Hi! My name is Zoe and I have recently moved to Hastings in East Sussex with my son Harvey and dog Milton.  My daughter Lara is based in London these days and she visits us when she can.  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 
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. Sometimes we splurge and eat extravagantly but I am also interested in exploring how to eat healthily and cheaply.  Another objective is to add more exercise to our days.  It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)

27 Responses to About

  1. Stelsxx says:

    I’m with you Zoe all the way… perhaps we should do it together… there’s nothing like a holiday to firm up a resolution… trouble is once the jumpers come out and hide it all again, I lose the momentum and the resolve. xxx

  2. Hi Stella. Anything that means I get to hear from you/ see you is good with me 🙂

  3. Hi Zoe,
    I love you blog and so I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. There’s more info here: http://eatnowtalklater.wordpress.com/

  4. Hi:) Thank you for stopping by my blog:) I am posting this here, in case you don’t go back to the smoothie recipe:) Its about the sugar:
    Palm sugar is a low-carb sugar ( see the article that I have written about it earlier). Refined sugar/white sugar is not a good option, as so is neither artificial sweeteners such as spenda etc. as they make you crave more sweet things. Agave nectar is also a good option, or yacon syrup.

  5. Beccy Pordage says:

    Hello Zoe, my sister Sarah Forrest told me about your weight loss and inspirational and interesting blog. I am also at weight watchers so am loving the ideas of different recipes etc as I think we all get stuck in a rut. Three years ago I lost 8 stone on the Cambridge diet in 6 months. Most of it has stayed off but I am 3 stone heavier now than I was. My new years resolution is to get rid of the weight I have gained by learning to do the right things rather than starving! I aim to do it steadily at 2lbs a week so I can shed as much as possible by may when we have a family get together. Last night at my weigh in I lost 3.5lbs so am very pleased with that. Good luck with yours. You have a great talent for writing, makes very interesting reading. Best wishes love Beccy xxx

    • Welcome to my blog Beccy :-). Did I meet you in the summer at the Wealden summer fair? I know I met one of Sarah’s sisters there with your lovely Mummy. I decided to not do a rapid weight loss programme. One of my friends is going the Dukan and sometimes I am tempted to join her to get a big result. But I have also lost significant weight before (6 stone) and then put it all back on plus 2 more! So I am changing my eating habits and lifestyle gradually. And making sure the children learn healthy habits too. Congratulations on your weight loss so far and as you are doing weight watchers, I hope you find some good recipes on my blog. And I would love to hear about any of yours if you could share them 🙂

  6. Beccy Pordage says:

    Hi Zoe – no, we haven’t met – it was our other sister Katy who you met before. And yes, I agree, although quick fix diets can be great to get off a large amount, invariably it goes back on so the best way is to learn how to eat and pass the message on to our children xx

  7. scrivenspost says:

    Hello Zoe, this has got to be one of the best recipe blogs out there! I have so enjoyed visiting your very well presented site. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing:-)

  8. Your blog looks fantastic! Your photos of England remind me so much of when was little and lived (much further north than you) in Sheffield. Oh how I miss the beautiful countryside! I also can’t wait to try some of your recipes. If you’re interested in something a little exotic but really low fat, I just posted a really yummy tortilla soup inspired by my travels to Mexico. Even my daughter (who will be 1 this Friday) likes it – but I had to make it a little less spicy for her.

  9. Vanessa says:

    Loved your “About” section. You are on the right track. You seem to be doing all of the right things thus far, it takes time but you will see a difference. Eating whole, fresh, local foods is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Good luck on your journey! I look forward to more posts 🙂

  10. Terry Stickney says:

    HI Zoe. My name is Terry and i am putting the website together for St Laurence Church in Hawkhurst Kent. During a meeting we came across your photograph of the church and thought it was splendid. Would you give kind permission for the Church to use your image on it’s site?
    Many regards, Terry.
    P.S. Well done with the weight loss. I have recently lost 2 stone and am now working on my third.

  11. Tze Li says:

    Hi Zoe
    Hope you are very well!
    Do you have a email contact I can get in touch with you with? I am from Detox Your World and I believe you have been in contact with us before, and we would be keen to see if you would like to do another collaboration with us as we love your blog. Many thanks

  12. Hi Zoe,

    Three things……

    1. I am just learning to use wordpress and your site is a great example. Keep up the good work.

    2. I found your sight because I need to make some lifestyle changes, most of which have to do with my eating habits. Once again, thanks for the insights.

    3. I am also a pastor who while looking around is working on my latest talk for the weekend. Your picture with the overflowing wheelbarrow is the image I was looking to communicate. May I use it? If you are curious, I would be glad to send you the Keynote file so you can see how it was used.

    Your site turned into a one stop shopping event for me. An unexpected blessing. Thanks for sharing your story.

  13. hellolulu43 says:

    I’m sorry if this seems really nosey but I follow your blog. Do you and your husband live together as you only mention cooking for yourself and the children

  14. Atheer Al-Salim says:

    Hi Zoe, my name’s Ath and I’m working on the launch of Davina McCall’s new fitness DVD, 7 Minute Fit. I was wondering if it would be possible to have a quick chat on email? Thanks!

  15. Hi, Zoe! We are a restaurant in Belgrade, Serbia – quite well-known here, we might say. We came across your website and liked it very much. You share great heart-to-heart stories and wonderful pictures of food. Actually, your pictures make even simple dishes look inviting, like e.g. picture of a tuna sandwich! Being food enthusiasts ourselves, we were wondering if we may use some of your photos on occasion on our FB page (restoran.klub.011) and twitter account, since some of them correspond with the things we make in our restaurant. We’ll be happy to give credit where credit is due. 🙂 Best regards from food-loving Belgrade, Serbia!

  16. Georgia Peach USA says:

    I miss getting updates from you. I’m concerned about you.

    • Hi Georgia Peach, that is very kind of you to say so. I have had a combination of laptop problems and some personal challenges to get through which took up a lot of my energies. but the laptop is working again and I feel much better and am hoping to become a regular blogger again. Thanks for commenting, I was really touched to receive your message.

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