Clean And Lean Diaries. Part 3: Week 2. Impressions.

I was very happy that so many of you liked Part 1 of my Clean and Lean experience. ¬†And thank you for contacting me on Twitter and via e-mail, but don’t be shy leaving your comments here, as well ūüôā

This time it won’t be so detailed, as there were only four new dishes, that I haven’t featured before.

This week it took less time to prepare everything because I already knew how to cook most dishes, plus I have already bought almost all the ingredients, and organized everything. So I had to make only few grocery shopping trips, to buy some fresh fish or berries. And, yes, I did have free time this week.

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At this point I really got used to such schedule, and didn’t miss or crave anything, like in the first week. I love how everything is organized, and I don’t have to worry about anything: what to buy for dinner, where to eat lunch etc.

Unfortunately, I had some major health issues (which I still need to take care of), so I did end up eating an ice cream to cheer myself up, which was cheating, obviously.  Other than that, I enjoyed most of the meals a lot.

Speaking of ice-cream, that was probably the only thing that I really missed. Any other food? Maybe potatoes, as I love baked, roasted or mashed potatoes, mmm.

Here is the meal plan:

Dietbon Diet Ready Made Meals: My Experience

Today I would like to share about my experience with Dietbon diet ready made meals

I was sent a week’s  worth of food, a manual and had a consultation with a certified dietitian.  So here is all about my experience, and also a photo of every single meal I’ve had during the week.

First of all, I have to say that I was very impressed with the fact that you get a consultation with a dietitian. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to understand more about eating and Dietbon in particular. It is also brilliant to have some encouragement and reassurance that you are doing everything right. 

Day 4. 5th of March: Chicken and Asparagus Risotto  and Marinated Grilled Salmon with Mashed Courgettes. Tea and snacks.

I had a consultation with a lovely lady called Jenny, and, although I hate talking on the phone, especially with people I’ve never met before, it all went smoothly, and I’ve enjoyed our conversation. 

Here are 3 tips from Jenny which I want to share:

  1. Drink water first thing in the morning. I actually do drink first thing in the morning but I usually have a herbal tea with a bit of honey. 
  2. Drink more water in general, it is also a great thing to do when you come back from work (when you do; during the “normal times” not now) have a glass of water. A lot of people can’t tell the difference between thirst and hunger so doing that will help with not eating sugar and fast food, and will give you some time to think of what to cook.
  3. Don’t be very hard on yourself/don’t beat yourself up when you had a piece of chocolate or some crisps.  Yes, and amen. I personally let myself eat everything, just in moderation. So when I really want some ice cream (ooh, ice cream, my love!), I will have some. This does not mean, however, that I will be eating it all day every day. 

Dietbon Low Glycemic Index Bread. What I had for breakfast every day during a week. I’ve added a thin layer of butter, some cucumber and baby spinach.

What is Dietbon? 

Dietbon is a diet plan using ready meals which are

Clean and Lean Diaries. Part 2: Week 1. Impressions

In my first #CleanAndLean post I’ve promised to publish the second part this weekend. But I’ve realized that it’s summer, and a lot of you want to start a new regimen as soon, as possible. So here is part two today…

I did not take photos of every single meal because: a) I don’t carry a good camera with me all the time b) sometimes I was so hungry, that taking photos was the last thing I would think of… But there are quite a few anyway. The menu is also included.

Day 1, Tuesday

I am not gonna lie, today was pretty hard. I usually eat  more for breakfast, and often have toasts, so by the lunch time I was ravenous.   This is why I did end up chewing the salad for almost as many times, as James recommends, enjoying it to the fullest.

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Later in the day, I had to be away from the office, so couldn’t have my ¬†second snack (berries), so was really looking forward to them. I don’t remember when was the last time I’ve tasted such delicious berries! I never though I could be so grateful for them, ahem.

Unfortunately, dinner got delayed, and I have no idea how I’ve managed to spend 7.3 hours (had lunch at 1 and dinner at 8.30) with berries being my only food. I’ve cheated a bit and bought myself a small orange juice. Well, at least I did not go for the ice-cream that I was dying to get. As for dinner, it was the best chicken of my life. Somehow I was so full that couldn’t finish my portion.

Day 2, Wednesday

I’ve never tried rice milk before, always wanted to, but somehow never did. And, let me tell you, it’s delicious, plus all the nuts, it was good.

I wasn’t starving until lunch, woohoo, maybe this breakfast and snack were more filling, or maybe I am getting used to it? I am also excited that today I am having chicken with salsa and salad with spinach and avocado. Thank God that I love¬†spinach, avocado, and broccoli and eat them a lot anyway, otherwise, I don’t know how I’d be able to stick to this eating plan.

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Mince Sauce for sinner was pretty awesome with beef and tonnes of veggies, from courgette and peas to aubergine and celery. Somehow, I couldn’t finish it this time, too. I think, tomorrow, I will make a smaller portion than James suggests.

So far, I’d say that I get less for breakfast and for lunch than I am used to, and more for dinner. Hmmm…

Day 3, Thursday

I woke up

Recipe of June: Salads

This month was all about salads, which you could notice if you follow me on Pinterest. I tried not to upload my every meal on Instagram but a few did end up there #SorryNotSorry.

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My favourite kind was with lettuce as a base, tomatoes,  bell pepper, cucumbers, some kind of seeds and cheese and mushrooms, grilled chicken or salmon. Usually with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

But there are so many variants and so many on my to-cook list. So, please, if you

Recipe Of The Month: Lasagna

Who does love lasagna? I am still yet to ¬†meet that person… This is why I thought I’d share on of my favourite recipes of this dish that I’ve got from a friend; ¬†and she is my personal cooking inspiration.

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I am sorry for that this photo is definitely not appetizing but it’s the only one I have.

Ingredients:

  • 340 grams ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped small or pressed
  • 400 grams canned, chopped tomatoes
  • 150 grams tomato paste
  • 125-250 ml water
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Lasagna noodles
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 400 grams cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • Hard cheese, grated
  • Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

How to cook: