Onion and Goats Cheese Fritatta!

Looking for a vegetarian option for lunch? For me a leek and goats cheese Frittata is the perfect solution.

A great vegetarian option for dinner!

A great vegetarian option.

You can find the recipe over at The Travelling Chopsticks – HERE. But what I love about Fritattas is that I feel as though you can really mix up the ingredients. You can add more vegetables, change the cheese and herbs to get different flavours.

Funnily enough, leeks are exceptionally expensive here in Brasilia (who would have thought), so I made my fritatta with onions instead and it worked just as well:

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Served with a side salad of tomato and cucumbers you have yourself a really filling lunch that does not necessarily revolve around meat! Which is exactly what I need at the moment, with the copious amounts of steak I ate last weekend in Argentina!

Inspiration and Zucchini Spaghetti with Pesto

Have you guys seen this buzzfeed yet?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/satisfying-low-carb-dinners

23 Super Satisfying Low Carb Dinner – it really gave me such good inspiration for upcoming meals! And as luck would have it, I nearly had all the ingredients at home for No. 9 Pesto Zucchini Spaghetti today, so I made it for lunch!

I don’t know why I haven’t made this before! I have often seen recipes substituting spaghetti with zucchini and it never really grabbed my attention, but as I had everything at home today it seemed that it was a sign ūüôā

Unfortunately I don’t have a mandoline, so I made the ‘noodles’ the old fashioned way – julienned them with a knife! It took a while, but I got there in the end.

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It was delicious! It really felt as though I was eating pasta (just slightly watery)! I will definitely be making zucchini spaghetti again, and straight after I post this entry I will be ordering a mandoline on Amazon (it was just too much work by hand!).

What do you guys normally substitute pasta with?

Almond Biscuits with Cheese

Although I had this as part¬†of my¬†lunch today, I am going to put this under the snack category. What you don’t see is the chicken drumstick I gobbled up cold in the kitchen while contemplating to make¬†a chicken salad!

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C made the almond biscuits and unfortunately he is travelling at the moment so I don’t have the recipe for you guys, but I am sure you can look them up somewhere else on the web. The intentions of these biscuits was to be like a sweet cookie….but as there is absolutely no sugar in it, it fails quite miserably in that task¬†– but it does work really well as a vessel for cheese and other savoury goodies!

Perfect for a snack during the day with a cup of strong tea with almond milk!

Summery Breakfast!

This has become my favourite breakfast on the LCHF diet. Greek yoghurt with cream, mixed berries and chopped pecans. Admittedly in day to day life it never looks as appealing as this, as I put it all in a Tupperware and pop it into my handbag on the way to work…but the flavours are there!

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Living LCHF for One Month and What The Future Holds!

So I did it!

30 fantastic and interesting days living on a low-carb high fat diet. What are my thoughts? Well to be honest, I have been struggling getting my head around how I am going to go forward.

However, first things first. Lets look back on the last month and see how it all went. Overall, I think it went brilliantly. In some ways I feel as though this diet is made for me! I’m not naturally inclined to eat fruit (I forced myself as I was trying to be healthy), I love snacking on cold cuts and cheese (I stopped myself as I thought it was unhealthy), and I don’t generally eat sweets, cake or pastries (I never really crave them – dark chocolate on the other hand is my weakness)

When I look back at my life prior to LCHF I can recognise now that I went hungry ALOT, ¬†and I thought I was doing the right thing. Especially the months leading up to my wedding, I was trying to lose weight ‘healthily’. I was eating low fat, whole grain, lots of vegetables and fruit, lots of legumes, going to the gym 5 times a week – but seeing very little results.

Although my initial reaction to LCHF was quite skeptical Рafter week 2, I definitely felt myself firmly on the band wagon. Something that I misunderstood in the beginning is the amount of meat that I needed to eat. Originally I thought, my meat intake would have to significantly increase Рwhich morally I battled with.

I do believe that as humans, we consume far too much meat than our bodies are made to handle. It is not only a strain on our bodies, but it is a HUGE strain on our environment. Then one day I came to the realisation the diet is called Low Carb High FAT not Low Carb High PROTEIN. This may sound trivial – but suddenly a light switch went off in my head and realised I had been looking at this diet all wrong.

Although technically I could eat steak and cream sauce everyday and still stick within the loose parameters of LCHF rules – for me that was just plain stupid and limiting. I would be no better than people who only eat fast food and wonder why they are unhealthy – it may taste good, but you don’t get enough nutrients!

I significantly increased the amount of vegetables in my diet, made a point of making vegetarian dishes and found I was actually varying my meat consumption. In the past, I would try to limit myself to chicken and seafood (as this apparently was better for you), however now that I have been given the red-light to eat what ever type of meat I want, my weakly meals are more exciting and satisfying.

Another positive aspect of this diet – is that it has encouraged me to branch out a bit in my cooking and to be a bit more adventurous. I would have NEVER given something like cauliflower rice an ounce of attention if it was not for LCHF, and it turns out – it is something I really enjoy and have used repeatedly over the last few weeks.

Physically I feel great and I have learned to listen to my body. In the past I considered that I had a reasonably healthy relationship with food. However, looking back now I see how guilt laden my interaction with food was. If I was hungry and it was not ‘food time’, I forced myself not to give in to that sensation and wait – it was almost as sign of weakness that I couldn’t hold myself. How stupid? Now, I eat when I’m hungry and my body feels better for it.

Since cutting out the carb I no longer feel bloated or uncomfortably full. I am alert all day and do no longer experience my afternoon lull around 3pm and just waiting for the day to be over. I feel energized.

So I realise all of the above are all incredibly positive – and if I feel so damn good, you are probably wondering why I am struggling with how to go forward? In fact as I’m writing this (I am starting to wonder too).

My Concerns 

1. Although this may seem a bit trivial – not living in Europe or the U.S can make adopting a lifestyle such as LCHF quite challenging. You want to eat carb-free in Mexico? FORGET IT! The entire nation is built on corn! What kind of food will they stock in Brasilia when we move there in a few months time? My worry is, is that if I let myself relax a bit with the carbs due to circumstance – but still eat the high fat, will I now just blow up?! Then I might really have a health problem?

2. Although cooking is one of my passions, another is travel. Luckily the life I have chosen has allowed me to travel constantly (my whole life is a journey). I am also a firm believer that the best way to get to know a country and their people, is around around the dinner table. I never want to be in a situation where I turn down an offer of a meal due to my self imposed diet restrictions.

3. I have now mentioned it more than a few times that I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. The idea of never again making a great pasta, risotto, chickpea curry or roast potatoes РI have to admit feels a bit depressing! I make a KILLER saffron and prawn risotto! This is something I have to try and figure out.

Going Forward

Although in the beginning, one month sounded like a substantial amount of time for me to make a decision in regards to the LHCF diet, in reflection it was too short. I think I will continue along this path for another month and then see how it goes.

I think an important aspect for me to remember is that I am not doing this because I am ill or over weight. I am doing it because the health benefits of the diet makes sense to me, and the more I read the more I am convinced of the ills of a heavy carb based diet. However, having said that if I find myself in a situation where I have no choice in what is served, I’m not going to beat myself up about it. Likewise, if on a special occasion I decide to eat something that is carb heavy (risotto for example!) because I want to treat myself – I have to fully enjoy it and have no regrets!

In regards to this blog – I think for the time being I will continue with it. Although I don’t intend to record what I have eaten on a daily basis, as I am sure it is just as boring for you to read about my daily food quests as it is for me to write them. I will however, still post any interesting LCHF related posts, recipe’s or rants!

Lets see where the next part of this adventure leads us!

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Just to end with a bit of humour!

Melanzana Alla Parmigiana

Remember how I was complaining that I just felt that I was eating far too much meat? Well I was determined to find more vegetarian dishes that I could include into my weekly meal plans to give myself a bit of a break.

Without realising it, I had a great vegetarian dish sitting right under my nose. I only came across it when I was browsing through my other blog The Travelling Chopsticks.

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Day 19

0800 Breakfast: Yoghurt with cream, with rasberries, nuts and sunflower seeds. Thermos of coffe with cream

Nothing new to report – this has become my favourite breakfast though at work!

1300 Gym: 30 mins on the cross trainer

Woke up feeling a bit ‘gross’ today. I realised since starting the diet, I have really neglected my workouts – so this week I am back on track!

1400 Lunch: Melanzane alla parmigiana, cheddar cubes and celery.

I’m so happy I made the effort to make this dish yesterday – I really looked forward to lunch all morning and really enjoyed it. I may have been a bit too stingy with the serving as I was still hungry afterwards so I nibbled on cheese and celery until I was full.

Celery has suprsingly become one of my favourite vegetables. Doing this diet, I realised I have begone to miss the crunch elements of food – Toast, crackers, pretzels etc etc, but celery gives me that umph I am looking for.

1700 Snack: 2 crisp breads with cucumbers, cottage cheese and smoked salmon.

Love this flavour combination – although its damn messy to eat, as the cottage cheese runs everywhere!

2000 Dinner: Cauliflower rice with left over curry (fish and spinach)

In case you haven’t seen my previous post on Cauliflower rice – I LOVE IT! It is a great way to make your plate look that much more full and interesting – and great with the curry. I was very excited about this yesterday!

Summary & Future

Umm…before I say anything else – did anyone notice that I did not have chocoalte and milk last night?! My craving wasn’t as strong as last week (so i’m going to blame that on the time of the month), but I was also so full from dinner that there was no room!

I think today was the first day, that I felt very comfortablea and confident regarding the LCHF diet/lifesyle. I have been feeling really good the last few days and have been doing alot of reading and research and it is starting to make more and more sense.