Challenge yourself to lose half a stone for Xmas

Here we are at the beginning of November and I have exciting news for you all.  This week I am launching a challenge for anyone who would love to lose weight on the run up to Christmas.

If you lose weight at a rate of a pound a week then you could lose 7lbs.  If however you are losing weight at 2lb a week this is a stone.  A whole dress or trouser size!

So set yourself a challenge and make a written pledge to yourself.  Using the template below.

If you want help anyone who signs up now at Weight Away will receive their January plan free of charge.

So make your pledge and have a look at the recipe this week which is about making your own muesli as a great breakfast

MAKE YOUR OWN MUESLI

Makes 10  servings  (30g each)  at just 125 calories per serving

15 minutes to make and stores in an air tight container

Add a piece of fruit of your choice and skimmed milk for a breakfast

Ingredients

120g porridge oats

3 tsps unsalted sunflower seeds

120g unsweetened wheat or bran flakes

60g wheat germ

15g blanched almonds chopped.

To Prepare

Preheat your grill to medium. Scatter the porridge oats and sunflower seed onto a baking sheet.  Grill them for about 5 minutes until golden

Lightly crush the wheat/bran flakes and add the wheat germ, almonds and toasted porridge oats and sunflower seeds.  Mix well together

Transfer to an airtight container and you now have the basis for 10 breakfast which you just need to add a piece of fruit and skimmed milk which will take you just a couple of minutes.

XMAS CHALLENGE

 I …………………..

Pledge to lose ………lbs

By Christmas 2017

Things that will help me

 1…………..

 2…………..

 3……………

And to sign up to Weight Away go to http://www.weight-away.org

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Can you make sense of healthy eating advice?

I find now that there are so many different articles in the press and on TV about what we should and should not eat that it can become so very confusing.

Certainly the fact that we were told to avoid fat has lead to a large increase in sugar being added to foods and this now is being regarded as a much bigger problem

You can now find so many ‘diets’ that advocate cutting out carbs and this in itself will probably result in weight loss but is it sustainable.

My mantra, which I use when discussing healthy eating with my clients is to try to avoid processed foods and to cook fresh ingredients whenever possible.  Coupling this with a healthy balance of food which includes some carbohydrates, protein, fats and natural sugars.  Using olive oil and natural yoghurt for example when cooking.

The main key is portion sizes, regular meals and avoiding snacking which is so much easier to do when you are eating a balanced diet.

If you would like to discuss healthy eating with me I would love to hear from you!

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What does your waist measurement mean?

I know that sometimes people are dubious about their BMI and either can’t work it out or think that their BMI is not that important.

So what about your waist measurement?

This can be an easy way to see if you are at risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes or heart disease because if you waist measure is more than half of your height then you could be carrying  visceral fat that attaches to your organs. This is very damaging to your health

So if you are 5ft 6 inches your waist should not be more than 33 inches

Or if you are 6ft tall not more than 36 inches

If you are more familiar with metric measurement then this would be

167.5cm and 64 cm

or 182.2cm and 91 cm

I know that when I mention this men they often say well I am around 6ft but I only wear 36 inch waist trousers so I should be okay but they forget that often the waist of their trousers is sitting below a much bigger tummy.  So when they know where the waist measurement should be taken they often have a shock. So put the tape measure around your waist just below your belly button and check out yours!

And if you think you are at risk and would like to know more about losing weight without resorting to gimmicks then please get in touch

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Measure Your Waist

 

 

Making the most of vegetables

One of the things I often hear people saying is that buying food to lose weight is expensive and that eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables is hard work.

Well one of the things that can counter this is making soups from vegetables in the winter.

They are great as a snack or can be part of your lunch or main meal.  They can be cheap to make at home from fresh vegetables that are in season, will freeze and can be made in bulk.

Just couldn’t resist posting a picture of my bargain buy this week which was a large fabulous cauliflower which only cost me 69p from my local greengrocers.

This will make soups, a vegetable to add to a meal and of course a cauliflower cheese.

I have a few great soup recipes you might want to try and a great way of making cauliflower cheese which does not overload the calories. So if you want to know more about healthy eating contact me but here are some soups to try

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PUMPKIN SOUP

Serves 4                                                                   30 calories per serving

30 minutes to prepare

Ingredients

120g pumpkin                                                         120g carrot

120g celeriac                                                          1 onion 1 courgette (optional)

450ml vegetable stock                                           Salt and pepper

To prepare

Roughly chop the all of the vegetables and place in a saucepan with the stock and season with salt and black pepper.  Bring to boil and simmer for about 25 minutes

Pour the vegetables and stock into a food processor or liquidiser to make into a smooth soup. Return to the pan and add the optional courgette at this point in small cubes heat through then serve.

BROCCOLI SOUP

Serves 4                                                                   105 calories per serving

30 minutes to prepare

Ingredients

4tsp olive oil spread                                                1 large onion chopped

480g broccoli                                                          Zest of a lemon

300ml vegetable stock                                           240ml skimmed milk

Juice of 1 lemon                                                     salt and pepper

2tbsp of single cream

To Prepare

Melt 2 teaspoons of the olive oil spread in a saucepan and add the onion and cook till soft. Add the remaining spread to the pan then add the broccoli florets and cook for a further 2-3 minutes

Add the lemon zest and stock to the pan and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.  Then pour into a food processor or liquidiser, and process to a puree.

Return to the pan and add the lemon juice and milk and season to taste.

Serve in warm bowls with a drizzle of single cream.

HEARTY WINTER SOUP

Serves 4                                                                   105 calories per serving

30 minutes to prepare

Ingredients

90g swede                                          90g turnip

90g carrot                                           90g celeriac

90g potato                                          120 g parsnip

1 medium onion                                  240g tinned tomatoes

30g split red lentils                               120g Brussel sprouts

½ tsp chilli powder                                        ¼ tsp oregano

450 ml vegetable stock                      1tsp olive oil

To Prepare

Cut all the vegetables into to chunks.  Chop the onion finely.

Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion soft then add all the vegetables, stock herbs and lentils except the Brussel sprouts.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes then cut the Brussel sprouts in halves or quarter and add for a further 8 minutes or so until all the vegetables and cooked.

Then serve in warmed bowls

 

 

Quick and Easy Tasty Chicken

If you want to have a chicken pie and are looking for a quick and easy recipe this Spanish twist is great.

This adds onto last weeks blog when I used pastry that I had cut up and kept in the freezer to top pies.  This was made using the second piece I already had in the freeszer

Having chicken breasts in the freezer, some herbs and spices to hand and some tinned chopped tomatoes means that you can rustle up a very quick meal when you get in from work you just need to remember to get the chicken and the pastry out of the freezer in the morning.

Just planning your evening meals for a week will help you to stay on track if you are trying to lose weight; will help you to eat more healthy; will stop you throwing away unused food and most of all can help you save money.

You can serve this pie with some boiled potatoes or just with veg if you want

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Chicken Pot Pie with Spanish Twist

Paprika Chicken Pie

Serves 4

25 minutes preparation 15-20 minutes cooking

450 calories per serving

½ pack x 320 grams ready rolled puff pastry sheet

Olive oil used as a cooking spray

1 red onion chopped finely

500 grams skinless boned chicken breasts cut into cubes or quorn/tofu if vegetarian

1 teaspoon of paprika

Pinch of saffron soaked in 2 tablespoons of boiling water

2 tablespoons of dry sherry

400g of chopped tomatoes with garlic (use ordinary tomatoes and add a clove of crushed fresh garlic)

1 chicken stock cube

1 egg beaten

Salt and black pepper

  • Preheat the oven to Gas mark 6/200ºC/fan180ºC and line a baking sheet with baking paper. Unroll the pastry and lightly roll with a rolling pin until 20cm x 20cm and cut into 4 squares and chill in the fridge.
  • Spray a non-stick deep frying pan with the cooking spray and cook the onion and chicken pieces for 5 minutes until browned all over. Also add the fresh garlic if using. Add the paprika and saffron with its soaking water and cook for 30 seconds
  • Pour in the sherry and bubble for 30 seconds. Then stir in the chopped tomatoes and chicken stock cube and simmer gently for 10-15 minutes until the chicken is cooked and sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Meanwhile remove the pastry from the fridge and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops of each pastry piece with a little beaten egg and bake in the oven for 15 minutes until golden and risen.  Serve each portion of chicken with a pastry square.

Serve with 100 grams new potatoes, broccoli and carrots.

 

 

Can I eat pastry?

When you are trying to lose weight you can often think that some things are out of bounds

One of these is pastry and if you are like me you may find yourself really craving a pie particularly as the weather gets colder.

I find that buying packets of ready made puff pastry and cutting it into blocks to put into the freezer means that I can add a pastry topping to meals without overloading on the calories.

One of my favourite meal is salmon wrapped in pastry served with vegetables.  This is a very easy meal that you can have on the table in under 30 minutes so why not give it a go.

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To cook this you just need a salmon fillet and a strip of ready made puff pastry.

I used a smoked salmon fillet (which is why it looks a bit dark) and just put a teaspoon of pesto sauce on top before wrapping it in the pastry strip then baked for 20 mins at 180 degrees.

Just serve with whatever vegetables or salad you like and you will find it very satisfying and filling.

I buy Jus-Rol puff pastry https://www.jusrol.co.uk/products/puff-pastry  and cut into strips for individual serving 50 gram servings to add to pies and keep in the freezer.

Next week I will share a great chicken Spanish pot pie recipe that uses the same idea.

 

 

Are you fed up of being overweight?

If you are overweight and have tried to lose weight only to put it back on again you may be in despair. You may be thinking that you will never be able to lose weight and keep it off for good.

If knowing that you can eat normally with friends and family, still have things that you love and lose weight and be healthy how would that be for you?

Well at Weight Away I work with people to develop healthy eating plans that enable them to lose weight and keep it off.  This has worked successfully for both women and men and my clients tell me that this has changed their lives for the better and that they feel fit healthy and of course no longer overweight.

If you think that this is for you then I have availability to take on small number of personal clients; so if you want to make a change to your weight for good then I would love to hear from you. Just contact me at enquiries@weight-away for a free no obligation chat.

I know how much better I felt personally going from this

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Me on holiday at my heaviest in 2009

to this

Happy Holidays

Me now happy on holiday