Read Thy Labels! : Whole 30 Final Stretch

I’ve come unstuck again.  This time, I fell over a sausage hurdle.  In my defence, the sausages were not purchased by me, nor cooked by me and I did ask ‘are these gluten free’ and received a ‘yes’ prior to chomping on said sausage.    Then reality hit me as I remembered that my mum (the sausage chef) often buys meat from a national supermarket chain…. ‘wait, where did you get these from’ … ‘Woolworths’.  Crap.  Further investigation uncovered rice flour and a couple of preservatives that are not Whole30 compliant.  Sigh.

I accept full responsiblity.  I should have asked more questions before chowing down. Even worse, I didn’t actually need to eat at that point in time.  I could have waited until my perfectly paleo dinner instead of snacking on leftover cold contraband.  But this brings me to my main point : READ FOOD LABELS CAREFULLY. Continue reading

Stick Blender of Death

My blender tried to kill me.  At first I didn’t notice anything wrong … I hardly use it as the food processor is always my go-to blend device, but I cracked that while making sunbutter a few weeks ago, and while it still works, it tends to leak liquids all over the bench.  So I’ve used the blend stick attachment a few times lately.  Most recently was a batch of tomato and watermelon gazpacho, which tasted awesome immediately after making, but the leftovers went bad in 3 days.  This did NOT happen with the batch I made at mum and dads … weird … so I made a second batch.  And noticed a funny smell. From the stick blender attachment.  More of a funk.  ‘Uh oh’ I thunk.  So I gave it a good rinse.  And while draining it, I noted it was making a sloshing sound.  The blend stick retains fluids, I realise. Uh oh. Continue reading

Whole 30 Days 3 – 7

Not only did I survive visiting my parents, but I made it through Week 1!  Yay me!  Quite an achievement given that it took me 3 days to complete Day 1. 😉  My food bill is certainly feeling the effects – for the better!  Many people complain about Paleo being more expensive, but per kg, veggies – even the organic ones – are still cheap relative to many packaged goods and they’re certainly a lot healthier. Continue reading

Whole30 Day 2

Nine cups of vegetables per days is A LOT of vegetables.  I still need to go and stock up on brightly coloureds (it was 40C/104F yesterday so I wasn’t going anywhere).  Today I’m off to my folks, where my mum has a nice big food processor that’s perfect for making Kale Pesto and Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho, both of which are rather tasty and an easy way of getting a huge intake of veg with little effort.  I just need to be really careful to avoid contraband while I’m visiting.  Their house is most certainly not Whole30 compliant (yet … I’ll get them to paleo eventually).  In the meantime, I’ll need to be on guard at all times.  Planning is everything – take my own foods and have a prepared list of items I will eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  Not having a plan (and sticking to it!) is where I screwed up Day 1, Take 1 and 2 and have buggered up earlier attempts at Whole30 and even the final week of Slow Carb/4 Hour Body.  Plan to succeed or you plan to fail! Continue reading


Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions II: It’s All About the Gut!

Highly recommended reading, especially if you suffer from heartburn, know someone who does, or if you’re having some issues with a higher protein/low carb diet.  The link above is part of a larger series of posts.  Part 1 can be found herePart IVb goes into detail on how low stomach acid is linked to all sorts of nasty conditions and diseases such asthma, autoimmunity,  IBS, Crohn’s, gastric and duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis, depression, anxiety, acne, dermatitis, gallstones and stomach cancer.

Whole30 Day 1

Woo hoo!  I finally made it past day 1!  I seriously cannot believe it took me 3 attempts to get there.  Day 1 – Take 1 was thwarted by NYE leftovers at breakfast – corn chips and beetroot hummus (made with white beans as Mum was out of tahini).  Day 1 – Take 2 was on track until my little sis, who is intolerant to almost everything and never eats out, said she really wanted to eat a meal that wasn’t made at home for once. I couldn’t bring myself to say ‘sorry lets eat at home as I need to pretend to be like you for 30 days’ so I picked the most paleo meals on the menu.  My ‘cheat’ wasnt major – the grilled scallops for entrée had tiny globs of avocado mousse (dairy) on them and my main was a 250g Angus rump steak atop a few divine slivers of buttery shiitake mushroom.  Yep, I could have not eaten both but .. I did.  And a cheat is a cheat, which brings us to Day 1 – Take 3 … Continue reading


The gluten made her do it…

Incredibly interesting article.  I’m fairly sure gluten interferes with my sleep (can’t get to sleep, wake easily, then very tired the next morning) and causes me to be exhausted by the end of the week.  I don’t get any GI symptoms from gluten so it’s taken me a while to figure out that it may be causing other problems.

“an estimated 3 million Americans have celiac disease, which causes a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from depression to abdominal pain. The NFCA says research indicates that six times as many Americans—18 million—have Continue reading