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3 weeks in!

Tomorrow is the end of week 3. And I’m doing much better than I ever thought I would at this stage. It’s so nice to have variation of meals from my norm, and I’m getting used to having the bone broth and fermented veggies and good fats. And on a massive upside, Pete Evans used my food prep from my first week’s post in one of his posts! I was so excited. It came on Mothers day weekend, which is generally a down time for me at this point, and that I was another year older, yet without expanding our little family.

Mum took me out for lunch for my birthday, and I was worried about where we would go to eat that wouldn’t compromise my 10 week plan. We found this gorgeous little cafe at Erina called The Nourished Cafe, and their menu stated that they would alter a dish to any food intolerances. So a chicken burger turned into oven grilled chicken, the most amazing bacon, avocado and salad. It was sooooo yummy!

It’s also been a long 1.5 weeks, I’ve only had one day off work since Tuesday last week, and I’ve got one more day to go, as my boss went away for a week and left me in charge. It has been a fairly quiet week, they’ve been re-tiling outside my store for the past few weeks. The main thing I’ve noticed and really struggled with is the lack of prep time for my food. Only having a half day on Tuesday to really prep for the rest of the week left me a little overwhelmed, because I got nothing else around the house done while trying to get my food sorted. So I’ve struggled in that respect. But I’m glad I had some broth frozen from week 1, and a few things pre-done.

I’ve definitely improved on the breakfasts – Depending on what I’ve got left in the fridge, I’ll work some eggs in, avocado, veggies/salad, fermented veggies and sometimes broth. I’ve become quite fond of heating up some broth, finely cubing some carrot and zucchini, then poaching two eggs in it. Add that to the above, and I’ve got a filling and long lasting breakfast. I also have been putting the veggies and broth into my short little thermos and have it for morning drink 🙂

Lunch is leftovers, and Its easy and I’m loving it being all pre-prepped.

And dinner has been good, we’ve had lots of wins, and only one or two ones we wouldn’t do again (Or more that I’d change something or use a part of the recipe), nothing we haven’t eaten.

I’ve also made my own kid-friendly kimchi (Fermented cabbage, daicon, apple and a few other veggies), and it all worked. Opened it up and it bubbled and fizzed like it is supposed to, which is awesome.

The only thing I’m really missing is my black tea with milk, but I can do without it, I’m lucky that I’m enjoying the bone broths. It helps that it’s cold, and the warm broth helps that.

The next highlight for me is finally being able to go to the new farmers markets down the road on sunday at Gosford Racecourse, I can’t wait to find what kind of local food is around me 🙂 And because I work every second sunday I haven’t been able to go yet. But will hopefully get lots of yummy fresh veggies and meat!

6 Days in!

So it’s friday night, the husband is out at a work dinner at a place I really wanted to try but I can’t eat most of the food there, so I went home. Was feeling a bit flat, until I got home and realised that my Beef bone broth (which I had cooking for 36 or so hours) was jelly! I’m so excited. For those who don’t know, a bit component of the 10 week challenge is healing the gut. Good bacteria from fermented veggies, minerals and gelatin and goodies from the bone broth and a few other things that I haven’t tried yet. Jelly broth means that I’ve managed to leach a lot of goodness and natural gelatin from the grass-fed bones I’ve used. So that made me happy. I’d picked up a piece of salmon from the shops and cooked it in the oven with a basil pesto (homemade), and veggies roasted in beef fat and herbs. YUMMY!

I posted the featured picture above in the Paleo Way Tribe FB group. I got a massive response and It’s made me feel very proud. Over the course of 2 days I made chicken bone broth, started Beef bone broth, Hearty chicken and veggie soup, Zucchini/Fennel/sweet potato egg slice, Meatloaf (wrapped in bacon), Cauliflower rice, green goddess dressing, pesto and tomato concentrate. So for the rest of the week I didn’t need to cook anything else, just heated up whatever protein I wanted, added avocado, salad, some Kimchi and sometimes some dressing. Don’t know how I would have done it all without the Thermomix.

The hardest part of the week so far has been this morning. Bad night (I still have days where I just want to cry, and I’m sad, and so I inevitably end up crying in bed at night) and so you’re never the same the morning after. All i wanted this morning was a milky, melbourne breakfast black tea, and chocolate and something sweet. I fought through it, heated up some chicken broth before I left for work and put it in a thermos, and had some about 10am, which was lovely.

I’m really enjoying it so far, the flavour in Pete’s recipes has been fantastic. I think my favourite so far has been the Smoked paprika chicken we had for dinner the first night, with Roasted broccoli and bacon.

Next big challenge is this weekend, We’re travelling 4 hours away to see the in-laws for Mothers Day. So I’ve made enough slice to be my breakfast for sunday morning. Taking some of the cauliflower rice for lunch I expect. A couple of avocados and eggs and nuts and I should be fine. Then back home on sunday for Mothers Day/Mybirthday dinner with my side of the family. And then monday is my birthday! Going out for lunch (hoping to find Paleo-friendly food) and then making the butter chicken for dinner. Should hopefully work out well. Then back to prepping on tuesday!

Prepping day

It’s been a while, life has been overwhelming. We have three more days until holidays! Yay! Meaning my husband has 3 days left of internship 🙂 which means he also wants snacks to take for a thank you morning tea on Friday. So on the back of my friend’s awesome pic of her Sunday prep, I thought I’d get back to it.
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