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Light Eggplant Recipe + Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle

Working out is an amazing thing to be doing on Saturday mornings and Sylphide helped me get out of bed early a few weeks ago. What they did was host a healthy breakfast and workout sessions, seasoned with an hour talk with a cool and hip nutritionist called Nadine Issa. We talked about how to sustain a healthy lifestyle but still enjoy the meals we love and cherish, so I thought I’d share what I basically learnt on that day. Continue Reading “Light Eggplant Recipe + Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle”

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5 Healthy Snacks That Get Me Through The Day

There are two sides to the snacks story. One that says you should have three set meals a day and munch on nothing in between; and another that encourages small snacks in between meals to keep your metabolism busy. Naturally, I’m a fan of the latter. There’s nothing worse than not being able to satisfy your afternoon munchies or eleven o’clock “screw-this-I’m-having-lunch” envy. That’s why I keep these 5 healthy snacks handy at all times to get me through the day. So here goes:

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  1. A shiny Granny-Smith apple or a banana – these are the only two fruits I feel I can carry around wherever I go. I would love to snack on strawberries, oranges or clementines, but I keep them at home as I enjoy them more there than at work on in the car on my way to meetings
  2. 0% fat yogurt – I keep this snack for when it’s 6 o’clock and I still have to wait one workout and a shower until I have dinner. Trust me, this is the best snack you can have to curb that 6 o’clock appetite.
  3. A teaspoon of peanut butter – this is for when I’m craving for something salty. A single teaspoon of it keeps me full for at least 2 hours straight.
  4. Granola – Instead of helping myself to brown bread at breakfast or lunch, I swap it for a handful of granola when I need something to munch on. Jordan’s is my current favorite brand.
  5. Lindt Dark Sea Salt Chocolate – I keep a 10g square of this dark chocolate for the days when I’m desperate for a piece of chocolate. Just letting it melt in my mouth removes all the sweet cravings I might have.

 Note: Of course, I never have all 5 snacks on a same day.

Any other healthy snacks ideas? What are yours? 

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Whole 30 – The End : The End of A Great Challenge

My Whole 30 has come to an end. I honestly still can’t believe I lasted 30 Whole days without caving. I knew I was a determined person and that when I take a decision, I make it a goal to follow it till the end, but my cravings were certainly mean sometimes. I had to deal with dreaming I was biting into a fluffy chocolate cake, or endure watching everyone eating French fries covered in cheese and dipped in ketchup (true torture).

The fact that I did it has taught me a lot about myself, and my will to try something for the better. I now trust myself more as this was more of a psychological than physical challenge really. I had to control my reflexes when I unconsciously reached for peanuts, fries or bread and butter at a restaurant. I had to be really responsible for my choices, which meant not ruining a pizza night out for everyone by saying I can’t go because I can’t eat – I just adjusted accordingly, pizza places do have salads. I had to be patient with people as they asked why I wasn’t eating corn or drinking wine. Finally, I had to control my hunger and cravings by planning in advance, which added another thing to plan in our busy lives.

All in all, I can say I am beyond satisfied of the result. I feel calmer, healthier, more energized, less hungry AND ‘hangry’, and at peace with this new lifestyle.

I have made the wise decision not to give up the food we love but certainly not abuse it, and indulge moderately. I love knowing that I have a go-to, feel-good “diet” I can run to whenever I cross the line, I love knowing that I’m capable of controlling my cravings, and I hope I’ll be able to sustain that healthy lifestyle 80% of the time I spend eating.

If you wish to try the Whole 30, you can read everything about it here. For healthy meals inspiration, as well as to remind everyone that healthy can still be delicious, here’s a summary of some of the food habits I had during the last 30 days.

Eggs in all forms

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Creative salads

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Grilled proteins

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When in doubt: grilled vegetables

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Easy and delicious dishes

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Fruits

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Inspired? 😉

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First Week of My Whole 30: What I Ate and How I Feel

Last week, I wrote about the Whole30 Challenge I’ve decided to take on (you can read about it here). I haven’t talked about the reasons why I’m doing this but I feel I should share them with you today. At first, I must admit I took it very lightly. It was just a spur-of-the-moment decision I took during a conversation we were having about it with my sister. On that same day, after my sister told me about her Nike Plus teacher’s experience with the Whole 30, I saw someone at a birthday party who said he was doing the same. Before I even spoke about the Whole 30, he said: “Just give it 30 days”. Since I’ve been feeling tired and very bloated lately, and after reading about the principles of the Whole 30 diet (which is basically to eat like our ancestors), I decided it was time to give it a go. Not only for staying fit, but also to retrieve my energy as well as my mental and physical well-being. What I’m choosing through this experience is to make it a lifestyle. I won’t be banning groups of food forever, but let’s say I’ll be having them way less often than before.

It’s been a week and I feel remarkably good. I’ve been fighting quite a few reflexes like reaching out for a frie or two or binging on those fatty nuts in bars. It wasn’t easy to pay attention to everything I was letting into my body but I got a hang of it. It’s truly awesome! Sure, I miss being able to choose between a pasta dish or an orange cake but it won’t be forever. And with time, I was told those cravings go away. What I find myself fighting as well is the constant explanations I have to give people when they ask why I’m not drinking and if I want to share a plate of fries at the beach. It’s not easy explaining it to a society that basically thinks any diet is starving yourself. What it is is making healthy choices for your own body. You can read more about the Whole 30 Challenge here.

So to sum up my whole 30 week 1 and to inspire you, I thought I’d share a few meals I had during those 7 days. My breakfasts mostly consisted of bananas  or eggs and black coffee (mainly because I didn’t have much time to be creative in the mornings).

So here goes:

#1 When eating out: Roast Chicken at Bar Tartine (Careful! Ditch the sauce and make sure the potatoes are grilled or baked).

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#2 Beetroot and lettuce salad, sprinkled with chia seeds.

Dressing: 3 Tbsp of Cider Vinegar, 1.5 Tbsp olive oil and a dash of salt. 

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#3 When in doubt: 1 boiled potato and 2 boiled eggs with a side of green salad.

Sprinkle with olive oil and spices. 

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#4 For afternoon snacking, nothing beats a nice bowl of fruits in this hot weather.

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#5 Weekday dinner: Cold boiled potato, mixed with red onions and coriander.

Dressing: Lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.

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#6 When you feel like cooking something nice: Grilled salmon and asparagus (more details and recipe here).

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#7 When out in a Lebanese restaurant by the sea, make sure you enjoy a nice tabbouleh without any bulgur.

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Follow me on Instagram (@breadonbutter_) for my daily Whole 30 meals. I’ll be posting an update every week until the end of the challenge.

Any ideas on healthy whole meals? I’d love to hear!

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