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Confessions of a Chocoholic

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“Are you going to tell the diet police, or are you going to retain your right to remain silent?” That was the question posed by my boyfriend after I stepped off the scale this week and announced the result.

I gained a kilo!

Don’t get me wrong; this didn’t come as a surprise! I have no disillusions as to how it happened. In fact, I can think of a number of reasons – the chocolate and banana milkshake shared with colleagues after school, the packet of Whispers that was just lying there, the second packet of Whispers that was sought out and not to mention the copious amounts of “thank-you” chocolates I received from teachers. Each and every “cheat” was justified in my mind. “I deserve this!” or “I’ve been so good up to now, what’s one more _______________?” The problem was not “one more _____________” the problem was that it was really “5 more ___________”, but at the time, I was not thinking that.

So what have I learnt? Don’t use food as a reward! If you think about it, we’ve been conditioned to see food as a reward from an early age. From the mother who is trying to get her child to eat all their supper in exchange for dessert and the doctor who gives the child a lollipop for being a “brave boy/girl”, right up to colleagues buying chocolates as thank yous. I’m guilty of it myself! Just last week I gave a group of girls in my science class each a packet of Whispers for coming first in the quiz (hence the extra packet of Whispers lying around). This is not a novel idea. When I did a simple Google search, I found numerous studies and research that has been done into the topic. Bottom line: using food as a reward perpetuates a bad psychological cycle.

So this week I’m going to try and avoid using food as a reward. I might have the odd “nice-to-have” (remember the balance) but it’s going to be just that, a nice-to-have, not a reward. Instead of the reward, I’m going to focus on how far I’ve come and how good I feel and try to take that as reward in itself.

Happy moving and munching!


Spicy lamb koftas with minted yoghurt

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I love these Gordon Ramsay inspired lamb koftas! They’re tender, juicy and are perfectly complemented by the minted yoghurt. Best of all, they are so easy to make!!


  • 500g extra lean lamb mince
  • a handful of mint
  • 1 onion (preferably red)
  • 1 Tbsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 lime – zested
  • 200ml natural yoghurt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • salt
  • Sultanas (optional)
  1. Quarter the onion and put it in a food processor along with the chilli, tumeric, fennel, black pepper, cloves and half the mint.
  2. Pulse until finely chopped – but not pureed.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the onion mix with the mince and add the egg yolk.
  4. Divide the mixture into eight even sized balls
  5. Flatten the ball slightly to form a patty (the “flatter” the ball, the faster and more thoroughly it cooks)
  6. Fry each of the patties in 1 Tbsp of olive oil until brown on the outside and thoroughly cooked through (about 10 minutes depending on the size and thickness)
  7. While the patties are cooking, finely chop the remaining mint and add it along with the lime zest to the yoghurt
  8. Serve the koftas with the minted yoghurt, sultanas and some steamed vegetables

17 Day Diet: 1st week down!

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1 week, 4kg’s down!!! Let me just say that again… 1 week, 4kg’s down!

It’s getting much easier I must say! Apart from the fact that I’m incredibly sore from the workouts (a good feeling actually), I feel great! I’ve got more energy, I don’t get hungry during the day, I don’t crave things like sweets and chocolates anymore and best of all, I’m starting to feel the change! Honestly, this is probably partly to do with the supplement that I have been taking lately. I started it on Saturday and I’ve noticed that I’m not as hungry during the day. I’m going home with lunch that I haven’t finished rather than going home and looking for something to eat!

What has been a great help is I’m actually enjoying the food, simple as it may be.

I have a fruit and yoghurt for breakfast, followed by another fruit and yoghurt as a snack (bout 2 – 3 hours later). I’ve found that a nice yoghurt to use is Parmalat’s Fabulite. This is a yoghurt that is fruit flavoured but is fat free and has no added sugar.

Lunch usually consists of a salad with copious amounts of free veggies and either tuna (a nice tuna to get is the one in brine with lemon and black pepper added, alternatively, mix in some fat free cottage cheese) or grilled chicken. Recently I introduced a bit of cous cous (half a cup) on a Tuesday and Thursday, just because they are 14 hour days, so I’d like something a bit more substantial.

Supper options include grilled fish and veggies, chicken stirfry, steamed chicken pockets, prawn stirfry (when Woolies has a prawn special :P) or even fillet steak and veggies to name a few.  I usually buy the pre-packed stirfry veggies, just because I don’t have time to julienne veggies during the week, but it’s probably better to do your own. I’m not going to stick to something if it’s going to be too much like hard work, especially during the week (as much as I love cooking)! There’s a trick to buying ready prepared though, you need to look for the ones that don’t have potatoes and butternut in (not allowed in the first cycle).

Keep an eye out. I promise to post lots of recipes this week! The first being a delicious chunky vegetable soup.

Happy moving and munching 🙂