The Gourmet Muesli Diet
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A lifestyle diet based on eating a healthy gourmet muesli, or gourmet granola, breakfast to give you a slow release energy during the day and stop those carbohydrate cravings that bring you undone.
I had my grandsons birthday in Sydney on the Friday night held at The Pinnacle Restaurant at the South Hurstville RSL Club. My diet calls for a soup, however I didn’t find a soup I liked, so I went for a simple small rump with veggies (quite nice) but next came the first big divergence from the diet with a thin slither of the beautiful chocolate mouse birthday cake, but I did share a little of it with Aniko.
As it turns out this cake was originally a tart designed by Aniko for Planet Hollywood‘s original Sydney opening 20 years ago, back in 1996. It now has a slightly different top on it, but its the same seriously rich Oreo Mousse Tart still made for Sydney cafes and restaurants by Epicurean Kitchen Handmade Cakes, which business we sold to my daughter and son-in-law in 2002 .
As I am in Sydney, Saturday is soccer day with my 3 grandsons playing at three different fields locally, so I did a fair bit of walking to and from the car and a lot of standing watching them play. It was great to see them go around but it was hard on the sore heel, so on Saturday & Sunday I did no biking or treadmill exercise.
Overall I have started out well with the exercise plan, also the biking immediately before the treadmill seems to warm up the muscles and reduce stress on the feet. Also I have discovered that if I turn it down to a slow pace, then its helps keep the weight on the ball of the foot and off the sore heel.
I made a couple of exercise time increases, and have now done 10 minutes of each, total 20 minutes, for 2 days in a row. I didn’t really intend to increase the level so quickly because I was afraid of getting back to a level where I couldn’t walk on it, but watching TV whilst doing it lets the minutes slip by. So once I realised I could do it, I have kept it up. I am still treating the ankle and heel area with anti inflammatory cream and still have a soreness but its certainly no worse, and yet I am now getting the benefit of some exercise.
Soup of the Week
My soup of the week was a beautiful curry and coconut soup that Aniko made. She says I can eat as much of it as I like in my diet plan as it contains only no nastys. I was starving by dinner time last night and had already cheated with a handful of salted peanuts, so I was really ready for the soup. I found her Coconut & Curry soup very tasty and satisfying with the curry giving it a little bit of zip that takes care of cravings. She finished me off with a bonus handful of black grapes.
Recipe: Coconut Curry Soup.
Ingredients:Ground Almonds, chopped Cauliflower, onions, curry powder, Spices: cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, 250ml coconut milk,
Heat some olive oil and drop in onions to brown them lightly, then add the spices, water, cauliflower, ground nuts, simmer and add 2-3 teaspoons of curry powder and 250ml of coconut milk. Serve Hot with salt & pepper to taste.
The Gourmet Muesli Diet.
If you are getting on a bit, and overweight, it might be time to have a good hard look at yourself ? The only way to really get healthy is to eat and exercise right and get yourself to a healthy weight that is not straining your organs.
You don’t have to do anything extreme to achieve a healthy body. You dont need a diet or an exercise regime that stresses you. You just need a healthy attitude and a moderate eating and exercise mindset to gradually pull your body back to a healthy level and ensure you can enjoy life a lot longer.
One of the main ways to do that is with convenient foods that are natural wholefoods and one of the most convenient meals you can make is a granola or muesli bowl topped with fresh fruit & yoghurt. Unless your eating one of those sugar loaded commercial brands from the supermarket, its an easy healthy breakfast.
What Should I weigh?
A standard BMI index test uses your height and frame structure to indicate what the ideal weight for your particular body is. Its not an exacting science but can be quite revealing to those who have let the kilos accumulate as they age.
According to the BMI index, for my height and age and frame structure for example , I should be about 88kg. When I was 21 years of age however , I was a skinny thing about 80 kgs, so I figure that I could now be 80-90kg and still reasonable. When you work out your BMI index you will have a pretty good idea of what you should weigh. You can google a BMI index calculator easily. So if you have a long way to go to get to a healthy weight, then you need a serious plan.
What is the Plan.
Many people have had many failed diets over the years and its not until you decide that you need a lifestyle change and an eating style change that you will get steady weight reductions rather than a yo yo diet that really will stress your critical organs.
Go for a middle of the road eating plan that’s more of a lifestyle change and not hard to manage, but write it down and track it and talk to yourself about it regularly to ensure you stick to it.
Plum Foods sells a range of gourmet muesli and gourmet granola which are perfect dietary base foods and its a solid start to base a dietary lifestyle change on a gourmet muesli/granola breakfast to start each day with an energy packed breakfast that will give you longer endurance throughout the day with low GI ingredients.
Most importantly you should publicly declare your lifestyle diet, so that your friends and family and maybe even fellow staff and customers, who feel the need, can encourage you, or berate you. So tell them “whenever you see me, please demand to know if I have lost weight this week“.
Here is our simple weight loss lifestyle plan
MONTH ONE PLAN – NO SNACK FOODS – N0 DESERTS – NO COOKIES
Breakfast: Plum Foods Gourmet granola – Maple Nut Crunch, 100g with A2 milk or yoghurt & Coffee
Mid morning : Coffee or tea (perhaps a good Matcha Tea) , plus 1 small piece of fruit if you had no fresh fruit on the granola.
Lunch: Cold Chicken salad. (one piece of chicken, cheese, lettuce, olives, cucumber, tomato, onion)
Mid afternoon: Tea. 2nd small piece fruit
Dinner (by 6:30pm): 1 Big Soup, No Main. (2nd small piece of fruit can follow if not taken in afternoon)
Morning Exercise: Exercise bike or treadmill 15 minutes, increasing each week by a minute until you are doing 30 minutes daily. Or at least 5 days per week. (People might say get outside and walk in the fresh air, but with a big TV in front of your treadmill you might find that its less of a chore and you will have done 15 minutes before you know it, if your entertained.).
MONTH TWO ETC
Repeat. Change up the light lunch and get variety in your evening soups. Try a different Plum Foods granola or muesli. (their all low sugar, wholefoods that are blended to give you a healthy nutritious meal). This is your eating lifestyle now.
Why not order a carton of muesli, granola or porridge oats from Plum Foods and be prepared for Easy healthy breakfasts for a month or two.