West End Girls

Today was my first day in our new office.  I was almost hyperventilating with excitement when I realised exactly where it was.  When I realised it was literally a few metres away from one of my favourite urban streets on the planet.

About a 3 minute walk brought me to Seven Dials 🙂Seven Dials Which is in the middle of my shopping Nirvana.  Even the stone in the road is attractive here.Sunny Monmouth St Yes, it’s Monmouth Street.  I absolutely love, love, love  Monmouth Street.Monmouth Street Feb 2014 I like the funky and unusual clothes shops – at least 2 of which sell things I can buy.  This could get expensive.Gudrun This was a disappointment.  A pop up chocolate shop.  I hope it pops down soon because I was lured in, given a free bar of chocolate and tempted to try others.  All very delicious but not the thing for a weak woman on a diet.Divine Chocolate I’ll stick to clothes and homeware shops as they have far fewer calories.Orla Kiely Beauty product shops are acceptable for lunch time shopping.  Can you see what is next to Kiehl’s?Kiehl's and Monmouth Monmouth Coffee Company !!!!!!  This is the one I discovered first (before the one in Borough Market) and I used to drop in on my way to classes when I was studying Nutritional Therapy.Monmouth Coffee Company I popped in for old time’s sake – it had to be done!Monmouth Coffee feb 2014I needed somewhere for lunch and wandered hopefully in to Neal’s Yard.  It is so bright and funky you can not fail to smile and feel cheery in here.

Neal's Yard and Wild Food Cafe I decided to try the Wild Food Cafe which ticks lots of boxes as it’s organic, has lots of raw and vegan foods and seems to be very fresh.  It only had a very limited menu and was expensive but I tried it anyway.  The staff were friendly and efficient and the cafe was bright and colourful but I had to get back to work so I ordered take out.Wild Food Cafe I would have enjoyed sitting in though.Wild Food Cafe in sunshineSprouted humous on sourdough with green salad.

germinated humous sourdough Then one of the best brownies I have ever had.Wild Food Brownie It was moist, dense, nutty and had an amazing fudgey topping.  Plus probably a squillion calories, particularly as it was a huge slice.Moist Brownie

This is meant to be a weight loss and getting healthy blog, not a blog about Zoe’s shopping aspirations and moist brownie addiction.  Well the weight loss has suffered a major setback although I have eaten some really healthy and delicious meals recently.

Such as a poached egg on spinach and tomato for breakfast yesterday.egg, spinach and fried tomatoes And the wonderful chicken soup I made with chicken, swede, carrots, split peas, onion, celery, leeks and parsley.chicken soup ingredients Cooked for hours in the slow cooker.  I then blended 2/3 of it to create a thick soup but left lots of chunks of chicken and vegetables, plus I added sweetcorn near the end of the cooking time.making chicken soup It was really delicious, although my photo does not do it justice.Nourishing chicken soupUnfortunately I have also eaten LOADS and loads of really naughty things.  I have been socialising too much which is not an excuse as everywhere I have been I could have either abstained or eaten a healthy option. But I rarely did.

For example on Sunday I went to Sally’s for lunch.  She had made a delicious butternut squash casserole which I could have had with salad but I had a sausage and then seconds as it was all so lovely.butternut sausage and salad For dessert I could have had fresh fruit but I didn’t.  Well I did, but I also had roulade.roulade and berries And chocolate cake !chocolate cake and rouladeI missed getting weighed last week as I opted to go to the pub with Jackie and Stella instead which was great fun but naughty.  I knew I would have put on weight last week so I didn’t go.  This week I knew I had put more on again but I made myself go.  It was bad, really bad.  I put 6 pounds on which is stupid.  Really stupid.  I have eaten too many sugary foods and done very little exercise.  I am going to put that right tomorrow by getting up earlier and walking before I get to work.  I am going to take food in too as I was doing well when I took my lunch and breakfast in.  This dieting lark is difficult!

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 West End Girls

  1. What a fab location to work in – almost makes the daily commute bearable, especially the Monmouth coffee; love it. I will have to settle with Nutmeg 🙂


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