So Annie wasnt around to do dinner today so James and i had to settle our own food. We grilled some beef-medium rare-rubbed with mustard, black pepper, olive oil and salt and topped it with baked sweet potatoes, yam and carrots served with crunchy kale! #HomeCookedFood #NotBadForFirstTimers #SUCCESS #sogood #paleodiet
Cooked Apples with Dark Chocolate Buttons.
Ive never cooked apples before so I decided to give it a try today. I didnt know which ones were better for cooking- red or green apples- so I used one of each.
These are what I needed:
2 apples- sliced
A dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
Dark Chocolate Buttons (optional)
Basically, what I did was just to melt the butter in a pan and throw in the apples, adding a few dashes of nutmeg and cinnamon and then covering the pan to allow the apples to sizzle and cook! 10mins was all it took.
The Dark Chocolate Buttons were really unnecessary but I was craving for some so I topped the apples up with a few buttons. Yum!
The apples were soft and yummy. I was too engrossed in eating them I forgot to decide which apples tasted better when cooked- red or green. Lol.
Another thing I wanted to share was the fact that BUTTER IS BETTER than margarine. So throw that margarine in the bin and stick to butter.
These rules are based on what I know so far. I might get some of my facts wrong (sorry im no doctor, neither am I perfect) so do correct me if there are some points that need to be corrected.
1. Avoid wheat and grains- absolutely no bread, buns, cereal, biscuits, any form of pastry, rice, noodle, pasta and other food long those lines.
2. Avoid dairy products- no milk, yoghurt, ice cream. This has to be the hardest part cuz I love yoghurt and milk but if there’s a will, there’s a way!
3. Eat grass-fed meat- i love my chicken and beef. So there’s absolutely no problem there.
4. Eat lots of eggs- I love my eggs cooked in any way. Poached. Scrambled. Boiled- hard or soft. Yum.
5. Eat lots and lots of veggies- im a fan of my greens and they’re a must for dinner! Just toss some carrots, cabbages, spinach, beetroot, whatever I can find in the fridge in a bowl and wala!
6. Get Carbo from other sources- mainly from yams and sweet potatoes. Im trying to source out more sources at this moment. Lol! Sourcing for sources.
They say avoid eating potatoes, though (need to find out why!)
7. Eat fresh fruits in moderation- in moderation and not so much cuz there’s lots of sugar. But rich in vitamins and I love fruits of any types so this is easy for me. I’ve been trying to snack on fruits too and have a fruit for my post-workout food.
8. Eat only when im hungry. Lol. This is easier said than done, fo sho!
9. Use coconut/almond/olive oil instead of the usual vegetable oil when cooking. Ghee and butter are fine. Margarine is not.
10. Drink enough water. I need to break the habit of not drinking enough!
So recently, I’ve decided to give this Paleo Diet a try. Its my 3rd day today and so far, its been looking good!
I was actually inspired to give Paleo a go when I was watching a video by Gary Taubes on Why We Get Fat and later on another one about the Food Revolution by Dr Andreas Eenfeldt (www.dietdoctor.com). It’s really interesting to hear that all the things that we have been taught since young were downright wrong. For eg. The Food Pyramid which encourages us to eat grains, wheat and lots of carbo. Carbo actually encourages the release of insulin in our body which is what makes us fat. I wont go into the nitty gritty details on how it makes us fat but what’s important is the number of researches that have been carried out to show that carbs are bad!
So, im pretty new to this whole idea about eating “real food”. Also, I am a big fan of breads, buns and pastry, so it was quite a feat to avoid them on this diet but so far, 3 days down without them, I feel okay. Not like im craving for them or anything. (Avoiding visiting the shops definitely reduces the temptation of buying them!)
So, apart from doing my regular exercises of rowing in the morning and gym or erging in the evening, ive been trying to do some running in the afternoons, bit that was only on Monday when I added an extra 30mins run. didnt do anything extra yesterday. And so far, since Monday, I have lost like 1kg. But we’ll see how it goes in the long run. Im looking at going Paleo for another 6 weeks or so. Who knows I might stick to it for the rest of my life? Or even avoid it altogether in the future.
Since im in it, might as well go all the way! I heard Lightweight Women Single Scull 2000m world record holder on the erg, Ursula Grobler, is a Paleo person too. Lots of other athletes too. Will share with u stories and updates on my Paleo journey as I go along in this.
I actually sat through an hour long video on Low Carb High Fat/Paleo. Since yesterday, Monday, 21 Oct 2013, im officially on a LCHF diet. I’ll update u on my journey towards getting lighter and leaner without losing my power, strength and endurance. Im new in this so bear with me if I have gotten the facts wrong or mixed up. Giving up bread is a huge thing in my life, its only been 2 days and im already having the pangs to grab a butter bun and stuff it in my mouth but I need to see if this LCHF thing really works!