A Day In Hastings

I have been enjoying juicing again lately. Juicing is something I go through phases of and right now, it is in favour.  I think I am trying to stay hydrated and consume vast amounts of nutrients to help,fight off various colds and flus  that people around me are succumbing to.

Ocado sell these bags of apples and oranges for juicing.  The contents are a bit mishapen, a little marked and far from supermarket perfect.  But they taste good and contain the same nutrients as the perfect specimenS on the shelves but are much cheaper.   I pick kale and other leaves from the garden, one in the picture was from the red cabbages.  Then throw in a few other things such as pink grapefruit, celery, carrots and ginger.

I can get through 2 or 3 large glasses of juice in a day and I feel good for it.  I use juice instead of breakfast and/or lunch.

Smoothie bowls seem to be popular all year round.  This one made with blackberries and banana, topped with persimmon.   Just look at that beautiful rich deep purple colour.  I feel healthier just for looking at it !

 Stir fries are also popular in this old house at the moment.  They are quick and easy to prepare after a long day at work, especially if I am organised enough to cook up a batch of rice at the weekend.   I can go from walking through the door to sitting and eating within half an hour.  I eat as many vegetables as I can as they are all good for you, aren’t they?  This one was served with smoked tofu with almonds and sesame seeds, my absolute favourite tofu. 

Today was the first Saturday we have had with absolutely nothing in the diary for a very long time.  Not even a dog walk with a friend.  So we had a leisurely start to the day.  Mine involved reading Taproot in a long bath, which is a gift from my closest girl friends.  I love it 👍  

Harvey and I then set off to Hastings as I wanted to go to a vegan Christmas fair which was supporting some animal sanctuaries and charities.  It was very small and didn’t sell much we wanted to buy but we did enjoy some vegan snacks and some amazing vegan cupcakes.  What next I wondered? This was Harvey’s choice – I never have been able to resist that cute smile.   Having got over the complete assault on all senses of the peculiar world that is the Amusement Arcade, I really enjoyed it as they had several games we could play together such as basketball and air hockey.

 We wandered towards the shops on George Street in the Old Town.   

 We pottered in and out of lots of charming shops.   

 Before settling in to Hanushka Coffee House.

What a delightful place.  They served good coffee and cakes (slap on wrist) in a welcoming and cosy environment.  We sat there for ages and played Scrabble as amongst their shelves they have a selection of board games.  And yes, the books are real and can be taken down and read.   I would have chosen the traditional style bicycle in teal blue/green.
 We wandered back to the car which we had parked near the fishermen’s net shops.

   My goodness it was windy down by the beach!   

   This is a very interesting part of town to potter about in.   

  It was so windy on the beach I could hardly hold the camera still!  I had a lovely day in Hastings with my boy and we rounded off our day with a curry at the Raja, Tenterden.  So nil points for a good diet day but 10/10 for fun and special time with my boy.

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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