Remember I told you how I fell over a few days ago?  My right knee is very swollen and covered in a spectacular bruise.  It is very tender and hurts when I walk 😦 .  Sorry, that is gross isn’t it?

No more nasty photos, I promise.  I packed in the fruits and veggies today.  I was quite horrified to realise that I ate no fresh fruits or veggies yesterday until the evening so today I did much better.  I also want my bruise to heal so I provided lots of nutrients.

The little fella requested strawberries so he got some.

They were blended with banana, vanilla soya yogurt, almond milk and sunflower seed butter.  It was a great start to our day.

Enhanced by the fact I was at home making it at 7:30 am, nearly an hour after I usually have to leave.    I also had time to make a raw salad for lunch.

I chopped up cucumber, celery, red pepper, carrot, cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, and added some mixed sprouted seeds and 1 tsp hazelnut butter instead of dressing.  Ultra healthy 🙂 It did take a lot of chewing though.  I was thinking I could pop it in the blender, add some water and ice cubes and drink it effortlessly.  Instead I munched it slowly while I worked.

I took Harvey to get the school bus and sang Candyman at the top of my voice.  Deep joy.    I had this lovely start to the day because I was bound for the Gillingham office which was only a 50 minute drive from home.  When I go to London I go early to snap up a decent desk and to get going with the mountain of work I have each day.  But there was no point going early today so I didn’t.

I had a great day at work and was home earlier then usual.  I was very hungry as I had only eaten the smoothie and raw veggies all day.  I made one of my favourite meals – mixed vegetables in cheese sauce.

Step 1 : place raw kale in a layer over the bottom of an oven proof dish.

Step 2: pile on a mixture of lightly steamed vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, peas, purple and pink new potatoes).

Step 3: Pour over cheese sauce and grate more cheese on top.  Bake in the oven for half an hour at 180 ° C.

Step 4:  Mangez.

Vegtastic 🙂

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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6 Responses to Vegtastic

  1. laura1952 says:

    Yum! Dinner looks awesome and my mouth is watering.
    I take it you don’t have any Arnica, which will help with the pain and the bruising. I have used it whenever I need it from sore muscles from working out to being bruised from whatever I did.

    Enjoy the weekend and keep up the great eating. Happy Weigh-In for Monday and don’t forget to ask about your 50lb release reward! Pictures please. 😀 Your success is everyone’s success.
    Hugs from Brougham, Ontario, Canada

    • I did find some Arnica and I think it’s helping 24 hours later. Thanks for the suggestion. I can’t get weighed Monday which is a shame as I have done well this week. I am travelling with work again. Have a great weekend x

      • laura1952 says:

        When I dislocated and broke my wrist in two places the November after we met you, I had some on me and the doctor in ER was so happy I had taken the pellets on the way down. He is a doctor/surgeon that works with natropaths and recommends to all his patients that they take Arnica pellets 3 days before surgery so there will be less swelling and bruising.

        Glad you found some. Harvey is getting older, so always keep it as a staple in the house. It is a great natural healer.

      • Do you keep taking it or just once?

      • laura1952 says:

        The gel you can rub on several times a day and the pellets (you put 5 small pellets under your tongue) you can take every 3-4 hours. It really does work and gets the bruise to dissolve much quicker.

      • I have the pellets, not the gel. Thank you x

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