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 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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