Fast Vegetables

It’s Monday so it must be fast day :-).  I am beginning to look forward to it because I actually enjoy feeling empty, especially after a weekend like I just had which involved lots of eating.

I skipped breakfast quite effortlessly, thanks to several cups of tea.  It is definitely harder fasting after you have drunk a little bit too much and eaten rich food.  So I used 106 calories on 225 mls semi skimmed milk which I added to tea and a coffee and that got me through the morning.

By early afternoon I was ready for lunch.  I wanted to eat a lot of healthy nutrients so I went for some foods full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants etc.  Yes, vegetables plus some fruits.

The basis of my lunch time salad was half an avocado and half a grapefruit.  Instead of lemon or lime juice, I used the lovely juicy grapefruit to stop the avocado turning brown.

avocado and grapefruit

I put that in a bowl with 2 sticks of celery, 1 carrot and 3 medium sized tomatoes.lunch 11-3-13 4

No dressing other than salt and pepper.lunch 11-3-13 3

I wouldn’t say that grapefruit and avocado make a complementary flavour pairing necessarily.lunch 11-3-13 2

But they do look pretty together.  This lunch was slowly munched while I worked at home.lunch 11-3-13 1

I had 175 calories left for supper which I used on some lightly steamed broccoli and cauliflower and 10 g butter.  Simple, quick and easy to make and it tasted good too.Broccoli and cauliflower

I have realised I under-estimated my sodium intake as I did not add the slt I sprinkled on my salad or dinner.  I don’t add much but I did add some.

I am astonished that such a healthy day of eating put me over my daily recommended sugar allowance!!!!!

I was within my 500 calorie allowance though so I am happy with that.  I have just enough milk left for one more cup of Rooibos tea – what a crazy rock and roll lifestyle I lead 🙂

Breakfast Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sugar Sodium
Yeo Valley – Organic Semi Skimmed Milk (Corrected), 225 ml 106 11 4 8 11 90
Celery – Raw, 100 g 14 3 0 1 2 80
Carrots – Raw, 1 medium 25 6 0 1 3 42
Tomatoes – Red, ripe, raw, year round average, 200 g 36 8 0 2 5 10
Avocados – Raw, 67 g 107 6 10 1 0 5
Grapefruit – Raw, pink and red, all areas, 89 g 37 9 0 1 6 0
Broccoli – Raw, 155 g 53 10 1 4 3 51
Cauliflower – Raw, 169 g 42 9 0 3 4 51
Yeo Valley Organic – Butter, 10 g 73 0 8 0 0 67
Totals 493 62 23 21 34 396
Your Daily Goal 1,630 224 54 61 33 2,500
Remaining 1,137 162 31 40 -1 2,104

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 Fast Vegetables

  1. laura1952 says:

    Zoe when I joined MFP I really didn’t do it to count calories per se. I honestly did it to keep track of my sugar consumption, even though I don’t eat refined sugar generally, but because of the large amount of natural sugar that is in fruits, honey and even vegetables as well as the sodium because of heart disease which my Dad and his side of the family suffered and lost their battles to. They say that knowledge is power and I say knowledge is information with a choice.

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