I realised recently that I was getting way too comfortable in Phase 2, and as it’s been 25 days, I definitely think it’s time to move on. So today, I welcomed in Phase 3 🙂
The phases are not just about which new foods you introduce, but also about how you prepare the food you’re eating. I phase 3, you can start frying your meat, instead of only baking or grilling it. This makes a nice change, and tonight, I decided to fry up some ostrich mince.
Mince on its own, though, tastes pretty bland, so I decided to add some extra ingredients that I’ve already introduced, and it was such a hit! I fried up some garlic, added my mince, then tossed in some peeled, chopped and de-seeded tomato, pre-cooked green beans, and pure tomato paste, which I found at Spar today. This was SUCH an amazing discovery: It’s got that intense tomato flavour that you just don’t get from adding fresh tomato to dishes, and, having carefully checked the ingredients, I was satisfied that the only thing that in it was, in fact, tomatoes. HUGE win!
Lastly, I threw in some chopped coriander (cilantro/dhanya), which is what I decided to introduce today. It isn’t actually on the stages list at all, but I’ve been threatening to do it for ages and I LOVE the flavour.
I let it simmer for about an hour to make sure everything was well-cooked and soft, and served it with butternut, gem squash and avo. It was delicious! Such a hit, and I’ll definitely be making it again.
Today’s bloat report
None! I had only one cup of coffee today, avoided all throat lozenges, booze and juice, and I have zero bloat now, about an hour after supper. I also haven’t eaten any yoghurt. This is a biggie. I think the yoghurt has a lot to do with my bloating.
I also ate some banana ice cream for dessert (frozen slices of banana zizzed up in my food processor), and I feel fine.
So I definitely think I have to revisit the way I’m making the yoghurt (I really don’t want to give it up!), and perhaps use coconut or almond milk instead of actual almonds. I’m also relieved to know that I can eat bananas, as long as I keep my consumption of them limited!