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#WIAW – Carbs

I feel great when I’m on a high carb diet, around 50% of my calories come from carbs. I tried low-carb diets when I was loosing weight and I was reaching the plateau. After 1-2 weeks, when the losing weight process resumed, I was going back to carbs. I am active despite having a job that involves staying for long periods of times at the laptop or in one place. My weight fluctuations had nothing to do with how many carbs I have in my diet, but with the amount of food I had and my schedule. When I stop exercising from one reason or another (mainly lack of time), I obviously put some weight back on as I didn’t adjust the calorie intake. I didn’t have lots of time to calculate and cook. I’m mentioning this because I was asked by Vapiano to take part in their campaign: Eat Pasta Run Faster. I think carbs are great and they have an undeserved bad reputation, so I joined the campaign.

I wanted to make these #WIAW updates monthly, it was a blogging goal for this year. I started with WIAW January, but for the last 2 months I wasn’t in the mood to take pictures and make the posts. I was away with work and had little time to get things organized, I remembered to take pictures after breakfast and so on. As I’m not currently on a high-intensive exercise routine, my approach to diet is relaxed and I think it had an impact too. But I thought I should make the updates, to document what I eat when I’m not exercising. So, I’ll resume the monthly updates.

My breakfast was simple, cheese grill with salad. I had a little more salad than it’s in the picture. The cheese grilles are made with olive oil instead of butter, wholemeal bread and low-fat Cheddar.

After breakfast I had an apple, bought from a local farm a couple of days ago.

For lunch I had Pasta Aglio e Olio with a glass of orange juice, natural, no added sugar. I tried it for the first time at Vapiano, when I’ve attended a blogger event and I loved the dish so much that I made it at home.

This dish is included in their Eat Pasta Run Faster campaign and it’s so easy to make at home, if you want to try it. I boiled the wholemeal pasta, 100g per person. In a pan I put 2 spoons of olive oil, chilli oil (made at home from oil and chilli flakes, infused) and garlic. After I fried the garlic for a couple of minutes, I’ve added the pasta, salt and I stirred. The pasta is ready in a few minutes. Considering the boiling time, the dish is ready in 20 minutes. It’s also delicious.

As a snack I made a salad with 2 tomatoes, 1/2 of yellow pepper, 1/2 avocado, 1 spoon of olive oil, sumac, sea salt and turmeric.

For dinner I made cavolo nero. I put it in boiling water and left it for 30 minutes while I was walking the dog. When I got back home, I heat up a pan, added some oil and the cavolo nero. In 10 minutes the kale is cooked. In another pan I had some cherry tomatoes with a little bit of oil, frying for 3-4 minutes. I mixed them after they were both cooked, I added some smoked paprika, white pepper and sea salt. On top I had a boiled duck egg with a glass of Merlot.

As snacks at telly I had a small bag of crisps. I could have skipped it, but, as I said, at the moment I’m relaxed about food.

This is how I would eat in a day when I’m not exercising. The only exercise I’m doing at the moment is 5 minutes a day pus-ups (yesterday I did 110) and the walks with the dog, 1 hour daily. Nothing too demanding.

Do you eat pasta? What do you think about carbs?

4 Comment

  1. I definitely think carbs get a bad reputation, although I probably over indulge far too often! I love nothing more than a big bowl of pasta! I have done low-carb diets in the past and they don’t work for me. I lose weight, but I just feel tired and terrible (then put the weight back on when I eat normally) so now I just try and eat a balanced diet which works quite well.


  2. I love WIAW so I’m glad you’ll be doing them! I don’t mind carbs. I’ve been trying to watch my fat intake lately and up my protein, but carbs are good in my book!

    Corinne x

  3. I eat a huge amount of carbs, probably too many! I love a good pasta, though I’m not hugely keen on bread. The Pasta Aglio e Olio looks and sounds delicious, I’d love to give it a try!

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