Finding this last week really hard. As well as I am doing eating well and keeping my carb intake low I've got to admit I'm starving. I can't seem to find anything to fill me up and end up eating more food after eating my main meal. They say that you need to drink plenty of water as part of your hunger is actually thirst and I'm trying that but lets face it sometimes YOU ARE JUST HUNGRY!!! I'm still not eating anything silly but still this diet is hard. Or at least that's how I feel.
I've now hit the point of my .... month...? That I am in need to CAKE and finding it hard to be strong. I'm still not having any but I'll admit to slipping occasionally if I'm on the brink of killing someone to have some Raw Chocolate, which is not that bad surely I've decided.
But hard times. I'm being strong., I hope that all of you other dieters are being too. Off for a run again tomorrow with my group so wish me luck. Almost fell asleep this morning after my run so fingers crossed I feel better tomorrow!
To all of you cake eaters, have some for me I really need it. Until then this is the only cake I will be even looking at.
So with reading and learning more and more about our food and our how we make it I have been changing my habits, firstly by going organic but also I've been looking at myself and thinking about my health. I go through patches of detoxing and having a clear out but I need to make bigger changes to my life to stay healthy, so I've decided to finish off loosing my 'baby weight' (as I'm calling it, but its probably just an excess of cake lets face it).
I've started up with a running club to get me into training to run 5k, which I can't right now that's for sure. I started last week and although I've not done my homework, (Sorry Anne) I am determined that I will be able to do it at the end of the course. I'm also cutting down on my carbs as well as cutting out the cake as I went on the paleo diet last year and I did really well on it... Until I let go and fell back on the cake. It is actually really hard to go without carbs all together, so rather than cut it out completely I'm cutting down massively as I used to eat carbs for every meal. I am totally off the cake though!
So all systems are go! The photo the I've put up is of my dinner. I made fresh spaghetti bolognese, but I didn't have the spaghetti I changed it for carrot shavings and it was really nice! I usually use courgettes and give them a quick steam but I was so hungry I couldn't be bothered and I do love carrots. I was really pleased with it as it was sweet and yummy. So if you are trying to loose weight give it a go. Its definitely not the same as eating pasta but as long as it tastes nice and you fill yourself up it will do the job. Wish me luck!
With this week being National Chocolate Week we remind you that not all chocolate is naughty even though it may taste it. We here at Cibare LOVE our chocolate but have found wonderful raw chocolate to which we regularly review to ensure that it is of course up to our standards. Last issue we reviewed The Raw Chocolate Company and Pana Chocolate. Take a look at our magazine on pages 16-17 for our reviews on these great snacks.
Cibare Food Magazine
Finally it was launch day and after a gruelling last few days of ensuring that it became a reality, the magazine came together in time for the party. Drinks were poured and the room was filled with food and more food. We had a wonderful feast as well as some lovely wine from our wonderful hosts Valentinos on the Park in Palmers Green. I say we, as one of our writers is an events organiser Dani Gavriel Stardust Events and organised a great event full of locally produced food by local businesses, a favourite idea for us both. We are both massive advocates of shopping local for food as well as businesses so this was the perfect party.
The launch was full of our friends, family and of course various local MP's and councillors that came to support but I think for both Stardust and Cibare we felt that it was time for us to enjoy ourselves with those that mattered most. If you came along a massive thank you for your support. If you gave us your amazing food or little trinkets for our lovely goodies bags you are our stars of the night as you made it what it was. But a very large thank you too, to Valentinos on the Park, Andrew Prod Photography as well Stardust Events for making our Cibare Food Magazine launch party a great success.
For all of our event photographs please go to Andrew Prod Photography.
Valentinos on The Park: 64 Aldermans Hill, London N13 4PP
Catering by Penny Beral
Karen Manley Pampered Chef
Gilly B's Bakery
Gillians Catering Services
Palmavera Fine Foods and the Food Gatherer
Eggs and Bakie
A Sweet Obsession
Lizzie's Sweet Treats
Le Petit Biscuit Sablé
Lacie's Flowers N Balloons
Maria Pomi The Favour Godmother
Henna by Alpa
Designers & Suppliers:
Sprint Printers & Stationers
Beads and Bobbins
A Princess Cut
Nikki's Homeware and Gifts
Carey Avon Angels Enfield
Momtaz Forever Living Uk
I never know what to eat although I love to cook, but sometimes what I end up with is a culmination of what I can see, scavenging the fridge as well as my store cupboard (if I am lucky). I had a great spaghetti dish with carrots courgettes and chorizo the other day which worked out really well. With some herbs and balsamic vinegar and if course some lovely cheese on top it made a great meal of leftovers all in a bowl of heaven. Unfortunately I was all out of wine but it is nice to actually plan your meals, especially if you have kids.
Take a peek at our meal planner as you can get some great meals out of a little preparation, and lets face it lack of inspiration can go a long way. I know I certainly need it as my left overs only go so far. Its nice to spend some time to make something really nice even when I don’t want to think about cooking much its nice to know that you can have something you really want to eat with just a little preparation.
by The Editor.
When you go to a cafe or restaurant you don’t see people serving you with a hat or hair net on. But I found it gross when I went out to eat somewhere nice and found a hair in my salad. When I told the waitress what I had found, I realised that it was hers, considering its length and colour.
I didn't make a scene. I was perfectly polite and I whispered it to her. Even though I brought her my plate, no one would know what I was doing. She snatched it out of my hand mumbling something about it being free. In the end, though, I had to pay for it as they totally forgot.
If it had been anywhere else I wouldn't go back but I know that I will considering this was my second visit this week. I may be a mug. What would you do? Oh well, they make a good coffee, although I won't be having the salad again.
by the Editor.