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Paleo Cheesecake

paleo-cheesecake

This is perfect for all cheesecake fans…. The texture is rich and creamy and, curiously, tastes better the longer you leave it – although that wasn’t long in our case!

You Will Need:-

For the Base:

1 + 1/2 cups of ground almonds

ground cinnamon

3 tblspoons melted butter

For the Filling:

4 packs of full fat cream cheese ( 1 lb)

4 eggs

1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.5 teaspoons of lemon juice

1/4 cup of sour cream

1/4 cup of agave nectar (optional)

For decoration

Strawberries and fresh cream

Method:

1) Mix all the base ingredients together push into a pie dish and bake for 8-10 mins at 180 degrees C

2)Mix all the other ingredients together adding one in at a time.  If it looks lumpy, don’t panic!  Keep mixing for an extra minute and all lump issues will resolve.  Pour mixture onto base in pie dish.

3) Sit in a water bath (bain-marie)* and cook for about an hour (at 180 degrees C) (er …..the cheesecake not you)!

(* water bath: simply sit your cheesecake in a larger dish and fill the larger dish with water half way up the sides – don’t allow the water to penetrate the cheesecake at any time)

4) When cooked decorate and eat!

*Happy Birthday Poppy 🙂 *

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Healthy Lifestyles: Just walking the dog….

Running-dog-graphicWatching out the window at work I saw a family walking their dog..  There was a mum walking with the aid of two sticks and three large teenage children all carrying surplus pounds and looking tight and uncomfortable..  The dog was on the end of a long lead, one of those retractable ones (lead not dog).  They had chosen to walk him at the band stand – a tiny patch of green and when I say walk er…..one of the teenagers stood in the middle of this pocket sized patch of green and let the dog run round in circles at the end of the lead. Maximum effort for the dog, minimum effort for the girl.  It made me dizzy watching as the dog span round and round.  Leaping, joyous, full of life and energy such a contrast to his owners huddled together on the bench..  The small pocket sized patch of grass seemed such a metaphor for a life cut off, encircled and enclosed by fat.  Why do we settle for this half life: is it learned helplessness?

When I was at my heaviest I despaired of ever breaking free of the cycle of overeating and weight gain.  It felt hopeless.  I ate as directed, round and round: low fat, fat-free, low sugar, sugar free no trans fats, 100% this, wholegrain that but the weight continued to pile on at an alarming rate.  It took me years to realise that just because a food product says its good for you, doesn’t mean it is!

The dietary advice out there is out there for all the wrong reasons.  We are educated by business and industry, by advertising and specifically a food industry that wants to drive forward its vested interests.  Do you think they have our best interests at heart?

Eat supportive foods.  Look we eat beef, pork, bacon, chicken, seafood, eggs, green leafy vegetables, squash, avocados, tomatoes, vegetable salads, nuts, berries, cream, butter, cheese, olive oil, water, tea, coffee red wine, tequila and many more.  We don’t eat bread, cereal, pasta, grains, sugar, sweets, corn, beans, legumes, peanuts, processed food and anything with fructose added. The former are the foods included in the PaleoWorks Challenge (also known as a caveman or stone-age style diet) The difference is remarkable but you will never know unless you try it for yourself!

Don’t settle for compromise.  Find out how ‘Paleo’ works.  In going against the grain of conventional advice and wisdom you will start to discover the truth.

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