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Day 7 - Weekly Review on how I lost 9 lbs in 7 days & 5 Tasty Simply Cook Recipes #22DayChallenge

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

Today I completed Day 7 of this 22 Day Challenge and at the end of the week, I like to write a review about how it went.

The Celery Juice with Intermittent Combo has really worked, I'm glad I trusted my intuition to do a fusion of these two and it has worked even better than I thought it would as I have lost 9 lbs and my mum has lost 5 lbs which she is delighted with.

My Cardio of choice; Skipping, is also working out nicely. I was slowly building the momentum and now getting back into it so I think my ratio of exercise will increase next week. My lack of exercise during lockdown was evident in the first 2 days, it took a while for my body to fire back up but it is now getting used to it which is the main thing.

I have 3 main goals for this 22-day challenge...

  1. Lose Excess Weight

  2. Rebalance my digestive system

  3. Get fit again

I can honestly say that 1 & 2 have been met & more and by end of Week 2, I'll be closer to the attainment of goal 3 but as I said at the beginning it's a sprint, not a marathon and I have two-thirds of this race still to complete.

I did my first Facebook Live today at 3pm and I was talking about recipes from Simply Cook. I will post some pictures below of my top 5 and you can choose between over a hundred dishes so let me take you travelling around the world with your tastebuds.

Source: All Recipe Photos by Simply Cook

First of all, let's go to Thailand with one of their Thai Red Curries. This was all kinds of heavenly, creamy and aromatic with a spicy backdrop...I would definitely order this again. I made mine with chicken though instead of prawns so you can choose what meat you want or go vegetarian it all works.

Let's stick around in Asia and head to S Korea with this Dish. I lived in S Korea for 3 years and this was always a nice treat for lunch. The recipe does not come with Kim Chi so if you have that I would definitely recommend adding it but it has Gojuchang (Spicy Red Pepper Paste) if I had to choose one ingredient in the world that makes food multidimensional it's this. A friend was telling me that they sell it in Home Bargains now (but only the big ones) so will have to check that out soon and the recipe box also comes with Doenjang (Soybean Paste). Think of it as a spicy egg fried rice but with a kick.

Let's go to S America now to Peru. I have tried 20 recipes so far and this one is marginally my favourite because it is so different to anything I've tasted, the green chilli yoghurt dip and the marinade in the chicken go so well together and the spicy rice adds a mild fiery note that brings it more alive.

This one is called Murgh Kari which is the nicest curry I've ever tasted and a fusion of ideas from Kenya and India. It may not look the nicest but I can't wait to try it again.

We'll finish off in Mexico for a healthy vegetarian, but super tasty Bean & Sweetcorn Quesadilla. Most people think that Vegetarian/Vegan food can be a bland option but I have found the opposite to be true. There are so many exciting chefs such as The Happy Pear and I have even made brownies out of chickpeas and meringues out of chickpea juice which is called aquafaba. It's like being in a potions class at Hogwarts and I love experimenting. I'm a big foodie and love discovering new flavours and textures so any reinvention of an old favourite is a welcome addition.

I signed up thanks to the recommendation from my sister 5 months ago. If you would like a free trial box worth £9.99 this is the link below and they arrive in the post within a few days woo hoo!!

Last but not least. This is the weekly weigh-in and I have posted the photos below of my weight at the beginning of Day 1 and Day 7

Stay tuned for the beginning of Week 2....

DAILY TIP #1: The perfect ratio for cooking rice is 1 cup of your rice of choice/ 2 cups of water. Your rice will cook perfectly and the water will absorb into the rice and once fully absorbed, it's ready.

DAILY TIP #2: When eating a rice dish you can substitute white rice for brown rice or wild rice. Some dishes go better with brown rice and some with wild rice. Have fun trying them out.

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