Foodie Lifestyle!

Hi all,

Hope you are well and had a good weekend!

It’s a public holiday here in the UK but both David and I are working. Only downer, no CrossFit this morning – but back tomorrow! Yay!

Today I am talking all things Paleo – A-Z style!

Not following a Paleo lifestyle? Never fear, the crux of the matter is simple and something I know we all agree on – eat real food. Must we define it? The fine details may differ but the message is all the same. We eat what is best for us and our bodies.

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Actually, let’s drop the P word for now and simply keep lifestyle. After all, it sums it up perfectly!

So enjoy and explore some deliciousness as I dive into the first part of my foodie lifestyle! – A to H!

A – Avocado

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–          It just had to be! And what a food to start on! Avocados are amazing and such a nutritional powerhouse. An excellent source of healthy fats, they are choc of fibre, antioxidants and are actually one of the few foods that when taken with others, help you absorb MORE vitamins! They taste delicious and have so many uses, sliced in a salad, made into guacamole or even used to make chocolate mousse or baked to make super rich chocolate brownies.

B – Bacon

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–          I can hear you laughing now! A bit of a running joke within the Paleo community about how much we all love bacon – but don’t we all? Yep bacon contains saturated fat, nope this isn’t bad. Oh and in fact bacon contains mostly monounsaturated fat – you know the one we find in olive oil…! Now, I won’t be going to eat it every day but because I like some variety but I think it is about time we all started learning the truth about fats. Not gonna preach here, instead if you want more info, click here for an article on bacon and the truth.

C – Coffee

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–          Again, another Paleo staple but a staple in most people’s lives! We love the kick up the bottom it gives us in the morning but I simply love the taste! Yep we get the caffeine kick, but we also gain a mass amount of antioxidants from it – leading to feeling happier, less stressed and contributing to a healthy lifestyle. In fact the antioxidants in coffee help protect us against a variety of cancers, type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

–          Just a wee tip, it takes 6 hours for our bodies to process caffeine. Try to avoid it 6 hours before you are planning on going to bed and it shouldn’t affect your sleep.

D –  Dates

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–          Maybe not a staple for all but a staple in my household. I love dates for their flavour and texture, most readers will be aware that I can’t get enough of them. A natural source of sugar, they are great for when you need that boost of instant energy but also sustainment. Their benefit list is endless – fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, helps promote muscle development, vitamin A and K, zinc, help build bone strength… I could go on for hours! (Maybe a topic for the future…??)

E – Eggs

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–          Breakfast, lunch or dinner, eggs are a perfect ingredient. Packing a major protein punch, a post CrossFit breakfast always involves them. They contain 14 major nutrients essential for our diet including A, B2 and B12. Oh and remember folks, the yolk is where the nutrients are – so eat them up! (Kept this one short deliberately, think I go on about the wonders of eggs too much!)

F – Fat

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–          Fat is not to be feared and should be a major part of our diet. An example of some of my favourite healthy fats include – avocados, nuts, seeds, olives, fish, coconut and grass fed butter. The key with fats, look at the sources, especially regarding animal fats.

–          For a good guide on which fats to embrace and which to ditch, check out this brilliant fact sheet from Diane over at Balanced Bites – LINK

G – Grass Fed Meat

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–          Grass fed meat is always my aim. If the animal has a good diet, then those nutrients are passed on to you. If the animal has had a bad processed, grain filled diet, then those nasties are passed on to you. David and I do the best we can regarding meat – we buy the highest quality that our budget can afford. Sometimes it will be locally farmed meat, sometimes organic, sometimes we have to go with what we can. If you really can’t afford high end meat, go for the leaner cuts – the nutrients if applicable or nasties if applicable are in the fat.

H – Hunt

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–          We may not use the same techniques as are our hunter/gatherer ancestors, but we still should hunt. Hunt for the best produce, the best meat and fish, the best ingredients – real food. Talk to your butcher and fish monger, ask what the animals were fed, what is in the burgers, sausages etc. Go to a farmers market where you can talk to the producers and suppliers directly so there is no doubt. Pick up those jars and other items in the supermarket and look at the ingredient lists – take ownership of what you put in your body. Hunt out real food fuel!

What about your foodie lifestyle? What would some of your A-H’s be?

Back with part 2 later on in the week!

 

Fitness and Lifestyle Trends of 2014 – Guest Post!

Hi all,

Guest Posting!

Today I am guest posting again for the fabulous Holly over @EatGreatBEGreat!

A continuation of my post from last week on Food and Drink Trends for 2014 – this time I am looking at Fitness and Lifestyle trends for the year ahead!

So come on over to Holly’s blog and check out all the fun!

Spill it Sunday… on Monday! – Trends

Hi all,

Happy Monday – back to the beginning of the week again! Hope you are all well and nice and relaxed from the weekend. Never enough chill out time in those 2 days if you ask me, but as long as you spend the time doing what you love doing then that’s all that matters!

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Today I am taking part in another Spill it Sunday, with my ‘on Monday’ twist! Thank you once again to Arman over @thebigmansworld for the link up – major cool points to you!

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Today’s theme is fab – Trends.

What were five trends you followed and the back-story behind them?

1)      POGS

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I thought I would do my trends in chronological order, and what could be better to start with than Pogs. My class at primary school were obsessed. Those little round disks that you piled up and then used a harder disk to ‘pop’ the pile. It wasn’t complicated; it wasn’t really about the game, mostly about the collection and what disks you had! As per most of these trends, aka Pokémon cards, tazo’s etc, the real gems were the ‘shiny’ ones. And I had a few in my collection! Woop!

I just remember being allowed to go to the newsagents and buying a packet of Pogs. That thrill when you opened them up to see what ones you had inside. Exciting stuff for a youngster!

Definitely a trend that I still maintain was cool and I am very proud to be a part of!

2)      Sarcasm.

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Oh boy, this is a trend I would rather forget. It was soooo not cool!

So basically the gist behind it was that for at least 2 years at secondary school, it was cool to be sarcastic about everything, to the point where you would say the exact opposite. For example, if you wanted to say someone looked really pretty you would say ‘Oh my godness you are soooo ugly!’. Or if you were really hungry, you would say ‘I am sooooo full right now I could burst’.

Our poor parents and teachers, I bet they didn’t have a clue what we were on about. It didn’t even make sense. I don’t know where it came from… actually I think it may link into something from Clueless… or not. Anyway, thank goodness we grew out of that one!

3)      TY Beanie Babies

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Yes I collected these. To. The. Max!

I had well over one hundred, I spent all my pocket money on them and I was quite obsessed. I hunted high and low for the new ones, rare ones (the bears) and even went to MacDonald’s just to get the ones that came free with a Happy Meal (yuck!).

But I enjoyed it and I had a fun time collecting them. My poor parents now just have a loft full of them, probably now worth pennies, when we thought they would be worth hundreds! Why didn’t I sell them at the time when they were! Doh!

4)      Max cardio with a low fat/ low carb diet.

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Now for something a little more recent. Rewind 2 years and this was me – doing cardio to the max at the gym, and then fuelling myself with a low fat and low carbohydrate diet. It wasn’t fun and it really didn’t lead to a healthy Jen. In fact I was burnt out and led to some quite unhealthy habits – food restriction, calorie counting etc.

However now I have found a way to be healthy happy Jen. Crossfit really is the workout for me, focussing on strength and conditioning. My body is looking the best it has in years and I feel the best I have in years. My lifestyle now is also attribute to the change in the way I look at food, now focusing on protein, high healthy fats, unprocessed carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, squash etc) and basically getting rid of all the ‘nasties’. Food is fuel.

I must note that this is the perfect balance for me and my body. I would never advocate the max cardio, low fat/ low carbohydrate lifestyle, but if it works for you then so be it.

5)      Reality TV

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To end I thought I would go for a trend that I, along with many around the world, are following, reality TV. It is everywhere, from cookery shows, to music, dancing, celebrities in strange situations, the workplace… I could go on and on!

And it doesn’t look like this trend is going anywhere! Ever since the creation of Big Brother in 1999, reality TV has taken the world by storm and folk just love finding out about people, their personalities, their talents, their hopes, dreams, fears – whether they be a member of the public or a celebrity.

And I am not ashamed to say I watch a few of them! I began watching Big Brother when I was a teenager and carried on watching it until a few years ago when David and I realised that we were missing out on much needed sleep to watch it! Nowadays we watch Xfactor and Strictly Come Dancing every year, Masterchef on occasion and have started watching The Taste, first series in the UK and it looks good! I probably watch more of them, I just don’t realise it!

(And that’s totally true, I have just remembered about the Kardashian’s, I love it!)

Do you watch any reality TV?

Any trends that you loved following or are embarrassed to have followed?

Enjoy the rest of your Monday!  🙂