Diet Day 1, Again

I had a lovely weekend, mainly because Lara came home which is always a treat for us all.  My favourite time of the week is Saturday morning when you have the whole weekend ahead of you.  Low tide was 9:23 so we were down on the beach by 9 to make the most of it.

This is such a magical place; filled with space and light, it makes me feel so happy and alive.P1080152We pottered rather than walked briskly today and enjoyed looking at all the exposed rocks and rockpools.P1080154We walked along towards the pier.P1080155An extraordinary structure.P1080156It’s worth being on the sand early so you almost have it to yourself.P1080159The wind picked up a bit and I had wet feet so we walked back to the car along the promenade.  This is part of the view from Bottle Alley.P1080162I love having my girl home.P1080163We walked a lot as we walked in to St.Leonard’s for lunch and then back again (over 17,000 steps!!) and we also relaxed a lot.  In fact we relaxed so much I had time to finish knitting the scarf I made for Lara. I am very pleased with it, particularly since it was the first pattern I had ever followed.P1080165I have bought a new set of scales.  I can not find the scales I used to have since I moved so I bought new ones and they were delivered on Sunday morning.   I didn’t want to get back to my diet on Sunday though so Lara and I had a good lunch with my Dad and in the evening I finished all the snacks in the house (crisps and houmous mainly with red wine).

This morning I weighed myself for the first time in months – it was grim!  Heigh ho, I am trying to lose weight again.  I have written down what I weighed and I hope next week I weigh a lot less.

I began with 200ml cold water and then a hot water with ginger, lime and apple cider vinegar.  I was working from home so it was easier to control what I ate and drank. P1080166I had some grapes for breakfast followed by a small juice.P1080168The ‘ginger shot’ is a Jason Vale recipe of a chunk of ginger with half an apple.  I extended it slightly to a whole apple with the ginger and I used up the lime I started this morning.P1080172I made lunch early because I was hungry.  I didn’t have enough rice or quinoa to make a portion so I cooked up a cup of buckwheat groats.  P1080169P1080170They are really easy to make.  You put 1 cup of buckwheat in to a pan with 2 cups of water ( I added some vegan stock as well), bring to the boil, simmer covered for 10 minutes and then set aside for half an hour.P1080171I ate half the buckwheat with a red pepper, some sauerkraut that Rebecca had made, celery, cherry tomatoes, pickled beetroot and some alfalfa sprouts.P1080173P1080174It was very tasty.P1080175I had about 3 cups of green tea today and 2 glasses of water.  Late afternoon I snacked on a mandarin, a banana and 6 raw almonds.P1080176I made Oh She Glows’ ‘Soul-soothing African peanut stew’ for supper .  It was quite the challenge cooking anything with Harvey and Milton lieing in the kitchen in the middle of the floor but I persevered and I am glad I did.P1080189I had a small plate of salad leaves before the peanut stew as I realised I had not had any green leaves all day.P1080193This peanut stew is fabulous.  I made it because Marion had been telling me about how much she enjoyed it when she made it for her daughter Lucy who is a vegan.  It reminded me of what a wonderful recipe it is because it is full of flavour.  This is how I made it, which is similar to Oh She Glows but with no added fat and reduced chili so Harvey could have it too.P1080194Soul-soothing African peanut stew – thanks to Oh She Glows for the recipe

  • 1 tbsp olive oil ( I used water to cut out the fat)
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced (I used a green one)
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced finely
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut in to 1 cm dice
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 85 g peanut butter
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 tsps child powder (I didn’t add this)
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 handfuls of spinach or kale (I used spinach)
  • Fresh coriander for serving
  • roasted peanuts for serving (I didn’t add any extra to save calories)
  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil (or water) and add the onion and garlic.  Saute for about 5 minutes until the onion is translucent
  2. Add the pepper, jalapeno, sweet potato and tinned tomatoes.  Simmer for 5 minutes and season with salt and pepper
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the peanut butter with 250 ml of the vegetable stock until no lumps remain.  Stir the peanut mixture in to the pan, with the remaining 750ml of stock, child and cayenne (if using)
  4. Cover the pan with a lid and simmer for 10-20 minutes until the sweet potato is tender
  5. Stir in the chick peas and spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted
  6. Ladle in to bowls and serve with coriander (or parsley) and peanuts

I really recommend this amazing dish.  You could serve it over rice but we ate it as it is and it was lovely.  Oh She Glows says this recipe is for 6 people but we had 4 ladle fulls each which is about 1/4 of the amount.  According to Cronometer, each portion has about 400 calories.


And that’s it.  I ate very well, both in terms of nutritionally and for a woman on a diet.  I ate 1,162 calories and I am happy with that.  I did not do much exercise though as I did not get far from my lap top all day and then I was busy all evening with chores.

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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