14 Pounds Less Of Me Than There Was On NYE

Stepping on to the scales today was a real pleasure because it showed me a 4 pound loss.  Add that to the 10 pound loss I had got to last week and that makes 14 pounds lost since New Years Eve which makes me very happy.  One stone down and continuing to move in the right direction.

Many years ago when we lived in South London, we used to receive a weekly fruit and veg box from Abel & Cole.  I recently saw them advertise locally and today was my first delivery.

They have improved since those days, mainly because of their excellent online ordering system.  You can see what is in each box and ask to remove or add extra items so it is very flexible.  You can set up regular deliveries and ad hoc ones.  You can specify everything I could think of and the site was very easy to navigate and use.  In addition to the boxes, they have lots of other things to order too.  I was excited about opening up those boxes!  Everything is organic and as much as possible is local.

A&C boxesThis the ‘Large Fruit & Veg Box’ which contained: apples, aubergine, bananas, bunch of beetroot, green cabbage, carrots, white mushrooms, white onions, blood oranges, potatoes and a swede.

deluxe fruit and veg box This is a ‘Medium Fruit Box’ which contained tangerines, bananas, blueberries, dates and oranges.fruit box This is the ‘Medium Gourmet Box’ which had Avocado, golden beetroot, Romanesco cauliflower, green Batavia lettuce, shitake mushrooms, red onions, butternut squash, swede and tomatoes. gourmet boxIn addition to what I was expecting, I received recipe cards and an introductory gift of olive oil, a tea towel and some vouchers.  They are doing lots of introductory offers so have a look for them.

As well as delivering  what I ordered and when they said they would, I was thrilled with the packaging they used.  What do you notice about these boxes of fruits and veggies?  There is very little packaging.  I get so frustrated with the amount of packaging my usual food delivery service use.  Everything is covered in or wrapped/bagged in plastic.  I HATE having my food wrapped in plastic so this was much better.  Just cardboard boxes.

This is an unusual looking vegetable!Romanesque cauli I had so much plant food and I was so thrilled about my weight loss I decided to celebrate with a juice for breakfast.  I juiced the leaves and stalks from the bunch of beetroot, some ginger, a large carrot, 2 pears and an apple.juice ingredients 23-1-15 It was an amazing colour.beet juice foam It tasted good too but surprisingly I found it too sweet – my taste buds are changing.beet juice For lunch I stir fried some onions, Lancashire kale (which has pretty pink bits) and broccoli and then heated up some Bombay potato and spinach daal.stir fried kale etc I served it with sprouts on top.lunch 23-1-15 Absolutely delicious and so healthy.bombay potato kale 2 apples got me through the afternoon.2 apples 23-1-15 For dinner I made a stir-fried sesame cauliflower dish from Hugh F-W’s ‘Veg Everyday!’  because I had a cauliflower that needed using up.sesame cauliflower recipe Mine looks quite similar to the picture and it tasted ok too.sesame cauliflower 2 Stir-Fried Sesame Cauliflower

Ingredients (serves 2-4 as a side or 1 as a main dish)

  • 1 medium cauliflower
    2 tbsp sesame seeds ( I only had black ones)
    2 tbsp oil
    1 onion, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, sliced
    1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
    2 tsp freshly grated ginger
    1 tsp toasted sesame oil
    1 tbsp soy sauce
    fresh coriander


  1. break the cauliflower in to small florets and place in a  bowl of cold water for 10 minutes
  2. In a frying pan, dry fry the sesame seeds for 1 – 2 minutes until fragrant.  Tip on to a small plate and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in the frying pan over a medium heat and add the onion.  Fry until pale golden and then add the garlic, chilli and ginger and fry for another minute or so.
  4. Drain the cauliflower, raise the heat under the pan, tip in the cauliflower and 100ml water.  Cook, stirring for 5 – 10 minutes until the florets are browning around the edges.  Add a splash more water if they begin to stick.
  5. Stir in the sesame seeds, sesame oil and soy sauce.  Stir to coat the cauliflower with the oil and sesame seeds mixture.
  6. Serve with coriander.



sesame cauliflower

So another day well eaten.  One whole stone lost.  I is happy with that!

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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2 Responses to 14 Pounds Less Of Me Than There Was On NYE

  1. Well done on losing a stone in two weeks, what a good kick start to the year.And that fruit and veg looks amazingly fresh 🙂

    • Hi Kerry, thank you for visting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. It was over 3 weeks, not 2 but that is still really good and I am delighted. I know the rate will drop down to 1 – 2 pounds a week but its good to start well. Good luck with your own weight loss journey.

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