I can’t believe it’s almost August. Where is this year going and where is my life going. So many things in the pipeline. It’s funny how we never turn out the way we thought we would. As a 19 year old, I didn’t want to get married, I would never date an army officer, I didn’t want children and I really didn’t want pets. I was overweight, I didn’t exercise much and I thought nothing of drinking 2 or 3 cans of coke and eating at least 4 buns and a half a loaf of bread in a day. I saw myself getting my law degree and flying to the top of the profession (even though I really disliked the law and found it immensely boring 🙂 ). Anyway, here I am 20 years later married (to an ex army officer), 3 kids, 2 horses, 3 dogs, 1 cat (which I have just acquired…….did I mention that I don’t like cats!!!), and a fish. I don’t drink anything sugary or fizzy. I hardly touch bread. I wouldn’t eat buns if you paid me, I left the law (and don’t miss it one bit), eat only whole foods and I exercise like a demon. Yip. What can I say! I do laugh sometimes when I have 5 minutes to step back and take it all in.
Anyway, to all of you people who follow me and who may bump in to me at the gym. Yes, I’m the old dear with the baseball cap and the big biceps. I’m not anti-social or rude. I wear glasses so I can’t see you ;). Also, I’m an introvert. That doesn’t make me anti-social or shy. I just find it difficult to engage in chat unless I know you well. Forgive me for who I appear to be! I go to the gym to work out and I assume that everyone else does the same! I also have a short time to get my workouts in so I’m keen to get in, work like a dog, sweat profusely and go home!
You’ll see me harping on about the introvert thing a lot. I grew up thinking I was shy and retiring but questioning how that could be possible when I have no issue whatsoever standing in front of large crowds and talking. Tom McCallum of Shirlaws shared a TED Talk with me a few years back given by Susan Cain and the penny dropped.
Anyway, enough about me as a person. How about what I’ve been eating. Well I cheated tonight. Okay, I didn’t cheat in the context that I needed sugar, I cheated in that I had some sugar.
I made a delicious apple crumble and I actually made it without sugar. What I did though was sprinkle a little coconut sugar on top. I was making it for my son. The quantity of sugar I had was minimal as I scraped the top off and basically ate the unsweetened stewed apples but I still ate some sugar. I actually ate it without thinking about it. I didn’t purposefully fill myself a bow. I was dishing up for someone else and before I knew, a big spoon of stewed apples had entered my mouth and slipped down my throat. Do I feel like I’ve fallen off the wagon? Heck no! Tomorrow I start another month with no added sugar and even better reduced carbs and increased fat. I can’t wait to see what this does for me! I’m not averse to some sugar. It just needs to be in moderation and the best source available.
Today’s food (the last day of my July challenge)
Lemon water on waking
Breakfast – oatmeal, coconut oil, walnuts, blueberries and cinnamon
Snack – a mango smoothie lolly (puréed mango and coconut milk) and beef jerky
Lunch – bone broth with loads of vegetables (I had 2 large bowls)
Snack – banana and peanut butter
Post gym/dinner – It was 8.45pm and I couldn’t face my roast chicken dinner so I had a smoothie with protein powder, raw cacao, banana, spinach and peanut butter. I then had that tablespoon of apple crumble 🙂
I drank 2 coffees, tea and loads of water
Homemade beef jerky
Be warned that this stuff never lasts long. We all wolf it down!
3/4 cup of soy sauce/tamari or coconut aminos (I use the aminos but used to use soy sauce)
1 Teaspoon of liquid smoke
1 Teaspoon of coconut nectar/ maple syrup or honey
1 Teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 Teaspoon of salt
1 Teaspoon of garlic powder
1 Teaspoon of onion powder
1 Teaspoon of smoked paprika
Chili flakes (to taste) I use a 1/2 teaspoon
3 cloves of minced garlic
2lbs of flank steak
Put the steak in the freezer for a few hours until it’s stiff. Slice thinly (say 1/8th of an inch). Mix together the marinade. Put the sliced beef in a freezer bag, add the marinade and coat. Lock the freezer bag and put in the fridge for 24 hours.
Dehydrate per the instructions with your dehydrator. The beef should end up chewy but not brittle.
I put it in vacuum sealed bags to store.
If dehydrating in the oven, place the strips of beef on wooden skewers having about a 1/2 inch between each piece of meat (the beef should be hanging down so skewer it at the top). Set one of your oven racks to the top level of your oven and set the skewers on the rack so that the beef hangs down from the rack. Put a baking tray underneath to catch any drips.
Set your oven to 160-170 degrees or as low as it goes. I dehydrate at 155 degrees.
Prop the oven open so moisture can escape. I used to use the base of a cake tin.
There’s no exact time frame for how long your jerky needs to cook. It’ll depend on your oven and thickness/thinness of your beef. It’ll probably need around 10 – 12 hours in the oven.
It’s worth it. Trust me. Tastes so much better than shop bought stuff and it isn’t full of junk.