Clean cheat weekend

Saturday for me normally equals candy, but as I’ve been put on antibiotics, I was advised to skip my normal candy-day this week, and had to find a way around it. I obviously feel slightly cheated for missing my favourite day of the week, but it was really nice not feeling sick or bloated or having a massive food-hangover this Sunday. But have no fear, I still tricked my brain into thinking I was cheating by having my first pasta-meal in NINE months (!!!!), followed by raw brownies and sort of clean..chips. (Okay and maybe.. 2 frozen yoghurts).

IMG_4191Such a masterchef, I know. This is buckwheat and quinoa pasta, both gluten-free and high in protein. I didn’t think I liked buckwheat much, but apparently I do.

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For clean chips, cut wraps into pieces, put desired spices on top and put in the oven on 200 degrees for about 5 minutes. Choose wraps with as little wheat, sugar, preservatives etc, as possible.

But the raw brownies, guys. Oh God. Applauded by a “these have NO sugar?” and raised eyebrows from my housemates, I believe they passed the clean-and-yum test. They even came around for second rounds the following day. Mission accomplished. I improvised though, but I think the recipe looked somewhat like this:

10 fresh medjool dates, 5 tbs of 100% peanut butter, 3 tbs of coconut oil, 3 tbs of coconut milk, 5 tbs raw cocoa powder, 1 ts of psyllium husk, cinnamon, a little bit of sea salt, shredded coconut, chopped nuts of preference and orange zest.

Mix chopped medjool dates, peanut butter, coconut oil, coconut milk and psyllium husk in a pot and heat until sort of melted together. Remove from the heat and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix until it looks like brownie cake batter and pour in a container lined with parchment paper. Leave to set in the freezer for about an hour, cut into pieces and store in an airtight container in the freezer.

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I somehow think they would be great cooked too, so I’ll try adding a couple of eggs, baking powder and almond flour next time.

Started today with intervals from hell in the gym, and for the first time ever I ran on level 16 on the treadmill. Seriously thought I was going to fall off – HOW can people run on like 20? Anyway, just remember to compete with yourself rather than competing with others, what’s great progress for you might not be anything for others, but that doesn’t matter.

I’m also in the process of possibly joining a bootcamp set-up for the next 8 weeks. 6 am workouts twice a week? If I can do it, anyone can.

In terms of abs:

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Two months ago vs now. Surely something has happened? Must be the fifteen minutes of abs I’m forced through twice a week.. So that desired six-pack, probably not gonna happen as I’m not a person willing to bulk-eat and then shred fat to show my muscles, BUT tiny progress is better than no progress.

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How to get rid of the sugar cravings // Weekend recipes

I know I keep reinforcing what sugar does to you, so I’ll just skip the whole song about the poisonous aspects, and get straight onto how you can stop this mean little inflammation-causing substance from ruining your body.

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1. Go cold turkey. Just quit it all. I know it sounds hard and whatnot, but you will soon realize how willpower can control anything. If you want to, you can do it.

2. Challenge yourself to last an entire week without any sugar. Once you’ve managed that you’ll be able to think ‘why not try another week?’.

3. Eat fruit. Eat nuts. Eat dried fruit. Drink smoothies. Eat enough for every meal. Find alternative snacks. Try slicing fruit and dipping it in 100% nutbutter or in pb2 chocolate. When you think you want a chocolate, grab a piece of fruit. Just do it, seriously. A chocolate bar may only be 100 calories, but so is a banana. And the banana has heaps of nutritional value.

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4. Once you notice that the cravings do go away, you can always bring in the candy-Saturday and have whatever you want on that day. What you do now and then isn’t as important as what you do every day.

And in case anyone wants to know how great I look in my pink gear, walking home after an hour of cardio…

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I think we’ve all established that I’m no chef, and that my meals rarely look too interesting. BUT for some reason, you guys keep telling me that you try my recipes anyway. So I thought I’d tell you about lasagna. This one works either vegetarian (use chickpeas, beans, mushrooms etc) or with meat (extra lean mince of any kind), and is probably even better the day after. And yes it does have dairy products, once in a while isn’t killing me. Though the ricotta/cottage cheese can be replaced by parmesan cheese.

Fry extra lean mince with garlic, fresh ginger, onion and chill. Add a box of canned, chopped tomatoes and let simmer. Add mushrooms, capsicum and any other desired vegetables. Use sweet potato and zucchini as layers instead of pasta plates. Put one layer of sweet potato, one layer of the meat-mixture and one layer of ricotta/cottage cheese, then go again but use sliced zucchini for the next “pasta”-layer. Repeat until all ingredients are used, and top with parmesan cheese. Put in the oven for about 30-40 minutes on 180-200 degrees. That has sort of been my dinner the past… 3 days.

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Yeah yeah ignore my very boring improvised salad on the side

I started today with a swim in the pool, and then I’ve spent the rest of the day feeling sorry for myself. So I decided to make a treat. I have a thing for coconut, so I’ve given making my own Bounty a try. Great success. And if anyone is wondering how clean and nice it looks when I cook…

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Yeah, wife-material.

Anyway. Give it a chance:

5 dl shredded coconut (not sweetened), 1 box coconut cream (not milk), 3 tbs of melted coconut oil. Vanilla stevia drops if you have that (optional). Sugar-free chocolate or 70-80% dark chocolate + some more melted coconut oil.

Mix the coconut oil with the shredded coconut in a bowl, add the coconut cream and about 4 drops of stevia vanilla (I hate the artificial taste sweeteners give, so I put in as little as possible) and mix. Put it in a container lined with baking paper and leave in the freezer for about an hour. Cut into pieces and leave in the fridge until properly set.

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Melt the chocolate with some coconut oil and cover the coconut pieces in the mixture. Leave in the fridge until set. EAT AS MANY AS YOU CAN, and watch 30 episodes of the Kardashians. Cure to stop feeling sorry for yourself.

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