Raw, Steamed and Frozen

Plant foods any which way today and plenty of them.  I played tennis in the sunshine so got some good exercise in and I lost 1 pound which takes the total to 18, year to date.  So an excellent day for health and dieting.

I carried home this huge papaya from Wholefoods Market yesterday.  It was perfectly ripe and so were the kiwis.  I had half of it for breakfast.papaya and 2 kiwis I didn’t like papaya much when I first had them but now I love them, especially when they are perfectly ripe like this one.papaya with seeds So sweet and juicy.papaya 6-3-15 The kiwis were perfectly ripe too.papaya kiwi 3 Every mouthful was a complete pleasure.papaya kiwi 2This provided the perfect fuel for my tennis.
kiwi macro I can enjoy the same again for breakfast tomorrow.papaya and kiwi At lunch time I wanted something savoury rather than sweet.  These were sweet though.time for lunch I am using My Fitness Pal again to count calories and I am also interested in the proportion of the three main food groups to each other: carbohydrates, protein and fat.  It means I took the scales out today to weigh everything so I could be accurate until I get used to the portions.

I really fancied potatoes and potatoes need butter so I added 25 g butter to some boiled potatoes and steamed broccoli.weighing butter A very simple lunch.lunch 6-3-15 2 Simple but tastylunch 6-3-15 and satisfying.  This kept me feeling full until about 8 pm this evening.broccoli 1 I popped in to Astilbe & Sorrel this afternoon to pick up some flowers for Marion’s birthday.A&S spring flowers While in there I treated myself to this little bunch and even though it was only a tiny £2 bunch, Sophie wrapped it all up beautifully for me.  It seemed a shame to unwrap them as they were so perfect.Astilbe & Sorrel spring flowers yellow They do look lovely in their little vase too.spring flowers Dinner was a very easy smoothie, made with 4 small bananas, half a carton of frozen mixed berries and 1 tbsp cocoa powder.  Nothing else at all which made for a very quick and easy supper with minimal time spent on preparation and cleaning up.berry banana chocolate smoothie

I have found the food ratios very interesting.  The biggest surprise today was the soya milk which I add to tea and coffee sometimes.  I assumed it would be mainly carbohydrate  with some protein but actually it is mainly fat and protein !!!!   According to My Fitness Pal, the nutrient profile is 56% fat, 43% protein and only 1 % carbohydrate.

My daily nutrient profile for the day was:
carbohydrate – 71%
fat – 19%
protein 10%

Yesterday it was:
carbohydrate – 84%
fat – 7%
protein 9%

Yesterday I mainly ate plant foods (4 apples, papaya, Galia melon, 4 nectarines, 2 bananas, half a bag of spinach, 2 tbsp mixed sprouts, soya milk and 2 glasses of white wine) which is why the carbs are so high.

I am reading a diet book about aiming to achieve a ratio of 80/10/10 (carbs/fats/proteins), most of which should be raw and vegan.  It’s an interesting read.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. 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 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. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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