controlling my weight.

So its back to avoiding the pasta and bread and other gluten filled goodies.

Will i miss it? – Most probably
Will i totally stick to the diet now? – well, i may just treat myself every other week to a cake with my cup of coffee as my ‘treat’ but i wont be regularly testing out my reaction to ‘normal’ foods again in a hurry!

Has anyone else changed their diet and then tried their old diet and noticed the negative effects it seemingly has on their mind and body?!

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