A New Dawn

It’s a new dawn

It’s a new day

It’s a new life for me

IMG_0493I went back to Slimming World again today.  I have resolved many obstacles and challenges in the past few months and I now feel ready and able to really focus on losing weight and imroving my health.

I enjoyed half a melon with some raspberries and blueberries in the morning sunshine in my garden.IMG_0491At 11:30 I walked round to the church on Laton Road, ready to rejoin SW and work hard to lose my baggage.IMG_0494This is going to help me; following the Forks Over Knives and China Study recommendations, I will be “frying” in vegetable stock rather than oil.  I like this one and it’s vegan.  I have made up a litre to keep in the fridge and use in cooking.IMG_0495I add sprouts to many of my meals because I think they are really nutritious and on the Slimming World plan they are “free” so I can eat unlimited amounts.  I tend to buy one packet a week from the local health food shop and I vary which ones I buy.  Sprouts are a good source of protein for vegans.IMG_0496For lunch I followed a recipe in ‘The China Study Cookbook’, by Leanne Campbell.

Black-Eyed Pea Salad (serves 2)

For the salad:

  • 1 can of black-eyed beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped (I also added some fresh basil and mint)

For the dressing:

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice (I used lime)
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Combine the peas, rice, spring onions, pepper, celery, tomatoes and herbs in a large bowl
  2. Mix the dressing ingredients together in a jar with a will-fitting lid, shake well
  3. Pour dressing over salad and mix well together

I added a small handful of sprouts to the salad for additional nutrition.

The recipe recommends leaving for 1-2 hours before eating but we were hungry so ate it as soon as it was ready.  It was really easy to make, very tasty and has less than half a syn per portion.  The dressing makes what would have been a slightly tasteless salad really flavoursome.IMG_0497The green pepper and tomatoes were proudly produced from my garden, grown by yours truly.IMG_0498Harvey though it was “ok but too limey”.  He ate his with a pitta bread covered in humous but I just had mine as it was with no additions.IMG_0504I should have gone for a walk this afternoon but felt very tired after a busy day yesterday so I had a snooze instead.  Milton had his girlfriend over for a play date so they were happy to be in.  Earlier they had walked me round to the church for Slimming World and at their grand old age, that is sufficient exercise for them.IMG_0506A cup of tea and a banana kept me going until tea-time.  I like soya milk in tea and I use my Healthy Extra A for that allowance.IMG_0508For supper I had half a fresh corn cob which was so sweet and delicious I could have eaten it several times over.  I also had 3/4 of a large potato, boiled, and a modest portion of red lentil dal with home grown swiss chard added to it.  This needed some maple syrup added as it was a tad bitter.IMG_0510So that was me done for the day.  I have used 1 syn for maple syrup, soy milk for my HE A but no HE B.

It’s a new dawn

It’s a new day

It’s a new life

For me

And I’m feeling good

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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2 Responses to A New Dawn

  1. Lynne says:

    Great start Zoe. Try and use he a and b and at least 5 to 10 syns each day xxxx

  2. Tina harfield says:

    Good luck Zoe, you obviously have your head in the right place.

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