Sunny Sunday

This glorious weather is amazing and I am loving all the sunshine.  Sunday was no misnomer this week!

My eating was generally good today 🙂 .  First thing I made a smoothie with some frozen berries, a banana, soya milk and some clementine cashew nut butter.

Sausages for lunch (just 2 chipolatas for me) with new potatoes and salad leaves and radishes from the garden, plus 15 g mayonnaise and 15 g butter.  Mayo and butter are not “diet” food but I am not on a diet but a life plan and as long as I count the points I can eat such food types.  I was really pleased to observe the males ate sausages with salad without any comment.  3 months ago it would have been eaten with a hot dog roll or baked beans but now we eat fresh fruit and/or veg with every meal, it has become the norm.  I am delighted 🙂 .

To make the most of the amazing sunshine we went to Rye Harbour which ticks all our boxes.  A lovely walk with lots of interesting smells for the dogs, pebbles and the sea for Harvey, a nature reserve for James and the seashore for me.

To anyone who has never been – GO!  It is a wonderful landscape of salt marshes and shingle which support a beautiful array of plants and birds.  And rabbits, which were on the other side of the fence, much to the frustration of the dogs!  There is a small visitor centre, a bird hide (so take binoculars) and an extensive network of paths which you can walk or cycle along.  It is very beautiful and I have always loved this shack, which was looking very bright today.

For a little boy and his dogs, there was plenty to do:  run up and down the shingle heaps, swim in the sea, try some body boarding or throw pebbles for the dogs.  Despite there being millions of pebbles lying around, those dumb dogs chased every single one thrown for them!

Lots of fun in the sun.

With plenty of time for relaxing too.

So much fun but eventually we came home.  James cooked supper which was a lovely treat.  He made chicken and ginger in coconut milk with rice and stir fried chard and spinach (from the garden).  I do prefer my plate to be half full of veg but hey, someone else cooked so I am not complaining.

Here’s hoping for a sunny Monday.

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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2 Responses to Sunny Sunday

  1. Vegetable Grower up the Road says:

    What a cutie Harvey is! Was the water freezing? Can I have the chicken and ginger recipe. I found one with coconut milk a couple of weeks ago and ended up having to marinade everything for hours – needless to say I only read that bit half an hour before we wanted to eat! Is the Bennett recipe a spontaneous one?!

    • Sorry for the delay in replying but I had to wait for James as he cooked on Sunday night :-). I really enjoyed the coconut and ginger chicken but it was too sweet for me although he and Harvey liked it as it was. In the recipe below he suggests switching to fresh ginger. have a go and let me know what you think.

      2 x chicken Breasts, cut in to bite sized pieces
      1 x onion, peeled and chopped
      1 Tbs soy sauce
      4 x pieces of root stem ginger in syrup + 2 tbs of the syrup
      1 x 330ml tin of coconut milk

      Might want to try some freshly grated root ginger (not in syrup) to cut through the sweetness

      Brown chicken and onion in wok
      Add finely chopped stem ginger
      Add coconut milk and soy sauce
      Boil for 10 mins to reduce
      Add soy to taste and serve with rice

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