The Wheels Have Fallen Off The Wagon – Paleo Spiced Cranberry Cookies

So much for ‘I’ve decided to give up drinking’.  That worked really nicely in theory.  In between bouts of wine tasting in McLaren Vale, I’ve been baking a lot lately.  I’ve found a new compulsion, and I’m not entirely sure whether it’s a good or bad one but it’s damn tasty either way. Continue reading

Don’t Give Up What You Want Most For What You Want Now

As I posted a few weeks ago, I’ve been struggling a bit since almost finishing the Whole30.   Alcoholic beverages are my weakness and I’m powerless to stop them once I’ve had them.  Note: ‘once I’ve had them’.  It’s because of this really important piece of information that I’ve decided to stop drinking.

I don’t drink a lot, but when I do, I want more.  It’s a similar thing with chocolate (and I only eat 80% or more so it’s not just about the sugar here).  My brain’s reward centre goes into overdrive and demands satisfaction.  Unfortunately this is not one glass or one bite.

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The Great Jerky Experiment – Round 3 – Jerk Jerky

At first I was a little bit scared of this jerky.  Jerk Jerky is from the ever trusty “Just Jerky, The complete Guide to Making” but this recipe uses Habanero chilli which lies on the hotter side of the Scoville Scale.  The chilli lovers out there may call me a wuss: fair enough; but this wuss has been caught out by hot chillies before and was taking no chances.

Habanero Chili Pepper

Habanero Chili Pepper

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Whole30 Challenge – What Happened Next

Three weeks ago I almost finished a Whole30 challenge.  Almost.  There was a slip up with me stupidly forgetting that maple syrup was not on the accepted ingredients list, so I’m not going to claim actual completion.  I will be making sure next time however (and there will be a next time) that I hide all banned substances to save me from myself.  What I’ve found most difficult about the Whole30 experience is not the 30 days grain/dairy/sugar free (yes maple syrup, that means you) but keeping myself in line now that I’m ‘free’ to eat what I want.  Continue reading