Since my discovery of noodle soups this winter, I haven’t been able to get enough! They come together so quickly and offer a substantial, nourishing and warming complete meal and are so adaptable. (more…)
Last week I embarked on my first ever 7 day green smoothie challenge from Vedged Out. Today, the scales tell me I have lost 3lb which isn’t bad after a week of good, tasty food and in fact more allowance of it per day than I could manage. I wasn’t sure at first but when I looked deeper to see that I didn’t have to count calories and was allowed giant smoothies twice a day, even more giant salads with gorgeous dressings like ranch and tahini and unlimited salsa and a whole cup of houmous to dunk carrots in AND a big bowl of hearty soup or stir fry, I knew this was the challenge for me. And really, it wasn’t all that much a challenge. (more…)
Before I turned vegan, like most, I was hooked on cheese. I loved it in all forms, even the smelly blues and especially the squidgy brie’s and gooey mozzarella. I expected that I would find it extremely hard to not eat cheese when I turned vegan, but in fact it wasn’t all that hard for me at all and not once since the day I declared to myself no longer a vegetarian but a vegan, did I eat an animal product again. (more…)
Making healthy food choices
Healthy eating shouldn’t be about depriving yourself of food. In fact, the key to eating healthy successfully is by choosing the right food to eat. Looking at nutritional labels is part and parcel of that. Yes, the nutrition information labels are placed on food items for a reason. Sadly, there are still a large percentage of people who do not understand these nutritional values.
Instead of throwing away your handwash and spray bottles to go and buy new ones, why not recycle them and make your very own cheap, natural, Earth and animal friendly, delicious smelling products. (more…)
I’m a well known frugal shopper, especially when it comes to food shopping yet I want delicious meals and exciting ingredients with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables at hand.
I used to subscribe to a weekly organic veg box on the premise that it was more economical than buying the same organic vegetables from the supermarket. I soon realised there were a couple of issues with this idea; firstly, I’d spend hours comparing the prices between the supermarkets but this became impossible when supermarkets tend to have a limited range of organic produce, making any comparison unreliable. My local supermarkets don’t sell items like Swiss Chard in any form, let alone organic. Secondly, whilst the veg box was organic, it wasn’t local. They advertise as local, but really it’s not. OK, maybe if you happen to live right near their Devon, Somerset and Herefordshire farms then yes, but I don’t and my local farm shops sell produce grown within 20 miles I haven’t been able to find a more local veg box scheme). But it’s not always organic. My local supermarket sells produce which is not organic but is part of a programme to ban, prohibit and reduce pesticides. (more…)
Comfort food is very defining of my cooking and eating habits and it can be both a source of great joy as well as a curse to the waistline if not managed properly, something I have been working on for years.
I tend to consider comfort food as those childhood classics that take you back to days of warmth and safety and home. It might be dishes mum made regularly or Nan would make when you went to visit, or even something you had just one time in a restaurant or at a friends house. I only recently discovered that ‘new’ foods can join your comfort food repertoire. (more…)
In my quest for better health and losing some unwanted pounds, I have decided to cut sugar out of my diet for a while (and drastically cut down thereafter). I don’t remember having all that much of a sweet tooth as a child or teen but somehow about 3 or 4 years ago, I developed this unwelcome need for sugar.
Nowadays, the cravings attack at night, perhaps because I am tired, but even when I am in bed, drifting off to sleep, the sugar monster takes over my brain and tries, sometimes successfully, to convince me that I ‘must’ satisfy my cravings. The real issue is that the sugar monster has triumphed way too many times over the last couple of months, to a point that I feel a loss of control like a drug addict, and there have been, I am ashamed to say, occasions where one could find a half eaten packet of biscuits in my bedside cabinet.
Now, I have been particularly stressed lately, with exams, essay deadlines, research, bad news, too many long car journeys and you know, the day to day stresses of living that I’m sure I don’t need to define. I could put it down to that, but I am more inclined to ‘blame’ the addictive nature of sugar which I have only recently learnt about and am sure I have been under the spell of the sugar rush. This of course means that, as with any addiction, cravings and the ‘need’ increase in times of stress. Further support for this comes from the fact that I can trace the beginning of my sugary craving back to when I started baking.