Whole30 week 3 recap

I’m well over half way of my first Whole30 program and all is looking fine. I have less than 10 days to go and then come the 10 days of reintroduction period. I hope, I will not see that I have a huge problem with dairy and grains because I am starting to miss them a bit. This past week was nothing special, I stuck to the plan and tried to decrease the snacking, which did not always work (mostly it did not), but I am trying. I have a feeling that my skin is breaking out less than normally, and I am less bloated which is definitely a good sign. I still don’t see any differences in energy levels and find my workouts tougher than normally.  Continue reading “Whole30 week 3 recap”

Whole30 week 2 recap

I’m halfway through my Whole30 program and I’m still managing. This week brought along a couple of challenges – dinner out with the girls, barbecue party after work on Friday and a very lazy weekend that just called after some baking. I (more or less) successfully passed them all and I have to say I’m quite proud of myself. After two weeks I do not feel any different than I did before, I guess the changes still need to come. Maybe the changes are bigger if you had a really shitty diet before starting the Whole30 and that was not the case with me. I am breaking one of the rules though – I often have a snack in the afternoon, not because of the habit, but because I just get really hungry. They advise against having more than 3 meals per day and if you’re hungry in between they suggest to increase the size of the meal, but I can’t always do that as I usually eat the size of the meal that is comfortable for me (volume wise), if I would eat more, I would feel stuffed, so I just decided to have the snacks when I’m hungry. I will try to work on getting them down to a minimum though. Continue reading “Whole30 week 2 recap”

Whole30 week 1 recap

A while ago I decided I needed to finally take the plunge and see if my afternoon slump and my rather unclear skin are food-induced. To see, if food has an effect, I first needed to eliminate possible “trigger” foods, so I chose to do the Whole30 program. This program should reset your body and change your relationship with food (which I don’t really need, but OK) and the end results promise increased energy, clear skin, reduced inflamation and often weight loss (which should not be the main reason why you’d do the program, but hey, it’s a nice extra). As it’s supposed to eliminate the cravings and break the cycle of emotional eating you are not supposed to recreate treats with compliant ingredients, so paleo desserts are off limits. So that’s briefly the point of it.   Continue reading “Whole30 week 1 recap”

Homemade gnocchi with beef goulash

You guys, it’s December! Say what!? Where did the year go? Is it only me who thinks that time flies waaaay too fast? I love Christmas time, but for me real Cristmas feeling starts only after the 6th of December, which is a special holiday in some places in Europe, I will tell more about that in my next post. So as I am not yet in full on holiday mode, today’s recipe is also not very festive, but it’s still comforting and cosy. Gnocchi with beef goulash was a dish that often appeared on my grandmother’s Sunday lunch menu. Continue reading “Homemade gnocchi with beef goulash”

Zwitserse preischotel (Swiss leek dish)

As I wrote in the title Zwitserse preischotel translates into Swiss leek dish. I don’t know if it’s really Swiss though, it’s how they call it here (if anyone has any idea about it, let me know). The first time I heard about this dish was 2 years ago. We just finished with furnishing the appartement and started inviting people over for dinner. The first ones were Laurens’ best friend and his parents. Continue reading “Zwitserse preischotel (Swiss leek dish)”

Stoofvleees, Belgian beef beer stew.

From my experience stoofvlees is one of the most popular dishes among Belgians, first place goes to fries, of course, and they are, unsurprisingly, eaten as a side to this dish too. So what is stoofvlees? As I wrote in my title, this is a Belgian beef beer stew, we can call it BBB stew. Although BBB is an acronym that stands for buik, billen, benen (which are Dutch words for abs, but and legs), and is a name of a certain type of aerobics class. The BBB I’m talking about today is surely not going to have the same effect as the latter BBB, quite the opposite. Continue reading “Stoofvleees, Belgian beef beer stew.”