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Food diary low in sugar & gluten week 3

Food plan diary low in sugar* & gluten | week 3

Last week was my second week in Marrakech and while I really enjoyed the food there, there is no doubt that sticking to healthy eating habits in a foreign country is always a bit more challenging (at least it is for me!). For those who asked me if I had any gluten-free places to recommend in Marrakech, I’m afraid I don’t but to be honest, moroccan food is very vegetables based so if you stay away from those delicious pancakes, bread and pastry, you can have some deliciously tasty tajines and salads. I’m not big on pastry so I stayed away from those and Morocco being a muslim country, drinking wine was a very rare occasion. However, sugar was a bit of an issue… At first, I really enjoyed drinking mint tea in the souk with the various vendors I was chatting to, then I realised that they were adding quite a lot of sugars in it. By the second week, my body was really struggling to process all this sugar and I finish the week …

Food diary low in sugar & gluten week 2

Food plan diary low in sugar* & gluten | Week 2

WEEK 2 Last week, I forgot to mention that the reason why I had basmati rice most days is because I make a big batch on Monday for the whole week. This saves me a lot of time. Same with eggs… if I boil 2 poached eggs (3 min), I will add 2 extra eggs to hard boil (10 min) to have later on as snack. I had a massive headache on Monday afternoon from 3pm until 7pm when I eventually took a pain killer. I looked again at what I ate that day and it was just unprocessed, whole foods, fruits & vegetable and proteins. I also drank my daily 1.5Lt water so the headache could not have come from dehydration. However, it’s interesting to know that signs and symptoms of food intolerance can occur up to 72 hours after a trigger food. Here are a few signs and symptoms of food intolerance I found in the book I’m currently reading “Reverse the signs of ageing”: The revolutionary inside-out plan to glowing, youthful skin by Dr Nigma Talib …

Food diary low in sugar & gluten week 1

Food plan diary low in sugar* & gluten | Week 1

I have decided to reduce my consumption of refined sugars* (biscuits, brown/white sugar, cakes, sweets) and gluten and will share my food plan for a month. However, I’m not cutting sugars or carbs out of my diet. I will get sugar from natural sources like fruits and I will replace pasta and bread by rice, quinoa and occasionally gluten-free pasta. I’m not eating sugar-free, low-calorie food either which are packed with chemicals and salt. Why? As you may know, I have made several lifestyle changes over the years. I stopped eating ready meals packed with hidden sugars years ago, given up drinking my daily coke zero in 2013 and replaced processed food by whole foods (80% being organic). All these changes had a positive impact on my skin and well-being. Refined sugar are known to cause inflammation in our body which in turn leads to depression. Reducing my refined sugar intake means that I haven’t suffered from seasonal affective disorder for the past three years and I have moved on from the depression that hit me in 2013. …

How to make a delicious, gluten-free chocolate zucchini cake

Gluten-free chocolate zucchini cake

My sister and some friends are arriving this weekend for a “girls weekend”. Since I can’t think of a nice weekend with friends without cake (and preferably a chocolate one!), I made an attempt to bake my first veggie chocolate cake so I can literally have my cake and eat it! The cake is gluten-free and is filled with some fructose-free sweetness so it’s all good. While I wasn’t convinced of the taste to start with, I’m on my fourth slice (over the course of two days) and I absolutely love it! So have a go and let me know what you think…

What are you most 2016 inspiring new resolutions?

So…are you making any new resolutions this year? Early this month, I decided on my 4 feel-good things to achieve this year but for the nitty gritty, I needed things to sink in first to see what I really wanted to do this year and then I wrote this post and oh boy…..things became a lot clearer!!!

easy, peasy chocolate brownie by Lily & Mila. Read on www.karinecandicekog.com

Easy, peasy chocolate brownie

This is one of the easiest chocolate brownie recipe you will ever make! Mila and Lily did this chocolate brownie during half term alone. I put the oven on and they did the preparation alone. I love when kids bake on holidays, don’t you!? It’s a good way to keep them busy, teach them something useful while having fun and on top of it, you get to have some cake to eat afterwards and seriously…this chocolate brownie is so incredibly easy that it won’t take you no more than 15 min to prepare but it tastes DE-LI-CIOUS! As I’m intolerant to gluten (I ballooned like a whale!), we used gluten-free flour to make this chocolate brownie so I could have a little slice but you can use normal flour if you wish.

Breakfast for champions or how to heal your soul & body with healthy food. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Breakfast for champions

Breakfast is my favourite meal. I love how it gives me the chance to reset my mind and start fresh with healthy food. I love the feeling of doing something good for myself, to do things slowly… with awareness. Beside no 9 which will eventually come back when I’m ready and no 3 which I have replaced by homeopathy, these days I’m pretty much sticking to these healthy habits I’ve formed since the beginning of the year. On the subject of eating healthy food, recent researches are suggesting that depression is a result of inflammation caused by the body’s immune system. In a nutshell, anything processed (soft drinks, junk food, refined sugars) creates unhappy guts which then leads to depression (mild or severe). It’s a vast subject and one that I don’t have the energy to discuss at length right now but having experienced it first hand and seeing the positive effects, changing my diet did to my well-being since the beginning of the year, I’m firmly convinced there is a relation between what we eat …

Gluten-free, FODMAP banana cake recipe. Read on www.karinecandicekong.com

Gluten-free banana cake

I think this is the third recipe of banana cake I’ve posted on the blog. I hadn’t baked a banana cake for over a year because I could no longer cope with the amount of sugar. Did you know that a traditional banana cake recipe contains at least 11 spoons of sugar!?   This banana cake recipe is gluten-free, FODMAPs friendly, refined sugar-free and if you don’t have food intolerance, it is simply delicious and healthy.