The ‘Get You Through the Day’ shake.

Sometime back in December 2019 I decided that 2020 was gonna be different for me. I was going to lose weight and get healthier. Most of 2018 and 2019 was spent consuming a lot of food and even larger quantities of alcohol and I somehow had crept up to 91kgs – which might not sound like much but I am pretty short.

2020 I vowed to not drink any alcohol and was going to lose 20kgs. 125 days into 2020 I haven’t touched a drop. I have also lost 20kgs. Now I weigh 71kgs. Yay for me!

Anyone that has known me for any length of time will know that I am a semi-professional yo-yo dieter and will inevitably put weight back on – but so far so good.

These people that know me will also know I am a bit obsessive and when I say I am going to do something I do it!

My new regime, with a few exceptions, is this shake for breakfast and nothing else until 7pm when we have dinner. Lately 100+ days in I have had the odd sausage sandwich for breakfast; especially if we have some bread that has seen better days, but as a rule this shake is all I need.

There are slight variations, but generally, get the big Nutribullet cup, 1/3 fill with frozen dark fruits (it must be frozen), add a banana, a peeled orange (or grapefruit, once I did 3 limes), a scoop of Protein Works, and a small amount of water. Then blitz!

Sometimes I add a frozen spinach puck, sometimes I add a splash of Vimto or Ribena, and when there are vegetables in the fridge crying for the compost bin, they go in too. I rarely throw stuff away.

I used to add milk instead of water – but it really isn’t worth the calories or the potential to miss out on cups of tea – especially during lockdown where you only get milk every 2 weeks!

This can keep me going all day. I never get tempted to snack, and just go about my day without a thought for more food – until dinner time, where I just eat a regular meal.

I’m not suggesting anyone else does this. But this worked for me, and has changed the way I now eat.

Bourbon and Spiced Rum EggNog

Bourbon and Spiced Rum Eggnog

Yesterday was a bit of a turning point.

Since I don’t know when we had gotten a little bit lazy. We weren’t going to the gym three times a week anymore and we’d make lists and plans and just not follow through with any of them. Freya said she wanted to stay in and drink – and Mudslides were looking to be the likely candidate.

On the way home last night we needed coal (so I could work from home next week) and we were supposed to go to the gym. Traffic was terrible and we were getting a bit fed up – the coal and the gym were probably going to get postponed – AGAIN!.

Approaching Chiswick roundabout I thought – no! – stop it – get your finger out of your you know what at get the coal. So we got the coal. The gym was still debatable – but finger was out again and we went! And it was probably the best workout ever. I managed 2000 metres of rowing in 9 minutes – we did weights – treadmill – etc. It was very energetic and rewarding.

What’s this got to do with eggnog?

On the way home I said we needed a protein shake – and then we said we could probably add the protein powder to an egg nog. And the seed was sown for eggnog! Without the protein powder!

We had this drink on Christmas Day and it was amazing. It was equally amazing last night. Even more special because I served it in my vintage 1950s Dorothy Thorpe Whisky glasses – which you’ll see often on Mad Men if you watch carefully.

It’s quite labour intensive but well worth the effort.

Separate two eggs, beat caster sugar into the yolks – and caster sugar into the whites until they are stiff. This took me ages!

Then add milk, single cream, bourbon and spiced rum into the yolk mixture and gently fold in the egg whites. Serve with a grating of nutmeg.

I used Kraken rum and Makers Mark bourbon – but only because that’s all I had. There’s 100ml of each in this drink so its quite potent for two drinks each!

Much nicer than a eggnog latte from Starbucks – and I imagine cheaper too – even with all that booze!