Recovering

I am finally beginning to feel more energetic and as if I am getting better.  This has been a terrible illness as I thought I was getting better last weekend but then bham !  It knocks you out much worse than you were before and with such a sort throat you wonder if you will ever feel normal again.  Well, I am getting better, thank goodness.

I had my first desensitisation session at The Allergy Centre.  It will be my last too.  I don’t believe their methods will actually achieve anything, I was shocked I was told all my allergies had been cleared with no cautions or warnings and I was particularly disappointed by the nutrition advice I was given.  Maybe their technique does clear allergies but for now, I am not prepared to risk another rash so I will be avoiding the things I think I am allergic to.

I have eaten some ‘comfort foods’ I should have left on the shelf this week such as flapjacks and porridge with syrup but nothing too disasterous or in large quantities.  I have also eaten loads of nutrient filled foods to help me recover.

I made a smoothie with a star fruit, blueberries, 2 kiwis, 3 frozen bananas and a tsp of spirulina.smoothie ingredients 1 I have decided I don’t like star fruit.  This one was crisp like an apple but slightly sour with nothing pleasant about the flavour, so I put the whole thing in to a smoothie.star fruit in 3 bits Grey is not the best colour for a smoothie (I blame the blueberries and spirulina) but it tasted great and the cold smooth consistency was perfect for a sore throat.spirulina banana smoothie I have been reading about some oil and vinegar free salad dressings where the main ingredients are celery, which is salty, and juicey fruits.  I made a delicious dressing with 1 celery stalk, 3 clementines and 2 dates.  You put everything in a blender and blitz until smooth.clementine dressing For the salad I had a pile of mixed green leaves,mixed greens some mandolined courgette and beetroot, mandolin courgettes Finely chopped white cabbage and fennel,cabbage and fennel Tossed in the fruity dressing.fruit dressing 3 Garnished with cherry tomatoes and black pepper.fruit dressing 2 It made a huge bowlful and it was very tasty.fruit dressing 1 For breakfast today I was craving a citrus smoothie so I put all these clementines in the Vita Mix with one frozen banana and blitzed until it was all smooth.clementines for smoothie A glass of sunshine on this overcast day.clementines and banana smoothie It tasted amazing and I will definitely be making this again.clementine and banana Since I am feeling better, I managed to walk again this weekend.  Yesterday Annette showed us a route from our house up to Bumbles plant nursery.  I bought some seeds there and felt my ‘green’ credentials were given a boost as I walked to buy my seeds rather than drive and will use them to grow some food in my garden.

Today we repeated the walk with Lara who unexpectedly came home yesterday which was a wonderful and happy surprise.L and H on walk with Milton This is an unusual area of woodland with very twisty branches and unfortunately lots of trees which appear to have been blown down.wobbly woods There are lots of bluebells showing us their greenery and this should be spectaular in May.

bluebells growing in wood

The walk takes us around the perimeter of a huge chicken farm.  There must be thousands of chickens here.  On the plus side, they do have acres of space to strut about in.lots of chickens chickens in pen I spent some very happy time in the garden this afternoon,planting out the Mangetout and Broad beans.  The dwarf beans can wait another month.bean seeds I also planted out 5 packets of sweet peas.sweet pea packets Lunch was a simple salad made with spinach, little gem lettuce, fennel and tomato with a baked sweet potato.lunch 22-3-15 Topped with a celery, kiwi and date dressing which tasted much better then it looks.kiwi and celery dressing For supper I stir fried an onion with some turmeric, cumin and coriander and then added some lightly steamed broccoli and cauliflower.  Unfortunately that was not enough to eat so I had some coconut yogurt with cashew nuts and coconut sugar.  I would have been better off adding some rice or potato to the cauliflower and broccoli.cauli and brocc

Friday was weigh day and as I feared, I had put on some weight this week.  I was up 2 pounds which was disappointing but not unexpected because I hardly moved around last week and I over ate.  I must do better this week.

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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4 Responses to Recovering

  1. Old_boiler says:

    do not let the scales take over. view your loss from Christmas and appreciate how well you are doing. really enjoy your posts. get well soon

  2. I laughed out loud at the ‘grey is not the best colour for a smoothie’ statement! But it didn’t look too grey I don’t think! It’s nice to see Harvey and Lara looking well! I hope you yourself shall be feeling much better soon too! X

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