Wednesday, 28 April 2010

I've got to stop doing these

Catch up posts that is! I'm getting lazy! I think I need some sort of blogging routine...

I know I said I wouldn't post any more coffee, but this one was pretty!





Double espresso with a little steamed Lactofree milk and the last of my coconut syrup :(



The post-5k burger! Perfection! 100% beef burgers, lightly toasted ciabatta, raw, crunchy onion, crisp bacon and goat cheese



Celebratory mixed berry cider, I was still celebrating on Sunday!





Kind of made Jill's pad thai, but I was missing lots of ingredients and decided to give it ago anyway and it turned out quite nice! I'm so glad Jill introduced me to this dish, it's amazing!



Last night I had my first glass of milk in.... I have no idea how long it's been! For ages now I have only been having cows milk in tea or coffee. I love this Lactofree stuff! Thanks to Tamzin I've seen her mention low lacto milk on her blog a couple of times so figured it would be worth a try.

And lastly, I'm desperately trying to avoid catching the cold going round work, here is my arsenal of drugs!



Echinacea, Berocca and Vicks First Defence - no idea if/how effective any of it is, but everyone else in my team has had a cold since Thursday and I'm doing OK so far!

I have a big "thing" tomorrow so if anyone feels like sending some good luck vibes my way around 8am then please do :D

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Run Balmoral 5k



Photo is from here

Sorry it's taken me so long, work has been busy and I've been so tired! I'm currenlty contemplating a second tripple shot latte from Starbucks....

So, the run. I did it! I ran the full distance! I'm so pleased, I really didn't expect to make it! I did struggle and a couple of times I thought I couldn't go on and would have to walk for a bit, but then I kept thinking how much I wanted to be able to say "I ran the whole way".

It was a really good day for it, it had been raining earlier in the day but was dry for our run, the temperature was pretty good too so I managed to avoid overheating too much. My average pace came out at around 5.1mph according to the timings site and I completed in 36 minutes and I think around 30 seconds! With a wee sprint finish which nearly killed me! The beginning of the route for about the first 1k was quite narrow so it was hard to go fast, which is good for me as I would never make it if I ran fast! Then we turned a corner up a hill which was quite tough but easily do-able and towards the top as we were running through the woods we past 3 white horses who were trotting and jumping and getting excited about all the runners - that was lovely to see, felt a bit weird and almost magical!

Then I got over-taken by a guy in a PVC Michael Jackson outfit and rubber mask - very disappointing! But I think I managed to finish ahead of the giant purple dinosaur at least.

I'm really glad I did the run, it was so much fun and I can't wait to do another! I need to find a 10k next and if I do that I think I'll aim for the Glasgow half marathon in September, but we'll see how 10k training goes!

The only downside was the hour and a half drive each way, especially on the way home when I just wanted to have a shower!

As a reward for such a good day we made big proper beef burgers for dinner with ciabatta bread, bacon and goats cheese - amazing! Followed by gooey GU chocolate torte (or two!) and I had a few glasses of peach bellini too. Perfect.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

It's 5k Day!

Wish me luck!

It's grey and miserable and raining here but the forecast for Balmoral where I'm running is to be cloudy and 10 degrees C, should be good for running in! I'm told I've got a hill, but not too steep, after about 1.5k and that it last 1k - that's worrying me since all my running has been on a flat treadmill or through a fairly flat riverside trail. I'm sure the atmosphere and beautiful surroundings will help though!

I've got a little tub of dried fruit, plain nuts and cacao nibs and a box of blueberries for after, as well as plenty of water since it'll be at least an hours drive home. Before I'm going to have a smoothie with some Maxitone Sculptress protein powder, a banana, rice milk, cinnamon, oats and maple syrup and I'll make a carrot, apple, lemon and ginger juice to have in the car.

I'm sorry I've been a rubbish blogger this week - I've been so tired and struggling to stay awake past 9pm! My diet has been pretty rubbishy this week too so I need to sort that out. I say rubbish but compared to how I was eating a couple of years ago it was still pretty good - I've just not been firm with myself and have been giving in to too many things.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Recipes!

Afternoon guys! Prompted by a comment the other day I have finally put together a recipes page! There's not an awful lot on it yet but I will be adding more and I'll be going through the archives and adding some of the older ones too.

Tab is at the top of the page or you can see it here!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Cake?

I was going to post this in with last nights foods photo spam, but it was so good I decided it needed a post all of it's own!



It's not really cake, it's a Pack Tunch Pineapple & Coconut bar spread with dark chocolate spread and coconut butter!







All my favourite things on a little plate!

OK so it's just not the same as a cake but makes a pretty good alternative!

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Food in Pictures

Because I'm too lazy and tired for a proper post! :D

I managed my two weeks with no wheat, sugar or dairy and I lost 4.5lb - my calorie allowance for those two weeks was set for me to lose 1lb per week and over the two weeks I ate more than that - but it was all good healthy food! Just shows me how important it is to eat real food! As I keep saying I wasn't cutting out these things because I think wheat is evil or in a fad diet sort of way - I just needed some rules to give me some focus again, and it worked! I decided that on Sunday after two full weeks I would just go for a day of whatever I fancied! I finally ate some of the little chocolate eggs my mum sent me at easter - they were so worth the wait! I appreciated the chocolate so much more. I had fish and chips for lunch - shared a portion with my boyfriend and to be honest.... it wasn't that great. I still ate more than I needed to as it seemed a waste not to and, well, I'm a bit greedy! They were just really bland. I'd rather have pan fried salmon with asparagus and sweet potato wedges. I was going to have homemade pizza for dinner but was too full from lunch so had some bread with butter, jam and Marmite (separate slices, not all on one!)

I was supposed to get back to no wheat and no sugar but we had the pizza stuff to use up and nothing else for dinner. I use a wholemeal pitta cut in half, spread with tomato puree and herbs and topped with chorizo and goats cheese. I also wrapped a few chunks of goats cheese in parma ham and heated in a pan with a little oil - I bloody love goats cheese!

So, this week I'm sticking with the avoiding junk foods and processed foods and I'm staying clear of sugar and wheat to keep that bit of structure to help me lose the weight and to give me a real reason to avoid a lot of junk foods - I'm very much loving having dairy back in my life! I had greek yogurt with berries and flaxseed for my afternoon snack today which was so very tasty and satisfying!

I can't really be bothered catching up on all the food I missed out on posting, but it's all been good (bit too much of it though!) here are some highlights:

Chicken cooked with lemon juice and parma ham and a lemony sauce -



Wine, obviously!



Prawn Jambalaya - thanks for the recipe Jill!



Juice - apples, orange, lemon, ginger, carrot and super-berry powder -



Fudge Babies! Like these ones here, but with dates, walnuts, cinnamon, maca and cocoa



Breakfast smoothie - oats, banana, homemade almond milk, coconut butter, cinnamon and maple syrup - heaven! Should have added more maple syrup though!



Almond milk, see here for how to make! Well worth a try, it's easy and doesn't take long, most of the preparation time is leaving it alone and waiting. It's got a lovely creamy taste and goes great in cereal or porridge!



Green Monster - I think it's just spinach, banana, coconut butter, rice milk and banana Sculptress protein powder - I had this before my best run ever! I finally made it past 5 minutes of running! I ran for 15 minutes!! And covered 2.5k! I had to walk for 2 minutes but managed to do another 10 minutes of running after - then had another walking break and final short run to finish the 5k distance - I was feel fantastic afterwards and really feeling like I could just manage to run the full 5k on Saturday! Unfortunately tonight's run wasn't quite so good - I struggled to run longer than 2 minutes at the same pace I ran on Friday :( I only last 20 minutes total alternating between walking and running. Bit disappointing, I did think I wouldn't do as well as Friday, but I didn't think my progress would appear to leap so far backwards! I'll try again on Thursday.



Tonight's dinner was a health and homemade prawn balti -



Oh an before I forget - hello to any new readers! I hope you enjoy my blog and stick around! Don't be shy to leave comments either - it's always good to know people are out there :D

Saturday, 17 April 2010

The Magazine Article - Unedited

Here is my original unedited version of the piece that appeared in this months Company magazine.

I was asked to write why I started my blog, why I thought documenting my diet would help, how much nutrition research I'd done, interesting facts/things discovered writing the food diary/blog, how much weight I'd lost.

Initially I started my blog to monitor my weight loss and help me stay on track. I realised I was falling into some bad habits and gradually my weight was creeping up and my clothes were getting tighter. I decided that it was time I did something about it - I had to go on a diet. Unfortunately, as soon as I got to my goal weight or size I fell back into old habits and ended up right back where I started.
Clearly, I was doing something wrong. I had to accept that Diets. Do. Not. Work.

I had learned a little about fitness and nutrition from my university flatmate, who was studying Sports Science and was a competitive swimmer – she was in great shape and had a brilliant attitude towards food and exercise. I spent some time reading up on fitness and nutrition I decided it was time to ditch the fad diets and make some permanent changes.

The first change I made was to start paying attention to portion sizes – I followed a weightloss plan which was based on having 3 meals a day with small snacks in between. The book had meals calorie counted, you just picked one of each and made sure your portions were right. The meals all contained good, wholesome ingredients but I did find the plan rather restrictive, and once I started exercising properly the calories were just too low.

I had a rough idea about what was good to eat, I knew some good fats were good for you, I knew a balanced diet was important, I knew I wasn’t going to bulk up like Arnie if I lifted some weights in the gym. So I thought I’d have a go at putting all these things into practice. I thought that keeping a record of what I was doing would help keep my focus and enable me to see where I was going wrong. Keeping track publicly also meant that if I slipped up, people would know about it – this made me think twice about the chocolate bars and sweeties by the till, the family-size pack of crisps in the cupboard or the tub of Ben & Jerry’s in the freezer! Iy helped that I wasn’t alone, a few of my friends also started food diary blogs around the same time so we had each other for support, as well as the support from others who happened to stumble across our blogs.

In addition to keeping a food diary on the blog I also used a site that would calculate all my calories Weight Loss Resources – it’s amazing how easy it is to pile up the pasta and load up on sauce without realising just how much you are actually eating. It’s also interesting to see the nutritional value (or lack of) of the foods you are eating and I found this encouraged me to make healthy choices.

After a couple of months I decided that I actually hate the thought of what goes into junk food and diet products and that really I should be fueling my body with some decent nutritious foods, of course I still wanted it to be tasty and I do enjoy the occasional treat! I figured if I wanted a healthy body I was going to have start putting the right stuff in.

I have learned a lot through keeping a blog, both from reading other peoples blogs and from my own, I realised that I had a bad habit of emotional eating or eating what I thought I should, rather than paying attention to what my body needed. I learned how to understand my cravings and what to do about them, for example I was frequently finding myself craving salty foods – crisps, pizza, Marmite, nut butters, cravings for salt are apparently linked to stress and depletion of our brains natural calming chemical (gamma-aminobutyric acid) which can be restored through eating more essential fatty acids, I now know that when I’m constantly craving crisps a few meals containg oily fish will quickly put an end to the salt cravings. I also discovered loads of new foods that I had either never heard of or never known what to do with, I discovered exercise and was surprised to realise I actually really enjoy it – I just had to find something I wanted to do and get a couple of good playlists on my iPod! I have even gone from not being able to run to the end of my path, nor wanting to, to entering a 5K run in April and considering a half marathon in September!

I don’t’ consider myself to be “on a diet” anymore and I plan to never be “on a diet” again. I’m eating good, wholesome, nutritious foods and getting plenty of exercise and, most importantly, I love it!!

Sure, I have my blips – sometimes a day, sometimes weeks, or even a month, but I always make sure I get myself right back on track. I am more aware – having the blog to look back on helps see where I’ve gone wrong and reminds me why I got healthy and motivates me to get back on track.
Currently I am still calorie counting using Weight Loss Resources, although I do not think that counting calories in this way is good for the long term, it has been essential for me in helping me to learn more about the nutritional content of foods and portion control, I hope that these things will soon become habit/second nature but until then I will still refer to the food diary to keep me on the right track.

For weight lost see here

I was then asked to provide a weeks food diary with some comments on the things I'd eaten. The weeks diary is not all from one week, just an example of the sort of things I have.

Day 1:

Breakfast: 1 scoop protein shake (cookies and cream flavoured whey) with water then 20g oats with skimmed milk, banana and some mixed seeds and dried goji berries

Snack: 2 medium Satsuma’s

Lunch: Bagel with light soft cheese and chives with smoked salmon

Snack: Natural yogurt with blackberries, blueberries and vanilla whey – if it’s an exercise day I need more calories to get me through the workout – whey adds a bit more texture and sweetness to the yogurt so this is a great way to have it.

Post Workout Snack: 1 scoop protein shake with water – mixing the protein powder with water means it is more easily absorbed by your body – ideal after a tough workout!

Dinner: Tilapia with new potatoes and some grilled broccoli, sweet corn and carrot – I like grilling my veg on the ‘health grill’ as they stay nice and crunchy.

Snack: Apple spread with hazelnut butter and a square of dark chocolate – a square of dark chocolate is an excellent alternative to a whole bar of milk chocolate – because the cocoa % is much higher you don’t need nearly as much to get your chocolate fix!

Drinks: Espresso, fruit tea and water (total 2.3L including the water in the fruit teas – I try to aim for around 2L per day, more if I am exercising. I don’t know if I can really give credit to the water but my diet and weight loss always goes better when I make sure I get plenty of water)

Day 2:

Breakfast: Porridge with almond & hazelnut rice milk and a drizzle of agave nectar for extra sweetness, topped with 2 large teaspoons of mixed seeds and dried goji berries. I like to use the almond and hazelnut rice milk in my porridge as it adds a nice subtle flavour and a bit of sweetness and is cheaper than buying/easier than making almond milk and add a bit more variety to porridge since I eat it so often!

Lunch: Omelette with 2 eggs, a splash of milk, salt & pepper and filled with goat’s cheese, asparagus, courgette, yellow pepper and a slice of peppered ham. Omelette makes a great lunch - low cal, high protein, low carb and keeps me full for ages!

Snack: Greek yogurt and raspberries – I used frozen ones as they go mushy and mix in well (plus they are cheaper and don’t go mouldy!)

Dinner: Whole meal pita with a grilled Portobello mushroom and some haloumi cheese marinated in Nando’s sauce then warmed under the grill – this was fantastic! I will be having this again and again and again! So simple and literally took 5 minutes to make!

Snack: Glass of milk and a Skinny Cow mint hot chocolate to fight off those chocolate cravings!

Day 3:

Breakfast: Green Monster shake – homemade almond milk, banana, spinach and spirulina. Almond milk is so easy to make! Soak some almonds in water over night, then add some vanilla and agave nectar of dried dates, blend it all up and strain into an airtight container through some muslin cloth. Almond milk works well in porridge, smoothies and with granola/muesli type cereals.

Snack: 2 Satsuma’s

Lunch: Vegetable Soup with a slice of sprouted wheat bread – this is something I had seen mentioned on a few American blogs so when I saw some in a local health food shop I just had to try it! I love that it only has one ingredient and is still incredibly tasty! It has quite a thick, sticky texture and reminded me of a sticky date cake. Sprouted grains are a great addition to a healthy diet – easy to digest, high in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals.

Snack: 1 carrot chopped into sticks dipped in salsa

Dinner: Healthy, homemade ‘Skinny’ Keema curry with home-grown potatoes

Snack: Apple spread with hazelnut butter and a fudge baby – these are like a homemade version of the Nakd or Larabars, I got the recipe from another blogger – Chocolate Covered Katie. They really are heavenly and they taste so naughty! So easy to make too and much cheaper than pre-made bars – you just blend up 1 part plain nuts to 2 parts unsweetened dried dates with 1tbsp cocoa powder and ¼ tsp vanilla extract. Roll the mixture into balls and put in the fridge to firm up a bit. Also good crumbled on top of porridge! Katie has lots of different flavour variations on her site too.

Drinks: Milky coffee, few green teas and some water

Day 4:

Breakfast: Green Monster – banana, spinach, homemade almond milk and 1/2 tsp spirulina – Spirulina is a microscopic blue-green alga and is said to be an excellent source of complete protein containing all amino acids and is rich in several of vitamins and minerals....followed by 3 juiced carrots with 3 juiced apples – also makes a fantastic hangover cure!

Snack: Satsuma

Lunch: Wholemeal wrap with light cream cheese, spring onion and smoked salmon

Snack: Large Apple Pie Nakd bar and another Green Monster before the gym and a slice of sprouted wheat bread with light cream cheese after the gym – although I do love some light cream cheese from time to time I much prefer to have a soft goats cheese, it has a lot more flavour and is easier to digest than cow’s milk products making it ideal for pre/post workout snacking.

Dinner: ‘Skinny’ chicken Chow Mein with noodles – this came from the cook yourself thin TV series, I frequently use the website for healthy recipes. Skinny chow Mein is one of my favourites and I cook it most weeks.

Snack: 10g organic dark chocolate with orange

Drinks: Milky coffee, green tea, peppermint tea, lots of water





Day 5:

Breakfast: Protein shake with 1 scoop chocolate whey, 100ml skimmed milk and 100ml water with ice. Followed by 20g oats with 150ml skimmed milk and a pot of apple, banana and plum fruit puree – OK so this puree is actually a jar of baby food! It’s all natural and organic and the only ingredients are apple, banana and plum, perfect for adding to porridge and getting some of your 5 a day!


Snack: 1 Satsuma and 1 apricot


Lunch: Tuna mixed with grated courgette, spring onion, paprika, black pepper Tabasco sauce and a sprinkle of Salad Boost toasted chopped nuts and seeds, wrapped in little gem lettuce leaves

Snack: Handful of cherries, Greek yogurt with strawberries and half a scoop of cookies & cream whey. 1 passion fruit


Pre-Workout: small banana sliced down the middle and filled with almond butter – this is one of my all time favourite snacks! Banana and almond butter are the perfect combination! Nut butters are definitely worth trying – just keep them simple, there really is no need for added ingredients other than a little salt or oil. Nut butters are high in fibre, protein and essential fatty acids. They go well with so many foods – porridge, smoothies, curries, soups, on bread/oatcakes, on fruit, with dark chocolate, or just a teaspoon straight out the jar! Don’t be afraid of the high fat and calorie content of nut butters – they are still healthy and fats are an important part of our diets – just don’t eat too much!

Post-workout: 1 scoop whey with water and Nakd cocoa orange bar. Nakd bars are great for snacking on, they are made from only nuts, fruits and natural flavourings. I’d happily swap a chocolate bar for the cocoa orange!


Dinner: Tilapia with garlic and pepper green beans and a berry Trek bar – like a healthy, high protein flapjack!


Snack: S: Frozen banana and some frozen blueberries put through the juicer to make “ice cream” – Oh. My. God. This is amazing! Whoever discovered this is a genius!! Can also be made in a blender/food processor – fantastic healthy desert!

Drinks: 1 coffee and lots of water

Day 6:

Breakfast: Oats with half water and half skimmed milk, cooked with a thinly sliced banana mixed in (on the hob for a change – works so much better this way than microwaved), topped with mixed plain nuts, blueberries, cinnamon and dark chocolate

Snack: Cocoa Molé Larabar – Chopped nuts and dates with chilli and chocolate!

Lunch: Selection of sushi

Dinner: Stir fry with Thai green sauce, wholegrain noodles and organic chicken breast

Snack: Fudge baby crumbled over some banana ‘ice cream’

Day 7:

Breakfast: Green Monster Smoothie – spinach, banana, almond milk, Spirulina and ground flax (for some healthy fats)

Lunch: Tuna with Cajun spice mix and low fat fromage frais (instead of mayonnaise) with salad of rocket, grated carrot and courgette and spring onion dressed with a simple mix of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mustard, pinch of salt and pepper and a pinch of sugar

Snack: Half a box of fresh blueberries – not much in the way of snacks today, saving myself for a meal out with some lots of wine!

Dinner: Spiced Chicken and vegetable kebab with yogurt dressing on a flatbread, with a side salad…and a side order of chunky chips to share! And a bottle of rosé pinot grigio – also to share!

Finally I was asked for other sites that helped me.

Some of the sites that really helped me out with logging food, counting calories, weightloss, nutrition and fitness information, recipes and some inspiration...

Weight Loss Resources: http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk

My Fitness Pal: http://www.myfitnesspal.com

Both sites contain a food diary and huge database to help accurate record what you have eaten – broken down by calories, protein, fat, carbohydrates, portions of fruit & vegetables, and many more. Both sites also contain excellent and supportive members forums for all things diet and exercise related, and some general support and chat. Both sites encourage gradual, healthy weight loss and discourage fad or crash diets. And My Fitness Pal also has a free iphone ap so there’s not excuse for slacking off!

Figure Athlete: http://figureathlete.tmuscle.com/

A bit more hardcore than the two above – I mostly go here for new workout ideas. It’s where I learned about the importance of interval training and weight training (and that woman just do not have the testosterone to bulk up like a man!) Has lots of interesting articles and good forums – though a lot of it is geared up for people who want to compete in competitions there is still a great deal of valuable information for the rest of us!

I also have a selection of blogs on my iPhone blog reader which I check in with most days. All of them are good fun and I get a lot of ideas for new foods and recipes from them all.

Fitnessista: http://fitnessista.com/

The name says it all really! The Fitnessista describes herself as “ a military wife, personal trainer, spin and zumba instructor, 100% girly girl, goat cheese and shrimp lover, shopaholic, dinner party fanatic, wine enthusiast and high raw pescatarian, who's lost 40 lbs and kept it off for 7 years. “

Her blog is loads of fun, open and honest and full of great ideas and things to think about.

Heather Eats Almond Butter: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com

HEAB is responsible for my nut butter love! Her blog is full of healthy recipes and she has a wonderful healthy attitude to diet and fitness

Kath Eats Real Food: http://www.katheats.com/

Straight forward advice, fabulous food photos and recipes, her blog is all about healthy living and, well, real foods!

Chocolate Covered Katie: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

Katie is a chocolate loving vegan – for anything healthy and chocolate covered, Katie’s your girl! There’s always something new and interesting on Katie’s blog, you have to try her Fudge Babies!

And my friends Jo, Jill and Edna who both started keeping blogs/food diaries around the same time as I did – having friends doing this at the same time as me was a fantastic source of motivation and inspiration.  http://www.jagsfitnessblog.com http://planetjildo.blogspot.com and  http://beforeandforever.wordpress.com

For recipes I mostly refer to books or pages I’ve cut out of magazines  I love buying foody books and magazines and finding new ideas and now have quite a collection. I also use a few sites regularly for healthy recipes, mainly http://www.channel4.com/food/on-tv/cook-yourself-thin/ and http://www.channel4.com/programmes/my-big-fat-diet-show for well known recipes with simple changes to make them healthier. I also like to get some ideas from vegan sites as they tend to include ingredients I would never think of trying

Friday, 16 April 2010

Why Am I Here? Page Updated

I've just done a quick wee updated to my Why Am I Here? page to bring it more up to date! (see tabs long the top of the page!)

This week the May issue of Company magazine was released and it contains a wee 2 page feature on my blog! The issue is only £1 this month and my feature can be found on page 79/80. I've been so excited about it for the last two months! I had good fun writing it and it's pretty cool seeing my little picture in a magazine!! As usual I wrote too much and it would obviously need to be edited - I'll post the full, unedited, Stella version later today or tomorrow.

I should add though that it has been heavily edited! You might notice that my Why Am I Here? is rather different to the reason in the mag - something about an article about food diaries, I've never read this article and have no idea what it is! Also my chicken chow mein was not "a bit of a treat tonight" - it was a healthy home made version, my post is here and the original recipe is here. Oh and I don't drink entire bottles of wine just because "it is Saturday after all" - it was shared with my friend, nor do I drink 3 gin and slimline tonics with my dinner mid-week. I don't even like gin and tonic, tonic is too bitter and gin makes my nose itch! I don't drink alcohol a lot when I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm more of a wine of cocktail kind of girl than a gin and tonic kind of girl! And! Most importantly, Chocolate Covered Katie is the creator of Fudge Babies!! I credited her loads and put her in my favourite sites - I read her blog every day!

But other than that, it's a cool feature and I'm pretty excited about it!

Off for a run now - the 5k Run Balmoral is next weekend! And my Just Giving page can be found here! Thank you again to everyone who has sponsored me and donated to Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Blended Oats?

After Katt recommended blended oats I thought I'd give it a try for today's breakfast, I didn't go with any o her suggested flavours as I had tinned apple to use up. I like using the tinned apple in porridge but definitely prefer Kaths whipped banana method and I think I may prefer grated fresh apple or pear rather than tinned...
Anyway, I used 30g oats, 60g tinned apple, 10g goji berries, 2 tsps cinnamon and 150ml rice milk. Stuck it all in my blender then heated in the microwave at work.
It doesn't look too good, reminded me too much of baby food! Tasted lovely and I really liked the texture - it'll be good to have for a bit of variety but I think I prefer my oats whole! Unless they are in a smoothie...

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Noms

I've been a bit rubbish over the last few days - my food has been a bit boring and mostly not worth a photo. I'm just going to do a quick run down then get back on it for the rest of the week!

Sunday:

I didn't fill out my food diary properly, everything is in there but I can't remember what I ate when! I started with a big juice! Apple, carrot, ginger, orange, lemon and Superberry powder.



Lunch was Roasted Tomato Soup and Ryvita with houmous, dinner was roast pork with wedgies and veggies and an apple sauce made from the juices - it was roast with onions and apples, so good! Didn't quite match up the the previous Sunday's Roast Chicken though.



Snacks included a Trek bar, Nakd Cashew Cookie bar, Cashew Babies and sparkling apple juice.






























Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota:1375
+ Exercise Cals:0
Total Cal Quota:1375
Calories Consumed:1873
Calories Left:-498
Cals to Maintain Weight:1875































Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal)1873
Protein (g)91.9
Carbohydrate (g)260.8
Fat (g)52.1
Fibre (g)28.8
Fruit & Veg20.7

Wow! That's a lot of portions of fruit & veg!! Don't feel so bad about being 500 calories over now!

Monday:

I have no photos for Monday :(

Breakfast was porridge with chopped tinned apples, goji berries, loads of cinnamon, a little stevia and rice milk. Lunch was 2 eggs scrambled with some smoked salmon. 2 small latte's and a Gingerbread Nakd bar - I didn't like these last time I tried them but now I've got the ginger bug I'm loving them! The texture is really cakey! :) I went to the gym for 5k on the treadmill in my new running shoes so I had two Cashew Babies and a Maxitone Sculptress shake beforehand. Afterwards I had another Cashew Baby! Dinner was a bit pathetic really...2 Ryvita with houmous and a Raw Organic Food Bar - I wasn't in the mood for a meal after running.

My run went well, but I was a bit slower since I haven't ran for around 2 weeks - my trainers were no good and my knees were getting sore so I decided to wait until I got fitted properly for running shoes. The new ones are great! So comfortable! I just managed the full 5k - still  fair bit to go before I'll be running the whole way but I've definitely made progress despite the two week break.






























Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota:1375
+ Exercise Cals:429
Total Cal Quota:1804
Calories Consumed:1554
Calories Left:250
Cals to Maintain Weight:1875



































Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal)1554
Protein (g)93.8
Carbohydrate (g)145.7
Fat (g)66.9
Fibre (g)16.2
Fruit & Veg1.8
Water (litres)1.8

Tuesday:

Same breakfast as yesterday but I cooked the oats with the goji berries instead of adding them at the end and they went all nice and squishy and burst when I bit into them! I had a Cashew Baby and latte for a snack then mushroom soup for lunch - I made this at the same time as the Roasted tomato soup but didn't bother taking pictures as it looked a bit brown and gross really. In the afternoon I had another latte and a box of raspberries. Dinner was pan fried salmon and veggies which I may have thrown Nando's sauce over. It was ready when I got home so I inhaled it pretty much instantly! :D It was good! For desert.... yeah, 2 Cashew Babies!






























Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota:1375
+ Exercise Cals:0
Total Cal Quota:1375
Calories Consumed:1169
Calories Left:206
Cals to Maintain Weight:1875































Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal)1169
Protein (g)52.6
Carbohydrate (g)132.4
Fat (g)46.6
Fibre (g)17.1
Fruit & Veg7.8

Think I might have a sparkling apple juice for another 100 or so calories...

Cashew Babies!

Since I'm off the sugar I thought I'd best stay away from all things chocolate flavoured incase one thing leads to another. I was quite fancying some Fudge Babies, but thought I'd skip the cocoa and try some Cashew Babies! I wish I'd noticed that Katie suggest a pinch of salt - I'm loving salty sweet things these days! Nevermind, I'll just need to make another batch!

It's not much of a recipe....

Makes 10:

  • 100g Dates

  • 50g Cahews


Put cashew and dates in a blender and blend until mooshy! Shape into balls... if the mixture isn't sticking together too well put it in a little plastic bag and push it together in that before breaking off chunks to roll into balls - or just as one giant Cashew Baby and break a chunk off whenever you fancy ;)



































Nutrition DataPer Serving
Calories (kcal)55.9
Carbohydrate (g)7.3
Protein (g)1.1
Fat (g)2.5
Fibre (g)0.6
Alcohol (g)0.0
Fruit & Veg0.1





Monday, 12 April 2010

Roasted Tomato Soup









Serves 2:
  • 168g Cherry Tomatoes (or any other kind of tomato!) 

  • 1 Tin (400g) Chopped tomatoes

  • 124g Red Onion (1 medium) 

  • 5 Cloves Garlic

  • 1 Tsp Dried Basil

  • 1 Tsp Dried Oregano

  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

  • 1 Tsp Dark Brown Muscovado Sugar

  • Salt

  • Black Pepper

  • Preheat the over to 175C

    Very quickly and roughly chop the tomatoes, onion and garlic and put in a roasting dish

    Pour over the oil, vinegar, herbs,s alt and pepper and give it a good mix

    Roast in the over for 45-50 minutes

    Leave too cool a litte the pour into a blender and blend until smooth

    This recipe came from watching The Delicious Miss Dahl -it's not an exact copy of how she made hers but is based around what I could remember! It's really nice and thick and creamy - great comfort food!



































    Nutrition DataPer Serving
    Calories (kcal)171.5
    Carbohydrate (g)21.7
    Protein (g)4.2
    Fat (g)7.7
    Fibre (g)3.4
    Alcohol (g)0.0
    Fruit & Veg4.7

    Sunday, 11 April 2010

    Museli with Berries







    Serves 5:
  • 160g Oats

  • 10g Dried Mango

  • 20g Raisins

  • 20g Dried Apricots

  • 10g Walnuts

  • 10g Almonds

  • 10g Cashew Nuts

  • Roughly chop the nuts, apricots and mango
    Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container
    Serve with milk of your choice
    Works really well with 40g each of blueberries and strawberries and hazelnut & almond rice milk! This combination comes in at around 280 calories. The below is just for the fruit, nuts and oats.



































    Nutrition DataPer Serving
    Calories (kcal)173.3
    Carbohydrate (g)25.3
    Protein (g)5.2
    Fat (g)5.8
    Fibre (g)3.6
    Alcohol (g)0.0
    Fruit & Veg0.1

    Nakd Giveaway Winners!!

    Well done to the three lucky winners of the gluten free Nakd bars!

    Hopefully I've counted right! I counted how many people had left a comment, 23 (not including my own obviously!), then used a random number generator to select 3 numbers between 1 and 23.

    13 - Katt (Skatz) I blend my oats so they are like Ready Brek! My favourited floavours are grated pear and cinnamon or almond milk, a scoop of chocolate whey and coconut or raspberry and coconut. I love porridge :)

    7 - Cath (rossi46) have you tried cashews (not the roasted salted ones!) and honey on your porridge? it’s yummy!

    10 - lowgijane For me its blueberries stirred in with the porridge, flaked almonds and vanilla protein powder plus a whacking great spoon ful of cinnamon. On the days when I need ‘comfort’ golden syrup or agave syrup, flaked almonds and banana

    Thanks to everyone who entered, you've given me loads of great ideas!

    If the winners are reading please email me at stella[at]stelladoeshealthyeating[dot]co[dot]uk with your address and I'll get them sent out during the week!

    WhooHoo!

    3.6lbs down this week! My belly is back to being a tummy! I'm also down 1 inch on my waist and round my rib cage (I've always had a big layer of fat there so seeing that part shrink makes me very happy!) Not sure how well next week will go - I'm back at work so will be surrounded by tempting unhealthy foods all day! This weekend was a bit of a struggle to stick to the no sugar, no dairy, no wheat... no alcohol *cough* I may have had a couple of glasses on Friday and another in Saturday! I decided that I'd have one since... I quite fancied it really. I don't drink much, I don't have a glass of wine with dinner in the evenings, I don't binge drink on the weekends, I only have the odd drink now and again at home and on nights out I only go overboard occasionally. Cutting out alcohol isn't really going to make any difference to my weight, I just don't have enough for there to be a significant impact.

    I have spent the weekend craving tempura prawns, pizza, Nando's chicken and chips, Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, nacho's with lots of cheese, brie and grapes, chocolate... it's just that weekend thing I think.

    I've fallen a bit behind with posting my food so here's another catch up:

    Thursday -

    Breakfast: More museli with rice milk

    Snack: Trek cherry crunch flapjack





    Lunch: 2 Ryvita with chicken, rocket, cherry tomatoes and a small avocado wrapped in parma ham - it was supposed to all go on the ryvita but it was a bit much! Excuse the old dry chicken!





    Snack: Another Trek flapjack - I ate them without even thinking to check the ingredients or without it dawning on me that there's sugar in them! Nevermind, it's a flapjack, not a giant bar of chocolate or anything... I also had a plain rice cake spread with Marmite before dinner.

    Dinner: Lemon chicken wrapped in parma ham with mange tout, baby corn, green beans and sweet potato wedges





    Snack: Dried mango






























    Calorie Summary
    Daily Cal Quota:1375
    + Exercise Cals:0
    Total Cal Quota:1375
    Calories Consumed:1562
    Calories Left:-187
    Cals to Maintain Weight:1875































    Nutrition Summary
    Calories (kcal)1562
    Protein (g)80.4
    Carbohydrate (g)178.9
    Fat (g)61.5
    Fibre (g)21.4
    Fruit & Veg4.4

    Friday -

    Breakfast: Last of my museli with soya milk, stevia and vanilla extract to try and mask the taste of the soya milk - it was the only milk I had left!

    Snack: Costa Coffee latte with maple spice syrup - yeah more sugar, I know!

    Lunch: I was home later than expected and only had about 15 mins before heading back out to the hairdresser so just had a large juice with 3 apples, 3 carrots, 1 lemon, big chunk of ginger, a mango and 1tsp Superfood powder from My Protein



    Snack: Chicken breast smothered in Nando's sauce and 1 tsp almond butter

    Dinner: Chicken and mushroom risotto and a glass of wine and a glass of cava


































    Calorie Summary
    Daily Cal Quota:1375
    + Exercise Cals:159
    Total Cal Quota:1534
    Calories Consumed:1385
    Calories Left:149
    Cals to Maintain Weight:1875































    Nutrition Summary
    Calories (kcal)1385
    Protein (g)64.3
    Carbohydrate (g)150.9
    Fat (g)29.0
    Fibre (g)9.4
    Fruit & Veg4.2

    Saturday -

    Breakfast: Green monster smoothie - soya milk, banana, spinach, spirulina, superfood powder, maca and agave nectar, and a half tsp of coconut butter while I blended!



    Lunch: Lunch was a bit difficult as we were in a place that seemed to have 2 choices - McDonalds, or pie. So we went to the supermarket and I had a cooked chicken breast and two ryvita with houmous and a diet coke

    Snack: Trek Peanut and oat bar

    Dinner: Lemon and black pepper chicken with baby corn, green pepper and new potato wedges - my boyfriend is too good at making these and I couldn't resist having a big pile of them! I ended up pulling my chicken apart and drowning in Nando's sauce... I think I have a problem.



    Snack: Trek cocoa brownie bar and a glass of cava. These bars are dangerous but coming in very handy when there is crisps and chocolate in the house, I'd rather over-do it with the Nakd and Trek bars than with easter eggs.

    No real exercise this week (as in going to the gym or running) but plenty of walking! Including trekking (see I deserved the Trek bars ;) )over fields and a bit of climbing on Saturday so I could take photos of the amazing looking cliffs!






























    Calorie Summary
    Daily Cal Quota:1375
    + Exercise Cals:282
    Total Cal Quota:1657
    Calories Consumed:1922
    Calories Left:-265
    Cals to Maintain Weight:1875































    Nutrition Summary
    Calories (kcal)1922
    Protein (g)121.0
    Carbohydrate (g)192.7
    Fat (g)65.8
    Fibre (g)25.1
    Fruit & Veg4.2

    Thursday, 8 April 2010

    Steak Night

    Ooops, I forgot to post yesterdays food!

    Breakfast: Porridge with almond & hazelnut rice milk, tinned apple (nothing added), cinnamon and raisins. I chopped the apple small and cooked it in. Think I prefer to use banana for that. I t was nice but felt like it was lacking something so I added a little bit of stevia for sweetness.



    Lunch: Another Ryvita one - with smoked salmon and scrambled egg! Excellent lunch and kept me full for hours! Should be a good lunch for when I'm at work as I can scramble my eggs in the microwave - bit messy to eat though.





    Snack: Smoothie with pineapple, passion fruit, orange juice and "fat free sorbet" whatever that is... Walked into town and back and my boyfriend bought me the second Glee album, it's gloriously cheesy!

    Dinner: Peppered steak with veg and salad dressed in chocolate orange balsamic vinegar



    That's sweet chilli dipping sauce on the veggies!

    Snack: Another juice - carrot, apple, ginger, lemon and a couple of strawberries and some more dried mango






























    Calorie Summary
    Daily Cal Quota:1381
    + Exercise Cals:159
    Total Cal Quota:1540
    Calories Consumed:1364
    Calories Left:176
    Cals to Maintain Weight:1881































    Nutrition Summary
    Calories (kcal)1364
    Protein (g)83.9
    Carbohydrate (g)134.2
    Fat (g)55.2
    Fibre (g)15.6
    Fruit & Veg8.1

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