It was time for a diet change, after more than a year of yo-yo dieting, and actually having put on an additional 2 stone, on top of the nearly 6 stone I lost in 2011, it is time for me to get ME back. I’ve said this a billion times over, and I don’t know if things will be different this time around, but they simply have to be. I’ve been fat all my life, I’ve tried to not let it stop me, and have dealt with the stares, the sniggers the name-calling, the fat shaming and the bullying; but ultimately, I’ve always been happy and confident.
But over the past couple of years, I haven’t been happy and I haven’t been confident, and none more so than the past 6 months. I have a goal weight in my head, or rather, a size I would like to be, and when I get there, I’m done. I don’t want to be a size 12 or even a size 14. I want to be a size 20. I’ll still be fat, I’ll still be plus size, but I know I’ll be happy. I’m currently hovering around a size 28 – 32, depending on where I shop, and a size 20 is an attainable goal. I’m not putting a time frame on it and I’m not putting pressure on myself. All I’m focusing on, is getting my life back, because, in all honesty, I have felt that I’ve lost my life due to my size, and that is not good for me or my mental well being.
I’m not here to preach or promote a diet, or to say you should do this or do that. Diet, weight and fitness are all very personal things, and I believe that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to this. I know that there are a hundred and one diets out there that all claim to work, and I’ve tried them all and bought the XXXL t-shirt too.
I’ve chosen to do the Paleo diet, it sits well with my thoughts about sugar making me fat. It is also low on carbs, which turn into sugars in the body. I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and am insulin resistant, so I’m convinced this diet will help. There is no sugar in this diet, apart from the natural sugars in fruit. It’s completely new, so that means it’s exciting to try, and my family has come on board with me, so we can do this together. My previous diet had turned me into a recluse at meal times, and that was not good at all. And finally, it is clean eating – there are no processed foods, which, after watching the television programme Back In Time For Dinner, it is quite clear that this is what has caused a lot of problems for people’s health in the past 4 decades or so. It’s time for me and my family to get back to basics – and it gets me back in the kitchen, where I love being!
I’m sure I will write a separate post about the paleo diet and everything it entails, but for now enough of my ramblings! I wanted to try and explain why you’ll suddenly start seeing Paleo recipes on my blog. I’m not a saint, there will be times when I may fall to the call of a creamy dessert or a big old sandwich, but I’ve been doing this for 2 weeks now, and can honestly say I’ve not felt the need to have either, and believe me, that is a HUGE step for me as I’m a fiend for sweet carb laden foods. It is always wise to check with your doctor before embarking on a diet plan. I am not an expert in this field, and can only give my experiences.
Ultimately, whatever recipes you see on my blog, I hope you try them, and I hope you enjoy them!
One Pan Paleo Breakfast
I got the inspiration for this one pan paleo breakfast, many years ago from Jamie Oliver, waaaay back when he was The Naked Chef. He cooked breakfast for his then girlfriend (now wife) Jools, and her friends, and I thought it was a great way to save on washing up! You can include your breakfast favourites like sausages, black pudding, hash browns (if you’re not paleo of course!) but I’ve used back bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and eggs to make this breakfast dish.
- olive oil
- back bacon
- mushrooms, halved or sliced
- tomatoes, cherry or regular, halved
- baby spinach leaves (optional)
- freshly ground black pepper
- In a frying pan, fry your bacon in a little spray of olive oil, until about half cooked.
- Add the mushrooms and after a few minutes the tomatoes.
- When everything is mostly cooked, spread the ingredients out in the pan and crack in a few eggs in the gaps. You may need to add a spray more of oil.
- When the eggs have cooked on one side (you see them starting to set) pop the pan under a hot grill to finish off the tops (or you could try flipping!)
- Serve on a bed of baby spinach leaves (optional)
- Season with freshly ground black pepper.