Tom Kerridge's and the Dopamine Diet

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 11 May, 2017

I Quit Sugar and Beyond

In my recent blogs ( I Quit Sugar and I Quit Sugar for life? ) I reviewed the books and went through the I Quit Sugar 8 Weeks Programme. Living without sugar and processed food (or very very little) is a way of life and as Sarah Wilson said herself:
" Quitting sugar is about eating like your grandparents used to. Before the crap".

This IQS approach resonated with me, recasting to a more natural way of eating without a prescriptive diet menu, a way to reconnect with your taste buds, your natural appetite, and portion control. During the 8 weeks I found that I feel at my best with a "paleo" approach, largely gluten- and grain-free, low-starch, low carbs, hight fat, non-processed and mostly organics.

But life is for living and enjoying it and I eat out a lot both, for both business and pleasure.
As a business woman I make my biggest contribution/s to work/business when I'm happy and living a good life and that's why as Management Consultant I write and advise about Lifestyle (Lifestyle editing): we don't work in a vacuum, our work is part of our lives.
So you can't imagine how much I rejoyced when I came across Tom Kerridge (the Chef & Onwer of the Hand & Flowers , the 2 Michelin starred restaurant / pub in Marlow) and his new book The Dopamine Diet ( if he can lose that much weight working in an industry all about good food and drink and maintain it then I know it is sustainable).
 
Tom Kerridge shedded more than 70 kilograms from his previous 190 kilograms "beer-drinking, late-night burger-eating, cheese-loving bloke" frame to a very trim and fit silhouette; he knew anything fussy, repetitive or boring wouldn't work, low-calorie would not satisfy his big appetite and low-fat would strip his food of flavour. That left low-carb meaning he could still eat his steak minus the chips, and have greens instead; he specifically followed a no alcohol, a 90-gram limit on carbohydrates per day rule,  never feeling deprived or missing out.

The Dopamine title thingy is all about increasing levels of the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine in the brain at the same time as shedding pounds. Dopamine is responsible for transmitting signals between nerve cells in the brain, affecting reward and pleasure centres, which in turn affect mood. 
There is some evidence to show that people who are overweight may have impairments in dopamine pathways weakened through constant exposure to highly sugary foods. 

Foods that boost dopamine include (sounds like heaven to me):
Dairy foods 
Unprocessed meats
Omega-3 rich fish
Eggs
Fruit and vegetables, in particular bananas
Nuts 
Dark chocolate.

Kerridge's Dopamine Diet shares his recipes adapted versions, minus sugar or starch in favour of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, dairy and vegs using his Michelin Star Chef techniques to give us recipes with cream, seasoning, flavour and texture. I'm working my way through the book and I can tell you that his portions are 'bloke' portions (also if you are doing Keto the carb count is a bit high but they are adaptable ).

This is a celebration of eating good food, focusing on what you actually can eat rather than worrying about what you can't , which confirmed to me that eating out doesn't have to be a challenge just by ordering in a clever manner and that my lifestyle doesn't have to change, which is really important to me.

The book also has a section for sweets/desserts using sugar replacements like inulin and erythritol which don't spike blood sugar level and do not add on the carb count , he also uses some fruit ( the crème brûlée is D-I-V-I-N-E).
I feel inspired now and I think I'm going to try adapting recipes from books I have by other chefs (sorry Tom) into low-sugar, low carb creations ( yes there are a lot of books out there on low carb living but this is Michelin Starred low carb daaarling ;-p ).

If you haven't got the book yet, what are you waiting for? Go out there and get it, NOW!!

PS: Tom Kerridge I love you, thank you xxx  


The People Alchemist Blog

By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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