me + paleo

I figured documenting my Paleo diet will help me, and hopefully help others. So that's what this is.

Habits

I didn’t take a lot of photos of what I’ve been eating recently, except for these two:

Lunch: potatoes, sausages, and guac

Lunch: potatoes, sausages, and guac

Chicken almond butter noodle thing

Chicken almond butter noodle thing

For the guacamole, I just half an avocado, a small tomato, lime juice and salt and pepper.

The chicken dish was pretty nice but had waaay too much almond butter. I can’t remember where I got the recipe from (sorry to whoever made it!). Next time I’d add 1 tbsp of almond butter instead of the three or four that it was. The noodles are just peeled zucchini and carrot. Plus soy cause, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and whatever else you’d like really. Pretty tasty!

I made yet another curry the other day, which I am sick to death of. Tomorrow I plan on making chicken piccata or asian chicken salad.

I am also slightly addicted to potatoes, which is a problem, seeing as about 80% of what I eat now is just potatoes. THEY ARE JUST SO DAMN GOOD.

Also, I was walking home late at night the other day, and met this cat.

Catcatcat.

Catcatcat.

It was chill.

Well damn.

I’ll get it right one day.

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I finally saw The Shawshank Redemption. Amazing.

I’ve been eating terribly. Not amazing.

Will power as a muscle

Do you have willpower?

Where does your willpower strength lie on this line?


I have none              Some              A good amount              My willpower is brilliant!

Even if you say you have no willpower now, you can still get it. Many people already have a range of mental strengths or ‘willpower’ skills that can be used to help you stay on the Paleo diet.

It might help to think of willpower as a muscle, like an arm lifting a dumbbell. Like any muscle in the body, training the willpower ‘muscle’ can increase its strength. You can strengthen this ‘muscle’ by exercising and refining willpower strategies and also learning new ones and exercising them too.

But remember like real muscles, willpower can also experience fatigue.  If your willpower is exercised repeatedly with tempting situations such as offers to have a biscuit over a short period of time, or being around cake during your Whole30, it can lead to slip ups.  Keep this in mind and have a plan if you think you might find yourself in this type of situation or if you feel your willpower fading.

This is why it is a good idea to practice using your willpower prior to your Paleo or Whole30 attempt.  Small acts of self control can help strengthen your willpower so that you are better prepared to handle temptation moments when you start the diet. You may consider practising your willpower by taking a walk every morning or limiting yourself to one 85% chocolate treat per week.  You’ll notice that as you exercise your willpower, these acts become easier.  You can then apply these techniques when you start the Whole30 and need to resist processed foods.

It can help to develop a strong ‘willpower’ muscle right from the beginning because it’s at the beginning of your Whole 30 or Paleo journey when cravings are likely to be most frequent and prominent.

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Hmm, following the Paleo diet or Whole30 program sounds a lot like quitting smoking.

Source: http://www.icanquit.com.au/willpower/thinking-of-willpower-as-a-muscle

Well that was interesting

What an interesting weekend.

I saw a friend from high school who recently returned from exchange in the USA who I haven’t seen in over a year. My brother came too and it was great to catch up with them both. We went to a pub in the city, and afterwards my friend and I went to a park to meet up some friends. I use to go drinking there when I was 17 but I haven’t been there in 2-3 years so it was pretty strange to be there. I saw a few old high school friends, but left after ~15 minutes.

My eating habits whilst at home were horrible. Bread, cereal, etc. It was nice to have seeing as I almost never eat these things but I don’t plan on eating that stuff again for a long time.

There was a huge game on at the stadium that I work at, which was pretty good. It’s good when it’s busy cause there’s a great vibe about the place and people ask me questions so it gives me something to do!

I also finally booked my flights to USA/Canada! I leave on August 21. I get to stay with my friend for a few days before I head off to Vancouver. Can’t wait!!

Getting back on track in terms of food. I was sick last week and now I have a cough so I want to fuel my body with the right stuff and make sure I get better for the opening of the musical that I’m in!

I suppose that’s all.

Ta.

My logic

Spend one day at home.
Consume copious amounts of bread and cereal.

De-cluttering my life

I have a lot of things I need to sell, so I thought I’d just post it all here. Items can be picked up from Wollongong or Sydney or somewhere close by, just comment or email me in the ‘contacts’ section if you’re interested or have any questions. Apologies for the terrible photos.

CLOTHES

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Size 8-10
$25

Size $8-10

Size $8-10

Size 8-10 $25

Size 8-10
$25

Size 8-10 $15

Size 8-10
$15

Size 8-10 $15

Size 8-10
$15

Size 8-10 $20

Size 8-10
$20

Size 8-10 $15

Size 8-10
$15

Size 8-10 $10 Handmade

Size 8-10
$10
Handmade

Size 8-10 $10 Handmade

Size 8-10
$10
Handmade

Size 8-10 $10 Handmade

Size 8-10
$10
Handmade

Size 8-10 $10 Handmade

Size 8-10
$10
Handmade

Size 8-10 $10 Handmade

Size 8-10
$10
Handmade

Size 8-10 $10

Size 8-10
$10

Size 12 $10

Size 12
$10 SOLD

Rabbitohs retro style jersey. Barely worn, would fit a small male or female sized 8-12 $30

Rabbitohs retro style jersey. Barely worn, would fit a small male or female sized 8-12
$30

Back

Back

Wool jumper Size 8-12 $15

Wool jumper
Size 8-12
$15

Hoody  Size 14 $5

Hoody
Size 14
$5

SHOES

Nike Size 39 (7-8) Bit of paint on them $25

Nike Size 39 (7-8)
Bit of paint on them
$25

Nike Size 39 (7-8) Bit of paint on them $25

Nike Size 39 (7-8)
Bit of paint on them
$25

Nike Size 39 (7-8) Bit of paint on them $25

Nike Size 39 (7-8)
Bit of paint on them
$25

Nike Size 39 (7-8) Bit of paint on them $25

Nike Size 39 (7-8)
Bit of paint on them
$25

BAGS

Vintage handbag $15

Vintage handbag
$15

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Leather bag with adjustable strap $30

Leather bag with adjustable strap
$30

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Small bag $10

Small bag
$10

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Small bag $10

Small bag
$10

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Large-ish clutch $15

Large-ish clutch
$15

Beach bag Tree of Life $8

Beach bag
Tree of Life
$8

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ELECTRONICS

Kodak Retinette IA with leather case $40

Kodak Retinette IA with leather case
$40

Kodak Retinette IA with leather case $40

Kodak Retinette IA with leather case
$40

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Kodak Retinette IA with leather case $40

Kodak Retinette IA with leather case
$40

Graphing calculator $50

Graphing calculator
$50

Headphones $15

Headphones
$15 SOLD

INSTRUMENTS

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Keyboard
$50 SOLD

Keyboard $50

Keyboard
$50 SOLD

BOOKS

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Big Day Out photography book $40

Big Day Out photography book
$40

MISC

Brand new trucks $50

Brand new trucks
$50

Trying to be all artsy with my photos

Trying to be all artsy with my photos

Brand new trucks $50

Brand new trucks
$50

Brand new trucks $50

Brand new trucks
$50

Hardly worn backless swinsuit. Bought for $150. Size 8-10 $50

Hardly worn backless swimsuit. Bought for $150. Size 8-10
$50

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Handmade beanie $8

Handmade beanie
$8

Zippo lighters $30 each

Zippo lighters
$30 each

Zippo lighters $30 each

Zippo lighters
$30 each

Wallet $5

Wallet
$5

Wallet $5

Wallet
$5

For Bek; a continuation

Hello Miss Bek and any other souls out there who may be reading this.

I hope you are doing well. I received your letter and it was delightful. I am pathetically slow at returning things or replying to things, so consider this your reply.

I am glad to hear you are busy and loving it. I am incredibly not busy and not loving it. In fact, I’ve been on holidays for 2 weeks now and I am already pitifully bored. I love how the world is so vast and exciting and beautiful and there’s so much out there, yet I can never think of anything to do.

It suddenly dawned on me today that I do not have enough money for exchange. I spoke to a friend today who was worried she wouldn’t have enough money.

She has $20,000.

I do not have any where near that number.

As a result, I am selling my life.

My clothes. Guitar. Banjo, handbags, scarves, some spare trucks I have for my skateboard, hell may even sell my skateboard.

And worst of all, my car. Please hold back your tears.

I also briefly considered selling my body, but that was fleeting thought amongst my panicked state and I doubt times will get that dire. 

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I dream of exploring the alleys of Melbourne with you.

Let’s make that dream come true.

Self control: something I apparently do not possess

It’s always the dang ice cream in a lid with strawberry sauce.

Or caramel.

It’s just 80 cents!

You are delicious and horrifying at the same time.

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I woke up with approximately six hours sleep under my belt. I cooked breakfast at 1pm; eggs, bacon, kale, and garlic mushrooms. Upon eating it I remember why I skipped breakfast daily. I hate the food. I eat half of it and shamelessly empty the rest into the bin.

I go about my day, talking, walking, and paying $15 library fines for late returns. The meal I planned on cooking last night, but never got around to, is what I enjoyed for dinner this evening – a delightful fish curry.

750g firm white fish, diced into 2cm chunks
small red chilli, sliced
1tbsp lime juice
salt
oil
1 onion, sliced
1 tbsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbsp mild curry paste (I used Panang, but you could use any other)
1 x 140ml can coconut cream
1/2 cup coriander leaves
1 lime, cut into wedges

Toss fish in chilli, lime juice and salt.

Heat a frypan over medium-high heat. Add a bit of oil and cook the onion, stirring, for 4-5 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and curry paste and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring until fragrant. Then add the coconut cream and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens slightly. Add the fish and cook, covered, for 3-4 minutes or until just cooked through.

Sprinkle with coriander, serve with lemon wedges and rice if desired.

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After the usual Wednesday rehearsals, the rushed de-clothing, hanging, folding, the shivering, sneezing, sniffling, and simple hustle-bustle of the dressing room, I head off to a cute cocktail bar in town which I had always desired to go but never did. It was just as hipster as I expected and with prices to match.

There, I had sweet potato fries with aioli. Aioli is food of the gods. I also ordered a pub squash, which was half a can of Solo. I noticed that it was half the can, so I asked for the rest, which the bartender reluctantly handed over. I got the impression he had never been asked for the rest of the can before.

Late night drives with friends always provoke Maccas cravings. We stopped and got ice cream. I got ice cream in a lid with strawberry sauce. It was delightful, yet terrible.

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I: “I wonder how much sugar is in this”

D: “I don’t want to know”.

Late night jibberish

Hello everyone. It is currently 3:53am as I write this. I should have gone to sleep hours ago, but, I didn’t.

You see, yesterday I had this tickle somewhere in the back of my throat, and I could tell that I was getting sick. In an attempt to avoid the inevitable, I went and bought chewable vitamin c tablets from Kmart at 10:30pm. I had four and they were delicious. Ah, but I woke up this morning (well, afternoon), with my throat and nose feeling gross, and a headache. 

I have gotten into the horrible pattern of going to sleep at 3 in the morning and waking up at one or two in the afternoon. It’s the worst because my whole day is wasted. But, classic me, I did it again tonight! My friend, let’s call her D, is a bad influence. We watch silly videos on YouTube for hours. Like this one, or this one, or hey, remember this song? That shit was my jam. 

Anyway, pretty average food day, I had 

  • left over lemon chicken/cauliflower rice
  • banana
  • bit of 85% lindt 
  • potatoes with seafood sauce
  • jam donut
  • coke zero
  • more potatoes with seafood sauce (I really like potatoes…)

Whenever I’m a bit under the weather I always feel like some lemonade, but they only had Coke at Kmart so I got some of that. Meh. I was going to make fish curry for dinner but was too lazy and achy, so I plan on making it tomorrow (tonight?). Nom.

I’m also keen to try this butter chicken sometime this week. I borrowed a few Paleo cookbooks off a friend, so I’ll grab a few recipes from there – I’m getting a bit bored of the food I make, if any of you have any suggestions please send them my way!

Okay, so now it’s 4:05am. I discovered this great blog, Rottin in Denmark, and I really enjoy it so I’ve been reading that a lot today.

But, I should sleep. Good night/morning!

First 100% Paleo day in a long time!

Today I actually managed not to eat the copious amounts of junk food I had available to me today – it was my friend’s birthday, and we had a picnic in the botanical gardens where there were lots of cakes etc. I brought my own lunch and had some rockmelon (which was pretty dang tasty). Oh and I had some of my friends lemon slice thing she made last night, which was gluten and dairy free and sweetened with maple syrup. That was the only junky thing available to me, ha.

Then at rehearsals there were all these jelly babies, which I just stared at. But I had a really good dinner!

Lime chicken breast and cauliflower rice:

  • slice some chicken breast/thighs
  • season with salt and pepper
  • cook in a pan with coconut oil until nice and browned/crispy 
  • meanwhile boil some cauliflower, then drain once a fork goes through it easily
  • add a bit of butter, and crush up with a fork
  • drizzle fresh lime over the chicken

Serve up, and it’ll look something like this! (not the best photo…)

Lime chicken with cauliflower rice

Lime chicken with cauliflower rice

I also found this thing on Reddit, where you pick a number randomly from 1-100 and whatever it falls on you have to do. It’s called the “Neckbeard Challenge”

CHALLENGE!

CHALLENGE!

Cause of this challenge I went on a decent walk today, then did 50 squats thanks to the squat challenge. Then did a bunch of stretches. Was good.

I need to get out of the habit of going to sleep really late. But that is for another day…