It’s not a challenge, Issa lifestyle πŸ˜Ž

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Challenge completed πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

The term challenge seems to suggest that after completion it’s back to “normal” Β unhealthy eating habits. Noooo, that’s not the case. I decided to name it a challenge just to condition my mind into accepting that it’s not going to be easy , brace yourself. I had very rough days, some days the cravings hit me like no mans business. I unfortunately decided to include orange list items which we’re only supposed to have occasionally, regularly. πŸ™ˆ.I’ll never get rid of the cravings using this method. I’d like to go on a green list only challenge (so help me God).

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Day31/31

The meal included this yummy beef sausage, avocado and cauliflower rice and tomato combo😍😍😍. I wish I could eat like this everyday!!! Funny thing is for the first time ever since beginning this low carb lifestyle, I had my first “one meal a day” day. I must say I felt great, no hunger pangs and I even went to the gym and lifted some weights. I think the avo played a big part in this satiating meal.

THE MORNING AFTER

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Breakfast from leftovers

I believe in cooking in bulk AKA meal prepping so I made a lot of sausages and I had the leftovers today. My morning after the challenge consisted of the sausage, an omelette and a palmful of olives.

 

INSPIRATION

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This challenge taught me self control although on some days I did poorly πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ. The point is to get back on the wagon and stay on it. No matter how badly or number of times you fall, get back on the wagon. Remember it’s a Lifestyle, 31 days is not enough!!!

Happy Banting 🍳🍳🍳

Breaking the fast plus cravings πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­

Loved this meal!!! One egg because presentation purposes , I had 2 🍳🍳. There’s nothing complicated here. Meal includes fried liver in onion and pepper, green pepper ring with an egg , 2 fried tomato slices and a 1/4 avocado πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹! Try it and let me know what you think!

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Breaky for champions πŸ‘ŒπŸΏπŸ‘ŒπŸΏπŸ‘ŒπŸΏ

I must admit though that I was tempted to add a slice of brown toast with butter to this meal!!! I don’t know what to blame the cravings on. The weather maybe or it’s this exam stress. I’ve been asking myself this question though, this is a Low carb diet not a NO carb diet so why can’t I have a slice of toast which is less that 25 grams bet carbs everyday. I think life would be great if I could 😭

Leanne Vogel of Healthful pursuit Talks about carb up days especially for women because of hormones and their stability. After exams I’m going to dig deep into this site and possibly buy the book on amazon so I can fully understand the carb up days she talks about.

In the meantime do follow me on Instagram to see how my Banting challenge is going day 24/31πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰.

Then what after 31 days πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”still deciding! I’ll do a review on the diet after day 31.

Happy Banting 🍳🍳

Shakshuka attempt!

My first attempt at making the Shakshuka .This is one recipe that caught my eye and I had to try it out . In theΒ Banting challenge I’ve had to step out of my comfort zone and try new recipes out and explore different cuisines. The shakshuka is Eastern Mediterranean and I loved it. I’d like to think my first attempt wasn’t bad at all

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The process πŸ€”

The recipe took approximately 10 mins to prepare and it was so quick and easy. I believe in quick and easy recipes. Once the recipe gets complicated I don’t have the motivation to prepare it. Simplicity is key !

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How it looked

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The inspiration

The recipe is down below , try it and tell me how it goes πŸ™‚

Ingredients
1 large or 2 small onions
2 red peppers
3tbsp olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2tsp ground cumin
2tsp ground paprika
2tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
4tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves, divided
1tsp dried or 2tsp fresh thyme (fresh leaves removed from stem and chopped)
12oz ground beef (lean, eg 90% is best)
1 x 28oz can or carton of chopped tomatoes
4 eggs
2oz feta cheese

INSTRUCTIONS
Peel and slice the onions in half or quarter rings, depending on size. Core the peppers and cut in slices.
Heat the oil in a large shallow pan or skillet and add the onions. Cook for 2-3minutes until they start to soften. Add the peppers and cook, stirring now and then, for another 5minutes.
Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, parsley, 2tbsp cilantro and thyme and stir. Cook for another couple minutes until starting to brown slightly.
Add the ground beef and brown the meat, then add the tomatoes. Cook for around 15-20minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Up to this point can be made in advance and chilled or frozen.
When ready to serve, re-heat the sauce if needed then gently push four indentations in the sauce with the back of a serving spoon and crack an egg into each one. Chop up the feta into small chunks and sprinkle over the top. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the eggs to cook in the sauce for around 5 minutes, basting the whites with the sauce part-way if needed. Ideally you want the whites just cooked and the yolks still a little soft so they will mingle with the sauce when you serve up.
When the eggs are ready, sprinkle the remaining cilantro over the top and serve with bread on the side to mop up the sauces.