When I first got Joe’s book I wasn’t keen on any recipe, I flipped throught the pages but couldn’t actually set my eyes on anything. It took me a while to sit down and go through it properly, reading carefully ingredients list to sort of get the idea of what kind of recipes I’ll find in his book.
I’m terrible when it comes to dieting, I only ever once went on some kind of Dukan or South Beach diet and it never actually worked for me as I find it extremely hard to stay on set meal plan for more than a week, I like to mix up my meals and most diets tend to stick to one scheme. When I found Joe’s Instagram profile I really liked the idea of exercising at home and eating a proper, healthy food. In his book, Joe encourages you to “get rid of the sad step” which is the scale and start eating wholesome healthy meals while exercising. I did some exercising at the end of last year and I realised that gym isn’t for me and I prefer doing my exercises at home which is what you can do when you’re following Joe’s plan.
In the first book you’ll find 7 main chapters:
- Chapter 1: Lean in 15 plan
- Chapter 2: Getting started
- Chapter 3: Reduced-carbohydrate recipes
- Chapter 4: Post-workout carbohydrate-refuel recipes
- Chapter 5: Snacks and treats
- Chapter 6: Burn fat and build lean muscle with HIIT
- Chapter 7: Results: my lean winners
In the first bit of this book, Joe explains why it is important to eat more food and that there are no shortcuts to a lean and healthy body. All those miracle diets you see on the telly never actually work. Joe also explains the importance of fats, proteins and carbs (yes, carbs!) in our diet and why you should listen to your body and never go hungry (I’m guilty of that!).
What I also like was the fact that you don’t need to eat/drink all this dust that will help you burn fat (I’m talking about protein shakes and meal replacements which I find disgusting!). On training days you will eat differently to rest days – on a training day you will have 2 reduced carbs meals, 1 post workout meal and 2 snacks (and that sounds like a lot of food to me already as I’m not eating much anyway) and on the rest day you will eat 3 reduced carbs meals and 2 snacks (whoop, whoop!!).
I usually exercise before going to work, 30 minutes of HIIT does the job and it keeps me in shape – I cooked dishes from this book 3 weeks in a row and some of them are brilliant, some are not so much but I guess this depends on your preferences.
My favourite meal so far:
- Cheesy Chorizo Chicken and Spinach
- Chicken with Creamy Wild Mushroom and Tarragon Sauce
- Eggs Baked in Avocado
- Chicken with Smoked Paprika and Almonds
- Chilli Con Avocado
- Teriyaki Salmon with Courgette Noodles
- Turkey Moussaka (I used courgette instead of aubergine)
Overall I would definitely recommend all Joe’s books – even if you don’t follow his rules, it may help you get used to certain veggies you wouldn’t normally eat (courgette and spinach, in my case!)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 x 240g skinless salmon fillets
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
- ½ tsp ginger puree
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 4 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp soft brown sugar
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 8 baby plum tomatoes, roughly sliced
- ½ tsp red chilli, finely chopped
- 2 large courgettes, spiralized
- Heat half of the coconut oil in a deep frying pan over a medium heath. When oil is hot, add the salmon fillets and fry for 3 minutes on each side or until almost cooked through.
- In a small bowl, mix together the spring onions, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sugar and vinegar. Pour it into the pan with salmon and let it bubble up and thicken a little bit, it should take about 3-4 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- In the same pan, melt the remaining coconut oil and add tomatoes, chilli and courgette noodles. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, tossing lightly to mix the ingredients up.
- Plate up noodles with tomatoes and chilli, then top with salmon.