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 🙂

Forming A Habit

If we are to go by the thought of ’21 days to make a habit’, I have it cracked!  I would officially be in the ‘habit’ of excercising. Habit – a routine subconscious behaviour.  Since starting my little blog in a bid to motivate myself to keep up my bid to become fitter and have a healthier lifestyle, I have either ran or went to the gym 3/4 days a week.  In fact I did it 5 days this week.  3/4 is more achievable, I’m not going to set the bar too high just yet.  As I said in my previous post consistency is my goal at present.

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There is conflicting research to state that in fact it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact.  66 days to form a habit.  At the moment exercise doesn’t feel like a chore to go out and get it done.  I think I am actually enjoying it.  So it may not be subconscious just yet but it’s getting easier.  WIN!!

One problem I did encounter is that I was going doing my exercise but I had no focus.  My main target had been to show up. Once that was done I just rolled with it.  “Fitter” is difficult to measure as it is not a definitive goal.  I went to one of instructors in the gym that I have membership in, discussed my situation, returning to fitness etc and he did up a specific plan.  It is a short-term plan due to only getting back into it but we will review it again in three weeks time.  I go in now and I know exactly what I need to do.  It cuts procrastination in half.

The weather in Ireland has been absolutely fabulous the past two weeks!!!  It is so good to see.  It has made going out running so much easier.  No second thought required if I’m free to go.  I have not been using any app or watch to track times or distance.  The trails that I have been running are roughly 5k.  I am no longer needing to take a little walk in between now so that is my measure of progression.  Small achievements but achievement nonetheless.

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“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”
― Karen Lamb