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At home, there was always delicious food on table. My grandma and my mom made delicious recipes out of nothing. I have never been much of an “eater”, but cooking has surely been a no-no. Believe me when I say that I tried to live out of shakes for sometime. I wanted the protein, but spending time in the kitchen was never in my plans.

With contest preparation getting more serious, I simply had to change it. I always tried to find a way to eat as much raw food as possible and I was really glad that sauces and all tasty stuff was out of my menu.

A healthy lifestyle does not have to be complicated. See this no-cook recipe. Tuna salad with chia seeds for example.

No-cook recipe: tuna salad with chia seeds

Lazy me was happy with the strict diet, but my body not so much. It needed variation and after some time, I could not escape taking my relationship with pot and pans to the next level.

I am in no way a chef, but I finally started daring searching on the internet and mixing up things just because.

Subscribing to receive vegetables and fruit on a weekly basis forced me to do something with them. And because I could not choose what I was getting, I had to leave my comfort zone and get creative.

Check this gluten free recipe of rice with organic leek.

Rice with leek: organic and gluten free.

And like a miracle, I found myself getting exciting about the results of my experiments. I am still a Can’t-Cook, but for the first time in my life, I feel as there is hope for me.

Rice with Leek
Serves 3
Very easy recipe of rice and leek. Gluten free and delicious!
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472 calories
96 g
0 g
5 g
8 g
1 g
487 g
97 g
5 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
487g
Servings
3
Amount Per Serving
Calories 472
Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 97mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 96g
32%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
108%
Vitamin C
22%
Calcium
8%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 300g rice
  2. 250g leek
  3. 1 small onion
  4. 1 large carrot
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 750ml water
  7. salt
  8. pepper
Instructions
  1. Fry the leek and the carrot using 1 tbsp of olive oil for 3 minutes. Reserve.
  2. On the same pan, fry the onion (with garlic - optional). Add the rice and fry it for 3 minutes with the onion. Add the water, salt and pepper. I used Himalayan salt. Cook it for 10 minutes or until the water begins to dry.
  3. Add the leek and the carrot and cook for another 10 minutes or until the water dries.
  4. You can add some mayonnaise and cheese for serving.
Notes
  1. You can add the vegetables of your preference to this recipe.
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calories
472
fat
5g
protein
8g
carbs
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Debbie Rodrigues http://debbieinshape.com/
I had a very productive week after staying home for a couple of days. I did some green shopping and brought home some new toys to play with. My purpose is not only healthy eating, but also achieving a specific physique. That is why I cannot lose sight of combinations and balance in all my meals. 

This includes keeping an eye on the ingredients on my smoothies too. I love them! But even though adding fruit juice to the mix is healthy choice, it is also full of sugars and may cause unnecessary fermentation in the gut.

Having a smoothie for lunch can be handy on busy days. Just remember to catch with your proteins later.

Smoothie Lunch

I am not saying to you should ditch fruit. No, please. Just be careful with quantities and mainly observe how you react to it. Some people can tolerate more fruit than others. One can eat 2 portions a day without feeling anything. Someone else may not exceed 2 portions a week. The key as usual is always listening to your body.

The best part of is seeing my body reacting positively to all changes. I am not going to lie, but there were days when I truly doubted I was ever going to be able to workout as I used to. I had lost hope after going through medical exams with perfect results while my body was crashing.

Left: November 20th, 2013. Right: November 29, 2013.

Left: November 20th, 2013. Right: November 29, 2013.

I decided to invest in my intake only after I started preparing myself to Bikini competitions. But the truth is that healthy eating should be everybody’s goal. We do live in a world that everything can be solved with OTC drugs. However, many health conditions and diseases could be prevented with a healthy lifestyle.

Time can sometimes be our enemy, but one of the solutions that proved to be very effective for me was cooking in bulk. In the beginning the idea may sound overwhelming, but you will get in the rhythm in no time.

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One final tip I give to you is eat according to your goals. Do not get stuck with calories. They are great in the beginning to give you an idea of portions. But someone with a sedentary lifestyle has different needs as someone active. And even activities can be light or intense. Let the numbers help you, do not become a slave of them.

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Disclaimer: Do not assume you have any condition. Always consult your health care provider before starting any exercise routine or dietary plan.

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Debbie Rodrigues is a Productivity Expert. She helps busy career women create a productive routine that fits their lifestyle. She does this through coaching, online courses and through the blog debbieinshape.com.