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 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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