Had a great day, another couple of people commented on my having lost weight so that was nice to hear. I wore a skirt today that I’ve not tried since I started my plan and it’s not lose yet but far more comfortable. I just feel smaller, not so bloaty and swollen. I’d started to feel like my arms had shrunk and to dread dropping anything as I found it really hard to pick anything up from the floor again. Now I’m feeling much more comfortable and a little more flexible as a result of that and my exercise.
I know I need to have my gall bladder removed, I’ve just put off having an operation for years, I didn’t have time to have one for so long and then I got huge and daren’t have one. I know when I’ve irritated it and I feel distension in my liver and I know it’s not good but over the past few days I’ve noticed that has not happened at all and I have definitely deflated. I’m pretty sure this is what people are noticing, not the weight loss but the deflation as I shed retained water and don’t get stomach bloating anymore and now this other distension has stopped too I’m decidedly less puffed up.
I’m not sure if the Kombucha has something to do with the gall bladder thing, I’ve had nearly a week now of drinking it and it’s strange because it makes me feel very fresh as soon as I take it. It’s probably just psychosomatic but it’s doing some good even if it is only mentally. Have a look here for some simple easy read info on home fermenting Kefir and Kombucha. Home Fermenting Info
I took inspiration from a couple of fellow bloggers for my meals today.
I had a lovely breakfast (still managing to make that an important part of the my daily food intake.
For lunch I used a fab pizza recipe shared with me by a fellow blogger (thank you Margaret-Rose). I prepared it last night and popped into hospitality to see if a kind student would stick it in the oven for me which of course they did. I sat in the canteen and enjoyed it with a side salad. I was about to take a photo of it when my phone died 😦 Next time I will.
Tonight I had friends over for dinner and they are hungry friends so we had a bit of a fusion meal. I made a variation of Jalof Rice (with tomatoes, onions, scotch bonnet peppers and other spices for seasoning), I fried some plantain strips in a very tiny amount of olive oil and pressed them with kitchen towel to remove any excess grease, then inspired by another blogger (thank you Rob) I made meat and vegetable kebabs which were grilled and de-skewered into hot pitta bread. I made a very simple green salad with tomatoes which I left undressed.
The meats I used were:
- sirloin of beef steak cut into strips which had marinaded in a Chinese inspired fat and sugar free sauce
- fat removed lamb steaks marinaded in a home made mint sauce (fresh mint blitzed with a small amount of apple cider vinegar)
- fatless chicken breasts one lot was marinaded in a mix of organic lemon juice, cracked lemon pepper seasoning, paprika, turmeric, fresh chopped coriander and fresh crushed garlic with a pinch of crushed sea salt
- the next was marinaded in a fruity tangy dark barbeque sauce
Everyone made their own skewers using the meats, some delicious tomatoes, onions and a selection of fresh capsicums and I cooked them all on the grill. It was a really communal and social approach to dining which everyone really enjoyed.
We had a big mixed berry fruit salad served in melon boats with a blob of yummy fat free greek yoghurt with a tiny bit of honey squirted on the top. I’m going to stick that in my Fitting in 5 a Day page when I get time.
It was a lovely almost buffet style dinner and everyone loved it.. there were no left overs which is a good sign. A very sociable relaxed affair. Dinner guests fed, eating plan uncompromised. I’d call that a success. I think this may be a tactic in future when I have people over to eat, I’ll make it more about choice and helping yourself and that way more appealing to everyone and not so obvious that I’m on a stricter plan and allowing for guests to have more of a treat without noticing that I’m not partaking as much as they are.
I make no secret of it nor excuses for the fact that I have a big appetite, I love food. Not always in a gluttonous way, I just love food, I like to eat, I like to cook, I like to experiment. Whilst I have noticed a decline in the amount I can eat and I no longer feel the need to eat everything on my plate even after I’m full up, I am not working on portion control at all.
I will in time but for now eating healthy, home cooked, wholesome stuff is what is at the forefront of my mind, low fat, as additive free as possible and a drastic reduction in processed carbohydrates and processed foods in general. I’ve reintroduced lots of herbs and spices into my diet to give fantastic flavours. I’m not going to make myself miserable by starving myself and when I look at recommended portion sizes that’s what I would be doing. If I’m not satisfied, I’ll get miserable, if I get miserable I’ll eat rubbish. It’s far better to eat more healthy stuff and avoid that downward spiral.
This works for me, we’re all different, some are better with strict portion control, some think you’re not doing it properly if you don’t control your portions but I say what is ‘it’? My ‘it’ may be different to someone else’s ‘it’. Doing ‘it’ properly for me is cutting the rubbish, the wasted calories, enjoying delicious tasting and looking food that will nourish and heal my poor abused body and doing ‘it’ means doing something sustainable for me for life, it’s not a quick fix.