So…. the end of January came and went. I had 2 glasses of wine, got a bad hangover (yes really on that little wine – I despair!!!!!), ate some chocolate, and wondered where to go next. Green January has been a great kick-start into 2012 for me, I’ve lost the excess Christmas pounds I put on (I know so because a pair of Jeans now fit me) and finally, yes finally this last week I noticed after working 3 very long days at work that I wasn’t exhausted and my energy levels must have therefore improved (I can tell you mid Jan I thought this would never happen).
There are many things I will take forwards; all the green veg which should be a staple of everyone’s daily diet (you can never have too many leafy greens such as Kale, Spinach, Rocket and Watercress), my new love of fennel, and the realisation that I generally do better on 3 meals a day rather than constantly grazing and picking at food. It has really helped to regulate my appetite, and help me understand what hunger is.
These are some of my meal ideas from the last 2 weeks, continuing with the protein and greens theme… I promise this is the last post I will write like this and get back to blogging proper recipes soon. This isn’t everything I ate, but as I’m sure you can imagine I got a bit fatigued constantly getting my blackberry out of my bag to snap pics of my dinner!
- Lunch – Thai Turkey Burger from the freezer archive, with a salad of green leaves, rocket, celery, avocado and cold steamed broccoli.
- Dinner – Wild lemon baked salmon with spiralised courgettes in a rocket and watercress pesto with griddled asparagus.
- Lunch – Christmas turkey from the freezer, with left over spiralised courgettes and asparagus with extra rocket and spinach.
- Dinner – 97% Pork Sausages (free from gluten, milk, etc) with steamed fennel and courgettes, and a dollop of decent grainy mustard.
- Lunch – Sliced left over sausages with rocket, spinach, celery, and wasabocado dressing.
- Dinner – Organic griddled lamb steak with balsamic caramelised onions and steamed pointed cabbage with hemp oil.
- Dinner – Peppered chilli mackerel (thanks M&S) with stir-fried kale & celery in coconut oil, ginger and garlic.
- Lunch – As previous with extra steamed broccoli.
- Lunch – Think this looks pretty much the same as the top post!
- Breakfast – Lamb pate with celery dippers. I made this using my duck recipe. I didn’t like it at all, not sure if I just don’t like lambs liver. Oh well it was an experiment, and now I can move along to chicken, calves or pork live instead. Such a disappointment as the duck liver pate was so delicious. As I don’t like waste I persevered and had another potion for lunch with some steamed veg. I’m not sure yet what to do with the remaining 2 portions that are in the freezer…
- Lunch – This is a perfect example of how you can still have a tasty, healthy lunch when you’ve no time to prepare food in the kitchen at home. This is a pack of M&S char grilled calamari, with avocado, a bag of rocket and spinach and drizzled in flax oil. It took me 2 mins to put this onto a plate one lunchtime at work, and it was incredibly delicious. I’ve also had the calamari again with tuna in a salad (half the pack that time), and even for breakfast with mashed avocado this morning. Yep calamari for breakfast – I love this way of eating!
Other meals have included, Thai burgers made with organic mince, grilled pork loins marinated in grainy mustard and apple cider vinegar, simple roast chicken, griddled rump steak and the odd tin of tuna… All served with greens of course.
The hard part is going to be the next stage – balancing the occasional treats (note use of the word occasional Ceri!) with eating well the majority of the time. I’m traditionally an all or nothing person – either being a complete saint or devouring an entire bar of chocolate before you can say “Green and Blacks”. Lets see if I can change that for the better.