The Novice’s Room

I worked from home again on Friday which makes it so much easier to eat healthily.

This was breakfast!frozen bananas, coconut chips and mango With some of this.activated jars I blended 1 perfectly ripe mango with some coconut chips and 4 frozen bananas until it had the same consistency as ice-cream.  Poured in to a glass and topped with activated almond butter and a few cashews.  This made 2 servings and Harvey had the other one with the chocolate almond butter and loved it.  He couldn’t believe he was allowed ice-cream for breakfast or that I can make such lovely ice cream.  As a non dairy eater, he is usually restricted to sorbets which tend to be limited in flavour and full of sugar so this is a much healthier option for him and I will make it as a banana ice cream Hard to believe something that is so quick and easy to make can taste so completely fabulous.  I really could eat it all day!mango coconut ice-cream I bought this bottle of salad dressing in Wholefoods the other day and wanted to try it so I made a huge salad, using the dressing and sprouts for protein.dressing and sprouts Lamb’s lettuce, wild rocket, carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery, cucumber and avocados.salad 29-8 3 Topped with dressing and sprouts.salad 29-8 2 Crunchy and yummy.salad 29-8 1 Unfortunately that whiff of blue cheese alerted my ever eager cheese radar and all I could then think about was eating more cheese.  I adore cheese and have to be really careful to not eat it  with everything.  The downside to working from home was that I knew there was some Cheddar in the fridge so I had a chunk with some and Cheddar 29-8 I still wanted more cheese so at about 5 pm I cooked up the leftover rice and veggies for an early tea.

rice and veggies 2 29-8Loads of veggies with brown basmati rice plus an egg cooked with soy sauce, topped with fresh coriander and chervil.  Yummy.
rice and veggies 29-8

All week my little cherub has been working very hard as a member of Battle Youth Choir. He has been practising until 6pm every day for a concert which was being performed in the Novice’s Common Room at Battle Abbey.Novice's room concert This is a stunning room, built in the 14th century for the novice monks to use.  It is set amongst the ruins of Battle Abbey which makes it a very special place to arrive at and then be entertained in.  I am always in awe that such magnificent buildings could be created so many hundreds of years ago.Novice's room ceiling The concert was superb and I loved every single second of it and was almost certainly the proudest Mama on the planet, during the performance, all evening and I still am.  To see my young man performing with so much focus and talent was a very special thing to have been part of.Novice's room We then had a BBQ in the grounds of the Abbey which I had not realised we were having.  I did indulge I am afraid but fairly sensibly.  I had half a burger but with the bun and all the trimmings and a sausage with a very good Feta and olive salad with a glass of red wine.  I did manage to resist dessert but when I got home and was unpacking Harvey’s bags, I did eat the left over brazil nuts covered in dark chocolate!BBQ at BAS

By my recent standards, not a disaster at all but by diet and health standards, what I ate this evening let me down.  It was a marvellous evening though!  Well done to the Little Fella and everyone involved with the Youth Choir, especially the teachers who did an incredible job.

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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3 Responses to The Novice’s Room

  1. suzjones says:

    I read an article by a person who practices the Paleo way of living. He said quite matter-of-factly that he eats well 98% of the time but has the occasional lapse. He then explained that he doesn’t feel the need to enforce his eating habits on those around him and asks no consideration at special events or when out with friends. So I don’t think you’ve done anything wrong by not eating that well at the function.
    Of course I can’t say the same thing about eating most of the baking that I did the other day lol
    Thought of yesterday when I was browsing a St Vincent de Paul opp shop and found a juicing book by Jason Vale. I’m always on the lookout for new recipes and I’m enjoying the read. 🙂

    • I wouldn’t feel bad if I was only bad 2% of the time but I do really struggle. I may have to juice again as it did make me feel good. Which Jason Vale book did you get – he has produced a few now.

      • suzjones says:

        I thought I had replied to this but it appears it must be in cyberspace. I got the book Juice Yourself Slim. I must say I am quite enjoying it.
        I haven’t been too good over the weekend with my eating (pizza, chips and a couple of glasses of wine) so back to being good today. 🙂

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