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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Jumpstarting my Mojo!


My mojo has been a bit limp and flabby and lacking it's usual vavavoom for what feels like ages; the poor little thing is in need of some tlc.  You might remember how I told you all about my battle with my muffin top a little over a year ago in My Big Weigh In post.  Sadly, I somehow managed to increase the size of my middle aged spread over the course of last year instead of shedding it!  It turns out that eating toast for breakfast,elevenses, lunch, dinner and supper does not make for a healthy diet or encourage weight loss! Quelle surprise.  



I realise that a Gal can't live on toast or cake alone and that nutritionally I need to give myself a kick up the bum, so for the last two weeks I've changed the way I eat. Although, naturally, I want to lose a few pounds and feel lighter, my main concern has been to stop eating so much bread and to introduce lots of veg and pulse based healthy mains and some super healthy fruit and veg smoothies.    



So far, I'm doing pretty well and I'm feeling much much better for it.  I don't seem to be able to have bread in moderation, so I'm mostly cutting it out for now and replacing it with healthier options, like smoothies and fruity porridge for breakfast, soup and warm salads for lunch etc. I have eaten some homemade naan bread with my curry last week but that was good and didn't set me off on a 3 day toast binge.


For some healthy foodie inspiration, I've been turning to some lovely books and great blogs.  My favourite healthy eating blog is written by Laura at Wholeheartedly Healthy .  Laura's blog is full of great healthy recipes and advice and as her blog title suggests, she has a holistic approach to health and well being.  Through reading Laura's blog, I've been introduced to all kinds of interesting new ingredients and ideas for how to use them. Why don't you pop over to Laura's brilliant blog and have a gander at the yummy recipes. 

The Hemsley sisters have a brilliant and inspiring newish book, Hemsley and Hemsley; The Art of Eating Well.  Once again, their focus is on whole, plant based foods with amazingly creative recipes that steer clear of gluten and refined sugar.  I don't have a gluten problem but I ADORE the recipes in this book.  I've had a little dabble and I'm really enjoying the recipes I've tried so far; the black bean and feta burgers were yummy and filling and I like the cauliflower 'rice' too. The salads are wonderfully inventive and appealing and I think I could happily live on them once the weather turns a bit warmer.



  I'm particularly keen to try making the raw Chocolate Avocado Mousse and BB Brownies (made with black beans).  There are lots of recipes on their website too, so you don't need to buy the book.  Have any of you lovely lot tried using avocado in a choc based dessert?  I can see that the idea of pulses in a cake might seem unappealing, but hey, surely it's no different to putting carrots and beetroot in cakes?  

I'm also turning to my old favourites for some healthy recipe suggestions; River Cottage Veg Every Day is jam packed full of great warming soup and hearty salad recipes.  Oooh, I love me a bit Hugh-FW.  You could also have a look at Deliciously Ella for some healthy recipe inspiration; her recipe book is out today and on my Amazon wish list.



It's not all about counting calories for me but I have lost 4 pounds or so which is a Brucey bonus, hurrah!  I'm not claiming to be uber-virtuous and I've not gone vegan or given up gin (heaven forbid!) but I'm definitely feeling healthier: my insides must appreciate the effort I'm making.  

If only I could drag my sorry arse off to do some exercise! That's next on the list.  Gosh, that was a long post; stick with me and I'll give you my verdict on the avocado choc mousse next week.

Until then, it's cheerio from me and my reviving mojo.  TTFN. Galx

PS All the gorgeous fruit n veg were photographed this morning in my local Hartley Dyke Farm shop 



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  1. Good for you! I desperately needed to read this post today. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful resources.

    Best of luck on your new healthy living journey.

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  2. That chocolate and avocado mousse sounds very yummy! Good luck with jumpstarting your mojo and your healthy food plan :-)

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    1. Thank you Louise :) Going to try it tomorrow and see how it works

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  3. I am guilty of living mostly on toast, cake and cereal - great blog post!

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  4. I pretty much gave up bread before I started making babies and it really works. Once I've popped out Tot 2 I really need to start a regime like this. I love the idea of the avocado chocolate mousse - you've got to allow yourself some treats :) x

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    1. Thanks Claire - hoping the mousse is as delicious as it sounds!

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  5. Lovely photos and good luck with getting the mojo back =)

    The book looks interesting and I have read so much about them Hemsley girls in a lot of magazines. Good reviews of their cooking and book so I think you are in good hands. #pocolo

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  6. This is a great idea - that avocado chocolate mousse sounds and looks gorgeous. I had a dark chocolate and avocado cookie the other day and it was divine. I have also made courgette chocolate brownies and those are yummy too. Good luck with it all. Thank you for being this week's newbie showcase and for linking to #PoCoLo x

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    1. Thanks again Victoria for having me and for your wonderful Linky #PoCoLo xx

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  7. so glad you reviewed this book its on my "want to try" list now you have moved it up to number one on the very same list...
    bestest daisy j
    Ps the dog found my healthy eating mojo last year I think he buried it in the garden its been missing for so long!

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    1. Ha! I think I need my dogs to drag me around the woods!

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  8. I hope you can get that mojo back! I'm the opposite way round to you, I find it easier to drag myself off the sofa than to give up ice cream! So I've started running... to allow me to eat ice cream..!

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    1. yes - I see the trade off logic there!

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Hi, thanks for taking the time to comment. GAL x

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