Jalapeno Poppers

The other evening I went to a friends house for a girls dinner, and she introduced me to these jalapeño poppers which she served as pre-dinner nibble. They are not only incredibly LCHF but they also incredibly good  🙂

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Last night I thought I would test them out myself and to see if C liked them – which he did. They can be rather spicy, but the cream cheese balances it out quite nicely.

I don’t really think I can call it a recipe, but this is what I did:

Jalapeño Poppers

  • Fresh Jalapenos
  • Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • Smoked Bacon

Cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise and scrape out all the seeds and veins and rinse under cold water. Make sure you are very thorough with this, as this is where all the heat and spiciness lies.

With a spoon spread the cream cheese into the jalapeno halves. Be quite liberal with the amount of cheese.

Wrap a slice of smoked bacon around the jalapeno and cream cheese, and secure with a toothpick.

Put them on a grilling wrack and pop them into the oven about 180C until the bacon is crisp (about 15-20 minutes).

Alternatively pop them under the broiler.

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You can serve these bad boys as a pre-dinner nibble when you have guests (I find snacks are the hardest things to prepare on the LCHF diet). They can also work as a light dinner alongside a salad (which is what C and I did last night).

Hope you enjoy them 🙂

Don’t be Fooled!

Have you ever seen those adverts for various weight-loss programs where you see the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos? Of course you have, they are everywhere! In fact, it is not just confined to big companies I see them on a majority of diet blogs (LCHF included) as well!

They are designed to motivate you to buy what ever they are selling, or follow what ever they are writing – ultimately to make a profit. I am not saying that there are not some genuine ‘before’ and ‘after’ stories out there – but it is amazing how easily people can get manipulated.

Look at the series of photos below:

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It looks as though these photos were taken over a series of weeks while following this chaps body transformation. Wrong. These were all taken on the same day and within the same hour! It is amazing what a shave, lighting and body posture can do!

My point about posting this is so we don’t get caught up on this idea of what we should look like. A lot of what we are exposed to on a daily basis is designed to manipulate us. It also gives us a false idea of what we are meant to look like and what we should achieve within a certain time frame.

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It is time to start focusing on ourselves, looking after our bodies and achieving our own goals in our own and realistic timeframe and not made to feel inadequate because we can’t live up to a fake and manipulated ideal.

Here you can find the original article I saw on Huffpost: Seduced by the Illusion

Burgers and salad!

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I’m quite excited as this is my first ever post using my brand new iPhone 🙂

Admittedly not the most exciting picture…there seems to be a bit of a green tint-but it was a lovely and very LCHF friendly dinner 🙂

Home made burgers with melted cheese, with a side of salad and home made mayonnaise.

What was on your dinner table today?

LCHF Tips for Beginners!

It is never easy to begin a new diet or to change your life-style, and starting the LCHF diet will be no different. However, although I am no expert by any stretch of the imagination here are a few tips which helped me stay on the proverbial band wagon when I started over 3 months ago. Hopefully they may help you too!

  1. This is not a diet! Technically the word ‘diet’ fits into the way we speak about LCHF as it refers to the way and what we eat, however as a society we have come to think of the word ‘diet’ as being restrictive and associate it to weight loss. Although weight loss can be attributed initially by eating LCHF, however once you reach your natural weight you will plateau. Hence, LCHF is not a diet to solely lose weight, it is a life-style choice. We have chosen this way of eating because it allows us to lead healthier and fuller lives and this is a permanent change.
  2.  Enthusiasm: I believe that this is half the battle! If you really feel enthusiastic or passionate about something you will have a greater chance of success. If you don’t feel enthusiastic about this diet – don’t start it. Instead do more research on the topic, read up more on the pros and cons until you feel that this is something for you, and something that you can do. Starting something with a half-arsed mentality very rarely leads to success! Which brings me to my next point:
  3. Research:  Don’t blindly follow this diet – do your own research. This has really REALLY helped me stay on track. For those of you who have been following this blog for a while know that I am constantly researching and trying to find out more information on LCHF. By doing so I am educating myself and I am making informed decision of what I am putting in my body. A friend of mine asked me during brunch the other day, if it was hard for me to avoid the sweet breads that were going around the table. I told her initially yes (when I had first started LCHF), however the more I read up on the subject the more I realised how bad wheat and sugar was for the body, that now I had no problems avoiding it all together. What started out as a one-month experiment on LCHF has led me to change my mind-set all together, and now I can never imagine going back to how I ate before.
  4. Clean your cupboards: Before you even start on the LCHF diet, go through your kitchen and pantry and get rid of everything not LCHF friendly! Throw it away, give it away -I don’t care! Just make sure it is not in your home tempting you.
  5. Organisation is King!:  In order to be successful with this diet, be organised. Plan what you are going to eat for every meal during the week, and plan good snack foods to have at home. This may seem rather pedantic, but if you plan ahead you minimise the likelihood of failing. I know the weeks where C and I did not plan ahead it was really difficult to put a good meal together and it was so tempting just to pop on some pasta to boil and throw together a sauce -which is what we did quite frequently in the past.
  6. Don’t be your own enemy: So, you messed up? You just couldn’t resist that slice of cake at the office – don’t’ beat yourself up about it. You haven’t failed! It is hard to change your life style or your mind set over night – if you have a few slip-up that is fine. But just keep in mind why you are doing this diet in the first place, what is it you want to achieve? Then at your next meal time make an extra effort to stick to it.
  7. Get an LCHF Buddy: What really helped me stick to LCHF in the beginning was that my husband had agreed to do it with me. This way we ate the same meals, we discussed the diet at length, talked about side-effects and how the diet was making us feel. When one of us was not feeling so motivated, the other was there to bolster them and make sure they stayed on track. We really encouraged each other to succeed
  8.  Write it down!: Keep a food journal and write down everything you eat from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep. This is a favourite technique of many diet plans – and there is a reason for that -it works! It forces you to be brutally honest with yourselves and it shows you where you need to improve. This is how I started this blog – I wrote down what I was eating everyday and it ensured that I did not cheat too often, as I had a public platform 🙂
  9. Don’t be dissuaded: You will most likely get a lot of negative reactions when you first decide to try this diet, but don’t let that get to you. Remember by doing the LCHF diet, you are turning everything the western world has taught about nutrition up side down, and for many people this is uncomfortable. Just do your research and understand why you are eating this way, and don’t let the nay-sayers get you down!
  10. Don’t be afraid of fat! The number one mistake I made in the beginning was that I was not eating enough saturated fat. I was still in the process of trying to change my mind set that fat was actually good for me, and although it made sense when I read about it – to suddenly go from a very ‘lean’ and ‘fat-free’ diet to one which advocates a substantial amount, that takes some brain training. However it is important you get the saturated fat in your diet – this is our fuel.

So there you have my top ten tips for LCHF beginners – all of the above helped me stay on track when I first started this diet and I hope that it may give you some guidance as well.

Oooh I just thought of an extra tip which really helped me – this is your bonus tip 🙂

Time Frame: Initially I gave myself a one month time frame to try the LCHF diet and see if it was for me. Knowing I had only to do this diet for one month, allowed me to really focus on the diet and put in all my effort to see if this was a diet for me. As it turned out it was, and I was quite taken with the diet and decided to continue, but I think by giving yourself a realistic time frame it  is definitely a good way to kickstart your new LCHF life style 🙂

Roast Chicken & Asian Inspired Stir Fry

You know what I love the most about eating LCHF – I can finally eat all my favourite cuts of meat without feeling guilty. Gone are the days of eating miserable dry poached chicken breast – bring on those juicy thighs and crispy skin 🙂

This is what C made me for dinner tonight: Crispy chicken thigh with Asian inspired stir fry – what a fantastic meal. C fried the veggies in olive oil and coconut oil and together with the crispy skin, there was enough fat in the meal to feel satisfied. I was full after one thigh, so I am brining the other with me to work tomorrow for lunch!

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What was on your dinner table tonight? 🙂

 

My Big Fat Diet – Documentary

So I was browsing the web as usual looking for interesting programs or speeches on LCHF, and came across this moving CBC Documentary from 2008 called My Big Fat Diet.

The documentary is based on the Namgis who are First Nation people of Alert Bay in Northern Canada. It is well documented that the indigenous population of Canada suffer from high rates of obesity and diabetes, and according to mainstream health experts this is due to a sedentary lifestyle and a diet rich in fat.

However Dr. Jay Wortsman does not believe that this is the case and says that carbohydrates, sugar and junkfood are to blame and persuaded the community of Alert Bay to take up a dietary challenge that returned them to a traditional style of eating for one year, and to see what the results were.

I really enjoyed watching this documentary and following the progress of this community over a year. It was very moving and touching as you saw how people’s lives generally improved with this new way of eating. However this documentary was aired in 2008 (slightly dated) and I cannot find any new information on how the community is doing today – I really hope that they do a follow up program!

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What really struck me about this documentary is that it shows that the LCHF diet is not just some fad diet coming out of Sweden, but rather Dr’s and scientists all over the world are coming to this conclusion. Our health care professionals need to start looking at this way of eating more seriously – why are we still wasting time with a method that just doesn’t work!!

I hope you enjoy the video!