Someone told me this week that they spend upwards of $600 a month on an “ideal” diet. Holy shit. That’s the monthly payment on a car. A shopping bill. A top notch handbag every month. One and a half pairs of my very favourite Tods shoes which I treat myself to VERY OCCASIONALLY! I’m sorry but WTF. What’s wrong with cutting the crap out of your diet, portion control, sleep, a bit of movement and plenty of water. That’s what we are meant to do naturally. Right? I know folks get overweight and desperate but are these diets really doing you any favours? Do you feel like you are relying on them now? Sorry to be brutal here, but so many of these diets are just like cults. I challenge y’all to stick with me for the 30 days of November and I’ll post a 30 day challenge. No gimmicks. Just exercise, clean food, sleep requirements and no junk or alcohol. 30 days and I’m not going to charge you a penny! I’ll only be posting this on the blog though so you will need to check in. I won’t be tailoring it to anyone specifically. It’ll just be general. I’ll answer questions if you ask! Make sure you get a clean bill of health from your doctor first though!
Anyway, on to more important things……..food. It’s Halloween. It’s Autumn. It’s Fall. It’s pumpkin season and I love pumpkin. I love it roasted, mashed, in cakes, in bread, in soup, used as shampoo (LOL…only joking). I don’t like it on or in cheesecake (that’s just gross!!) and I don’t get the reference to pumpkin spice lattes either! There’s no pumpkin in the latte, just spice! So call it fecking spiced latte and not pumpkin spice latte LOL.
So I made pumpkin soup last week. It was part of my gentle intro to the elimination diet. Well that elimination diet has so far been an absolute disaster. I’ve just eaten French Toast. Okay, it was 1 slice of homemade spelt bread dipped in 2 eggs and fried in coconut oil, but it was still French toast. I’d like to say that I’m feeling really disappointed with myself, but I’m not. My diet is ordinarily so damned clean that cutting out the few things that I do occasionally enjoy isn’t cutting the mustard. This is why I have such an issue with people going on diets.
I’m going off at a tangent again so I’ll stop………
Back to that pumpkin soup. I was left with a big chunk of pumpkin after roasting some up for a dinner I made for friends.
This was enough soup for 2 big bowls. I got my protein in by adding toasted pumpkin seeds to each bowl.
1/2 onion (chopped)
1 celery stick (chopped)
1 clove of crushed garlic
2 cups of of cubed pumpkin
a thumb sized piece of grated ginger
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
4 cups of water
Fresh coconut milk to garnish
Sautee the onions and celery in coconut oil until soft. Add the garlic and pumpkin. Sautee for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and water. Bring to the boil. Simmer until the pumpkin is soft (about 15 minutes). Blend until pureed but not too much or you end up with baby food 🙂
Season. Drizzle coconut milk on top and add the pumpkin seeds.
To die for!
Did you know that the humble little pumpkin seed is loaded full of protein, phosphorous, manganese, vitamin K, potassium, B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium and more. They also provide glutamate which helps relieve anxiety (maybe that’s why I am so chilled) and tryptophan (helps helps fight depression).