Simple Food

I decided last night to work from home as London would be chaotic thanks to a 48 hour Tube strike and trains may be precarious due to yet another wet and windy storm.  I chose to eat very simple food today.  Food that would be healthy, nutritious and easy to prepare as I had a lot of work to get through.

Flax seeds, which I ground so they are easier to digest.flax seeds An orange for juice, sweetness and vitamins.orange slices 5-2-14 Buckwheat groats which I soaked for 2 hours first in water.buckwheat saoking I chewed it slowly and enjoyed the goodness in this simple breakfast.  It would have been much nicer with a large dollop of yogurt and some honey but it was fine as it was.

301 calories.breakfast 5-2-14 Lunch required a lot of forward planning and soaking but it was easy and didn’t take much time.  I wanted to eat some seaweed so I soaked some Arame, which is very fine and cut in to matchstick sized pieces.Japanese Arame Lunch was a bed of rocket, topped with quinoa, aduki beans, seaweed and roasted tomatoes and red pepper.simple food 5 I roasted the tomatoes and peppers with olive oil and seasoned them with salt and pepper.  The beans were plain boiled and the quinoa was cooked with some vegetable stock to add some flavour.simple food 4 The seaweed was very pleasant.simple food 3 The roasted tomatoes made the difference between an ok meal and a really good meal as they added moisture and sweetness.simple food 2 433 calories.simple food 1 So beans and quinoa are tasty but I wanted something more interesting for dinner.  Vegan food can be delicious but grains and beans are surprisingly high in calories. When you are dieting, you don’t have enough spare calories to make a tasty sauce so the food is a bit bland.  Well, maybe it doesn’t need to be.  The main challenge today was that I was too busy to spend time cooking.  I will look up some tasty and low calorie vegan meals that have beans, whole grains and a good sauce.

Dinner made use of left over roast pork.  I stir fried onion, ginger, garlic, tenderstem broccoli, yellow pepper, button mushrooms and spinach in coconut oil.  I added the pork with some lime juice, fresh basil and dried chilli flakes.dinner 5-2-14 It was really good and I enjoyed every mouthful.

485 calories.Pork stir fry 5-2-14

Heavy rain and strong wind put an end to my plan for a lunch time walk and I had meetings at the time the local pool was open for lane swimming.    I am probably deluding myself if I think I may go swimming this evening at 9pm!

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 Simple Food

  1. Hi Zoe
    I read your blog with interest and I’m so impressed with your resolute commitment to “get it right” this time! Oh and the pics look good enough to eat!

    William
    william237.com

  2. Lucy Murphy says:

    It must have taken forever to chew through that breakfast. I find my seed and nut allergy stymies so many of your recipes. But the pork stir fry looks amazing (without the coconut oil). I may try that at the weekend. x

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