Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Benefits of Sauerkraut




As mentioned on my Facebook page today was a day of firsts for me. Not only did I manage to finally find and consume some coconut water today, I also took the plunge and bought some sauerkraut.

Sauerkraut or Fermented Cabbage is not a new development that is for sure! Archaeologists have discovered that early hunter gatherers used the fermenting process, mainly as a means of preservation. The Chinese have been fermenting foods since 200BC and have hailed the fermenting juice as a treatment for many ailments.

Apart from it's tangy almost vinegary flavour, which I found quite lovely actually, sauerkraut has many health benefits. The lactic acid provide a source of natural probiotic and promote good gut health and digestion. It is also a good source of Vitamin C and is said to contain levels of compounds which are said to prevent cancer.

While I bought jarred sauerkraut to taste it, to get the most of it's benefits it is recommended you make it yourself. I will definitely be trying this.

Find out how to make it here

So do yourself a favour this week and try something new. If you don't take the chance to try new things, we will never develop a taste for them. Take my advice and try sauerkraut - your won't regret it, and your gut will thank you for it!! It will most definitely become yet another new food I have discovered since turning Paleo, and hopefully it won't be the last!

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Day 2 - Easier Than Expected

Happy Wednesday! :)
More than half way through the week and Day 2 of my 27 day Paleo "detox" almost complete.
It has been fairly easy so far.

Day 1 consisted of the following eats:
2 Boiled Eggs & Green Tea
Banana & Orange snacks
Lunch: Ham and salad with avocado
Dinner: Minced Beef Stew with Sweet Potatoes, green beans
Snack: Almonds

I think the major aspect was alot less caffeine throughout the day and no excuses to eat  "treats" with the girls at work.This had started to become an issue and I was starting to have "just a tiny bit" too often. I decided to do this 27 day challenge to prove to myself I don't need to succumb to this food and also to remind myself of how far I have come. I did not want to loose sight of that to the point that I was eating crap all the time.

Day 2 (today) was a little more difficult. Not on the eating front, but energy wise as I was awake quite alot last night was a cough. I definitely drank more coffee than I had planned to, but I needed something to boost me.

Eats were as follows:

2 x boiled eggs with green tea
Banana, Almonds and Orange
Chicken and spinach salad with a mayo and grain mustard dressing
Dinner: Salmon with roasted veggies incl sweet potato and squash with broccoli
Snack: Sultanas

All in all things are going well and I feel less inflammed already. Although I am relatively good most of the time it is amazing what a few small tweaks can do. I have taken some echinacea and garlic to hopefully tackle my growing cold symptoms.

And it is off to get some therapy of another kind I go! ZZZZZ

Bye for now....

P.S I have no camera at the moment so excuse my lack of photos. Hopefully I get one soon.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Time To Return to Basics



Hey Paleo Peeps.

So, today is my 27th Birthday, and like the beginning of a New Year, for me this feels like a good time to change for the better.
While I have taken on the Paleo Lifestyle since July 2011, and to the most part adopted it as a way of life wholeheartedly, I have of course had my lapses.
Everyone has bad days of course. That day we decide "Screw it I'm going to have some regular icecream" or "Damn it I am going to over indulge in beer". But as long as the journey is MOSTLY Paleo we don't feel TOO bad about it.
It is when we begin to make more and more excuses to make exceptions that this becomes an issue. And alas this has been the case for me in the past week or two. I have began to make excuses and I am not happy with that. I havent touched the dreaded grains. But I have been enticed into consuming chocolate and cheese and the truth is I feel like crap and I dont like it!

Don't get me wrong. I have still been about 85 - 90% Paleo but I feel I need that extra push at the moment and I really want to get in proper shape again. I have become a little "soft" and I want to tone up and get out exercising again. I aim to include 3 workouts a week of core workouts, lifting and walking/sprints. I will do some research on these but would appreciate some advice.

Also, if this is something I want to do for a living i.e Nutritional Therapy (I am currently studying Naturopathy) I must practice what I preach.

So it is Time To Return To Basics!

I will be returning to 100% Paleo for the next 27 days (its merely a coincidence this matches the number of years I have been on this earth, but a cool coincidence none the less) and will follow the plan right up to the 6th May when my sister will be having her Hen night. (I have also roped her into this and will be reporting on her progress too. She doesn't know this yet. Or didn't until now....Sorry sis!!)

So the 100% Paleo Challenge begins tomorrow.  Sometimes we have to scale things right back to see why we began the journey in the first place.

I would love to have a few more people on board with me. Together we can encourage each other and stay on track.

Here is what I will be doing:

NO GRAINS including breads, pastas, cakes and buns
NO ALCOHOL
NO SUGAR including honey or stevia
NO DAIRY eg milk, or cheese (I will be eating butter as I do not react to it personally)
NO VEGETABLE OILS cooking only with olive oil, coconut oil or butter
GETTING MORE ACTIVE

So here is to the next 27 days.To becoming more healthy and to being more in control of our bodies.