Mushroom Stroganoff

There is so much conflicting views online as to what is the best sort of diet to follow.  I think the ‘fast results’ fads are beginning to fade as realistically they are not (1) healthy (2) sustainable.  Everybody’s goals are different and it is not a one plan fits all area.

More and more studies show the specifics of a diet ie Low carb high protein  etc don’t actually matter that much for weight loss in the long run, as long as it’s a healthy and realistic reduction in calorie intake.

Plant based diet however has shown to have numerous benefits.  It is based on increasing the amount of whole natural foods in the diet, eliminating highly processed meals.  Plant based is the solid base on which many weight loss programmes are derived from.

However its requires a bit of organisation, as with all healthy eating plans, if you are going to follow it strictly.  I’m not quite at this level of organisation re meal preparation (a girl can keep hoping and trying!!) so the plan is to increase plant based meals gradually without putting too much pressure on myself to do it 100%.  More of a better me project.

I made this mushroom stroganoff recipe for myself and my toddler, who ate it all so that’s a good sign she enjoyed it also!!  It was so simple, so quick and delicious. Ticking all the boxes.

Mushroom Stroganoff

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, grated
400g mushrooms, sliced
200g dairy yogurt (you could use soya for vegan)
1 TBSP of dijon mustard
1 tsp paprika
A bit of parsley
Salt & pepper to season
Basmati rice, to serve

Instructions
In a frying pan heat the olive oil and then add the onion and garlic, cook until they are soft and translucent.
Add the mushrooms gradually to ensure they are cooked evenly for 5-10 minutes.         Add the paprika, mustard and yogurt.
Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the parsley and seasoning and serve immediately with warm Basmati rice.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Getting it Done

May 2018 may have been one of my most productive months ever.  As in ever ever!!  My wee family went on a holiday in April.  Just a week to get away from day to day life and to see a bit of sun.  During the holiday I reflected on all the things that I was putting on the long finger.  Procrastination has always been a good friend of mine.  It included regular mundane things like booking an eye test and  the dentist to applying for a course.  The kind of jobs where you think ‘I must do that’ and completely forget about it again till a few weeks later. And so on and so forth.

But no, not this time.  May has been the month that I got shit done 🙂 Eye Examination (18 months overdue) – check.   Dentist and hygienist – check.  Apply for module for postgrad – check.  I also attended a course specific to my area of work.  Training – Check.  Vegetarian – check.  I decided to try being vegetarian whilst on holiday.  Again it was something I thought about many times but never really tried.  I’m not a big red meat eater anyway but I gave it a go for the month.  I’m still a little undecided of the pros/cons for myself personally at this stage.

And last but not least I started my blog. I’m taking my time to decide where I am going with it.  But I started.  One step at a time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For some time I have been listening to motivational speakers, reading books (none in May……..I couldn’t squeeze another thing into the month!!).  It was from these books that I decided to quit making excuses. Get it done.  Here is to the rest of 2018 being as productive. Who needs new years resolutions, start today.

“If you do what you always have done, you will get what you always have gotten” Tony Robbins

What motivates you?

Geraldine

Running and me

Myself and running have a love / hate relationship.  Ok ok I hate it and it hates me.  It probably hates me so much because I keep abandoning it.  I go out again and my love returns!!  So why o why don’t I just keep going!!  In steps my great intentions.  I come back after my first run, all pumped, that was great I feel so much better now, Il go again tomorrow.  Tomorrow comes.  Aw is that rain? yes of course its rain…You live in Ireland what did you expect.  Il just wait till it passes.. sits down with a cup of tea (and most likely a biscuit).  It stops raining, but I cant run straight after drinking tea….Il wait a wee while…Three weeks later, I think ill start running again

and so on and so forth…..

IMG_6158 (1)

Running for me has always been a bit of an on/off.  I know from experience that what I’m missing is consistency.  I have only recently started returning back to fitness after having a baby.  She is 18 months old now but I just wasn’t getting into routine with work and working opposite shifts to my husband.  I go for walks very regularly but it just doesn’t give that same satisfaction you get after a run or an exercise class.

But this time I know what is needed and have gotten my head back into the game. It involved a lot of the logistics of how I was going to squeeze in some sort of training into a busy house. For somebody that used to do so much exercise I feel like a bit of a newbie again!  I have recently gotten gym membership to help give me that kick start.

So my plan is to get in exercise where ever I can and make it a habit once again.  I now know that it will mean exercising on the days that I work.  It is difficult as I work 12.5 hour days, but I will try my best.  Marathon training just might not be on the cards just yet!!  pexels-photo-797637.jpeg

Is anybody else like this?  Any other ideas on how to get around it without always asking favours (they are needed for filling in a few hours during working days and special occasions!!)???

Call back to see the progress or the lack of progress I make in attempting to finally keep on track 🙂

Not another Mom Blog!!!

Hi my name is Geraldine.  I finally took the plunge and decided to start a blog! I had it in the back of my mind for so so long but decided to give it a go.  After all you will never know unless you try.  Like with everything the reasons why not to always flow to mind a lot quicker than the reasons why you should.  Nothing ever comes from your comfort zone.  I’m a big lover of motivational quotes to keep me going in all aspects of life work, study, fitness and motherhood, I’ve a feeling that will become very evident along the journey!

cropped-862e1df11a1773bfe42b705ecad9140a

I’m always thinking about learning new skills and am full of great intentions, one of my main reasons for starting a blog.  To learn new skills. Photography is one skill in particular that I want to work on.  Practice is obviously the key to this.  I can’t wait to see how this may progress. All tips and ideas will be greatly accepted. Now I’m not expecting the Irish Times to come knocking but sure ya never know.

I have spent countless hours browsing through blog upon blog and through my Instagram feed looking at all the idyllic lives homes and peak levels of fitness and strength of what seems like half the country.  This is all well and good as long as you remind yourself that this is showing the best version possible.  I love to see the outtakes which gives a real glimpse and makes you realise nobody is as perfect as their Instagram feed may portray.

This is a place where I can record and share my life with you.   From juggling being a mama, working full time as a nurse, finally getting back into a fitness routine after becoming a mama and plans to move on with my studies!

I am no expert but hey, who knows, maybe I can share some useful tips & give you the odd giggle along the way.