Monday 2nd November
Boiled Egg Scrambled Egg & Spinach
Lemon Water & Banana
Courgette Bolognaise Bacon Salad Wrap & Fruit and yoghurt
S: Peanut Butter and rice cakes
Ham Salad Wrap Bolognaise & Salad (no pasta)
I started Monday strong by having gone to sleep at a reasonable time on Sunday. I woke up at 6:30 and then chose to snuggle for a bit longer. Got up around 6:45 (in the am – in case you were wondering) and got myself ready for work. I didn’t fancy a boiled egg (couldn’t be bothered with the shell) so I scrambled an egg on it’s own (no butter or milk added). As I was making my packed lunch I realised that we hadn’t picked up any ham (shit) but we did have a pack of bacon (yes!). I was still hungry after the wrap. As I had fruit (strawberries and grapes) with me, I nipped to the shop and picked up some soya yoghurt. The pudding hit the spot and nullified a sugar craving! Around 3 in the afternoon is usually when my brain starts to tell me that I want some more sugar. Quite a lot of sugar if I want to make it all the way through until 5. I know this. I know I tend to cave even if I have a healthy snack. This time I planned to have something slightly sweet and crunchy. I like crunchy. A snack of 2 rice crackers and a table spoon of peanut butter. This was so effective. Literally, shut that craving down. I will definitely be having that again.I had made the decision the previous evening to switch my dinner and tea around as my spiraliser was due to arrive on Monday. It did arrive and I tried to spiralise half a courgette. Everything just got stuck and then the thing broke (this is what happens when you buy a £2 kitchen utensil from Amazon). I made a salad to go with the Turkey bolognaise I had already made. It was still an awesome meal and so fresh. A wonderful change from the food we’ve been eating lately.
Tuesday 3rd November
B: Bacon with
Brocoli Spinach and Kale
Veg Slices & Home made humus
D: Tuna Jacket Potatoe
Mixed Nuts Yoghurt & Fruit
T: Mushroom Soup
Tuesday started well again. Breakfast was AMAZING. I used spinach instead of broccoli as, to be honest, I couldn’t be bothered to chop up the broccoli (this is why prepping veg is important, especially for lazy people like me). I didn’t have a snack as to be honest I wasn’t hungry. Then after El Houndos lunch time walk – jacket potatoe and Tuna mayo. Bloody lovely! The afternoon snack was listed as mixed nuts but I really didn’t fancy that so went with yoghurt and fruit instead. Then for tea was home made mushroom soup. The soup was super easy to make. It looked absolutely awful but tasted really good so all in all I was quite happy with it.
Wednesday 4th November
B: Porridge with fruit & seeds
Lemon water Yoghurt & apple
Vegetable curry and cous-cous Bacon & Roast vegetable Sandwhich
Boiled egg Peanut butter with rice cakes
T: Salad with Hummus
After making the mushroom soup on Tuesday evening, I didn’t have enough time to make the vegetable curry as well. So I switched up the meal plan with Thursdays. It doesn’t take that long to slice up half a red pepper, some courgette and mushrooms, then crack them in an oven for 20 mins. I cooked the bacon and then popped it all into my lunch box with the bread wrapped in cling film. At lunch, as I was building my sarnie, a colleague remarked that they think the way I make my sandwiches at work is funny. I just don’t like soggy bread. If you make the sandwich the night before the chances are the bread will go soggy and I can not stomach that. So it all goes in a box and gets made up just before I eat it. Peanut butter and rice cakes were spot on, again. I left work late and it took what felt like forever to get home. As was the salad with hummus. When I make a salad I am not talking about a green salad. My salads tend to contain, lettuce, spinach or kale, cucumber, spring onions, radish, carrot, beetroot, avocado, pepper, cherry tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and pickles. They are taste sensations. I can not say enough about how good a combination avocado and beetroot makes. It was a tough day to day with some major sugar cravings. I am glad I swapped out the after snack for peanut butter as I think I may have cracked if I hadn’t. I definitely need to find a way to combat the 3rd day blues.
Thursday 5th November 2015
B: Boiled egg, spinach & beetroot
Fruit and yoghurt
Bacon & roast veg sandwich Salad
Banana & oat bar Salad
Mushroom Soup Vegetable stir fry
Breakfast was good and I didn’t need a snack. I made a massive bowl of salad. So big that I couldn’t eat it all for lunch even after taking Ari out. I hadn’t made the Banana & oat bars as I did literally no prep for this week at all. Having salad left over I had another portion at around 3. I was still working at 8:30 pm without having had my tea so the sugar cravings hit me in the evening. When it came to tea time I didn’t really fancy a curry (I did fancy a cheeky chippy) so I went for a quick and easy to make vegetable stir fry instead (with no rice). Like I always do, I made enough for at least 4 meals. So I had some for tea as did Wharton. Then I took some for lunch for Friday. I can not tell you how pleased I am that I didn’t crack and go for a chippy (fish and chips) instead. Not just because I am trying to stick to the healthier options but also because we are trying to save money for various things.The stir fry was lush as well so it was a win-win decision really.
Friday 6th November
Porridge with fruit & nuts Sausage Baguette
S: Fruit & Lemon water
Tuna pasta salad Vegetable Stir fry
Home-made Turkey Kebabs Chicken Salad Wraps
I woke up late! Rushed to get to work and rather then having any form of sugar cravings, I wanted protein. Feeling that I have had a relatively meat free week compared to usual, I decided to nip to the Co-op and get a sausage baguette. It was wonderful. Snack was a banana and water. Left over veggie stir fry for lunch. It was a big portion so no snack was needed although there may have been a couple of chocolate buttons and some Haribo eaten. Neither of us had the energy to cook when we got back for rather then faffing around trying to make the turkey kebabs we decided to keep it simple and just have chicken wraps. His was quite plain, chicken, lettuce and mayo. Mine had more veg in it. Lettuce, spinach, cucumber, avocado and beetroot with hummus rather then mayo. Both Wharton and I agreed, these tasted fresher then any take out we would normally get on evenings like this. We have decided to try and make wraps our go to meals when we are both feeling a bit done in from the week rather than logging onto Just Eat.
As you can see, I don’t always stick to my exact meal plan. However I do not really veer away from the main ingredients either. Everything that was replaced, was swapped for something equally as healthy apart from the sausage baguette which (no matter how much I want it to be) will never be as healthy as porridge with fruit and nuts.
I actually lost 3lbs this week which is a great start. I will lose the weight I put on whilst quitting smoking. It is actually quite a big deal for me as one of the things that always held me back from quitting was the fear of putting on a lot of weight after having worked so hard to lose it. I don’t care what anyone says, for me, changing my eating habbits has not been easy and as you can tell from the length of time this blog has been running, it’s taken a couple of years. I finally feel like I am on the right path and that this is now the way that I eat.
The meal plan for next week can be found here.