Hello Almost Vegetarian readers. I must confess that in the past few weeks I have fallen desperately off the sugar wagon. I have a long-standing love affair with chocolate, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that, when I buy a bar of chocolate, I have to eat the entire bar! It doesn’t matter if I get sick of it half way through, I just keep on eating it. And then I get a craving for it every. single. night. And so the cycle begins. Of course, this has not been great for my weight loss and so I’ve decided that it’s time I got serious about getting off the sugar addiction for once and for all and making a conscious decision to get fit and lose weight.
I know that the after-dinner sugar craving will go away if I just give it a little time. After all, I quit a 35-year cigarette habit 5 years ago. But I also know that if I give up sweets completely, then I’m setting myself up to fail. However, anything sweet will do – like a piece of fruit, for example. I will not be giving up my evening glass of wine! 😀
I recently left my job in order to pursue an online business which threw my routine out a little, but it’s also given me a bit more freedom to switch up my breakfasts and lunches. Whereas before I made things that were quick and easy that I could pack with me, like fruit smoothies for breakfast and soup for lunch, now I have a bit more time to have something different. I still want to include fruit in my breakfasts every day as I haven’t had a cold since I started having fruit smoothies every day 2 years ago, but lately I’ve been making fruit salad with a delicious dressing I found in my Loonie Spoons Collections cook book. I’ve been mixing together things like kiwi fruit, orange segments, strawberries, peaches and honeydew melon, and then mixing in the dressing – really good. Here’s the recipe for the dressing
2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp liquid honey
1 tbsp frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tsp grated orange zest
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy. It’s not only good on fruit salad, but equally as delicious eaten on its own.
Lunches are usually leftovers from last night’s supper.
I’ll also be starting a yoga routine – about 20 minutes a day to start with.
Here’s this week’s menu
Monday : Asparagus Linguine from Jamie Oliver’s book “Jamie Cooks Italy”
Wednesday : Baked Tiella Rice from Jamie Oliver’s book “Jamie Cooks Italy”
Thursday : Best Vegan Chili Mediterranean Style, crusty bread
Friday : Pork Chops, greek roasted potatoes, carrots and beans
Saturday : Date Night
Sunday : Roast Chicken, zucchini, roasted potatoes, carrots