If you have been following this blog since January 2011 when it first went live, you know that the whole concept that I developed from 2010 was all about two people (a 7 star hotel chef and me the journalist and marketer wife) on a low carb, epicurean journey. We had weight to lose and I knew as a seasoned journalist that eating low carb was actually one of the healthiest eating lifestyles… a fact that was proven by science and wisdom of our forebears. Granny knew that too many mangoes in mango season, too much cake and rice and other carbohydrate rich and sugary foods would lead to the need for shape wear and eventually clothes not fitting. Granny knew what those who promoted low fat diets did not know. It is sugar, not fat that makes us fat.
Over the years, we have been on again, off again on our way of eating. The occupational hazards of us being professionals at the top of our game in food did not help. Talk about occupational hazard! As Jamaican expats in Dubai, then Ras Al Khaimah (7 and 11 years respectively in the UAE), then a few months stop home on route to Aruba, we have moved A LOT and had lots of challenges like everyone else. Four years ago, I added two professional coaching certifications to my belt. I did it really for me first. I knew that I had to find ways to interrupt my own unhealthy patterns and pursue the fullness of the life I truly wanted to live. I knew that even though I had many roles to play to many different groups of people and many ways in which I was serving them, when resources are limited, you must put on your own oxygen mask first. In 2015, I began to do just that. I created an amazing coaching programme for myself and set about the most important journey of my life. It was a brilliant programme, and saw me vividly blossoming inside and out. And then we moved. Three homes. Three countries. A toddler. All in six months.
Then things started falling apart.
You see I knew how to start and maintain transformation through momentum. I did not learn how to hold on to transformation in the midst of major life transitions. Transitions have always been my problem. And having been a daring risk taker, I have taken copious leaps throughout my life. But after a while… even healthy patterns can become problematic. I knew how to leap, and I had a life full of major leaps, yet I was challenged with landing on four feet like a cat with 9 lives or sticking my landing as elite gymnasts learn to do after ridiculous leaps and tumbles.
As a mother, who is invested in her child, when resources are limited, we lay down ourselves for our children. Forget oxygen masks. We are willing to die for our children. We jump between our kids and a gunman without second thought or care for self-preservation. Throw in ridiculously high stressful environments (moving is right up there with terminal illness in the scale of life’s most stressful situations and we moved entire households, countries and hemispheres) a lack of support systems, relationship trauma, relocating businesses in three countries with different markets and demographics, creating a new family brand for my family farm, expatriate re-location issues and navigating parenting a young child and everything pretty much goes out of whack. At one point I was homeschooling for two whole terms! Each day I did the best I could and in many ways, I accomplished things I still don’t know how I managed to (the grace of God being especially obvious during those times). Yet, as a person, I have paid the ultimate price. It is what it is. I made the choice to put certain things first in my life. I am now making the choice to add me to my own to do list again.
Yes, I am adding myself to my own to do list. My relationship with God is closer than it has ever been, and as a mother, I am feeling a lot more secure in the 5 solid years I have invested in my child. Now, I want to regain optimal health. Success for me is not just in accolades won, remuneration received, people served with excellence and general achievements. Success for me is the quality of life that I live. I have to stand accountable not only for what I have done for others, but what I have done for me. In fact, what I do for me, affects my efficiency and effectiveness in helping others. I am more of an inspiration having lived the example than merely pointing you to and holding your hand towards a goal post on a journey I have not embarked on myself.
I am not saying I have arrived, I am also in process. I trust God wholly and I understand that real transformation comes through the renewing of the mind. Old things must past away and behold, all things become new. True transformation is an inside job. It relies on internal factors and happens in spite of external factors. This is a complete walk of faith, backed 100% by commitment and action. Faith, my dears, is a verb, not just a noun. Faith is action. If it is not acted upon continuously, it is not faith. So, essentially, this is an invitation to grow.
I have put muscles on my programme that I created for myself and I am working it. It is my #OneIntentionalYear programme. As part of this, I have a breakout intensive treaty to lose 50 pounds in six months. I am also offering a package to SIX persons who are committed to the same. If you know you are ready to get the internal and external weight off for good, fill out the private contact form below to apply for one of the six spaces in this #50LessMillionsMore Treaty. In filling out the contact form below, in the message section, let me why you are ready to commit, how you are ready to commitment and what this transformation means to you.
Keto Chicken Chop Suey
This recipe for keto chop suey is a great one pot, practical dish that serves 2-4 people, depending on how much pak choi you use and . For it to be strictly keto, please leave out the carrots. I added thinly sliced carrots because I like to see them in my chop suey… the colour contrast with the leaves of the green pak choi is quite appealing to me. Be sure to leave out the carrots for a keto meal or you can keep them for just a low carb meal. It stays low carb if you serve alone, without rice or noodles. This is a great weeknight recipe because it is so quick. I love wok dishes for this reason, plus the fast cooking preserves a lot of the nutrients in the vegetables. The smaller you slice your chicken, the quicker it will cook. This time I went for chunkier pieces largely because I had deboned a whole 1.5kg package of chicken thighs and slices them up into little squares for three different dishes. Will have to share that food prep in another post. Until then, happy chomping!
Keto Chicken Chop Suey Recipe
Remake your favourite Chinese Chicken Chop Suey into this Keto version at home without the excess carbs for a lowcarb meal that is scrumptious and filling. Suitable for diabetics as well as the entire family!
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into i inch squares
- 2 tbsp plain oil (peanut, sunflower, high oleic safflower etc)
- 4 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Oyster Sauce
- 3 cloves garlic chopped large
- 1/2 small red onion cut in large cubes
- 2 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce
- Himalaysian pink salt to taste, IF desired
- 1/2 small green bell pepper (capsicum/ sweet pepper)
- 300-500 grams pak choi, largely chopped
- drizzle Pure toasted sesame oil
In a small storage container, add chicken thighs, oyster sauce, soy sauce and garlic and mix. Let it marinate in the refrigerator for up to couple of days for best flavour but it can be done right before cooking anyway.
When ready to cook, bring the marinated chicken to room temperature
Heat wok to high temperature then add plain oil
Add chicken, let it sizzle at high temperature then stir fry for about 8 minutes
Add the onions for another minute and continue to stir fry
Add the capsicum/ bell peppers for another minute and continue to stir fry
Add pak choi and continue to stir fry for another 2 minutes
Taste for seasoning. If desired, add salt at this point.
Additional oyster sauce can aslo be added for flavour if desired in lieu of salt or in addition to salt
Drizzle sesame oil on top (about 1 tbsp or less) and remove from heat and serve!