Sunday, January 06, 2013

Gorgeous Skin - The nuts & bolts

The Gorgeous Skin 30-day plan includes a detailed daily menu, which is awesome...if you like that kind of thing. Me, I start following a set plan and fairly quickly find myself feeling constrained and restricted - no matter how amazing the food might be. And those feelings spiral into thoughts of "I can't have..." and "It's not fair..." and we all know where that leads, right? Off-plan eating, sneaky little bites of this and that (which I manage to kid myself don't count) and a rapid road to chucking in the towel.

So I'm doing my own thing and just following the principles of the plan, with selected recipes from the book that take my fancy. This morning's brekky of choice was good old porridge, served up with some of my home-made fruit compote (ingredients: seasonal fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg), a blob of Greek yoghurt and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Hello, awesome breakfast!
Basically, the nutrition plan is packed with fresh veggies, fruit, lean protein (mainly chicken and fish), good fats and small serves of the more nutritious starchy carbs, usually only once a day. There's a huge emphasis on fat consumption - from fish, nuts, seeds and omega-3 supplements. I like this part. :) I know how crappy my skin goes on a low-fat diet. The plan allows for three main meals plus up to three snacks daily. Big tick from me on that one too. A minimum of eight glasses of water daily are prescribed, with herbal or green tea as well. Yep, all good. In fact, there isn't really anything I dislike about the food side of things. 

The recommended supplements include quite a long list of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and so on. Meh. I take my supps, but I'm not about to go spend a fortune on a whole lot more with dubious credentials. For now, I'm sticking with this lot:
  • Fish oil
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Vitamin D (Yes, I have a medically diagnosed deficiency - don't self-prescribe this stuff, folks)
  • L-glutamine
  • BCAAs on weight training days. If I remember to mix up my workout drink before I head to the gym...
  • Niacin
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • CoQ10 - this is the only new one I've added. I'm curious...

Exercise is part of the deal too (yay!) and while the book doesn't specify an exercise program as such, it does recommend resistance training and cardio on alternate days, with a rest day once a week. I'm good with that as general advice, but once again, I'm doing my own thang.

Today's exercise included a gimpy weights session at the gym, some moderately strenuous gardening and endlessly climbing up and down a stepladder, slapping a final coat of sealer on our monster set of bifold doors.  

Sexy footwear, no? 
I thought finding a wheat-free bread would be a piece of cake bread, but I was wrong, wrong, WRONG. Our local supermarkets stock a wide range of rye breads, but every single one contains massive amounts of wheat flour too. I know, because I spent ages in the bread aisle, peering at every damn label on every damn package.

I briefly thought about buying a gluten-free loaf, but they're all like bricks. Nuh-uh, I'm not settling for that rubbish. So the quest is on for the perfect loaf. Ideally, I want a sourdough rye that has no freaking wheat in it...but I'm exploring other options. The lovely Michelle Koen of Healthy Helpings fame came to my rescue yesterday with an easy recipe for spelt focaccia.


Spelt focaccia with sea salt & rosemary. Awesome!

The search continues for a sourdough rye loaf though. Does anyone out there have a fabulous recipe that's free of the dreaded wheat?



Sara said...

Spelt does contain gluten though, so at least this will determine if it's the gluten or something else in wheat that upsets you. I'm on the case with the rye sourdough. I need to get a starter, or make one. Making one with natural bacteria from the air and the rye takes about 10-14 days and apparently you just keep it going and it improves over time.

Kek said...

Yup, yup, I'm all over the whole gluten thing. I'm interested to see if there's any fallout from the spelt. It was difficult to resist scoffing the entire loaf, but I managed to stop at one and a half slices. Oh, OK...and one more today. :)

The Stark's said...

I can vouch for this as being soft and delicious:

And this one delicious as toast:

Kek said...

Ooh, thanks Shelley! :)

Sandra said...

Sounds like you're on top of this thing. Hubby and I started taking the CoQ10 a couple of weeks ago. Not sure what results I'm expecting but would love to hear what you think about it. Made a batch of your fruit compote on the weekend...<3

Kek said...

That compote is the bomb, Sandra! I don't add any sweetener any more; I don't find it necessary. This week's batch was plums, apples, apricots and a handful of dried cranberries. Divine! Must update the recipe on my blog...

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