#Selfies! and Summer Vege Frittatas

Kia ora koutou!

It’s been a while since my last blog post. This is my first of the year, in fact! So to sum up my weight loss journey since Christmas here is a very quick recap in a handful of words and emojis:

Christmas! Woo!! 🍰🍫🍷🍷🍷

New Years! Woo!! 🍷🍷🍷🍦

Put on 3kgs 😯😐😢

Stressful summer job – lose additional 3kgs! 😀😁😂

Plateau. 😐😑😕

Back to work. Hello routine! 🙋

Drop another 2kgs. 😀😆😊

Total weight loss to date: 12kgs 👍

 

There we go. Now you’re all updated. You’re welcome. I know you’ve been stressing about it, pulling your hair out and screaming “WHEN will Jordan update me on her fat ass?! WHEN!? For the love of God,  WHEN!?” Well now I have, so calm down.  Jeez.

Part 1: The pros and cons of our selfie obsessed generation…

Being a high school teacher I see a lot of selfies being taken.  Like, a lot. It really annoys me right down to my core. I can’t imagine how you can fully live your life when you spend half of it looking at yourself through a screen. In saying that, I must admit I am a Snapchat addict myself and have been guilty of taking the odd filtered selfie or two.

Howevery,  I’ve recently been contemplating the power (both negative and positive) of photographs. I’m the kind of girl that looks at a photo of myself and can immediately list the top five things I hate about my appearance in said photo. A bad photo can have my self-esteem plummeting. That bitchy little voice inside my head starts getting all up in my business with self-hate comments such as “Ew, this is how the rest of the world sees you! Lucky you’ve got a brain in your head and a half decent sense of humor because, girl, look at those chins!”.

In  fact, it was this photo that was a trigger in me starting this weight loss journey in the first place:

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I really, really hated this photo. Which is ridiculous because it was taken on a hens weekend where I had the most amazing time. I was surrounded by good friends, drank far too much wine and even went out on the town and felt rather sexy (probably due to aforementioned wine).

But now, I LOVE looking at this photo! I keep a copy of it on my phone so when I’m feeling down about myself I can look at it and tell that bitchy voice inside my head “Look! Look at how well I’ve done!”

And then she’ll say “Yes, yes you have!” #selflove

 

Part 2: Recipe for Summer Vegetable Frittatas (Makes 8)

School is back in full swing which means food prep is a must!

Tonight I made these gorgeous little vegetable frittatas which are gluten free, sugar free, carb free and almost* paleo.

*cheese isn’t strictly paleo – but I put cheese in everything, so…

Ingredients:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 courgette, grated
  • 1 cup of chopped cherry tomatoe
  • Handful of silverbeet, finely chopped
  • 1/2 a capsicum, finely chopped
  • 100g of ham or bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 cup of grated cheese
  • 1 tbs of chilli flakes or powder
  • Salt and pepper

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Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170°C.
  2. Whisk eggs with a fork and add chilli, salt and pepper.
  3. Add veges and your chosen meat.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Spoon into a greased muffin tray (I use a silicone one, which doesn’t require greasing!)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Let stand for five minutes before removing from muffin tray.
  8. Enjoy straight away or freeze for later!

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As always, thanks for reading and please feel free to leave a comment – especially if you try out my recipe! I love seeing people put their own spin onto them!

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Ka kite ano! xxx

 

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Reaching Goals and How I Joined a FitBit Cult

Part I: #Goals

Kia ora whanau!

I am one happy lady at the moment. After sitting on a plateau that felt like it lasted a lifetime (was more like 30 days) I have finally reached my first stepping stone in my weight loss journey! I have officially dropped 10kgs!

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10kgs worth of potatoes… just to put it all into perspective for myself.

I always said that once I reached the 10kgs mark I could celebrate by buying myself a really nice and expensive pair of jeans. The reason behind this was that I have spent years of my life saying “oh no, I won’t get those good quality Levis because I’m going to start losing weight really soon. I’ll just get the $30 pair from Jay Jays instead.”. So I’ve been wearing cheap, terrible quality jeans for… well… pretty much always! I never committed to losing weight before and therefore never made it to the stage where I felt I could happily spend a good chunk of money on a piece of clothing.

So, at the risk of sounding like a real wanker, I must say that I’m pretty proud of myself.

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Back fat now and then, 12 weeks between the two photos.

However, I have not rushed out to get my hands on a pair of jeans. It’s strange that the reward that motivated me to reach my 10kg mark wasn’t really what I wanted after all. Losing 10kgs has been a reward in itself. My posture has improved, I have way more energy and my self esteem is currently through the roof.

Another reason I’ve decided against splurging on an expensive pair of jeans is because I bought a magical, life-changing device instead; THE AMAZING FITBIT.

Part II: How I Joined a FitBit Cult

In case you’re not sure what a FitBit is, let me break it down for you. Basically it’s a snazzy little watch that you wear on your wrist. It doesn’t only tell the time, but it calculates how many steps you take in a day, how many kilometres you walk, how many calories you have burned, your current heart rate… and a bunch of other things! The best part is that you can download an app onto your smartphone and connect with your friends who also have FitBits. You can challenge each other to see who can take the most steps in a day, a working week or over the weekend. If you’re a bit competitive like me, it is the absolute best motivation! In fact, since owning the FitBit I have dragged myself out of bed for early morning gym sessions and even gone for a road run for the first time ever.

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Thanks, Ryan.

I must admit, it has taken over my life. Over the weekend I was sharing a few ciders with friends in a park whilst admiring the stars. I would usually have been the first to sit down and socialise this way. Instead, I found myself challenging my mates to run up and down a set of steps with me in order to get my steps up. These little moments of activity where I would usually be just sitting on my fat ass are, in my opinion, what has helped me push past the stubborn plateau that I was experiencing.

If you do have a FitBit, or you decide to invest in one, add me! missjfoulds@gmail.com

Highlight of the week: Seeing those scales tip over to 81kgs… a nice change from the 91kgs I was sitting at 15 weeks ago!

Lowlight of the week: Some of my nicer pieces of lingerie are no longer fitting me. Although this is a good sign, I’ll never be a fan of watching my boobs shrink away!

Goal for next week: Change up my fitness routine. I’m going to try add in some hot yoga and more early morning classes at the gym.

As always, thanks for reading! Feel free to follow my Instagram account for more regular updates on my progress; thebigoword

WEEKS NINE AND TEN: Becoming a food prep queen…

The school holidays are now over and part of me died inside. Another part of me, however, rejoiced at having a strict routine in place again as I know that keeping a regular schedule helps me to stick to my fitness and healthy eating goals. When I’m at school I eat at very specific times of the day. When I’m on holiday I also eat at specific times of the day. Those times are all of the times. I pretty much move between my couch (hey there, Netflix!) and the fridge. I graze, graze, graze – like a cow with nothing better to do. This is dangerous because as I’m eating very small portions (a slice of cheese here, a muesli bar there…) I don’t feel like I’m really pigging out but the reality is that I am most likely eating at least twice as much as I normally would during your average school week.

This cat is my salad-hating spirit animal.The Sunday before going back to school I decided to ease the blow by doing some pretty awesome food prep so that even though I was dreading getting out of bed I would at least look forward to the yummy noms I had for lunch. I figured that if I put a lot of effort into making delicious lunches for myself, I wouldn’t even feel like I was on some kind of “diet” (I use the quotations marks because I hate that word with a passion). I also didn’t want to get stuck with eating boring old salads day in and day out because that would just depress me. I am unfortunately not a lover of salads – unless they’re more cheese than lettuce, then they’re okay.

In my attempt at becoming the Queen of Food Prep and the Almighty Avoider of Salads I created a couple of scrummy and easy dishes; a roast vegetable medley and spicy kumara patties. Both recipes are posted below. If you try them out let me know how they go! I would also love more school lunch inspiration so if you come across any carb/sugar free recipes that would look great in my tupperware containers, send them my way! (Salads need not apply)

Highlight of the last two weeks: Increasing my weights at the gym and feeling myself become stronger. The other day I did some push-ups that weren’t even of the girly knees-on-the-floor variety! It’s been a nice change being able to feel pride in my physical abilities when I’m so used to feeling embarrassed by my physical limitations.

Lowlight of the last two weeks: Hitting a plateau on the scales. I set myself a stepping stone of losing 10kgs and my reward for this was to go out and buy an expensive pair of jeans. Sadly I am about 1.5kgs away from this goal and have been for about four weeks! I’m hoping the plateau will soon pass because I WANT TO GO SHOPPING GODDAMNIT!


Recipe: Roast Vegetable Medley – Four servings

There’s this fantastic cafe in Te Awamutu that I’m a huge fan of. The other day I bought a takeaway roast vege salad from said cafe and it cost me $11 (daylight robbery, I know…). I didn’t mind paying the $11 because the cafe is so good and I’m content to pay good money for good food. However, the salad was NOT good. It was literally 50% onions and was missing some of my fave vegetables like kumara and zucchini. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty upset about it. The fact that I’m still complaining about it over a week later is proof at how gutted I was/am. So, I decided to make my own roast vegetable salad. For under $25 I made four lunches worth of roast veges and my salad kicked the expensive-oniony-cafe-takeaway-salad’s ass, even if I do say so myself.

SO MANY COLOURS YUM YUM YUM

Ingredients:

  • 1 x parsnip
  • 1 x carrot
  • 1 x zucchini
  • 1 x yellow capsicum
  • 1 cup of kumara, cubed
  • 1 cup of pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small handful of rosemary leaves
  • 1 container of basil pesto (I use the Mediterranean Chunky Dip which is about $4 from most supermarkets)

Method:

  • Cut carrot and parsnip up into chunky cubes. IMG_0015[1]
  • Place carrot, parsnip, kumara and pumpkin into a pot and bring to the boil. Cook until they are all soft, but not falling apart.
  • Slice your capsicum up into even strips.
  • Peel your garlic cloves and slice them in half so you have 12 portions.
  • Cut your zucchini into even circles.
  • In a roasting dish, create an even layer of the capsicum, onion, garlic, cherry tomatoes and zucchini.
  • Take a moment to admire how pretty and colourful this is! IMG_0019[1]
  • Add your cooked veges (carrot, parsnip, kumara and pumpkin) to the roasting dish. Make sure they are evenly spread out.
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper and your fresh rosemary.
  • Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Once cooked, divide your veges evenly into four containers.
  • To serve, re-heat your veges until nice and hot and then stir through a tablespoon of your chosen pesto.
  • Enjoy!

Recipe: Spicy Kumara Patties – makes 6 patties

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sized kumara, peeled and cubed IMG_0081[1]IMG_0079[1]
  • 1/2 cup of cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup of leek, chopped finely
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground corriander
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground chilli powder
  • 2 – 3 tbs of coconut oil

Method:

  • In a large pot bring your cubed kumara to the boil. Cook until the kumara becomes very soft and mashable.
  • At the same time, in a frying pan saute the leek, cabbage and onion with a tsp of the coconut oil. Add your spices to the frying pan also as the heat will activate the flavours.
  • Once cooked, drain your kumara and mash the hell out of it.
  • Add your leeks, cabbage, onion and spices to your kumara mash. Stir in thoroughly.
  • Add two eggs to your kumara mixture and stir in also.
  • Heat the remainder of your coconut oil in a frying pan.
  • Take a very large tablespoon of your kumara mixture and use your hands and shape it into a patty.
  • Shallow fry the kumara patty in the coconut oil until both sides are a golden brown colour.
  • Serve with salad and some chilli sauce or use as a vegetarian alternative to a meat patty!
I froze a bunch of these babies in individual sandwich bags to make them super easy to take to work and reheat. I eat mine with a bit of salad and cold deli meats.

I froze a bunch of these babies in individual sandwich bags to make them super easy to take to work and reheat. I eat mine with a bit of salad and cold deli meats.

Recipe: Basil Pesto Chicken Bake

It has been a while since I last posted a recipe so I thought I’d post one today. This Basil Pesto Chicken Bake is sugar free and very low carb. It’s bursting with protein and can be easily modified to add more veges. It was super delicious, and even got the approval of my picky eater boyfriend!

Ingredients!

Ingredients!

Ingredients:

  • Two chicken breasts
  • One container of basil pesto dip (I use the dip because it’s half the price of regular pesto, and it also has more of a chunky consistency with things like cashew nuts – yum!)
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • Cheese – preferably mozzarella.

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180°IMG_20150922_173306
  • Slice chicken breasts in half length ways to make them thinner. Line a baking dish with the chicken, making an even layer.
  • Cover chicken breasts with a thick layer of the pesto.
  • Sprinkle on veges; tomato, onion, garlic – add more if you like!
  • Sprinkle with a layer of grated cheese.
  • Pop into the oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Serve with your choice of side vegetables. It makes a hell of a lot of sauce so something like mashed kumara or cauliflower rice would work wonderfully.

I made this dish for a group of friends on the weekend and it went down a treat. Instead of using the pesto I used a Moroccan apricot and chilli dip I’d picked up that day from the farmers market. It made a great substitute! I’m looking forward to making this again but with different dips I either find or make myself.

Enjoy! If you do give this a crack,  let me know how it goes and if you played around with any variations. I’d be very interested to hear how it goes 😊

It may look like a dog's breakfast, but it tastes delicious!

It may look like a dog’s breakfast, but it tastes delicious!

Served here with roast veg - huge portions of sugar free goodness!!! Nom nom nom

Served here with roast veg – huge portions of sugar free goodness!!! Nom nom nom

WEEKS SEVEN & EIGHT: My weekend of indulgence and my battle with guilt.

In case you  haven’t noticed, it’s the school holidays. It’s a magical time where a select few of us (i.e teacher without offspring) get to sleep in, stay up after 9pm and binge on Netflix. We also like to celebrate. A lot. In fact, I celebrated for three days in a row. I even stayed out on the town till AFTER MIDNIGHT for the first two of those days. A feat I have not accomplished since my university days.

Accurate.

Accurate.

My weekend went a little something like this:

  • Friday night – farewell drinks (and lots of them!) for a colleague.
  • Late night curry kebab.
  • Hangover – consumed a pie, McDonalds and a danish.
  • Thai BYO, including full bottle of wine.
  • Drinking at a girlfriend’s house, more wine.
  • Hit da club, drink all the cocktails.
  • Sunday morning hangover.
  • French markets, eat all of the pastries.
  • Lunch with friends – consumed a chicken sandwich, poutine and an ice cream soda!
  • Dinner.
  • Monday morning – breakfast consisted of a pie and a custard croissant. Both heavenly, by the way.

It was all amazing. I had such a fantastic time with some truly amazing and fun people. I should be happy and satisfied, right?

Unfortunately, no. I’m back home now and reality has set in. I hopped on the scales this morning and I was flooded with guilt. For the first time in eight weeks I have made a gain! It seems so unfair that three weeks worth of progress can be wiped out because of three days of not-giving-a-fuck. It made me feel like shit.

This has got me thinking about this whole culture of guilt that we create for ourselves. How absurd is it that a number on a device in my bathroom can alter my self-worth? That’s seriously ridiculous. I really do believe that the pursuit of physical health can spiral out of control and be damaging to our mental health. It starts with the kind of language we use when we talk about food. We talk about how we were naughty because we ate that bad cronut. The labels on our cereal say they are clean and guilt-free. Does this mean all others are dirty and come with an abundance of guilt? Food is neither good nor bad, it doesn’t have a moral compass! It’s simply food. I am still determined to continue my “good” eating habits, but I want to stop this culture of labelling food as right or wrong. It’s a breeding ground for eating disorders and low self-esteem.

I’m going to get back on the horse and I am not going to feel guilty about the amazing weekend I just had. I am going to feel grateful – and I hope that all my friends who were part of my Weekend of Indulgence will do the same.

WEEKS FIVE & SIX: The big picture…

Kia ora, beautiful people!

It has been a jammed packed couple of weeks. Between school camps and gym sessions, badminton games and social events, I’ve found myself falling slightly out of routine and missed completing my Sunday afternoon blog posts. My apologies! So today I’m going to share with you my real, real reason for wanting… no, needing… to lose weight.

One day I will be as fabulous as this cat when wearing a white bikini. Just you wait, world!

One day I will be as fabulous as this cat when wearing a white bikini. Just you wait, world!

Believe it or not, it’s not just to wear a bikini proudly in public for the first time in my life. Or to fit into those cute-as-hell white shorts I rocked when I was 19. It’s not even to be able to one day climb Machu Picchu without the fear of having an obesity driven heart attack. Don’t get me wrong, those things are great but they’re not the real, real reason. They’re small details, they’re not the big picture.

The big picture is a thing called poly-cystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS for short.

When I was 18 I was diagnosed with PCOS. This is a pretty common syndrome among women. Considering I’m yet to meet a man that has ovaries, my understanding is that is affects women and women only.

PCOS has a different impact on different people and the side-effects vary. But for me it specifically means that:

  • I have twice the amount of hormones as a “normal” person. This includes the male hormone, testosterone. The worst part of this is that I get hair growth on my face which I absolutely hate. It’s pretty hard to feel sexy and feminine when you are convinced everyone is looking at your sideburns!
  • My body has a hard time breaking down sugars. Not only does this make weight loss difficult and weight gain painfully easy, it also makes me prone to type 2 diabetes. I get a blood test every six months to check my blood sugar levels as this is not a path I want to go down.
  • My “time of the month” does whatever the eff it likes. No schedule whatsoever. It can also be awfully painful at times.

These are small things. Small things that I can deal with and really don’t have too much of an impact on my day to day life. However, the largest side-effect which I have not yet had to deal with is the fact that PCOS may mean that I will have a lot of difficulty having children… that is if I can have them at all. PCOS is the largest leading cause of infertility in women and also increases your likelihood of having a miscarriage by 50%. This is not a bridge I’ve yet had to cross. When the time comes that I feel I’m ready to have kids, I’ll figure it out then.

After finding out all this information as an 18 year old my doctor chuckled, scratched his bald head and said “It’s actually very common. In fact, it’s about as common as baldness in men!”.

I said “Ha. Haha. Right.”

In my head I said “WHAT?! How the fuck can you compare the unfortunate event of your hair falling out to the possibility of me never becoming a mother? Will your baldness lead you to considering the expensive and difficult process of IVF? Will your baldness lead you to the possibility of having the heartbreaking event of a miscarriage? Maybe multiple miscarriages? NO. So shut the fuck up!”

PCOS could really have a large impact on my life. But there are things I can do to decrease the likelihood of these effects occurring. I can lose weight. By moving away from obesity I can decrease my hormone levels, prevent dark hair from growing on my face, regulate my periods and, maybe, help me become pregnant when I choose that’s what I want.

Week four: More photos of my jiggly bits.

Hallelujah! I made it to the end of my initial four weeks and today I got to enjoy my first self-appointed cheat day! It felt a little bit like a typical New Years Eve. A lot of planning, a lot of anticipation and excitement… but, when it comes down to it, pretty downright disappointing. Yup. My cheat day fell miles short of my expectations. After having all carbs and sugars off limits for four weeks I was carefully planning what treats I was going to allow myself today. However, I was overwhelmed at how dramatically my palate has adapted. The sweet goodies that I so easily binged on still tasted delicious…. at first… but I then found they became sickly sweet within a few mouthfuls. I also found that the sweetness stuck with me for quite a while. I had a froyo about an hour ago, and I’m still feeling the buzz now. No doubt I’ll get grumpy soon, pack an unnecessary tantrum over something trivial and then go into a comatose state on my couch. Just like a toddler after a bowl of Fruit Loops.

My fave treat of the day; a wild-berry cronut from the magical Viands bakery in Te Awamutu.

My fave treat of the day; a wild-berry cronut from the magical Viands bakery in Te Awamutu.

As it has been four weeks I decided to take photos of myself in my undies to get a visual indication of how the no sugar/no carbs thing had impacted upon my overall shape. I was dreading this. Over the last two weeks I have not lost a single gram. I have infuriatingly been stuck on 85.7 kgs for the past two weeks! I just can’t seem to get below that 85 kg mark. In fact, I’m pretty sure my neighbours must think I’m a bit of a looney as they have probably heard the ‘F’ word being shouted from my bathroom on a regular basis.

85.7 kgs on the left, approximately 91 kgs on the right.

85.7 kgs on the left, approximately 91 kgs on the right.

However, I am SO GLAD I stuck to the plan and took the photos. I was blown away by the differences that I can already see. My tummy has less of an overhang and (this is my favourite bit!) my bum is no longer just part of my big, chunky thighs. Instead, it has an actual shape of its own! I still have a long way to go, but seeing that my determination and self-discipline is actually making a difference has given me all the motivation in the world.

I’ll post some more underwear photos after my next four weeks are complete. My fingers are crossed that I will be, once again, pleasantly surprised at what I can see.

As I come into week 5 of my new sugar and carb free lifestyle, I’ve decided to ease in a few natural sugars back into my diet. I’m looking forward to now being able to eat a selection of fruits, carrots and Greek yoghurt! It’s going to be WILD. The possibilities are ENDLESS.

Highlight of the week: The encouragement and support I’m receiving from all the awesome people in my life. I’ve just loved having people ask me about what I’ve been eating, or having a little nosey at what I’ve got in my lunchbox, or joining me at the gym! Before now I’ve always been quite embarrassed talking about my struggle with weight gain, but I now see that sharing my experience is the absolute best way for me to go. I’m an “all or nothing” person so the motivation others have been giving me has really helped me stay on track… and enjoy it!

Lowlight of the week: CONFESSION TIME. I had some toast the other night. I was so damn hungry and there was nothing to eat in the house (except eggs – and I am so God damn sick of eggs). I had a piece of peanut butter toast and a piece of jam toast. It was okay. The guilt was crappy. However, a close friend kindly reminded me that it’s not the slip ups that matter – it’s what you do after the slip ups occur that really counts! (Thanks, Nicoley! You’re an angel.)

PREACH.

PREACH.

Goal for next week: To get back onto the MyFitnessPal train and start keeping an online food diary. If you want to be my pay on MyFitnessPal, you can search and add me: jordyleigh247

As always, thanks for clicking on my blog and humouring me and my rambles. Much appreciated.


Fresh Home Made Salsa – so easy and delicious, why did I ever buy pre-made stuff?!

INGREDIENTS

So easy, so yummy! I actually used two chillies because I like my food to really punch me in the face when I eat it.

So easy, so yummy! I actually used two chillies because I like my food to really punch me in the face when I eat it.

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 1 chilli
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander
  • The juice of one lime
  • salt and pepper

METHOD

  • Put in a blender and blitz.
  • Enjoy!

Week three: I’m slowly and surely falling in love with the humble cauliflower.

I am officially one week away from the end of my detox and my first “cheat day”! I’ve learned so much over the past three weeks and my cravings and sugar-loving habits are ebbing away day by day. It’s amazing how you can teach yourself what food you feel like eating after certain activities or rituals. For example, when I was a kid and I went to the supermarket with my Mum she would almost always buy me some kind of treat to have in the car on the drive home. My sister and I were also very spoilt when it came to getting snacks at the gas station when our parents were filling up the car. Sugary drinks, chocolate, paddle pops, raspberry liquorice… and all those other delicious, addictive things. This habit has 100% followed me into adulthood. My automatic response when putting my groceries on that little conveyor belt thing is to have a look around to see what sweet thing I want to add to my purchase. The hardest thing is that when waiting in line at the supermarket you have all those pretty chocolate bars and lollies staring you in the face! Maybe you convince yourself that you don’t need it, another minute goes by and you’ve somehow justified it to yourself.  They put those treats there on purpose! Probably to tempt children more than anything. I’m a grown-ass woman, it’s about time I break these childish habits!

This week I did some experimenting with the humble cauliflower, using it as a carb substitute. So far, it’s been pretty darn successful… and pretty darn delicious!

I found this big baby. It was bigger than my head! Only $3 at trust ol' Pak n Save.

I found this big baby. It was bigger than my head! Only $3 at trust ol’ Pak n Save.

So far I’ve used it as the macaroni in a mac and cheese dish, and also as the base of a pizza! Who knew this albino broccoli could be so versatile. Check out my cauliflower pizza base recipe below.

Cauliflower mac and cheese goodness!

Cauliflower mac and cheese goodness!

Highlight of the week: Having a great time getting back into the gym. I’ve also taken up swimming as an exercise and I looooook it!

Lowlight of the week: Not seeing a huge decrease on the scales this week and feeling a slight pang of demotivation because of it. However, not going to let that get me down! Trying to focus on the bigger picture, rather than a number on a digital screen.

Goal for next week: Hit up the gym a minimum of five times. I’m determined to make this a priority within my time management.


Cauliflower Pizza Base

Ingredients:

  • A good sized head of cauliflower. Approx two cups once processed.
  • Two eggs.
  • 1/2 cup of grated cheese
  • 1 tbs dried herbs (I used rosemary)

Method:

  • Blitz your cauliflower in a food processor. It’ll turn to a crumbly substance very quickly.
  • Place in a microwave bowl and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Once cooled, place in a tea towel and squeeze as much h moisture out as possible. This will stop it being so crumbly once cooked.
  • Return to the bowl.
  • Add eggs, cheese and herbs to the cauliflower. Mix through thoroughly.
  • Spoon mixture onto a baking tray (preferably covered in baking paper). Use your hands to shape into a base.
  • Cook for about 15 minutes at 220°C.
Processed cauliflower. I'm not going to lie, I made a huge mess in my kitchen. It looked like it had been snowing.

Processed cauliflower. I’m not going to lie, I made a huge mess in my kitchen. It looked like it had been snowing.

The cooked base awaiting toppings.

The cooked base awaiting toppings.

Veges and cheese to finish it off!

Veges and cheese to finish it off!

Week Two: I JUST REALLY WANT A RED BULL, YOU GUYS!

Kia ora and welcome to the end of my second week living without sugars and carbohydrates. I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy.

I came down with a wee bit of a tummy bug, and although this helped me drop weight (woohoo!) it also meant that finding carb/sugar free food that I actually felt like eating was extremely difficult (boo!). Yesterday I woke up and fantasized about eating a piece of jam toast, a big bowl of mashed potato, a cup of breakfast tea with a TABLESPOON of sugar and wash it all down with a red bull. Not just any red bull, one that comes in one of those ludicrously big cans. Instead I had some lemon water and felt truly sorry for myself. However, even though I had all these cravings I didn’t act on them. I must admit, usually I would have. Being a bit sick, tired, or just feeling like I “deserved it” would have been a good enough excuse to cheat and have a good ol’ fashioned binge eat. But I didn’t! And that, kids, is what we call progress.

How I feel about bread.

How I feel about bread.

Highlight of the week: Seeing progress on the weighing scales! Very encouraging. At the end of week four I’ll upload my new body weight along with some more oh-so-glam photos of me in my undies.

Lowlight of the week: This was a two way tie this week. Number one being the very disappointing carb-free “burger” from Bugerfuel. It was cold and soggy. I’m a huge Bugerfuel fan but from now on I think I’ll save up my Bugerfuel cravings for cheat days, rather than disappointing myself with bunless replacements.

Sorry Bugerfuel, but this just really didn't do it for me!

Sorry Bugerfuel, but this just really didn’t do it for me!

Second, the tummy bug previously mentioned. I won’t go into more details than that.

Goals for next week: To not get sick and actually start exercising this time! Let’s do it!


Moroccan Chicken

A super easy and yummy chicken dish made in the slow cooker. This is a bastardised version of a recipe I got off Pinterest. The original had about twice as many ingredients but I cook with a “whatever I have in the cupboard” philosophy.

INGREDIENTS

  • Enough chicken drumsticks to feed two people
  • 1tbs of coconut oil
  • 1tbs grated ginger
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp chilli powder
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 kumara*
  • 1 carrot*
  • 2 cups of chicken or vegetable stock (I just use those handy dandy oxo cubes)*
  • 1 onion
  • Fresh coriander

DIRECTIONS

  • Fry chicken in coconut oil until lightly browned. Add to slow cooker.
  • Sauté onions in coconut oil until clear. Add all spices and garlic and gently heat for about 30 seconds. Add onions and spice mixture to slowcooker.
  • Add stock, grated ginger and sea salt to slow cooker.
  • Add kumara and carrots, cubed, to slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours.
  • When cooked, mix through the fresh coriander and serve

*low carb/sugar ingredients, rather than carb/sugar free. As my boyfriend said, “just eat around them”.

Week One: so far, so good!

My first week of eating a 100% sugar and carbohydrate free diet has gone by nice and smoothly. I’ve had a lot of fun trying things in the kitchen I usually wouldn’t. Much to my surprise, sometimes when you try something you’ve pinned to your Pinterest board, it actually works! For example, bacon and eggs made in a muffin tray. Success!

When you try something you've seen on Pinterest, and you don't completely cock it up!

When you try something you’ve seen on Pinterest, and you don’t completely cock it up!

The question I keep getting asked is “are you having any withdraws?” My answer: not yet! I’ve been a bit hungry at times due to not being prepared with enough snacks, which is something I’ll have to improve on next week to prevent slip-ups. I’ve also been going to the toilet more often than usual, but I won’t go into detail on that.

My highlight of the week: Making a gorgeous Thai red curry paste from scratch. I’ll add the recipe below.

My lowlight of the week: Spending a late night at work and having to come home and cook something, rather than pick up some takeaways for convenience. I ended up buying the boyfriend some McDonald’s and making myself a boring ol’ omelette.

My goals for next week: Being prepared for all occasions and to start exercising. I’ll let you know how I get on!


Thai Red Curry Paste

Ingredients:

4 garlic cloves

1 small onion

1 thumbnail size of ginger

2 chillies

2tbs chilli powder

A handful of cherry tomatoes

3tbs of lemongrass paste

2tbs lemon/lime juice

2tbs soy sauce

1tsp cumin

3tbs thick coconut milk

Bought Pak n Save out of their spice department.

Bought Pak n Save out of their spice department.

Method:

STEP 1: Put everything in a food processor.

STEP 2: Turn it on. Mix well.

STEP 3: No step three. You’ve finished. It’s that easy!

The finished product!

The finished product!

Add coconut milk to make paste a creamy sauce. Served here with chicken and cauliflower rice. Very yummy - even the super picky boyfriend ate it!

Add coconut milk to make paste a creamy sauce. Served here with chicken and cauliflower rice. Very yummy – even the super picky boyfriend ate it!