Plant Matter

I have had a bad couple of weeks, for various reasons.  I have had a couple of sugar binges, not exercised much and generally eaten too much.  The results of which are that since I last weighed myself 10 days ago, I have put on 2 pounds.  I have had far worse results but I am frustrated.  However, the good news is that I weighed myself on my way in to the pool.  I was in the pool at my local Leisure Centre by 7:30am today and swam for half an hour which is an excellent start to the day.

Another good thing this morning was the bowl of mung beans I had soaked overnight, since finding an old and much loved cookery book in the cupboard inspired me to get back to eating raw.Mung beans I put the majority in a sprouting dish and left the rest to soak until I cooked them for supper.mung beans on sprouter I have often been drawn to eating a diet containing a high proportion of raw foods.  The recipe book I found dates back to 1985.  I didn’t follow a recipe but was determined to consume lots of vegetables today, many of them raw.  I picked some Swiss Chard and kale from the garden and put them in the blender with some tenderstem broccoli, cavolo nero and cucumber.broccoli, chard, c nero and cuc Plus a banana and the juice of a lemon.banana and lemonI also added about 1/4 of an avocado, 1 tbsp flax seeds and coconut water.goodies in blender Check out the colour of that smoothie.  And check out the dated cover of the aforementioned cookery book !  I love that book and it was like finding a dear and treasured friend.  This is one of the first books that inspired me to eat healthily.Raw Energy book and smoothie This smoothie would not suit many people’s palate or even their fancy for breakfast but I really enjoyed it and loved the thought of all those nutrients.green smoothie 2803014 It is so much easier to be healthy when I work from home.  Lunch was a large salad.  As a base I put mixed salad leaves and spinach in a bowl with cherry tomatoes and tenderstem broccoli, stalks and all.salad base in bowl I wanted something similar to coleslaw on the side but lighter so I finely shredded carrots and courgette and added a finely chopped spring onion.carot, courgette and spring onion As a dressing I made a pesto mayonnaise.  This pesto is great as it doesn’t contain cheese so it’s good for the dairy intolerant in the family.  The white stuff in the bottle is not great.  As well as being egg, gluten and dairy free, it is flavour free too and not a particularly pleasant consistency.  Definitely not recommended.mayo and pesto jars However, mixed with some pesto it made a pleasant enough dressing.pesto and mayo I mixed the pesto mayonnaise in to the shredded vegetables.grated courgette and carrot with pesto I enjoyed every mouthful of the vegetables eaten with a slice of the courgette cheesecake Lara made for us.lunch 28-3-14 2Very very tasty indeed.lunch 28-3-14 1 I went back in to the garden to harvest more vegetables for dinner; leeks, kale and Swiss Chard.veg from garden 28-3-14 I had previously simmered the mung beans for about an hour until they were soft.  While they cooked I fried 2 onions in a large casserole dish.  I then added 2 small sweet potatoes, leeks, kale, swiss chard, carrots, 2 rashers of bacon and some vegetable stock.  When the vegetables were nearly cooked I added the mung beans and a teaspoon of smoky Chipotle sauce.cooking dinner 28-3-14 It was slightly spicy, smoky from the bacon and Chipotle sauce, sweetness from the sweet potato and carrots and earthy goodness from the veggies.Veg, mung bean and bacon stew

I feel exhausted today.  The swim tired me out and it has been a demanding week at work.  But at least I nourished myself well today and I plan to do similar tomorrow.

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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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5 Responses to Plant Matter

  1. laura1952 says:

    Go Zoe Go. I know from previous retreats that a good dose of raw always sets a spark off inside and bam! You are back on tract again. :D

    • Hi Laura. I know I should eat more raw and I know it makes me feel better. So why do I find it so hard to steer away from the sweet stuff? I feel less tired today then yesterday so I will keep going with the raw and lots of veggies.

      • laura1952 says:

        Zoe, I think you already know the easy answer to that question. Sugar is addictive. Especially refined sugar. One treat is hard to have and then the landslide begins. I know you can do it, but I also believe inside of you, you believe you are being deprived when you can’t have your sweets and that is the part you and only you have to deal with of the why.

      • Thank you Laura. Still searching for the answer …

      • laura1952 says:

        Zoe, I still know, when you stick to it, your body will tell you and your brain will lose. I know you even more now, than the wonderful woman I met in Barbados, staying in touch with your blog. What I know is what Zoe focuses on, Zoe gets. You are cutting back and you do feel the repercussions of “going for it”. Listen to the body. It is the greatest guide. It doesn’t make excuses, dance around or lie.

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