Looking After Myself

Life has been very busy lately and I felt exhausted and generally bleurgh when I woke up.  I have not been looking after myself properly recently and so I decided to do something about it today.  I have been making poor food choices and this past week in particular I have eaten way too much bread which makes me feel very bloated and windy!  I intended to eat a very plant based and raw diet today.

 This is the view from my bedroom window of the cottage next door, peeking though the weeping willow trees.  Such a charming view.

   The day began in a very leisurely fashion.   Green tea in bed.
A couple of rounds of Words with Friends.  I am hoping it will keep my mental degeneration at bay a bit longer.

 I find a lot of inspiration to eat healthily through Instagram – this is one of my favourite IG accounts – well worth a look if you haven’t found Kristi already.  She is one of my favourite accounts, with fantastic photography and useful nutrion information.
  What next for my lazy morning ? My sister Lucy gave me these lovely oils for my birthday so I enjoyed using ‘Revive’ in the bath.

  I don’t think I drink enough so I managed to chug down 2 of these large glasses which I flavoured with orange and mint.  750 ml of water in this big old glass.  The other good thing to do for health and wellbeing is exercise.  These 2 are always kean for a walk in the woods over the road.
  So, having exercised I had some breakfast; a banana, an orange and some grapes.  Lunch was 100% plant based.  I made a guacamole based sauce to go in some wraps, made with 2 tomatoes, skin removed, half a red onion, finely chopped, an avocado, lime juice, coriander and salt.
  Instead of using bread to make the wraps, I used some large romaine lettuce leaves.  I filled them with guacamole, carrots, beetroot, cherry tomatoes and sprouted amaranth.  I looked up some recipes in the Wagamama cookbook as I had a fancy for some noodles for dinner and I know a certain young man who always enjoys a noodle dinner.
  These wraps were not the daintiest things to eat but they tasted really good.  I will make these again.  I enjoyed my leisurely morning but this busy woman had lots of chores to do this afternoon so that was the end of relaxing time.  I bought some gorgeous pears in the supermarket – these 2 didn’t make it home.
  An interesting pot of tea.  This is made from lemongrass and ‘bachelors’s button’, whatever that is.  The smell and flavour were lovely.  This dinner ! Oh yummy, yummy, yummy!
  Cook some noodles and then plunge in to cold water.  We had 100 g buckwheat soba noodles each.

Make 1 litre of veg stock.

Fry 2 chopped garlic cloves and then add 2 small leeks, 2 courgettes, 15 button mushrooms, 15 sugar snap peas.  

Stir in a sauce made from 2 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt

Place the noodles in a large bowl, cover with the stock and vegetables.

Then fry some tofu.  I used smoked tofu with almonds which I love and I added a small amount of yellow bean hoisin sauce.

Garnish with chopped chillies and spring onion.

A relatively quick and extremely delicious supper.


I fel so much better already, for relaxing, exercising and eating well.  More of the same tomorrow I think.

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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