Hey, you found me and my world of thoughts! congrats :) prepare yourself for lots of foody related thoughts, peeks at gifts I make and my general ramblings. On a more personal note, I used to Follow Slimming World but now I have switched to Paleo. Still waiting on my cave woman outfit. I hope you stay a while and enjoy!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

NEW - 3 Phase Paleo - by Paleo Parents

My regular readers will have noticed that I have been doing lots of reading about the Paleo Lifestyle. I have downloaded a fair few various e books over the last few weeks so when I saw the opportunity to be one of the first people lucky enough to get a peek of this brand new 
eBook written by I jumped at the chance.

The majority of the Paleo books I have read so far have been full of text but with no or hardly any imagery and recipes far to complicated to fit in with a busy daily lifestyle. 
So I was super excited to have first peeks at 3 Phase Paleo.
It did not disappoint. The whole eBook is full of brightly coloured pages, Images of them as a family and my favourite.... an image with EVERY recipe! 
It is very true when they say "we eat with our eyes". 

I downloaded 3 Phase Paleo straight to my phone and read it immediately cover to cover. 

It has everything I appreciate in a recipe book.

The story of how Stacy began her journey with Paleo is very inspirational in itself and then her husband, Mathew then decided to begin Paleo too and then joined by their 2 gorgeous boys, they became the Paleo Parents. Their story is amazing and the health issues they have all overcome is truly remarkable. 

Now you know I would never affiliate myself with anything that I didn't agree with. So you can rest assured that this eBook gets my personal recommendation. 
This eBook is guaranteed to inspire, inform and support you on your very own Paleo Journey whether it be personal, with your partner or as a family!
Here is some text from 
Explaining the 3 Step Plan of 3 Phase Paleo.

"Whether you’ve been Paleo for years and struggling with how to heal, or perhaps you want to know how to get the littles on board, or maybe you are ready to start from the beginning and change your lifestyle from a sedentary, bread, pizza, and cookies existence to a full Paleo one – 
3 Phase Paleo will help guide you through the process, one step at a time."

It’s about patience, consistency, and sticking to a plan.

Not only have we transitioned our own family, but for years we’ve been advising and helping thousands of other families on how to do the same. Over the years we’ve come to find that a consistent method can be applied to all families, no matter where they are in their journey.  We have developed a three phase plan for anyone struggling with how to begin or move passed the rut they might be stuck in. 
This eBook will help you implement these 3 easy steps in your own life!
The 3 steps are as follows:
In the SWAP phase, we’ll show you how to move away from the most problematic foods in a typical diet and change to foods and products that are better for you without significantly depriving you of those “comforts” that you’re used to – setting you up for long-term success! With award-winning, delicious, easy recipes as well as our FOOD SWAP GUIDE and PRINTABLE GROCERY SHOPPING LISTS and THE GOING OUT GUIDE you’ll be set up for long-term success!
Next, in the REMOVE phase, we’ll teach you how to move away from all those typical food paradigms and eliminate unhealthy grains, sugars, legumes and processed oils from your diet permanently. It might seem overwhelming as you read the labels on all the foods in your pantry, but our detailed guide on HOW TO STOCK A PALEO PANTRY will help you learn our family-friendly short-cuts that have made this a sustainable life-long plan!
Finally, in the HEAL phase, we add in the most nutrient-dense and healing foods. Our 75+ recipes are tagged by phases, so you can focus on PHASE 3 RECIPES that will help you easily identify the best foods to include in your family’s meal plans. But HEAL is more than just food: our FAMILY FUN GUIDE and other recommendations will help you focus on getting your body’s hormones regulated so that you feel your absolute best!

Available in the UK

(Exchange rate taken on the 16/01/14)


That means you can get started RIGHT NOW!

  • Our 3 Phased approach on how to transitionally your family while keeping it simple and staying sane
  • Phase 2, REMOVE includes HOW TO STOCK A PALEO PANTRY in order to “go full paleo”
  • Phase 3, HEAL adds in nutrient-dense foods with coded PHASE 3 RECIPES and provides a FAMILY FUN GUIDE
  • Plus, over 75 delicious, simple, easy recipes to get you started on the right path – categorized by phase

Monday, 13 January 2014

Positively Paleo - Inform & Inspire!

This has been one interesting week. My first week following Paleo and it has gone swimmingly in a food sense. I have thoroughly enjoyed the new challenge with cooking Paleo. But it really has not been that challenging. The guidlines are so simple and when you cut out all the other rubbish it simplifies your options and makes it so much easier. All you need is good quality meats a selection of nutrient dense vegetables, some herbs and spices and away you go! a little fruit and some nuts to snack on and that has basically been my week! simples! and I have loved every second of it. I have also felt huge benefits already, which to be honest I really was not expecting so soon. I have never slept better, I have oodles of new found energy, a general feeling of well being and the best part I have not been starving hungry. 
Not forgetting how cost effective it is.

Here is a peek at what I have enjoyed this week:
I shall be adding the recipes through out this week so watch this space!

Benefits of Paleo.
Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility.
Lean proteins support strong muscles, healthy bones and optimal immune function. Protein also makes you feel satisfied between meals. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases including cancer, diabetes and neurological decline.
The Paleo Diet has proven health benefits if followed, it is nutrient dense and promotes good health and wellbeing. Some of the proven benefits include: weight loss, blood glucose stabilization and improvement in chronic disease processes such as; Hypertension, Heart Disease, Asthma and Osteoporosis.

I have read a lot of amazing stories about what Paleo has done for others well being, health and mentality they really have been a true inspiration to myself. 
Its easy for me to copy and paste a load of benefits you could possibly gain from becoming Paleo, but surely nothing beats reading the experiences from real people living in the real world and in their own words.

That is why I would like to urge any fellow Paleo followers who have experienced the positive effects from becoming Paleo to share their stories in the comments below.

Inform and Inspire!
Looking forward to reading your positive experiences!

Who will you give your Last Rolo to?

Yes it is that time of the year again (que Barry White music) as I announce the sales of our 
Last Rolo Rose Gift has begun.....just in time for Valentines Day, 
isn't that just the cutest coincidence!

So firstly who remembers the advert?

I began creating my own gifts because I got tired of buying people I cared about things off the shelf. Which are usually over priced, over packaged and with no true sentiment. I really ourselves with this Last Rolo Gift collection because we have taken the time to source the perfect boxes that enclose the Rolo perfectly, along with suitable packaging, presentation and the cute poem that accompanies all of them. 

(This is poem was written by ourselves and therefor we own full copyright, oh the problems we have with others copying it is unreal, but don't get me started on that one, let me assure you this is the home of that special poem.)

We wrap each individual chocolate Rolo up in air tight film, secure it safely inside each box. Then gift wrap in cellophane secured with ribbon and attach the poem gift tag. We take the up most care when packaging them to post so they reach you in perfect condition. 

We have amazing feedback on our gifts, when you go to eBay through the link below be sure to check out what our kind customers have said!

The Last Rolo Roses are available for only £3.59 + P&P
We also have the Last Rolo Boxes available at £2.59 + P&P

Excellent prices for such a unique gift, that will def earn you brownie points when February the 14th arrives!

We can also accommodate larger orders whether its for Companies, Hotels, Restaurants even Personal Events please email Lyndsey -
Click the image above to take you directly to our Last Rolo Gifts!

Now this just leaves me with one question........

Who will you give your Last Rolo to?
Answers in comments below>

Friday, 10 January 2014

Does size really matter?

 Is it more about what you do with something, 
is quality better than quantity??

You could probably ask this about a few things in our lifestyles. 
- Friendships, surely it's better to have few quality friends than a quantity of not so good friends. 
- Time spent with family, quality time spent doing something together, making memories, than just all sitting in the same room on various technologies no speaking.
And the last one which springs to mind and I know you are all thinking the bedroom......honestly can you think of nothing else from a innocent title like that....well it got your attention....but don't leave me now, stay with me!

I'm thinking of our plates, yes I'm talking about food.......again, I know!  Food seems to take up so much of my thinking at the moment. Changing eating plan has inspired me so much with new recipes, new foods, new ways of cooking and techniques and of course new debates in my head. 
After having a rather hefty two sided debate in my mind during housework this morning, I've decided to pop it all down here. Hopefully it will help relinquish the thoughts in my over active brain and plus I love hearing your views and reading your comments!

Ok back to that pesky plate. 
When you plate up a meal/snack do you go for quantity? or quality?

For the last 8 months I've been following the Slimming World Extra Easy Plan, Consisting of vegetables, fruits, meats (with fats cut off), white potatoes, pasta, rice all being on the 'free' food list where you can eat as much as you like. With one portion of dairy and one portion of bread, nuts or cereals. (being also aware of superfree foods and speed foods also.) Then on top having up to 15 syns to use a day on extra foods, for example, crisps, chocolates, sauces or alcohol. 
(For non Slimming Worlders a 'syn' is worth 20 calories.)

Please be aware I  am in no way knocking Slimming World or it's followers. I am extremely grateful to SW for giving me the tools, support & guidance to loose 3st 7lbs. So I am proof it does work. But since switching to Paleo, I've just been thinking more about the amounts available to eat on the SW plan. (see previous warrior blog post for reasons why I switched.)

The Paleo Way is a back to basic way of eating and cooking, similar to our ancestors in a hunter gatherer kind of way. Eating real food and no processed, manufactured, artificial or refined foods. No white potatoes, pasta or grains......yes you read that correctly none of them (to be perfectly honest I haven't missed any of the bulky carbohydrates yet!). You can also enjoy vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts, seeds, seafood, meats with their own fat (this is good fat). It is preferable that the meat you consume is as pure as possible, meaning nothing added to it like water, stabilizers etc and that it is grass fed, outdoor bred, dare I say the word Organic!

To be honest I used to tut and roll my eyes whenever I heard the word 'organic' thinking it's just a chance for supermarkets to charge more and grow their profit margins but then I never really took the time out to read and learn about it. Which is very narrow minded of myself, I know......please don't shoot! 
But since I began my mini research mission I've discovered that one of the benefits of eating good ethically raised meat is that they have higher amounts of protein than non free range farmed animals and of course protein is essential to help fuel our bodies. Many other good factors of course include supporting our British farmers and our local economy. I've also found by shopping around it really isn't that much more expensive (aka my new found love, Aldi!) And you get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing you've helped a little farmer somewhere in the country ;)

So back to quantity vs quality.

Is it better to have a plate full to the brim of foods, 
just because they are deemed 'free' 


Is it better to have a moderately portioned plate of meat and veggies that are nutritionally dense and completely cut out all other 
processed food products?

Here is a personal plate comparison of two meals I have cooked.

The first being a meal I cooked whilst on Slimming World. Using 'free' foods and an allowance of cheese and sauces (which were syned) It is an extreme, this was probably one of the biggest meals I ever had on SW.
Big Mac in a Bowl.

 The second is a meal I prepared last night the Paleo way.

I see a huge difference. I know which one I prefer now. The top is actually making me feel abit queasy at the thought and sight. But hey I'm being honest and this is what I've eaten. 
I know now what I choose to eat more of in the future.

Part of the reason why I left Slimming world is because I was beginning to worry about the diet, low fat, fat free options and processed foods you were allowed. Now I know I didn't have to shove them in my gob, no one had me at gun point, as far as I'm aware, but when its deemed as 'allowed', you kind of trick yourself into thinking arrrrrr its ok to eat this Mugshot, then have 2 Mullerlights and then have a pasta sauce washed down with 3 cans of diet drinks....and that's just for breakfast.....ok, I am joking, I honestly never did any of that but I know people and I've seen the photographic proof on Instagram that this does happen. Its easy to think it's all free so what the heck.
I just began to ask myself, "Everything on this plate, do I really need it?"
I've also seen other plates from Slimming Worlders who have enjoyed a chicken curry with rice, potato wedges and a syned naan bread. It really is not necessary for that many carbs on one plate....eek!........hold on just stepping off my soap box.......

The ingredients then really began to concern me. When I read the ingredients on a few products and I didn't know what half of them were, I got concerned, what was I feeding into my body, what kind of long effect were these ingredients having on me and my insides. I also wasn't feeling much of health boost to be honest. I suffer with terrible monthly woes that only a woman would know about ;) aswell as a few other things (which I will discuss at a later date) but I had just had a feeling I wasn't helping myself as much as I could.
That is my own personal opinion and why I changed lifestyle plan.

The simpleness of the Paleo lifestyle has been a breath of fresh air this last week. Completely cutting out all those processed foods, means they are no longer an option and I dont get the temptation, they are not on my list and therefore take up non of my thoughts. I'm enjoying the simplicity of Meat & Veggies, a little fruit, snacking on nuts. I've realised a diet doesn't need to be a complex web. 
I am only in day 4 of my new plan, I know its far too soon to tell any real difference. But I awoke this morning after the best nights sleep I have had in a long time. I've been full of energy all day. Had no temptation to snack, my breakfast kept me going until lunch and my lunch is still keeping me going until dinner in an hour or so. It could possibly be all in my head at the moment, the psychology of eating all this goodness, who knows. All I know is I feel better for it.

Well I think I have reached to my own conclusion, in my eyes the quality of food that goes into my mouth far outweighs the option of quantity I could potentially eat. And size does certainly matter to me, moderation is key.

Whilst on my googling rampage I came across this, its very inspiring, thought provoking, relatable and fully inspired me. Enjoy.

"It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth – the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.

Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip.” Unless you physically tripped and your face landed in a box of doughnuts, there is no “slip.” You make a choice to eat something unhealthy. It is always a choice, so do not phrase it as if you had an accident. Commit to the program 100% for the full 30 days. Don’t give yourself an excuse to fail before you’ve even started.
You never, ever, ever have to eat anything you don’t want to eat. You’re all big boys and girls. Toughen up. Learn to say no (or make your mom proud and say, “No, thank you”). Learn to stick up for yourself. Just because it’s your sister’s birthday, or your best friend’s wedding, or your company picnic does not mean you have to eat anything. It’s always a choice, and we would hope that you stopped succumbing to peer pressure in 7th grade.
This does require a bit of effort. Grocery shopping, meal planning, dining out, explaining the program to friends and family, and dealing with stress will all prove challenging at some point during your program. We’ve given you all the tools, guidelines and resources you’ll need, but take responsibility for your own plan. Improved health, fitness, and quality of life doesn’t happen automatically just because you’re now taking a pass on bread.
You can do this. You’ve come too far to back out now. You want to do this. You need to do this. And we believe that you can do this. So stop thinking about it, and start doing."

Sourced from

This is one of the longest posts I've written in a long time and now I'm beginning to know how Carry Bradshaw feels so I'm going wrap this baby up before I spend the rest of the day shoe shopping and stuffing cupcakes!

I just hope that my new lifestyle choice does pay off, shedding a few more stones, being healthier not just on the outside but on the inside aswell. Otherwise I could end up back at Slimming World with my tail between my legs haha

What the devil are your thoughts? please comment below and I will reply as soon as I can.

If you are looking for a friendly welcoming FB group for losing weight please visit

Also a friendly Paleo group on FB can be found here

Don't forget you can also connect with me:
Tweet at @Little_ts 
or Instagram at LyndseyG83

This post is not meant to cause any offence it is mearly an insight into the conversation I had with my own demons in my mind, The SW side of me and the Paleo side of me :)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Live The Italian Way with Giovanni Rana - Review

Wow that was certainly a super busy festive period. But this year we decided only to deal with online and local deliveries with Little Treasures and no market stall , so it was an absolute pleasure to be busy with family meet ups and outings with friends instead.

The above, is part of my apology for not sharing this fabulous review with you sooner.

It was a rainy Saturday morning when a knock came at the door and a big intriguing box was handed to me from a soggy looking courier. I was very excited at what I found inside....

I had been sent these tasty samples. 

A Gorgonzola & Crunchy Mellow Walnut Ravioli and Cured Ham & Cheese Tortellini from the Giovanni Rana fresh pasta range. With the added bonus of cool, cool bag (mind the pun!)

For over 50 years , Giovanni Rana has been recognised as a symbol of good taste and quality products, creating fresh pasta for people to enjoy at home since 1962.

I couldn't wait to give these a whirl, I love pasta and love trying new combinations, so the Gorgonzola & Walnut Ravioli was definitely on the menu for our lunch that day. It was the first Saturday that we had off together in months so I decided to make an occasion of sitting down to eat at the table. Instead of on the sofa or trying to half eat a sandwich whilst rushing around getting jobs done.

The Ravioli was simple and quick to prepare and cooked in less than 5mins in boiling water.
Once cooked I drizzled on some melted butter and topped with some crunchy bites of bacon but it really didn't need the bacon because it had so much taste on its own. The filling was full of texture with little crunches of walnuts with the creamy gorgonzola wrapped in delicately made pasta. It was yummy!

I highly recommend you looking out for the Giovanni Rana's Italian Indulgence and Simply Italian Ranges in your local supermarket! 

That lunch time is a nice memory to have, now we try alot harder to sit at the table after all it is the Italian way!

I was sent these samples for the purpose of this review.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Voodle Time!

I was very excited this week when my new kitchen gadget arrived all the way from Hong Kong through the joys of the eBay :)
A multifunctional peeler is it's name and 99p was the price and it is AMAZING. I've been busy using it to make veggie noodles which I have named Voodles, clever, I know! ;)
For today's dinner I voodled a cucumber and carrots. Stir fried them with some sliced green cabbage and radishes, served with Chinese Salmon. It was yum. Tasted so fresh.

I've seen a lot through different social sites about this "clean eating" and thinking of giving it a go, has anyone tried it? What's your thoughts?

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Syn FREE Microwaved Crisps ready in 5 minutes!

Yes you sure did read the title correctly. Hang out the flags and do a celebration wiggle for I have uncovered a little gem of a recipe!
My name is Lyndsey and I am a crispaholic. Ok maybe slight exageration but I do enjoy crunching on savoury snacks. :)
This is a fool proof recipe and will have you nibbling in no time!

You will need:
Your chosen flavouring. I chose to do 2 flavours- Salt & Black Pepper. Tikka.

Mandalin or super Sharp knife.
Plastic container or bowl
Kitchen Towel

Here we go:
1 - slice potatoes as thinly as you can using a knife or my blessing has been my mandalin (£9.99 from Argos)
2 - lay slices on top of some kitchen roll and pat dry.
3 - sprinkle potato slices with your chosen flavouring. I just did one side but feel free to do both for a bigger taste.
4 - thread slices onto a wooden skewer, making sure to leave a generous gap between each slice.
5 - place skewer over a plastic tub or bowl, making sure the potato slices are not touching the sides or bottom.
6 - pop in the Microwave! Now cooking times will vary with each Microwave so I recommend putting them in for a blast of 3 minutes then do 1 minute blasts until they are bubbly and crisp, they will turn a light brownish colour too. Just have a few exerimental goes and find what works best for you!
7 - leave to cool and slide off the skewer into a bowl! Job done!

And voila you should end up with some yummy crunchy, crispy and above all SYN FREE treats!

***I also experimented with dry lasagne sheets. I snapped them into shapes and laid ontop of baking papier, sprayed with frylite and sprinkled with seasoning. Baked them in the oven for about 7mins at 180degrees. Leave to cool and serve. These were ok, they would be great to serve with a dip or I have a syn free nacho that I will be posting about very soon!***

WHAT FLAVOUR WILL YOU BE TRYING?? I would love to hear!?

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