Beef “Stir-fry”

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I made this by first frying some onions, once golden I add beef pieces till cooked through. Placed teaspoon of garlic & ginger each. Crushed chillies. Then emptied a bag of cabbage red & green medley into the frying pan. Once all cooked, shouldn’t take longer than 5mins after a fresh non-frozen medley added. Dish out into bowl and sprinkle grated cheese on top or if you want cream cheese.

Breakfast Time Snack- Egg Muffins

I got these from netmums forum for low cab meals passed around and jazzed up. (Ask if you want link.) I prepare these before hand and depending when you want to eat them. Can be frozen.

Egg Muffins

  • 2 large eggs
  • Bacon (pre-cooked), ham, Bockwurst styled Hotdogs (cut up) You can pick and chose what you want in them (Just make sure they’re low carb.)
  • Cheddar/ grated cheese
  • Mushrooms (I don’t use but if you like)
  1. Mix the eggs in bowl, pour mixed eggs evenly into an muffin tray holes. (Not plastic ones as will go in oven).
  2. Add other ingredients you want cut up into small pieces into the tray holes with the egg mixture. Use an utensil to poke them in.
  3. Put the cheese on top of each muffin.
  4. Place in oven for 200 degrees for 20-25mins.
  5. Check on them they should be hot all way through as egg needs to be fully cooked.
  6. Remove muffins from try straight away should be solid enough. (Careful with tray as will be hot.)

I currently do not have have a working oven so I use an cupcake maker to cook them and check them frequently. If this may be ideal if you’re in same situation as me.

 

What’s on my shopping List!

  • Linseed/ Flaxseed meal (Basically same thing.)
  • Almonds (Crushed/whole)
  • Passatta
  • Butter
  • Coffee/ green tea (Ask if you want any recommendations.)
  • Milk (2%)
  • Natural Greek Yogurt (No added flavorings)
  • Cream cheese and/or grated cheese
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Garlic/ Ginger /Onions
  • Celeriac ( Some don’t know about this but it’s a root vegetable, with a lot less carbs then potato.)
  • Tuna (canned or even fresh as long as not breaded.)
  • Eggs
  • Double Cream
  • Meat; Lamb, chicken, beef (mince), pork,(chops,mince, bacon etc) Turkey etc.
W hen buying meats like  burgers, sausages, meatballs etc. Please note that they use wheat based products to hold them together, because of this look for ‘Gluten free’ versions as they have less carbs. They may be expensive however, I wait for chances when I see them reduced and nab them!
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  • Chinese / Gem lettuce
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Lemon
  • Courgette (Peeled like spaghetti)
  • Chia seeds
  • Condiments; Mayo (Garlic & Herb one is nice),5% reduced sugar ketchup.
Make sure you definitely check the back of condiments as they usually have lot’s of sugar put into them, but normal full fat mayo is usually fine.
  • Oxo cubes/ Stock pots (Beef, Chicken & Vegetable. Not gravy granules!)
  • Sweeteners; Stevia or Sucralose. ( These are only sweetener’s I use in hot drinks)
  • Fruit; Strawberries, Raspberries.
  • Schar Gluten Free Bread (Would recommend after low carbing for a while or you cannot live without bread, be warned it is still 11g carbs a slice. However for Gluten Free bread it tastes amazing!)
  • Frozen Vegetables; Cauliflower, Broccoli, Suede & Carrot.
There is some assumption that frozen is not as healthy for you as fresh vegetable, however this is not correct. Freezing keeps all nutrients in until they’re boiled and eaten.
  • Oil/ Oil spray (Extra Virgin Olive oil/ Coconut Oil recommend NOT sunflower.)
  • Carbonated Sugar free flavored water/ Still Lemon and Lime Volvic water.
  • 85% Lindt Dark Chocolate (At the beginning this might be a bit bitter, but it helped my chocolate cravings. Having a square with a coffee. One whole bar is only 19g carbs including sugars, that doesn’t mean eat the whole bar though! If you are a chocoholic like me try to stick to one square a day!)

What you can also have but not for me…

  • Veal, venison, bison etc
  • Kale, eggplant
  • Bell peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado, olives etc

Many more others, if you want to know if anything specific is alright feel free to ask me.

Snacks

All good making healthy meals but some people are busy and on the go all the time. Here are some snacks I eat on the go. Please don’t replace snacks with full meals!
  • Pepperami ( high% pork snacks)
  • Cheesestring
  • Pork Scratchings
  • Fruit; Most berries are low sugar (Not cherries or grapes. Some fruit can have a lot of sugars. For example; apples, bananas etc)
  • Carrot sticks
  • Sugar free Jelly pots
  • Beef Jerky
  • Almonds
  • Low carb Bars e.g Atkins ( Will do a post about these including info on polys! In short these bars contain sugar alcohols, which are not absorbed like normal sugars. Although this is different person to person affecting weight loss.)

 

 

Why no low fat!? And what is Low carb?

Mistake I made was going low fat/low calorie. Buying items with that written on top and shoving it in my trolley not thinking anything bad of it. I actually discovered this made me gain weight! Turns out to replace what they took to make it low fat, they added a whole load of other shit into it. Which ends up being worse! For example did you know full fat mayo is much better for you then ‘light’ mayo. The key to this always check the back labels! After that I ended up chucking the rest of the low fat stuff and turned to something else. The Low carb diet I am on is much like Atkins but not following their strict rules to an exact extent or having to buy their food (although I do enjoy an Atkins bar as a treat then and again).

Low carb basically means low or even no carbohydrates, which can be found in many foods like; bread, potatoes, cake, biscuits etc. Carbohydrates includes the sugars in products. You won’t need to become an expert at reading labels, but you need to check before you buy because food companies are sneaky. Some believe if a product is gluten free (without wheat etc) it must be low carb. Don’t be fooled, some can be but others are replaced with other high carb content. You will need to find the food label which is most commonly on the back of the product and look at the carbohydrate content and of which of these carbohydrates are sugars. These values are not separate which can confuse people and keep in mind how many grams per carbs (sugars).

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Any questions feel free to ask in comments!

Pre- Low carbing..

Notice: In no way do I believe I am a low carb ‘specialist’ or even a dietician. People will have other ways/ methods on this particular diet I did and that’s okay, however this is how I went about it. Let’s all be kind to each other because in the end we all have the same goal. I will explain and show what worked for me, as I have been asked how I managed to lose weight. Many of the recipes I will be sharing are known in the low carb community and shared around but not all have come across them as a beginner.

I know you want me to dive straight into the meal plans but best place to start in a story is the start. My weight loss ambition was due to not wanting the fear of stepping on them scales and branding myself a number and having that number constantly in my head all the time. So I decided to go straight for it I had nothing to lose..

Anyway before I found low carbing, I was overweight and complaining about being fat but not getting up and doing shit about it. I had chosen an unhealthy lifestyle choice and that was only my fault. I was eating take away every other day, eating processed boxed/microwaveable food with not a green in sight. On top of that I wasn’t going outside, not even for short walks. Just sitting in and playing games. I can see now looking back exactly how I got that big and mentally telling myself off never to fall back into that same routine.

It’s not that hard, I’m not telling people “go gym now! Sweat it out! Work it!” because honestly most people haven’t got time for this, but just popping out to the shop down the road is a workout for some and better than none at all.