So I was perusing instagram as I like to read other people’s stories about how they live healthy lives or tackle weight loss and there was one profile that caught my eye for all the wrong reasons.
I was wondering if anyone had put together an ideal daily food plan that ensures you get your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of all nutrients. Every vitamin, every mineral, everything, every day.
Is it out there? Has anyone done it?
So I went off in search and wondered how my diet fared with this theory and envisaged trying to work out all nutrients in everything I eat. Long laborious task – not enough time – really couldn’t be bothered – and while I was interested in the outcome, I didn’t want to have to do it. So I thought, there must be an app/website that does this and preferably for free, and indeed there is.
I was remembering the chewy Sesame Bar and wondered if I could make the same thing with less sweetener and maybe raw too, so I gave it whirl and while it’s not the same, it’s still yum and deserves a place in the Slim Birdy line up.
Just for fun, I found the ingredients of the standard commercial Sesame Bar and get a load of this…
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!
I am currently reading another book called Big Fat Lies by David Gillespie and it is awesome.
The basic premise is that sugar and seed oils contribute hugely, massively and in gigantic proportions (did I emphasise that enough??) to our overweight epidemic.
I was nearly going to write about it today however Easter is coming and I didn’t want to spoil it for you. And besides I think everyone will be more receptive to the message after they are feeling sick on commercial chocolate after Easter and we are all wailing, “never again!”
For those of you who haven’t heard of Jessica Ainscough, she was a young girl of 23 who contracted a rare type of cancer called Epithelioid Sarcoma in her left arm. After trialing an intense type of chemotherapy in the arm, which didn’t work, she rejected her doctor’s other form of treatment of amputating the arm and shoulder as they advised that it wouldn’t cure it completely but may extend her life somewhat.
She decided that wasn’t good enough and spent the next 7 years researching, trying and living alternative therapies namely the fairly extreme Gerson Therapy which involved hourly fresh juices and multiple coffee enemas a day. She was a writer and so a blog followed, books, media appearances and with her sunshine, bubbly nature and wholesome message, amassed quite a following. And now at age 30 she has passed away.
My husband and I were on a road trip to find a field of sunflowers. He is a photographer, so these fun adventures lead us to all kinds of stunning places where I can just sit, enjoy and bask in the beauty of the planet. As we passed a McDonald’s sign he said, “The Golden Arches sign makes me feel sick these days…”
This was an interesting statement as he was once a junk food king, devouring Maccas on the way home from work, pizza for dinner, Hungry Jacks as a legitimate lunch option and downing all matter of soft drinks as part of his normal diet. It didn’t make him overweight but there seemed to be an internal protest going on and slowly over time, it seemed his body couldn’t handle it any more. Call it age, call it just being overloaded with crap for too long, call it whatever you like but the stomach pains, gut pains, feeling nauseous, just generally feeling bad after this type of food led him to eat it less and less often to the point where now he doesn’t eat it at all.
It’s Happy New Year time again! Are you excited?
Time to wipe the slate clean and all that.
Even after 40 odd years of happy new years, I still get excited. The same excited though as when I start a new notebook fresh and clean or start a new project. It’s somehow full of potential, possibilities and wonderful things, like feeling amazing.
So it’s final… I am so ready now…
About three months have past since the actual time frame of my goodbye caffeine story. Read it here.
After my initial few weeks of swearing off it for a while and reaping the benefits of feeling calm, hydrated and clear in the head, I left it with a possible option to continue having my beloved black and chai tea albeit with some restrictions because caffeine is one of my psycho addictive foods and I know this.
As much as I wish this wasn’t the case, it so is and the result of the last three months has proven it to me yet again. Not that I needed proof but it’s more like that it’s hard to shake or stop something that you love and so you try and try every different possible way to enable it to stay. Or I’m a slow learner!
Fellow blogger Julie from Me my Best and I invited me to describe what I eat on a typical day as part of her My Day on a Plate series. I thought it was a great idea because in any kind of conversation around food and all the things I don’t eat, people always ask me, “so what do you eat?!” So here is a snapshot.
And as a double treat, we are giving away a copy of my book – Lite as a Feather! So if you don’t have one yet, by all means enter to win.
See the My Day on a Plate post and competition entry here.