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?


Posted by:Ashley

10 replies on ““Never Trust a Skinny Chef.” : Why you won’t see baked goods here for the next few weeks

  1. Hi Ashley,
    I’m almost in the same boat, baking goodies all the time for my blog, but fortunately for me, it’s not my job. I haven’t been baking as healthily as I sort of vowed to do (to myself) with the new year. Damn resolutions! But…I’ve been trying to give all my stuff away after just a small taste, and it seems to be helping me to also think of it as art, and that I’m an artist. So the rule is that an artist never eats his painting, or paint. Don’t know if this will help in the long term, but in the last few months, it has seemed to help a little to view food blogging and baking this way.
    Hope that helps!

    1. Thank you Dave!

      I like your take on it, I might keep that in mind actually. That way you can still enjoy the act but not feel the guilt. That is, if you have self control 😉

  2. > Oh wow! I’ve been reading your posts for months now and your recipes look so good and are so creative, it’s true that you need to be conscious of your weight and eat the right portions so good luck! I’m also on a [tough!] journey to lose some weight…so far it’s been a roller coaster ride for me, I don’t seem to keep off the weight, is the diet and exercise all that you’re doing?

    > >

    1. Hi!

      Thank you for following and reading along, and sorry for the late reply!

      I actually hired a personal trainer a year ago, did that for about 18 sessions so that I could learn how to have proper form, and learn about all the basics so that I could carry on doing it alone (properly!). It was one of the best investments of my life for sure. It helps motivate you when you know what you’re doing and gain confidence.

      When the weather permits- I run. Winter makes it difficult, but I run a couple times week for about 6-8 kms, strength training at the gym, and watching your eating. If you monitor your food intake you can help get rid of the excess fat now, but also ensure you aren’t gaining any more of it. Then in comes the cardio and strength training and there you have it.

      It’s not an easy task, I know. It becomes more of a lifestyle than anything, it’s true what they say. Best of luck to you in your journey and thank you for commenting!


  3. Hi Ashley, are you going to follow any particular program? Going vegan? I’m currently on vacation but decided that when I get back I want to focus on posting more heart healthy recipes (mostly vegan) on my blog. I’ll still post the decadent desserts, but will try to encourage people to find balance. I wish you all the best on your journey towards better health!! ~ Martine

    1. Hi Martine!

      I am basically just paying close attention to my calorie intake each day, and paying attention to how much I burn during exercise. Portioning my carbs and proteins and allowing as much fruit and veggies as I want. I don’t meet the goals every single day, but it’s making me more aware and responsible.

      Good luck in your new recipe adventure too, I’ll be watching and perhaps trying your recipes! Looking forward to it. I’ll be doing the same. Id like to experiment more with ingredient substitutions!

      Have fun, and thanks for your comments as always,


  4. Hey we are in the same boat! It’s hard to stay away from all that sugary and carb goodness but the results are worth it 🙂 good luck 😉

  5. Your delicious pictures caught my eye, but after reading posts and comments I’m going to stick around. Great blog!

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