NYE 2013 + NYD 2014

Happy New Year to you all !!!!

We had a fantastic NYE, thanks to our hosts, David and Annette who conveniently live just 3 houses away.

James, Harvey and I joined them and their friends for a delicious supper.  The starter, all made by David, was definitely one of the best starters I have ever had, anywhere.  I am just sorry my photo does not do it justice.starter NYE 2013We had warm goat’s cheese with an olive breadcrumb crust, pastry cones filled with pureed leek, watercress and herb salad with caper, coriander and lime dressing and a rhubarb and cranberry chutney!  It was fantastic.
starter 31-12-13 Our lovely hostess, Annette with James.Annette and B The main course was duck with pomegranate and a jus made by reducing a bottle of Port and a bottle of red wine with butter and possibly other things added.  It was incredible.  I wanted to lick my plate!  Served with roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts and soya beans.duck This was my contribution – a chocolate tart with raspberries.  It was dark and rich but dairy free so Harvey could have some.chocolate and raspberry tart Rosie and Ella are cutting up a white chocolate cheesecake and Neil brought a gateaux made with pannetone, mascarpone, pomegranates and pistachios.  Obviously I tried all of the desserts !Rosie and Ella

We had such a lovely evening.

Z, H and DWe ate wonderful food, drank lovely wines and champagne, we had a sing song, played games and tottered back down the hill at about 3 am.  It was a wonderful NYE; thank you David and Annette and friends.

Playing Rapidough So New Years Day.  Hello 2014.

I am giving up sugar again.  For January I am also giving up dairy and wheat.  I eat far too much butter, cheese and bread.  So I am not going to have them.  I will try adding dairy and wheat back when I am used to eating without them but I want to give up sugar permanently.  For January I am also keeping off alcohol.

I am going to give my weight loss a kick start by following a 3 day juice fast.  This is not recommended when giving up sugar as no juices should be drunk as they are too high in fructose.  However, I need a boost and to break the bad habits I have been in recently.

I began the day with a mug of Yerba Mate.  No milk or sugar.

Yerba Matte TeaJuice 1 was made with 5 carrots, 2 apples and a lemon.
carrots, apples and lemon

It was quite sweet but that made it easy to drink.orange juice in heart glass I love this tea; it tastes uplifting and bright and smells incredible.lemon myrtle green tea I had a glass of coconut water.coconut water Second juice was made with 2 cucumbers, 2 apples, kale and parsley.cucumbers, kale, parsley and applesThis made a large quantity of juice.

green juice in jugMy final juice of the day was made with half a watermelon, half a lemon and basil
watermelon, lemon and basil The basil and watermelon were wonderful together.Watermelon juiceI think I will end my day with a mug of camomile tea and an early night.  I am pleased I stuck to my juice fast today, it was actually easier then I thought it would be.  1 day down, 2 to go.

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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2 Responses to NYE 2013 + NYD 2014

  1. laura1952 says:

    Yummy. It looks like you and I drink the exact same Coconut Water. It was suggested by an Herbalist for me to drink Coconut Water to help balance the unbalance going on with my body the last couple of months. It is an acquired, but really nice taste. I love mine with Lime. Just like the song. Happy New Year and keep putting one step in front of the other.

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