Trick or Treat for Halloween?

So what will you be doing for Halloween.

It is a great time to dress up and have fun with the kids and there are lots of things you can do

I have seen lots of games at

The great thing about these is that they major on the trick element not the treat which often means sweets and chocolates.

Nothing wrong with all that but if you get in a supply of sweets and chocolates who actually is going to eat them.

I know times when I have been left with bags of sweets they can be difficult to resist so try to major on the party fun and don’t go overboard on the sugary treats.

If you have a pumpkin I have attached a recipe you can do to use up your pumpkin and not just have it as a decoration

Baked Penne with Cheesy Pumpkin Sauce

What do you want for Xmas?

Lots of us at this time of year start thinking about what we want for Xmas

We get invited to office parties, family events or nights out with friends and the next thought is what to wear.

I know when I was overweight this is where my heart sank and I usually was thinking that the things I already had wouldn’t fit and a trip to the shops was the last thing I wanted to do.

There is still time to lose a stone before Xmas with me at so don’t despair start your weight loss now and give yourself a present for Xmas.

So its Chocolate Week

Did you know that this week is officially CHOCOLATE WEEK!

If you are anything like me then every week is chocolate week -yes you guessed it I love chocolate.

So if you love chocolate how can you still eat chocolate and lose weight.  It can be done, but there are a few key things you need to do to ensure that your love of chocolate doesn’t sabotage your desire to lose weight.

  • Include small amounts of chocolate in your planned eating.
  • If you struggle in the evenings plan a snack as part of your eating plan.
  • Buying good quality dark chocolate can satisfy chocolate craving with just a couple of squares of chocolate perhaps with a cup of coffee
  • Make sure that the chocolate snacks you have are portion controlled.  Such as treat size bags, or two fingered KitKats, or a Curly Wurly.
  • Try not to exceed 140 calories a day in chocolate as you will not only be consuming calories but you will be taking a very big chunk out of the daily recommended level of sugar.
  • If you find yourself turning to chocolate when you are stressed try to find something else that will help you.  Exercise can be a great way to relieve stress, but a long soak in the bath could also suffice.
  • Finally if you are eating chocolate every day you could start with a 5:2 approach cutting out chocolate 2 days a week to begin with -you never know you may even get to the point when you only have chocolate on 2 days a week and abstain for the other 5.

Personally I am on a 4:3 split but still trying

So why not celebrate Chocolate Week by taking control of your Chocolate eating!

Does the Autumn Weather make you turn to comfort food?

As we have had such a beautiful September and have woken up to a wet and windy Autumn day are you thinking of comfort food.  Well I have good news you can make some really healthy soups, stews and casseroles to warm you up on the colder nights and these can be really filling without piling on the pounds.

Tonight I will be cooking a chicken chasseur which is great recipe for a family meal and can be eaten with lots of green vegetables to make sure you have your 5 a day but also feel full.


If you try this and would like to share you results or want more recipes like this I would love to hear from you contact me at