Tuesday, 20 August 2013

(Healthy) Food Lately

As well as re-joinging my old healthclub at the beginning of the year, I also decided a few months ago, to start to look at living a healthy lifestyle to run alongside my exercising. And whilst I do still have my sweet tooth, loving cake & coffee trips and eating out, these have all been massively cut down. I now visit the gym 3-4 times a week, with an hour spent on cardio and another 20-30 minutes building strength. 

As well as that, I have been using the iPhone app Fitness Pal to count my calories (a maximum of 1200 a day). I know counting calories is not for everyone but I like the scientific logic of compiling a food diary and subtracting the calories burned from exercise. So far I have lost a stone, with hopefully working towards another stone to lose. I feel so much better for it and so much more energised in my everyday life. As a pescetarian, I do find food choices difficult at the best of times but here are a few dishes I have been enjoying eating lately as part of my reduced calorie intake...

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Supermarket trip to Waitrose - Vegetarian Sushi, Edamame Beans, Beetroot & Carrot Salad, Goats Cheese, Mint & Pea Salad with a glass of red wine (you have to have some pleasures and in moderate portions is good for antioxidants) and a small bowl of fresh strawberries and pineapple.

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Sweet Potato Roasted with 1-Calorie Dry Oil Spray, Maldon Sea Salt & Black Pepper 
with Light Cottage Cheese

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Pumpkin Seed Ryvita with Smooth Peanut Butter and Sliced Banana - I'm not the biggest banana fan but the combination of these three together is so delicious, I can't get enough

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Inexpensive salad bowls from Tesco stored in the fridge ready to eat with various toppings, low fat cheese, Quorn ham, cottage cheese etc

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My favourite soup flavour, I usually eat half a tub with a couple of Ryvita as I have stopped buying bread completely

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And finally, I can't get enough of these Nakd bars, the Strawberry Crunch is my favourite flavour. I usually try to have one in my handbag at all times so I don't get tempted to buy rubbish food when I am out and about. They are vegan and gluten free and really fill me up. They are quite expensive for a small bar, the cheapest I have found so far is from Waitrose at 75p. But definitely worth it as they are so effective and so low calorie.

I'm interested to hear if you have any dieting / food or exercise tips, I'd love you to leave a comment if you have any.


  1. getting to the gym so much when you have a full time job is extremely good going, are you finding it fitting in ok with everything else? Do you go straight after?

    I'm always trying to put on healthy weight but it's not easy. I cycle quite a lot.

  2. Matthew - yes it is quite difficult but I seem to have got into a routine of tues & thurs eves and sat morning. I go straight home from work, get changed & go straight out again. I would say the little blog suffers a little but it is probably more important to remain healthy!

  3. I've just finished Uni & I'm trying to loose the weight I've put on as I'm starting a Primary Education PGCE and I'll need to be able to run around with the little ones. I've started using my fitness pal but I find it frustrating having to weigh all the individual ingredients of a meal & since I'm back in my parents house its harder if my mum cooks dinner.

    I've bought a new bike which is helping and use the Wii alot, I hate the gym but I think I need to get over the fear.

  4. Laura - I think using fitness pal at first is a bit time-consuming but after a while it becomes quicker if like me, you eat the same food over & over. I would definitely try the gym out again, it takes awhile but you really get into it!

  5. Well done on your weight loss!

    I'm currently using my gym card as many times as I can manage but am finding classes a lot more enjoyable than the gym itself. I mix up between toning and cardio. Pilates, Zumba and hula hooping are my favourites!

    Miso soup is great, so low calories and pretty much fat free. Making my own juices is working out well too (minus the expense!) x

    Luxx Mint

  6. Luxx Mint - thank you for your tips. I love miso soup too. And so interested to hear about the classes, I gave been thinking lately about starting to mix it up.

  7. Congratulations on your weight loss, Paula, you look fantastic! I also use the My Fitness Pal app and have found it to be effective. I find that eating most of my day's calories at breakfast and lunch works well, and I also love drinking sparkling mineral water with a splash of fruit juice as a replacement for soda. Also, using only olive oil and balsamic vinegar as salad dressing goes a long way, and it tastes just as good as bottled salad dressing.

    Also, exercising outside (even just walking) and getting some Vitamin D makes a world of difference; I try to do that as much as possible (with sun protection of course!).

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  9. T*Minney - fantastic tips, thank you!

  10. Mmmm I love sushi, its my favourite food, glad its healthy too :P yum yumxx

  11. Wish I could help hon but my food blog is all about making your own food from scratch so I couldn't suggest any pre-prepared food like this. I wouldn't know where to start!

  12. Well done you!

    I've also been going to the gym - for two months now. I will try those strawberry bars - thanks!

    Keep up the good work! :)

  13. Wow so interesting to see it broken down like that!! Calorie counting is not for me, but I do love healthy food by default as well, so eating sweet potatoes is actually an indulgence for me!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog }


  14. This post was so well timed for me! I have also decided to change my eating habits a bit. I am not a junk food lover but I do treat myself more often than most people do, and while I don't have a sweet tooth like you do, I have a soft spot for savory snacks and sadly, those involve crisps! Good luck with the next stone, you look great! x

  15. Not only does all your food look so good... But your plate collection is amazing! Where did you buy the shell one?!
    I use MyNetDiary all which is similar to My Fitness Pal and I think it is a really good way to see how much all the little snacks add up to and makes me not want to have as many.
    If you're a porridge fan, check my blog post on overnight oats which is like a summery version of them if you haven't had them yet.

    Love your blog! Xxx

  16. Oliviadee - thank you, I love porridge so will definitely check out your recipe. The plates are all just from a local flea-market :-)

  17. Loving all your veggie healthy delights. Veggie sushi is one of my favourite things ever. Amazing photos as always

    Laura x

  18. This food is looking lovely, the gym and I have a complicated relationship, I love it when I'm there but forcing myself can be difficult!

    Maria xxx

  19. This food is looking lovely, the gym and I have a complicated relationship, I love it when I'm there but forcing myself can be difficult!

    Maria xxx

  20. Getting into the healthy/fit lifestyle isn't easy. One of the things that helps me is to remember that it is not a goal but rather a lifestyle change. I find that going to the gym in the morning is helpful for me because I feel more energetic through out the day. Usually after work I find myself being too tired and lazy. But to remember to that consistency is key and to eat clean as possible. It's okay to have a little dessert here and there. Hope that was helpful. :)

  21. Alice - fantastic tips! That is exactly how I am trying to view it, as a long term permanent fixture in my life & not just for short term purposes only. And that way, you can have the odd treat if you really fancy, it wouldn't be realistic otherwise. Thanks Alice! x


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