Vegtastic Again

Going away at the weekend has helped me remember how much I enjoy eating lots of vegetables.  Since I came back, I have eaten very little else, most of which was home grown which is immensely satisfying.

Sunday night; a salad of home grown lettuce, nasturtium flowers, broad beans and peas with new potatoes.  All from the garden except the potatoes.salad Sunday Monday was a day off for me and a last minute change of plan found me in Epsom, location of the famous racecourse.Epsom Grandstand 14-7 But mainly well known for being the hometown of Sally :-).  Sally in EpsomIt is a very long time since I have visited Epsom, a town I visited many times in my youth and it was great to see a traditional market stall in the town centre, selling very reasonably priced fruits, veggies and flowers.Epsom High St I had not had time for breakfast so I enjoyed this salad for lunch.M&S Fuller Longer salad This kept me going until supper time.salad ingredients 14-7 Cauliflower from BJ’s garden.  Lots and lots and lots of cauliflower so I made a cauliflower cheese, took the dogs for a walk and enjoyed it very much when I got back.cauliflower Today I was at work in London.  I had planned to have a juice for breakfast but had so many meetings I couldn’t get out until lunch time.

I met Zoe and Owen for a coffee which we enjoyed sitting on Monmouth Street, outside Scoff and Banter.  I did eat the 2 little biscuits but at least I had an Espresso rather than my usual Latte.Scoff and Banter Espresso Takeaway salad from Pure for lunch.Pure Summer Detox Salad I didn’t like the dressing so will leave that next time.Pure Summer Detox The salad was ok though.Summer Detox As soon as I got home I was out in the garden, enjoying the last of the evening sunshine.  I decided to only eat home grown vegetables for supper so I picked lots of peas.

peas 15-7 This little part of the garden is growing so well.  I collected some nasturtium flowers.garden 15-7 3 the garden 15-7 First picking of the green French beans.green beans 15-7 I have eaten these purple beans before this year.  There are so many growing I picked loads.purple beans 15-7 Lots of broad beans too.broad beans 15-7 The peas and beans have grown so well I am delighted.garden 15-7 2 Note to self – the broad beans need to grow with supports as they have all collapsed.garden 15-7 1 I picked all these; lettuce, nasturtiums, broad beans, green and purple French beans, lots of peas and my first courgette.veg from garden 15-7-14 Having gathered supper, Lara and I took the dogs over the road for a walk.  My target is 5 walks a week.dog walk 15-7-14We have been walking in these woods for years so were very surprised to see this part, which was a free range chicken farm, has been opened up and the chicken sheds dismantled.clearance Lovely evening for ballooning.hot air balloon The sun was so pretty, illuminating parts of the trees.summer sun in trees I did enjoy the walk and London suddenly seemed a very long way away.shhep on sumer evening Back at home we added BJ’s potatoes and cucumber to our supper, cooked the potatoes and beans and ate the rest raw.  One completely 100% home grown dinner, 100 % vegetables/plants.  Well, actually I did add some butter, salt and salad cream but in the main, it was a home grown dinner and it tasted amazing.  Eating home grown and just picked is so fresh and full of flavour, it is definitely worth the time and effort.dinner 15-7-14

This is so much more satisfying than the high fat and high sugar food I have been eating too much of lately.  I hope I continue to remember how much better it tastes and how much better it makes me feel.

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 Vegtastic Again

  1. suzjones says:

    Sounds wonderful. 🙂

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