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 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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