WEEK FIVE:
SUNDAY 23 June
{Poached eggs with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon} – another early walk this morning meant that I did not make this – grabbed a banana and the 12 cashews from morning snack time.
Long Black Espresso Coffee with full cream milk – times 2!
{Chicken breast, 12 cashew nuts}
Green Super Salad with Turkey and some hummus
{Clean and Lean Wrap}
{Turkey, 1/2 green pepper}
Lamb Cutlets with chermoula dip and roast courgettes, this was a great meal to share with the family, the little boys loved the lamb cutlets and the chilli on the zucchini was delicious.
I made an Italian Jam Crostata for dessert, not C&L at all, but something for Georgia and Benny to enjoy and then take home.  Of course I had a sliver with some berries, but no cream.
Marcus made me rethink my no alcohol policy when he made a Campari Soda before dinner tonight – I would have loved one!!!

MONDAY 24 June
Poached Egg with Asparagus and Parmesan, really enjoyed this as it is similar to an old favourite where I poached lightly then baked the eggs on the asparagus drizzled with butter and Parmesan
Turkey and 5 walnuts, subbed pecans
Red and Yellow salad with Mackeral  ( good quality tinned Mackeral )
{Smoked salmon with 1/4 Avocado} no time for this but had some macadamias
Balinese Steamed Fish, served with Spinach – this was fantastic steamed in the bamboo steamer on a bed of lemon leaves from the tree in the courtyard.
Nibbled on some Quinoa crispbreads after dinner, feeling peckish.

TUESDAY 25 June
Perfect porridge with berries,  yoghurt and almonds – this was quick and easy and a favourite!  Orange rind a delicious addition.
Had two coffees on the way in as had time to relax over them before heading into work.
Chicken breast and 12 Cashews – timely snack
Clean and Lean Wrap – variation on this roughly wrapping cucumber and turkey in a lettuce leaf with a smear of Hummus.
Beef Slices and 1/4 cucumber – another timely snack that should get me through to dinner,
Feeling very C&L today!
12 macadamia nuts
Grilled Chicken and Radicchio Salad

WEDNESDAY 26 June
Mixed things up quite a bit today getting back to some of the Kickstart meals and plan.
{Buckwheat and Blueberry Pancakes} Egg,Broccoli and Tomato breakfast this morning.
{Chicken and 6 Pecans}, 12 Cashews
{Cold Lamb Salad}, Spinach, Avocado and Smoked Salmon Salad with Seeds, followed by an Atkins Bar and Espresso Coffee
{Chicken and 1/2 sliced tomato}, Blueberries
{Roast Chicken, Kale, rice, avocado}, Macadamias; Quinoa and Vegetables with 6 Prawn Cutlets tossed in Coconut Oil
Frozen berries with non fat yoghurt.

THURSDAY 27 June
{Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and asparagus}, no time – Quinoa porridge with Almond Milk, mixed berries and chopped Almonds
 Long Black Espresso Coffee with full cream milk
Almonds
Turkey breast, iceberg lettuce, hummus
 {Green Super Salad with grilled chicken (leftover roast chicken)}
{Turkey and 1/4 cucumber}
    Blueberries
Grilled Steak with Rocket and Tomato Salad

FRIDAY 28 June
Quinoa Porridge with Mixed berries
 Long Black Espresso Coffee with full cream milk
Turkey, spinach and Avocado
Blueberries
{Spinach salad with Smoked Salmon and Avocado}
{Chicken with almonds}
{Delicious Puy Lentil Salad}
Arrived at Metung, beaten by Matt and Gab who had prepared a roast lamb and vegetables dinner for us all, it was good but did not feel so C&L to me.  We ate mixed nuts prior to dinner and I over indulged here! But, no alcohol and so I felt good,

SATURDAY 29 June. The holidays begin and I am fearful that I will not be able to maintain the C&L approach with so much socialising and feeding people at Metung.
Gab and I walked into Metung, a bit over an hour and 20 minutes so we had breakfast there, meeting the boys who had driven in.
I had a Roast Almond Muesli served with some fresh strawbs, yoghurt and milk and enjoyed my long black coffee.
We lunched at the pub in Lake Tyers where I had a Vietnamese salad with fresh grilled Squid.
Dinner was as C&L as I could make it- Wild Rice Salad with red and yellow peppers and avocado and the Super Green Salad. We had with prawns and an organic chicken that Marcus splayed and grilled on the bbq.
While we played cards and they at chocolates I nibbled on some blueberries!

WEEK SIX:
SUNDAY 30 June
I made a pan full of Scrambled Eggs for our breakfast with baked tomatoes. I had a head of broccoli that I ate with mine and a slice of Spelt Bread toasted with some butter. Home prepared Long Black with milk to finish.
Lunch was left over salads with some prawns.
Dinner was left over chicken, lamb and baked veg all reheated and served with leftover salads.

MONDAY 1 July
The local ‘Power Porridge’ ticks all of the C&L boxes and so I enjoyed a bowl of this with Almond Milk and Strawberries.
Coffee in Bairnsdale this morning, nuts for morning snack.
Spinach and Avocado salad with the end of the Prawns for lunch.
@@@ bit of a lapse as I could no longer resist the choc bullets sitting on the side table since Saturday night and a few chocolates.
C&L Minestrone soup for dinner with a slice of toasted Spelt Bread and butter, followed by some berries and yoghurt.

TUESDAY 2 July
Power Porridge as yesterday then into Metung where I enjoyed not one, but two cups of Coffee!
Nuts
C&L Minestrone soup for lunch, followed by some hummus with veggie sticks and lavosh (some wheat here I realise, but in a healthy form)
Working outside I did not break for a snack but had some nuts before dinner.
Smoked Trout served on a bed of Spinach, cucumber and red pepper with a delicious Asian dressing, home made, followed by Salmon grilled on the bbq served with an avocado salsa and wilted spinach.

WEDNESDAY 3 July
Breakfast in Bed: fruit salad( papaya, banana, strawbs and raspberries) with yoghurt and seeds.  Egg white omelette with Zucchini and spring onion.
Coffee in town.
6 Brazil nuts
Lunched on leftover Salmon and salad
Feeling on track with the C&L eating once again and it feels good! It is easy when it is just the two of us with all of the support I am getting from Marcus who can clearly see the changes in my physical self and the associated boost to my self esteem.
Pre dinner drink ( Lime and Soda ) with some nuts, tzatziki, celery sticks and lavosh chips.
Some of Tina’s dumplings
C&L Minestrone soup for dinner with Spelt Bread toasted and buttered.
I am feeling really excited that Imogen is trialling a sugar free diet for Eli and Zac in a bid to have a positive effect on their behaviour.  I am sure it will make a difference!  She is being really creative with their food and making it easy for them to have a healthy snack when they are hungry.  She is also stepping up on the inclusion of quinoa and cha in her own diet with less than 3 months to go before the birth of her little girl.

THURSDAY 4 July
Quinoa porridge with strawberries and Almond Milk
Long Black Espresso Coffee with full cream milk
In the car for our drive into Melbourne, nibbled on some nuts and bought a garden salad with avocado in Yarragon.
Arrived in Prahran around 4:00pm and I grabbed a mandarin from reception to tide me over til our late dinner at Saigon Sally’s.
We had the banquet meal that began with kingfish in betel leaves, followed by a really light and lovely Vietnamese Chicken Salad. After this came some prawn meat cooked in pandanas leaves – little parcels to unwrap and dip into a thickish sweet soy mixture.
Waghu Beef cooked rare and served in a ponzu sauce scattered with pomegranate seeds; this came with a dish of pork belly in a strong braise that I found really unpalatable. Thankfully it was served with a green papaya salad that was so refreshing.
Overall too much sugar throughout the meal in the sauces and preparation but I could not resist the dessert, one of the to served: a glass with tapioca, popcorn, lime granita, mixed berries and sugar puff meringues! It was WOW!
No alcohol and so yes this was definitely a Cheat Meal but not too over the top.

FRIDAY 5 July
To continue the Cheat Meal – we ate brioche for breakfast with coffee and later, at the Vic Market, we shared a Spicy Lamb Borek. Too fatty.
A punnet of Strawberries and one of Blueberries saved the day.
Fresh fish, whitebait flash fried; baked trout and Barramundi with a Cavolo Nero and Spelt salad for dinner had me back on the C&L straight and narrow.
Have not indulged like that at all in this first 6 weeks so have done pretty well.

SATURDAY 6 July
8 hazelnuts on my way out the door to Georgia’s grabbing my coffee as a takeaway on the way though Red Hill. A banana at G’s.
3 year old Tully and I made Banana and Blueberry muffins if which I ate two.
Another coffee around lunchtime.
G and I had done 45 minutes of a fitness routine together prior
I made some carrot and rice soup for lunch
Marcus cooked some flathead, floured with besan to give it a tasty crunchy coating. We ate this with a fennel and tomato purée and a large bowl if spinach and rocket salad.

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