The Real Meal Revolution (Banting)

http://realmealrevolution.com/the-facts

Here’s a wonderful resource for all those of you doing Banting.

I am still going strong with the detox, I just find I am hungry a lot of the time (so am just eating MORE fruit and veg).

Love yourself

Laurene

LCHF MEAL PLAN 1

The Meal Plans that I share on The Fat Goddess are based on what I’ve eaten the week before. I find it helpful to keep a food journal (so that I am aware of what I am eating on a daily basis) I use my food journal to share weekly meal plans for those of you who need some guidelines and/or inspiration. I am not a dietician or qualified to give dietary or medical advice, I am just a FAT GODDESS 😉

I find that generally I eat two meals a day with a snack in between. I have also tried to cut down on meat this week, so a lot of the meals I share here, are vegetarian friendly. The best advice I can give you is to cut out sugar and cut back on processed carbs as much as possible. If you find you are getting hungry, increase the amount of fat! I know that sounds counter intuitive, but it actually works. So, if you take a salad to work for lunch, remember to pour a liberal amount of olive oil over it – or chop loads of avo into it (or both ;-)).  Listen to your body, only eat until you are satisfied – not stuffed.

I lost almost 2kg’s following this meal plan last week 🙂

 Day 1 Monday

Breakfast

Coffee with milk/cream

Lunch

Loads of butter lettuce with mackrell pate (I forgot to pack lunch for work, so I popped into the Spar and bought a packet of lettuce and the pate)

Snack

Block of Cheese, 30 g pistachios

Supper

Creamy Chicken, broccoli and mushroom on courgette ribbons (I cooked enough for two nights for 4 people. I divided the chicken dish into two and served ours with the courgettes and the boys had their chicken on penne pasta)  You will find the recipe on my blog

 

Day 2 Tuesday

Breakfast

Coffee with milk/cream

Lunch

Nice big portion of salami, mushroom and courgette quiche with salad (that I made the night before – I find it much easier taking quiche and salad to work for lunch rather than running down to the shop at lunch time) Quiche recipe is also on the blog

Snack

Full Cream Bulgarian Yoghurt +/- 175ml

Nuts and cheese

Supper

Big brown mushrooms with spinach, brinjal, red pepper, onion and chilli filling smothered in cheese and grilled under the oven served with a dollop of full cream Bulgarian yoghurt, pumpkin with butter and cinnamon and a salad with feta and olives (I did 4 huge mushrooms with enough filling for two people for two nights) the recipe is also on my blog

 

Day 3 Wednesday

Breakfast

Coffee with milk/cream

Lunch

Left over quiche and salad from yesterday. (I always try and make more salad in the evenings so that I can take the rest to work in the next day)

Snack

A nice big piece of dry wors (sausage) and cheese

Supper

Same as last night

 

Day 4 Thursday

Breakfast

Coffee with milk/cream

Lunch

Leftover salad from last night and peppered mackerel from the Spar

Snack

A handful of pistachios and a block of cheese

Supper

Omelette with cheese, tomato, basil and bacon

 

Day 5 Friday

Breakfast

Coffee with milk/cream

Lunch

150ml full cream Bulgarian yoghurt

Smoked snoek and tomato

Snack

Yellow plum

Supper

We went out for supper (Ocean Basket) and I had the prawns and stir fry special. If you’re cooking in rather than going out, I suggest that you do stirfry and chicken strips – nice and easy and very tasty.

 

Day 6 Saturday

Breakfast

3 rashers bacon, 2 fried eggs and a tomato

Snack

Banting Seed crackers with butter and cheese and a couple of cucumber and carrot sticks (recipe on the Real Meal Revolution website I think or check out the recipe on this blog that I found wordpress.com/…/the-realmealrevolution-adventures-nutty-crackers/

Supper

We went to friends for supper and I ate way too much of everything 😉 How about rather having a delicious piece of fish fried in butter and lemon juice and served with broccoli, pumpkin, creamed spinach and cauli mash

Day 7 Sunday

Breakfast

Kippers (smoked herring), 2 poached eggs and a tomato

 Snack

175ml of full cream Bulgarian yoghurt and a yellow plum (fruit of your choice)

Supper

We had a braai (barbeque). Andre put a pork joint on the Weber (Kettle Braai) very yummy. Served with a nice big salad. We also put a couple of potatoes and an onion on the braai for the boys. The great thing is that there are left overs, so that’s lunch sorted for tomorrow.

I lost 1.7kg’s this week following this meal plan.

Brown mushrooms with spinach and brinjal

This is a great vegetarian option for those of you who are cutting out sugar and carbs.

INGREDIENTS/METHOD

4 to 6 big brown mushrooms (cook in the microwave for a few minutes with a blob of butter and some Ina Paarman’s garlic and herb salt sprinkled over them)

1 onion, garlic, red pepper (fry in butter) I also added chilli – i love chilli

1 brinjal cubed or sliced into smallish pieces (add to above)

Spinach (as much as you like) cream would be nice, but I didn’t have any at the time (add to the above and let it wilt but don’t over cook it)

Place this mixture over the mushrooms, sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top and stick under the grill until browned.

We had ours with a salad and some buttery pumpkin

 

Creamy Chicken, broccoli and mushroom on courgette ribbons

This is a great dish to make, especially if like me, you have kids/teenagers at home.  Instead of cooking one meal for us and something different for them,  I cook up some pasta and they have the creamy chicken, broccoli and mushrooms on the pasta and we have it on thinly sliced courgette ribbons.

INGREDIENTS / METHOD

50 ml coconut oil (fry the chicken pieces in the coconut oil)

chicken breasts (I used the ones with the skin and bone still on them)

2 onions, 1 green pepper, garlic and herb seasoning,  (add to the frying chicken after the chicken has been browning for a couple of minutes)

add a chicken stock cube once the onions have browned for a while and cook on medium heat until the chicken is tender.

broccoli, mushrooms and 250 ml cream (just use as much of the broccoli and mushrooms in your dish as you like – I used a whole punnet of mushrooms and a head of broccoli)

Pour the cream over the chicken and veg in the pot and let it simmer for 20 or so minutes on a low heat.  I take the chicken off the bone before adding the cream to the dish.

Serve on courgettes (baby marrows) that you’ve cut into thin strips and stir fried in butter for a few minutes.

Serve with pumpkin if you like 🙂

New Year, New Beginnings

Welcome to all my new followers and a delicious,  big hello to all of my regular followers and fellow banters.

It’s time to start fucking around – oops, I mean STOP fucking around and get serious about getting healthy this year.

I am so over being addicted to sugar and carbs. I am tired of feeling yucky inside and continually hungry.  It’s time to start looking after myself.   Who’s with me?  Aren’t you sick and tired of feeling like shit? Let’s face it, sugar is BAD for us. Let’s fight this bastard together.

Please check out my Facebook page too, as I share stuff there too 😉

Love yourself

Laurene ♡

A BIG, FAT WELCOME

I had a chance to catch up on my emails yesterday and was very happy to see that ‘The Fat Goddess’ has a whole lot of new followers.  So I thought I would give you a BIG, FAT WELCOME and hope you will enjoy following my blog.  You’ve started following me at just the right time – I’m back from a gloriously indulgent 3 week holiday and I’m feeling determined to lose the couple of kilo’s that I picked up on holiday.  I also picked up a few kilo’s before that (Winter) and truth be told, I still had quite a ‘weigh’ to go weight loss wise.  So, now I want to lose the 6 kilo’s I’ve picked up over Winter and on holiday PLUS a couple of kilo’s more (I would like to be around a size 36).

I have decide to continue following a LCHF eating plan, as I have less cravings and don’t get as hungry when I cut back on refined sugars and carbs and eat more veggies, salads, healthy plant fats (nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, avo’s) /animal fats (butter, full fat Greek/Bulgarian yoghurt, cheese, cream, milk) fish, chicken, red meat (trying to cut back on red meat).  This time round, I also want to have more fun cooking and experimenting with ‘new’ recipe’s.  Part of the reason I started struggling to stick to a LCHF eating plan was because I got ‘bored’ eating the same stuff over and over.  So now I want to try out new recipes and add a couple of ‘sweet treats’ into the mix – LCHF sweet treats of course 😉  There’s a great cheesecake and chocolate cake recipe that I’ve seen and want to try out sometime.

A quick recap for those of you who don’t follow TFG (The Fat Goddess) on Facebook:

I weighed 77.2 kg’s in July (my lowest weight since following a LCHF/’Banting’ eating plan). I started ‘cheating’ on and off during Winter and had picked up 2 and a bit kilograms before we went on a 3 week holiday, where I picked up almost 4 Kilos.  I weighed 83.2 kg’s when I stood on the scale yesterday (Holy Crap!!)  Anyway, it has motivated me to really focus on looking after myself by eating WELL & being more active.  I am all for feeling more fit, healthy and radiant rather than sluggish, unhealthy and dull.

One of the activities that really helped me stay focused and motivated the last time I was following a LCHF eating plan was keeping a food journal – I enjoyed writing down what I’d eaten during the day – I also found it helped putting a weekly eating plan together (I could just refer back to what I’d written down in my food journal over the weeks and make out an eating plan for the following week) It helps to be organised (which I’m not) especially when food shopping.  It is so much easier going with the list of what items you need.  I prefer shopping on a full stomach – there is nothing worse than shopping when you’re hungry!

MONTHLY WEIGH IN 30 JUNE 2014

Hi there all you gorgeous Fat Gods and Goddesses

I thought that seeing as it’s been over a month since I did a ‘Weekly’ weigh in, I’d call today’s blog post ‘Monthly’ weigh in.  I feel as is I’ve been stuck in a kind of groundhog day since my last post!  I am still snotty and coughing my lungs out – YES!! it’s been over a month, I know.  I eventually decided to go onto antibiotics on Friday (started getting a temp and thought I’d better not risk it).

Image

So what can I tell you since the last blog post (https://thefatgoddess.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/weekly-weigh-in-26-may-14/)

1.  My last day at work was Wednesday 28th May.  My body finally decided it had had enough and couldn’t carry on working 8 to 5 and having chemo plus side effects plus fighting off a cold. 

2.  I am getting paid more staying at home than going to work!!  I have no sick leave owing me, so every time I took time off work in May, it was deducted off my salary.  I was very unhappy 😦  This month, I have not gone to work (getting temporary disability sorted out) and I get 75% of my salary.  Very Happy 🙂

3.  When I am on holiday my ideal ‘body clock’ setting is going to bed at midnight and waking up at 8am.  I am finding that if I go to bed at midnight nowadays, I need to sleep until around 9:30am.  It is a huge relief not having to be at work at 8, especially now that the chemo / cough / sinusitis have been affecting my sleep. At least I can rest during the day after a restless night.

4.  It has been fantastic catching up with friends, especially those that I don’t see too often.  Initially I felt a bit guilty meeting friends for coffee, seeing as I’m no longer working – but there is a huge difference between going out for a few hours in the morning compared to working the whole day.

Image

5.  I thought that I would spend more time writing, reading, meditating and doing online courses etc. but to be honest I just haven’t felt like it.  I think I needed some time to just ‘blob’, stay in bed (especially when it’s cold and rainy) and play Candy Crush and Angry Birds!

ImageImage

6.  My weight has been up and  down like a yo-yo this month.  The lowest I weighed (for a day – Friday 30th May to be precise) – was 79kg’s and the highest – for well over two weeks – was 81.9kg’s.  I don’t think being constipated helped! Have now resigned myself to taking Fybogel and Senna tablets.  Chemo = constipation – Senna and Fybogel = relief.  My weight today is 79.2kg’s

Image

7.  I haven’t been able to smell or taste anything for two weeks now.  I think my nose is sick and tired of me blowing it and has gone on strike!  I normally have a highly developed sense of smell and now I can’t even smell bacon frying! It has taken almost two weeks for me to realise that it’s pointless eating cheesecake, chocolate, garlic bread and the like if I can’t even taste it!!  I know some of you are thinking, “Hey, but aren’t you ‘banting’?”, yes, I am, but every now and then I succumb to cake or bread – especially if we go out.  This weekend we went to friends for a braai and I ate a couple of Lays chips and a slice of foccacia (bread), followed by boerewors, chops, salad, garlic bread (loads) and a slice of birthday cake – ALL OF WHICH I COULDN’T TASTE!!  Go Figure?! Then we went to one of my dearest friends for supper and had more delicious food that I couldn’t taste.  I am now going to make the most of not being able to taste anything and stick to LCHF!

8.  I am more than half way through my 18 week chemo cycle.  The way it works is that I have two weeks on and one week off.

Week 1 =  Herceptin and Navelbine (on a Thursday usually)

Week 2 = Navelbine (on the following Thursday)

Week 3 = a break 🙂

This Thursday will be Week 2 of my 4th chemo cycle.  Once I complete all 6 cycles, I will only have to have Herceptin once every 3 weeks, which is manageable and it also means that I will be able to go back to work once I’ve had some time to recover from these 18 weeks.

Image

9.  Even though my body seems to be taking quite a hammering this time around, I am feeling positive and am making the most of it.  At least I have a good excuse not to exercise 😉 not that I needed  an excuse to be honest.  My blood count is actually very good according to the full blood count I had last week, which is good news seeing as I have been so snotty and bunged up etc.  I must admit that I am looking forward to going for a nice walk once I get over the worst of this cough and cold.

Image

10.  Instead of feeling annoyed and irritated and saying things like, “I can’t seem to get below 80Kg’s”, and “I seem to be sticking in the 80’s” I am now going to say, “Wow, how did I manage to get into the 70’s so quickly and stay there?” and, “How was I able to lose another 10 kilo’s so easily and effortlessly?” and whilst I’m about it, instead of saying things like, “I can’t seem to get rid of this awful cough and cold”, I am rather going to focus on health, wellness and vitality and visualize myself getting better and stronger.

Love yourself

Laurene

 

%d bloggers like this: