Sunday, January 19, 2014

Clean eating...

And no, I don't mean cleaning your plate or doing the dishes hehe...

This past year DH and I have really tried to clean up our eating habits. We both wanted to lose a bit of weight and feel healthier and generally try and take better care of what we were putting in our bodies. So we cut out sugars and most processed foods from our diet. The results were staggering... 

So here are some benefits from a year of clean eating:

  • We have both lost our sugarcravings. No more scrambling around the fridge in the afternoon for a yoghurt or piece of pie - or not being able to drink a cup of coffee in the evening without a piece of cake or chocolate to go along (yes were were guilty of all of that before!)

  • We discovered how many foods actually contained sugar or hidden sugars! It's incredible - juice, yoghurt, and every single light product known to man.... just DON'T eat them!
  • We found out that the best way to eat "clean", is to eat fresh, natural products - (i.e. foods with sensible expiration dates, not years and years.) When something in your cupboard can outlive your family pet, you shouldn't eat it!
Picture taken from What is the deal?
  • We became really creative in the kitchen, because we couldn't use the usual condiments and sidedishes - suddenly both of us took time out to make really delicious meals from scratch and a time during the day, that earlier was a chore, actually became a fun, (sometimes romantic) event. 
  • We noticed what sugar and processed foods did to our bodies, because we didn't eat it at home, but when offered at work/friends/families we didn't want to say no. We both became bloated and lost our energy. DH had a terrible case of migraine after a night out with the guys (beer and pizza) and I had a not so fun day on the toilet after a movie-popcorn night with some girlfriends. Our bodies were def. telling us to stay away from that sugary-processed stuff! (too much info.? - sorry)

  • We started to notice quality instead of quantity. For many years (while i was in school and DH working) we were buying quantity (much for less) and looking to score great, cheap deals from stores instead of quality and eating this way changed that. We are spending more money on local and organic foods and actually with all the money we're saving from not buying junk and sweets, we're actually not spending more. 
Oh and of course the biggest plus - MORE energy! I don't need to take a nap on the couch when I get home from work, before I go for a walk with the dogs. I am well rested and fully of energy for an entire day with just 7 hours of sleep each night - and I sleep like a log (seriously before anything would wake me during the night!). 

Well that was last year - THIS year we have another hurdle to battle - Soda! 

Hi - my name is Pennie and I am a Pepsi-Max-a-holic! 
Actually it's been 18 days since my last Pepsi Max!!! Incredible right?! 
So far so good, but I must admit when I'm out at friends or out for dinner, it's a bit tough - but I'm hanging in there. 

DH has bought memy own wonderful soda-machine tho - så I can make sparkling water with a bit of (sugarfree) taste, which takes the edge off (but sadly it's too big to fit in my bag when we go out... )

Mine is like this - but in black.
But even after just 18 days, I can already feel a big difference in my body (although the first 4 were a hell to get through - I swear I now know what withdrawals feel like!). 

An even less bloated stomach, no aching feet (didn't see that one coming!), less need for sleep (only need 6 hours now - PLING and I'm awake at the first ring of my alarm clock - no more snoozing...) and no GAS! Yeah you heard me - sometimes I was a regular whoopey cushion in the evenings - NO MORE! 
(and I haven't had any complains heheh....)

If you have the nerve, GO FOR IT. Clean eating has def. changed our health, our bodies and our lives and we recommend it to anyone who wants a change. 

Pennie :)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Pineapple pork tenderloin

- Courtesy of DH (dear hubby)

My DH got this for Yule, as we LOVE thai food, but usually end up making the same red panag curry as always. So new inspiration is always nice.

"The best recipes from Thailand"

There are alot of recipes I want to try, but as it's my DH's book, I'm going to let him give it a go (I tend to take over in the kitchen 'cause I feel it's my domain)

The other evening, after a long a grueling shift in the E.R., I came home to the most delious smell from my kitchen and a beautiful table set for two.
(He is SUCH a romantic!!!) 

My DH tends to make his thai dishes really HOT when it comes to spices, so I was a bit intimidated at first, but it was simply scrumptious!! (and of course he had made enough for me to take along for my evening shift next day.... again - he is simply the best!)

Now I don't want you to feel left out, så voila:

Pineapple Pork Tenderloin
Serves 4. 

4 thick slices of pineapple
600 g pork tenderloin
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. freshly grated pepper
1 tbl.sp. flour
2 tbl. sp. sweet soy sauce
2 tbl. sp. palm sugar or brown sugar
2 tbl. sp. ricevinegar og a mild whitewine vinegar
1 dl. pineapple juice
3 tbl. sp. peanut oil
2 laurel leaves
Serve with a salade

How to:
Peel the pineapple and remove the hard stem in the middle. Rinse the tenderloin and pat it dry, remove tendons and carve it in aprox. 1 cm thick slices. 

Beat the slices flat with a meat-hammer and mix with the salt, pepper, flour, soy sauce, palm sugar, ricevinegar and pineapple juice. 
Cover the meat and let it marinate for about 1 hour in the fridge. 

Heat up the peanut oil on a frying pan/wok and brown the meat. Add the marinade and laurel leaves. 
Let it all simmer for about 3 min. Turn the meat and add the pineapple slices. Let it simmer another 3 min. til nice and juicy. 

Serve with salade and/or rice and ENJOY!!


The sweetest man in the world!