Thursday, August 28, 2014
As soon as he moved in to my place, Joe appointed himself as my personal trainer -- for which I am very grateful. I had slid so far down the razor blade of life that my health and fitness might have been unrecoverable if he had left it for another 6 months.
One of the beneficial arrangements is that of a morning we now go for a walk around 2 neighbourhood blocks that includes 3 hills. And that has definitely improved my aerobic and general fitness. I can now get around most of the Rocklea markets on Sunday again.
But the big change is the diet that Joe has put me on. It is a semi-paleo diet that is very low in fats. The same diet has kept Joe's own weight under control so I adopted it with confidence. And I seem to be losing about a kilo a week on it. I started out at 123 kilos and am now down to 117. A long way still to go but encouraging progress.
The food Joe has prescribed for me is however mostly very dull. Bananas and small yoghurts are fine but Joe restricts the evening meal to a breast of chicken and restricts lunch to a small tin of salmon. So I had to find ways to cope with that. I now have two things I do with the chicken, a chicken curry and chicken teriaki. I am no cook but with the help of my crockpot I turn out a passable chicken curry mainly based on using a LOT of "Clive of India" curry powder. It also has in it tomato, onion, coriander and garlic. I have always liked curry so I can eat it frequently without bother.
I also use a shortcut with the Teriaki chicken. I found a bottle of ready-made Teriaki sauce down at my local Korean deli so just marinate and baste the chicken in that. Again, a passable result.
Joe's recipe for making the tinned salmon palatable is to pour low-cal mayonnaise on it. That didn't help a lot though. I found that mixing curry powder in with it helped a lot but I did not want to eat curry twice a day. So I asked Joe for an alternative to the fish. He said I could have four eggs. That suited me. I have always liked scrambled eggs and cooking them in the microwave only takes 2 minutes. Eggs are very cheap too. My 4 eggs cost me about a dollar. So I am now an experienced scrambled egg cook and look forward to my lunch once again.
I initially let Joe cook the chicken but his cookery is VERY plain. So it is no surprise that he appreciates my amateurish offerings