Sod Jamie’s 15 minute meals, I’d be surprised if this little concoction took anyone more than 3mins to put together.

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Ingredients:
200ml unsweetened almond milk
30g porridge oats
1 small chopped banana
1 scoop strawberry whey protein
100g frozen berries
1 handful of ice cubes

1. Put all ingredients except the ice in a blender and mix for 1 minute
2. Add the ice and serve

Per smoothie:
Calories – 364
Fat – 6.3g
Carbs – 47.8g
Protein – 28.1g

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This week I started the 90 Day Shift, Shape & Sustain Plan from
The Body Coach. In my last post I detailed why I chose this plan and feel positive it’ll suit my lifestyle.

I received my plan last week and set
about ordering all my supplements and a huge stack of new Tupperware.
I then got to work on my meal plan. I’m a bit of a planner anyway (no word of a lie, I know what I’m doing every weekend up until the middle of November!) so this was actually quite fun.
Meal planning also makes it a hell of a lot easier to go food shopping. I love a list!

Cycle 1 is alllll about fat loss, and boy do I have a lot to lose. I won’t share my “before” pics yet, as I want to see some progress first, but safe to say I’ve lost a lost of muscle and fat plenty of fat since last summer.
It’s a strange feeling as I’ve always been big, but after losing a lot of weight last year and then gaining I feel different this time. This time I KNOW I can look and feel better because I have previously, whereas in times gone by I had no comparison!

Exercise wise the idea is to do some HIIT training 4-5 times a week, and ideally before work whilst your body is in a fasted state. For me this works out quite well as I’m much more of a morning person anyway, and whilst the weather is nice it’s much more bearable to spend 20 minutes sweating it out in the morning than it is at lunch or in the evenings.

On the days I train I’ll have a high carb meal after my workout to refuel followed by 2 snacks and 2 low carb meals throughout the day and on rest days 3 low carb meals and 2 snacks.

I’m really enjoying not calorie counting. I know I’m eating so much better because my plates are filled with lots of vegetables and plenty of protein, so I’m not worrying that I’m not tracking every gram of coconut oil etc.

The first few days were strange, I was eating loads and feeling so full (but not bloated, yaaaay!) but every now and then would get hunger pangs, however that is definitely changing. I can only put it down to consuming so much before I started this and my stomach used to being fed every hour or so with 90% sugar!

I’ve been posting a few meals on Instagram and as you can see there’s proper portions and thought behind why I’m doing it and why I’m taking certain supplements. It’s the understanding that should take me long term and mean I’ll start to nourish my body rather than plug it with rubbish.

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I’m only 3 days in so I might be in the “ooo, it’s new, isn’t this great?” bubble, but right now I feel so motivated to make the changes I need to make in order to lose the unwanted inches and not be so embarrassed by my body.

Watch this space…

Recipe: Bacon & Lentil Stew

A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for Bacon & Lentil stew in Time Out and despite not liking chickpeas or lentils it looked pretty tasty and in a bid to try new things I thought I’d give it a go.
Boy am I glad I did, it’s delicious.

To serve 4 you will need:
150g green lentils
1 can chickpeas
400ml passata
400ml chicken stock (1 oxo cube)
150ml red wine
150g smoked bacon
1 red onion
2tsp dried rosemary
2tsp dried thyme

Fry off the bacon in a pan (I used Frylight to save calories), remove from pan and cook down the red onion. Add the green lentils and red wine, cook down for 5 or so mins. Add the passata and chick peas, bacon and herbs and simmer for 15-20mins.
I found mine was getting a bit thick so would top up with boiling water every 10mins just so there was a bit of juice.
Once you get to the point it smells delicious and looks like something you’d throw up after a heavy night out it’s ready.

This comes to 291 calories per serving. To be fair the serving isn’t huge, but actually it’s quite heavy.
I served mine with some soda farl. God, that was lush. I had a quarter of one toasted for an extra 78 calories…could have easily had more.
Next time I’d serve with some veg-tenderstem broccoli or green beans would do the trick and make the meal a lot bulkier.

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