Is treat night really a good idea?

Well a week ago I allowed myself a treat(or cheat as some people call it, this to me has too many negatives), well it was more an unconscious slip up than a treat. Boy oh boy I wish I hadn’t. Well trying to get back on track has been the hardest thing ever. So I would never say this was a treat really, but there is a trend out there to allow yourself a treat now and then, there are a lucky few that can plan a treat and enjoy it then get straight back on with their preferred eating. I admire these people, most of my circle of friends are like me, one slip can start a downward spiral. 
We went for Indian at our favourite restaurant, I know and trust them completely with how they cook. I know the manager and owner very well, he knows exactly what I can and can’t eat and I had fish. It was amazing just the fish and spices nothing else. I drank some alcohol my favourite Captain Morgan spice and diet coke. I only ever drink coke as a mixer. On the way out I picked up a mint to freshen my mouth. I didn’t even realise what I was doing. Before I knew it I’d eaten it! 
That one mint sent me off my well planned and focussed track.. How stupid could I have been. All week I have been struggling to get back to the strict eating I was at. Now by low carb standards I am still eating low carb, but I have been zero carb while testing which foods affect me.  

I am trying to not let the thoughts of guilt creep in as that can make my off track last longer. I have noticed that when I have an off time, I stop planning, I feel low, I can’t be bothered with bootcamp. My thoughts are my worst enemy.

So I’m no quitter, I went back to bootcamp this week and it was tough going, I am feeling the aches, but they are good aches.
We are away this weekend, thankfully these friends totally understand my food choices and are very supportive. So staying on track is easy, then when I return I will be doing a Bone Broth fast to clean my body totally. I would do water only but I will be doing Bootcamp and my job entails lots of walks. I did this for 7 days 3 weeks ago and it leaves you feeling great at the end of it. My plan before may is to complete two 30 day fasts. I want to try reset my body and cells. Then I am going to do intermittent fasting in between and only eat breakfast and lunch, and nothing in the evening. This has been effective in addressing Dawn Phenomenon and normalising morning blood glucose. 
Those of you that may be panicking that I will be harming myself, I have read up lots, and I have a Dr on hand to help me and lots of experts on hand to make sure I am okay!  
So as you are following my journey I wanted to share my ups and downs and be truthful about my progress as I know a lot of people do have struggles like me, I want to help others without hiding any of my struggles. 
I will let you know my progress next week. Thank you all for being a part of my journey.

Ailsa xx


Paleo from  A to Z by Darryl Edwards – Review


Well I was so privileged to receive a copy of Paleo A-Z. This is the perfect book for me. Growing up I was never an academic, I’m more a practical person, but I was so hungry for information I would sit reading encyclopaedias and dictionary’s. When watching T.V. Or having a conversation with someone I would keep looking up things we were talking about. Nothing much has changed, I always have my phone or iPad in my hand, people think I’m being ignorant, but I am often actually looking up facts from the topic of conversation.
 Paleo A-Z is written by Darryl Edwards, AKA The Fitness Explorer who successfully turned his life around from working in Investment Banking too becoming a very prominent fitness coach. He is the founder of Primal Play which from what I have seen has put the fun into fitness. He is a great speaker and totally engages his audiences.

This book is well written and very factual, it gives a lot of information about all aspects of Paleo. It explains all the terms really well so it can be easily understood. Often with many diets they are full of ambiguities and misunderstanding, this is a quick reference tool that is great to have on hand to answer all your questions. It doesn’t just explain Paleo but it also has other diet definitions too. It is endorsed by none other than Mark Sisson and Jimmy Moore and I trust these people.

What’s wrong with looking on Google I hear you say! Well the problem with searching the Internet a degree of common sense is needed, often the information is not correct and can be very misleading. Even Wikipedia has been known to be incorrect as the person inputting the info may not fully informed. So why trust Darryl? From what I have seen of Darryl, and I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Low Carb Cruise pre cruise dinner. He is full of enthusiasm and he is very passionate about what he does! That passion and enthusiasm is very infectious and I found my self wanting to hear more of what Darryl had to say. The book has a very thorough reference section at the back of the book so it is clear this man has done his homework.. 

There is a thorough section on blood work, explaining what each one is and what the normal values are. Vitamins and minerals are also very thoroughly covered, explaining their actions and how best sources for them. Lots of illnesses are covered especially those that are benefitted from changing to a paleo lifestyle.  

All aspects of Paleo and related diets are covered as are well known and not so well known terms. In the W section it lists foods you can eat and foods to avoid. This is great as from my experience as this is often where the confusion lies, I love that it is set down clearly what foods are allowed.

Being the Fitness Explorer obviously this is also well covered in the book.

One thing I did like, with each letter there is a meaningful quote.

I could go on about this book more but why not get yourself a copy and check it out for yourself.

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Read more about the work Darryl does here.

Thanks for reading. 
Ailsa x