Food and Drink Diary

Last night after I posted my blog, I had some Stilton and saltines with some butter.  I have no idea why I did that.   It was tasty but I didn’t need it.  On Sunday, after I posted my blog, I finished some apple and raspberry crumble that was calling out to me from the fridge.  So not only have I digressed from my healthy eating plan, I didn’t blog it either.  So today, I am photographing everything I eat and drink.  When the blog is posted, my eating for the day will be done.  I began the day full of resolve.  I had been bad but was back on track.  Or was I?

7:30.  Mug of Twinings English Breakfast tea.

9:05.  Small mug of Dragonfly green tea.

9:30.  Mango smoothie ( mango, soya milk, Chia seeds, protein powder).

11:00. Mug of coffee with semi-skimmed milk.

12:40. Mug of Chenmai-Cha.  I wanted lunch but the boiler engineer was here so I had to wait.  I had this cup of tea so I was not tempted to eat anything while I waited for my lunch.  It worked ! 🙂

13:50.  Reheated North African Squash and Chickpea stew with some wilted Chinese greens i.e. I stir fried them briefly, just until the leafy bit wilted.  I do not mean they were droopy when I took them out of the fridge.  The stew reheats well and I edited yesterdays post to show you the recipe.

This close up reminded me I added some dried chili flakes to the greens to spice it up.  The spicy greens were a fantastic complement to the slightly sweet stew.  This is one of those recipes I urge you to try as it is wonderful but very simple and cheap to make.  The worst part is deseeding and peeling the squash but you do that while other ingredients are cooking.

15:10.  Glass of water.

16:40.  Glass of water.

19:00.  Reheated BBQ chicken and beans with cornbread from Friday evening, with steamed carrots and Kenyan fine beans.

I am still not sure about those beans.  Eating them with a sober palate I think the problem is the blackstrap molasses.  I like the flavour of molasses but it is too strong in this dish so I either measured incorrectly, or I just need to adjust the quantity in the recipe.  The chicken reheated well and the vegetables were simple and nutritious, having been lightly steamed.

I think I will try and make those beans again.  The cornbread topping was a little dry when reheated but there was plenty of the BBQ sauce from the chicken so it was all very edible and rather enjoyable.

21:30.  Rooibos tea with semi skimmed milk.

I did it :-).  I stuck to my eating plan all day.  It was no effort at all and I enjoyed how I ate today.  There was plenty of food and I was never hungry.  The only think I did not do today was exercise but I had to wait in for the boiler man as a small but significant part of our new boiler was missing.  We had hot water but no heating.  Now we have both hot water and heating.

Tomorrow I will take the dogs in to the forest as soon as I drop Harvey off and do an hour long walk.  Glad the resolve is back.

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 Food and Drink Diary

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    Well done. I watched the Food Hospital on Tuesday which I’m yet to be convinced about but what DID make a difference to my resolve was the picture of the diabetic feet! I can really see why that man managed to stick to his 800 calories a day when he had pictures of blackened toes on his I-Phone to look at. I’m thinking of sticking that picture on the fridge. I made your Bircher muesli but with dried blueberries instead of pumpkin and it was lovely. Olivia loved it too. Harry made gagging noises and poked it round his bowl. 2 out of 3 aint bad though.

    • 2 out of 3 is fantastic. Well done Olivia for trying and enjoying something new.
      I missed the beginning of the Food Hospital but it is a brilliant idea for a programme and I have high hopes for it. Interesting how the little 7 year old Harvey’s, headaches went when all additives were excluded! There is so much that can be healed by good nutrition and I hope this programme raises awareness of it. Don’t put black toes on your fridge though – fill your home with beauty rather than horror 🙂

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