Tuesday 18 August 2015

The 22 day Revolution


So, I've been wanted to talk about this for some time now. Whilst I was away on my amazing trip to the U.S.A, I finished reading a book called the 22 day revolution. Now I'm not sure if you have heard of it or not but it's been made quite famous recently due to Beyonce promoting it.

I have been for some time wanting to try a vegan diet but always seemed a bit intimidated by it and also was concerned that I would be limited on what I could eat - especially me being as much as a foodie that I am!
Without going into too much detail, the whole idea is that after 21 days of doing anything, it automatically creates a habit in the body and so after doing it for 22 days it should be quite easy to carry on. The book is great, it talks a lot in detail about why changing to a 'plant based diet' is good for you (please be aware, this is a plant based diet and not a vegan one) and how to go about doing it. They call it a plant based diet and not vegan because it focuses more on changing your diet for health more than 'saving the environment' however, this is obviously a positive side-effect that comes with it. They also focus on all food being fresh and not processed, it should be gluten free, dairy free and also ideally sugar free too. The recipes in the book are super simple and easy to do and the walnut tacos are seriously yummy!

I decided that after I came home I would go straight onto the diet and cut out all animal based products and gluten. It started off quite well, I found that there was plenty of foods for me to eat and it was not just salad, salad and more salad! After around 3 or 4 days I felt that I missed meat a little and did have a mini craving, but once I had made it to 10 days I started to really get into it and enjoy it. By the time I go to 18 days I could see the end in sight and thought - wow! So on Sunday night that's my last day... then what??

After my 22 days my body was different! Completely different! I have never really been overweight, but have always suffered with bloating and it has annoyed me for years and years! I have also always struggled with feeling sick quite regularly, generally after every meal I would feel bloated and a bit sickly but since changing my diet, I have not experienced this at all. At first, I did have to get used to the feeling of not having a 'main' part of my meal - usually where the meat or fish goes, I also found although I was full after eating, I got hungry again quite quickly. The great thing is though, is that what you're eating is good for you! It's all healthy and so you can pretty much eat as much as you want until you are full and still not have to feel really guilty. They recommend not snacking in between meals but for me I had to. I can't be performing facials with a rumbling tummy can I!

Since the 22nd day I have continued on the diet, usually during the week I eat mostly all plant based foods for lunch, but I have started to introduce eggs and fish to my diet now to make life a little easier. It was a little challenging what I went out to eat. All the veggie options usually contain dairy and so it became a little limiting - especially when you are out in big groups - you become the 'difficult' one!

I think I eventually will introduce a little meat back into my diet - perhaps on weekends? I don't like the thought of not being able to eat a nice steak or burger again, but I will stay off dairy as much as I can. I have tried very very small amounts of yoghurt or milk in tea and have found I have felt sick almost straight away - I know you could say it is psychological but it really is not.

For me it is definitely something I think everybody should try, even if it's only for a week! Why not check out the book 'The 22 day Revolution' and see what you think. It has definitely changed my life, my skin is better, my figure is better and I feel so much more confident in myself.

If you are in the Manchester area and fancy trying a plant based diet, why not pay a visit to Unicorn in Chorlton. This place was a saviour to me and I still love to shop there on the regular now. It's completely vegan and there are so many delicious options for foods to eat and you don't even have to think about anything. It's pretty much all organic and really well priced too!

I guess I would say I didn't abide by all the 'rules' and instead focused more on just eating a 'plant based diet'.  I made quite a few of the recipes but not all of them, Instead I decided to create my own meals but everything was made from fresh, raw ingredients and I found it worked great. If you are unsure however, then just follow the book and you will be fine.

Why not give it a try and let me know what you think, I can't believe how different I feel and maybe it can be the same for you too!

Happy cooking!

Emmaline x


Tuesday 11 August 2015

EATING OUT: Australasia

This is one of my favourite places to eat some yummy Japanese style food in Manchester. Gorgeous environment, great tunes and stunning but simple decor... what more would you want when you're eating out.


Tuesday 4 August 2015

Snacking on Sprouts

So, even if you're not a major 'sprout' fan, these are delicious! I mean, if you seriously, seriously hate them then maybe turn away, but I LOVE SPROUTS!

Call me weird if you like but I really do, I'm not talking about the type of sprout you used to get with your roast dinners, the ones that have been boiled to an inch of their poor little lives, the ones that look dull and grey and almost fall apart or turn to mush as soon as your fork touches them... You know the type - BLEUGH! Yeah, they're gross! I'm talking about a really nutty sprout. The type that has been roasted or fried, maybe drizzled with some type of flavoured oil, nourished, cared for and then eaten with love! Ok, I know I'm getting a little carried away here but they are SO SO good for you! Plus, when they are cooked right they can taste so so yummy!

According to whfoods.com...

  1. Brussels sprouts are rich in many valuable nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are a very good source of numerous nutrients including folate, manganese, vitamin B6,dietary fibercholine, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Wow! Check out all those health benefits! Amazing!
When I went to Miami, we had sprouts in Katsuya - check out my post on Miami to see the pics!
They were so delicious I had to try and make something similar at home, and here it is! My recipe for Teriyaki Sprouts... enjoy! 

  • Between 5 - 10 sprouts
  • 1 tsp garlic oil
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp teriyaki sauce (depending on how many sprouts you have)
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp yakitori sauce
  • chilli oil (to your liking)
  • salt and pepper
  • Firstly you want to peel the sprouts to you have individual leaves
  • Add them to a bowl and add the garlic oil and 'massage' this into the sprouts
  • Place on a baking tray well spread apart
  • Grill the sprouts until just starting to brown on the edges
  • Add to a frying pan and fry for a minute or so
  • Add to the pan the teriyaki sauce, yakitori sauce and chilli oil and fry for a further minute
  • Then add salt and pepper to your liking
  • Serve as a snack or even sprinkle on top of a salad as an extra touch
You can vary this recipe however you like too! Maybe add some spring onions, chilli, sesame seeds? It's entirely up to you! 

Hope you enjoy :)

Emmaline x

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