Whilst I was away on holiday, I let my low carb lifestyle slip a little. It was just sometimes easier to find a sandwich than a salad, and one night we really fancied fish and chips!
However, back to it now. I watched Dr Michael Moseley talking about low carb eating (or more specifically, eating a lowish carb Mediterranean diet) and realised this was what I have been naturally moving towards. He says we should be avoiding refined carbs and sugar. Instead we should be eating lots of fruit and veg, along with healthy fats, such as olive oil.
Our reliance on cereal products and sugary food has really accelerated since the 1950s, but he feels they are causing an obesity and diabetes epidemic. Saturated fat was made the villain by the experts, but now if seems that sugar is the thing that is most likely to kill you.
If you want to see this particular talk on You Tube, you can find it here. It’s quite entertaining!
The Mediterranean diet is delicious too. Lots of oily fish, olive oil, fresh vegetables, fruit and nuts, with moderate amounts of diary, chicken, eggs and even red wine. What’s not to like? Better still, Mr S likes to eat like this, but wasn’t comfortable eating high fat and low carb, so it will suit both of us.
As ever, I don’t want to bust my budget, but pretty much everything I need will be available in Aldi.
Mediterranean diet meal plan
We will continue using up all of our delicious home grown tomatoes with a chicken bake, something like this one. I will probably use chicken thighs rather than breasts, as I prefer them and they are cheaper.
A nice green veg like steamed broccoli will go well with this dish and maybe some new potatoes.
We both love fish and try to eat it at least a couple of times a week. Today I will try a new recipe, creamy garlic, lemon and spinach salmon.
Instead of the spinach, I will defrost some of the home-grown chard from the freezer. I also tend to buy frozen salmon, as it’s cheaper. If it’s defrosted before you cook it, you can’t taste the difference.
Sweet potato and chard curry (something like this one). I might have a little brown rice with mine, but if I want to keep the carbs lower, I will make keto garlic bread.
Chicken chasseur from A Girl Called Jack: 100 delicious budget recipes* with frozen green beans (mashed potatoes for Mr S).
Mediterranean fish stew, made with cheap white fish from Iceland and a few prawns.
Home made pizzas using Lo-Dough for the base. I have tried this a couple of times and it’s not a bad substitute for real dough, as long as you add some interesting toppings and cook your pizza nice and crisp.
We will have a large green salad with this.
I will use up the last of the salad and have some halloumi cheese and avocado with it. The cheese will be cooked quickly on my George Foreman grill*, which I still love! An easy Friday night dinner.
Snacks and drinks
I am going to try to switch from my favourite white wine to red this week. This is actually encouraged on the Mediterranean diet.
I don’t drink much, but can’t anyway as red wine gives me a headache after one glass. Snacks will be nuts, olives, fruit and Greek yogurt. I go for the full fat variety, often served with seeds and berries. Actually, that is my favourite breakfast too!
I will also allow myself the odd chocolate Atkins bar. They are made with artificial sweeteners, so aren’t great for you, but I think they are better than cracking open a Mars bar…
Anyone else drawn to the Mediterranean diet?
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