Today is my wedding anniversary.  Happy Anniversary oh beloved one 🙂

It is also the anniversary of me taking the plunge and going to Weight Watchers.  So I signed up on May 27th 2011 which was yesterday, in anniversary terms.  But I wanted to be weighed so I know, officially, how much I had lost in one year and Monday is weigh day.  I did have a slight gain since I last went, which is no surprise as I had been bad for a few weeks.  But, since this time last year, there is 4 stone and 1 pound less of me now than there was then.

I have spun around on planet earth, while it has travelled all the way round the sun.  One years spinning and I have transitioned from a big fat unhealthy blob to less of a blob, and a far more active person than I was.  I need to be more active but progress is progress.  I and my children now eat far more healthily than we did before.  Lara chooses to make kale omelette for breakfast and last night Harvey had brown rice and stir fried vegetables for supper.  I am delighted to see them making healthy choices and hope they continue to make the right decisions and enjoy it too.  Disappointingly James has not been interested in improving his health and continues to eat Pot Noodles and very few vegetables and that is his choice.

I am beginning this new year on a macrobiotic diet.  Not exclusively as I enjoy meat and dairy too much to give it up and do not think I need to as I only occasionally have it these days.  But I am going to try and eat macrobiotically this coming year.  We will see what happens.

For breakfast I had a buckwheat, blueberry and banana smoothie.  I soaked the raw groats overnight in water and in the morning drained and rinsed them well.

I put them in the blender with some blueberries

lucuma powder

plus almond milk and a small banana.  After a long blend so it wasn’t grainy, it was smooth and quite tasty.  Not amazing but enjoyable.  Cool and fresh.

I made lunch last night.  It is asparagus season and I stir fried asparagus with yellow and orange carrots.

Plus onions and sweet corn.

Served with brown rice and sprouted beans and a dressing made with oil, white wine vinegar, soy sauce and lemon juice.  The vegetables were perfectly cooked – crispy but definitely cooked rather then raw – and the dressing went really well with it.

For supper I wanted to try a macrobiotic must eat – a sea vegetable.  I went for Arame.

I added some to the water I heated to cook the noodles in and then drained the noodles with the arame and added the lot to the wok.

I stir fried broccoli, onions and mushrooms, added the noodles and arame and some soy sauce.  One of the last things I added was the komatsuna I picked in the garden.

Plus I grated in some mooli, also known as daikon.

When it was ready I stirred in 1 heaped tsp of tahini.

It was delicious.

What a great start to my macrobiotic year ahead.

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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3 Responses to Anniversary

  1. Sarah says:

    So much admiration! Well done you. And happy anniversary to Mr and Mrs B. xxx

  2. Laura Stavro says:

    Happy Anniversary to both you and James and your year of success in making successful lifestyle changes. Bravo Zöe! You have accomplished something very few people actually go through with. You took your own health into your own hands and made choices that would give you a better quality of life all the way around. Best of luck with your new way of eating for year two. May you find just as many enjoyable meals out there you never would have tried before.

  3. Veg Grower up the Road says:

    I’m so impressed Zoe – 4 stone is amaaaaazing. And your endless energy for new foods and recipes … Where on earth do you find out about the Inca gold – Lucuma powder???? I do know about daikon (that’s what wasabi is made from: Abi – that’s the hot one!!). Keep it up lovely lady and hope you both enjoyed your anniversary – pot noodle or not. xx

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