Something New

There is no doubt that yesterday I over ate.  I had more to drink than was probably wise but not enough to have a hang over – phew.  However, I woke up feeling jaded and uncomfortable so I tried something new for breakfast to settle my stomach and give me a nutritional boost.  I decided to make a Kombucha Frostie from a blog called Choosing Raw which I enjoy reading.

I bought this bottle of Kombucha months ago but wasn’t sure what to do with it.  Kombucha ia a fermented tea which the Chinese have been drinking for 2,000 years.  It has many health claims, from detoxification to cancer prevention.  I am not sure how much to believe the hype but was willing to try it.  On its own, it tastes like a lightly sparkling fruit drink.  Quite pleasant.

I placed one cup of Kombucha in the blender,

with one small banana and about a cup full of frozen mixed berries and the juice of one small lime.

I blitzed it for ages so it was completely smooth.

It was refreshing and very delicious.  Definitely making that again.  In fact I went to refill my glass but realised someone small had discovered it and guzzled it.  So just the one glass for me then!

I played tennis in the morning which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I need to play regularly as I love playing and it is such good exercise.  Anyone for tennis?

Lunch was picnic leftovers with some Feta cheese.

We had no plans this afternoon so we headed to the coast.  It has been far too long since I was on a beach so we went to Rye Harbour with the dogs.

Lots of pretty wildflowers to enjoy on the walk down to the beach.  I wonder what sea kale tastes like.

Love this little corrugated shack.  So dramatic.

A bit like the skies today.  Was it going to be sunny or pour with rain?

The sea was very rough.

I loved it and we settled down on the pebble bank to watch and listen to the waves crashing.  We sat there for ages.  Well, James and I sat there.  Harvey was straight in to the water.

So first the shoes are wet.  Then the shorts.

It doesn’t take too long before he is wet from head to toe!

So he might as well enjoy it then 🙂

And enjoy it he did.

It was very enjoyable watching Harvey playing in the sea.  The dogs were not so sure about it.

One small boy in such a large sea.

These waves are getting bigger!

Very exciting to watch.

From however close you are!

The waves were crashing so fast and furiously it churned the water in to foam.  It was really exhilarating watching it so it must have been amazing for Harvey.

The dogs had a brilliant time at the beach too.

The rain clouds became darker and the wind became stronger.  We decided to head back to the car before we were all as wet as Harvey.

It seemed like quite a long walk back under those black clouds. Particularly for Harvey in his wet clothes.

Would we make it before it poured?

We did literally.  As we got to the car it began to rain.  What a brilliant afternoon – it was great fun and completely exhilarating.

Back at home, a bath for the wet and salty one and a snack.  Crabbie’s and Doritos for me,

popcorn for Harvey which we made ourselves.  Popcorn is so easy to make.  You just heat 3 tbsp oil in a saucepan, add 1/2 a cup of popcorn, put the lid on and wait until it stops popping, shaking the pan regularly to prevent it from burning or sticking.

Ta daaa!

Supper was easy.  I scrubbed and sliced some sweet potatoes and added olive oil, salt, pepper and some cinnamon and then using my hands, mixed well so all slices were coated with oil and seasoning.  That went in to the oven at 200 ° C for about 40 – 45 minutes and I turned them every 15 minutes.  They are delicious and come out a combination of crispy,  soft and chewy.

Before we went out I defrosted 4 of the boneless pork chops I bought at the Farmer’s Market in Cranbrook recently.  They came from Cherry Tree Farm which is very local to me and their meat never disappoints.  The pork chops were rubbed with a dry spice mix and fried gently in a ridged pan.  Served with broccoli and mashed butternut squash.  Very tasty.  There is a chop left over for tomorrow too 🙂 .

Followed by this amazing dairy free ice-cream I bought at the Wealden Times summer fair.  We bought all 4 flavours: strawberry, chocolate, lemon and vanilla.   It is made with coconut milk and the strawberry one in particular is delicious.

Now, where am I with counting Weight Watchers points?

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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