Smile like everyone’s watching

No matter how awkward, difficult or bad things can get in life I believe it is important to treasure life and all the happy moments it brings! Today had its ups and downs, but no matter how down things can get I believe that the positive and good things will outshine them and continue to glow brighter and brighter until they become the happy thing in a day.

JK always knows what to say!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Good morning everyone! It’s Tuesday today and the first day back at work for most of us which means it’s only a four day week!

It’s extremely windy here in Wiltshire today but the sun is shining which is great. Just a bit of positivity for everyone today from me…

Remember to smile, hold your chin up and do things that make you happy. Ignore others negativity and walk away, cut them loose and surround yourself with people who are happy, fun and live their life to the full! Don’t allow people to hold your past against you, we all make mistakes and we all live and learn! I believe things happen for a reason so live in the moment and be yourself! 

From Pinterest

Potatoes 

Potatoes and I have had an on off relationship for years now! I’ve always stated to my mum that potatoes give me horrific stomach pains and quite a nasty blood and build up of gas in my stomach that makes me sluggish and uncomfortable.

I don’t eat them if I can help it and often avoid chips when I go out to eat, opting for my favourite sweet potato fries instead! Last night my family and I sat down to our roast dinner of potatoes / Yorkshire puddings / vegan burgers and vegetables! It was delicious! But what I couldn’t shift was the starch gripping to my teeth and the slow feeling of gas building up in my tummy like a hot air balloon. 

Now it doesn’t have to be said, but a female having gas is most unattractive and quite often the most embarrassing thing in the world when you know you have to hold it in! But in this situation, I was in agony.

I mentioned to my Mum (background in medicine) about this again and actually told her about it seriously! She told me she wasn’t surprised as my Dad had similar symptoms after eating potatoes and had done for years… (My dad’s the one who passed on the lactose intolerance on to me, it’s hereditary and can skip a generation). 

I wanted to share this with everyone just so you know you’re not alone and you’re not weird for thinking or feeling something. If your gut (in this case literally) is telling you something my advice is to listen! You know your own body better than anyone and thus, I’m removing white potato from my diet from now on. Completely! I doubt I’ll miss them to be honest as they really do annoy me. The best thing is just to listen to your body and decide if it’s right or wrong!

Recipe: coconut vegan bites

To help with my weight loss and fitness, as well as my crave to bake and make things almost daily my mum and I came up with these little yummies! They were actually inspired by Delciously Ella’s energy balls, only ours are tons cheaper and yummier than ever’ we used dates from a huge pack that we got wholesale at the market! You don’t need medjooil dates everytime! They’re expensive and I personally think, best eaten alone. 

You will need:

  1. Food processor
  2. Dates (no stone)
  3. Dried fruit (we use our dehydrator. Blueberries / strawberries / apple / pineapple
  4. Coconut powder / flour

To make:

  1. Dry out the fruit on a dehydrator till it’s almost hard but still a tiny bit soft.
  2. Put to one side to rest and cool
  3. Mix a handful of dates in a food processor (they’ll sound loud and vicious!)
  4. Add the fruit to the date mix 
  5. At this point it should be sticky and dough like… if not add a bit of water
  6. Kneed to a dough
  7. Separate into small balls
  8. Roll into the coconut flower
  9. Eat!

It’s just that simple! So simple in fact that you only need telling once! You’ll be making these in no time!


Tip: If you don’t have a dehydrator then use the oven to slowly heat the fruit and remove moisture! I hate oil so never use oil on these! It gives them the worst flavour and after taste!

 They’re so yummy even Henry my nine month old puppy wants them!

Ups and Downs

So far I am doing so well with this whole new ‘eating healthily’ and trying my best to keep up the exercise and I really mean that… I’m trying my best.

It should be easy to just cut something out and replace it with something else right? You just don’t eat the other thing and then eat the new thing (or something like that)?

No, I have fallen off the waggon once or twice over the last week and it has upset me, made me feel sick (physically) and made me feel fat and like I should just give up on everything and be a fat slob who sits on the sofa moaning about how unfair the world is.

So what have I been binging on? 

Weird things actually… one of which is icing sugar and cake batter. I just whip up these quickly in a mug and sit there crying to myself about how life is so hard eating it with a spoon (hypothetically speaking). After I finish a spoonful or two I feel physically sick but I haven’t let myself be sick, just to remind myself how it feels when I fall off the wagon a bit.

I know some people like Deliciously Ella discourage you from counting calories. But I disagree with her on this hugely. Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it is ok to eat lots of it. It means it is good for us in moderation and I need to track this and moderate my eating habits.

Yesterday (and the day before that) I did quite well…. I had two spoonfuls of cake batter and a bit of icing sugar and that was literally it when it comes to remind sugars and things that aren’t good for us. Otherwise I ate fruit / bulgar / veggies and a bit of tofu (oh and a little bit of bread but nothing to worry about).

I just wanted to write this blog so you all know that I am human and not some magical person who will loose 4 stone (56 pounds) and stay healthy forever. This is a hard mountain to climb and sometimes I am going to stop and rest for a moment and feel like turning around to go back to the comfort I once knew. But that just isn’t me. I am determined to succeed on this even if it takes until Christmas 2017.

Something else that I want to rant about quickly is the fact people post status on social media moaning about their bodies / foodie habits but seldom do anything about it. People stop doing this. It isn’t healthy for you, me or anyone else… I know you’re probably doing it to make yourself feel better and laugh at the situation at hand, but it just doesn’t do us any favours. Keep a positive mind and walk more, stand more, eat less and drink water! Thats what I do!

Anyway, just wanted to post this to remind everyone it isn’t easy but it will be in a few weeks time once I get into the swing of things and slowly but surely stop craving terrible sugary badness.

X

Healthy chocolate chai mousse 

I just made myself a chocolate chai mousse dessert as I got back from running and seriously needed a sugar fix! Instead of reaching for the jelly beans I reached for my Delciously Ella book and an avocado.

I found Ella’s recipe for chocolate mousse and instantly got to work! If you are doing something similar to me and don’t want to eat refined sugars or crap then I recommend trying this. It really did the trick and I’m no longer craving sweets! 

How did I make it? 

Well I halved Ella’s recipe as they’re all quite substantial and I can’t afford to be spending so much on dates every week! 

  1. 1 avocado 
  2. 2 bananas (super ripe)
  3. Cocoa powder (I didn’t have cacao nibs which she suggests)
  4. Maple syrup (it’s natural sugars!)
  5. A dollop of pure butter (I had no nut butter and don’t really like them except hazelnut!)
  6. Mix it all together in a food processor removing all the avocado / banana skin and scoop into a cup then sprinkle with chai seeds!

Voila! 

Lucy’s 5 minute dinner

I’m so far enjoying being healthier and trying to shift the wobble I’ve got going on round my front as well as trying to heal my tummy from the problems I have with it. Doing this has given me the opportunity to try new fun ingredients as well as cook with things I never thought I’d eat, let alone have in my kitchen!

Last night I cooked with bulgar wheat for the first time in my entire life and I’m completely in love with it!

It was 20:30 and I hadn’t eaten dinner yet so decided to whip up something quick with the ingredients I had in my cupboards.  I don’t usually like to eat late like this, but Jon and I were up working late and became memorised by a game of Lego chess (such a nerd).

So guys… This meal is entirely vegan and comes in under 250 calories. It also completely filled me up! 

I made it up as I went and honestly felt as creative and awesome as Deliciously Ella probably does on a daily basis so I wanted to show it off and give you all something to try! 

I call this meal…

Tofu and bulgar wheat salad (for short: YUM)

To start with I used the ingredients below that I had left in my fridge. I didn’t use everything I had, I just selected a few staple items that I love!

Salad

  1. Avocado 
  2. Cucumber 
  3. 1/2 yellow Pepper 
  4. Two tomatoes 
  5. Tender baby leaf salad

I chopped all these up and tossed them in some salt, pepper and onion seeds.
Hot food

  1.  I fried the tofu in some seasoning I have from china (completely vegan). Top tip for tofu: make sure your pan is very hot! You want to hear the tofu sizzle when you drop it in the pan. I do love tofu… yummy!
  2. I put 100g of bulgar wheat into a pan with some vegan stock (only a pinch), rinsed it off a couple of times and then left it on the hob with about 2cm of water above the bulgar wheat line.

After all this was done I simply put it all together in a bowl and ate it far too quickly because it was so scrummy!!If you have any awesome recipes like this or tried this please let me know! I love hearing from you all. X