Food Plan, week 10

Sunday:  Everything in from the fridge soup ( I have: bacon, celery, squash, aubergine, carrots, peppers – think it will turn out to be a minestrone)

Monday: Breaded fish with potatoes and parsley sauce (didn’t have it last week)

Tuesday: Beef mince filled vegetables with potato wedges and salad

Wednesday: Goulash with rice and salad

Thursday: Flat breads with falafel burgers (falafel burgers, salads chili sauce, lettuce, onion, tomatoes and a yogurt and dill dressing)

Friday: Homemade burgers with potato wedges

Saurday: Chicken and rice dish

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Food plan, week 9

Here I am again with a poorly Lukas – this time it’s not his ears, but the flu – PROPER flu, not the kind of flu you have when you say “I have the flu”, but really you have a cold with a bit of a temperature. Thankfully we have Calpol and a big bed and he is able to sleep.

But that aside, it is time to plan next week and do the shopping. We have had to buy a new DVD player, so I am trying to compensate for that buy, by looking through my fridge and freezer again.

Sunday: Chicken curry served with rice, naan bread and onion bhajis

Monday: Breaded fish with boiled potatoes and parsley sauce. Served with a salad

Tuesday: Tortellini with a tomato/bacon sauce, served with salad

Wednesday: I am not at home – Lukas and Matt will cook for themselves, possibly pizza from the freezer.

Thursday:  Meatloaf with leek (place leeks in a ovenproof dish and spread the meatloaf on top). Serve with a winter coleslaw and homemade wedges. 

Friday: Cottage pie, served with peas

Saturday: What-is-left-in-the-fridge-soup with homemade buns

The Low Carb Adventure: The end

Last night, after eating a sensible amount of wholegrain bread and a few potatoes during the day, I had so much more energy than during the last week and a half and felt like actually participating in life around me again, so I have hereby finished my experiment – low carb is not for me…. I have however learned that I don’t need the carb as the bulk of my meal, but that I can substitute some of it with hearty salads, so it hasn’t been totally in vain to do it………… also my initial weight loss was a one off and when I weighed myself again, some of it had come on again, so my weight loss whilst eating low carb, is no more than on my normal diet (well, not from what I could observe for this small amount of time)

What was the most frustrating was that I felt so tired I didn’t go to my normal amount of exercise classes and when I did, I couldn’t hardly lift my legs off the floor!

I know I didn’t do it by the book and that I didn’t do the detox to start out or cut all carbs totally out, but I never wanted to do that, and am still not planning to – it becomes too much like a diet and not a sustainable lifestyle change, so now I am back to healthy, normal living and can start thinking about making pasta again (just have to remember not to eat too much)……..

The Low Carb Adventure: testing the diet

Well, after a week on low carbs, my weight loss is the same as with my previous type of diet, but my energy levels gone down and I have been having head aches – I have been constantly tired for a full week, so am going to test if it is the lack of carbohydrates in my body or if it’s just that I have been feeling stressed………… am not throwing the low carb diet totally out, I am going to be sensible and not gorge out on white bread and pasta, but choose the healthier carb options and make sure I have loads of salad on my plate as well and see if my energy levels go up………. so the diet experiment continues.

Tonight’s dinner is going to be gammon (hamburgerryg) with kale in a white sauce served with (a few) potatoes……… can be done totally without the potatoes as the kale is high in all sorts of nutrients: vitamin K (good for the neurons in the brain), iron and protein………..

The Low Carb Adventure: pork chop in a vegetables and tomato sauce with salad

There is not a lot to tell today – I had some Turkey breast with a cabbage, carrot, apple, orange, nuts and raisin salad for lunch. For breakfast I had an avocado with scrambled eggs. My dinner consisted of:

Pork Chops in a tomato and vegetable sauce with salad

  • 4 pork chops
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 15 mushrooms
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • salt, pepper,
  • 1 teaspoonful of oregano
  • 1 teaspoonful of thyme
  • 1 handful of grated cheese.

Fry the pork chops to seal the meat on a hot pan. Place them in an ovenproof dish. Cut all the vegetables in small bits and fry them up. Add the tomatoes and seasoning. Pour the sauce over the pork chops, sprinkle the grated cheese on top and bake in the oven for 15 minutes till the cheese is melted.

Serve with a salad of your choice and pasta or rice, if you want some carbs.

Low Carb Adventure: Moroccan chicken thighs with stir fried vegetables

Moroccan chicken with stir fired vegetables

Spurred on by last week’s weight loss, I have decided to continue on the low carb diet. I have read up on the pros can cons and the long term effects do not look good on a strictly non carb diet, but what I am doing is not cutting out carbs totally – on Atkins I wouldn’t be allowed simple things like carrots or fruit as they contain fruit sugar, but I have only cut out the unhealthy carbs out: pasta, rice, bread and potatoes…….. I obviously have to replace them with other foods with fiber in them, so I am trying to eat things like leeks, cabbage, fruits, nuts, avocado, peas and broccoli – there are loads of ways of getting fibers which doesn’t include eating bread. And then of course, I need to eat loads of protein

So, what is the theory behing the low carb, high protein diet?

“The thermal effects of protein raises your metabolism and makes your burn more calories than you do from the same amount of calories ingested in the form of fat or carbohydrate. On top of that, studies have shown that protein settles your hunger far more efficiently than both fat and carbohydrate as protein gives and better and longer lasting feeling of being full”  (translated from http://www.alun.dk/sund-kost/protein-sundhed-fitness-vaegttab.html#)

On top of that, the body will naturally look to burn carbohydrates in your body when they are present, but when they are not present, you body will find other energy sources and will start burning your fat instead…………….

So, phase 2 of my diet starts here………. phase 1 was by the book – controlled calories, wholegrain, fruit, smaller portions and loads of exercise, but eventually my body stagnated and no matter how careful I was or how much exercise I did, I didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.

I had never expected to cut out carbs (I love them), but I am determined to lose weight this time, so this is it…………… on top of this, I can’t help but feel that I am really healthy as I am forced to think about other ways of eating than making a sandwich or cooking some pasta – I can’t opt out on the salads or vegetables, so I feel really healthy……..

Anyway, here is my last dinner:

Moroccan Chicken with Stir Fried Vegetables (serves 1 person)

  • 3 chicken thighs covered in Moroccan spices (chili, garlic powder, cinnamon, coriander, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper)
  •  1 onion
  • 1/3 red pepper
  • 1/3 green pepper
  • 10 mushrooms
  • a handful of broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon of gyros mix
  • oil to fry
  • 3 spoonfuls of Greek 10% yogurt with fresh herbs (coriander, dill, chives, parsley, basil – or whatever you have)
  • Salt

Fry chicken on a pan till cooked through

Cut vegetables into bits the same size (mushrooms in half) and fry in oil with gyros mix.

Mix Greek yogurt with fresh herbs and salt.

Serve and eat! Enjoy!

Food Plan, week 8

I know – I seem to have skipped a week, I have decided to follow the calendar weeks rather than my own and this is week 8 according to the calendar.

I finally got to weigh myself for the first time since I started cutting down drastically on my carbs and was pleased to see a 2 lb (1 kg) weight loss since Tuesday……… that is the biggest loss in 5 days since the first dramatic weight loss back in August and that is without having been to the gym and having eaten LOADS of food whenever I wanted……. I think I can do this for a little longer.

Now, I have to plan my first full carb free food plan and that is going to take some thinking………. I also have to plan lunches now as I usually just have some toppings and bread at school, but now I am having to think meat and vegetables rather than sandwiches, so I have to have shopped for the right things and be prepared………

Monday: am (hopefully) out, so the boys will make something themselves. I will have an omelette when I get back in.

Tuesday: Pork chops with a vegetable and tomato sauce in the oven with melted cheese. Served with salad (and boiled potatoes or pasta)

Wednesday: Mince beef filled vegetables, served with a green bean salad (and baked potatoes)

Thursday; I am at work all day and night, so will eat there……… Matt and Lukas will cook something for themselves.

Friday: chicken curry served with onion bhajis.

Saturday: Gammon with spinach in a white sauce (and potatoes)

Sunday: curried meatballs (with rice) and salad