Grains & Greens
I’ve posted recently on my diet and how I stick to a clean/paleo style of eating (no dairy, refined sugar, limited grains, processed foods) and like to include all macros (protein, carbs, fat) at each meal and snack. Well, nothing major has changed, but I’ve taken my grain intake from a ‘limited’ amount to a ‘moderate’ amount and also increased my fat intake and included one amazingly shiny, glowingly fresh drink a day, and it’s doing wonders!
While I love the Paleo style of eating and found it has minimised my body fat levels, increased muscle mass and given me a lot of energy as a mum of three young kids – I felt like I had come to a bit of a halt and lost a bit of my ‘womanly glow’.
As a ladddyyy, I think it’s important to have a little ‘meat’ on you. Don’t get me wrong, I love lean muscle, but I think having a bit of rump on you keeps you looking and feeling more feminine. I’ve come to the realisation that when I lose too much body fat, it ages me and well, I lose my subtle feminine curves. So, about a month ago I decided to get back on some grains and increase my fat intake.
Since making these additions, I feel like I’m slowly ‘bulking’ up in the most feminine way possible, my skin is (for once in my life) glowing, I’m getting some plumpness (never thought I’d like that word) back into my cheeks and my energy levels have gone from great to amazing.
I put my skin down to the green juice and extra fats. I’ve also started applying organic rose hip oil on my face and neck every night and it’s doing wonders. I have stopped wearing foundation (unless I go out at night, which at this stage of motherhood is about three times a year. Sigh!). I wear organic mineral powder and bronzer.
Here’s some of my additions:
- Some quality grains; quinoa, spelt, brown rice, rice noodles, wild rice, rice cakes, sprouted wheat bread(essene bread), gluten free pasta and some mountain bread wraps
- Increased my quality fat intake; adding coconut milk to my smoothies, coconut cream to my curries, loads of chia, avo, hemp, natural peanut butter, oils and seeds to my salads and crackers.
- Added one green juice a day; blend cucumber, ginger, mint, turmeric, lime, ice, stevia or maple syrup and water.
I added the grains in sparingly to make sure I didn’t bloat and while they definitely make me feel ‘fuller’ than usual, there’s no bloating or digestive discomfort.
If there’s one thing I can highly recommend, it’s the green juice. I actually had headaches for two days just by adding it. Even though my diet was clean, it was obviously releasing some toxins. It’s now a staple juice with my breakfast.
So there you have it! I get lots of questions about my diet, so I thought I’d better update you on my new additions. As I’m at a stable weight and actually wanting to make sure I don’t lose any, I’m conscious of keeping my calorie intake up and hence the extra fats and carbs. I realise I’m not going to turn into Beyonce overnight with her womanly wonders, but hey… A girls gotta aim high right?!
Clean eating offers such vitality, freshness and an abundance of nutrition. But it’s also got to be programmed correctly for the different stages of weightloss, maintenance or those wanting to bulk up. I’m excited to have been through (and continue to grow with) all of these stages.
For those who have emailed and messaged for my Chocolate Peanut Slice recipe that was featured on My Day On A Plate last week, here tis!
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup fresh dates (pitted)
- 3-4 tbs Cacao powder
- 2 tbs Coconut oil
Enough water to make it a runny consistency and easy to blitz!
Combine it all in your food processor (or even high speed blender if you’ve got a powerful one) until it’s a runny, yet slightly bumpy texture.
Layer the mixture onto an oven tray (about 2cm thick) – place some baking paper down first. Place in the freezer until set.
Melt 1 cup of natural peanut butter on medium heat with 2tbs of coconut oil. It won’t go super smooth and that’s ok. Bring your tray out of the freezer and spread the peanut butter over the top of the cacao slice. How thick is up to you! Place it back in the freezer to set.
Melt 3/4 block of organic dark chocolate on medium heat (add some coconut oil if you like to make sure it’s smooth).
Spread the chocolate over the peanut butter layer and place back in the freezer! Let it set.
Cut the slice into little squares and place in air containers – and keep in the freezer!
Enjoy whenever you feel like a sweet treat!
Note – you can add your protein powder to the cacao if you like. Taste as you go along, there are really no rules!