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. 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. It was good but not quite enough. 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! 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. I spent the morning in Battle which has a magnificent Abbey which is maintained by English Heritage. Next to the Abbey is this charming 15th Century building with a cafe in it. Pilgrim’s Rest, so called because the pilgrims who travelled to the Abbey were able to rest here. I rested here too. That was our little table. We did try these cosy chairs but decided it would have been a challenge to eat here. Our little table had a view of the Abbey. We both had a very good soup made with spinach, butternut squash and lentils. 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. 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.
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.