All posts tagged: health

Just keep swimming

There’s nothing like having a day off (or two) when everyone else is working. Seriously, you should try it. During the whole month of August, I’ve decided short weeks are the way to go. Now, I don’t mind working on Fridays so much, after all, the weekend is just around the corner, but I do hate Mondays. Every week is a short week this month, and I couldn’t be enjoying it more. Last night I went to the Ronald McDonald House which meant it was a late night and an early morning. At 6am, I couldn’t sleep anymore (trust me, I tried) and so I got up and had breakfast, prosciutto and boiled potatoes. I left the house at 7.30am, not really knowing what to do at such an early hour. I made a pit-stop at Nero to buy a coffee (they don’t ask my name, so they don’t get it wrong… Totally works for me!) and then I got on the train to Lewisham. When I arrived, it was still way too early so …

Another day one

It never ceases to amaze me when someone randomly drops into a conversation the fact that they read this blog. I’ve mentioned it before, my first reaction is to think why?. My second reaction is probably blush and be utterly embarrassed and self-conscious, but that’s another story… I remember the many times people have mentioned that they look out for my posts on Facebook because they found them funny. Seriously? I’m funny? I haven’t written many of those posts in a while, but then again, I have the feeling I haven’t posted that much on Facebook anyway. If I look back at my timeline, it seems I’ve been pretty active during the past month, posting a few times a day, and either every day or every couple of days. Weird, I don’t have the feeling to have been much online. I know I’ve started sharing my Instagram photos and posting a lot about the changes I’ve been doing in the past 30 days or so… I haven’t been sharing many of my random stories. I …

Whole30 – day 5

Today it’s my day five of the Whole30 challenge (I should probably call it programme, but it is a challenge after all) and here’s how it’s been so far… Sure enough, as the Whole30 timeline suggested, I felt on top of the world on Monday. I woke up and reheated the scrambled eggs with mushrooms, spinach and kale I had prepared the night before (it was meant to be a frittata, but I messed it up at the last moment), grabbed some blueberries and half an avocado, and enjoyed my breakfast with a cup of black coffee. I forced myself to only start drinking the coffee after I had eaten at least half of the breakfast. I packed all my food, and headed off to the Ronald McDonald House, where I was going to meet my colleagues to cook for the families. I went early so I could have lunch there. When I arrived, I prepared my protein salad: plain boiled chicken, romaine lettuce, carrots, celery, some grapes, and ranch dressing. At the time, it …

Day 1 of 30 – a Whole30 month

Today it’s the first day of the Whole30 challenge, and I’m scared. I’ve been planning, reading, and getting nervous for a week, and the day is here already. Not sure if you’ve heard about Whole30 before, but if you haven’t, let me tell you a little bit about it. This plan is not a weight loss diet as such, although it helps on that area too. Based on a Paleo diet, the Whole30 aims to eliminate all foods that our bodies aren’t thrilled about for 30 days, to reset our digestive health. After that, there’s a careful reintroduction of said foods, where you get to analyse how (if at all) they affect your body and mind. The premise of this is that some foods we’re used to might not be doing us much good, but we’re so used to them, we don’t notice them anymore. Feeling not 100% right has become our new normal. Now, given the fact that I’m always suffering from minor everything, I decided to give it a try. This plan doesn’t …