Pilgrim’s Rest

I felt weary by the end of this week.  It has been incredibly stressful for many reasons, very long hours working plus one late night so I woke up today feeling very tired and fed up as I had to work today as well even though it is a Saturday.

Yesterday was the end of week one of following the I Quit Sugar plan.  I lost 4 pounds which I was really happy about but I didn’t follow the plan perfectly.  I did follow the plan except for eating sugar twice; some ice cream one evening and lots of chocolate at Marion’s another evening.

Apart from that I stuck to the plan and definitely felt better for it.

When I can cook breakfast at home my favourite is a cheese omelette with tomatoes or spinach.  When I am at work I take in coco-nutty-granola with natural yogurt and fruit.  Both breakfasts keep me going until lunch time very easily.cheese and tomato omelette I worked from home yesterday and planned to have a huge salad but I was too busy so I made a quick smoothie instead with protein powder and hemp seeds for protein, maca and cacao nibs for a bit of zing as I was very tired, half an avocado for healthy fats and vitamins, plus coconut water, spinach and a frozen banana to give it more of an ice-cream consistency.  I write the date on everything when I freeze it so I can make sure I eat the oldest things first – little tip there.smoothie ingredients 2-5-14 It was good but not quite enough.green smoothie 2-5-14 So in the evening I had fish and chips.  Cranbrook fish shop does make amazing fish and chips.  I try to not eat any batter but even so, I am not kidding myself that fish with tartare sauce and chips is good for you.  It was very nice though!fish and chips 2-5-14 I woke up this morning to a beautiful Spring day and had bacon with an egg and a large tomato.  Week one of the plan asks you to give up bread which is why the egg is on the plate.  I decided to do week one again as I don’t feel ready to move on to week 2 yet.egg bacon and tomatoes I spent the morning in Battle which has a magnificent Abbey which is maintained by English Heritage.Battle Abbey 1 Next to the Abbey is this charming 15th Century building with a cafe in it.Pilgrim's Rest in sunshine Pilgrim’s Rest, so called because the pilgrims who travelled to the Abbey were able to rest here.Pilgrim's Rest close up I rested here too.inside Pilgrims That was our little table.table by window We did try these cosy chairs but decided it would have been a challenge to eat here.chairs by fire Our little table had a view of the Abbey.View of Abbey We both had a very good soup made with spinach, butternut squash and lentils.Harvey at lunch It was served with bread which I left.  Harvey enjoyed it.  Apparently white bread is “cool”! They offered cheese with it so I added the cheese to mine and it was delicious.  My only criticism is that it was served in such a small bowl and there was no bread choice.  A large bowl would have been better and an option of brown bread.soup in small bowl Pilgrim’s Rest does serve amazing cakes which are displayed on the counter and I eventually succumbed.  I had a scone, thinking it was the best choice as it has less sugar than a cake but I forgot the jam had sugar.  So I failed with no sugar and no white carbs but I did enjoy it.cream tea at Pilgrim's rest

I am off out for a curry tonight with Sally in Sevenoaks.  That will help me relax and when I get up tomorrow, I can focus on eating a lot of plant food.  And gardening.  And relaxing.  Enjoy your weekend.

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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One Response to Pilgrim’s Rest

  1. suzjones says:

    Yum. And that abbey and coffee shop are just delightful.

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