My Food: Your questions to me answered. The way I started to cook. As the numbers in my social media grow, I get a lot of messages about what I eat, More importantly what I did eat at the start of my journey which is probably more help than what I eat now, as I tend to stuff my little fat face before I do any challenge.
Two years ago my aim was to drop 3 stone of so, having got to almost 8 stone now my system works for me, you may wish to change things to help suit yourself as clearly I’m not a quack nor anything like a nutrition expert,
My plan was simple after watching TV and seeing how much rubbish companies put into our foods, I’m talking about processed foods yep all that comfort stuff we all love and hold close to our hearts, the amount of sugars and unknown ingredient’s they put into these foods is astounding and I really needed to cut this out of my life short term at least so for 6 mouths my plan was no processed foods, no crisps, no milk chocolate treats and no sweets, this was my staple foods being a long distance lorry driver this was all I could get at truck stops well so I thought anyways, I didn’t eat Vegetables’ or Salads, to me they were bland and boring, I went shopping picking up fresh foods raw meats, then I thought hang on chubby how the heck do you cook all of this?
Chocolate wise I changed from eating bars of whole nut to 85% dark chocolate, game changer to me, meaning I could still grab a daily fix but I only needed to eat a strip
A few calls later… My Ex-wife is a chef, and I know great cooks from my travels being on good terms with my Ex we still share custody so why not ask for her help, I brought the food and started phone call cooking lessons along with 3 one-on-one lessons I could now cook for myself for the first time in my life, well I did cook before straight from freezer section to oven to plate or via the poppityping (microwave thingy) something I have now given away,
I enjoyed eating out, lots of curries and steaks plus fatty fish and chips or kebab type places so this was my main interest in learning but with more spice and definitely much healthier versions’ the whole healthy versions was my main aim, zero processed for 6 months here we go…
It didn’t start great, and I’m pretty sure you’ll have much more knowledge of the kitchen than I, back to the shops I brought the correct pans and utensils then second time curry was spot on, I used miso paste from Japan proven ingredient’s that help with digestion and spices that warm the heart and aid good gut health. I’d finish work go for a walk of around 45 mins then cook each night I was home, taking these meals on my nights away and eating them in hotel rooms,
I tried everything from curry to pie’s to pasta dishes all looking pretty good and tasting even better, my life was slowly turning around I couldn’t notice anything different except for more energy, people however did notice,
Weight loss after just one month was almost a whole 11lbs, flipping Nora wow! This much weight loss without doing that much, next change was to buy a bike and start training a little more whilst still cooking well, this was clearly key, I’m not going to lie and say it was easy, nope it was blooming tough going, to make things better I started to cook lots on a Sunday afternoon after a few beers, putting this food into Tupperware boxes (yeah more silly things I had to go and buy) but it really did help, cooking in batches seemed to give me lots of spare time giving me extra incentive to walk and ride more,
I can look back though diaries and grab a few menus and what I put in them, I did watch a cooking show on C4 with two sisters it wasn’t because they were cute I watched of course wink wink, it was the talent they had to come up with simple meals to make from simple food groups that I liked I think, sorry I can’t remember the name of the show. (Added+ Hemsley & Hemsley Jasmine and Melissa)
These shows are ok for many but as I don’t eat Veg I had to replace certain products with things like SuperGreens a powdered form of Veg it costs loads but gives the kick you need in these meals, I didn’t have a spice rack full of smelly stuff I didn’t know either, so I just chopped and changed recipes to suit my style, it seemed to go down well with all my guests too, I then tried Quorn type meat replacement products hmm a tad different to my taste buds, but I had a little go as things seemed to be going well,
Chocolate wise I changed from eating bars of whole nut to 85% dark chocolate, game changer to me, meaning I could still grab a daily fix but I only needed to eat a strip of it rather than the whole dang bar.
If I had only change my eating habits I would have still lost weight, but cutting out processed foods and a little exercise I was dropping weight like no tomorrow,
Month 2 almost a stone off, month 3 more, by the middle of month 4 I had lost the 3 stone I had wanted to lose. I didn’t want to quit so the journey was going to continue, this is now my life, I still love to cook, although sometimes now I can eat what I like as in pizza or shop brought pies as I do ride and walk, plus this is my way to stay focused on keeping the way I am, I have a passion to carry on, and to help others that wish to start or join in, I still hold group walks and rides if you want to join in please feel free.
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