I Can See Clearly Now…. (And A Bonus Recipe)

The rain has gone, I can see all obstacles in my way!*

Isn’t it is amazing what a little time and reflection can do for the soul? I recall no less than 10 days ago, I felt dreadful. Both in my body, my mind and my soul (although the last two can sometimes be viewed as the same thing). I felt broken and completely at odds with myself, unable to reconcile how I felt on that day with how I felt the week before, with how I felt before all of this weight loss journey began.
Today though? Well today I am back on top of the world and it is all thanks to the power of positive thinking, a good healthy diet and some worthwhile exercise.

I know that you are supposed to feel whatever your mind dictates you should feel but sometimes it is all a bit too much for you to raise your head, get the game face on and go out there and take on the world. It happens to the best of us. I must confess though that it used to happen to me more often than most.

I would quite often feel that I could not deal with the world and what it was trying to throw at me and I still can do but I almost always know when it is going to happen. It usually follows after a heavy drinking session, a period of inactivity, a period of eating poorly or a period where I am tired and have been emotionally drained by virtue of the fact I have not concentrated on myself enough.

This is what happened last week but it was a double triple whammy. I had not exercised, I had not eaten, I was tired, I had been drinking and these things were leaving me emotionally drained. Add the sum total of those parts together, throw in a mixture of Gastroenteritis and BAM! This man was brought to his knees in double time.

Now though, as the song goes “I can see clearly now” I really can. There is no grey areas in sight. I have my mojo back, my smile on my face and a spring back in my step. I am well rested, I have not drunk since the final day of my over indulgence, I am exercising and I am eating only healthy whole foods I have made myself. This successful turn around leads me to believe that a great deal of the ill’s I may have faced in the past were brought on by a very poor lifestyle; and if this is true of me then it can be true of anybody.

Over the past week, I have taken the opportunity to clear my head through plenty of outside time and by talking out my issues with people who just listen and do not judge. I have reset my body with exercise and healthy eating and reset my mind with sensible thinking and rational behaviour.

And because of the above I am happy to say I am feeling quite wonderful and where as normally I would say something trite such as “Wouldn’t  it be great if it always carried on like this” but if I think about it and am honest, it does and there is no reason why it shouldn’t continue to do so… 😉

Now, on to this recipe….

Being a creature of habit (come on Cameron, mix it up a little!) you guy’s know that I don’t usually post a second recipe in a week but I just had to share this one with you because it is SO yummy and SO easy to make!

Once again it comes from my friend’s cookery site Live Fit Die Yum and once again it is penned by the talented Saga Gardevärn and changed just a little by my meddling fingers.

So what is it I hear you asking.

Well, it’s Gluten Free Marshmallow and Honeycomb Fudge.

And it is LOVELY!

So this is how you make it.

Ingredients:

  1. 400gms White beans, strained and rinsed
  2. 30gms Coconut Flour
  3. 30mls Coconut Oil
  4. 2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  5. 1 Teaspoon Caramel Flavouring
  6. Handfull Mini Marshmallows
  7. Small handful of Honeycomb pieces
  8. 30mls Lemon Juice
  9. 4 Large Medjool Dates
  10. Sweetner to taste (I used clear Honey)

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Rise the beans under the cold tap.

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Put in the food processor and blend.

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Add the Coconut Oil, Vanilla Essence, Lemon Juice, Coconut Flour and Honey.

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Mix again, decant into a mixing bowl and add the Mini Marshmallows stirring in by hand.

Put the four dates in the processor.

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Then mix up until in a ball then put in a separate mixing bowl.

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To which you add the previously made mixture, the teaspoon of Caramel flavouring and the honeycomb pieces.

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Be sure to mix this all together very well until you are left with a smooth sticky paste.

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Line a square dish with some clingfilm (saran wrap).

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Put the mixture in this bowl, flatten down and then cover with more clingfilm prior to placing in the fridge to set.

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After several hours, remove the tray from the fridge, decant the fudge, remove the clingfilm and then serve in individual small bitesize pieces.

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Eh Voila!

Delicious and very healthy too with only 47 Cals, 2gms of fat, 2gms of protein and 5gms of Carbohydrate per small piece.

Perfect!

FOOD DIARY:Tuesday 15th September 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  350mls  Phd Diet Whey Protein  182  34  5.5  2.8
Lunch  1 Small Bowl Quinoa and Greek Feta Prawn Salad  198  25  13 7.2
Dinner  2  83gms  BBQ Salmon Fillets  416  40  8.4  24.6
 1  50gms  Wholegrain Rice  70  1.5  12.25  1.5
Snacks  2  400mls  Tea  11.8  0  0.8  0
 1  330mls Maxi Muscle Rebuild Shake  212  30  19.8  0.7
Totals  1089.8  130.5  59.75  36.8
Water  3 Litres Water and Mineral Water  0 0 0  0

So there was a good day of food on this day. The unusual shake was taken on because I was at the gym, had just finished and was having to stay there until early afternoon due to a couple of appointments I was attending. I opted for a recovery shake to keep me going rather eating a protein bar etc and looking at it’s figures I think I made the right choice as it comes out very similar to the Upbeat drink I used to take when on the first part of my recovery.

Yesterday was a rest day so no training to report and no screenshots of Map My Walk even though there was a gentle stroll in the morning. That said, I left in the morning without my Jawbone Up2 tracker so was unable to monitor the walk and the mornings activity, so I decided to put it back on for the afternoon as it was charged and ready to go.
This still gave me a pretty good reading of over 4000 steps taken so on the whole, given that it was  only used for half of a rest day, I was happy with my movement.

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‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

*Johnny Nash “I Can See Clearly Now”

9 thoughts on “I Can See Clearly Now…. (And A Bonus Recipe)

  1. New Journey says:

    As I read your post all I could hear in my head is…
    heeeeeee’s Baaaaaaacccccccckkkkkkk…LOL
    so glad to hear your happiness again….shit we all fall down every now and then, but its how you get up and dust yourself off and get on with it again….and I had to do a couple of double takes on the beans in your recipe this is going to be on the Christmas table for sure to snack on after dinner….and who knew, chew more loose more…so I will take way more time to eat my food….LOL good day to you my friend.!!

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