DITL Of A Serial Dieter

I think I’ve always had an unhealthy relationship with food. As far back as I can remember I have always been an over-eater. It’s strange, the level of sheer satisfaction you get from indulging your sweet tooth. It’s more than just gratifying hunger pangs.

For me its an overwhelming sense of calm and utter relaxation. A warm and glorious feeling in my tummy that can’t be beaten… As I said, I have always had an unhealthy relationship with food…

So, because of this I’ve spent the biggest part of my life on a diet. I’ve done them all. Slimming World, Slim Fast, Cambridge, Juice Plus, Atkins… and so on and so forth. But the only one that’s ever worked for me is Weight Watchers, and so here I am again… back on a diet plan.

I thought there may be those of you like me, who are following WW too, so I’ve decided to share my typical day of eating on this plan.

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Zero hero breakfast of grapes and strawberries.

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A “fakeaway” version of a Caesar Salad – chicken, lettuce, cucumber, low cal cheese & caesar dressing – 2SP

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Weight Watchers Sausage & Root Veg Mash with mini fritters – 16SP

And for snacking…

The best thing about this diet is that you can still have all of your treats, as long as you stay within your daily points allowance. It’s definitely the only way I can lose weight effectively whilst maintaining my sanity and satisfying my overzealous sweet tooth.

If i’m being honest though, all I really want from life is to be skinny and eat cake… Not asking for much eh?

D x

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BritMums – #HealthyRedMeat Challenge

So as most followers of this blog will know, I am the mummy of a very boisterous toddler. He is the light of my life, the apple of my eye and all that nice stuff. But he is also a very challenging little monkey.

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He has several Sensory issues and as I’ve shared many times before, we are currently going through the ‘Autism Diagnosis Process’. Because of this he has quite a severe aversion to textures and in particular certain foods that aren’t smooth. He eats well in the sense that he will eat as much of something that he loves (like mash potato and fish fingers) but to this day he still really struggles with any sort of meat, particularly red meat.

This is a worry not only in the sense that his diet isn’t very varied, but also because he is missing out on all of the goodness that comes from red meat like potassium and iron.

He already gets daily doses of vitamins for all of his other deficiencies and the idea of adding in, for example, iron or zinc supplements is just an absolute headache.

Like everything else is at one point, red meat has recently been the subject of scrutiny in the media, and experts fear that the nutritional benefits have been overshadowed by misleading negative views. For this reason, and in order to improve the public perception, the Meat Advisory Panel, is partnering with BritMums to promote red meat in the diets of toddlers and young children, as well as shedding some light on the benefits of it in all our diets.

So, when BritMums got in touch to tell me about the challenge I thought “Yeah ok, let’s give it a try”!

They sent through a gift voucher, which we were to use for purchasing our ingredients for a family friendly red meat dinner.

I chose Pork, simply because it’s soft enough that Matthew could swallow without any issues and light enough in colour that he wouldn’t necessarily notice it mixed in amongst the other elements of his meal.

I wracked my brain for ideas using Lean Pork Mince and came up with a twist on an old classic dish… Sweet Potato & Pork Cottage Pie.

I know that both Matthew and my husband love Sweet Potato and felt like it was the best way to get some extra goodness into the dish without Matthew noticing.

So with my Pork, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots & an Onion I set off on the challenge of a lifetime… getting my toddler to eat a meal without gagging, throwing a tantrum or simply launching his plate across the room.

I used a few extra ingredients to make it all taste delicious which I’ll list here, as well as my cooking method:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Paprika
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Thyme
  • Pork Stock Cube
  • Dairy Free Spread (Matthew has a Dairy intolerance) – which i used to add to the mashed sweet potato. 
  1. I chopped and fried off some onions in a pan, using Sunflower Zero Calorie spray.
  2. Once the onions were translucent I added salt & pepper and then the pork mince.
  3. I browned the mince for about 5-7 minutes and added paprika, thyme and garlic.
  4. I then added a melted pork stock cube, dissolved in 300ml of boiling water to the mince and onions, added chopped carrots and set the hob to a simmering temperature.
  5. I let this simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  6. This is when I added my peeled Sweet Potatoes to boiling water for 20 minutes.
  7. After 20 minutes I added my mince mixture to a ramekin and topped it with mashed sweet potato.
  8. This went in the oven for a further 20 minutes to cook through and crisp the top.

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Easy peasy and super yummy, even if I do say so myself. But the best part… Both my hubby and my fussy little boy finished every last bite of it!

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In fact, it was so successful that since testing out the recipe, I have made it a further 3 times, with some of my family even requesting the recipe from me.

Saying I am one happy mummy is quite simply the understatement of the century!

“This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.”

Trying, Trying, Trying…

My husband and I have been together (off and on) for 16 years. We were High School Sweethearts. He is the best person I have ever known. Kind, considerate and everything else in between.

I knew, despite the many fall-outs, that he was my person. By that I mean, even on the occasions where we had called it quits, I still wanted to tell him everything I was going through, even if that were about another (I say it loosely) “love interest”.

It was then that I realised, there is nobody better than this man. He’s as good as it gets!

We were married in 2011 and immediately began trying to get pregnant (something that we would have happily accepted even before marriage).

It was the most frustrating period of our lives, and despite doing everything right (buying ovulation kits and working out all of the nonsensical mathematics of it), it just didn’t happen.

In fact, we just struck out, time and time again.

On one occasion I woke up in dreadful pain. Bleeding heavily and doubled over with cramp in my stomach. Michael being the angel he is, took me to A&E and there I was advised that I may be having a Miscarriage.

This happened again.

And again.

It was heartbreaking.

My doctor advised me that we were to keep trying. It can take time. He didn’t want to even consider IVF until I was 30.

By this time however, we had given up. We spoke at length about whether or not we would be enough for each other. Just us two.

I felt strongly that Michael and I could have a wonderful life on our own. He did too, but he clung on to hope that one day it would happen for us. He’s like that. It’s one of the things I love most about him, but also one of his most annoying qualities. I just wanted to put an end to it and enjoy our lives as they were. For at least a short period of time we did this.

However, in my head I needed a distraction from it all.

I joined my local Weight Watchers and began a healthy eating/ exercise regime. It was a great focus for me and I found that I simply forgot all about our baby making woes.

I lost a great deal of weight within a very short period of time, and backed up this weight loss with a pretty rigorous exercise regime.

I felt the best I had in years. I was happy and I was content.

It’s amazing how looking back you realise how much you were in fact kidding yourself.