Monday, 5 April 2010

Saying No

I'm trying something new for the next two weeks - I'm saying no to wheat, dairy, sugar and alcohol. I need to have an actual plan in place for me to stick to healthy eating! I made it through Easter Sunday with no chocolate or other junk! I was a bit high in calories for the day, just the way timings worked out and I'm sure I'll make it up through the week. I had planned a better breakfast but we hadn't been food shopping so I was a bit limited.

Breakfast: Peppermint latte - peppermint tea made with almond & hazelnut rice milk and a smoothie with 2 scoops of chocolate Maxitone Sculptress, a large banana and 2 tsps of cinnamon

Lunch: 3 Ryvita multi-grain with caramelised red onion humous and parma ham - I was aiming for sun dried tomatoes but they had gone mouldy :(

Dinner: Our first ever Sunday roast and our first ever roast chicken! We did do roast duck, pork and beef over Christmas and new year, but I've never got into the Sunday roast habit since leaving home - until now! It was amazing! We rubbed a little oil on the chicken with salt and pepper then smothered it in lemon juice - and put the juiced lemon "in" the chicken along with half a red onion, so gross! I'm such a bad meat eater - I *hate* handling raw meat but I'm more than happy to eat it once cooked! Anyway, we put the other half of the onion in the roasting tin under the chicken and used that along with the juices to make a gravy. We also finished it off for the last 30 mins with some slices of bacon over the chicken. It was so moist and beautiful! I ate it with sweet potato wedges and asparagus, baby corn and green beans cooked in a griddle pan with garlic and oil

Snack: Bear Fruit Yo Yo

Like the strawberry laces sweeties only much better in every way! I'll need to find somewhere that sells the Bear products, they really are great snacks!

I also made a coffee with soya milk - I heated the milk to avoid curdling as I have done before but a few minutes later it did curdle :( so I decided that although I want to cut dairy I am going to keep having a little bit of full fat milk in tea and coffee - I'll just cut back down to two cups a day. I love non-dairy milks for anything else but I just can't do without cows milk for tea and coffee!

Such a waste of good coffee!

I also had a big spoonful of Dark Chocolate Dreams - though it's sweetened with evaporated cane juice so no more of this, I'll stick with plain nut butters instead!

Calorie Summary
Daily Cal Quota:1410
+ Exercise Cals:0
Total Cal Quota:1410
Calories Consumed:1818
Calories Left:-408

Nutrition Summary
Calories (kcal)1818
Protein (g)117.5
Carbohydrate (g)195.9
Fat (g)64.6
Fibre (g)26.9
Fruit & Veg5.5

I also finally got fitted for some running shoes yesterday! I've been avoiding running until I got paid so I could get some proper fitting trainers since my knees were bothering me. I went to Run 4 It and was there for about an hour jogging up and down the shop in various pairs of trainers. It turns out the cheap pair I got from the discount sports store had support for over-pronation - but I only over-pronate a little. It took a while to find a style with the right amount of support then I had to find the best fit out of those - my feet are pretty narrow so it was difficult finding a good fit, but these ones turned out the best

And they're cute - bonus! Also, Adidas have a little cut out in the sole which fits the Nike + sensor so I can still use that!

The girl had a look at my old trainers and asked what else I did in them as the support was quite worn considering they're not that old - it was because I used the same pair of trainers for weight training in the gym! I'd never thought about it but of course putting all that extra weight on them causes them to wear out much quicker! Also putting running shoes in the washing machine can reduce their life by half!

I bought myself a running jacket in the sale too - living in Scotland I'm going to be running in the rain fairly often so figured it was a good buy! It's yellow (but not day-glo!) so nice and bright and not pink for a change!


  1. Hey mate, I'll be interested to see your progress cutting out dairy, wheat, sugar, etc. I was going to cut out dairy for my competition but as that's a no go now, I'm keeping it in. I don't think I could give up my Greek yoghurt :D


  2. I use soya milk for cappuccinos - am horribly addicted actually - but it foams up nice for that purpose...I tried it straight in tea and it was just yukky :( I use wayyy too much dairy but I love things like yoghurt and cottage cheese so I'd find it hard to let go!

    I think you're right to invest in a rain jacket for Scottish weather..I have never actually been to Scotland but from what I see on weather reports it definitely rains even MORE than in Ireland (and that's more than enough for anyone grr!)

  3. To prevent soya milk curdling, try adding a pinch of bicarbonate of soda to the milk before adding the coffee. Has worked for me so far. Or try changing the brand of soya milk, some seem more likely to curdle than others...

  4. StellaDoesHealthyEating5 April 2010 at 16:27

    Ah it is a different brand from the one I used before - that hadn't occurred to me! Will try adding some soda bic in the morning - thanks for the tip!

  5. StellaDoesHealthyEating5 April 2010 at 16:29

    I'll need to persevere with the soya milk I think - going to try my first soya Starbucks soon when I go to meet a friend.

    Yes I'm sure I'll get to make use of the new jacket very soon!

  6. StellaDoesHealthyEating5 April 2010 at 16:30

    Ah I can't remember when I last had yogurt so nothing to miss!
    I'll miss cheese, but don't really bother with cheese when losing weight anyway, and goats cheese is my favourite which tends to go down a lot better than cows dairy!

  7. Those running trainers look great, I'm in desperate need to get some myself! I run in my gym trainers which I've had for far to long, I dread to think what there doing to my knees! And thanks for posting about hazelnut and almond rice milk with peppermint tea, genius idea! Now I just need my supermarket to start selling it again and I'll be set!

  8. Ooh those trainers are cute. I got a new pair last month but I find myself with sore feet after my 'jogging' sessions! I guess I should go get assessed in a running shop but I don't really want to pay out for good trainers just yet!

  9. Good luck Stella, nice to mix it up and keep it interesting.

  10. StellaDoesHealthyEating6 April 2010 at 12:58

    It's tough deciding wether or not to get fitted - I was reluctant to spend so much money before knowing if I was going to be into running, but running without the right support wasn't doing my knees much good and making it hard to continue!
    You could always go get assessed and see if there's any of the sale shoes that will work for you, if not you know what to look out for and could get the correct support in last seasons colours from a discount sports store.

  11. StellaDoesHealthyEating6 April 2010 at 13:00

    Thank you! It seems to be going good, but it's only day 3! It helps that I have this week off so can be a bit more adventurous with my lunches.

  12. StellaDoesHealthyEating6 April 2010 at 13:00

    My supermarket seem to have stopped stocking the vanilla rice milk now too - I can't bring myself to pay the Holland & Barratt prices!

  13. Nice new shoes! How do you find the Nike+? I can't say I'm getting on with mine so well due to the way I speed up and slow down; I change stride length and the poor little thing isn't designed to work like that so the distances are all over the place in relation to the actual distances when I use a map to work out my route. I have calibrated the damned thing about 5 times and it just can't cope!

    Good luck with cutting out loads of things; like Jo said, I know I couldn't do without my Greek yogurt (or a splash of cow milk in my tea!)!

  14. StellaDoesHealthyEating6 April 2010 at 22:22

    I've actually found the Nike+ quite good, I wasn't sure after reading reviews that it wasn't really designed for run/walk type running which is what I do, but I've found it pretty accurate. I also use a HRM and the Nike+ gives almost the same calories as HRM - background cals. I found the distance it calculated was a bit hit or miss at first but these last few weeks it has been accurate!

    And thanks - so far so good and no cravings, well I was lusting after a glass of wine after a bad days studying!


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