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Breakfast of Champions! No, Really!

I have always had a tough time perfecting an omelette but I am proud to say that I finally got it today! It was perfectly cooked, full of flavor and in accordance with my 4-hour Body Diet.

Here is how:

I started by sauteing some bacon and onion in a pan and preheating my broiler. After my bacon was browned and my onions were caramalized I transferred them to a bowl. I quickly washed out the pan and put it back on the stove on medium heat and sprayed it with PAM. I gave my eggs a really  good shake (Nulaid Reddi Egg)  and poured them into my pan.  About 1 minute after I added my sautéed ingredients to the egg mixture along with a little bit of cheese*. I popped the oven safe pan under the broiler for 2 minutes to refrain from having  raw omelette. With a pot holder I pulled out my pan and loosened up the edges of my omelette with a spatula and tilted it out on to my plate with a bit of a flip to get the perfect fold. I served it with a dash of fresh parsley, half an avocado and 1 small sliced tomato. YUM!

Finally success!!

*Cheat alert-I am not supposed to be having cheese at the moment but couldn’t resist a teeny tiny bit.

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops and Braised Lentils

Let’s begin with YUM!!!

I was going to have a thoughtless Thursday but once I got into the kitchen my creative juices started flowing so here it is!

I started out by pre-heating my oven to 400.

Took my pork chops out and coated them in some garlic & parsley flavored mustard and wrapped them both with two strips of applewood smoked bacon.

My pork chops were quite thick so I cooked them for 35 mins and set my oven to broil at 500 for the last 3 or 4.

Braised Lentils

Step one-I started off by cooking the below in 2 cups of water or so that there was approx. 1 inch of water above the lentils:

1 cup dried lentils, rinsed and drained

1/2 a small onion

1 stalk of celery

1 carrot

2 bay leaves

Once the lentils have stared to boil turn your heat down to a simmer and leave uncovered until lentils are cooked and most of the water has evaporated, 20-25 mins.

Step two-Braise baby braise!

4 slices applewood smoked bacon

1/4 cup finely diced carrots

1/3 cup finely diced leek

1/3 cup finely diced onion

1/3 cup finely diced celery

1 or 2 cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup white wine

1 cup chicken stock

minced parsley

Heat a dash of olive oil in a dutch oven or heavy pot.  Cook Bacon until slightly crispy and add all veggies until they start to caramelize. Add wine to de-glaze pan scraping any crispy bacon bits from the bottom of the pot. Add in chicken stock and lentil mixture from step one, discarding the bay leaves as you see them. Bring the pot to a boil and reduce to a simmer until the mixture becomes thick and saucy. Garnish with Parsley and serve!

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DGW (Dieters Gone Wild)

So today was cheat day..

Timothy Ferris (Author of the 4 hour Body) suggests that you have a cheat day once a week. By dramatically  spiking your caloric intake you increase fat-loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate doesn’t downshift from extended caloric restriction.

Yep I know it sounds crazy but you are encouraged to ever indulge to a point of almost being sick. On this one day each week you can have  anything from doughnuts to McDonald’s or everything in between.

So here it goes this is what I had:

Breakfast:
2 Over easy Eggs

3 thin slices of Canadian Bacon

1/2 an Avocado

Hasbrowns

2 slices Marble Rye Toast (with lots of PB and Raspberry jam of course)

Lunch

1 Small Hamburger with ketchup and curry mayo

1 cup of Yam fries with ranch dip

Dinner

5 Total various Chinese dumplings

1 cup Chinese Calamari with spicy garlic and chilis

1 small plate of Soy Sauce Chow Mein

Dessert

2 small Strawberry Mochi Ice Cream balls from TJ

Not so bad compared to some of the cheat days Tim writes about in the book. There was one I can recall he had eaten 2 whole pizzas in a matter of hours along with beer bear claws and twix bars!

Anyways long story short I was excited about today but after over indulging I must say I feel tired, sluggish and a bit sad.. Even though I know it is part of the diet I felt like I was doing something wrong and I am excited to be back on track for Monday.

Bed now, work tomorrow, blog soon xo

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4-Hour Body Begins

Believe me, when it comes to weight loss I have tried EVERYTHING! From Weight Watchers to Dr.Bernstien, South Beach to Jenny Craig you name it, I have done it! Each and every time I would come to lose around 10-15 pounds I would reward myself with ?!? You guessed it, FOOD! Everything from chinese to doughnuts, chips with dip and anything that was deep-fried. The weight would simply come back faster than you could imagine.

For the past week I have been studying The Slow Carb Diet from The book The  4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris. It is reassuring to know that Tim has not only done the diet himself but that It has taken him over 10 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical experiments to come up with a scientifically proven diet. I am determined to make this work! It seems pretty straight forward so far.

1. Avoid “White” Carbohydrates (or anything that can be white) Exception: cauliflower

2. Eat the same few meals over and over again

3. Don’t Drink Calories

4. Don’t Eat Fruit

5. Take one day off per week (Binge Day)

I believe with any diet it is very important to want this for you and no-one else. It is important to be organized and to set goals along the way.

So you may be thinking why now? what will be different this time?

For me it is a few things:

1. I am sick of feeling lethargic

2.I want to be heathy and to add years to my life

3. I have registered for the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon and have 173 days to train!!!

4. I have an entire wardrobe in sizes 6 and 7  just waiting for me to wear

5. I want to be able to rock a bikini or some pretty lingerie for my husband

6. Most of all I am ready and willing to do this for ME!

Yesterday started with a motivational wall to keep me inspired throughout the journey, Here are some of the things on it:

   

The afternoon was then followed by an Aquafit class at the gym and a grocery shopping trip to the states. All in all we remained focused on the diet and I mapped out a gym schedule when we got home.

Today I am feeling good. We started the morning with a high protein breakfast within 30mins of waking up (This is one of the crucial steps of the 4 hour body). Evan though I am not a huge fan of beans I realize how important they are to eat on this diet. So for breakfast we had Nulaid Reddi Egg Scrambled Eggs with Pancetta, Canned Re-fried Beans,  Arriba! Fire Roasted Black Bean and Corn Salsa weighing in at 27g of protein.

Now it’s time for one more chapter in the 4-Hour Body, Lunch, Gym and work. Until next time 🙂

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