Mostly Tryin’: The Keto Diet

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Keto Basics

I’m not entirely sure how it happened but somehow I seem to have…gained a hell of a lot of some weight. There is a general softening of angles and where once there were sharp lines now sits the vague memory of a proud jawline. Of course, it is entirely possible that my seasonal hibernation may finally have caught up with me so it is time to take some definitive albeit lumbering action.

On the subject of action, has anyone noticed just how truly awesome Halle Berry is looking these days? With the help of Personal Trainer (and altogether delicious action man) Peter Lee Thomas, Berry has completely overhauled her fitness levels and in the process inspired women a fraction of her years.
Spurred on by Berry’s athletic form I decided to look into her diet secrets but as it turns out it’s really not that secret after all. As a type 1 diabetic, Berry has practised a Ketogenic diet for many years. The keto diet is a very low-carb high fat regime which has been proven to help burn the bodies fat stores more effectively and may also slow the ageing process! Essentially, 75 percent of calories should come from healthy fats. The real trick is to eat the right fats in the correct amounts.

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Fifty-f**king what you say?!

I must admit, the idea of tucking into a bun-less burger whilst my body gets to work on yesterday’s transgressions has a definite appeal so I elected to read up on the diet purchasing “The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet” written by Keto Nutritionist Maria Emmerich. The book is extremely comprehensive as Emmerich seeks to dispel many Keto myths. The no-cook meal plan is also a bonus. Halfway through the book I have to admit there may well be something to this diet but the real test will be putting it into practice day in day out… As with so many restrictive diets, the key to success is in the planning (or so I’m told). Emmerich recommends cutting out diary and nuts in the first month to maximise weight loss but frankly a month without cheese seems a step too far. Rather, I am slowly cutting out various carbs each week to avoid the dreaded keto-flu substituting with low carb alternatives such a pork rinds instead of crisps, baked Parmesan chips instead of nachos.
The strangest aspect of this diet is suddenly being free to purchase full fat foods. Goodbye low calorie salad dressing, hello full fat mayonnaise, sayonara lean mince beef, bonjour bacon. Let’s be clear, I do not believe in restricting ones diet on a permanent basis but I am willing to give this regime a go, I mean, any diet that champions bacon and eggs can’t be bad in my book! Watch this space… x

Mostly Lovin’: Black Truffle Crisps

Salty goodness…

In stores for a limited time only I knew I had to work quickly! Once tasted, never forgotten…

Mostly Lovin’: Good Intentions

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Skincare Cocktail

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to do the wrong thing? I don’t mean pulling the wings off flies but rather failing to looking after oneself even though you know better.
For example, I currently have a fridge full of plumpcious fruit and vegetables, cupboards brimming with nuts and protein rich delights and yet somehow I find myself inexplicably drawn towards the remnants of the Christmas “naughty draw” where all manner of chocolaty temptations reside.
The funny thing is, I’ve never been a particularly big fan of chocolate, I can generally take it or leave it. It’s the salty indulgences which tend to hold my attention. Perhaps this question goes much deeper than whether or not we choose a wholesome or unhealthy snack but I often wonder why it is so much easier to do the wrong thing despite knowing better. Is it perhaps an unconscious desire to rebel against the constant and dare I say somewhat tiresome images of Instagrammers savouring “smashed” avocado on toast, Chia pudding and the like?

This New Years I made a quiet decision to do better if I know better. I have to admit, it hasn’t always been easy (or successful) but you know what practice makes… x

Happiness…

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Ossau Iraty & Fourme D’ambert Cheese Plate

Le Weekend: Simple French Cookery by Edna Beilenson

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I love a vintage cook book! I picked up this little gem in a second hand bookstore for the bargain price of £1! Written by Edna Beilenson with illustrations by Ruth McCrea it’s a great addition to any cook’s library.

First published in 1958 by Peter Pauper Press the book opens with a wonderful verse entitled “French Cookery is French Witchery” detailing how one will cast a spell upon all who dine in your company should this book employed.
My favourite recipe has to be Turtle Soup which was considered something of a delicacy but now appears to have disappeared from modern day menus…can’t think why. Grab your copy from Amazon.com and I promise you won’t be sorry. Biosus

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Dinner in Minerve

Le Relais Chantovent’s Beef Tataki

Cassoulet in Castelnaudary

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Note the crust!

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Yum!

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Breakfast in Béziers

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Mostly Lovin’: My Protein Wrap Pizza

So, for reasons unknown I seem to crave pizza on a fortnightly basis, tres bizarre je sais so I have endeavored to create a version which is less carbohydrate rich and I think this little version ticks all the right boxes.

For the base I use a Newburn Bakehouse protein wrap. I like to make my own sauce loosely based on a classic Puttanesca recipe. I then load with prawns, parma ham and basically what ever low fat treats I can lay my hands upon. To really up the protein hit add fresh spinach and crack an egg on top. Bon apetito!

Simple Summer Salad

A very simple tomato and olive salad here comprised largely of end of week leftovers. I suspect it is crying out for some feta or halloumi drizzled with lemon juice but alas…needs must. x