Beverley Hills

Did any of you do the Beverley Hills diet?  It was published in 1981 by Judy Mazel and it was all about pineapples.  I remember eating so  many unripe pineapples they made my mouth sore.  If I remember correctly, the idea behind it was that pineapples contained enzymes that improved digestion and undigested food was stored as body fat.  The diet did not contain many calories and I was always starving and it put me off pineapples for years.  However, since discovering Pina Coladas I am ok with pineapple again and Lara bought me the most amazing gadget (I love kitchen gadgets) for my birthday – a pineapple peeler and slicer.

First though, what did I have for breakfast?  Well not pineapple.  Lara and I dropped Harvey off and went for a swim and a shower.  I swam non-stop for 40 minutes and tried to up the speed and try different strokes, so I think I had a really good workout. It was also very sociable as I bumped in to tennis pals, Sally and Luly.  I had never thought of swimming as being so sociable:-)

Back home we had porridge with some clementine cashew nut butter I made recently and will tell you about another time.  So brekkie today was 50 g Jumbo oats, 140 ml soya milk, 1/2 tbsp Chia seeds, 1/2 a banana and 1 tbsp clementine cashew nut butter.  Warming, comforting and very satisfying.

Then the plumbers came.  I was beside myself with anxiety as to whether hubby’s proposal would work.  If it did, we would save about £500 on the cost of a new pump and if we had enough water pressure to not need a pump, the house would be a lot more peaceful. That old pump was very noisy and roared in to life any time anyone ran any water.  It took about an hour, 2 cups of tea each and lots of running up and down stairs but they then declared it a success.  YIPPEE.  By replumbing some pipes we now have all our water directly from the mains.  Our toilets flush and water gushes out of every tap again.  I am so happy.

Back to the pineapple.  Our neighbour was coming for lunch and I knew she liked pineapple so  I got my pineapple slicer out and set to.

1. The gadget and the pineapple.

2. The pineapple slicer cuts across the pineapple.

3. And cuts the pineapple away from the skin.

4. So you end up with a corkscrew like row of pineapple rings and leave the skin and central hard core behind.

5. Genius!

Lunch was cauliflower, broccoli and carrot cheese (made by Lara, thank you, xx) and a naked spinach and tomato salad.


Followed by pineapple and grapes.

Out for dinner tonight to celebrate Lisa’s birthday.  Happy (belated) birthday Lisa 🙂

Karen hosted a pot luck supper and I volunteered to cook a chicken dish.  I made Pollo al ajillo (chicken cooked with bay, garlic and white wine) from MORO The Cookbook.  I followed the recipe exactly and used sherry as I was out of white wine.  I also made tsatsiki to go with it.  I used the recipe in Flavours of Greece and again, followed it exactly except I didn’t strain the yogurt.  They both turned out really well.

The entire meal was amazing.  In addition to chicken and tsatsiki we had a rice and wild rice salad, tomato and mozzarella salad, green and tomato salad, wholemeal walnut bread and we finished with hokey pokey ice-cream and carrot cake.

The food was great but the best bit was the wonderful company.  Thank you Karen, Lisa, Marion and Sarah for such a fun evening.


2 signs today that Autumn is really here; frozen berries rather than fresh and long shadows in the kitchen in the mornings.

Berry smoothie for breakfast: frozen berries, 1 banana, 140 ml semi skimmed milk, 1 tbsp Tahini.

A real treat lay in store this morning.  I went to listen to Frances play some of the pieces she is playing at a charity piano recital with Alex Metcalf in aid of Hospice In The Weald:

Saturday 15th October at 7:30pm.
King Charles The Martyr
Tunbridge Wells
£5 on the door

I have seen Frances play previously as Frances Yonge and the Freeze and I really enjoy her music.  This was different obviously as she was playing pieces by Bach and Beethoven on her Grand Piano.  It was fabulous and the beautiful music filled the room.  I really enjoyed listening and wish I could start more days like that.

The rest of the day was happily spent with Lara visiting Dad and Jilly so she could say good-bye before going to University.  We were taken out for lunch and Lara had the biggest pizza I have ever seen!

I had a goats cheese salad starter followed by a lovely chicken salad and then an almond, plum and fig tart and finally an espresso.  Thank you Daddy.

As Dad is hoping to move, this was the last time Lara visited them in Carshalton.

Neither of us needed any supper after that feast.  Writing this blog has made me realise how much I have eaten with other people recently.  I have thoroughly enjoyed all of it but my stomach and bank balance need a rest from all this excessive socialising.  I think sociable dog walking and meeting for coffee will be more prominent in my life.

After the indulgences of the past two days I am wondering where that Beverley Hills Diet book is.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. 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 do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. 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. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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4 Responses to Beverley Hills

  1. Vegetable Grower up the Road says:

    Well done Zoe. Keep it up. You must have endless cupboard space for all those kitchen gadgets!

  2. Sally Seiver says:

    I love your blog. Just wanted to let you know I made passata today with my tomatoes from the garden. You must have a glut in yours and it is a fabulous recipe to make. OK so you have to do a bit of canning but it’s very straight forward and I now have 4 lovely jars ready for pasta dishes in the winter.

    • Thank you Sally. I am very impressed you have been canning and I would love to hear more about that. It is something I have begun researching. I actually do not have any spare tomatoes. I didn’t grow enough this year but also, we eat so many raw tomatoes, we don’t have any spare.

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