As you can see from my posts over the past year- I make and eat a lot of baked goods. This is probably why you follow me here, to see these delicious baked goods on your computer screen and maybe even try out a recipe or two. But I’m here today to tell you that I’m going on a strict eating plan for the next few weeks, so don’t be expecting any freakin’ pies, okay? I’ve spent the last few months whipping up all sorts of indulgent things in my tiny little kitchen, but it’s time for a change. I’ll still be here and I’ll still share recipes with you, but you’ll notice a different theme going forward: extremely clean eats, portioned and all. If you’d told me even last month that I should eat the suggested serving size on the back of the pasta box (or the wrapper on the block of cheese, *smirk*) rather than three or four times that, I would’ve laughed at you.
“What? You want me to starve?!”
“What am I, a rabbit?!”
But the truth is: I’ve been going to the gym (and taking it seriously) for the past year and a bit, and I’m in the best physical shape of my adult life, but… for the past few months it’s been a depressing -20 C outside, I haven’t been able to run the usual 24 km per week I’m used to since bloody November, and even with gyming several times a week- that little jiggle you used to feel around the midsection starts to creep back into your life.
So you start to look at those suggested portion sizes on that packaging, and think to yourself- jesus, I’m a pig aren’t I?!
“But it’s not my fault I love food so much! I’m a chef! It’s my job!“
Okay, well I do have a point there, it is kind of (completely) my job to prepare, taste, and serve: food. But that’s no real excuse for not watching the portions I’m eating as my actual meals. So thus begins a little journey in the life of Ash. A calorie counting, portioning-food-into-baggies, take-responsibility-for-what-goes-into-my-mouth, learning curve. This will not be fun in the beginning, but once I feel light and great again it’ll be worth it. Why let all that hard work at the gym go to waste? I intend to stick to the same meals and items for the first week, but as I branch out and create better tasting stuff that’s within my ‘allowance’ I will share the tasty ones with you.
They say “never trust a skinny chef”, but a chef who’s in great health, feeling clean, and not dancing around in puddles of butter- probably isn’t such a bad thing.
So no baked goodies for now. Wish me luck?