The cutting out certain foods debate…

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On social media, a person gave out some advice, which was aimed at those with eating disorders and part of it said…

“…and never leave any type of food out of your diet. Just eat less of it.”

Now I disagree with that sentiment completely because after discovering I was addicted to a few foods, leaving them out of my diet has been one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me.

I am at the weight I want to be; I can eat like a normal person and never overeat or binge any more, I have a healthy relationship with the rest of the food I do eat, I’m happy to cook now, I can talk about it all and blog about it without food becoming an obsession for me again and life is easy breezy.

So not only was that advice not suitable for me, the complete opposite was true for me.

So I advised the writer of my view and she went on to explain her angle of Anorexia Nervosa sufferers and Orthorexia Nervosa (obsession with eating only healthy foods) where everything gets out of control and this is one of the methods they use to combat the onslaught of this type of condition.

They try to have a healthy relationship with all foods, so nothing becomes a ‘can’t have’ or a fear food where they basically freak out if they eat something they think they shouldn’t. Her theory may indeed work in those cases; I am not an expert so I don’t know. All I know is what I have experienced.

So in my experience, my approach to leaving foods out is far more relaxed.

It’s not that I can’t have it, it’s that I don’t want it.

I want to feel physically fantastic all the time and I have identified the foods that achieve this. The rest I don’t want because they give me headaches, or make me feel tired, give me a pain in the guts, make me overeat or easily put on weight.

It’s all peace, calm and happiness without those foods from where I’m sitting.

There have been times when I have eaten the foods I normally leave out, and after feeling the unpleasant effects again; it just reminds me why I don’t eat it.

No drama.

There is no fear involved, there is no freaking out involved however the solution I discovered for me, works for food addiction, which is a physical issue not the other eating disorders which are psychological in nature. Just as with any addiction, the solution is to not have it any more. They don’t tell alcoholics to keep having a little bit and just try and control it. Sounds silly doesn’t it?

I guess it’s a lesson again in everyone is different and that general advice given out as gospel may in fact be damaging to some people. So just a general word of advice for you guys, I am all for trying things to see if they work for you and the way you know it works, is that you can do it easily, it’s achieving your aims and it feels good to you.

Don’t keep banging away at something that just doesn’t resonate with you, no matter who says you should be doing it. It’s not you, it’s just that the method is wrong. Try something different and keep switching it up until you can say, ‘yeah, this feels good.’ And sometimes this involves leaving whole food groups out. No drama.

Happy, happy, joy, joy.

 

Kristy xxx

3 Healthy Savoury Snacks…

A couple weeks back I posted my avocado dip with carrot sticks on instagram because even though I know about this delicious combination, I totally forgot about it.

Does this happen to you?

And when I am hungry now, I want my snack now! So I tend to try and make it as quick and easy as possible and not an ordeal to make.

So in order to remind myself, as well as everyone else, here are a few healthy weight loss inducing savoury snacks.

avocadodip

Avocado Dip

1 Avocado
2 TBS Greek Yogurt
pinch Himalyan Rock Salt

Mash together.

(Other addition suggestions have been garlic oil and lemon juice. Thanks Bec!)

Enjoy with carrot & celery sticks or cucumber slices.

Image by Adrian Alford Photography

Image by Adrian Alford Photography

PB & Tahini Dip

1 TBS Peanut Butter
1 TBS Tahini
2 TBS Olive oil
pinch Himalayan Rock Salt

Mix together and enjoy with carrot & celery sticks.

Image by Adrian Alford Phtotography

Image by Adrian Alford Photography

Cucumber with Feta & Avocado

8 slices cucumber
8 cubes of feta
8 slices of avocado
Himalayan Rock Salt & Pepper

Assemble together, sprinkle with salt enjoy.

All low carb and good fats, with hopefully enough flavour to keep the hunger at bay for a few hours.

Love to hear your easy savoury snack suggestions that follow the Slim Birdy principles – easy to make, low carb, no refined sugar and I eat only fish and no meat – but if you do that’s totally cool. You may love to snack on a few slices of ham or meatballs. Up to you! Bring it on.

Nom, nom,

 

Kristy xxx

The 5:2 Diet and mindfulness…

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Library trawling again, I found this short little paperback called The 5:2 Diet Book which is written by Kate Harrison and not the original diet’s author – Dr Michael Mosley.

It’s basically more of a story of her experience with the diet and snippets from others who are on it, taken from their forum where they discuss ideas and experiences with it all. Quite entertaining.

When I first heard about this diet, I was quick to dismiss it without really knowing anything about it – jump to conclusions much? Smack on the hand. I thought I was a bit more open minded about things these days. Sheesh!

My resistance stemmed from my background of binging from food addiction and starving while trying to diet, attempting to counteract the aforementioned binging, which for me was a continuous roller coaster of misery.

So when they said the basis of the diet is to ‘eat whatever you want on 5 days’ then ‘fast for 2 days’ of course I imagined lining up packets of my psycho foods around me just going for it and then trying to drink water on the other two days, trying not to pass out from dizzy spells.

Well they call them Feast Days and Fast Days, so what are you supposed to think?

In any case, by the time I picked up this book, all that previous bias had subsided and I read it with more of an open mind and this is what I found…

The Feast Days are actually supposed to be sensible, normal eating days, which are still calorie conscious based on your BMI but not restrictive – so that if you want that glass of wine with your dinner you have it, or if you want that piece of cake at a party you have that too.

But then the Fast Days are not really a true fast in the real sense of the word, they are just calorie reduced to 500 calories a day. So you still get to eat but just not as much.

Some of the benefits of this diet apart from the obvious weight loss goal are supposed to be increased energy, your body repairs itself faster, detoxes better, gives your digestive system a rest and more.

So well worth giving it a burl to see how it feels.

So I had a go at the ‘fasting’ day. One day… 500 calories.

Now as I don’t bother with calories these days, it took a bit of research to see what that looked like with what I eat. So it looked like this…

1 x chocolate tweet – 150 cal (guess)
2 x boiled eggs – 180 cal
1 x bowl of vege soup – 100 cal
1 x coconut milk & hot choc – 70 cal
3 x camomile tea & stevia – 0 cal
Lots of water – 0 cal

500 calories

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Image by Adrian Alford Photography

And what happened during that day for me, and this was reflected in comments from others in the book as well, is that it enabled me to get back in touch with my true hunger. Waiting until that gnawing in your stomach became a loud growl before you eat, rather than just reaching for something because you are bored or you think you might fancy it. And the crazy part is that I thought I was doing all that, because that’s what I base Slim Birdy eating and weight loss on – being in touch with your body.

But even I, who knows the theory of all of this, slowly but surely veered off the path as life gets in the way and your focus is elsewhere. Not in a big way mind you, I still don’t eat my psycho foods but it’s little things like shoveling down two Chocolate Tweets in a row when really, if I had been paying attention, probably one would have been enough. Immediately after eating dinner, I boil the kettle and have tea, where as really I am quite full and honestly could wait for an hour or two before the true desire for a nice cup of tea kicks in.

So limiting what is available to you for just one day at a time was really educational and a fantastic reminder to get back in touch with your body, feel real hunger, what it feels like to be full and satisfied and realise that a small plate of whatever is actually enough, rather than the mountain sized portion I normally serve myself! (My past issues keep trying to sneaking back in.)

Others said it felt like a reset button to get you back on track and some gladly stuck to the same 500 cal menu each ‘fast’ day as it was a relief not to have to think and plan the food for just that one day. Most also loved the flexibility of the whole thing in that they could move their ‘fast’ day to suit their lifestyle and didn’t have to miss out on that dinner party or drinks night just because they were on a diet. This they said, was the true test of sustainability as you could actually still enjoy your life and lose weight at the same time.

Now while I’m not sure if all of that is true, what I do know, is that the entirety of the 5:2 diet plan wouldn’t work for me and my specific food addiction issues, because despite the tag of ‘feast’ day, they really don’t mean ‘stuff yourself silly’ which is what would happen to me if I ate my psycho foods.

However this ‘fast’ day, which I hereby re-dub ‘reset’ day was a real eye opener and anything like this that helps you get back in touch with your body, appreciate the food you are eating and gently detox, refresh and renew is certainly welcome. Some said they really looked forward to it as it made them feel fantastic and so virtuous! So depending on how much weight people needed to lose they were doing the ‘reset’ day 1 day in 7 or if they needed to lose more they would do 3 reset and 4 normal days.

So I was really impressed with the results of a minimal calorie day in terms of its effects on my mindfulness and so from now on, consider at least one ‘reset’ day a week added in to the Slim Birdy plan. Bring on all those additional health benefits – yee haa!

Awesome awareness,

Kristy xxx

Coco Loco Protein Shake

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So how was your protein intake from last week’s blog? Are you getting enough or too much maybe? As promised though, here is my shake recipe that I use to boost my protein if it’s looking a bit on the low side:

Coco Loco Protein Shake

1 TBS vanilla protein powder

1 TBS gelatin

¼ cup coconut cream

¼ cup greek yogurt

½ cup coconut water (or filtered water)

½ tsp vanilla extract

(optional sweetener 1 tiny scoop stevia or 1 TBS Rice Malt Syrup – my protein powder is already quite sweet, so I didn’t need any more.)

Mix the gelatin powder and water first with a spoon to allow the gelatine to bloom and not leave clumps. Add the rest of the ingredients, whiz in a blender and enjoy.

(If you don’t have access to a blender you could just shake it up in a sealed jar.

Total protein: 32g

Here is a little list of some of my other recipes that are protein primed as well:-

Peanut Butter Balls

Choc Protein Chews

Peanut Butter Choc Tweets

Gummies

PB Choc Tweet Slice

A & M Choc Love Bites

Peanut Slab

That’s what I love about this type of cooking, not only does it taste amazing, it’s full of good fats and protein and all the healthy things that make us feel fantastic. Now that’s what I call Super Tweets!

Yummo!

 

Kristy xxx

 

Are you getting enough protein?

So I was thinking about my protein intake because it’s important for all kinds of things like your skin, connective tissue, muscle building or maintenance, makes hormones and enzymes and as a ‘fish only eating’ vegetarian, I wondered… “if I don’t eat fish every day, would I still be eating enough?”

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Chocolate Protein Chews

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This recipe was another accident as I am still on my quest to make a brownie type of treat without a truckload of dates in it. Everything still turns out yum, if not an interestingly different texture to what I envisaged. However once again it’s good enough to add to the recipe list and something I would make again.

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Activated Nutrients – the new wholefood kid on the block…

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So I had this writing project sitting there for a while, however my slices and chocolate experiments kept snapping my attention (I wonder why??) Delicious much?

Anyway, with a self imposed deadline looming, today was the day.

So I had a whiff of the green powder and I thought, “uh oh, quite heavy and earthy smelling.” But probably a good thing though, choc full of amazing things – which is great as long as you can get it down!

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