Keeping Going

This has been a very tough week for so many reasons.  I have noticed that when I am tired it is harder to eat healthily and I am tired at the moment.  There is a lot going on in my life, not all of which is positive, and I am working 6 days most weeks so there is not much time to relax.  I have made some bad food choices recently but they have been occasional rather than the usual plummet to the depths.  Consequently I was happy to be weighed today and to see I had only put on 1 pound in the last 2 weeks.  I keep going up a pound one week and down a pound the next at the moment but that is so much better than usual where I might put on half a stone and then give up.  So I was inspired today to keep going with my whole foods and plant based diet with no cheats.  Year to date weight loss is 25 pounds.

I played tennis today and it was incredibly hot and muggy so I was very thirsty when I came home.  I made a green smoothie with 4 frozen bananas, hemp milk, spinach and swiss chard plus 1 tsp ‘Supreme Greens’.  I think this made a perfect post workout meal.IMG_9881 I had 2 glasses of lovely green smoothie.green smoothie 5-6-15 I was incredibly busy at work today so just made a simple lunch with these Piada I bought in Waitrose.  The ingredient list is minimal, unlike most wraps which are full of rubbish.  I bought the Violife (vegan version of Cheddar cheese) in the local health food shop, Vegetare.Piada and vegan cheese I heated a wrap in a large non stick pan and laid some Violife and fresh tomato on top.  When the wrap was warmed through, I wrapped the bread around the filling and enjoyed it very much.  I had a second one and added some Dijon mustard to it which was a good enhancement.tomato and vegan cheese Last week Harvey chose some Quorn in the supermarket.  He wanted something that looked like meat and chose this because Mo Farah eats it apparently!    I am very happy to eat food that doesn’t resemble meat at all but Harvey is doing so well with our nearly vegan kitchen that I was happy to oblige him.Quorn I made a bolognaise sauce to have with wholewheat tagliatelle and naturally packed it full of vegetables.  I fried up some onions, red pepper, celery and sweetcorn.  I noticed, when I was checking ingredients that Quorn contains egg white so I didn’t want to eat it.  I put half the vegetable mix in to a saucepan with a tin of tomatoes and half the packet of Quorn and simmered it for 10 minutes.  Harvey really enjoyed it.

I added a large Portobello mushroom and tomatoes to the frying pan with the other half of the fried veggies in it and simmered it for 10 minutes.veggies 5-6-15Plus a green chilli from the chilli plant.
chilli plant It was very tasty indeed.  I served it with some fresh coriander and basil. Yummy.  Harvey enjoyed his bolognaise too.vegan tagliatelle

 

 

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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