Thursday, July 29, 2010
I started a Warrior diet this week. Google it if you want details, but basically it entails eating until you're full with good, healthy foods, after your active period is complete- so yes, at night. The following day you undereat, snacking lightly on healthy things and drinking lots of water- or that's my understanding of it! A side point is that you also eat with your fingers more, something I probably do more than most anyway.
I already read enough to write the definitive feature on this so please, no 'worried about my health' replies!
I've eased myself into this, knowing that if I shock my system too much I'll fail. I've been 'generous' with my daytime snacks and drink white tea (Malawi Salima Peony, thanks for askin') more than water, but am tailing these off as the diet kicks in proper. I'm experimenting with my 'breakfast' times, alternating Kefir and fruit smoothies with Kombucha and fruit cordials. I lunch on a little fruit or salad, I boost my system with the same before I do activities such as yoga, the gym workout or walking.
So far, the daytime hunger has diminished as I adapt to the regime. I have not felt weak, tired or dizzy so I think it's working for me. Hunger only rears its ugly head when I'm sat at the computer, so I've banished treats and processed stuff from the apartment and try to keep busy.
People who meet me often wonder why I talk of 'dieting' and 'making myself slimmer', but I know what I need to do to feel good in this body, because this body doesn't feel good to be in right now, compared to how it used to feel. I'm 5' 10" on a good day, weigh 162lb and have a paunch.... yes, a middle aged paunch, ladies and gentlemen, the result of letting myself go and of my body refusing to burn it all off as it used to. And moobs, but there may be people eating so I won't continue that line....
What do I want? To feel fitter, to be around 150-154lb, to be toned and more supple and to be rich! Well, apart from the last one, I know what to do to achieve these aims. I am back at the gym, I do yoga, I'm walking everywhere again, and I started a diet that makes me face up to what and how I eat.
Apparently I need around 2000 cals to maintain this lifestyle and lose a pound a week. I have no idea what calories I'm taking in- until now, that's seemed too much effort!
So, I jotted down what I just ate for my 'overeating' meal and need to check what the calorific value of the meal is. I feel full, which is a good thing. I need to explore the protein side of my diet, as I'm vegetarian and am weaning myself off Soya products due to the high estrogen content in them- another contributor to my belly and moobs and lethargy I read.....
Oh, you're still here? Good! A few days ago I asked if anyone was following the Warrior diet through my status- nobody replied, apart from 'wossat', so am I alone? Know anyone that tried it properly?
What have you?
Saturday, May 01, 2010
So, I found this great, slightly weird book in a local charity shop, (apparently a prize for Home Economics, presented by the Thomas More RC school to Teresa Stockley in 1982/3 by W.P. Hartley, the headmaster), and bought it, then stuck it on the shelf with all of the other recipe books and proceeded to forget about it....
'Recipes For Living' by Dave Scott and Alan Roberts (Wildwood House, London, 1979) has an air of self publishing about it, with chapters on Wholeness, Life Force, Life Force and Nutrition, Diet, An Analysis of Foods, Chemistry of Foods, The Anatomy of Nutrition and Excercise, followed by sections on basic recipes and Japanese cooking. I think that covers everything...... :)
Anyhow, I recently took it down to look through it and discovered this recipe for granola, a breakfast meal I've been buying a lot of since I returned from a trip to the US a few years ago. The problem was that I didn't really enjoy the commercial versions and wanted one of my own. I looked thro the vast selection on the Spark recipes site and nothing grabbed me.
So, I'm making this after a week searching for the more elusive ingredients. It seems to be a recipe to feed a whole family for a year, but I'm sure I'll get through it, eventually!
Here are the ingredients, in their words:
Scant 10 fl. oz (275ml) vegetable oil
8 oz (225g) honey
Scant 10 fl. oz (275ml) hot water
8 oz (225g) coconut
1lb (450g) wholewheat flour
1lb (450g) rolled oats
4 oz (100g) soy flour
8 oz (225g) wheat germ
8 oz (225g) sesame seeds
1 tablespoon salt
Mix the liquids, dry mix the rest, mix all together then spread over a large baking tray and bake for 2 hours on 250 degrees F (gas mark 2)for two hours, stirring occasionally. Split and store in airtight containers.
OK, I added dried mixed fruit and ground hemp seeds, too, as well as some maple syrup, and I had to use three big trays to bake it in!
A sneaky taste of the mix tells me it's nothing like the commercial stuff! I'll update when it's baked and cooled, but it smells amazing.
I'll eat it, as usual, with sliced banana, and any fresh berries I can get my hands on- oh, and all mixed together with a healthy portion of kefir yoghurt.
But for now, I'll have to wait- the gym calls me!
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend, friends!
Edited to add photos!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
So I've got glasses. Two pairs. actually, just for driving. Apparently I'm a little short sighted and I'm close to the limits they set for driving, so it seemed sensible to get them now.
I get them Tuesday....
I found another grey hair today.
I'll be 49 in two weeks....
Monday, March 01, 2010
Here's a few I took- black and whited cos of the crappy light.... Apologies in advance....
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