The Sick Room

My cold was so heavy today I was unable to go to work.  This is the first sick day I have taken in about 2 years so I was disappointed but I really couldn’t go in.  I slept for hours until hunger made me go and get some breakfast.

1 slice of toast with almond butter and a cup of tea.

almond butter on toast and tea

A second cuppa, another slice of toast, strawberry jam and a satsuma.jam on toast and satsuma

I was thirsty and trying to boost vitamin C to fight the cold so I chose to eat a pink grapefruit.

Pink Grapefruit Slushpink grapefruit in half

I decided to add it to the blender with about the same volume of ice as there was grapefruit and blitz it in to a and pink grapefruit

Wow.  It was amazing.  Just sweet enough and blissfully cool.Pink grapefruit slush

Definitely one to make again.grapefruit skins and slush

I have made something similar previously, with a tot of sloe gin in it but I kept it non alcoholic today.  It was really good.Grapefruit slush

I fancied an egg mayonnaise sandwich for lunch.  I used 1 egg, 1 tbsp mayonnaise, salt and pepper.egg and mayo

Plus 50 g ham and a tomato.ham and tomatoes

Made in to a sandwich with 2 slices of wholemeal bread.  No butter to save on calories.egg, ham and tomato sandwich

The pink grapefruit slush was the best part.sandwich and grapefruit slushFor supper Lara requested something I was sure I had blogged about before but I couldn’t find it.  This recipe comes from my friend Gini who served it for me once and it was my standard lunch I would serve friends who popped over.  It is simple to make and absolutely delicious and vegetarian which is a bonus.  Served with a green salad and a glass of something chilled it is the perfect lunch.  But served as we made it tonight it was a perfect supper.

Roasted Vegetables and Goat’s Cheese with Pesto Ciabatta

Ingredients (serves 4) *

3 – 4 medium sized peppers
1 red onion
20 cherry tomatoes
1 tbsp olive oil
2 small ciabatta loaves
190g jar of pesto
200g goat’s cheese (ideally Chèvre Blanc)

* you can also add courgettes but we didn’t have any


Chop up the vegetables and mix with 1 tbsp olive oil in an oven proof dish
Roast in the oven at 180 ° for 25 minutes, turning once
Set aside to cool slightly while you prepare the bread

roasted vegetables

Slice the ciabatta lengthwise and toast lightly under the grill on both sides
Spread with pesto
spread with pesto

Pile the roasted vegetables on top of the bread and top with sliced goat’s cheesepile on the roasted veg

Grill for approximately 5 minutes so the cheese is meltingJust iut from the grill

Serve and enjoy.goats cheese and veg close upI managed to eat within my calorie allowance today, just.  My method of having what I want as long as I do not over eat worked.  I wouldn’t usually choose so much bread but I was hungry and feeling ill so it was quick and easy.  My Fitness Pal is really helping.  Without it I would have had far more pesto and cheese for supper and butter on my sandwich at lunch time.  Those extras would have made it taste better but my food was very enjoyable without.

I am hoping a hot toddy and an early night will knock this dreadful cold on the head!


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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4 Responses to The Sick Room

  1. Tim Cox says:

    Hey Zoe. Hope you’re feeling better today. Marcella is learning how to teach mindful eating. Have you ever heard of that?

    • Hi Tim, I do feel significantly better today thank you. I have not heard of Mindful Eating before but would love to know more. If there is a particular website Marcella can recommend I would be very interested in taking a look.

  2. laura1952 says:

    Happy Spring Zoe and I am glad to read you are feeling better today. One thing I do with the egg and mayo is mash it up to use in substitute for the butter and spread on the bread. It keeps it more moist and helps keep the tomatoes from making the bread too soggy. I don’t use mayo often anymore, but this works really well with avocado as well. Your dinner looks great. Bob isn’t fond of pesto at all, so I would be doing this solo for lunch for sure on the days I have ciabatta buns.

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