Monthly Archives: May 2014

Low Carb Dinner Recipe – Garlic & Ginger Chicken Salad

Low Carb Dinner Recipe – Garlic & Ginger Chicken Salad.

Diffculty rating – Easy Peasy.

1. Get a bag of supermarket salad. (Most come in at around 3-5 carbs per 100g).

2. Spoon 1 teaspoon ginger paste, 1 teaspoon of garlic puree and a sprinkle of a green herb (I used thyme tonight) into a large frying pan, sprinkle dried chillies over it and add about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Heat to 3/4 heat setting until it’s really sizzling.

3. Add your prepared chicken meat, (use however much you fancy). Cook it with the spices until the chicken is quite golden crispy brown all over and the spices are just starting to stick to the pan. Take off the heat and mix it up to release it.

4. Get a bowl and dump the bag of salad into it. Then dump the chicken into it. Then get a fork and spoon and mix the salad for 5 minutes until fully mixed up.

5. Get two plates and serve. (Or more if you have the appetite of a sparrow).

I thought it tasted great. My wife enjoyed it too. I bet you will too. Here are the stats:

Fat: 38g – – Carbs: 7g – – Sugar: 0.2g – – Protein:40g – – Calories: 530

 

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Diary of The Recovering Fataholic. May 2014. No2

This is the home of the random musings from the “Recovering Fataholic”.

I have turned a corner, had an epiphany, been bollocked by the doctor, call it what you want. The news she gave me while I was lying in a bed in A&E recovering from a pulmonary embolism frightened me into action. I was a 20 stone (126kg) mess and dying of liver disease.

I am following a low carb lifestyle because my doctor said that if I don’t, I will lose my liver and by default – my life. I reckon I kind of need that major organ, so I decided to follow her instructions. You can read the story that scared me on the other page above.

May is not a great month for me normally. So many birthdays among my relatives and I am always tempted by birthday cake. Hardly the best low carb food and a definite no-no as far as the doctor is concerned. She banned me from cake, bread, pasta, rice, cheese, alcohol, the list goes on. So I started this month at 106kg. And here we are at the 29th of the month and my weight today was 106.5kg.

So am I bothered? Well no not really. I got myself into this mess and I am getting myself out of this mess, one day at a time. Sure it’s May and my folks want to celebrate their old age, why wouldn’t they ? And who am I to rain on anybody’s parade? So I had a piece of birthday cake or more. But it was always one piece only and it was always the only bad thing I had that day. You see I am following what I call a “Pay Attention” diet. You can too it’s a doddle. And I will lose that last 0.5kg very soon and very easily.

Follow my blog and I will show you how you can do this too – through my postings. It’s not rocket science. You don’t need to be rich. But you do need to want it enough to do it. Not just pay lip service to it. Which is the biggest hurdle by far for you while you read this. I bet just talking about cake got you thinking about sweet things and here you are reading about being good and losing weight and all you can think about is cake. That’s the first hurdle. Stop that and you are on the first rung.

I use FatSecret to record what I eat and thus control the intake. This is the biggest single mistake you are all making when you start dieting for weight loss. Not knowing how much you really weigh and not recording what is being put into your mouth is what got you into the mess in the first place. Time to grow some faith in yourself and time to get started.

I don’t do anything special. I am not a member of a special gym or do much in the way of exercise to lose weight. I just take care of the food I eat now. You can do this too, it is so easy.

Low Carb Kippers

Low Carb Kippers

Try this: my doctor told me to begin by eating fish for half the week. Make that mean whatever you want it to mean. I took it to mean eating steamed/poached white fish with vegetables (I’m not allowed potatoes though) for tea. I have a hob-top steamer (old school) and boil the kettle to kick start it with some pre-heated water. In this I can put all my prepped veg and fish into one container and 20-30 mins later its food time. If I don’t fancy steaming or if it’s lunch at work I am looking for then I often put a can of tuna on top of a half a salad bag from the supermarket (top with a tablespoon of mayo or other low carb sauce) and for breakfast I am now well used to eating kippers or mackerel. I like it grilled to crisp it up but its up to you.

 

Adding my allowance of only 2 eggs per day to the kippers or chucking in a couple of basic mushrooms really mellows the flavour but open the windows!

Eating fish is easy but the biggest mistake you are about to make is to think fish fingers count. Listen very carefully to this – processed is banned. If it has been messed with so it doesn’t look like fish then it is not a food you should eat because you cannot control what additives are used in it. Fish in it’s natural form is cost effective for your health because it is so easy to digest, low in fat, low in carbs, calories and tastes great and most important of all you are 100% in charge of what goes into your body. This is the first lesson in learning how to “Pay Attention” to what you eat.

Low Carb Diet - Healthy Eating

Low Carb Diet Cod Loins – A personal favourite for healthy eating

Try it – I double dare you. One month. You can do this. Moderate everything else. Avoid the complex carbs like bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, porridge, flour and so on. And don’t eat red meat (except bacon). Beyond that it’s your call. Eat as much as you need to but don’t be a glutton. It’s that attitude that got you in this mess in the first place and your head is the first place to begin this low carb way of life.

 

 

Only in your head can you begin the process of “Paying Attention”.

Let me know how you get on?

Diary of The Recovering Fataholic. May 2014.

Well today this fatty visited the hospital emotionally fully armed for another round of nagging from the pious.

But today i finally saw a ray of hope glimmer across the horizon of despair that has been my life since October 2012. My doctor smiled at me and was proudly announcing how well I had done with my recent weight loss. She further added how pleased she was to note that the fatty deposits laying around my liver had reduced dramatically, which she put down to the heavy use of fish in my diet and lack of unnecessary carbs. And on top of all that – for the first time in 2 years my blood result was today “within the normal range” which means all of this. Eating this weird diet and following this odd lifestyle continues to be worth doing because I was the one who fixed me. Yay me! 🙂

So what is the bad news doctor? I’m thinking… here it comes… I have to hop on one leg for the next three years and only eat scorpions for breakfast? Or some other extreme punishment?

Liver Cirrhosis

Liver with Cirrhosis

She told me that having cirrhosis of the liver is a lifelong commitment. It will never heal so I continue to run a risk whenever I put bad food in my body from now on. So I must continue with my diet and in addition to all of that – – I now have to “sweat” for a 30 minute period each day. And she left it hanging there. Out there. For anybody to comment on, a bit like I just did.

 

 

 

I can hear all your thoughts crashing in right now. The funny ones, the innocent ones and those who are just downright rude! You can stop that right now. (Laughs out Loud). As if having stinky wee wasn’t enough for this woman, now she wants me to stink of body odour too. Oh well, it is all for a good cause eh?

So I got the debris away from the treadmill this evening. It’s funny how houses have a sort of creeping ivy system in them where if you put something down in an ordinary house after a few days it will have an odd item on it, like an empty mug. Then after a few weeks it has notes, magazines, junk mail and screwdrivers lying on it. Where do they come from? Who goes around with a shopping basket of common household items in it and just lies them on blank surfaces for no good reason. Leave something untouched in  an ordinary house for more than a few weeks and you face having to do battle with triffids to reclaim it from the bowels of damnation!

Where was I? Oh yes treadmill. I got the treadmill out and bent down to put my trainers on and got cramp in my left shin area. Followed swiftly by cramp in the left calf. So it didn’t matter where I stood trying to ease the muscle I was in agony and irony all at the same time.

I sound like a Paul McCartney song don’t I? So I gave up the vain idea of exercise for tonight and decided to celebrate my measured success at having lost over 3 stones so far and not having had alcohol since 2012, (apart from a pint on my birthday and a glass of champers on Christmas Day), nor all those other niceties that make life bearable like toast, by having a couple of lines of Bournville Dark chocolate. I have put it back in the cupboard and it shall stay until June. *pat self on back*

The doctor still wants me to keep going with the weight loss until I am under 12 stone. That’s 4.75 stones I still need to lose. But to be honest I remember saying that in a blog near the beginning of my journey back then and while it spooked me then and if I’m honest still does a bit, I know I have already achieved something worth fighting for and that is my health.

I am not about to stop now. This is probably the easiest way to diet I have ever found, in fact I am not actually dieting. I don’t know how to tell you guys who think I am but I am just paying attention to what I eat and making sure I record everything that goes in my body into Fat Secret so I can track my loss. If you recall from my earlier posts I call this my “Pay Attention” diet. Record what you eat and your failings will emerge. Nothing could be simpler for me. How are you doing with your diet then?

Eat well and lose weight? It’s easy the low carb way.

If you want to ask about the diet I am on please feel free to email or whatever below:

 

 

 

Low Carb Diet Menu for day 01/05/2014

I was feeling quite lazy when it came to eating yesterday. Much like any normal person I can sometimes be a little too busy to mess about with picky food regimes. Today’s menu (below) shows the low carb food I have eaten yesterday. I ate the same things only because I was too busy to bother being different.

Low Carb Cod Loins

Low Carb Cod Loins

The low carb fish was microwaved at 1.5 minute intervals, turned and cooked again. I didn’t count how many minutes it took, I just did this until it was cooked. It’s not rocket science and you don’t need permission to be smart for yourself. The sauce was out of a squeezy bottle and the salad was prepared by a supermarket in England called the Co-Op. How lazy can low carb and low fat dieting be right?

Seriously though – let me remind you all that I am not on a diet because I am fat. My weight loss is merely a by-product of the regime my doctor has put me on. I am forced to eat this way on doctors orders. I have been eating like this for some three months now, (I began this low carb diet on 31st January this year when I weighed 117.5kg). I am due to be reviewed in a couple of weeks but after three months I now weigh 107.5kg. My main worry is the blood tests. What impact on me will there be if the doctor tells me the regime had not affected the unusual blood results I have been producing. What if she tells me I am going to have to go on the liver transplant list? What happens to somebody who has a liver transplant? What happens if none can be found to match my specific type? It’s not about dieting for me. I have a far more powerful motivator. Fear!

This is what I ate yesterday. I enter everything in Fat Secret which is a food diary app that can apply to most common dieting styles like calorie counting or low fat or low GI etc. You will have to spend a moment looking at the numbers for them to pop out at you. I am not gonna treat you like you’re stupid. I just did a copy/paste from my site.

These are the totals for the day:
Fat Carbs Sugar Net C Prot Cals
62.28 25.79 8.25 17.90 164.71 1344

Breakfast 15.36 3.05 2.29 2.96 15.19 218

Tesco Chestnut Mushrooms
92 g
0.46 0.37 0.18 0.28 1.66 15

Scrambled Egg (Whole, Cooked)
2 large
14.90 2.68 2.11 2.68 13.53 203

Lunch 6.14 8.30 2.40 6.30 51.04 307

Co-Op Sweet & Crunchy Salad
1 pack
0.40 7.00 1.40 5.00 1.30 40

Hellmann’s French Dressing
1 portion, 15 g
4.00 1.30 1.00 1.30 0.50 43

Steamed or Poached Cod
220 g
1.74 49.24 224

Dinner 7.56 8.30 2.40 6.30 91.32 491

Steamed or Poached Cod
400 g
3.16 89.52 408

Hellmann’s French Dressing
1 portion, 15 g
4.00 1.30 1.00 1.30 0.50 43

Co-Op Sweet & Crunchy Salad
1 pack
0.40 7.00 1.40 5.00 1.30 40

Snacks/Other 33.22 6.14 1.16 2.34 7.16 328

Brazil Nuts
50 g
33.22 6.14 1.16 2.34 7.16 328