All posts filed under: health

Why I’m Getting Rid of Weight Loss Guilt

Losing weight is a tricky one. There’s the actual ‘losing of the weight’, then keeping it off and finally, not getting to caught up in the numbers game and letting it take over your life is a different ball game. In short; it’s exhausting. I joined Slimming World in June 2017 when I knew my clothes were a little too tight and I saw an awful photo that shamed me into losing weight. That shouldn’t have been the case cos it was me, just me. But I didn’t like the look of me in that photo. So every Tuesday for the next 12 months I totted along to group and got weighed. Every week. Rain or shine, no matter how ‘good’ I’d been that week, I saw my weight in black and white. And then again written down in my book. Over that year I lost one and a half stone. Not all in one go and I’ve not even kept it off but in August 2018 I hit target. No-one tells you how exhausting …

Food // Why I’m Going Dairy Free

Ok, so I don’t want this post to sound like I’m being preachy or that I believe that everyone should cut food groups, for reasons other than their own personal choice and values. But, as the post title suggests, I’m making a switch to a diary-free lifestyle. Towards the end of last year, I was diagnosed with a mild form of IBS and after a process of elimination and following the fodmap food plan, dairy is the culprit. So milk, yoghurt, chocolate and cheese (to a degree. Tiny quantities once a week, is ok) has been switched for plant-based alternatives. So far, so good. I’m three months in now and I have a new found love for Almond milk, Alpro yoghurt, dairy free butter and even….chocolate. Eating out is sometimes a struggle and it’s easy to forget but I haven’t had too many bad tummy aches yet and having taken small steps to switch over to dairy free, I’m happy with my progress. So, when an email landed from the PR team who look after …

Health // How I Meal Prep & Remain ‘On Plan’

Meal planning is my favourite hobby. I admin this used to be shopping, but I don’t do that much anymore (read hardly ever) but I love choosing new recipes to try and meals to make. I find planning our meals for the seven days in the week, helps me stay ‘on plan’ with Slimming World, resists the temptation of takeaways because we look forward to the variety of meals within the week and food shops are so much more cost effective. So how do I tackle this? Recipe Books We do our food shop on a Saturday afternoon so I start by looking through my recipe books for new recipes to try or ones I can adapt with food we already have in. My go-to’s are Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients, Slimming World Fakeaways and Joe Wicks Lean in 15. I have a couple of recipes that are tried and tested and I like to find new recipes to try to expand our repertoire. Generally we have 1 veggie meal a week, 1 fish dish and …

Recipe // Porridge Bowl With Coconut, Blueberries & Pago Drinks

Since the turn of the year I’ve swerved the idea of eating well as part of any new years resolution, but I’m back in the Slimming World zone with my meal planning and variety of meals. So, I thought I’d kick off getting back into the swing of recipe posts with a new recipe post. I generally tend to have porridge or muesli for my breakkie and with winter being well and truly underway, porridge and a mango Pago Fruit JuicePago Fruit Juice is a good place to start! Vanilla Porridge with Shredded Coconut, Blueberries & Peanut Butter   Ingredients  Porridge oats Vanilla extract Blueberries Almond milk Shredded coconut Peanut butter Choosing porridge toppings is my fave as it’s the easiest way to add flavour and pimp up your breakfast! I decided to add shredded coconut, blueberries and peanut butter to mine. My Fave Healthy Brands I also like to have a glass of Pago fruit juice too. I was recently introduced to the brand and they have loads of different flavours on offer. We …