We had a very berry start to our day.

1 cup of frozen mixed red berries, 1/2 a cup of oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 cup almond milk, 1 cup coconut water, 1 banana, 1 tbsp apricot kernel butter.  x 2.  Pop the ingredients in the blender.

Press go.  It’s quite fascinating watching the blender pulp everything from the bottom first and then it creates a vortex and sucks the top ingredients down.

This was fabulous.  Very berry, creamy, sweet, nourishing.  Yum.

I made a smoothie because for some reason I was awake earlier then normal.  Wide awake so I got up.  It seemed strange to walk in to the office with nothing to eat or drink so I treated myself to a Monmouth coffee.  Perfecto!

It was fruit frenzy Wednesday so I had a pear, raspberries, blueberries, melon, strawberry and a date.  I also had time to go out for a short walk at lunch time.  There is a restaurant called ‘Fish!’ in the market which I have been looking at longingly because I love fish.

When I wandered past today, I saw they had a takeaway section :-).

I chose the hot mackerel in a roll with tartare sauce.  It never occurred to me it would have been fried in batter!  I assumed it would be a fillet served warm.  I ate it anyway and I confess I really enjoyed it.  I stood in the sunshine in the garden of Southwark Cathedral and enjoyed my lunch very much.

On my way back to the office I walked past Konditoor and Cook (amazing cake shop) and they had a large display of brownies outside, being sold by a gorgeous young man.  Now that wasn’t fair.  How was I to resist when they were under my nose.  I chose the fudge brownie and it was good enough to be worth every calorie.

Orange smoothie for tea.  1 orange, 1 blood orange, 1 papaya, 1 carrot.  Plus water, ice cubes, an avocado and some cottage cheese.

Not bad, but not amazing.  A bit bland so I need to add something else to it next time.

I followed it with a glass of red wine and some cheddar on oat cakes.  So I over ate today, but not disastrously.  That was the first drink I have had in a week and the first cheese for ages too.   And I have at least had lots of fruits and vegetables today too – way more than my 5 a day.  I think I will sleep easy tonight.

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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