Birthday Boys

This has been a busy couple of days for birthdays in our house.  Sunday was my husband James’ and Step-Father Ian’s, today was Milton’s (one of our dogs) and tomorrow it’s my sister Lucy’s.  Happy birthday to you all.


Knowing we were out for lunch, I stacked up the nutrients for breakfast: chia and flax seed powder, coconut milk, spirulina, swiss chard, red kale, 2 kiwis, 2 strawberries, less than half an avocado, half a cup of sprouts and 3 frozen bananas.Smoothie ingredients 19-4-15 To be honest this was not the most pleasant tasting of smoothies but it had so much green and sprouted goodness in it, I drank it and thought about the nutrients in it.gren smoothie and strawberry We then headed off to London to celebrate James’ birthday and Lara met us.  We had some time to pass and the birthday boy chose to have a drink in a traditional London pub.  We had one drink in The Chandos near Charing Cross.The Chandos Then we moved along to The Salisbury.  I had a glass of red wine in each pub (medium).In the Salisbury Cheers !  I had some nuts with my drink in here.Inside The Salisbury There were some lovely features in this pub.  The pretty etchings on the glass and the large bar.Salisbury bar The stair well was covered in adverts for theatre productions.Salisbury stairs 1 I remember seeing this as a child.Beatrix Potter ballet Salisbury stairsOur next stop was Dishoom, at the end of St Martin’s Lane.
Dishoom menu and juice Inside Dishoom Dishoom wall I had a fresh squeezed orange juice and James had a spiced cider which he enjoyed.spiced cider I love these okra fries.okra fries I ordered the vegetable biryani which is cooked in the pot with a pastry top.  To be honest this was a bit mediocre.  It was ok but I wouldn’t bother having it again.Dishoom veg biryani I did have a delicious bread and their famous house black daal which is incredible.  Really amazing.  Unfortunately it’s not vegan because it contains cream and butter – no wonder it tastes so good!  It really is amazing.Dishoom 19-4-15 These were ok but I didn’t want to eat much.  This is the gunpowder potatoes which Lara ordered and I tried.  Gunpowder potatoes After Dishoom we walked along Old Compton Street and found a patisserie for cake and coffee.  I didn’t have any, I just had a pot of tea but I did have a mouthful of Harvey’s chocolate cake.

Apart from some green and camomile tea at home, I didn’t have anything else for the day.


A simple and satisfying breakfast of grapes and canteloupe melon.melon and grapes 20-4-15 Lunch was a salad from Wholefoods with a spoonful of pumpkin seed butter.Wf lunch 20-4-15 Mainly veggies, cooked and raw, with some noodles, rice and tofu.Wholefoods lunch 20-4-15I had supper with Lara and Harvey.  Harvey went to Lara’s for a sleepover yesterday and today she took him out and about in London.  After work they met me at my office and we had a quick supper together before heading home. It was great hearing about all the fun they had together.   We went to Wildwood Kitchen on Monmouth Street.  Lara and Harvey had pizza and I resisted and had a salad with walnuts and butternut squash and a side of fries.  The salad came with goat’s cheese which I gave away.
Wildwood supper

I managed to eat well (apart from the fries) and stayed vegan all day so I am pleased about that.  I now feel back on it and very positive about tracking 801010 again.

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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