A Different View On Life

What did we have for breakfast today?

Here’s a clue?  Something green on the outside and an amazing pinky/red on the inside.

Yes, Watermelon.

This is one of Harvey’s favourite foods and when he saw it in the kitchen this morning he woke me up to ask if he could have some.  “Yes of course” I mumbled sleepily.  I lay there for a minute, feeling pleased he was excited about eating fruit and then pictured him actually preparing it.   Seconds later I was up and rushing down the stairs, making sure I got to the huge kitchen knife before he did!  So I had rather an early start to the day.

I had mine with 65 g Feta.  I love that combination of sweet and juicy watermelon with dry and salty Feta.

This was one very sweet and juicy watermelon.  It was quite perfect.

It was fantastic and I wished I had bought a bigger one but I didn’t want to have to carry it home from London.  Mind you, it was so lovely I might do next week.

Harvey and I went to the Wealden Times Summer Fair and I left my camera at home GRRRRRR.  I was really cross. Mind you, without my camera, I couldn’t record all the naughty but wonderful foods we tasted as we wandered round 🙂 😦 .

The dogs enjoyed a rare moment of sunshine.

In their individual ways.


We had a snacky lunch that involved asparagus from the lovely Frogs Hole Farm which is just outside my village.  It is an organic arable farm that also grows and sells asparagus and broad beans. They only have a couple of days of asparagus left so I bought 2 bunches and felt a little sad that this will be the last of it until next year.  Eaten simply with butter.

Followed by some of this amazingly full flavoured olive tapenade

on this chewy and tasty walnut sourdough bread from Judges Bakery, which makes organic artisan bread and lots of cakes and biscuits too.  I confess we each had a cookie.

I had half a slice with Tapenade and half a slice with cheddar.  Yummy.

You get a different view on life with a macro lens.  I was oblivious to the greenfly invasion  taking place on the aubergine and pepper plants I am growing on my kitchen window sill. Not happy about those so I will try and get rid of them by dunking the leaves in a detergent solution.  I do not want to use an insecticide.

Harvey and I had some shopping to do in Tunbridge Wells this afternoon.  I wanted a new outfit for a fab day out next Thursday but could not find a shop along the top end of the high street or in the shopping centre that sold my size.  Even my 4 sizes smaller then I once was size.  I also observed how many shops are closed down which gives the area a rather run down and depressing feel to it.  So there I was, with some money burning a hole in my pocket but not one shop there with anything to sell me!  So guess what, I will have to stick to London which is a shame as I would prefer to support my local towns.

Harvey needed new trousers because he has grown so tall recently he literally did not have a pair left that were long enough but we didn’t get on much better for him.  We did at least get him one pair of jeans so he has something to wear out to lunch tomorrow.

I had better luck with a mail order from Detox Your World which arrived today.  Again, if there was a really good health food shop near me, I would have gone to it, but there isn’t so I used this excellent on-line company.

I have used their products before and they are good quality.  Your order is processed quickly and arrives neatly packaged with some extras.  I received some raw food recipe cards and a raw food recipe book too.

I have been struggling with macrobiotic eating.  Not so much because of what macrobiotic  eating includes but because so much of what I like eating is excluded.  I naturally favour a Mediterranean style diet and really enjoy raw food and fresh fruit.  But macrobiotics excludes nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers and aubergine for example), all fruit, eggs, dairy and expects you to live on grains, a restricted range of vegetables, beans and pulses, seaweed and pickles.  The jury is currently out on that one but it may be that yin-yanging across the cosmic universe is not for me.

James cooked us a stir fry for supper.

Brown basmati rice stir fried with carrots, onions, 2 types of mushrooms, kohlrabi leaves, egg, shoyu and spring onion.

Followed by some new dairy free ice-cream we bought earlier today.  It was fabulous and I did have a bowlful with some Goupie.  So I am not counting points today – I don’t have that many fingers!

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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