Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Bobotie, a South African meatloaf, is easy to put together, but takes about an hour and 15 minutes to bake, so you need an hour and a half all together to get this on the table - but it's worth it!  I also doubled the recipe so I would have leftovers for lunch (or breakfast - why not?).

I tend to eat lunch at my desk and my food is usually cold when I get around to eating, but this even tasted good cold.
I got the recipe from Things My Belly Likes, who in turn adapted it from Epicurious.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Next week's menu and Sunday Dinner

I have found the best way for me to stay on track for any diet is to plan my menu for the week and add the items I need to my shopping list at the same time. Otherwise I will have those nights where I am just too tired to think of anything for dinner and I start thinking about fast food instead.

I have just added a free shopping list app to my Android phone - it's called ListOn that makes it really easy to add grocery items and delete them as soon as I pick them up in the store.  That was step one.

Monday, 20 January 2014

It has been a few weeks since I posted for a few reasons. After 17 days off work (it was great), it has taken me awhile to get back into the routine and not a lot of new recipes have been tried, so not much to share there.  I am also really tired when I get home, make dinner and clean-up.  And, of course, I need to pay some attention to Paleo Grandad or else he gets cranky!

My plan to walk everyday is not going well.  It is a catch-22 - tired all the time so I don't feel like walking, but I would probably feel better if I walked more.  And then there is always the Vancouver weather excuse.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Pancakes and Ribs

It is amazing how fast a 17-day vacation from work can be finished.  It has been a great stay-cation, but over much too fast.  I got to do a lot of things I don't have much time for like reading, cooking (and blogging!), knitting and sleeping in - all good.

Of course, we had Christmas and New Year's activities - family over for dinner and dinner out on New Year's Eve.  It also meant we weren't 100% Paleo over the past two weeks - not even 80/20 on some days - and I am feeling the effects.  So, while I believe making New Year's resolutions sets you up to fail because most of them are not S.MA.R.T. (sustainable, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound), I am going to get back on track starting now by getting back to eating the way I was before the Christmas holiday began, and walking every day even if it is once around the block at lunch time.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year and Good deals at Costco.

Happy New Year!  I have had way too much chocolate this Christmas, and not the good for you dark chocolate but my favourite English milk chocolate, Galaxy - love the stuff and, unfortunately, Paleo Grandad likes to be my supplier.  I know, I could just say "No!" but, come on, it's Galaxy chocolate.

To counteract the effects of too much sugar, today is the start of the New Year and time to get back on track.  As much as I like chocolate, my digestion is out of wack again.  It takes a while to get everything straightened out and just a few days of too much sugar to feel the negative effects.  To get back on track I need to have the right food choices in the house and a re-read of It Starts with Food to remind me what I want to do. To get the right foods in the house a good place to start is Costco.  If you are ready to brave the crowds at Costco at any given time, there are quite a few Paleo items to be had that will save you some money. Apparently, US Costco's have even more Paleo items, if you are ready to take on the long lines at the border and the crowds at the store.
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