Perfect Roast Chicken

For those of you who follow my instagram account probably realise by now – My hubby and I love roast chicken! We probably roast a chicken at least twice a month if not more! It is quick, it is versatile and it is delicious!

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As it is only two of us, we usually eat all the dark meat and skin in the first sitting (the skin is the best part and never warms up well later…so enjoy it while its crispy ūüôā We then¬†save the¬†breast meat for another meal, like a quick stir fry, chicken salad, caesar salad, what ever we fancy. Finally we make stock from the bones!

Roast chicken is so incredibly simple and easy! You can find my recipe for roast chicken over at The Travelling Chopsticks or just click this link:

Perfect Roast Chicken

Happy Eating ūüôā

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Asian Inspired Chicken Burgers and Asparagus

I have a wonderful dinner plan for you guys today!

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Asian inspired chicken burgers with asparagus. Doesn’t it look fantastic? It is incredibly quick, easy to make and it tastes so good, you don’t even miss the rice ūüôā

Hop on over to The Travelling Chopsticks to check out the recipe!

Happy Friday!

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The Importance of Planning!

When I first started on the LCHF diet, planning my weekly meals was essential. This ensured that I stayed on track and there was the right kind of food at home, so I never had any excuse to jump off that proverbial wagon.

Fast forward almost a year (5th of April!), and I still plan my weakly meals. Not only does it help us keep on track, but I like the other benefits of planning our meals, such as never buying unnecessary food, not wasting money, and actually being organised enough to try new recipes.

I got my weekly meal planner from a Swedish shop called Kiki K (I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to organisation!) however, you can easily make this your selves:

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(You will notice that last week I was in Argentina for a long weekend….I can ensure you I only eat good grass-fed beef, drank fantastic wine…and only one or possibly two empanadas managed to sneak their way into my diet..)

I have swapped out the “snack” option at the end for “exercise” as I like to be able to keep track of what I have planned during the week, to make sure I have at least 3 activities. Something that I have grown to dislike on quite a few of the LCHF blogs I have stumbled across is this notion that you can just eat LCHF and lose weight, that you don’t need to exercise. I think that if you are ever trying to lose weight, maintain weight or just have a healthy lifestyle – it is important to exercise!

If you are looking for a good meal plan to help kick start your LCHF lifesytle – take a look at THIS post from The Science of Human Potential, which goes into detail about getting started on¬†LCHF. Here they give you a meal plan as well as some ideas for substituting¬†some of your favourite carbs (they have actually linked to some of my recipes which I’m quite chuffed about ūüôā

However, they do talk about ‘whatever days’ days when you can eat whatever you want, and although they do not condone or encourage these days, I just wanted to put in my opinion. I don’t think you should, ESPECIALLY in the beginning!

Your body takes time to adjust to a new way of eating, and in order to truly get into LCHF and feel the benefits, I think that it is particularly important, especially in the beginning to be strict. Give yourself a manageable time frame like one month. If after that one month, you do not think that this diet is for you, at least you have tried it! Anyway that was my two cents worth ūüėČ

What do you guys find the hardest on starting or being on LCHF?

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Menu – May 27 to June 2nd

Monday

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with ham, 2 tortillas and a chocolate brownie.

So I started the week well! We had Monday off and were invited to a friend’s for breakfast and I just didn’t have the heart to refuse. Although refusing the tortillas would have been easy, but I can honestly say I was just not thinking.

Lunch: Chili Rellano con Queso (Stuffed chilli with cheese)

I have finally found an LCHF friendly Mexican dish. I promise you that is no easy feat – however, this was delicious and I would definitely order it again!

Dinner: Camomile Tea and Dark Chocolate

Our lunch was such a late Mexican lunch (3pm) that I was not at all hungry in the evening. Plus all that cheese really kept me full. So I just nibbled on a bit of chocolate and sipped some tea while watching a recorded episode of Hannibal!

Tuesday

Lunch: Miso Soup, Tuna steak with avocado and lettuce wraps.

I went to lunch at the Japanese restaurant round the corner from work. I really had no idea what I wanted to eat (well apart from all the Sushi which I LOVE) so I chanced on this dish which turned out to be the perfect LCHF lunch!

Snack: Sliced chorizo

Dinner: Roast Chicken with buttery green beans, salad and creamy gravy

A lovely home cooked dinner. I could have definitely done without drinking the gravy as a soup as I got such a tummy ache after! I still have a hard time digesting overly fatty food…however nothing compared to what it used to be like.

Snack: Camomile Tea

Can you believe that I didn’t have chocolates – I had absolutely no craving for them!

Wednesday:

Lunch: Vegetarian Pozole Soup, cochinita pibil (Translated: mexican food)

Pozole is a brothy soup with hominy – but I tried my very best to avoid all the hominy¬†as much as possible, but I definitely got a few bites in. Also cochinita pibil is a lovely pulled port served on warm tortillas. I asked for a fork, and ate the meat and left the tortillas…eating Mexican can be done!

Dinner: Grilled Salmon Kebab, with garlic spinach and cream sauce.

I found this recipe in my Bon Apetit magazine. I made a few mistakes like cutting the pieces of salmon to small and cooking them too long so it ended up being dry  Рbut the flavour was there, and I would definitely make it again.

Snack: Camomile Tea and Lindt Dark Chocolate squares (x3)

Thursday

Lunch: Pozole and sope with minced meat

So it was my colleagues birthday, and they wanted to go to the same restaurant that I went to the day before with C. The restaurant is well-known in Mexico for their pozole. Instead of trying to describe my food to you – here is the link to their menu which has pictures¬†http://lacasadetono.com.mx/menu/¬†ūüôā I had the sope with minced meat…its like a mini pizza stacked full of minced meat, lettuce, cream and cheese. So I just ate the toppings leaving the tortilla bottom. I felt rather proud that I managed to get around from eating carbs yet-again at a Mexican restaurant!

Drinks: 1 glass Champaign, 1 tequila shot, half a glass of whiskey

Soo…I went to a friend’s leaving happy hour. I have to admit, I hate recording what I drink on this website! But I have promised to be honest – but I know my mother is reading this and judging…sorry mummy!

Dinner: Creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon

Snack: Lindt Dark Chocolate with sea salt (4x squares)

Really did not need the chocolate and definitely did not need 4 squares. I think that was influenced by the whiskey I drank earlier!

Friday

Breakfast: One creamy starbucks coffee

Maybe it was from the late dinner I had last night – but I was not hungry at all this morning. So only had the coffee. I probably got peckish around noon, but knew I was having lunch at 1 so I could wait.

Lunch: Stirfried Beef with vegetables, salad with thousand island dressing

Dinner: Mixed meat platter with cheese, tequila and sangrita

In actual fact what I ate is called a Molecajete, where all these different types of meat, cheese, onions and nopales are all put into a piping hot stone pestle. Your meant to eat it with tortillas but naturally I didn’t.

Saturday

Breakfast: Smoked Salmon with cottage cheese on seed crackers

Lunch: 2 tostadas (dry tortillas), stirfriend prawns in garlic, coconut flan (shared 3 ways)

This is a good example that being organised is key to this diet. We were out sightseeing all day, and did not sit down for lunch until 4.30pm. By this time I was starving and ready to chew my own arm off – on the table was a pile of tostadas with different types of chili and I just had to eat something. Then C order the coconut flan and again I couldn’t resist a few spoonfuls, it was very yummy ūüôā

Dinner: French Onion soup (sin crouton), Hamburger with butter sauce (sin bread)

As we had such a late lunch we were not hungry until much later. We went to watch a 2130 movie and went for a bite to eat after. I feel as though I have really turned into a Mexican! Lunch at 5pm, dinner at midnight!!

Sunday: 

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with cream, seed cracker with cheese

Lunch: cheesy chicken dip, coconut crusted chicken  & salad, some m&ms, wine

We went to my colleagues daughter graduation party, and ate probably more than we should have I also tucked into this amazing cheesy chicken dip, which at the time I thought was LCHF friendly, but after speaking to the host and asked her how it was made, she told me there was an entire bottle of buffalo wing dressing in it. Now I don’t know exactly what that is – but I have a feeling it consists of lots of sugar and unpronounceable ingredients!

Dinner: 2 Turkey hot dogs

Again I wasn’t very hungry when we got ¬†back from the party – and had absolutely NO inspiration to cook. However around 9pm, our guests went down and bought a packet of sausages from the corner shop. When I smelt them being prepared my hunger kicked in and ate two dogs. They were awful. Processed meat at its worst!

Note: That evening I got a terrible headache before I went to bed. One of those awful thumping behind the eye type of headache. I hoped that a good nights sleep would cure it, but I woke up with it as well and was very close to calling in sick. It could be a combinations of reasons such as stress, dehydration, exhaustion (or all of the above) but I do think it is from all the ‘bad’ food I ate on Sunday.

Summary: This week was much better in regards to the food front. We did not go out as much as did the week before, and I managed to be slightly more organised with my cooking. Something that is so important with being successful with this diet, is planning. Don’t wait until you are absolutely starving and have no self control over what you put in your mouth like I did on Saturday.

This week, I have been receiving a lot of compliments on my skin! Many people have commented on how good my skin is looking one person even said I ‘glowed’. Even C noticed! I generally I don’t have very good skin on my face, I always have lots of little pimples and spots around my chin – but after someone pointed out how good my face looked – I realised it has been a few weeks since I last had a breakout. I wonder if this is a direct link to the diet?

Stirfried Beef with Crispy Lettuce Wraps

This is what I had for breakfast on Sunday!

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As I sheepishly admitted in my previous post РC and I crawled back home at 5.30am after a rather wild night out on Saturday. Not only was I feeling slightly worse for ware on Sunday morning, but I woke up wanting to eat anything other than eggs or yoghurt. I would have killed for a big bowl of creamy pasta!

However, these lettuce wraps came to mind Рand it worked a treat. That greasy craving you tend to feel when you have consumed one too many beverages is satisfied by the beef, but you also get this incredibly fresh crunch with the lettuce which I love. Although maybe not conventional I would totally have these for breakfast again, but they work pretty well for dinner too! In fact, you can use any mince you want РI used to make a lot of Asian inspired chicken wraps Рyou can find that recipe over at The Travelling Chopsticks, however depending on how strict of an LCHFer you are, you may need to substitute the honey and soy!

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Not the best photo, but I just found it amusing with our coffee cups. May not be a traditional breakfast, but it works! ūüôā

My First Weekly Menu: May 20th to May 26th

For my own sucess on the LCHF diet, I decided that I needed to continue to write a food journel, but instead of publishing it on a  daily basis, I will publish it weekly. Every monday you will be able to see the food I ate the week before and get an idea of what I am eating on this LCHF diet.

Becuase I am a creature of habit, I can already tell you that unless otherwise stated, I have a pot of greek yoghurt with cream, rasberries, blueberries chopped pecan nuts and a large thermos of coffee with cream every morning for breakfast! And unless otherwise stated, I drink water with all my meals.

Monday

Lunch:¬†Canteen Mixed Salad with ‘cesar’ dressing

Dinner: Stuffed red pepper with meatsauce and melted cheese, slice of fritatta and a mixed salad. 2 glasses of white wine and 2 squares of lindt chocolate with sea salt

Had 2 friends over for dinner and decided to make the above. The meatsuace has lots of vegetables and cream added to it. I was slightly worried that it wasn’t enough for everyone, so I made a side of goatcheese and leek fritatta served with a sald.

Everyone loved it – and no one missed any carbs! ūüôā

Tuesday

Lunch: Left over goatscheese and leek frittata

Snack: Builders tea with almond milk

Dinner: 2 small seed crackers with smoked salmon, 2 seaweed wraps, one with smoked salmon, the other with ham and cream cheese.

So i’m really excited about these ‘seaweed’ wraps. I had run out of seed crackers and was just planning on spreading some cream cheese on a slice of salmon and rolling it…but then I saw this packet of seaweed lying on my counter and an indea struck. I put the salmon with cream cheese on the seaweed, rolled it…and my seaweed wrap was born! It is my new all time favourite LHCF snack! Will post pictures and instructions soon!

Snack: Camomile Tea wtih dark chocolate

The week before last, I made a concious decision of not having milk at home – and have substituted my milk and chocolate habit at night with tea and chocolate. It was much easier to do once I had no milk in the fridge calling!

Wednesday:

Exercise: Light 30 min work out on the eliptical

Lunch: Stirfried beef strips with chilli, salad of onion, red pepper, cucumber and tomatoes, cream cheese side

So I was not organised enough to bring lunch with me – and ended up going to the canteen for lunch. I had the above, but realised that there was no fat included so asked for a pot of cream cheese, which was actually worked really well with it. However, 30 minutes after lunch I was hungry…there was just not enough fat in the meal for me to be sated.

Dinner:¬†Starter: Mango Gaspacho with dollop of sour cream. Main Course: Beef Brisket with Mole sauce, accompanied with green beens and roast caulifower salad. Desert: Poached pear with dollop of goats cheese, icecream, honey and balsamic vinigar. 3 glasses of red wine (possibly 4…)

DEFINITLY NOT LCHF FRIENDLY!! Some friends of ours organised a farewell meal for some other firends who are leaving Mexico in the next few weeks, and they put together this AMAZING spread! I have never had a mango gaspacho before and it was delicious- incredibly refreshing, but not LCHF! However, I have said, if it is for a special occasion, I will be willing to break the diet Рand this was a special occasion.

Note:¬†I felt terrible the next day! I felt as though I was hung-over, and although admittedly I tucked into the wine, I was in bed by mid-night and had a good 7 hours sleep. I felt ‘puffy’, head-achy and foggy. I wonder if maybe it was the reaction to the starter and desert I had. I haven’t had so much sugar in over a month – even when I broke mydieat in San Miguel, it was never with such intense sugar bomb. Something to consider!

Thursday

Lunch: Hot and spicy Korean soup with vegetables

Went with come colleagues to the Korean place near work. Had the usual banchan (korean sides) and a spicy soup.

Dinner: Roast duck leg, with muschrooms and smoked lardons, 2 glasses of wine

Went out for dinner and was impressed how LCHF this dish was -admittedly I have no idea what oil or butter they used to roast the duck leg in….but I would rather not know!

Friday

Lunch: Kebab meat with cucumber salad and lettuce, along with garlic cream dressing

Went to a Kebab restaurant with a colleauge – and I asked for my no bread with my kebab, which was met with a rather pequilar look. But I got everything that would normally be in the pita on a plate with a salad. It was tastey, but even with the creamy dressing – it did not fill me up one bit.

Snack: mixed salted nuts

Had an office event. There was icecream, cake, cookies and fruit…i stuck to the nuts. Have to admit I am proud of myself, as I was really hungry from lunch. But after how I felt yesterday it was not worth it!

Dinner: Fried porkchop in butter with a mushroom gravy, side of creamed spinach. 3 glasses of red wine and a tequila shot

Saturday

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with cheese, side of bacon, tea with almond milk

Lunch: Yoghurt with cream, berries & nuts

Dinner: Spanish Tapas, lots of wine!

Ok…So I can’t be bothered to list everything I ate! A group of us went to one of our favourite restaurants in Mexico called Casa Portugesa and ordered whole list of starters and had them tapas style – all of which were LCHF friendly! I also have to admit it was a very heavy alcohol laden night¬†too much to record here, let me just say¬†that¬†C and I crawled¬†home at 5.30 am!

Sunday

Breakfast: Stirfried minced meat with vegetables & seasoning, with lettuce wraps.

SO…as mentioned previously Saturday was a late night! I woke up craving ANYTHING that wasn’t LCHF friendly! I could have killed for a big bowl of pasta, rice or a great sandwhich!! BUT I stuck to my guns, and decided to make these lettuce wraps instead – which actually hit the spot! A great hung over breakfast! You have the greasy feel of the stir fried meat, but then the crisp fresh salad.

Lunch: Guacamole and BBQ beef and roasted onions. Scoop of chocolate icecream

We went to a friend’s BBQ and I managed to keep the main lunch very LCHF friendly, but I just couldn’t resist the chocolate ice cream in the end!

Dinner: Chicken wings

I think it was more the hangover talking – but both C and I came home and were craving chicken wings. I marinated them in soya, honey, sesame seed oil, ginger and garlic and popped them in the oven. I realise the marinade was not LCHF….but I was not really thinking of that when I made them!

Summary

This week has been crazy. We have a friend in town who is staying for a month Рand we have also had so many social engagements which is very unusual for us. In a normal week we eat-out one or two times maximum. Due to all of these dinners and lunches, I have not eaten enough high fat (HF) dishes or even balanced dishes at that, I have also consumed far more wine and alcohol than I usually do coupled with far too many late nights. Which means that I am exhausted and not feeling very motivated. If you are to embark on a diet like LCHF and be successful, I think its important to be organised and make sure your meals are varied. By doing so you decrease the chance of straying of even being tempted to stray.

I am looking forward to a far quieter week this week and focusing more on my meals, on exercising and early nights! Wish me luck!

Day 15 – Still not great

08:00 Breakfast: Thermos of coffee and cream, half an avocado

Headache is still not letting up – not happy!

14:00 Lunch: Mixed salad with ham and cheese, with a garlic cream dressing

Had lunch from the cafeteria again – the salads are actually pretty good, feel as though I get my greens as well as my protein and fat. It’s quite a good back up option for when I am not organised enough to bring a packed lunch in.

17:30 Snack: A few wedges of pate

Not really a snack – more of a little nibble in the fridge! But as I promised to be very honest of what I am putting in my body – I guess I had to include it.

1900 Dinner: Fritatta with Goats Cheese and chorizo

I made another fritatta yesterday, but this time I used onions instead of leeks and added some chorizo I had at home. It turned out really well – it’s amazing how versatile the fritatta is, you can really add what ever flavour you have. But to be honest, the chorizo and the goats cheese were probably too strong flavours to have together – it should be one or the other.

2100 Chocolate and Milk Time!

Dont’ ask!

Summer & Future

My headache did not let up all day either – it’s this horrible pounding ache in my forehead and it was driving me crazy. I was drinking so much water in an attempt to ease it, but to no avail. I spoke to my gym instructor today (although I haven’t mentioned the diet to her yet) and she said it was probably lack of sugar – maybe she is correct? So that gave me an excuse to eat my chocolates ūüôā Also, I got my period in the evening (again, I can’t believe I’m writing this for the world to read!!) which could be the reason, why I have been feeling so bad the last few days. Has anyone else had any reactions like this when they started an LCHF diet?