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Slimming World Friendly Lasagne

When Matt and I used to do Slimming World, one of our favourite meals was Slimming World friendly lasagne. While I am not eating pasta or dairy right now, Matt is, and he asked if I could make a lasagne for him. I had written up the recipe on my old blog, so I thought it would be a good chance to refresh it (and put some pictures with it! The last post had a picture of the cat in it… As you do).

We always used the parmesan as our Healthy Extra A (30g is your HEA), but other than that, I am pretty sure this is a syn free recipe (I only say “pretty sure” as it has been a while since I did Slimming World).

Slimming World Lasagne - Beyond the Sofa

Ingredients

  • 500g extra lean mince beef
  • 1 onion, diced (red or white – doesn’t matter)
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 4 grated carrots (squeeze the extra juice out)
  • 1 carton of passata (390g)
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 4 gloves of garlic, minced
  • Splash of Worcester sauce
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • Lasagne sheets
  • 500g tub of fat free cottage cheese
  • 3 or 4 tbsp fat free natural yogurt
  • 120g parmesan cheese (grated)

Lasagne Ingredients

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c, then get chopping/grating.
  2. In a large saucepan, fry off the mince beef (you don’t need to add any oil) and add the onions in (I love that smell!).
  3. Once browned, add in the veg. You can add whatever you like to get your superfree in, but I would suggest grating it so you don’t end up munching through whole pieces of carrot. Cook the veggies until they’ve softened a little.
  4. Add the passata and chopped tomatoes.  Mix well, and add any seasonings (paprika, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce). Taste for seasoning, and adjust to suit your tastes.
  5. Depending on how many layers you like, spoon some mixture into the lasagne dish, and layer the lasagne sheets.
  6. Add roughly half the pot of cottage cheese (sounds weird I know, but it works!), then layer up with the lasagne then mince again.
  7. When you’ve added the last layer of lasagne sheet, spread the rest of the cottage cheese over the top. Pad out the cottage cheese on top with a couple of dollops of yogurt, before sprinking the parmesan over.
  8. Pop the lasagne on the middle shelf in the oven, and about half an hour later, hey presto, there’s your lasagne!

This makes 4 very generous portions if you’re super hungry. For this one, I’ve actually cut it in half again so it’s a better sized portion. The leftover portions have now been popped into the freezer – instant ready meals!

Bon appetit!


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Non-Weigh In Wednesday 17 and My First 10 days

It’s ten days since I started my Whole 100! I’m stuck in that place where I feel like that hasn’t been very long at all, while also feeling like I have found my rhythm with it and like I have been eating this way for ages. As I am not weighing in, I thought I’d share some more non-scale victories (which are decidedly less sarcastic than last week).

Stronger nails

As I mentioned in my pre-Whole 100 post, my nails have been brittle, flaky and weak for what feels like absolutely ages. They were slow to grow and when they did, they wouldn’t last. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like super long nails, as I struggle to type, but I do like a little tip so that nail polish (on the rare occasion that I wear it) looks nice. Hurrah for stronger nails!

Yogi Tea - Bedtime

Getting up

I don’t know whether this is a Whole 100 thing or just a lighter mornings thing, but I am finding it much less difficult to get up in the morning. So much so that I have shrugged off my night owl preference and got in early to work both yesterday and today without having too much issues with flagging during the day. I’ve had a lot of work this week with one person down in the team, so I have been getting in to work for 7am. I have actually impressed myself. I don’t even think I represented a zombie when I’ve arrived – no one has recoiled, so I can only take that as a good thing! Importantly though, I have also managed to have a normal day until about 10:30pm. I don’t think it is something that I would want to get into the habit of long term, but it does feel good to be able to get up without having to feel like I am dragging an anchor behind me.

Whole 100 breakfast

Enjoying food and feeling hungry

Prior to starting this Whole 100, I cannot tell you the last time that I felt my tummy rumble. I am trying to remember where I found an article which I’ve read recently which was basically saying that we are designed to feel hunger and we shouldn’t avoid feeling like that. I’ve actually felt hungry! Who’d have thunk! I’ve also been really enjoying the meals that I made and froze. I don’t think there is anything that I have really felt “blurgh” about at all, which is great!

Well Fed Deli Tuna

Feeling fuller on smaller portions

This bit really is that simple – I feel that I am eating much less than I was and that I am taking longer to eat my food which is good. Obviously trying to race through crudités gives you immense jaw ache, so I have been taking my time.

Day 8 Lunch

Whole 100 generally

I have actually really enjoyed this all so far. I haven’t had my temper tantrums (yet) though I suspect they’ll arrive at some point. My concentration is a little better and I feel perkier. I don’t know if I feel thinner, but I am feeling much better in myself. I’m less windy, my stomach ache has gone and I haven’t had any since I started my Whole 100. I am not really craving much at the moment, but is phantom smells a thing? I swear I can smell things like freshly cooked doughnuts (mmm….) and other random smells in unsuspecting places. I have a feeling that I have this in my January Whole 30, but I don’t appear to have written it down in the blog.

Thinking back on my decision to go for a Whole 100 over another Whole 30, I feel like I have made the right decision. The fact that I am feeling pretty good, when ordinarily my temper has frayed and I have been a nightmare to live with for the first two weeks in a Whole 30 indicates to me that I still have stuff working its way out of my system (certainly if my skin is anything to go by, that is definitely the case).

The only thing that really hasn’t improved yet is a dandruffy scalp which makes me thing that it is more to do with my stress levels than my diet. It’s frustrating (not to mention sore) but I know it’ll go away over the next few weeks.

Anyway, that’s me for this week – I feel much more positive. All round chirpy!

 


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T minus 1 to my Whole 100

It’s Whole 100 Eve today! I’ve decided to take some time out to blog about where I am right now, with pictures and everything. In my January Whole 30, I made the mistake of forgetting to take any before pictures. This time, I’ve remembered!

Starting Point

This is my starting point. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I felt like an over-stuffed sausage, squeezing into these capri pants again. It’s a long time since I wore them last, and man can I feel the extra pounds in this! I am also cringing a little to post this, but I’m desperately trying to remind myself that this is my “before” photo. It’s going to get better from here.

Whole 100 Minus Day 1 Beyond the Sofa

Obviously it should go without saying – apologies for the awful hair and lack of make up. It’s Sunday – that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it! I’ve weighed myself, measured myself, and taken photographs. One thing? I am definitely hoping for a bit more of a tan in 100 days! I’m still undecided what I am going to do about weighing in over the course of the Whole 100. In my Whole 30 round up from January, the creators of Whole 30 think you should look at the achievements beyond the scale, but when you have such a large amount to lose, I think it is helpful, so I am going to do what works for me. I don’t want to be beholden to the scale like I used to feel when I did Slimming World, but I also don’t feel ready to go it solo.

Anyway, I think it’s fair to say that my weight loss seems to have ground to a halt lately. I’m bobbing around the same couple of pounds, and I find myself regularly overeating just because it’s there.

Energy and other stuff

I honestly feel like I live in a kind of “coffee cannot cure this kind of tired” way at the moment. I have quite defined peaks and troughs in my energy (don’t ask me for anything between 3:30pm and 5:00pm – it won’t get done). My procrastination levels are possibly reaching new highs too. This has been further compounded by some really awful sleep. Normally I’m a good sleeper, but lately, my sleep has been quite broken. I’ve been quite good at getting to bed on time, as I had promised myself that I would do, though my weekends need some work! The sleep itself though has been decidedly naff.

Let’s talk about skin, hair and nails. Now, I’m going to paint you a lovely picture with words. I think I’m turning into a crust. My skin is so awfully dry and flaky. My scalp is sore with painful dandruff. My nails are super thin and brittle. I’m truly gorgeous! I had a facial a couple of weeks ago in the hope of sorting my skin out, but even that didn’t really help.

About my Whole 100

When I wrote my post about doing a Whole 100 a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d be able to breeze through it with no real issues. How hard can it be? It’s only 3 lots of Whole 30 plus 10 days. I’ve done 3 Whole 30s already after all. Then, I suddenly start thinking that actually, 100 days is really long and that I don’t want to be a hermit. Then I remembered it is the Devon County Show in a couple of weeks, and I won’t be able to eat the wonderful cheeses, breads and other samples. Then I remembered that I am out with friends the following week. Then I remembered that I am actively choosing to do this, for good reasons, and that in the grand scheme, 100 days really isn’t very long and I will be able to eat out as normal but I’ll have to be that person. It’ll be fine.

I’m expecting the first couple of weeks to be a standard Whole 30 affair, with some grumpiness, some breakouts, some issues with tiredness and concentration. From around Day 30 onwards, I would anticipate either some food boredom or plate envy, and maybe a desire to binge eat. I suspect I’ll probably have a bit of a grump around then too, though that is wandering into uncharted territory at that point.

I’ll be blogging about it, but it won’t be as frequent as my January Whole 30, as, y’know, 100 days and all.

I have a “send off” of chicken fajitas and tiramisu, so I am going to head off and have my tea. Wish me luck!


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Venturing towards a Whole 100

I can’t remember exactly what it was that set me off down this line of thought, but I have thinking about my next Whole 30. I had intended to complete another Whole 30 in July this year, a half year check in since my January Whole 30. Despite my best of intentions to live an 80/20 life of food, it hasn’t worked. If I’m honest, I’m not sure it has ever worked for me.

When I am good, I’m really good. If I am not tempted by anything, it’s all super easy, but if I have the taste of something, that’s it – it’s a lost cause. While I can’t pinpoint the exact time that I started thinking about my next Whole 30, I am quite sure it was after I had eaten a lorry load of junk during (and after) a training session at work. It’s just so easy to slip back into eating garbage. Yes, my willpower could do with a bit more exercise, and maybe some would say that I don’t want it enough (it being losing weight). Maybe sometimes, that is true – with so much else going on, sometimes I forget that actually I do need to do something positive for my physical health. Perhaps it’s an addiction to sugar (most of my foods of choice tend to be sweet things). I don’t know, but I know I need to change.

First Ice Cream

The people behind Whole 30 also recognise that sometimes, 30 days isn’t enough:

“Generally speaking, if you have a long-standing medical issue, an autoimmune disease, or a history of tenacious cravings for food addictions, you’ll likely find 30 days isn’t enough to see the full potential of your results.”

I am lucky not to have any medical issues or autoimmune diseases, but my relationship with food is still, three Whole 30s later, poor at best. Have my Whole 30s been failings? No, not at all. I’ve learnt lots about myself during and after each one. I just don’t think I have done them for long enough. I could consider doing a Whole 45 (45 days), or 60 (60 days). I could, but I’m not. I’m considering a Whole 100.

I want to have a really good stab at it. I wrote a while ago about something that really gets my goat – the New Year’s “it only takes 21 days to form a habit” rubbish. For me, 21 days just isn’t long enough. Thirty days isn’t long enough. Perhaps 100 days will be enough for my brain and body to realise that there really is life without sugar all day every day, and that the life after that can be pretty good (if the 30 days are anything to go by).

I’ve tried to read about what sort of things to expect, and it seems that food boredom is top of the list. I’ll be rolling out my well used copies of Well Fed 2 and Nom Nom Paleo and working my way through some of the new-to-me recipes in there. I am also considering buying another paleo cookbook, but I haven’t decided which yet. In terms of when to start, I am going to postpone until after my Mum’s birthday, as we are planning to go out for food (probably Wagamama), so factoring in some time for batch cooking, I think I am looking at a start date of Monday 9th May, making the 100th day Wednesday 17th August.

As for blogging, I won’t be blogging every few days as I have done in my previous Whole 30s, but will do a round up once every 10 or so days. I am currently thinking what to do about my Weigh in Wednesdays, as the consensus is to stay away from the scales during a Whole 30.

Anyway, that is my current plan. I have Friday off to exercise my inner domestic goddess and get some batch cooking done, and help batten down the hatches.


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Easter weekend

Hurrah for long bank holiday weekends (and the two four day weeks!). Despite having a week off earlier in March, this long weekend has landed at the right time.

We didn’t have much in the way of plans for this weekend, though I had a list that I wanted to work through (half completed, so that’s something!). It has just been nice to have a little bit of downtime, though unfortunately work impeded on it a little bit – never mind!

Friday

Matt and I needed to head in to Exeter do run some errands and pick up a couple of things. It was an absolutely gorgeous day – the first real spring-like weather that I think we’ve had this year. Normally, when the weather is nice, rather than eat in a restaurant, we like to get something to eat outside and sit on Cathedral’s green. Lots of people had the same idea, and it was tough to find somewhere to park for a bit!

Exeter Cathedral

After we’d finished, it seemed a shame to head straight home and retreat indoors. Instead, we headed to Killerton for a wander around. We’ve been meaning to stop by and have a wander around since we renewed our National Trust membership in February, but hadn’t quite got to it.

Rather than head into the house, we walked around the gardens with our cameras. The flowers in the walled garden aren’t quite out yet, but there are a lot of other pretty things to look at. I was trying to get a picture of some pretty blue flowers (I’m not at all green fingered, and literally know about 5 different types of plants – the rest are referred to by colour), and then fell into a mole hole and rolled my ankle. Well done me. Not to be deterred, we took it a little slower but kept going and eventually came across the chapel, which isn’t too far from the parkrun start line.

Killerton Gardens

We used to visit Killerton a lot as a family when my sister and I were little, but I don’t remember ever going in to the chapel. It was wonderfully quiet (outside was reasonably noisy, owing to the egg hunt), and the sunlight shone through the stained glass window, making a beautiful pattern on the wall near the altar. It really was stunning.

Killerton Chapel

After admiring the light show for a bit, we wandered back to the car and headed home. I don’t know what it is about the fresh air, but when we got home, we crashed on the sofa. We’ve resolved to go back soon to go for a proper walk in one of the forests, around the old parkrun route, or one of the many other walks (and probably should do the house too!).

Saturday

True to the forecast, the weather turned really grim and grey (and wet!), so we’d tried to make sure that Saturday was a more of an indoor day. It started with a trip to our local butchers and greengrocers. The butcher very kindly de-boned and skinned the chicken thighs for me (I am complete pants at doing this myself) while Matt got the veggies sorted. This is probably a silly thing to say, but I am constantly surprised by how nice people are where we live now. We returned home and I set to work in the kitchen.

Easter batch cook

Many hours later, we have 14 dinners of:

I’ve not tried the pork meatloaf (looks strange, but smells amazing), Spanish chicken or the mustard lamb before (and obviously a Jamie Oliver “15 minutes” is a normal human’s “30 minutes”). I am pleased though – it was a long time on my feet, but totally worth it. Plus, we were treated to a pretty gorgeous sunset as I came to the end of my cooking.

Sunset

Sunday

My sister has come home for the Easter break, so I headed down to Mum and Dad’s for the day. My sister cooked an amazing curry (a Slimming World one I think), and we had a really relaxed afternoon, just catching up and putting the world to rights and making a fuss to this little loon.

Little Loon

Dad went out as he plays in a band and they were playing down a pub, and Matt stayed home to do some tidying up.

It was definitely a case of donning the flippers to get home. The amount of standing water on the roads was absolutely crazy, but I made it home safe and sound.

Monday

I headed back to my parents’ house today, while Matt sat in the queue on the M5, attempting to get to his parents’ house (the traffic was pretty awful from what I gather). Mum, Dad, my sister, gran and I had lunch at the local garden centre, before Mum and I toddled off so I could try and show her the type of flower that I would like in our garden (it’s a small, blue flower, and lives in a rockery type environment). We couldn’t find it. Pudding was courtesy of Orange Elephant. I am sure I said this on my old blog, but if you are ever in the area, head over to Orange Elephant at Lower Brenton near Kenn for the best ice cream you will ever have. The lambs have not long arrived too – what’s not to love – lambs and good ice cream!

Lambs

Anyway, the delayed Sunday blues have kicked in quite hard, and I’m aiming for an early(ish) night as I have a very long day ahead of me tomorrow.

What did you get up to this weekend?


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Killerton Secret Supper Club

A few weeks ago, Matt was having his usual scan through Twitter and saw that Killerton House hold a Secret Supper Club each month from March until December. I’m always up for a meal out, especially if it’s a little unique. Turns out that this Secret Supper Club is a proper hidden gem.

He made the call and booked us in for 2nd March. After a couple of long days at work, it was the perfect excuse to get away on time, dash home, feed the cats, reapply some make up, brush my hair and head out again.

I haven’t been to Killerton House itself for years, possibly even decades. As a family, when my sister and I were much younger, Killerton was a regular Sunday outing for us but as we got older, the membership lapsed and we stopped going.  It wasn’t until parkrun many years later, that I went back, and even then it was only through the stable block.

Killerton Stable Block

We drove down to the stable block car park and got out, hoping to see signs pointing us in the right direction. Nope. There were none. We wondered if we got the dates wrong, as there wasn’t anyone else around either. Not prepared to admit defeat, we hopped back in the car and drove to the main gate where Matt has dropped me for parkrun before. This looked a little more promising!

We parked and walked down to the house. The smell coming from the kitchen was amazing, though we still weren’t entirely sure where we were going, but knew to follow our noses. Always trust your nose! We walked around the back of the building and found the restaurant, and were warmly welcomed.

Killerton Supper Club March 2016 Menu

How cute is the menu! It’s in a copy of Ben Schott’s Food and Drink Miscellany, which was also quite interesting. We decided on two courses rather than the full three (good move!), and as I have a sweet tooth, I opted for mains and dessert, while Matt went for a starter and main. We ordered drinks and our food, and were given some hors d’oeuvres – creamed goats cheese on puff pastry topped with a baby tomato.

Killerton Supper Club March hors d'oeuvres

I am a real sucker for goats cheese. I think I had my first taste of goats cheese at the Devon County Show years ago, and it’s a taste that has stuck. Anyway, it was a nice mini starter for me, and a warm up for Matt, who had ordered the venison terrine.

Killerton Supper Club March Venison Terrine

I had a bite, and knew I had made the right decision with pudding. The terrine was nice, but I personally find venison a bit too strong to have in the generous quantity that it came in. Matt enjoyed it though.

We didn’t have to wait long for our mains. I had the duck breast with confit leg croquette, broccoli and a cherry jus.  Matt had the pork tenderloin

Duck breast

I think I died and went to heaven. This was without doubt the best duck I have ever had. It was really succulent, not at all fatty. The whole thing was delicious. I’m always a bit cautious about fruit on a main course, but the addition of cherry was really lovely. Matt agreed, which is almost unheard of, as he is not a duck fan at all. Likewise, his pork tenderloin was beautifully cooked.

Before pudding came out, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be able to match the duck. Normally, I will pick the fruit dessert over the chocolate offering, but for a real change I went for the stem ginger and treacle tart. I think it was the clotted cream and ginger combination that appealed.

Killerton Supper Club March 2016 Treacle and Stem Ginger Tart

Yes, it matched the duck in terms of taste. You definitely could not have a lot of it, as it was really rich, but it was the perfect end to the meal. Except it wasn’t the end! We then had petit fours which were chocolatey and amazing (and snaffled before I took a picture).

The service was great too – we had a really attentive waitress who chatted away and was super-friendly without being that awful “is your food okay?” kinda person. It’s a pet peeve of mine when you’re usually mid-mouthful and the waiter comes over and asks with all the enthusiasm of a wet sponge whether your meal is okay. I know they have to, but it really bugs me. None of that here though, which was like the cherry on top of a lovely experience.

We’ve already booked back in for next month! At least we’ll know where we’re going this time.

Are you a starter or a dessert kind of person?


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Wrapping up my third Whole 30

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Well that’s it. I finished my third round of Whole 30 on Tuesday.  It’s been quite different from my previous experiences, and I think I made some good decisions after learning the hard way in my previous two rounds.

What did I want to get out of Round 3, and did I achieve it?

I really wanted to give this Whole 30 my all. As I mentioned in my first post about this round, I wanted to curb some of the bad habits that had snuck in since we moved house at the end of summer last year. While Matt and I had already done a lot of cleaning up of our diet, we were beginning to get lazy and buying ping meals.

The thing is, with a Whole 30, you just can’t do that. It won’t work. I had to get back to cooking, and actually I’ve really enjoyed it. I don’t really know why I hadn’t started cooking again sooner. I can only put it down to the nightmare that was my old oven, which had a mind (and temperature gauge) all of its own. Hurrah for my new oven!

My main aim was to kick start my weight loss this year. Melissa Hartwig recently posted on the Whole 30 blog that the scale shouldn’t be the only measure of success on a Whole 30, and that you shouldn’t rush to find out that number, lest it take away from the other good stuff (the many, many other non-scale victories). To a point, I completely agree. I have definitely achieved more than just succeeding with a weight loss (clothes fitting better, slightly better skin, healing of my scalp which had been really sore before Whole 30, less windy, less PMT – for the most part!). But at the same time, when you have more than 100lbs to lose, finding out that number is such a good step in the right direction, which I find really motivating. It’ll come as no surprise then that I achieved a weight loss. While my loss wasn’t as staggering as Matt’s whopping 25lb loss, mine was a 15lb loss, which I am happy with.

Generally speaking, how did it go?

I think this has been my easiest Whole 30 in some ways. Despite struggling at a few points, I really do feel ten times better than I did when I started. I’d made some decisions, such as not eating Nakd bars (which I really do love – rhubarb and custard all day, every day!), and not using My Fitness Pal to check my calorie intake. These were good decisions. I haven’t binged once in the last 32 days, and more importantly, I don’t have the craving to right now. I think that I have been able to control that by not eating foods (healthy or otherwise) that I need to develop a better psychological relationship with. Also, by not using My Fitness Pal (or any other tracker), I really tuned in to whether I felt hungry, and found myself not just eating because “it’s lunch/tea time”. I kept on top of my water intake quite well, which I definitely think helped.

I think the hardest point for me in this round came at Days 16 to 18, when the moodiness, grumpiness and issues with concentration hit. I seemed to be a few days behind the Whole 30 timeline anyway, but where they reckon most people give up at Day 11, it could have been Day 17 or 18 for me. I think the hardest part for Matt to put up with was Day 8 or 9, where I did seem to have a real PMS style moodswing akin to a gremlin who had been fed after midnight.

The best part? By far, for the last week and a bit, I’ve felt really good. My energy is nice and consistent, and things just don’t feel so difficult and hard to start. I definitely think I have procrastinated less, and I think my ability to handle stress and recover from any incident has been easier. All that being said, I think I am fighting off a bit of a cold at the moment. I know it was too good to last after having been lurgy free for a significant amount of time, while those around me have coughed and snotted their way through December and January.

It’s also been nice as people have commented that I look like I have lost weight, which has been great to hear. It’s all very well losing weight and knowing that the number of the scales is going down, but having people notice is definitely motivating for me.

One thing I really wish I had done at the start of this Whole 30 was take a “before” photo to be able to compare it to a “now” photo. I didn’t take my measurements either. I’ll definitely make sure that I take a before and after photo at my next Whole 30. It’s not the end of the world though, as I know my clothes are beginning to either fit better, or have too much room in them and I’ll need to move down to the next dress size (specifically my work trousers and my jeans).

What’s next?

I’ve been giving this some real thought. In my previous two Whole 30s, I have found the post-Day 30 really difficult. I have literally gone from eating a full blown paleo way, to going back to old habits very quickly. I want to do it differently this time. So what I have decided is that I’ll keep eating paleo for the majority of the time. It’s working for me right now, and as the saying goes “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it”. However, from my previous weight loss attempts, I know that as soon as I deny myself [insert any food], then that thought becomes all consuming, and I give in, and I give in big style. I don’t want that. What I have decided is that I will have a non-paleo meal (and pudding) each week, and that meal can be whatever I want, but should (ideally) be made from scratch. If I want the amazing Hairy Biker’s super indulgent cauliflower cheese, then that is what I will have. If I fancy something from one of my paleo recipe books, then I’ll have that. I’ll also be having proper tea at the weekends. It also means that I won’t be that one awkward person who can’t or won’t eat out at certain places. I enjoy food. I don’t want to stop that, but I do want to put a framework in place where I can exercise more discipline to achieve my weight loss goals.

In July, I will also be having another clean up in the form of a Whole 30. July is a pretty quite month for me usually, and hopefully we’ll be able to have a few BBQs for a bit of variety!

My first non-paleo meal? It’ll be tomorrow, and it will be pizza as I’m out with friends. I’ll stop when I’m full, and drink plenty.


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Whole 30 Days 28 to 30: Round 3 complete!

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Happy Day 30 to me! I am going to get my thoughts down on how all of my Whole 30 went during round 3, but for now, I’ll carry on with my previous format.

Day 28

Breakfast: Fruit and almonds

Lunch: Beef stew with carrot and swede mash

Tea: Chicken korma with cauliflower rice

How I’m feeling: I have to admit I feel pretty sad today. It isn’t food related, but I was shocked to hear about the passing of Terry Wogan. As a self-confessed, and perhaps premature Radio 2 listener (a TOG if you will), Terry Wogan, Deadly Alancoat (Alan Dedicoat), Lynn Bowles and Boggy Marsh accompanied me on all of my commutes to work when I lived in Chesterfield. There were a lot of times that I had to stay in the car just to hear the end of whatever they were talking about, often belly laughing about snorkers or a poem. Incensed when Chris Evans joined, I reconverted back to Radio 1 with Chris Moyles, but it wasn’t the same (I don’t dislike that many people, but I really don’t like Chris Evans). Instead, Terry then accompanied Matt and I when we went on Sunday morning journeys. It was fitting then, as I was at Mum’s for lunch, that we ate and listened to her CD of Janet and John stories (please check them out if you haven’t heard of them before, they’re pure genius).

Anyway, back in Whole 30 land, Mum very kindly cooked a beef stew and served it with swede and carrot mash, which made it completely Whole 30 compliant. It was really tasty too. I had a lovely afternoon catching up and putting the world to rights with Mum, and providing a warm lap to this nutter…

Harley

He’s so gorgeous. It’s been another good day, plenty of energy despite the late night last night. I definitely feel that I’m riding the crest of the wave.

Day 29

Breakfast: Fruit and almonds

Lunch: Salad with a couple of slices of beef

Tea: Pulled pork with sweet potato

How I’m feeling: I am pleased about the return of sweet potatoes! It has been quite a long time for us to have gone sweet potato free. It was another late night, and all things considered, I don’t feel bad at all. I’ve had a really productive day at work, which continued in to the evening. I had some stuff to do when we got home, then had tea, and then made up a meatloaf and prepared a stew which will be cooked tomorrow. It does mean that we’re eating meatloaf for the next few meals, but I don’t mind that too much. I also prepared breakfast. I can’t believe it’s Day 29 already!

Day 30

Breakfast: Eggs with pancetta and tomatoes

Lunch: Meatloaf

Tea: Meatloaf with carrot noddles and cauliflower rice

How I’m feeling: I am feeling excellent. I had a long team meeting this morning, and I felt that I was alert and able to contribute without any mental fug or distractions about feeling hungry. I have kept back up on my fluid intake again, though I have noticed I’ve started to get a sore throat. I am hoping it’s nothing and I’ll be able to fight it off quickly if it does develop in to anything. Matt weighed himself this morning, and he reckons that he has lost a whopping 25lbs! That is really fantastic, and I couldn’t be more pleased for him! He’s ready to go down the next jeans size too, so he’s pretty chuffed with it all.

I really can’t believe how quickly these 30 days have gone and how different this Whole 30 has been compared to my previous two efforts. As I said, I will be doing a full recap of all the 30 days over the next couple of day, but if you want to catch up with my previous days, they’re all here:


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Whole 30 Days 25 to 27: Maced by Cayenne Pepper

After 24 days of eating sweet potato every day, we’ve actually gone sweet potato-less for the last few days. Matt was getting a bit fed up of it. On the other hand, I can eat sweet potatoes until they come out of my ears.

Day 25

Breakfast: Egg with pancetta and cherry tomatoes

Lunch: Pina Colada chicken

Tea: Pulled pork with carrot noodles

How I’m feeling: I’ve had a random headache most of the day. I don’t think I’ve been as good as I have been with drinking my water today. I’ve easily been finishing my litre bottle at work, with a refill and a couple of cups of (fruit/herbal) tea. I haven’t even managed three quarters of my bottle today. I’ve also done a lot of computer work which probably hasn’t helped. Lesson learnt! Food wise, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for lunch. Luckily I found the last Pina Colada chicken in the freezer. Matt had a “mystery” curry (I couldn’t even remember when I made it, so I suspect it came with us in the house move). Aside from this stupid headache, I’m still feeling good, everything is settled and I just feel a bit more alive and “with it”.

Day 26

Breakfast: Didn’t have any

Lunch: Leftover pulled pork with carrot noodles

Tea: Spiced chicken with veggie couscous

How I’m feeling: I hadn’t prepared anything for breakfast, but I wasn’t actually too hungry and survived until lunchtime. I definitely seem to be coping better with going without for longer. Right now though, I’m feeling recovered! I may have got a bit sprinkle happy with the Cayenne pepper over the chicken and forgot quite how spicy it can be. I cooked it on the skillet, and literally maced both of us. Runny noses, runny eyes, coughing fits, and having to breathe through my jumper. Cooking was quite the ordeal today. Also, my mascara is definitely not waterproof. Even the cats retreated upstairs. Once my eyes and nose had stopped streaming and I’d stopped coughing, the chicken tasted pretty good – just the right amount of kick to it.  Matt and I were talking about how we’ve found this round of Whole 30, and he said he thinks his portion control is  a lot better. I actually thought it was similar to our pre-Whole 30 portion sizes, but I guess they may have got a little smaller.

Day 27

Breakfast: nearly a Whole 30 disaster

Lunch: Salad with chicken and balsamic vinegar

Tea: Chicken korma with carrot noodles

How I’m feeling: It’s been quite a busy one today! First up, it was a mass hair cutting day for Matt and I. Matt was beginning to get lost under his mop, and I was shutting my hair in the car door when I was getting in as it was too long. We were running a bit late, so I thought I’d have the Nudie coconut chips that I bought from Muscle Food. I grabbed them without looking at the ingredients list. Big oops. I started chewing on a couple while I looked at the back, and ended up spitting them out. No way that I was restarting my Whole 30 at Day 27! Anyway, on the way back from the hairdressers, we stopped at Darts Farm. My parents-in-law and grandparent-in-law were coming over to see the house for the first time since we moved in. Normally, we would have all gone out for lunch, but Matt had explained that as I was on a strict Whole 30, he doubted we would find anywhere compliant. I was having a bit of a panic what to feed people – it’s lunch, so you don’t want to go too heavy, but a salad seems un-wintery. Despite that, we ended up buying salad stuff with some quiche. As usual when I go to Darts Farm, I came out with more than I’d originally intended to buy.

This stuff is absolutely gorgeous. I’m not normally a fan of instant coffee at all, but this is lovely. What’s even better – Little’s Coffee is just down the road from us. Will and Caroline from Little’s were at Darts Farm, explaining about their products. Unfortunately we were in a bit of a rush to get home in time, so after a very brief chat and Caroline’s recommendation, I picked up the vanilla infused coffee. At home, mad last minute hoovering ensued, and then everyone arrived. Mother- and father-in-law brought us some beautiful flowers, while Nan very kindly bought a veggie and fruit box for us. I made a start on lunch while Matt did the grand tour. Matt worked the sales pitch on the Whole 30 to Nan, and showed her Nom Nom Paleo. She would now like a copy, so I ordered one to be sent to her. Lunch went down well (phew!) and we had a good catch up. They left at about 3pm. For tea, I cooked the korma from a paste packet I found at Darts Farm, and we settled in to watch Straight Outta Compton for the night.

Flowers

Anyway, I’m feeling good. I’ve had good energy, I’m sleeping well, my skin is clearing up nicely and my jeans are too big.

A lot of people will have finished their Whole 30 on Saturday, so congratulations to those who have made it through – hope the reintroduction phase goes well! I finish on Tuesday.

My other Whole 30 Round 3 posts are here:

 


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Whole 30 Days 22 to 24: Up, up and away

Since my last post, my Whole 30 goodness has really started to come in to its own (at last!). A couple of irritating breakouts aside, the summary is – I’m feeling great! For me, ignoring the grumps and grottiness from earlier in my Whole 30, this is what it’s all about.

Day 22

Breakfast: Didn’t have any

Lunch: Prawn stir fry

Tea: Chicken in tomato sauce with sweet potato

How I’m feeling: I feel really good! I had the day off today by myself as I was owed holiday from last year. I had quite a relaxed start, made a cup of tea but didn’t really feel like having any breakfast. Despite being technically on holiday, I had some work that I needed to do so cracked on with that, interspersed with doing the washing. By lunchtime I was quite hungry so I made prawn stir fry which was really lovely. It did use the last of my cashew butter though (sad times). I definitely want to cook something with chillies in it soon as I am missing some heat in my food.

Prawn Stir Fry

As I came towards the end of my work and the laundry pile, I remembered that Matt said he needed some chopped tomatoes and passata for the sauce for tea, so I decided to go out for a walk. Instead of heading straight to Tesco, I went the long way, before deciding the go past Tesco and walk to the bottom of town to Aldi. I bloody love Aldi. I’d not really shopped there before December but I’m a convert. I don’t think you can taste the difference either!

Leat Walk

I got home and set about doing some washing up, clearing the surfaces down and also sorting out the cat litter (the joys!). All in all, it’s been a good day. I’ve had plenty of energy (so I haven’t spent the whole day sat on my bum as I probably would have done two weeks ago) and I’ve been quite productive. When Matt came home, we had tea and settled in to watch Legend.

Day 23

Breakfast: Two poached eggs and some thick cut ham

Lunch: Chicken in tomato sauce with veggie couscous

Tea: Steak with sweet potatoes, onion and carrot noodles

How I’m feeling: My lack of planning is getting the better of my breakfast. I ended up eating from the canteen this morning. It’s been another pretty good day. I’ve had a good level of energy, my skin is beginning to clear a bit after a breakout last week and I’m doing well on the concentration front. I’ve also had more ideas for blog posts than I have had for ages, which I think is a combination of Whole 30 concentration and focus courtesy of my new Life Planner from Lollipop Designs x Blogtacular which is all kinds of awesome. I’ve spent a lot of the evening filling the diary up with my life and whatnot. I am not a great blogger in that I don’t plan posts very much. I think this is why I end up going AWOL for a bit, as I struggle to think of things to blog about if I leave it too long. I’m going to give the planning thing a go, based on what I already know is going on in my life. I feel like I am winning.

Day 24

Breakfast: Pistachio nuts

Lunch: Marks and Spencer’s egg and new potato salad

Tea: Piri piri steak hache with onion and sweet potatoes

How I’m feeling: I was unprepared for breakfast or lunch today.  Big oops.  A combination of lack of sleep, unpreparedness for breakfast and lunch and a couple of dull meetings has been no fun. I don’t even know why I was so late to bed which makes it more annoying. Despite being tired, I don’t actually feel too bad (just not as good as I have done for the last couple of days). Early to bed for me tonight! On the plus side for food preparation, my HUGE Muscle Food delivery arrived today. It was almost too heavy to carry, and I could feel the bottom of the box bulging as I was carrying it, so the first thing I did when I got back to my desk was re-tape the seams.

Muscle Food

I have some batch cooking to get on with – first up is pulled pork as we haven’t had that in absolutely ages. We’ll also be having Cincinnati chilli and meatloaf (all made Whole 30 if they’re not originally paleo). I’m not entirely sure what I am going to do with the chicken. Quite possibly I think Fiona’s green chicken might feature, and I might attempt a curry. I’m not sure what sort of curry yet though.

So, after what has felt like a really slow start to my Whole 30 round 3, I’m onto a winner now.

Fancy catching up with the rest of my Whole 30 so far? Here you go: