June 18th, 2012 § § permalink
Touch wood I’m still pregnant! Our scan is in two days (one more sleep when I wake up.. I’m typing in bed) and I’ve never been so keen to fast forward a couple of days of my life. In the mean time, I’m trying to do some damage control. When we conceived this time I was about 7kgs (15lb, over a stone) over my “normal” ideal day to day weight. Obviously this is due to nothing more than overeating but I like to put it down to the deep dark place I found myself in after each baby loss. Each time I would eat like crazy in secret and then after a couple of weeks and I was in a better place I’d start back at the gym again and try and work it off. Didn’t really work. Not to mention I’ve been too scared to do any serious gym work this pregnancy so that hasn’t helped.
I’ve started back at body pump and aiming for 2 classes a week, one yoga class and another weights session. I’m also trying for big walks or bike rides every day, as much for Reuben’s sanity as mine!
I know it’s a bad idea to lose weight during pregnancy and that’s not my aim – my aim here is to be healthy and maintain my muscle as long as I can too – it helps with an easier delivery and recovery and not to mention boosts your metabolism. I’d also like to not be eating any extra than I need to right now and now that I’ve got the exercising and walking back under control that’s what I’m struggling with. I’ve always always for as long as I can remember been a binge eater, always in secret and people used to not believe me when I said that because I was always relatively slim. Now… I think people would believe me a bit more
So I’ll be making regular posts - I’d like to say daily but going on my past blogging history that’s just already a lie – on my diet, I have all the nutritional knowledge I need to make the healthy decisions just lacking the motivation and surely I can get that from holding myself accountable.
On this subject, nothing helps me more to make good food decisions than a good nights sleep! I’m off to sleep now, goodnight xx
January 26th, 2012 § § permalink
This is a fab meal, pretty paleo (if you do dairy) or easily adaptable to be so. Add whatever meat or veges you have, toddlers pretty much all love it so it’s a great way of cramming concealed veges in and so flavourful for adults too. Super high protein. If you don’t do dairy swap the cream for coconut cream or milk, and the butter for coconut oil.
This meal may or may not have come from Reuben dropping an entire carton of eggs on the floor and every single one of them cracking
I want to say thanks to Waitrose for making these awesome lamb sausages, I have a mega hard time finding decent sausages in this country (no offence but I hate pork sausages) and found these at the deli counter, only 1.50 for 5! Score. Cheap meal. Well… 7 free range eggs aren’t the worlds cheapest but still.
7 lightly beaten/mixed eggs
1/2C cream (or milk, coconut cream, whatever)
5 lamb sausages – thanks waitrose
Capsicum or Red Pepper sliced finely
If you have an oven proof skillet/frypan now is the time to use it. Other wise you will have to bake your fritatta in a cake pan like me which makes more evil dishes!
Fry off chopped onion, garlic, carrot and sausages in a knob of butter. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. Put into your oven safe dish and bake at 200C for about 20 minutes until the edges are puffed and golden.
ENJOY .. with some healthy spinach leaves x
January 24th, 2012 § § permalink
I try and eat paleo all the time (that’s another post in itself), and it makes me so sad because I love cake. So much. Until now everything I’ve tried to bake that loosely conforms to the “rules” of paleo has tasted either like a bit of a brick or a combination of wallpaper and baking soda. So pretty much I used to just give up and make evil refined sugar cake.
This cake is AMAZING. So satisfying thanks to the dense almond flour, the coconut gives it a real good crumb, the perfect amount of sweetness (once you eat low carb for a while then you will start to find regular baked goods way too sweet) and best of all made with completely natural ingredients with no refined carbohydrates or nasty vegetable fats. And so easy! One bowl – well two really because you have to melt the butter in something but just whack everything in and mix. You don’t even have to worry about over or under mixing. I actually prefer this to my all time favourite, white sugar and white flour packed banana cake recipe. CRA-ZY.
I’ve adapted this recipe from Paleo Gourmet
3 cups almond flour
1/2 cup desicatted coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp raw honey *this amount is up to you. 2 tsp won’t be enough for some but I recommend starting with it and seeing how you go.
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
80g very dark chocolate chopped or chips (we use lindt 85% or 90%)
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4c raisins or sultanas (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees/180 celcius. Line a 8″ square tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Mix in the eggs, melted butter, honey, chocolate bits, raisins and vanilla. Add the almond flour, coconut, salt, and baking soda. Mix everything really well.
Bake for 20 to 35 minutes, until the cake is golden brown and springs back to the touch.
I’ve calculated the nutritional info as one cake makes 12 servings which are really very generous servings.
Each piece has 9g of protein, 25g of fat and only 7.5g of sugars. If you’re into calorie counting (you shouldn’t be) – 322 calories per serve. And those sugars are coming from fruit and a touch of natural honey, nothing else.
*Disclaimer – I know a lot of people will consider bananas to be not paleo and yes they are high on sugar/starch, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend eating a ton of them but they are a far better alternative than sugar or any sweetener ever in my books.
September 20th, 2011 § § permalink
So had to go to a funeral today for my hubs lovely Aunty. I had a headache before we even left, and after the 1.5 hour drive + crying my eyes out I was left with a thumping migraine which ended up in me throwing up outside a petrol station. Barely ate anything all day, some eggs, some nuts, a bit of chicken, that’s about it.
Won’t be having any more coffee for a long time, which is a shame because I love the taste but it has such a bad effect on me when I stop drinking it, which leads me to believe that it’s not great for me. I only ever get migraines when I don’t have coffee. I can avoid this by always drinking coffee of course……………….
No weight updates till tomorrow x
September 15th, 2011 § § permalink
Like the title says, stepped on the scales this morning and boom booooom! I fully know that most of it is water, but still, face bloat is gone so that’s all good. I need to get a weight graph on here with no numbers on as my weight is a life secret, even from hubby haha.
I’m loosely doing the Four Hour Body by Tim Ferris. Although I’m doing less carbs as he recommends beans with most meals and I know I just can’t do that and would prefer to eat more fat/protein. I’m doing cheat day 1x a week, Saturday, oh my life, I’m so looking forward to my mocha latte and chocolate croissant and grapes!! Hahah.