Portion Control

I was working from home today which makes eating what I like and when I like much easier.  It does make walking harder though because I am mainly on one room and today I didn’t have time to go out for a walk as we are so busy at work.  Anyway, I am trying to eat much smaller meals as well as very healthy meals because our portion sizes are much too large.

I made a smoothie bowl for breakfast, using up the remains of the fruit bowl because I was having a shopping delivery later in the day.  For 2 of us I made the smoothie with 2 mangoes, 2 pears, 1 avocado and half a bag of frozen blueberries with a splash of oat milk.p1070976Having blitzed the fruit to make the smoothie I added some coconut and pecan nuts to serve.  The flavour was overwhelmingly of pear, which was very nice but surprising.  The pears were very small but they overtook all the other flavours.  It was very enjoyable.p1070977Enjoyed with 2 mugs of hot water with lime and ginger.p1070978Lunch was leftovers.  I was pleased to see a large bowl of the sweet potato, butternut and chard casserole in the fridge; I had forgotten it was there. I cooked some rice and heated up the casserole and it was delicious.  This is such a wonderful recipe, we both love it.p1070979I always cook 1 cup of Basmati brown rice  and we often share it between us but today we only had a quarter each.  It was plenty.p1070980I added some smoked chili pickle and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful of my lunch.p1070981I was peckish in the afternoon (more likely bored actually) so I had some almonds and dates with black rooibos tea.p1070984I made stir fried rice for dinner, using another quarter of the rice.  I stir fried, in coconut oil, red onions, garlic, celery, fennel, peas, courgette and half an orange pepper.  I added liquid aminos and a splash of apple cider vinegar for flavour and served it with fresh basil.p1070986I then remembered I had some mixed sprouts in the fridge so I added a handful of those too.  Simple and satisfying.p1070987

My eating was ok today.  More fat than I needed and not enough raw food but I was out of fresh groceries so tomorrow I can eat more raw foods.   I have not done enough exercise so I must do better with that tomorrow.  I did well with portions today though.

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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