As we go through the year there are all sorts of events that celebrate a particular day or week.
Wednesday 26 November is Cake Day!
I don’t why it is cake day but I know that a lot of us would like every day to be cake day.
If you are trying to lose weight you don’t need to cut out cake totally but you should have it as a treat and try to look for options that are not too overloaded with calories. Today I have included a couple of recipes for cakes that I find helpful because they can be kept and/or shared quite easily and are very simple to cook.
The key thing when eating cake is to enjoy it but work it into a healthy balanced diet and in that way there is no guilt!
FLAPJACK RECIPE ROCK CAKE RECIPE
I personally find that exercise is a great way to relieve stress and also gives me time to think.
I say this because my regular exercise is at the gym where I spend 20 mins on the tread mill and 20 mins on a recumbent cycle, before doing some resistance training.
The time on the tread mill and the bike gives me the opportunity to reflect on things or plan things without the usual distractions of the phone or people wanting me for one thing or another.
I do have the luxury at my gym to watch the TV so it also gives me chance to see something I may have otherwise missed.
But of course I do reap more health benefits and I know that regular exercise is helping a back condition I have, keeping my weight stable and generally making me feel a whole lot better.
The gym isn’t for everyone but if you can find and exercise you enjoy doing regularly you will feel a whole lot better both in terms of body and mind.
Seeing how quiet my gym is this month the only thing I would say is don’t put it off till the New Year.
I have always found that from November onwards there seem to be so many invites to offices parties, drinks and meals with friends, and getting together with the family, all of which seem to involve eating and drinking.
This can be so challenging if you are try to lose weight and even more upsetting if you are trying to get into that special dress for a night out.
I have a few hints and tips you might find helpful and that won’t ruin your nights out.
- If you are going by car offer to drive so you avoid alcohol and stick to slimline drinks, but also be very popular as the designated driver
- If you know in advance that you are going to a restaurant check out the menu on the internet to look at your options.
- Whether you do this or not, try to avoid foods that are in rich sauces and most restaurants are happy to put the sauce in a jug at the side, so you have either a small amount or none at all.
- Choosing to have either, a starter or a dessert rather than both can help.
- Avoid French Fries or chips and opt instead for a jacket or boiled potatoes
- A bread basket is a great temptation when you arrive at a restaurant, so try not to starve yourself all day just eat your normal meals and you find it easier to resist.
- Finally don’t starve yourself all day as you will be so hungry your will power will disappear
HAVE FUN !
Did you know this week is sausage week?
I don’t know why this week is sausage week but no doubt Hot Dogs will be on the menu for Bonfire Night.
Sausages are high in fat and calorie content but do not need to be totally avoided they can be eaten now and then and if made into a tasty meal they do not need to go over the top with calories.
Here is a great pasta sausage meal that serves 4 at under 450 calories each and can be enjoyed without guilt
WEEKDAY SAUSAGE AND PASTA