Mid-week recap

So far so good this week, the only thing I didn’t do is workout three days, only on Sunday and Tuesday. All my exercises are now focussed on my abs and core as my physiotherapist says that is what I need right now to help my lower back pain which was getting worse and worse. Apparently I am ‘hyper-mobile’ which funnily enough people used to tell me when I was a kid (but back then it was called ‘double-jointed’). I am now being treated with dry-needling in my upper backside (buttocks) and upper back because a lot of the muscle tension is there.  Dry needling I’ve done before and is very effective for me. I have been advised to take up Pilates rather than yoga as yoga can exacerbate the fact I am very flexible whereas Pilates will strengthen my core. I did do Pilates years ago and I swear I have never felt a burn quite like it. I can’t remember why I stopped actually. 

Food wise, I pretty much stuck to the plan even though I find it very difficult to eat 1700 calories a day as I have been advised. I just do not feel hungry! And I think one of the singularly most boring things a person could do in their life is count calories, yet here I find myself doing just that to see if this nutritionist is right. 

My biggest thrill this week (yes, my life is dull by design…) was using my brand new food processor to make home-made Kapha reducing granola. I will post the results in another post. 

Monday 2 Feb
On waking Hot water
Breakfast At work – croissants
Lunch (12-13) At work – fried rice
Snack (16:00) Apple
Dinner (18:00-19:00) Vegetarian Bolognese

Tuesday 3 Feb
On waking Hot water with slice of lemon
Breakfast  Buckwheat Flakes Porridge
Mid-morning (10-11) Stewed Apples and Pears skipped this
Lunch (12-13)  Brown Rice Salad
Snack (16:00)  Apple Brownie, digestive biscuits, small portion yoghurt, slice of bread
Dinner (18:00-19:00)  Jamaican Jerk Tofu with rice plus added leftover lentils and peas

Wednesday 4 Feb
On waking Hot water with slice of lemon
Breakfast Kapha Gra­no­la with soya milk Buckwheat Flakes Porridge
Mid-morning (10-11) Stewed Apples and Pears skipped this
Snack (16:00) Brownie, 2 digestive biscuits, 
Lunch (12-13) Brown Rice Salad
Dinner (20:30) Couscous with steamed peppers and prawns (Allerhande)

RECIPE: Jamaican Jerk Tofu

There was a bit of muttering-under-ones-breath coming from the kitchen during the making of this dish. Neither TLB or I like dishes with loads of ingredients. I must say, it was worth it because this was quite nice. Not delicious, but definitely a nice change if you want to eat tofu. –
CM

Makes 6 servings

This is the kind of miracle dish that can convert anyone to tofu. The Jamaican “jerk” seasoning is sure-to-please. It’s sort of like barbeque and sort of like curry, savory and sweet at the same time. Just make sure you allow plenty of time for the pressing and marinating. The drier the tofu gets before you put it in the marinade, the better. It will soak up more flavor and be nicely chewy.

  • 1 pound extra firm tofu, drained, sliced and pressed (see directions)
  • 1/2 large sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped (you can cut back to one or omit entirely if you don’t like it spicy)

Directions

Slice the tofu into thick slabs then lay the slices on several layers of paper towels or on a clean dish towel and place a heavy plate or skillet on top. Let it sit for an hour or two. Pressing the tofu is a way to get the extra moisture out – and the drier you can get the tofu, the more of the flavorful marinade it can absorb.

Puree all the rest of the ingredients in a blender or food processor to create the marinade. Place the tofu slices in a bowl, pour in the marinade, making sure to coat all the slices, and cover. Let it sit for an hour or two, flipping the slices about halfway through

Heat a skillet with a small amount of olive oil over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, lay the tofu slices in a single layer and saute until crispy and browned. That will take 8-10 minutes on each side.

Source meatlessmonday.com

Week 6 Meal Plan (2-8 February)

I am trying to reduce my food universe – quite a feat as like my father, I don’t like eating the same thing on two consecutive days. However, it makes sense that I eat the same dang thing for breakfast every day as it’s much less hassle. So I’m starting this week with the same breakfasts / finishing up old cereals I have.

Monday 2 Feb
On waking Hot water
Breakfast At work
Mid-morning (10-11) At work
Lunch (12-13) At work
Snack (16:00) Apple
Dinner (18:00-19:00) Vegetarian Bolognese

Tuesday 3 Feb
On waking Hot water with slice of lemon
Breakfast  Buckwheat Flakes Porridge
Mid-morning (10-11) Stewed Apples and Pears
Lunch (12-13)  Brown Rice Salad
Snack (16:00)  Apple
Dinner (18:00-19:00)  Jamaican Jerk Tofu with rice

Wednesday 4 Feb
On waking Hot water with slice of lemon
Breakfast Kapha Gra­no­la with soya milk
Mid-morning (10-11) Stewed Apples and Pears
Snack (16:00) Apple
Lunch (12-13) Brown Rice Salad
Dinner (20:30) Couscous with steamed peppers and prawns (Allerhande)

Thursday 5 Feb
On waking Hot water
Breakfast Kapha Gra­no­la with soya milk
Mid-morning (10-11) Stewed Apples and Pears
Lunch  Simple and Satisfying Bean Salad served with a tortilla
Snack (16:00) Apple
Dinner (18:00-19:00) ) Couscous with steamed peppers and prawns (Allerhande)

Friday 6 Feb
On waking Hot water with slice of lemon
Breakfast Kapha Gra­no­la with soya milk
Mid-morning (10-11) Stewed Apples and Pears
Lunch (12-13) Simple and Satisfying Bean Salad served with a tortilla
Snack (16:00) Apple
Dinner (18:00-19:00) Sauerkraut with vegetarian meat balls.

Saturday 7 Feb
On waking Hot water
Breakfast (8:00) Scrambled Eggs with Spinach
Mid-morning (11:30) Stewed Apples and Pears
Lunch (12-13) Red Lentil Soup with Fried Tofu and Chilli Oil
Snack (16:00) Apple
Dinner (18:00-19:00) Couscous with steamed peppers and prawns (Allerhande)

Sunday 8 Feb (Detox Sunday)
On waking Hot water with slice of lemon
Breakfast Kapha Gra­no­la with soya milk
Mid-morning (10-11) Ginger Smoothie (MS)
Lunch (12-13) Green Mung Bean Soup
Snack (16:00) Apple
Dinner (18:00-19:00) Red Lentil Soup with Fried Tofu and Chilli Oil