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So I am now 1 year, 6 months, 2 weeks and 15 days through my course at the CNM – not that I am counting down the days minutes and seconds until I have graduated and am qualified…!
The thing is, as much as I love the studying, the involvement in something I believe in and the challenge of applying myself to something, I truly wish I had more time to give and therefore more time to absorb. I feel like a full bucket, and no matter how much water you keep adding it will keep overflowing as it can only hold a certain amount. Really I need a bigger bucket (or just more time!)
As I write today, I currently haven’t had a day off to myself for 17 days – and have another 3 to go until I can lie in bed without something to wake up for. That’s 20 days! 20 days without a day off! Madness. It’s moments like this I wonder how they can really call this a part time course. I believe this course needs to be full time and therefore enable you to full immerse yourself in the information and culture of studying as a nutritionist.
Anyway, in those 20 days I have had an assignment to start, an assignment to finish, a member of staff leave, and hopefully will have a new one start! So it’s not exactly been a smooth running 20 days either.
But it’s exciting. I have a buzz again about everything. About the future, about the present and most imminently this new diet I have to stick to for the next 2 weeks (at least).
So next project from college is out ‘dietary models presentation’. This is literally the class dividing up, testing a diet and basically reporting back to the rest of the class on how the diet work, where the ideas behind it come from and any challenges or obstacles we faced doing it.
Now I have never, and I really mean never, stuck to or even tried to stick to a faddy diet. “I am one for eat well for life”, “just be healthy”, “just cut out the crap” attitude. I’ve never even challenged myself to trying one, maybe because I am simply too afraid of the fear of failure when I give up after day 2? Well now I am being pushed into the challenge and I am excited to give it my all. I mean how can I be a nutritionist who has never tried and tested a diet myself, even if its just to say it all a load of *****.
The diet I started 3 days ago (Sunday 21st March) is called the Blood Type Diet. And it is as simple as that. Find out your blood type, and eat accordingly. It is written by a naturopath called Dr D’adamo and if you are interested you can find out more here – http://www.dadamo.com/txt/index.htm
Simple right? NO – wrong.
Unlike other diets, its not cutting out any one in particular food group, its completely random and inconsistent! I don’t yet have explanations for you on the reasoning behind all the diet restrictions but hopefully by April 12th I will be able to explain all (presentation date!).
I mean, I am type B, and I have to avoid foods like tomatoes but I can eat pretty much most other vegetables. Avoid lentils but I can eat chickpeas, can’t eat broad beans but I can eat kidney beans. Cant eat chicken but can eat beef. Cant eat cous cous but can eat rice… and the list goes on! It’s going to be a part time job just working this all out!
Also just as an extra challenge – incase this wasn’t enough… I am giving up chocolate and sugary snacks for 30 days! I am breaking this addiction
- its got beyond a joke
- I feel like a hypocrite!
Basically if any friends or family are reading this I would try and avoid me for the next 2 weeks, I will be having sugar withdrawal symptoms and wont be much fun to have round for dinner.
So anyway, I got home Sunday night and cooked some meal choices for the week, as I really feel this is the only way I will manage this.
- I made a carrot, parsnip and sweet potato soup which is my dinner option
- A big egg frittata with mushrooms, leeks and spinach for lunches
- And some super sexy spelt pancakes for breakfast!
The spelt pancakes are just so great I felt I had to share.
I will also try and share my diet updates and challenges on here to try an motivate me to keep at it!
Woohoo to day 4 tomorrow!
Super Sexy Spelt (and Millet) Pancakes!
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- ¼ cup millet flakes
- 1 cup almond/coconut milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- handful raisins
- 1tsp vanilla essence (optional)
- ¼ cup grated sweet potato
- add courgettes/carrots/other vegetables!
- Himilayan salt
- Mix together the spelt flour, millet and baking powder in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl whisk up the egg so its fluffy and add in the milk.
- If you want to make a mixture of sweet and savoury then divide both the dry and wet mixtures in half. In one egg mixture add in the walnuts and raisins, in the other half add the vegetables.
- Then fold the egg mixtures in with the half of the flour to make up the batter.
- Heat a tsp coconut oil in a non stick pan/skillet.
- Once hot put 1tps mixture in pan at time and flatten out a little.
- Cook for 2 mins on the first side or until it starts bubbling. Then flip and cook for 2 mins on the other side.
- Serve with chopped banana for breakfast! Or add a poached egg and avocado to the savory ones for a savory breakfast option.
I’ve made a whole batch up in advance and will toast them up for breakfast every morning, easy peasy!