First week RESET meal plan

 

Wow, I didn’t appreciate how much work and time I’m putting into this meal plan and shopping list! It is not perfect yet – but it is nearly there!

I’ll finish the shopping list tomorrow and update it here on the blog as I had to do some last minute changes to the plan, to make sure it’s up to Elana’s standards. For the meanwhile, have a look at the meal plan and let me know what you think.

During the week I will post the recipes for the day which are marked with a star* next to them.

Week 1 meal planner

The only way I can do it and stick to the plan is if I’m ready, have all my ingredients and some preparation has been done. So to makes things easier, tomorrow (Sunday), I will start preparing for the week ahead by cooking some chicken breast in a slow cooker to shred over some of the meals during the week, as well as breakfast muffins, vegetables noodles and cauliflower rice.

…..And now I’m off to bed zzzzz

Good night, sleep well

Two Healthy Cookies

 

What are we doing?

I am so excited, the blog is on and the RESET program is taking shape.

There is so much to learn and so much to do, I can’t wait to share our plan with you and see your comments and results.

So what is RESET?

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At the Market

Elana and I are sharing our eating plan in order for me (and whoever would like to join) to lose some excess weight and body fat. We are not gearing after dramatic and unhealthy weight loss, we are trying to stress the importance of wellbeing and get into the habits of healthy eating, healthy cooking and an overall healthy lifestyle.

To be honest I would like to transform my kitchen slowly but surely into a Health Ashram….hahaha , but that is for another time… meanwhile with so many diets and food crazes around ( Atkins, Paleo, South Beach and the latest is the Sirt food diet), we chose to follow the guideline of a Low-GI diet based upon low sugar and low carbs.

So I asked Elana, what is low-GI all about?

Here is her explanation:

“By eating this way, we improve our insulin sensitivity and are able to keep our insulin levels to a minimum. In the short term, this will prevent those awful peaks and dips in our energy levels throughout the day; prevent cravings and the need for an afternoon nap. In the long-term we will be able to control and lose excess weight; prevent or control chronic diseases of lifestyle such as PCOS, Diabetes type 11, hypercholesterolemia and hypertension. This group of symptoms caused by insulin resistance has been named Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome as it affects many organs in the body such as adrenal glands, pancreas, heart and kidneys.”

ALL BECAUSE OF WHAT WE CHOOSE TO PUT INTO OUR MOUTHS.

So get yourselves ready for our first weekly meal plan and shopping list coming to our blog tomorrow night, 9th January 2016.IMG_9569 (2)

Healthy cooking everyone and Shabbat Shalom!

Karin & Elana

Two Healthy Cookies 

 

My First Ever Blog….

Food is a big source of pleasure in my life, I enjoy the preparation, garnishing, presentation, aroma, texture, quality of ingredients,  and everything that comes with it. I started teaching cookery five years ago for both kids and adults and over the years I have developed a love of healthy food, wholesome ingredients, fresh flavours and the nutrients that come with it. I also started my little catering business out of the enjoyment of seeing people indulge in my food creations. At the same time something went wrong and while I fed everyone with my beautiful food I was stuffing my body with a quick fix of sugar and carbs to keep me going! The kilograms started adding up with my busy life routine and I realised that I needed to do something about it and fast…  I thought to myself that my body deserves better!!

So with a wish to lose some weight, I decided to go to a dietitian, I had heard so much about Elana Hirschowitz and decided to give her plan a go myself.IMG_8572 (2)Her method worked and I started shedding some kilograms and developed an awareness for eating the good carbs and quitting the white stuff… In addition, I learned about new food and how it affects our bodies.

It was so easy to talk to Elana  and we found that we had so much in common, mainly the love of good food. When Elana offered me the opportunity to write a book together with her I couldn’t have been happier. I thought the best way to start our new adventure would be to start with a blog where everyone can enjoy our work, watch my weight loss progress and healthy eating routine and leave us some comments and support.

So that’s how ‘two healthy cookies’ was born. This is where we celebrate our love for healthy food and wellbeing.

I know losing weight is not always easy, but in my opinion, starting to eat healthier is more manageable as it can actually also be delicious. I love exploring with new food and exciting possibilities and when that leads to associated weight loss, so much the better.

You too can make the entire family join you (without them noticing, hopefully…) by being a role-model and eating nutritious meals together.

I also think that joining me in my challenge and doing it together will give us all the support and encouragement that we need and make eating well extremely easy by following Elana’s low GI plan  and my menus and recipes.

I will start my process by following a healthy diet, but one that I can stick to eating mainly fresh, home cooked food with low-GI ingredients.

One of the secrets of success is planning ahead, and I will therefore publish a shopping list for the week ahead to give you the opportunity to have all you need ready to go in your fridge, I will also be cooking bigger portions to encourage you to freeze meals for later in the week.

So with all of that in mind I’m going to get working, writing and cooking…

Happy and healthy 2016 everyone and I hope to see you soon again

Karin x