All posts filed under: Easy Meals

Healthy Living Challenge: Day 28 – Going back to the basics

After writing my post yesterday I had a bit of time to reflect on the whys and I realised in the course of last week I made a few typical dieting mistakes: 1. I forgot to eat when it was time to eat and then I ended up eating too much/getting dizzy/eating the wrong things. 2. I forgot to drink plenty of fluids and as a consequence my bowel movement has been less regular. 3. I got lax about wheat and I pinched here and there things I shouldn’t have. 4. I didn’t plan as carefully my meals and I ended up eating less veggies than in the weeks before. 5. I got lazy and didn’t make time to exercise/blamed it on the weather. 6. I read too many dieting books but couldn’t synthesise all the information into one common philosophy, so to say. So today I went back to the drawing board, so to say, and I mended a couple of things. For starters, I drank PLENTY. I made two teapots of herbal tea …

Healthy Living Challenge: Day 26 – 5 Ingredients, 50 Minutes, 500 Calorie Dinner!

Yeah, so this morning I had no desire to slave in the kitchen, like I did yesterday. You see, I cook my dinners in the morning when Emma is in playgroup because there is no time to do it in the evening, after we come back from work. And I also like cooking in peace :-). Yesterday I made my lean turkey stuffed peppers but it took me pretty much all morning so this morning I popped into Sainsbury’s, grabbed a couple of ingredients and had my dinner ready in less than an hour. I had defrosted some organic chicken breast from the previous night and prepared it simply by popping it in the oven with a bit of coconut oil, sea salt and curry powder. It only needs around 30 minutes to roast to perfection. We love Indian in this house but as you well know, Indian takeaways can be quite calorific so over the years I learned to make my own version of things. I had a great helper, one of my very …

Healthy Living Challenge: Day 20 – Health on a plate

Today it was “leftover” day in our household. I had made my turkey burgers and quinoa salad from yesterday evening so all I had to do is make a fresh salad of organic lettuce and tomato and my dinner was ready. I am always experimenting with my food so last night I  added a thin slice of Gruyère cheese into the burgers and it melted when warmed up today. Delish! I had also more confidence in making the quinoa salad second time around and realised that a cup does us just fine and nothing goes to waste, which I hate seeing. Hubby enjoys my food more than ever, he had always been a healthy eater but he just loves trying new things and he got spoilt in the last three weeks. Well, this is day 20, there are exactly 20 more days left of this healthy living challenge and I am heading for the kitchen to make myself a fruit snack as I got hungry again after out very healthy dinner at 6. Talk tomorrow! …

Healthy Living Challenge: Day 16 – Plan your week ahead

Remember I was telling you about my positive grocery shopping experience the previous week in Holywood? Well, we did it again last Friday and for me it was an opportunity to plan my meals for this week. No, I am not one of those women who does fish on Monday, chicken on Tuesday and Thursday and roast on Sunday with religiosity. For me it’s more a matter of having enough in the freezer and the cupboard to put together healthy but simple meals for the following seven days. We are also slowly transitioning towards an all-organic menu, at least when it comes to our fruit, veggies and eggs. I decided to set up a weekly order with the organic farm in Helen’s Bay and look forward to using my creativity and putting to good use our seasonal produce. You don’t need to spend crazy money to eat healthily. I am still experimenting on how to do it optimally on a decent budget but I would say ordering your fruit and veg from a farm and  …

Healthy Living Challenge: Day 15 – Listen to your body

No, my friends, I am not going all weird on you here, I am just saying many times our bodies will tell us what they need in the form of cravings. Ahem, nice try, justifying to yourself that muffin or chocolate bar tonight but no, I am not talking about cravings for sweets and wheat. I actually believe people like William MD Davis, the author of The Wheat Belly who proved scientifically  and through thorough research that wheat is addictive.  I believe that once you come off wheat completely for a good two weeks, as I have done, your body starts “speaking” to you again, communicating its real needs. This week I felt run down due to lady pains and discomforts(oh, yeah, I really did it, I’ve talked about two of the most embarrassing and personal things a human being can talk about in two subsequent posts!!) By Wednesday my body was quite depleted of energy and I was…full of cravings. I actually made some of my Facebook friends suspicious when I announced I had …