Category: Before We Started

3 Weeks of Eating REAL food

It has been 3 weeks and I have only eaten what I define as ‘real food’. This means no processed food, just healthy natural foods. I originally thought that I wouldn’t eat diary but I have been eating the odd bit of cheese and milk.

How do I feel? I feel great! I have lost a couple of kilo’s, I know I would loose more if I dropped the diary out of my diet and of course I may have indulged in a few chocolate balls (made from dates)!

Has it been hard? No not really. it is fairly easy in fact.

What have I been eating? My typical day starts with eggs for breakfast, either hard boiled or a herb omelet. Lunch is usually a salad or if I go to sushi (my favourite) a salad and sashimi. I stay away from traditional sushi which is made from rice. Dinner is probably the easiest because it is normal to have some lovely meat and vegetables, I leave off sauces and starches.

Am I going to keep going? Absolutely, why would I stop now! I feel fantastic and I have so much exploring to do with this new way of thinking about food. I am feeling excited about food rather than thinking that food is the enemy that I love so much. Now I am realising that I can LOVE food and it is OK.

CaraleeSig

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MY ADDICTION – True Story

Woohoo I’ve done it! A whole week without sugar. No small feat for me that’s for sure. It appears that its true about the vicious cycle of sugar and refined flours, salt and saturated fats. I didn’t doubt it, but I truly didn’t expect to feel this great so quickly after eliminating these things from my diet. Energy levels are great, I feel lighter, happier, and ultimately quite proud of myself. I will admit to a lengthy eye boggling look at a cake a few days ago but the feel good factor totally outweighed the urge to indulge. So here I am – one week down and feeling fantastic. Yay me!
RoseSig

The Eating Out Test.. did I pass?

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Last night I went out to dinner to celebrate 7 years of being in business with our staff from our law practice. I was concerned about the challenges eating out may pose, but was surprised with how easy it was.

Prior to bringing our meals out the chef brought us a complimentary taster, this was an onion soup with a crostini. The soup was all natural and delicious, I gave my crostini to someone else. Phew I passed the first test!

How did I go on the bread roll test? Ahhhh I LOVE bread rolls! The waiter was serving everyone a beautiful selection of gourmet bread rolls. I find chewy crusty breads with lashings of olive oil or butter irresistible. But just like a non-smoker wouldn’t ever contemplate a cigarette, I didn’t look twice at the bread rolls! I politely said to the waiter, “no thanks not from me, I am a non-breader!” (No not really) I just said no thanks and a roll never landed on my plate.

For the entrée I chose the scallops, easy and simple. The mains were very easy to, I was thinking lamb or salmon? I went lamb, which was accompanied with a tomato side. All ingredients were natural, real foods.

Desert was a not brainer… I didn’t even look at the menu. I got a beautiful peppermint tea instead.

I left the restaurant feeling satisfied and not over full like I usually would. The extra bonus was that it was great to wake up this morning feeling light and energetic.

CaraleeSig

Our REAL Food Pledge

Rose and I have pledged to each other and ourselves to eat only REAL food for the next four weeks.

What does this mean you may ask? It is really quite simple, if it is not provided by mother earth we will not eat it.

The list of foods allowed are:

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Natural oils, olive oil, coconut oil etc

It is actually amazing the beautiful meals and snacks that we have been enjoying so far and our families are loving it too. It is not easy breaking the sugar and chemical addiction that we have from processed foods but so far I am feeling excited about my future healthy relationship with REAL food.

CaraleeSig

Getting Fresh

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Today is a new beginning and the start of Rose and my fresh, primal eating lifestyle. Today is Sunday, so fortunately I had time to visit my local farmers market to stock up on fresh ingredients. It was definitely the right place to start this journey.

The first stop was a local lady who makes freshly squeezed juice. I chose a carrot, beetroot, apple and celery juice. ZING! I was ready to shop up a storm.

I brought everything from different varieties of mushrooms to fennel, mint and radishes, to the usual salad & stir-fry staples.

The fresh farmers market is definitely the place that I need to visit each week. It is much fresher and cheaper than my local grocery store and there is more variety, plus by shopping at the farmers market I am supporting our local growers. It is a win win all round.

CaraleeSig

New Beginnings

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It is only fitting that I begin the “first day of the rest of my life” with the humble egg. The symbol of new life, new beginnings etc.etc. I had this at 7:30 this morning and I was still full at 10:30 with no cravings…unbelievable! Normally by this time of day I am in the depths of a chunk of white bread, cake, or other suitably unsuitable, carb loaded, refined flour, pile of dirtiness. Thanks to the lovely organic chocolate habanero chilli from my husbands garden I even enjoyed a satisfying spicy hit. Goodmorning! So tasty and I will definitely be eating this one again.

Two soft boiled eggs – chopped
Large handful spinach
Habanero chilli – diced
Red onion – thinly sliced
Toss together and sprinkle with rock salt – I use pink Himalayan rock salt.

Enjoy!

RoseSig

TO WHINE OR NOT TO WINE…

For me these two words go hand and hand. With wine consumption the end result is always followed with a good whine. Not necessarily directly but at some stage down the track. You see, I love wine. The marriage of good food flavours and a delicious crisp white or a warming red is to me one of lifes simple pleasures. But here lies the problem…a beautiful meal shared with others with my favourite drop always results in a huge whining session from me. Why is this you may ask? My problem is that the following day I eat my way through the after effects of my wine drinking session. I start the morning devouring sugary drinks and craving and indulging in salty, fatty, unwholesome foods. It is bad. Really bad!! I eat all day until I reach the point when I simply cannot face another morsel. And then I whine. I feel awful, guilty, uncomfortable, and lethargic and vow to make better food choices on Monday.

For this lifestyle adventure to be a success I can see it is necessary for me to give up the wine (at least for now). I am at this point unable to control the after effects and so at this point do solemnly swear that not a drop will pass my lips until my mind, body, and soul are solidly on the path towards a better me. Who knows, maybe I will even enjoy some wine time down time.

RoseSig