For starters I had satay chicken, which was obviously great.
My main course was a chicken curry cooked in coconut milk. I'm not a big fan of the usual gloppy Chinese sauces, so I thought going for the coconut milk option was a good bet: and it was! Instead of rice I asked for stir fried veggies, which helped bulk out the meal, I'd had more than enough white rice when we had Sushi at the beginning of the week.
Despite only having a three day week, I was glad that the weekend turned up, mostly because I'm ill with a cold, boo! As a result I had a pretty lazy weekend, but sometimes it is needed.
After waking up on Saturday we actually stayed in bed and watched an episode of Dexter: like I said, super lazy! By the time I actually got up I was starving, so I wanted something quick for breakfast.
Two eggs fried in coconut oil with a coffee blended with coconut oil. This is becoming my go to Saturday morning breakfast.
I then got showered, dressed, and we headed to the shops to buy some food.
On our return I put some lunch together. Harrogate sausages with spinach and onions and half a mashed sweet potato.
We needed the food to fuel us through the Wales v. Italy game. Honestly I wasn't paying much attention to the game, and was reading blogs instead, if a game isn't too exciting, my concentration can wonder a lot.
We then watched 'Hungry For Change'. This is a documentary I think everyone should watch. It really just confirmed to me that I am absolutely making the right choices with how I am feeding myself, and made me feel good that I am being so kind to my body in treating it this way. I almost think that this should be watched by everyone on a weekly basis just to remind people how important making the right choices about what we put into our mouth is. Maybe even a constant loop being filtered into all our schools, homes and workplaces... Maybe that's a bit too Big Brother, and taking it a bit too far ;)
Personally, it reminded me of a few things I should be doing. Firstly I want to re-introduce flax-seeds into my diet, I used to have them regularly, but haven't in ages. I also have a bag of chia seeds that I tried once, and they haven't seen the light of day since, so I'm going to give them another go. Chia and flax seeds form gels, that pass through our intestinal tract absorbing toxins and passing them through the colon. I figured they can't hurt right?
Additionally, the programme made me really want a juicer again. I hardly ever eat raw veggies except for in salads, so I think it would be a great way of getting them in my diet. Can anyone recommend one? Although really this is a purchase that should probably wait until I have my own place, our kitchen is already bursting at the seems with mine and my mums stuff.
Other items hiding in the back of my cupboard are Spirulina and Barley Grass, which I'm going to reintroduce too, which would be easily done in a veggie juice ;)
I loved how they put the emphasis on veg, and that rather than fruit and veg, it should be veg and fruit as veg is so much better for you, and that really it should be 7-8 portions, and that being mostly veg: I totally agree!
Cultured foods such as sauerkraut and kim chi were mentioned, the only cultured thing I currently eat is the occasional greek yogurt, so this is something I might do some research into.
Except for the above points, I think I pretty much have everything else from the programme covered. Some of the scenes with the actress in I found a bit cringe worthy, but it also highlighted how important self love is, which is something I should probably put some more effort into. There is also a Hungry For Change book , which I'm tempted to get, as I think flipping through it every now and again would be a nice reminder of what I should be doing, and why I'm doing it.
While watching the film we snacked on some Lord Poppington's popcorn that I have been sent to review: tasty!
For dinner I was trying something new, I figured I could probably make a paleo carbonara. I figured courgette slices would work instead of noodles, and coconut milk instead of cream, and we're good to go! This didn't quite work out as well as I hoped, mostly I think because I only used half a can of coconut milk as I thought it would be too rich with the bacon too, but I then decided to add an egg, which I think made the coconut milk split. It still tasted good though, I will experiment with making this again!
Post dinner was a slice of my mums home baked Victoria Sponge, in her new square baking tray: I can't tell you how excited she was about a square baking tin and you wonder where I get it from! I assured her, it tasted square ;) When my mum bakes a cake, which is usually every couple of weeks, I have a new rule, in that I can have one slice guilt free, but no more. This rule is working so well for me, in that I don't have to agonise about whether I'm going to be 'good' and abstain, or how I'm going to work it in. I have my one slice, I enjoy it, and it really doesn't bother me then. There's half a cake still sitting in our kitchen, and I don't feel the need to have any, I've had my taster :)
That evening we watched the last episode of Season 7 of Dexter. I've not enjoyed this last season as much as the others, there have been a few twist in the storyline, and I suppose he couldn't carry on in like he was in the first few seasons forever! I have to say we have been a bit lost since, it's been our go to thing to watch for the past two and a half months! I'm just counting down the days until the next series of Game of Thrones :)
Sunday morning the inevitable happened. Let's just say it tasted just as good as usual! We had local thick bacon too, left over from the carbonara the night before, it was nice, but I think I prefer thin cut bacon. I also forced myself to cut back on the maple syrup, I don't need two servings!
We then went to a local farm shop that I've never been to but wanted to check out. I was a bit disappointed with the selection of veg; potatoes, sprouts, carrots and onions don't really excite me, but I suppose it is one of those places you have to go to every week to see what they've picked that week. So now I've told Iestyn we need to go weekly!
We did buy a few things: red cabbage, garlic and giant field mushrooms.
We bought this local goats cheese, which I didn't realise how small the piece was, especially for the price : £3.50!
It was great coupled with an apple: This was mine and Iestyn's snack while watching telly that afternoon.
We also stopped in the little cafe for a black coffee.
They had great views. For me, the menu was a bit disaponting: a lot of 'traditional food' such as lasagne's, cottage pie, sunday dinners, sandwiches etc. I was hoping for more 'me' meals! The only thing that tempted me was the veggie soup which would of been full of veggies grown in the field next to us!
We also bought these local Welsh Black Gluten Free Burgers, which are frozen, but I'm looking forward to trying them, I think they might be great treat for post CrossFit!
It was after lunch time on us getting back, so rather than make lunch we had a series of snacks, including the above apple and goats cheese, I experimented with a sweet potato smoothie: recipe to come later on this week, and we also had some more popcorn while we watched anther food based documentary.
To ward of germs I made mugs of lemon, honey and ginger.
Our documentary of the day was Food Inc. It is about the food industry in America. In all honesty after watching it I felt a bit helpless about exactly what we can eat! I know the situation is a bit better in the UK, and for that I am thankful for, but I really would love to watch something which specifically addresses the situation in the UK.
One thing the film made me realise is that I need to start washing my fruit and vegetables, especially things like spinach which has been linked more than once to e-coli breakouts. Please tell me I'm not the only one who never washes fruit and veg? Honestly, it never really occurs to me, although I know it's something that I should do, and with something like spinach, I don't want it getting limp! This is why, at the weekend I will be going in search of a salad spinner!
Of course I found it a bit distressing seeing animals being killed, but I think it is important for people to realise exactly where their food comes from. Yes meat equals a dead animal. In the best way possible, I have to be ok with that, and accept it, otherwise I would have to be a veggie. It has made me want to eat free range and local as much as possible, and although at the moment I don't think it is generally viable as part of my budget, that is where any extra money that comes my way will go in the future.
I've never actually seen myself as a farmer, beyond wanting a vegetable patch, but the program made me seriously consider a small holding where I can raise a few animals to sell myself locally. Knowing that they haven't been fed anything they shouldn't, and they would of been given the best care possible! And I would know exactly where my food comes from! Not sure how viable it would ever be, but I can dream right?
I was feeling quite sorry for myself by dinner time, as the cold had taken hold of me once again, so Iestyn told me I could sit and read blogs and supervise and he would make me dinner. I couldn't turn down that offer!
He made me pork and apple burgers served on giant mushrooms we'd bought that day, and served with red cabbage and red onions, which I really liked, but there was far too much of it, I've saved some for another day.
Monday is my weigh in day, and although I knew I'd had and OK week, I wasn't expecting much as I had eaten more than usual while in Manchester, been out for a Chinese, and I'd only exercised twice, and also had a pretty sedentary weekend. I was hoping for just a small drop in the right direction, so you can imagine I was quite happy with 2.2 pounds. I feel like I'm firmly back on tack now!
Have you seen Hungry for Change and/or Food Inc? Did it make you reflect on what and why you eat? I think it's pretty hard not to reflect on those subjects afterwards really.
Do you have any chia seeds recipes to convert me into liking them? It is mostly a texture thing for me really.
How about cultured foods? It is a completely new world to me really, and if I'm honest they don't majorly appeal, but I'll give anything a chance once!
Have you got any items, in the back of your cupboard that you stopped eating for no particular reason? I'm bringing Flax back!
Have a great day everyone!