All posts by fatmandoo

A 34yo Aussie bloke on a journey to better health for his family.

Low Carb Island

Have you listened to my podcast yet? Episode 002 came out today!

It’s the Number One Health Podcast in Australia on the iTunes Charts.

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It All Comes Down to Choices!

I am working away at the moment and was due to go home tomorrow. I have no kitchen just a kettle and a bar fridge. Today my work told me I have to stay here now til Friday night… 3 extra nights.

It’s too expensive to eat out each night unless I cave and eat cheap, easy rubbish (aka ‘Carb’age). What to do?

After much consideration and a quick message from Sweet Nothings reminding me how easy it is to cook eggs if you have boiled water, I decided to spend $26 and get myself 3 nights worth of health low carb dinners and dessert.

Shredded roast chicken, boiled organic eggs, no added sugar bbq sauce, soda water, high fat double cream, mixed berries and I even scored a block of Black and Greens 85% Dark Chocolate.

It would have been so easy to give in and eat junk, gain weight, feel crappy and beat myself up in hindsight of that mistake. But it really wasn’t that much more effort to stay on track, eat well and reap the benefits. It all comes down to choices!

Even in the face of temptation at the check out I knew I would feel better making the right choice.

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Pecan Pie Perfection

This recipe is a dish I made Telaine back on our second date however I have recreated it to be an LCHF legend. No wheat, grains or sugar here and loads of quality fats. Now that’s what I call delicious health food.

The three layers are so simple to create and add a great depth of flavour and amazing mouth feel. You’ll need a 30cm (12 inch) fluted flan tin for this recipe.

Layer One: The Crust
Combine 1⅓ cups Almond Meal, ½ cup desiccated coconut, 1½ tablespoons Xylitol, 3 tablespoons coconut flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and 125gm melted grassfed butter. Stir to combine and then press in an even layer across your flan dish.
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Bake in 180°C preheated oven for approx 10 mins or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Layer Two: Pecan Maple Mousse
In a mixing bowl combine 125gm softened creme cheese, ¼ cup sour cream, 2 organic eggs, ⅓ cup Xylitol, 1 teaspoon Maple Extract, and 100gm of blitzed pecans (I use raw pecans, dry roast them in a pan then blitz in a food processor until like fine sand). Mix all these ingredients together and pour into the cooled crust. Return to 180°C oven for 10 minutes. Then get ready to add final layer 😀
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Layer Three: Pecan & Maple Caramel Dream
Layer 130gm dry roasted pecans over the pie top. Next melt 125gm grassfed butter in a pan and allow to brown slightly (this helps enhance the nutty taste but be sure not to burn butter), add ¼ cup Xylitol and 2 teaspoons Maple Extract and stir to combine allowing Xylitol to melt. Remove from heat and add the smallest amount of Xanthan Gum (about 1/6 of a teaspoon). Stir vigorously for a minute then drizzle the luscious buttery caramel over your pie.
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NOW THE HARDEST PART…
Place the pie into your refrigerator over night 😃 If you really want to a few hours will do but overnight is even better. Serve with a generous dollop of double cream.

Telaine actually commented that this has been her favourite LCHF dessert so far and even went as far to say her favourite Pecan Pie (including non LCHF versions). Winning!

If you do ‘try this at home’ please share a photo on the face book page.

Viva La Fat

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Trick or Treat?!

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10 months and 1 day into LCHF and I’ve reached my initial goal!

I’m beyond excited and proud of sticking to my guns. I haven’t been ‘perfect’ but I have been consistent. If I stray, I pull myself back. If I slip, I get back up.

As of 6am this morning I am below 100kg… Or as my friends used to call it ‘the Hundgy Club‘.

I have not weighed this little since I have become an adult. Nearly 20 years I have been walking around (slowly and very sweaty) over 100kgs. Unbelievable. What a waste. Well not anymore.

I have surrendered my membership to ‘the Hundgy Club‘ and I shall NEVER join back up!

So today, on INTERNATIONAL CANDY DAY (aka Halloween) skip the treat, do a trick and watch YOUR world change too! 😃

Viva La Fat!!!

Chicken Karaage – LCHF Style

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Here’s a super simple and delicious dish perfect as a snack with drinks or even for dinner. Chicken Karaage… well my version anyway 😃

Take 500gm of organic, grass fed chicken thigh fillets and cut into bit sized pieces. In a large bowl mix together 2 tablespoons of coconut flour, 1/2 teaspoon each of ground ginger, smoked paprika, cracked black pepper, salt and garlic powder.

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Next toss the chicken in the coconut flour mix and you’re almost done. Deep fry chicken in batches in your healthy fat of choice. I used dripping from Grassfed beef.

I served my Chicken Karaage with a Lime Hollandaise 😜 Yes, I am Hollandaise mad ATM. Use the same recipe on my earlier post ‘Eggs A La Derek‘ just substitute white vinegar with lime juice.

Garnish Hollandaise with lime zest and serve with a lime wedge to squeeze over the top.

Om Nom Nom

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On Ya Bike Mate!

My gorgeous girl is out teaching horse riding today leaving myself and my little man up to our own devices.

It’s a beautiful 25°C today and there’s a cool breeze blowing across the bay. Perfect weather for a cruise.

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In Australia however you have to be 8yo to ride on the back of a motorcycle. Soooo on the trusty old-school Electra Pushbike it is.

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18km round trip for Bacon & Eggs with Hollandaise of course 😉

What better way to spend a lazy Sunday morning.

Viva La Fat!

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