Joe Blogs

Drinking More Water

Feb
17

I’ve read a bit about “drinking to thirst” rather than the old axiom of 8 glasses. It makes reasonable sense, given that I don’t really believe that there should be hard and fast rules about consumption like that. Another thing you often see in the “weight loss” industry is the suggestion that when you think you’re hungry you should have a drink of water first as you may be thirsty instead, or to con your body into some appetite suppression (usually with the caveat that it will help drop a couple of pounds but not long term).

Then I read something on Mark’s Daily Apple and it gave me pause for thought. I definitely fall on the side of probably not drinking enough. I have also read that on a low carb diet you tend to drink less water because you don’t need so much water (carbs take more water to digest, or for uptake to cells, I can’t remember the details or find a decent citation right now). I’m a terrible snacker, and comfort eater and I do start the day with at least a couple of large mugs of black coffee and often don’t drink anything but coffee or tea throughout the day, and go to bed moderately thirsty.

So, I’m starting the day with a decent sized drink of water, ideally at least a half hour before I eat anything, and don’t drink coffee until I’ve had a drink or two of water, to make sure I’m drinking it for enjoyment not for thirst. I’m also keeping a water bottle with me as a big part of not drinking during the day is laziness or forgetfulness. I think that my sense of thirst is badly out of whack and “drinking to thirst” doesn’t really work for me, at the moment. Perhaps it will be retuned if I get better habits.

Banana Pancakes

Feb
15

Inspired by Paul Halliday I had a go at making banana crêpe-style pancakes (literally egg and banana).

I had some difficulty turning them, and the texture was a little wet even when cooked. Perhaps cooking lower and longer would dry them out a bit without burning. To overcome the flipping problem, I used 2 plates to turn them over and replace in the pan.

They tasted good, though, and make a tasty, fairly sweet snack. Lack of enthusiasm on the part of the rest of the family resulted in me eating 3 in one sitting, a total of 3 eggs and 1 and a half large bananas. The first I had plain, the second I added a couple of slices of ham and the third smeared with yoghurt. Very tasty, and pretty filling.

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Beef and turnips

Aug
31

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I needed some lunch today, so checked the cupboards…tinned steak. Checked the fridge…hmm, not much…turnip!

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Melted some butter (ended up using about twice what was there)

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Peeled and diced half a large turnip (about 200g, apparently)

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Got the turnip softening (slightly browned on a few bits) in the butter and threw in 1 clove of garlic, chopped and mashed (not pictured)

The beef was hardly grass-fed wonderfulness, and was in a gravy that is not very paleo but isn’t /that/ bad.

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I rinsed most of the gravy off in a colander, under the hot tap, and threw it in on top of the now-softened turnip.

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And added enough chicken broth to cover it all. Nice, collagen-rich broth:

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and simmered it for a little while.

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Tasty and satisfying, and while hardly the ideal (only due to the quality of the meat and what it was canned with), not all that bad either.

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