Syns Galore But How Many?

Slimming World is really easy to follow and calculate when you prepare your own food but I do find it difficult to calculate when I eat out, as I mainly did today.  Especially when eating at local places which are not on the syns list.

I am besieged by technical problems at the moment.  My main camera is not working at all so I have to use the little one so apologies for the inferior picture quality and my laptop keeps freezing so I usually give up trying to post anything.  I need to take it to a repair place but have not had time recently.

Watermelons are delicious at the moment – they are so sweet and juicy I really enjoy eating them and began the day with a plateful.

Watermelon 8-11-14We popped in to Cranbrook this morning and decided to go in to the new farm shop at Hartley which has recently opened.  It looks so different it is hard to believe it is the same place since being refurbished.  It seems much bigger, it is light and airy and has been knocked through to the coffee shop next door.Hartley shop interiorThe produce is beautifully presented but it does not have anything close to the range of Hartley Dyke.  The deli and bakery sections had samples of their produce and I tried 2 types of cheese and 2 cold meats.
veggies at Hartley I thought the butchers and Deli seemed particularly good, everyone was very friendly and it is a pleasant environment to shop in.  I will visit again but I will also continue to shop at Hartley Dyke.  I think we are lucky to have 2 good farm shops to choose from and I hope they both do well.

I particularly enjoyed bumping in to Catherine and James and Linda and Peter – it was very sociable in there.Hartley shop After shopping in Cranbrook we went to Cocolicious.  I did resist all the cakes but had a bite of Harvey’s cake and pancakes.

Harvey had the chocolate cake with white chocolate icing and declared the icing to be the best he had ever tasted.  It was really good and did taste like white chocolate but with the consistency of a whipped butter icing.  I think i did well to just have one bite.Harvey in Cocolicious 8-11-14 The coffee was excellent, full flavoured, in a mug and not a glass and the perfect temperature.  The milk was thick but not too foamy which I like.Cocolicious latte They were selling cinnamon buns!  I did resist but had a bite of Lara’s so that makes 3 bites of cake!Cocolicious cinnamon bun Lara and I had an unplanned but extremely enjoyable lunch at Carluccios in Tunbridge Wells.

We shread their excellent bread basket and olives, all of which were not diet friendly at all but really tasty.Carluccio's bread and olives I had their Primavera salad which was crispy pancetta, Gorgonzola cheese, rocket, walnuts, spinach and radicchio leaves with a balsamic dressing and a generous amount of pepper.Carluccio's Primavera It was very enjoyable.Primavera saladIn late afternoon I took the dogs on a walk through the woods over the road with Lara and we walked the longer loop which took over an hour so that was a good walk.

Back at home I managed to resist the Chinese takeaway the boys chose and just had 2 glasses of lemon and mint water and 2 apples.
lemon and mint water

I have tried to estimate the syns I had today but I found it impossible so I guess the scales will tell on Tuesday!


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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