To Juice or not to Juice?

The trend to use use juicing as a weight loss technique has been part of the ‘celebrity’ culture for some time so would you do it?

If you know all the facts you wouldn’t as all you are doing is restricting portions.

Interesting article on how this is contributing to eating disorders which you can check out on twitter @weightaway75

Juicing concentrates sugar and strips away fibre neither of which is great for losing or maintaining a healthy weight.

Stick to eating your fruit and vegetables whole and you will feel fuller and do so much better

 

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Vegetarian Curry to celebrate vegetarian week

MAIN MEAL    Aubergine and coconut curry with basmati rice

Serves 4

10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook

Low fat cooking spray

1 onion finely sliced

2 red peppers de-seeded and chopped

500g aubergine chopped into chunks

1 tablespoon mild curry paste

2 teaspoons tamarind paste

1 tablespoon soft light brown sugar

400ml can of reduced fat coconut milk

250 mls hot vegetable stock made with I cube

225g basmati rice

Fresh coriander to serve

 

To prepare

 

  • Mist a large pan with low fat spray, add the onion, pepper and aubergine and fry stirring for 8 minutes
  • Stir in the curry paste and tamarind paste and sugar.  Pour in the coconut milk and vegetable stock.  Cover and bring to boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile add the rice to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 8- 10 minutes or until tender.  Drain and divide between 4 serving bowls.  Top with the curry and garnish with the fresh coriander to serve

 

So how is your summer wardrobe

As the weather has got warmer if you are like me you will have started to unearth last years summer clothes. Checking to see what’s still in fashion, what still looks wearable and finally the most important thing what still fits!

Before you panic too much there is still time to lose weight before you go on your holidays.  There are at least 8-10 weeks before the main holiday season and you could healthily lose at least a stone maybe more which equates to a dress size and hopefully get into those summer clothes.

So don’t wait or you will be rushing round the summer sales buying things that fit rather than those you want to wear

Contact me at http://www.weight-away.org if you want to how and then you will be able to reward yourself with something new in a smaller size.

 

 

Motivate Monday-Just back from a holiday?

It is interesting when you get back from a holiday and wonder whether you have put on any weight.

I remember times when it took me days or weeks to check the scales during which time I am sure I would have added more pounds

Having just got back yesterday from a short motor cycling holiday to Germany with a group of friends I jumped straight on the scales this morning to find I had put on 2 lbs-not bad considering how much alcohol was consumed!

So straight back to healthy eating today and definitely going to the gym to make sure it comes off!

I would recommend to anyone that you don’t put off getting back to healthy eating as you only find it more and more difficult and in this way you can learn to keep your weight at steady level rather than all the yo-yo experiences

Motivate Monday- How to eat with friends and still be healthy.

2014-05-04 19.05.34 2014-05-04 19.07.52One of things that is really difficult when you are trying to lose weight is eating with friends and not having them thinking that all you can eat is a salad.

I have one recipe that never fails to impress friends and they never think it is something you would cook when on a diet. The recipe I am sharing serves 4 and is only 400 calories per person and it tastes and looks great.

Just one of the recipes I include in my Weight Away Plans

 

Cheddar Chicken

Serves 4

295 calories per person

4 teaspoons of olive oil

500grams  skinned and boned chicken breast and cut into bite size pieces

240ml  chicken stock made with 1 stock cube

2 medium carrots cut into long thin strips

2 sticks celery chopped

2 shallots finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic finely chopped

100grams button or sliced mushrooms

240 mls  dry white wine

240 mls  skimmed milk

8 teaspoons of cornflour

100grams cheddar cheese, grated

Salt and black pepper to taste

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the chicken and cook until brown and cooked through then remove from the pan and set aside in a casserole dish to keep warm
  • Add the vegetables to the pan and lightly stir fry adding the wine and letting it reduce before adding the chicken stock.
  • Simmer for about 6-8 minutes until the vegetables are cooked and the liquid is reduced by half
  • Meanwhile prepare the cheese sauce by gradually blending the milk into the cornflour. Bring to the boil stirring all the time.  Simmer or 1-2 minutes until the sauce is thick and smooth.  Add half the cheese and stir until melted.
  • Remove the vegetables from their cooking liquid using a slotted spoon and spread them over the chicken pieces in the dish
  • Stir the remaining vegetable liquid into the cheese sauce and season to taste.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken and vegetable and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.  Place until hot grill until lightly brown

Serve with broccoli and a small portion (100 grams) of new potatoes for an additional 100 calories this brings the dish to 400 calories as in picture. You can adjust the amount of potatoes for guests if desired or for men which will increase the calories