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 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! 🙂

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!

June already?

How did we manage to be into June already?!

I’m sure this year has just whizzed by! I don’t think that its helped much that the Sun has only just decided to make an appearance, we are suffering the worst weather Switzerland has seen in 30 years. So its not particularly inspiring to get outside and MOVE!

Its been on my agenda since spring/summer arrived i would start to walk the 25 minutes to my daughters playgroup, i tend to go there 3 times a week at least and its seemed a good way to add in exercise to my day.

Sadly, as i have mentioned, we have been blighted with pretty standard English weather….grey, rain, windy and just plain yuck!

Yes, ok i could purchase some fine wet weather gear, call me unadventurous but i cant say the idea inspires me much!

On a more positive note i did try out pole dancing the other week!!!
After sharing the news with some friends i was going to attend a class i was greeted with a mixture of reactions as I’m sure some of you can relate too!
“Sounds great” to “what on earth do you want to train in that for”

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I tend to have a lot of international friends, so where as some understand that pole dancing can be a form of exercise nowadays and can be classed as a serious sport on par with gymnastics, others thought it was only something you learnt if you were considering a new line of work….

I recommend watching this link………..http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p2n3vRS9PyI …. ..i would like to point out this is OBVIOUSLY not me, and nor do i assume i will ever achieve this, i have never been the most flexible person!

I have also ordered my Hula Hoop ( borrowing one for the time being to get some practice in!), i was quite keen in adding this exercise into my daily routine, its fun and takes me back to my childhood. The one thing i forgot is, the last time i hula hooped was when i was rather small and i wasn’t just going to be able to pick it up and do my own ‘Slave to the Rhythm’ by Grace Jones rendition…. If you have no clue what i am talking about heres the link…. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vSa5EvWqB7g

It is amazing to think this woman is over 60… And can hula hoop 1000x better than i can. Practice makes perfect though i assume?

Why hula hooping though? Well, lets say i have read a number of times now that hula hooping for 5+ minutes in the morning and 5+ minutes can shave a couple of inches of your waist, and as thats the area i am trying to concentrate on at the moment i thought i should give it a spin! Hoho.

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