Yee-ha cowboy. She is back. After a few really dreadful days of overeating and particularly eating too many white refined carbs, I woke up this morning feeling fairly grotty. White bread, which I ate too much of yesterday, does not agree with me. It makes me feel bloated, windy and lacking in energy and vitality.
To get myself back on the wagon, I chose to keep my diary clear for the day and not go out. I chose instead to sit inside, read some healthy living blogs and websites and get my diet mojo back. While I was doing that I put some goodies in to a jug to soak for breakfast:
30 g porridge oats (3 WW points)
1 tsp chia seeds (1 WW point)
100 ml coconut water (1 WW point)
100 ml water
1 cup of frozen raspberries
The point of soaking the ingredients is so the oats soften which makes them easier to digest and so the chia seeds swell up which makes 1 tsp seem more than it is. It helps keep you feeling full.
I soaked all the ingredients for a couple of hours, then poured them in to my blender with a banana and blitzed until smooth. Raspberry pink is one of my favourite colours. So pretty.
This smoothie was just about right in terms of thickness and a good quantity. It made about 1 and a half of these glasses full.
I read all morning. I found some sites about people who “juice feast” i.e. live on fruit and vegetable juices only for a period of time. One man did this for 92 days! This is not something I want to do, but reading their blogs, about how their energy levels, emotional wellbeing and overall health improved dramatically served as a powerful reminder that eating well makes you feel well. It really is that simple. EAT WELL. FEEL WELL.
While I was reading I made some chicken stock (see how here ). I had a carcass left over from the roast I made last Thursday. I used the stock to make a nourishing and tasty soup for lunch which was perfect for such a cold and grey day.
Chicken and Parsnip Soup
Ingredients (Served 1 hungry person)
- 1 litre of homemade chicken stock (4 WW points)
- 150 g parsnip (1 large parsnip, peeled with core removed) (3 WW points)
- 50 g chicken (picked from carcass after making stock) (2 WW points)
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp tarragon
- Salt and pepper
- 100 g cottage cheese (optional) (2 WW points)
- Pour chicken stock in to a large saucepan and bring to simmering point.
- Chop the parsnip in to 1 inch chunks.
- Add the turmeric, paprika and tarragon. Simmer for 20 – 30 minutes until the parsnip is soft.
- Season according to taste.
- Pour soup in to blender and blitz until smooth.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Add cottage cheese and blend until smooth.
When I decided to make soup for lunch, I did not plan to add cottage cheese. But when I tasted the soup I felt it lacked something. The cottage cheese blended perfectly to lose its lumps, which some people dislike. It thickened the texture of the soup and imparted a slightly cheesy flavour. An excellent addition. The parsnip gave the soup an earthy sweetness and the turmeric and paprika gave it a wonderful orange colour. This was delicious.
I drank mine from a large mug as I was continuing my research and eating soup from a spoon is too troublesome when you are simultaneously engaged in another activity. Since I was home alone I was perfectly happy sipping my hot soup from a large mug. Lunch was contentedly slurped and research continued :-).
I was sent a link to a blog by The Fresh Network who I ordered some groceries from last week. There was a very interesting article about detoxing and I read more and more about it. I am going to do a one week detox, when the kit arrives. Unfortunately I have to wait 5 to 10 days for it but in that time I can prepare my temple. I have been sent a useful document about how to prepare yourself for the detox so I am starting.
Supper was leftovers.
I had a portion of the Aduki Bean Chilli ( 5 WW points) which I made last Monday. I didn’t realise it had been in the fridge for so long but it tasted fine. I had that with 3 of the Chick Pea Patties (8 WW points) I made last Wednesday. Searching for the recipe for them made me realise I had not added them to the recipe index so I will get on to that. I also had a large tomato which I chopped up and seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh basil. Finally I added 1 tbsp of the Tahini Dressing (3 WW points) I made on January 4th. I can’t believe I made it so long ago! It tasted great though and went really with the chick pea patties and juicy tomato.
I braved Weight Watchers tonight. I was dreading it and could easily have not gone as I knew I had put some weight on. Plus it was freezing cold outside. But I had to go to get a measure of how bad it was. I was hugely relieved to see I had only put on half a pound. So a gain is not a good thing but this was a small gain following a very stressful week. I have been weighed, so I know the extent of the damage, which is minimal.
I have spent my time wisely today, reading about healthy eating and rekindling my diet mojo. I am back on my wagon and looking forward to tomorrow.
WW Points Totals
+ 2 for semi skimmed milk in tea
Daily Total = 34