Our 3rd week eating strictly LCHF is going great! It’s been a pleasure to fill my body with real food and my hubby is still on board and even enthusiastic! (who would have thought…?)
My husband loves asian food tho, and really misses his rice and noodles, so I knew I had to find something nice for his work lunch.
My husband studies mechanical engineering full time at DTU (Danish Technical University), but because I’m on maternity leave and the funds at home are quite low (it’s not cheap with a baby btw!), he has gotten a “student” job as a teacher at Roskilde Technical College – which also means even less hours at home. And to be sure he keeps his energy levels up – I make him a scrumpcious LCHF lunch every day. (I mean it’s the least I can do for my hubby who works so hard!)
A little tip:
Put the salad i a glass jar. It’s pretty and easy to clean. Be sure to put the dressing at the bottom and then the rest on top, that way when you pour it on a plate, the dressing will come out on top (and the salad wont be soggy!)
Asian-inspired hot smoked salmon salad
Asian salad - perfect for one of those loooooong days at work!
Five years ago I weighed 30 kgs more then I do today! Wow even writing it is unreal…
I was really unhappy about the way I looked and felt – I wasn’t at ease with my body.
And inbetween then and now, I have even been pregnant and on maternity leave and the weight is still dropping. And I owe it all to LCHF! (lowcarb highfat)
To cut the story short my husband and I had been diagnosed “involuntary infertile”, meaning we had tried for 10+ years to get pregnant and had been unsuccessful, even with IVF etc., so we gave up and concentrated on other things in our lives, careers, school, travelling, friends and our fur babies…
….and I started concentrating on my health.
I had “piled on the pounds” after all the hormones, emotional eating and depression of not being pregnant and I felt unhappy with myself. I also have the diagnosis’ PCO (poly-cycstic ovaries) and Endometriosis, and googling this showed me I should be eating much more lowcarb to better take care of myself (Thank you for mentioning that doctors!!!)
I googled and found some, though not as many as there is today, lowcarb websites and so my LCHF-journey had begun.
Returning to a more natural way of eating (no processed foods) helped us get pregnant!
I have no doubt what so ever, that I owe my pregnancy to LCHF.
That being said – my husband never really joined me on my lowcarb-journey – but that has all changed now… as we both have been eating strictly lowcarb for the last week and the results are staggering!! He has dropped 5 kg and I have dropped 2,5 kg(I have already been eating lowcarb).
Strictly LCHF (lowcarb Highfat) means eating less then 50 g of carbs each day (and less then 20 if possible) – so no pasta, rice, potatoes or bread.
The last one is the toughest one for us – I LOVE bread, but it does nothing good for my body! And also it means eating more fats (the good kind – avocadoes, fish, olives, nuts in moderation, but also butter, mayo, cheese, fatty meats and sauces… YUM!)
For me lowcarb was tough to stay on, but LCHF keeps me full longer and so I don’t have the same chance of falling back into the sugar trap.
I also make meal-plans for the week, so I know what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. It helps us to stay away from spontaneous decisions in the supermarket that always turn out unhealthy.
This week, our mealplan has been like this:
Mealplan – week 1 of LCHF:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with ham
Dinner: Bolognese with broccoli and pesto
Breakfast: Omelet with bacon and springonion
Lunch: Macrel and hardboiled eggs
Dinner: Chickenbreast with roasted kale and tomato salad
Breakfast: Salad with beef and mayonaise
Lunch: Smoked salmon with asparagus and sourcream
Dinner: Green tacos with beef
Breakfast: Ham-rolls with cheesefilling
Lunch: Greek salad
Dinner: Salmon with cauliflower-mash
Breakfast: Stuffed peppers
Lunch: Shrimp salad
Dinner: Ham with green beans and broccoli
Breakfast: Omelet with roasted red peppers and bacon
Lunch: Ceasars salad
Dinner: Entrecoté with kale/fennikel salad and green beans
Breakfast: Chia-porridge with raspberries
Dinner Salad-burgers with greenbean-fries and mayo.
Jane Faerber is my LCHF-goddess!!! If you don’t know her, try visiting her website : www.madbanditten.dk
I get alot of inspiration from her website. She creates the most amazing LCHF-recipes and has a lot of the nutritional-mumbo-jumbo in details of why lowcarb works compared to other diets. And I wouldn’t even call LCHF a diet – for us it is simply a way of life!
Going to visit my sister Nettie in Harrogate (North of England) today. I’m a bit anxious about travelling with a baby, and have pinned pretty much every pin on pinterest about travelling with a baby! But I’m sure it will be alright. Actually I’m travelling with my mother as well, and I’m almost just as nervous about that hehe…. (she gets very easily stressed…. so that will be interesting!)…
I always get so nostalgic thinking of my sister so far away…
My family really means everything to me – but isn’t definded by “blood” as I am a proud step-mother to two beautiful grown-children 🙂 and auntie to two great children as well…
As a mom on maternity leave I am always looking for new experiences for me and Dianna.
Bobles is a danish innovative toy company. They make toys/furniture to help children explore their body and it’s functions, and at the same time make their development fun!!
We had a visit from the child-nurse (the danish state offers 5 visits from a child-nurse in your childs first year to help if you have any questions or are insecure about something to help prevent post-pardum depression and trouble for children later in life) – and she commented that Dianna could use some more strengthening of her back and neck muscles.
Our little princess HATES lying on her stomach, but of course we try and put her down as often as she will let us. It’s tough though, as I hate it when she cries, but as the nurse puts it – it’s time for some tough love!
Bobles, Nordic film and Lego have made a maternity break event – where mothers and children can come to a movie theatre and see a special movie about child motor-development and also receive a very nice giftbag! And of course me and Dianna are going! It’s tomorrow and I’m very excited.
The tickets were ripped away in a few hours, so I feel very fortunate that I had signed up for their newsletter (scroll down to the bottom of their website), where they advertised about the event.
A little movie they made…. Woot – can’t wait to go! I hope Dianna has fun! I’ll let you know what I thought of the event…
Do you have any good tips or advice for strengthening Dianna’s back- and neck muscles??
We had a lot of compliments on Diannas christening last weekend! Alot of our friends and family mentioned how it was really kid-friendly and fun! They commented that it was nice to be at a “grown-up” party, where we had taken alot of consideration for the children attending the party. We had invited 45 people and out of those 10 were children, from ages 3 – 10 years.
We knew from the start we didn’t want a boring (sorry!), sit-down luncheon with white napkins and placecards, so we opted for a garden party, where the dress was casual and fun.
Here are some of my tips to make your baby’s christening more fun!
One of the best things we did was to have the christening early. The church service started promptly at 9.30, which meant that the party could begin before 11. For families with children this is great, as the kids will have lots of energy and usually be in a cheerier mood in the early afternoon. And it means more time to have fun!!
Be sure that there is food for the kids. Fancy sandwiches or spicy food is not food for children. They prefer finger-foods like sausage- or pizzarolls (and usually a couple of the grown-ups will eat some as well…), carrot- and cucumbersticks with dip or chips and guacamole works great as well. We served sausagerolls and pizzabagels and they were all gone when the party was over! A big hit!!
Like with Food – make sure you have drinks for the kids. It doesn’t have to be soda, but make it easy for them to get themselves (the parents will thank you!) – for example if the weather is good; slush-ice or lemonade. Grown-ups love slush-ice too!!! And you could make a grownup version of lemonade with alcohol in it as well – but be sure you can tell them apart! 😉
Keep them busy
Children get easily bored and when there are more children, usually it takes a bit of time for them to get over the shyness and start playing together. You can help them get over their shyness if you start an activity with them. For Diannas christening I wanted her to have a momento for her room, so we bought art supplies so the children at the party could paint her a picture for her room. It was a great succes! It doesn’t have to be painting tho – you could set up games in the garden like twister or crocket (if your garden is big enough). It’s a great way for the children to keep busy, so the grown-ups can talk without having to keep them occupied all the time!
A great way to combine keeping the children busy and creating great memories from the christening is to buy some disposible cameras. If there are some older children, fx. 10+ years, you can ask them to take pictures of the guests and presents etc.
We also set up a photobooth and my sister Nettie bought some photobooth-props – and not only the kids took pictures, let me tell you! And you can share the pictures on instagram/snapchat/facebook with #hashtags# 🙂
Especially the teenagers (and women) liked this! My husband thought it was rather silly
– but I loved it!
The great outdoors
I was so happy we decided to have Diannas christening as a garden party and would recommend it to anyone (ok maybe not in december!). There is plenty of room for the kids to run around and play. It beats sitting in a stuffy room on a chair! People can get up and walk around your garden and enjoy the sun and air. And you know I find that people become more social if they are allowed to move around and are outside. It’s especially good if your guests don’t all know eachother.
It’s not easy for all children (depending on their age) to give away presents. It takes time to learn that not all presents are for you. Allow some of the smaller children to help unwrap presents. It includes them in the excitement, and besides… your child is too small anyway to understand that someone else is unwrapping their presents. This includes everyone (big and small) in the fun!
Although I am not at devoted christian, I had no doubt that I wanted our Dianna christened. Both Brian and I have both been christened and every child in my family is christened.
Our local church is beautiful and so full of local history. Slangerup (loosely translated to Snakeville) was a small merchant town in the 1600’s on the way to becoming a centre of commerce with a cathedral in the north of Zealand (north-eastern part of Denmark), but unfortunatly Roskilde beat us for the title and is today home of the Cathedral in north Zealand. However the Snakeville church is still so beautiful, as they had already begun working on it, before the decision was final!
We had a wonderful day. It was very important to us, that Diannas christening was a fun day, very unformal – and so we chose to have a garden party in our own garden, where the kids could run around on the grass and we could serve sandwiches and icecream and people could help themselves to drinks in our fridge.
It was a great succes! Especially the kids were happy. They ran around playing. And to keep them busy I had bought supplies for them to paint a painting for Diannas room. It turned out great!!
Since I am a pagan by choice later in my life, I was christened too as a child, as is every child in my family. I wouldn’t say that we’re especially religious or christian in my family, but it is rather tradition. And I didn’t want Dianna to miss out on this, because of my faith.
The ceremony in the church was really short (30 min.), and the priest kept the talk brimstone, hellfire and jesus to a minimum, and the hymns were chosen in accordance to the season (songs of sommer and how the nature around us is changing) – which fits very well with my beliefs.
I know that some would probably not have chosen to get the child christened, being a pagan themselves, but for me the family tradition was important to respect. And I know that if we had just had a “naming-ceremony” some of my “elder” family members would have chosen not to attend, and I wanted them to be there.
My youngest sister Nettie is Diannas Godmother. I really like the idea of choosing a godmother for your child. I am godmother for my niece Annabella, and I see it as my “job” to look out for her best interest and help her out in life with all her questions and should she ever need help to be there for her; to love her no matter what and accept her for who she is and will become.
The christian idea of a godmother is very much related to the religion, teaching the verses and leading the way to God – and infact I see a godmothers role for Dianna quite the same, but in a much bigger perspective – not only in regards to ONE religion, but in regards to life. And I know my sister feels the same!
She gave Dianna such a beautiful gift. A specially made pillow with a vow from her to Dianna, and a beautiful bracelet with her first diamond (’cause a girl has got to have her BLING!) from Molly Brown.
Dianna received so many beautiful presents and Oh the cards!!!! Mummy here had of course forgotten to put on her waterproof mascara, so by the time I was done reading the cards, I was all panda-eyed!
It was a gorgous day filled with so much laughter, fun and love! I really liked that we had kept the preparations to a minimum and just focused on keeping it informal and fun for the kids.
As entertainment I set up a photobooth station where we could #diannasdåb (= diannas christening) and we set out disposable cameras on the tables so we could get some out of the ordinary photographs. We’re still waiting on them to be developed, so we’ll see how they turned out. We got this idea from our wedding (13 years ago – YIKES!), where it was a big succes!
What did you do to make your childs christening extra special??
Warm your milk on the stove to luke-warm and add the yeast.
Then pour liquid butter and egg to the mixture and stir.
Finally add the flour, sugar and salt and knead to a dough.
Let the dough raise for aprox. 30 min.
When your dough has risen, knead it through again and divide into 4 pieces.
Roll out the dough pieces one at a time to a circle about 25 cm in diameter, and cover the first 3 circles with a layer of Nutella or other spreadable chocolate.
The final piece is put on top to cover the 3 other layers.
Let the dough rest again for about 20 min. this time.
Now comes the fun part! When the dough has risen again, cut the cake out into 8 pieces, like on the picture. (It can be helpful to put a glas or something in the middle, so you cut it the same length).
Now twist the sides like on the picture and press the ends together.
When you’ve done that to all the pieces, let the cake rise (again!!!) for 20 min.
Brush the cake (is that a real term??!) with milk or eggwhite and bake in the preheated oven for 20 min.
(Very important not to bake it longer, as the chocolate won’t taste as sweet)
Serve with a nice scoop of vanilla ice-cream or sourcream.
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Why did I choose the star shape for Lughnasadh? Well actually if you look a bit closer, it is an 8-pointed star, which for me symbolizes the wiccan wheel of the year, with 8 sabbats. You could also say that the eight-pointed star symbolizes north, south, east and west as well as the 2 solstices and 2 equinoxes.
The 8-pointed star symbolizes many different things for different cultures and religions.