Celebrations allowed

Even if you are trying to lose weight or just eating healthily you can celebrate and I have been having a great time this weekend at my daughters hen party.

The trick however is to just have some days either before or after making sure that you balance the week and I have some typical days planned to help me do that.  I certainly will need them this week following some exciting cocktail making and drinking at the weekend .

This would be a typical balancing day for me  which you might want to try after a party

With your 1/2 pint skimmed milk this will give 1000 calories for a women and 1300 calories for a man. I would never recommend eating less than this in any day.

Breakfast

A tomato and herb omelette

Serves 1       cooking time 5 minutes

150 calories per person

1 Egg

2 tablespoons of skimmed milk

1 teaspoon of fresh herbs e.g. chives, basil or oregano or ½ teaspoon of dried herbs

½ teaspoon of olive oil

2 tomatoes sliced thinly

Salt and pepper

1 slice of brown toast (45g)

  • Beat the egg and milk together season and add the chopped herbs
  • Heat the olive oil in small pan and cook over a medium heat for about two minutes to set the base. Lay the tomatoes over one half of the omelette and season with salt and pepper
  • Cook the surface of the omelette under a grill until set and serve with the piece of toast.

You can carry this recipe by using mushrooms rather than herbs.

For men use two eggs to increase the calories to 225

Eating protein on your balancing day for breakfast will help your metabolism

Lunch

Tuna Cheese Bake

Serves 1        Cooking time about 20 mins

Calories 265

90 grams (3oz) dwarf green beans sliced

1 tomato cut in wedges

90 grams (3oz) cooked brown long grained rice

30 grams (1oz) canned tuna in brine drained

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

1 teaspoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon of chopped parsley

½ oz fresh breadcrumbs

½ oz Red Leicester cheese grated or any type of hard cheese you prefer

Salt and pepper

  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190c. Cook the green beans in lightly salted boing water for 5 minutes and drain well
  • Mix together the beans, tomato, cooked rice, tuna, lemon juice, olive oil and parsley and put into a shallow baking dish and season
  • Mix the cheese and bread crumbs together and sprinkle them over the rice mixture.
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes until brown of the surface

Add one low fat yoghurt to bring this up to approximately 350 calories for women

Men should increase the amount of tuna to 60 grams and the cheese to 30 grams or 1oz bringing the calorie total 450.

Main Meal    Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Serves 1 Calories 380

Preparation and cooking time 1 hour marinating and 25 minutes cooking

90 gram (3oz) Skinless boned chicken breast

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 teaspoons of chopped parsley

1 small garlic clove crushed (optional)

1 teaspoon of olive oil

60grams (2oz) of Pasta shapes (farfalle is good with this)

90 grams of button mushrooms sliced

200ml stock made with ½ a vegetable stock cube

2 teaspoons of cornflour blended with a little water

Salt and pepper

  • Split the chicken breast in half horizontally with cutting it right through. Open it out flat and lay it in a shallow dish.  Mix together the lemon juice, parsley and garlic and oils.  Season with salt and pepper and pout the marinade over the chicken.  Allow to marinade for 1 hour turning once
  • Preheat the grill and cook the chicken for about 12 minutes turning it once and basting it with the marinade. Put the pasta to cook in lightly salted boiling water
  • Whist the chicken and pasta are cooking put the mushrooms into a saucepan with the vegetable stock bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the blende cornflour to the mushrooms and stir until thickened and smooth.
  • Drain the pasta and spoon it on to a warmed plate serve the chicken them pour over the mushroom sauce

You can use basil or chives if your prefer to parsley

Vegetarians who eat Fish can replace the chicken with a salmon fillet.  Men should add an extra 30 grams to both the pasta and the chicken to increase the calories to 450.

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Happy Easter

Pretty Happy Easter Eggs

Happy Easter to anyone reading my blog and I hope that you are enjoying the time with your family and friends

If the weather is good it is great to get out and I know that many people on Easter Monday might be starting some DIY jobs or taking advantage of sales in the stores.  Equally you might be using the time to catch up on box sets or just chilling out.

I do find thought that this is the holiday when you start to think about your summer holiday and what you will be wearing.  If you want to lose weight before your summer break there is still time and you might be interested to know that one stone in weight would usually equal a dress or trouser size.

So enjoy the Easter break and then set yourself a goal for the summer.

As my daughter is getting married in June I want to lose a few pounds to look at my best so I am going to lose 7 lbs by the 4 June. Please note in that in setting my goal I state this positively and if you set a goal it helps to write it down and to tell others, as in this way it will make it real. In this way you have made a firm commitment and should achieve what you want to lose and maybe even more.

If you want advice on goal setting and losing weight I would love to hear from you.

Enjoy Easter without overdoing the chocolate

I love the Easter holiday as hopefully the weather will allow us all to get out and about and enjoy some warm weather. I think it really starts to feel like summer as it is followed by 2 bank holidays so you can enjoy longer weekends.  But what about the chocolate!

Certainly as marketing has become so much more sophisticated the chocolate eggs and bunnies seem to be available earlier and you could end up with house full if you have children as it is estimated that each child receives over 8 eggs.

So how do you avoid overindulging. Personally now I longer have children at home I just don’t have anything chocolate at Easter and prefer to be given a plant or some flowers. But I know it isn’t that easy when you have a young family or traditionally you have always had an egg at Easter.

The one thing I did do when I had eggs in the house was to break them up into pieces and keep them in the freezer just taking some chocolate out when I really wanted it and planned into my eating.  This might also help your children from overdoing it as they will know that the eggs are still there and you are not taking them away.

I have promised you a recipe so here is a lovely meal you could cook at Easter. As Lamb is often cooked at Easter this makes a difference to cooking a roast leg and is really delicious

Lamb with White Wine

Great Tasty Food for under 500 calories

LAMB WITH WHITE WHITE

Ingredients

450 grams lean lamb steak cubed

100 grams button mushrooms

4/5 shallots roughly chopped

2/3 cloves of garlic chopped

Beef Oxo Cube

125 mls white whine

1 tsp cornflour or gravy granules

1tsp olive oil

Serve with Broccoli, Carrots and 150 grams of New Potatoes per person

To Cook

Take the cubed lamb and add to a large pan with the olive oil and cook until the meat is browned about 5 minutes.  Add the shallots and garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes unto they are softened. Add the mushrooms and stir then add the white wine cooking for a further few minutes.

Make up the Beef oxo cube with 200 mls of boiling water then add to the pan with a Bouquet Garni and simmer for about 25-30 minutes or until the meat is tender.

Meanwhile cook to new potatoes, broccoli and carrots.

Just before serving remove all the meat and vegetables from the pan and put in a warm serving dish.

Add either cornflour or gravy granules to thicken the remaining cooking liquid and this will make delicious gravy.

All this for just under 500 calories

 

 

Getting ready for Summer

If you promised yourself last year that you would lose weight before your summer holiday and didn’t and here you are again looking forward to this years holiday feeling overweight and unhappy about how you look then why not take action now.

If you are going on holiday in July you still have three months to lose weight and with my weight loss plan could lose up to 2lb per week and be around 2 stone lighter.  This equates to 2 dress/trouser sizes so if you have summer clothes you want to get into why not start now.

I have just taken my summer clothes out of the loft and will be going through them this week to check that I still want them all but I do have the comfort that I know that they fit. It can be so depressing when you have clothes you really want to wear but they are too tight.  I will though either sell or give some charity if I know I won’t wear them or they don’t suit me anymore. This makes space for some new items!

So why not contact me to discuss losing weight eating ordinary foods but getting extraordinary results.  You will not have to buy any supplements or shakes and you will be supported with a personalised plan, recipes, hints and tips and personal coaching if you sign up to my full plan.

What have you got lose other than weight!

Summer Clothes ready for sorting

I sort and pack my summer and winter clothes and store them in vacuum packs on the great advice of my daughter Kate who runs a decluttering business if you want advice and help to organise your wardrobes, kitchens or in fact any space that you feel is too clutter then she will be the answer at http://www.roomtobreathe.org.uk