Just realised……

It has been a while since my last post!!  Opps, keep tweeting instead, way too addictive!!

At the moment I am in love with my juicer that i bought!!  It is super cute and was SUPER CHEAP, (less than £15 which always makes it better!) and REALLY GOOD!!  

So this means that i have been having some great vegetable juices for breakfast!!  Today was Cucumber, Spinach, Broccoli, Green Pepper, Celery, Lemon and Ginger.  Was so good.

But I need to come up with a few variations, before I get too bored of this one!!  Ideas are very welcome……………and much needed!!

So it is Easter coming up, what will you all be making or baking???????

I think i may try this little beauty as a treat for the old man!!!

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2068642/hot-cross-bread-and-lemon-pudding

Also found this website re someone I follows tweet yesterday and looks really interesting!! Have a ponder!!

http://kholistic.com/chocholistic/

Can’t wait to hear any suggestions for juices!!!

CHOCOLATE ORANGE CHESTNUT FLOUR COOKIES

Makes 12-14 

1 cup chestnut flour

1 cup almond meal

2 tbs cocoa powder

11⁄2 tbs finely grated orange rind

2⁄3 cup coconut oil

11⁄2 heaped tbs manuka honey

1 egg yolk

Preheat a fan-forced oven to 160° Celsius/325° Fahrenheit.

Place the chestnut flour, almond meal, cocoa powder, orange rind, coconut oil, honey and egg yolk in a bowl and combine well.

Roll out the biscuit dough onto a sheet of baking paper, place another sheet of baking paper on the top of the dough to prevent sticking. Roll the dough until 5mm thick. Use a cookie-cutter to cut shapes from the dough, re-roll when necessary.

Place the cut biscuits on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they are slightly golden.

Cool the biscuits in a refrigerator before serving. 

(Source: paleodessertrecipes.com)

Planning the perfect Sunday….

Breakfast @ home with the hubbie and the dogs in the garden followed by a bit of cooking…….Paleo Shepherd’s Pie, some Paleo bread, Cashew milk and maybe some cookies.

Then going to do some of my coursework and some reading while the hubbie is at Oxfam!

Once he returns we are going to go for a lovely run in the sunshine and then home to have the Shepherd’s Pie I prepared earlier!!

Here’s hoping it all goes to plan!!  It doesn’t normally but the intention was there!!!

PALEO COTTAGE PIE

Found a great recipe in a book i downloaded from Paleo Cookbooks, its Simple Paleo Recipes.

Its a great book with lots of yummy recipes, they even have a Paleo Sweets recipe one too and they all look super scrummy!!  

Check them out!!

http://www.paleocookbook.com/

Breakfast ideas……

So I am always trying to think of new ideas for brekkie.  It is hard as I don’t want to eat eggs everyday but also now I am Paleo can not eat any grains so that’s the porridge options out the window!!!  

I am trying to loose weight so shouldn’t really be eating fruit, also don’t eat dairy or wheat!!  

The more I think about it the more fussy I realise I am!! 

On my mind of things to try at the moment are:

- Minced turkey with spinach and kale with some roasted veg and maybe avocado

- Elana’s Silver Dollar Pancakes

http://www.elanaspantry.com/silver-dollar-pancakes/

- Poached eggs with some steamed greens

- Paleo bread with 1/4 avocado and 50g smoked salmon - this is super yummy, even my husband approved of the bread!!

http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-diet-recipes/

- Grilled asparagus with a poached egg and grilled tomatoes

This is another great website for Paleo recipe ideas and general tips on Paleo lifestyle:

http://everydaypaleo.com/

I am still learning so much, have bought so many books and recipe books and really think this is my new lifestyle.  The most maintainable of any I have found so far and have not been hungry at all yet!!  But I will keep you all posted with the inevitable highs and lows of my journey.

If you are going Paleo or already are, check this out.....

PALEO

As we speak I am printing off lots of great recipes to try out!!  Am ordering some chestnut flour also to try out some of the lovely Paleo friendly dessert recipes!!  YUMMY!!

I am really excited to try this, I think it is a way of life and can’t wait to see how well it fits!!

Found a great recipe for Paleo Pancakes and some Paleo bread which i can not wait to make!!  Infact now i am thinking of it I think I am going to try the bread now!!!  Will post pics if all goes to plan!!

Now my only challenge is to trick the husband into this without him realising!!!  Love a challenge!!

The bread recipe is from Elana’s Pantry!!!  I am going to try the breakfast one first!!!

http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-breakfast-bread/

Productive day….

Been back home to the country today to have some lessons on the horses!  Was such a beautiful day to be outside riding.  Plus the horses were little superstar’s!!

Then came back to London….just went for a run as such a beautiful evening figured it would be a shame not to be out in it.

And then I had a great dinner 1/2 roast chicken with a great green and red salad followed by 6 macadamia nuts!!!  Yummy!!  

It is my first day on THE PALEO DIET and I do have to say I am finding it really good and very interesting!!

So all in all a good day I would say……which is nice after some of the not so good ones I have had lately.  

ONWARDS & UPWARDS!

So……

I am finding it really hard this week.  My tummy has been really bad and can not work out for the life of me what it actually is that sets it off.  It swells up like i am about 8 months pregnant and goes as hard as rock.  And then I get stressed about it which i am sure is only adding to the problem.  Vicious circle!

I think I am going to have to take my diet back to basics and then reintroduce everything and see what happens.  Oh the joys of living with the damage I did to my body.

I am going to go completely dairy and wheat free to start with as this always makes a massive difference.  Also I am going refined sugar free so that will help with my weight, well hopefully!

I am excited to try some recipes out in the dehydrator and am even toying with the idea of eating raw for a while.  I think this would be good for my tummy.

I am also going to start running again i think, as much for my sanity as anything else.  Been going through some personal things lately and think running would give me some great time to think and get some clarity.

I would just really like to be happy and comfortable in my own skin but it seems when I get closer something happens and I end up further away from that.  But hey we all need something to work towards don’t we?!

My beautiful new dehydrator! Can’t wait to use it this weekend!
But where to start, that’s the question!
Sweet potato and carrot crisps, sprouted nut granola, banana chips, mango chips, so many things……where do I start!!

My beautiful new dehydrator! Can’t wait to use it this weekend!
But where to start, that’s the question!
Sweet potato and carrot crisps, sprouted nut granola, banana chips, mango chips, so many things……where do I start!!

My new probiotic! Meant to be incredible for IBS. Here goes nothing, start tomorrow so will let you know how it goes. Meant to start really helping with the symptons of IBS within 2 weeks apparantly.

My new probiotic! Meant to be incredible for IBS. Here goes nothing, start tomorrow so will let you know how it goes. Meant to start really helping with the symptons of IBS within 2 weeks apparantly.

Just enrolled on these….beyond excited!

MAKING A CHANGE……..

Ok so I am the first to admit I love a good bar of chocolate, a piece of cake or even a great cupcake but I also have to admit how awful it makes me feel.  

Not only, for me, does it bring on awful feelings of guilt and regret about eating it but also the regret that I have just damaged my body for no real reason other than indulgence.

I am not saying it is bad to indulge sometimes, I do it often especially in the form of retail!!, I am just saying that I forget that this little indulgence has a much bigger effect on my body than it does on my conscience. 

After being the fat one for most of my life, the fat sister, the fat friend, one day I woke up and decided to make a change for good, I realised I just wanted to be ME.  I have struggled for years with my weight and still do on a daily basis and this in turn brings its own issues.  No matter how hard I try or how slim I become in my mindI  will always be the fat one.  

I was anorexic when I was younger, which has scarred me physically but more importantly mentally.  It really is an illness which is so damaging and the effects are also long lasting.  One of my lasting effects is when ever I ‘treat’ myself to something “unhealthy” I get instant fears of regret, guilt, self-hatred and I just turn into a neurotic mess.  I try so hard to talk myself out of these but it gets so hard sometimes.

This is why I am making a change, I am making a conscience effort to break the habit of me looking in the mirror and just seeing the ‘fat’ me looking back at me, rather than seeing the person I have become now.  I am not saying I don’t want to loose a few extra pounds, I really do, but I am saying that part of that is learning to accept the person I am.

I have been my ideal weight and felt great but had to quality of life as was SO STRICT it was unmaintanable and also unrealistic and unhealthy.  I have to learn to accept the body I was given.  For me that is the hardest thing of all.

This is partly why I am giving up refined sugar, my sanity, well what I have left of it!!  But also we don’t realise what refined sugar actually does to our bodies. I want to make a change from the inside out.

Obviously people know it is not good for your weight but do people really realise what it does to our insides……??????

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/sugar-problem/refined-sugar-the-sweetest-poison-of-all

The website above is just one of many articles about the DANGERS OF REFINED SUGARS, it is TERRIFYING how serious the effects are.

I hope me sharing just a little of my story and neurosis will help people to see the seriousness and addictiveness of sugar.

VERY EXCITED!!

I just ordered my dehydrator!!!  I am SO EXCITED to get it now so i can start making some yummy and super healthy RAW FOOD.

First up is some yummy granola i think which i could have with some homemade almond milk!!

I am like a little kid at Christmas!!!  I can make my own dried fruit so I know there will be no sugar added to them and can make my own raw crackers………oh the possibilities are endless!!!

Will keep you all posted and hopefully take some pics!!

Got it from - energise your life

(Source: energiseyourlife.com)

Another great website/blog!!