Planning Helps

To be able to succeed with a diet high in fruits and veggies, you do need to plan carefully so you don’t get too hungry and become tempted with foods you don’t really want to eat.  I am learning that and it is really helping.

Being a weekend I didn’t have to plan breakfast.  I could choose spontaneously when I walked in to the kitchen first thing.  Mind you, I had plenty to choose from because there were so many fruits sitting in the early morning sunshine.

fruit in sunshine Unless I fancied something from the fridge.fridge 2 Nope, think I will go for something warmed by the sun.fridge 1 Such as this papaya.papaya cut in half Harvey declined the papaya today so I had the whole thing myself.  Nearly 1 kg of papaya and every mouthful was sweet, perfectly ripe and delicious.  390 calories.papaya seeds That kept me feeling full and comfortably sated for 4 – 5 hours when I made this very simple lunch of 3 apples, 1/4 of a pineapple and 5 Medjool dates.lunch 14-3-15I put it all in the blender and I ran it for a few minutes so it was quite smooth.  Very simple and easy to digest.  717 calories which is quite high.  The 3 apples were 285 and the dates 332 calories.pineapple, dates and apple I had a cinema trip in the evening with Lucy and Emily.  We were meeting just after 6 and I estimated I would be home at about 9 pm.   So even though 5 pm seemed too early to eat supper, I knew 9 pm would be too late so I prepared and enjoyed supper before I went.sweet potatoes baked I follow quite a few Instagram accounts and one I follow is THISRAWSOMEVEGANLIFE who has posted a few pictures of sweet potatoes drizzled with Tahini.  Well thanks for the idea because it was delicious.sweet potato supper I had 2 modest sized sweet potatoes which I baked for an hour, mashed with 1 tbsp olive oil based spread, salt and pepper, served with rocket, a large juicey sweet tomato and 1 tbsp white tahini drizzled over.  It really was FAB-U-LOUS.  Loved it all and will have it again.  434 calories.  I cant believe this was nearly half the calories of lunch as it was so much more substantial!sweet potato and salad

When I got home I enjoyed a glass of red wine. 172 calories.  But I felt no need to eat anything else so I made the right decision to eat early.

Daily stats.

Total calories = 1,744

% of daily calories from:
Carbohydrates = 83 %
Protein = 5 %
Fat = 11%

I am so amazed I ate all that today and feel so full and yet am within carb/protein/fat ratios so perfectly.  The calorie count is high today but not too high to have put weight on (hopefully!)

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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