Bank Holiday Blues!

So here we are at the last bank holiday of the year and guess what its raining.

This could be the time to sit down and catch up on TV or watch a box set and if this is what you are doing, will it be accompanied by lots of snacks and nibbles that you will regret afterwards.

I think a better alternative is to have a sort out of clothes to get ready for the autumn and trying some of these on can make you realise it is also time to lose a bit of weight so you can wear them.

I know when I was overweight I had a least 4 different sizes of clothes in my wardrobe but could only wear about 20% of them.

So if you do decide to sort through your wardrobe and you find yourself in the same place I would be delighted to help you lose weight and keep if off.

Here are my 7 tips for Losing Weight
My 7 tips for losing weight

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Cooking healthy meals can be great for the family

Quite often when you are trying to lose weight you think that you have got to eat something different to everyone else.

This doesn’t have to be the case and if it is a pasta meal you can give your partner a bigger portion if you need to. That is why sharing meals can be easy and means you don’t have too feel that you are missing out.

This week I am sharing a recipe for Chicken Cacciatore which I bulk up with mushrooms and also you can omit the anchovy fillets and olives if you don’t like them.

If you want more ideas for recipes and support in losing weight just contact me or go to http://www.weight-away.org

Chicken Cacciatore

Recipe for Chicken Cacciatore
Serves 4
400 calories per serving
Prepare 25 minutes and cooks in 40 minutes

400g whole-wheat pasta
4 skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp extra – virgin olive oil
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2 anchovy fillets, chopped
400g can of chopped tomatoes
100g chopped mushrooms
125ml white wine
60g tomato puree
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp muscovado sugar
200ml chicken stock, made from a cube
6 olives, pitted and chopped

To serve
handful of fresh parsley, chopped

Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions Meanwhile, lightly dust the chicken with plain flour and a little freshly ground black pepper.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy based pan and brown the chicken over a high heat for 10 minutes them remove from the pan.

Add the onion, pepper, garlic, anchovies and 1 tbsp water. Sauté for 7-8 minutes until the onion softens. Add the chopped tomatoes, wine, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and chicken stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Return the chicken to the pan, along with any juices. Add the olives and simmer for a further 5 minutes until piping hot and the chicken is cooked through.

Keeping food interesting

One of the most common reasons people on a diet fail is that they become bored with what they are eating.

This is probably more likely to happen if you are drinking a shake as a replacement for a meal but it is equally as likely if you have the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day.

You can lose weight, eat healthily and feel great if you vary what you eat and this can be easier than you think if you do a little bit of planning and at Weight Away I support people with recipes and suggestions to help them on the way.

These are some examples meals I will be eating this week all of which are around 450 calories

So if you want to eat well and lose weight join me at http://www.weight-away.org

pasta dish

pasta dish


cauilflower cheese

cauilflower cheese

curry

curry

In the Press!

I have found it quite strange to find myself in the press since I lost weight.

This all started when I told my weightloss story at a network meeting, and a journalist who was there said to me that it was something that the press would be interested in.

Since then I have been featured in the Journal which is a Staffordshire monthly magazine; the Stafford Newsletter, a weekly local paper; Best Magazine and this week in Real People.

Lots of people ask me how I can bear to see my ‘fat’ photo but I am not that person any more and the photo reminds me that I won’t ever go back there.

So if you want to change your life contact me at http://www.weight-away.org and I would you to help you.

My Weight Loss Story In Real People

My Weight Loss Story In Real People

Just don’t have time for breakfast !

I have lost count of the the number of times I have heard people say I just don’t have time for breakfast.

But can you really afford to miss it

When you skip breakfast you can be building up hidden hunger and find yourself snacking and overeating in the evening, which of course reinforces the habit of not having breakfast

There is research evidence that people who eat a nutritious breakfast are more more alert and better problem solvers in the morning. Equally there is a lot of evidence that children perform better at school if they have had breakfast being able to concentrate on their lessons.

So why not give breakfast a try for the next two weeks to see if you feel better or if you see a difference in your evening snacking habits.

Here a few of my favourites that are quick and easy (some of which you could easily take to work if you are really pushed for time)

  • Bowl of Porridge with somes Prunes in apple juice to sweeten
  • Fresh Fruit and natural yoghurt
  • Scrambled Egg with chives on a slice of Wholemeal Bread
  • 2 Rashers of grilled lean bacon with tinned tomatoes and mushrooms
  • A smoothie with my favourite fruits

If you are looking for more ideas for breakfasts or any other meals that are healthy and will help you to lose weight just contact me via http://www.weight-away.org