Hope you are all well and groovy. Another blog of a different kind - but one to do with Food! For those who know me well and have been following my diary entries here about my life and health, and crazy challenges. Welcome to 30 days of 'Eat Clean', set up through Essex Boot Camp that I have become somewhat obsessed with, lol.
Not only is the exercise regime great (if somewhat exhaustive on my lungs), but the instructors and people who also participate are truly fabulous. Now along with going 2-3 times a week and now my shot putt/discus training once a week and badminton training during the week too. Now......I am focusing on this food challenge which is a paleo way of eating. For those unsure the following explains what it is......
Information taken from Paleo
Paleo is short for Paleolithic, and the premise of a Paleo diet centers around the idea that our bodies have not adapted sufficiently to eating foods that weren’t available to us 10,000 years ago. It is thought that more than 70% of food consumed today was never available in Paleolithic times. We put so much processed food into our bodies; most which is unhealthy. The advances in agriculture and mass food production have caused us to move away from eating real food; food meant to work with our bodies for optimal health.
- Weight loss
- Improved glucose tolerance
- Lowered blood pressure
- Significant reductions in total cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and triglycerides
- Increased feeling of satiation
|gluten free oaks,coconut milk,sultanas|
|banana,protein powder pancakes,spinach,berries|
|smoked salmon salad with satsumas and seeds|
|tuna vegetable salad|
|turkey,sweet potato,vegetable stirfry|
|bolonaise,sweet potato,parsnips and salad|
I have had great meals and also some disasters, my first attempt at making paleo pancakes was a pile of slop - but still tasted good. Also, I made 2 meals in advance turkey, sweet potatoes, vegetables (photo above as in wok) - then left pan on with the hob off, but it still cooked through (as the hob was still hot). I ended up burning the base of my pan and my food smelt burnt all the way through - and had to bin. Gutted and a waste :( This was the weekend I was going away to a Team GB training and my advancement preparations went belly up! In a panic in the morning, I opened a tin of tuna and filled a tupperware also with salad, packed avocados, fruit and ended up buying cooked chicken on the way and a bag of lettuce!
I think it's important to have variety too as otherwise this could get boring and motivation slowly go. I have cut out caffeine, and for this regime also no alcohol (not that that affects me - 1 shot baileys in like 2 months ..lol), no fizzy drinks (again not a bother for me), no dairy - but can have almond or coconut milk, no cereals (bye bye coco pops and chocolate milk from it, fruit and fibre etc) - but ok to eat gluten free oats (but expensive)!!
I have seen my friends eat chocolate, crisps, and sweets in my face and make extra loud noises with their wrappings of these sugary bad boys.....It is difficult to watch and I know I have done well so far. I am having a fundraiser event this Saturday and also my 40th celebrations, and have said in advance my only sin that night will be cake...but I am prepared for any punishment at bootcamp.
This is not a diet, but a different food lifestyle and one I am embracing for this duration. Keep eating your naughty foods and think of me being pure and heavenly ;)
Thanks lovely people and I will write again perhaps at the end of the 30 days or before if I need help through my cravings. Peace, love, protein powder, green beans and I'm outa here xx