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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Good Food   
    That’s why we Whole30ers just smile knowingly when people say ‘but what do you eat?!’ 
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Not sure if this is allowed but can’t see why not? These are my before and after photos. First set is July 2020 as I started w30 and 2nd is today. 
    I can’t believe the difference in my face and my arms! 
     


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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Great news on the running and the jeans! Well done! 
     
    today I felt pretty rubbish. I was given a nice box of chocolates at work for helping with our Covid testing programme and after my having had some this week, honestly - they tortured me all morning. I’ve let the kids have some but the remainder is still there and I feel quite weak in it’s presence; I am repeatedly thinking ‘oooh chocolate’ then immediately going ‘nope’ (I’ve done this probably 20 times today) . I suppose in the interests of reintro I could have some although since having it before I’ve had quite a few unpleasant side effects - bad stomach, really hard work running, flare up of my ‘Covid toes’ and today a flare up in my toe/bunion pain which I have not had since July. I had a lot of tension in my ankles, so much so that I had a bath this afternoon and used the effect of the hot water to crack all my joints and try and loosen them up (horrible, I know!) - so I don’t really think I need to try it again to be sure, really. Dairy is not for me! 
     
    I am also really tired, this week has gone on forever and I need a good nights sleep! My dinner was amazing tonight; I did mash potato with a chicken casserole type thing with lots of veg, then drizzled a salsa verde over the top- it was so delicious! 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    I’m struggling a bit these last few days. I was finding myself feeling more and more tired and battling the sugar dragon a bit, then doing that annoying thing where I eat every single other thing available except sugar, (and obviously it does nothing for the dragon!) and so I went back to my rules where I did say that I would, if I found myself doing that, allow a non-compliant treat and really enjoy it. So I did; I had some milK chocolate. It was nice. It was a bit greasier than I remembered and not as rich and very sweet! It gave a weird sugar headache almost instantly which wasn’t great, 
    anyway, cue a really rubbish night. I couldn’t get to sleep, I woke several times early in the night and at 1am I woke up so drenched in sweat I had to change my clothes. Then today I’ve felt really flat and ‘meh’ with a dull headache. And today I could quite frankly eat anything and everything. Several times I’ve thought about having more sugar/choc and had to remind myself that I’ve felt rubbish all day. 
    So I think what we learn from this is that it’s probably not really worth it. It’s a shame actually because it did actually serve its purpose in one sense in that it stopped me rattling round the kitchen scavenging for goodies and instead I just sat and ate that one thing but unfortunately the side effects weren’t pleasant. 
     
    I cooked up a tray of chicken thighs when I got in from work so there is at least something compliant to see me through the evening. Not sure what’s for dinner tonight as I am running at 6.30 with my friend so I may just have chicken/salad for dinner after that.
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    I have seen a recipe with crushed up pork rinds as a crust, but we can’t get pork rinds here that doesn’t have msg in it and it seemed rather an effort to cook pork just for that purpose 
    they must be good because I got in from work today and my husband was eating one and he normally avoids my ‘diet food’ !! 
     
    it was actually the well fed cookbook that inspired me so great minds think alike @SugarcubeOD
    I would say though, don’t use large eggs, i’d use the smaller ones of the box if you can because they really are big. They slice in half well though but that does mean you have to share 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    @christine19 they were so easy! Boil and peel some eggs, then I used 15% fat pork mince and seasoned it, and knead it with your hands so it’s not ‘mince’ any more but ‘purée’ (you could use a food processor) then get a handful of the meat and squash it into a round, put the egg in the middle and then use your hands to smooth the meat around, it is easier than it sounds. I made some seasoned coating with ground almond, coconut flour, and some milled flax and seasoning, and then sort of rolled the egg around in it to coat it. Then oven baked them, turn them a few times. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Good morning. I am so glad to see the back of last week. It dragged on and on and seemed never ending! Glad it’s Saturday. We had a glass or two of red wine last night and as a result I didn’t sleep brilliantly, but then I haven’t all week so it may not be the wine. I’m going food shopping today as the cupboards are Bare and I’ve had that annoying scenario a few times the last few days where there is nothing in the house I can eat. 
     
    aside from that I feel good today. Momentarily considered a weigh in but recognised that ‘ding ding’ - you’re using the scale to change the way you feel, step away! - which is a big thing for me. 
     
    no run today but I’m planning a day of chores and a hiit workout and then later on I’ll do a lovely long yoga session by the fire. we return to school full time next week (my kids have been anyway, but my teen daughter returns to college and I will be based in school instead of at my table) and I have 1000 Covid tests to administrate alongside my normal role so next week will be a stinker. Prep will be key for me; I’m going to make tubs of cauli rice, sweet potato, and meatballs which I will ‘mix and match’ into my breakfast and lunch 
    also, I made guacamole for the first time this week and oh wow, that’s very dh my featuring in my menu this week!! 
     
    have a great day 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    I’m a fair way off getting my vaccine. UK aren’t prioritising front line except medical and care Homes, but we are getting through the age brackets. To be honest as I have had Covid I don’t feel too concerned that I could get it again, but yes I will have the vaccine when it’s finally my turn. 
     
    @christine19 I had always been ‘on a diet’ doing eg. Slimming world and weight watchers, but in January 2018 I read The blood sugar diet which is a high fat/low carb Mediterranean style diet that focuses on calorie reduction and fasting as well. I went from 13 st 6 to around 11 stone doing that and started running at the same time (originally committing  to 10 mins a day every day in that January- which at the time seemed an unachievable goal, I was so unfit!). Last July I just got to the point where I wanted freedom from calorie maths and I really needed that lifelong way of eating rather than ‘diet’ mentality which is what brought me to W30. I have lost around a stone since then I think but as you know, it stops being about that doesn’t it? Which is good for me as my life has been about the numbers a lot. plus I look very lean these days- but those big muscles (quads, hamstrings, glutes) weigh a lot! 
     
    I like the paleo lifestyle, it’s very similar to those keto/Mediterranean plans and there’s a lot of crossover and this time I genuinely think this is the one for me. 
    I am a bit concerned about how I will manage when lockdown ends and suddenly ‘public food’ becomes a thing again though. 
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    Rebecca001 reacted to decker_bear in Going from keto to whole30, scared!   
    Well, I'm a few days late to your party but ... I have also done both. For me, I feel more balanced on W30. I LIKE fruit. I LIKE sweet potatoes. I also love how freeing W30 is because you don't have to measure everything to the gram and keep a constant eye on your carb content. I think you're going to do just fine on W30. After all, fighting inflammation is one of the key things we're working on here. If you're having a hard time, you can always limit your fruits and starchy veg - they aren't REQUIRED on W30. Good luck! I can't wait to follow you on your journey! 
    PS - instead of your heavy cream, try blending some coconut milk or coconut oil in your coffee in a Magic Bullet (or similar). It's a game changer. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    That’s great @christine19, I like those TotalGym things. We have a few pieces of exercise equipment and I must admit we don’t use them much because we just love the road! I only started running in 2017 (actually 1st Jan 2018) and before that I did nothing physical at all (in fact I smoked, drank, was a bit Post natal depressed and was about 4 stone heavier!) and even now I cannot believe how well I feel now. It’s genuinely changed my life. I hope your knees are ok! 
     
    Only 2 more days in my home office and I’ll be returning to work full time next week! So I am going to plan and prep some breakfasts and lunches over the next few days as they will be my real ‘danger zone’. Tonight we’re having the pork carnitas from the Well Fed cookbook which look delicious. I didn’t eat much veg yesterday and that’s my focus today as I was a bit protein heavy yesterday.
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Today I have been SO HUNGRY!! I think the knock on effect of my long run on Sunday and a good few weeks of only eating meals and no snacks. I still didn’t eat snacks today but my meals were humongous and I could still eat now. I cooked a tray of chicken portions at lunch and I ate quite a few of them. For dinner I had salad and brined chicken from the Well Fed book (genuinely the most delicious tender chicken I have tasted in a long time) and I feel totally stuffed (in a good way) and above all I feel ‘refuelled’). I am mid cycle according to my health app and I also think it’s partly to do with that, I do find increased appetite around the time of ovulation. 
     
    I’m genuinely feeling really good at the moment, like I’m breathing fresher air and just generally buzzing on life! I’m running well and training hard, eating really well and I think fully starting to experience what it’s like to be nearly 8 months into this way of life now. 
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 2021 graduates   
    And let’s not forget that when someone says ‘no thank you, I am trying to eat less X’ everyone looks down at their big plate of X and thinks ‘maybe I should eat less X too’ (and deep down they probably know it, especially if x is pudding) - but they haven’t done this process so it seems like a massive jump for them. They feel they need to defend their, and your, right to eat X. When people ask ‘but what do you eat??’ I do remind them that I came to this from a place of no dairy, very few carbs/rice/pasta etc, I’d done several stints of sugar free, I train daily, I do yoga daily.... this was a small step for me. Starting from scratch is a huge step. But I’m a bit like @SugarcubeOD in that if it’s me carrying the burden (wearing the swimsuit on the beach) then it’s me who gets to decide! My husbands family already think I’m bohemian and slightly deranged (“you don’t eat cheese? Or cake? But you’re so thin” <I’m not>)  so it’s very normal for me now; my own family are lifelong dieters and mum is W30, my niece is allergic to dairy and soy and my brothers family are all vegan so (if and when we ever can meet up again) I think we’ll all just bring our own food!! 
     
    anyway it’s Friday today! I got paid today! The sun is set to be shining (unseasonably warm here after our freezing few weeks). Our lockdown is starting to be lifted from 8th March. Last night James and I booked our summer holiday. Things feel, slightly, like they are improving. 
     
    I weighed  myself today also. I was 10st 2lb (142lb). End of December i was 10.7 so I have lost a couple of pounds but I have really tried this time for it not to be about the numbers. I have a long list of NSVs and the scales are going back in the loft again until Easter! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    @christine19 that’s brilliant. Great NSVs! 
     
    Saturday morning here and we drank champagne last night (just for fun as well, no celebrations!) as my husband was given it as a belated Christmas gift when he went into the office for the first time this year! So that was a nice treat, although I find this morning I am ravenous upon waking and have that slight hollow head and sloshy tummy feeling. I definitely definitely feel less yuck when I drink white rather than red though. 
     
    I’m planning a long run on Sunday (I set myself a mini target to run 21kms 21 times in 2021, which is once every 2.5 weeks so my next one is due!) - so tonight I will not be drinking as I am looking forward to heading out as the sun rises tomorrow morning. Big shop today, my well fed book finally arrived so I’ve planned a few bits from that and have my menu all sorted for the week. It definitely helped to plan and prep my breakfasts and lunches last week and that will become even more important after March 8th when we return to school and I am back in the office full time. I’m so excited for that though, I want some normality back! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    And let’s not forget that when someone says ‘no thank you, I am trying to eat less X’ everyone looks down at their big plate of X and thinks ‘maybe I should eat less X too’ (and deep down they probably know it, especially if x is pudding) - but they haven’t done this process so it seems like a massive jump for them. They feel they need to defend their, and your, right to eat X. When people ask ‘but what do you eat??’ I do remind them that I came to this from a place of no dairy, very few carbs/rice/pasta etc, I’d done several stints of sugar free, I train daily, I do yoga daily.... this was a small step for me. Starting from scratch is a huge step. But I’m a bit like @SugarcubeOD in that if it’s me carrying the burden (wearing the swimsuit on the beach) then it’s me who gets to decide! My husbands family already think I’m bohemian and slightly deranged (“you don’t eat cheese? Or cake? But you’re so thin” <I’m not>)  so it’s very normal for me now; my own family are lifelong dieters and mum is W30, my niece is allergic to dairy and soy and my brothers family are all vegan so (if and when we ever can meet up again) I think we’ll all just bring our own food!! 
     
    anyway it’s Friday today! I got paid today! The sun is set to be shining (unseasonably warm here after our freezing few weeks). Our lockdown is starting to be lifted from 8th March. Last night James and I booked our summer holiday. Things feel, slightly, like they are improving. 
     
    I weighed  myself today also. I was 10st 2lb (142lb). End of December i was 10.7 so I have lost a couple of pounds but I have really tried this time for it not to be about the numbers. I have a long list of NSVs and the scales are going back in the loft again until Easter! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Ouch, that’s not good @Lorna from Canada, hope that won’t set you back too much and will go as soon as it arrived once you reset. 
     
    I suppose the FWNB thing is that, if I use food to ‘solve’ a non food problem (like a dilemma at work, or feeling unhappy, or hormones) then any food could have no brakes, because the brakes I’m applying aren’t from satiety or being nourished, they are emotional brakes- so unless eating (the whole jar of) almond butter resolves the mistake I made at work or makes my kids behave better, they aren’t going to apply themselves no matter how satisfying/nourishing/compliant  the food is.
     
    I guess my point is that rather than me condemning perfectly innocent foods to the FWNB list forever, there comes a point where I’m forced to actually look at the braking mechanism itself and resolve the issue. And of course, that isn’t easy, or easily resolvable (like your poor mum and you, or the many other real tragedies we have to deal with in life) - but we can’t say that we only eat that way or turn to food in those extremes of circumstances. I find W30 really does help me apply those brakes, possibly partly because I feel so emotionally strong generally when I’m on it. But FFF rules aren’t so strict and it’s real life isn’t it- it’s given me a lot to think about because for me, a bit like Christine said above, I am moving more and more things to the ‘never’ pile and maybe not dealing with the real issue which is why they invoke the response. And for me, a big part of it is if I eat with no brakes on compliant food x, would I not have been better to have non-compliant food z and eaten it with some degree of self control. Would that make me feel better or worse? I don’t know as I haven’t tried it! 
     
    (although Melissa talks about Cadbury creme eggs a lot and I live only a few miles from Cadbury, we do chocolate well here.... so with Easter coming up.... maybe that’s when I should try out my theory!!) 
    also one thing I don’t have that you ladies seem to have,  is any pressure to eat from anyone. I don’t care if I’m ‘that person’, I will happily not eat at a party, or take my own food or say no to things. That must be a tremendous pressure for you both and certainly adds a new dimension. 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    I was a bit better today, I ate more protein at my breakfast and added extra veg to my lunch. I don’t think it is hunger causing my sleeping issue as I have always had intermittent insomnia and it does come in ‘waves’ but I certainly have noticed that it gets worse when I’m all hyper on the tiger blood, which is definitely increased when I eat less....so who knows?? 
    anyway, i’’ve had another good day today, my food’s been really good and again, no grazing or snacking. Made a really nice bbq sauce which I had with pork steaks and salad, and I have prepped some things for the next few days - boiled eggs, turkey meatballs, some roasted carrots in citrus glaze and a potato/mayo salad- which I will have for my breakfasts and lunches over the next few days 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    @christine19 wow that’s some good NSVs! Especially the hip, because that will improve your sleep as well so that’s multi faceted. 
     
    I’ve been SO HUNGRY today, literally from the moment I woke up. I ate breakfast, then a huge dinner (I had two small leftover portions of a dinner, and I ate both!) and have just had a big evening meal as well. It coincides with me thinking I was looking quite skinny, so maybe that’s my body saying ‘nope, feed me!’ - but honestly I could have eaten all day if I’d let myself. I have stuck to my 3 meals though, even though they’ve been massive, and I did have some pineapple that was left from cooking dinner after my meal as well. 
     
    I’m not sleeping well at the moment; struggling to get to sleep (tiger blood I think, I felt it pumping around me last night) and then when I check my Fitbit in the morning I’ll have had ridiculous small amounts of deep sleep, like 12 minutes all night. I also have an unusual type of insomnia where I fall deep asleep for only a few minutes, then wake immediately and feel wide awake for hours, or even worse, I dream that I can’t sleep (I know, cruel right?!) and I’ve had that a fair bit the last week or so. I don’t know what causes it but it gets very wearing after a few weeks. It’s the one thing that’s never really improved consistently for me in all my W30 days 
    we were given our roadmap out of lockdown last night, and I must admit I feel a bit anxious about resuming normal life. I can feel my mother in law thumbing through her empty diary already, desperate to book us in to bbqs and family gatherings (big family of husband) and suddenly my nice little ‘food bubble’ could be under threat. Even more reason to get those rules done, and establish my ‘not worth it’ list! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    @SugarcubeOD I agree, I find with red wine the hangover actually starts as soon as I drink it. I was ok with white though so I will probably try that again to really test it out! 
     
    I’m feeling good today- despite not sleeping well this weekend- and was really feeling the flickering of tiger blood this afternoon! My 3 meals a day is going very well and I actually look noticeably slimmer and more muscular all of a sudden! 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Tricky isn’t it? More so than food I think, in many ways. I think I would genuinely miss having a glass of wine at times, and I also wonder if it would spoil events knowing that there would be unpleasant consequences to indulging (because that’s the alternative outcome of reintroduction  isn’t it? To say 99% of the time it’s not worth it but occasionally it is worth the consequences and then suffer them?) 
    I wonder if for me it’s the alcohol or the sulphites? Or both? interesting anyway, and food for thought. I’m drinking sparkling water tonight at least! 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    @christine19 it’s interesting because I am reading Food Freedom and in it she gives alternative protocols for resetting based on different circumstances if you didn’t want to do full w30. For sugar cravings she suggests giving up all nuts, nut butter and fruit, which is exactly what I had found- especially during the long lockdown January I certainly replaced my ‘treats’ with nuts and fruit and I feel so much brighter without them. 
     
    I had quite a successful day yesterday but it was really hard while the kids were having their pancakes, and especially as I’ve been reading FFF so I was really in tune to the ‘do I want it?’ And all the mental deliberations. But no, I didn’t want one, didn’t have one! 
     
    today we’re having salmon with citrus glaze from the W30 book- I’d never really cooked much from there but this week I have done more and I must say I have really enjoyed the simplicity of the flavours.  
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Casein or lactose why dairy is not approved?   
    Personally I’d avoid this; obviously It has dairy in it (I think both lactose and milk proteins have the inflammatory reaction), plus pea protein (which again, I think might be non-compliant? Would need a moderator to confirm that) but anyway it’s not allowed because of the dairy. 
    But the biggest reason I’d avoid it is because it’s not cheese, it’s “cheese”; it’s fat and potato starch and nuts made into a cheese-like representation and it will just make you want real cheese, which obviously you can’t have. I think you have to ask “Would you eat this on day 31?” And if the answer is Of course you wouldn’t! Then avoid! 
     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    I have decided I’m going to drink tonight because I want to start my next w30 ASAP. Last week red wine made me feel yuck on Saturday so I deliberately chose a dry white, lower alcohol, and a soda water to make a spritzer. It’s end of term and my teacher friends are diving facefirst into Prosecco, gin and Dominoes pizza. Me? I bought 2 mangos to make a salsa and some strawberries and some almond butter (the AB will be on my ‘not worth it’ list from tomorrow, and if you’ve never tried it smeared on strawberries you haven’t lived). I chose not to buy nuts, but instead bought a small bag of posh, organic, veg crisps (chips) made of carrots and beetroot, olive oil, and salt. So.... yeah I could say they aren’t the wisest w30 choices BUT look how much worse they could be. They’re compliant. I feel it’s worth it tonight (god, this school term has dragged like Frankenstein’s monster  pulling a corpse behind him) and we’re human after all! My dinner will be steak, homemade chips, and  salad with mango salsa. 
     

     
     
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from becs in January 2021 graduates   
    @becs oh god it was a disaster from start to finish! The first batch was set like rubber (that Agar-agar is powerful stuff) and the second batch - well it smelled delicious, nutty, vanilla-y  - but tasted like thick water. Absolutely tasteless and definitely NOT worth it. After about 2 days of boiling and cooling and sterilising I threw it all in the bin! Now we know why there are no dairy free sugar free yoghurts available, huh? 
     
    the ‘worth it’ debate is an interesting one. I think for me, ‘worth it’ has to be not just the food itself, but also the cumulative effect- or rather, the undoing of the cumulative effect. So now it’s eg, July since I ate cake. So any cake has GOT to be worth breaking 7 months cake free for. The longer I go, the stronger these things become. 
    however I have also been thinking about those 4 points about what a good should be, and particularly the ‘healthy psychological response’ bit and have come to the conclusion that that’s where my mind needs to focus at the moment. For some reason (eg a lifetime of food weirdness?) I eat things that I know don’t have a healthy psychological response and somehow have told myself that that’s ‘worth it’ but it isn’t really. So I’m adding a few of those to my ‘not worth it’ list this week 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    Ooooh what is “family day”?? Never heard of that before! 
     
    @christine19 I suppose you could pick it out and see how you are after eating it? Of all the veg, you’d think corn kernels were the least likely to ‘leak’ into the soup - they aren’t exactly a mushy veg are they? 
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    Rebecca001 got a reaction from christine19 in January 2021 graduates   
    @christine19 I made it up myself, but I used around 120g ground almonds, probably around 50g of the spread, melted. Lots of cinnamon, few handfuls of raisins, some baking powder and 2 eggs. Oh and some desiccated coconut. It was a thick cake-mix consistency. A tiny sprinkle of salt can, oddly, give it a sweet flavour. Grease a tin and bake (you’ll have to judge that yourself, I put mine in next to my meatloaf so it was around 180c for around 25 mins). It was nice and I ate it still hot with some coconut cream. 
    I know it’s a SWYPO really, however if you decide you’re not (ever) eating grains or sugar again, then swypo is the only S on the menu so.... it’s got to do! I find there is an abundance of paleo recipes for baking however they all have honey, or “natural sweeteners”  in them. If you find compliant dried fruit you can chop up and add to the mix and make quite a dense fruit cake/tea loaf (soak the fruit in strong black tea for a while) type thing as well using a similar  base.  I did briefly consider whether I could have used the batter and made pancake type things instead (it’s shrove Tuesday next week!) 
     
    it’s Thursday morning here, (this has been the longest week ever!) and I feel a lot better today. Slept better. My meals are planned for the day and I’m going into school to get a big task signed off and off my desk prior to the half term break beginning tomorrow.