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!

A few of my favourite things…

Hello to all.

The sun is shining down upon us in ye olde Zurich today, summer is finally here!
Unfortunately its not just warm, its scorching hot, which is fine if you are on a beach or on holiday somewhere, its not really particularly nice for those bodding about getting on with their every day business.

I know, i know, one minute we all complain it is too cold and the next its too hot….well, i’m British and we like to talk about the weather!!!

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But anyways, todays blog isn’t about ‘Weather’, i’ve decided to share a few more recipes with ya’ll out there!
Ok, they may not be my favourite recipes but they are nice recipes, paleo and low carbalishious!
AND….the first is one of my OWN concoctions, a bit of a throw it in as you go along dish, so excuse the lack of exact measurements!

Paleo Pork, Apple and Cider Casserole

4 pork chops cut into cubes
2 Apples, cubed
3 carrots, sliced
1 onion thinly sliced
1 small Celeriac cut into batons
2 Sweet Potatoes cut into batons
1 Tin of Tomatoes
100mls of chicken Stock
Mixed Herbs
2 garlic cloves crushed
1 bottle of Bulmers Apple Cider.

Now here is the tricky part……shove it all in the slow cooker for 6 hours or so and done.
( minimum fuss food!)

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Paleo Chicken Curry

4 organic chicken breast
4 slices of bacon (nitrate free)
Medium pack of prawns
5 carrots (peeled and chopped)
1 head of cauliflower (chopped)
2 cups of cubed sweet potatoes.
1 med. sweet onion(sliced)
2-3 garlic gloves (minced)
2 tbsp of ginger (minced)
1 can coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp curry
1 tsp tumeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
Garnish with shredded unsweetened coconut.
Instructions
Fry bacon until crisp and dice.
In a separate frying pan, fry onions, garlic, and ginger in coconut oil untill onions are translucent, 5-8 mins on med-high. Add spices, stir, then add coconut milk and bring to a light boil for 2-5 m ins. Remove from heat and set aside.
Pre heat oven at 375
Cube chicken and place in an oven safe casserole dish, peel, add prawns to casserole dish. Add all vegetables and spread evenly. Pour sauce over everything, sprinkle bacon over everything and bake for 40-50 mins. Remove halfway to stir.

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(adapted from the recipes on http://cavemanstrong.com/2011/02/paleo-curry-chicken/ as i had no shrimp and had more guests to feed so doubled the chicken!)

Paleo Chilli – Kiddy Approved!

1 zucchini
handful of carrots
1 acorn squash
1 onion
1 clove garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
1 mason jar homemade chicken stock or beef stock
2 lbs ground beef
salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, chili powder

Warm up the squash and carrots any which way you like. If you are not opposed to microwaving, it will take a fraction of the time you spend doing it otherwise. Scoop the squash out of the skin. Dice all vegetables into bite sized pieces and toss them into a hot pan with some bacon grease or butter or coconut oil.

Add the canned tomatoes, and cook everything for a few more minutes. Now add everything to a food processor or blender, and process everything until it’s a thick veggie sauce/soup.

Brown the ground beef thoroughly and season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Add all ingredients into a slow cooker, pour in the chicken or beef stock, and season as you like. Not all kids are into cumin, so you could leave that out. You’ll know your kids best. As I said before, none of the kids were aware of all the great stuff in this chili (although I did tell my own kids later and they thought that was awesome!).

You’ll want to cook your chili in the slow cooker on LOW for about 3 to 5 hours.

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(With Thanks to http://fastpaleo.com/kid-friendly-and-approved-chili/ and the kids really did enjoy this!)

Let me know what you think of the recipes if you get to try them out yourself!

What a Boob!

I’m sorry if today’s posting only appeals to some of you, but I’m sure there are many ladies out there who share my frustration here! 🙂

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No, I’m not talking about the burn your bra type feminism! I’m talking about what a change to a healthier diet and more exercise does to a woman’s figure!

It was only a few months ago I went out and bought myself a whole new set of bras. I hadn’t really considered the inevitable shape change that occurs with a healthy lifestyle change.

I was so busy concerned with trimming down my legs, removing the ‘love handles’ and flattening my belly that I had forgotten the toll exercise takes on the upper half of the body!

That’s right! I’m talking Boobs! ( now I’m sure I have the attention of a few male readers!).

I’m sorry to say that as much I’m enjoying having a healthier figure, diet and exercise really does nothing for that particular part of a women’s figure!

In fact it always seems to be the first place that the weight falls off!

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So with a heavy heart and with great sorrow I’m saying good bye to my old bras and hello to as many ‘padded’ ones I can find! 🙂

Gotta work it out

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Have you guessed what the picture is for yet..!?!?

Yes, i attempted the plank today. I finally decided to try and add in some exercise to my day!

I’ve been saying since the beginning that i knew this time would come, if your going to do a lifestyle change and adapt your diet in the hope of being a ‘healthier you’, you really do need to find a way to incorporate the exercise too!

Now, i’m pretty pants with exercise, once upon a time, many moons ago i was very sporty and very fit, i threw myself into most sporty activities! But since ‘growing up’ and leaving school i have to admit i’m pretty unfit!

I can’t run particularly far without loosing my breath, the thought of doing a press up brings tears to my eyes ( i even struggle with my knees down!) and the gym, as mentioned before, seems to be full of miserable over worked sweaty people!

I decided it was about time to ditch the excuses and do something.

So having got my little madam to bed i switched on you tube!

There are so many videos available on there, for so many different levels of fitness. Although i do think that some ‘beginner’ videos probably need to have a lower level available for the ‘totally unfit & hopeless’. I felt like i was about to die.

Its difficult to know what you really should be doing and what would work best for what you are looking to achieve. My thoughts at the moment that some exercise is better than none!

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So how did my ‘planking’ go?

Well i only did it three times holding it for 15 seconds each go…it really isn’t as easy as it looks!
Maybe i could have done a little more but i had also done, what i thought was, a rather intense ‘beginners’ work out!

I have also decided to give pole dancing a try this week! I’m sure this will be a very interesting venture but i have many friends who have tried it themselves and have rated it highly. Although i have been given warnings about the amount of bruising and pain you go through in the first few weeks/months. So maybe the ‘plank’ training will come in handy for building up some core strength! But, i mean how hard can it be to work up to this?!?

I will keep you posted!

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Progress…..

Just a quicky post….thought i would upload a photo of before the change o diet and a photo of me now.

I still a little more work to go though on achieving a healthier me, as I’ve mentioned before it wouldn’t hurt to take up some form of exercise! 🙂

I guessed its useful, if I’m doing this blog, that people can understand the journey I’m going through.

I will get a better ‘now’ photo up later ( not got many ‘new’ me photos yet!), but i hope you can see the difference!

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