Absolute Beginners

Well, that’s been a bit of weird week.  Losing both David Bowie and Alan Rickman in the space of a few days seemed really shocking.  They were both artists I admired greatly and the world is a poorer place for neither of them still being in it.

I did play with the Sirtfood diet – I didn’t follow it to the letter –  the amount of juicing required for the week while working full time just wasn’t manageable, and it recommends not eating after 7pm – I’m lucky to be home by then!  So instead I tried to incorporate Sirtfoods into my usual diet to see if that would help.  However there was a spate of birthdays and associated cakes in the office and my willpower deserted me at times.

I did do some juicing – the first batch I made using a juicer a friend lent me – and it was quite tedious.  I had to juice the greens about three times to get anywhere near enough juice, and the time to clean the machine… zzzz…..  The second batch I made in my lovely new slow juicer and it was great!  I only needed to juice the greens once and I got loads of juice out of it.  The pulp was really dry and it’s not too awful to clean either.  I have been juicing all sorts of things since!

I was highly surprised to find I’d lost 3.5lb this week.  The book reckons if you follow the plan properly you will lose around 5lb, but improve your muscle mass making a ‘muscle gain adjusted weight loss’ of 7lb, so I am really pleased.  I will continue to incorporate Sirt foods into my diet and I will include the juice – just not every week!  I have ordered some buckwheat and sobu noodles to be able to do some of the recommended recipes properly as well, rather than doing random substitutions.

If I have time off I will try and do the full week one and with associated juicing, but for the moment I shall make sure to follow the principles and incorporate more sirtuin rich foods into my diet.





Green day

So the book arrived, delivered by the Amazon elves while I slept, and I’ve made the first juice.

It is made from kale, rocket, parsley, apple, celery and lemon juice, plus matcha green tea.  It doesn’t taste too bad, but I can see why on other forums people have advised against using a nutribullet or blender rather than a juicer as there’s a lot of pulp left from the greens.   You’d have to do an awful lot of sieving to get rid of the bits.

The book says there should be about 50ml juice from the greens – I didn’t get quite that much but it wasn’t far off.  The recipe does use handfuls so it’s clearly not an exact science.   However my kitchen does now look as though I had a slight explosion with the grass collector on my lawn mower. The celery and apple give a lot more volume of liquid.

It is a bit of a faff, and for the first three days you are meant to have 3 juices dropping down to 2 for the rest of the week.  The book says you can prepare them in advance and it keeps it’s nutritional properties for 3 days, so I’ll definitely be making this in batches.

I doubt I’ll be following this precisely as the volume of juicing while working full-time will be a bit tricky, however the meal recipes look interesting I’ll definitely be incorporating them into my repertoire.

If these sirtuin-rich foods are really wonder foods, then eating more of them must have health benefits, even if I don’t get the associated weight-loss with following the plan religiously.  I’ll keep you updated!



New year, new post

Wow, it’s been a while – didn’t realise it had been quite so long.  Hello, happy (belated) new year.

When I started this blog last year it wasn’t focussed on anything in particular, but soon became dating tales interspersed with cooking and other randomness.

I was aiming last year to lose a bit of weight (to buy a fabulous dress) and find a boyfriend in time for a Christmas Eve wedding.   Well, the wedding was cancelled, and there’s still not bloke permanently on the scene (I may bore you with the details another day) but I did manage to lose some weight (hurrah!) and also got a couple of lovely frocks.  So two out of three’s not bad…..

Anyway, post Christmas and New Year over-indulgence, I realised a few of the banished pounds have found their way back home.  I am determined to get rid of them again, and a few more besides.  A new wedding invitation has arrived for the summer, so that’s another incentive.

I have been following with interest the almost-hysteria currently in the UK press about the Sirtfood diet.  The press have jumped on to this because it allows dark chocolate, red wine and coffee among other, perhaps less surprising, food stuffs.

The authors of The Health Delusion have now written The Sirtfood Diet, which they claim is more about health and well-being than dieting.  Although it does say “diet” in the title….

They devised the eating programme and then trialled it on a number of clients at the gym in London where they work as consultants.  The trial of a eating regime high in sirt-rich foods was meant to aid cellular repair and rejuvenation – but also had the side effect of those on the trial losing an average of 7 lbs in a week and feeling far more energised. 

Their trial included meals being provided for those involved and cost £1,500.  Ouch.  However they’ve now published the book – £8 on amazon or £5 for the kindle version – which outlines the research and science behind it, and shares a 7 day detox and then a maintenance plan.  (The detox definitely restricts calories so there should be an element of weight loss anyway.)

The eating plan is high in “sirt-rich foods” which activate proteins called sirtuins in the body.  Sirtuins regulate biological processes such as aging, cellular death, inflammation and metabolism and protect cells from dying when they are under stress.  According to the research, sirtfoods mimic the effects of fasting and exercise, can speed up weight loss and counterbalance the effects of junk food.

The book lists 20 sirtfoods, which include blueberries, parsley, turmeric, walnuts, rocket, soy, green tea, celery, chilli, kale, apples, buckwheat, capers, extra virgin olive oil, turmeric and red onion.  I haven’t actually got the book yet (debating hard copy vs kindle) but have been googling like mad about it and reading lots of reviews.  I do like the science behind it, and I actually like a lot of the foodstuffs that are sirt-rich, and as you can use the foodstuffs to compliment an existing healthy eating regime, I thought it might actually be achievable; although I’m not expecting to lose half a stone in the first week.

The detox week includes, alongside proper meals, “green juices” which include all kinds of healthy options, and require a juicer.  As I saw Aldi were doing a special on slow juicers (better to get juice from kale, rocket and other leafy stuff than ordinary juicers) I decided to buy one.  It was the last one in the shop so was clearly meant to be….. 🙂

I shall spend the weekend reading the book,  buying healthy food stuffs and juicing anything I can get my hands on (don’t worry, the cat’s safe).

Wish me luck – I’ll let you know how I get on…..