Tuesday, June 30

Low Fodmap Spanish Meatloaf via Dr Sue Shepherds book The Low Fodmap Diet Cookbook

I wasnt sure about this recipe, but made it & fed it to the grandies as well. They ate it All, I couldnt believe it! So here's to hidden veges & lean meat.

I used a premium minced beef, as I'm intolerant of fats, but you could use whatever grade you like.

I also tweaked the recipe to suit my body's needs & the kiddies tastes.

I'll upload the pic as soon as I can find it, my Mac is eating pics somehow & I cant find them...weird!
  • 1 1/2 pounds (700g) extra lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup (90g) dried gluten free soy free bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp garlic or chilli infused oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • small handful of chopped parsley leaves
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground chilli powder (I left this out)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (I left this out)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika (I used smoked)
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper (I will use 1/2-1 tsp salt next time)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF (180ºC) Line an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" (21.5 x 11.5cm) loaf pan with foil & spray with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the beef, tomato paste, bread crumbs, eggs, chili infused oil, olive oil, parsley, ginger & smoked paprika, salt & pepper in a large bowl.I added a few leaves of chopped silverbeet & a grated carrot as well.
  3. Mix well & then press evenly into the loaf pan. I run wet hands across the top to smooth it.
  4. Bake 40-45 mins until cooked through & juices run clear when cut. It also shrinks away from the sides when cooked.
  5. Rest for 5 mins before cutting. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes. (I made mashed potatoes with coconut & olive oil to mash)

Saturday, June 27

That Sugar Film & Fructose

Who's been to see That Sugar Film?

I went a few weeks ago, & was astounded at the impact sugar has on our health.
Its all  backed up medically, if you didnt see it.

Its been a journey for me, along with visiting a dietician for ongoing gut issues. I have lost a few kilos, & my system is much happier these days. And oh boy do I notice the sweetness of foods, since cutting down on my sugar!

I actually had to cut down my fat, as I'm sensitive to it, but needed the carbs for energy, while I was catching buses for the last six months. This increase included adding a little more sugar, which I wasnt thrilled about, but had to do. e.g. Buying lower cocoa butter content sugar meant increasing the sugar content...gag!

There is a cute little car parked in my driveway now, so I will need to rethink the carb intake as well I guess. Who wants to walk in the freezing wind & rain that we get in New Zealand in Winter? Not me thats for sure!

Hope you've all been doing well, drop in & share your journey sometime.

No recipes to share lately, as my food is quite simple at the moment. I'm on a Low Fodmap diet, & finding it is great for me. The reintroduction phase begins this week, so its going to be interesting to see how High Fodmap foods affect me.

The thing about being on this diet, as prescribed by a dietician is, the amount of fructose in foods you'd never suspect. Like honey, apricots, dates, & other  'healthy' foods.

If you're going 'natural' like I have been prior to this, watch out for those. They are still interpreted by the brain as sugar, & have the same effect on the body.

Enough for now, go out & do some research. I'll post a list when I have more time.

Friday, January 9

Losing Weight

This subject has consumed my thoughts for the better part of last year. For the first time in my life, I've had to deal with carrying extra weight! I"m a small person, so I notice if I get too heavy.

Now I get how it can consume your thoughts, diet choices, shopping, feelings...

There is hope! Throughout last year, I started researching this subject, walked more, & faster, cut back on things like dessert, (which I LOVE), bread & baked goods. Now I'm not saying I cut them out completely (mustn't overdo these things), I just cut back so far as to make them treats.

I read blogs & articles from people who know more than me, & there are plenty of those...Dr Libby has an excellent article on weight loss,Read Here as well as some dieticians, nutritionists who I follow & trust. Dr Beth is one of those people. You can search her free articles Here. Also a lovely lady I trained with at university, Marcelle Bolweg is a Very qualified dietician amongst other things. Check out her blog here

Not all though! I had a book on nutrition that I had started reading & found it full of controversial 'facts'.

My journey also includes the processing of foods, added hormones, preservatives, high levels of salt etc.

The pattern I'm seeing is the mighty dollar sign. Eg; if we pump the meat with colour & water, it looks fresh & juicy & people will still buy it...sad face goes here. And yes, supermarkets do this! Not all thankfully.

I've noticed the tomatoes, peas, strawberries, greens I grow, go limp Very quickly in the heat. Whereas, the store bought ones take 3-4 times as long to deteriorate!
That concerns me!

My typical lunch of garden greens, tomato, seeds etc

One of the things that is important to do, is check out your source of information before blindly following them.
There is So much information on the internet & some of it is right. The rest is wrong.

Eat single ingredient foods where you can & lose weight like me. I"ve lost 4 kg so far, sleeping better, drinking more water, exercising & remaining as stress free as possible. My hormones are balanced more in the mature years too. The bottom line is losing weight isnt all about eating, its about a combination of factors.

Here's to being healthier this year!