A Busy Week

I can’t believe I haven’t posted a blog for nearly a week!  It has been a mixture of some excellent eating and some truly diabolical.  I need a strategy or substitute for something to do rather than eating garbage when I feel stressed or upset.  Any suggestions?  How do you slim people out there deal with stress or things that make you sad?

There were plenty of really healthy meals this week as well so in addition to the garbage I did manage to nourish myself with a wide variety of wonderful foods.

I tend to always start my days well and make very healthy breakfasts such as:

This sunny tropical breakfast of coconut yogurt, mashed banana, chia seeds and fresh mango.

sunny mango breakfast

A warming bowl of porridge made with almond milk and chia seeds and served with a large dollop of almond butter.

porridge and almond butter

An eggy stir fry with brown basmati rice and kale.

egg, kale and rice

When my lovely nephew Harry stayed, both boys were very enthusiastic smoothie makers!

H and H making smoothies

Lunches and suppers are more hit and miss but some of the healthy ones I made and will definitely have again are:

A really light and delicious str fry of button mushrooms, a large Portobello mushroom, corn scrapped from the cob, pak choi, onion and spinach.preparing veg

I stir fried the vegetables with 1/2 a tablespoon sesame oil and then added a little bit of water to stop the vegetables sticking and allow them to steam a little.  Served with some brown basmati rice and soy sauce.  Such a quick meal to prepare after a busy day in the office.stir fried veg and Kikkoman

This was a lovely meal Lara made.  The salmon fillets were marinated in honey and soy sauce and then baked in the oven in a covered dish so they didn’t dry out at all.  Then she stir fried some carrots and pak choi and mixed the vegetables and salmon in with some wholemeal Udon noodles.  Yummy and quick and easy to make.soba noodles with salmon, pak choi and carrots

Some of you are revolted by my green smoothies and some I suspect are secretly impressed :-) .  Well I set out to make the greenest of all green smoothies.  This almost deserves a post to itself !  I started with a huge handful of raw kale.raw kale Plus half a small avocado and the juice and pulp of a lime.half a lime Some walnuts for protein.  The only non green ingredient (and the hemp milk I used).walnuts Then for the ultra greenness half a teaspoon full of matcha powdermatcha and half a teaspoon of Spirulina, the superfood of the week.spirulina Ta daa.  The Spirulina makes it a greeny blue colour so it looked lovely and was the perfect consistency.  But how did it taste?  Well, this one was not for the faint hearted but I drank it and convinced myself I felt increasingly healthy as I swallowed each mouthful.The greenest smoothie This was much easier eating.  I know there are tales about how you shouldn’t cook batches of rice and keep them in the fridge because of food poisoning but I do it.  I am blessed with a cast iron constitution I inherited from my Father and whenever I make rice, I make enough for at least 3 meals.  So when I come home, all I have to do is heat it up.  This meal was a stir fry of a left over salmon fillet with rice, onions and green leafy vegetables. Really good.salmon, rice and kale

I had one very long day this week.  I left the house at

4;46 and flew up to Glasgow for the day.North Terminal Departures board Unfortunately my flight back was delayed as the plane had a flat tyre :-)  So I missed the beginning of the play we were all watching at the theatre.

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time was superb. Outside the theatre

It is on at The Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue which is a delightful traditional old theatre.  Yet the set they used was very modern and really clever.Inside the Apollo Theatre We all loved it.  I wasn’t sure if a ten year old would enjoy it but he was completely engrossed all the way through and at the end declared he will be an actor when he grows up.  This was taken in the interval hence the empty seats.  The house was full and if you are lucky enough to live near London, I really recommend you book tickets for this one.Inside the theatre

I tend to not take photos of the bad food but I did last night.  To celebrate hubby’s birthday we had a curry.  James chose to have a takeaway rather than eat in the restaurant so I collected another delicious curry from The Raja.  I had the King Prawn Makhni which was too sweet and rich for me but I did enjoy it anyway.  Served with sag paneer (spinach and paneer cheese), pilau rice, mushroom rice and an onion bhaji.

King Prawn Makhni

I also had some of the lovely coffee and walnut cake Lara made for her Daddy which she decorated with his favourite sweets, Minstrels.Coffee and walnut cakeI do hope I can behave better this coming week.

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to A Busy Week

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, I deal with the high stress by exercising. It really does set off the “feel good” endorphins to help me cope. That and mindless cleaning, like I am cleaning out the clutter of what is stressing me out.

    I loved the look of your Green Monster Smoothie. Did the walnuts add a bitter taste to it? It looked yummy.

    Lara, great job on your Daddy’s cake and Happy Birthday to you James.

    • Thanks Laura. I don’t think the walnuts made it bitter. I didn’t add any sweetener such as banana so it was definitely not a sweet smoothie. I think someone used to having that type of food could easily drink it. Not sure about enjoying it unless like me, you enjoy the thought of all that goodness in your body

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