Back To The Diet

I have been bad lately.  Very bad.  For a very long time.  But I have made some big decisions lately and am feeling more in control of my future and I don’t see a fat person in that future so time to get back to losing weight.

Sometimes I have been bad because I am sad or angry or lonely – I wish I felt the urge to go for a run or head to the gymn when feeling negative emotions but I don’t.  I dive in to carby and fatty foods which are a disaster.  Recent favourites have been crisps and humous or chips or toast and nut butters.

My naughty eating is not all negative though; sometimes I have been bad because I am celebrating such as my recent birthday.  I was very spoilt.  My wonderful neighbours hosted a drinks party with very gourmet vegan snacks and we sat outside and ate, drank and made very merry indeed.  Then on Sunday my Dad hosted a BBQ for my 3 lovely sisters and me with our families.  p1070617The sun shone, everyone turned up who we were expecting plus a special guest, Keven, a very dear friend of our family who we have known since we were teenagers.   It was a really wonderful day.  It could not have been better.p1070624I recently returned from a lovely holiday to find my greenhouse full of ripe tomatoes.  I have never had such success with tomatoes and I pick and eat them and they continue to ripen.  It’s rather a never ending supply at the moment which is such a treat.p1070627This lot were oven roasted with some olive oil, garlic and herbs and then blended with some potato and consumed as a soup, nearly every day this weekp1070616This week I have eaten very healthily but also eaten too much in terms of portion size and had too many snacks and calorific meals such as the irresistible fruit bread from Timberyard, which they toast and spread with almond butter and cinnamon seeds.  It has far too many calories, especially when washed down with a large oat milk latte !  So that will have to be resisted in future.

I feel good when I eat a mainly plant based diet and so that is how I will try and eat.  I will aim to eat in the ratio of 80:10:10 (carbs:protein:fat) which is the proportion most plants are in.  So nature provides us all this wonderful food which nourishes our bodies properly so it seems to make sense to eat lots of it – right?

I woke up today and decided today was the day and then I saw two things on Facebook this morning which affirmed my resolve.  No one will fix my problems for me, I need to do it and I might as well get on with it now.  So here we go.

Breakfast was a frozen bowl full of bananas with mixed berries, softened at room temperature slightly and blended to make this heavenly meal which tasted like ice-cream.  Yum!  Just bananas and mixed berries.p1070626Lunch was….. wait for it…… more tomatoes!  I oven roasted this lot with a little salt and pepper and enjoyed them with a large handful of mixed green leaves and a baked sweet potato.  No oil added and no dressings required.  The tomatoes are so juicy I didn’t need to add oil when I cooked them or mayonnaise or dressing to the leaves or vegan butter equivalent to the potato.p1070631That kept me full all afternoon and I nearly didn’t bother with supper but then decided I might get hungry later and snack so I had a simple pasta supper.  This red lentil pasta is excellent.  It only has 2 ingredients; red lentil flour and water so sounds healthy enough to me.p1070633I ate it with a courgette, spring onions and more tomatoes.  Perfectly adequate.  That was all I ate all day and I feel perfectly sated. I drank water, black and green tea and a black coffee.  Tracked and weighed everything too so I can see how close I am to 80:10:10.p1070634

How did I do?

Very well actually.  According to Cronometer:

Calories = 924

Carbs = 77.5%

Protein = 15.4%

Fat = 7.1%

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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4 Responses to Back To The Diet

  1. Gini says:

    Well done Zoe x

  2. laura1952 says:

    Welcome back to healthy eating. Your mind, body and soul will thank you for honouring your body instead of punishing it with emotional eating.

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