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Love Food February: Our Valentines Meal

I’m not one to go mad for Valentines Day. I don’t believe in the 8 years of being with my wife that we have ever gone out on or around Valentines Day. I don’t see the point in paying more for something because of the date. Not only that, but everywhere starts taking bookings from what seems June, so it must get busy early on.

Trying to lose weight also adds a challenge to Valentines Day. People seem to go mad with food on this day. Whether it’s chocolate or a meal out, it’s hardly the healthiest day of the year. This is also another reason why I prefer to eat at home instead of going out on this night.

Now, with wifey also being on plan at the moment with Slimming World. I couldn’t just go out and buy her a Milk Tray or something. As much as I would have loved to as I would have shared it, I couldn’t do it to her, not with how well she’s doing with her weight loss at the moment.

I had to get creative. But I wanted to give her something that would last. I hate buying flowers because no more than two weeks later they’re heading for the bin. I might as well chuck £20 in the bin. So I set out to make something personal, something which only she would appreciate. Welcome the 365 jar.

This jar is completely syn free, will not add any unwanted calories and lasts an entire year. Now, how’s that for a Valentine’s gift?

On to why we’re reading this post now. The food. After giving this 365 jar to the wife in the morning, she took it upon herself to cook one hell of a meal. Usually, I have cooked on Valentines Day as a treat for her, but not this year.

Starter

I was treated to a full 3-course meal on Valentines Day. Starting with homemade, syn free scotch eggs. These balls of meat wrapping a boiled egg were plain awesome. Best of all they’re syn free as it’s just an egg and less than 5% pork mince. No breadcrumbs like shop bought ones, but they didn’t need them, they were perfect as they were. Served on a bed of watercress and a tablespoon of Sweet Chilli Sauce (half a syn).

Main

For the main course, I was given a big plate of Beef Stroganoff. I’m a sucker for wintery food when it’s not particularly warm out and wintery food doesn’t come much better than this. Beef and Onion in a beautiful creamy sauce is spot on. Served with Roast Potatoes (seasoned of course) and Carrots, this entire course was completely syn free! This recipe I am going to have to add to my list to upload to this blog.

Dessert

We left it a little while before having dessert, letting the main and starter settle a bit first. I was expecting something like apple crumble and custard (not on plan but I know it’s one of wifeys favourites). What I wasn’t expecting was this Strawberry Bonanza (that’s the name I gave it).

Made of Strawberries dipping in Chocolate, Strawberry Jelly and a Strawberry on top of a Meringue. This was the perfect end to a perfect meal. This little beauty cost 6 syns, but it was well worth it. For the whole meal to come in at 6 and a half syns was incredible!

Just spending time with the wife is enough for me on Valentines Day. We don’t need to make any huge gesture to show how much we love each other, but we do enjoy good homecooked food. So we just indulge at home while others pay a small fortune for something that will be a quarter of the price the following day.

Love Food February

February is here, too quickly if you ask me. It’ll be December before we know it at this rate. January’s weekly blog was obviously #REDJanuary where I tried to ride my bike every day through January. As it’s now February and Valentines Day is approaching, why not fall in love with food? Don’t forget there is also Pancake Day to worry about, so that’s two events where food is involved coming in February.

Now, this is a Slimming Blog so there will be no posts regarding takeaways, as much as they may be loved (unless they’re of the Fakeaway version). I will be posting ideas and ways of making good healthy food taste like it’s naughty and bad for you. We all sometimes crave that nasty kebab or Chinese dish that we love so much, but there are healthy ways of making the same thing. This is what I’ll be exploring this month

My favourite things to eat when ordering a takeaway or eating out are Chinese, Pizza and a good sloppy Burger.

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Idiots On The Radio: Fad Diets

My blood was boiling this morning on my drive to work. I usually listen to the radio, the guys on the Breakfast Show on Gem106 (or Gem Radio online and on DAB) are normally quite entertaining. But this morning they really got my blood boiling.

Let me set the scene with a little background info. Last year Jo (the female presenter) joined Slimming World. Through the year she basically lost half of what you should lose in your first month. She basically didn’t stick to the plan and found that it doesn’t work – well it won’t if you don’t follow the rules. This got me wound up before Christmas as she was basically advertising on the radio that Slimming World doesn’t work. I agree it doesn’t for everyone, but it does for the majority if the plan is followed. It’s not like most diets where you have to weigh and measure everything, it’s just about eating the right foods.

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Feeling Robbed

Yesterday was Christmas lunch day with the team at work. Around 20 of us headed to a local pub for a 3-course festive meal. It was a good laugh and nice to talk to some of the guys (and gals) outside of the workplace. As I previously mentioned in a previous post, I chose a little wisely on the menu choices to suit Slimming World as best I could.

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Then yesterday evening after getting home I didn’t feel too great. But Wednesday is the night where we take our daughter to my grandma’s for tea with her cousins. It’s nice they get to see each other at least once a month and the kids get spoiled there.

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The Currency of BMI

Body Mass Index (or BMI) is something used to calculate if a person is of a healthy weight.  I hate it, it’s not an accurate measure of fat percentage and does not take into account one’s build.  But the GP uses it to steer to fobbing me off with “if you lose weight it will be better” or “it’s likely because of your weight”.

BMI Ranges for the UK

Here in the UK, they say to be of healthy weight an adult’s BMI score should be between 18.5 – 24.9.  Using the graph below, you’ll be able to see what sort of weight you need to be for a given height to be in that range.  Obviously the taller you are, the heavier you can be but still have the same BMI score.  The ranges used by the NHS are as follows;

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Losing My Marbles And My Keys

Everyone loses their marbles every now and then.  Sometimes you walk into a room a forget why.  Sometimes you ask someone a question you asked them a couple of minutes prior.  Sometimes you will lose your keys when in town but then really lose everything.

A long story short, I’ve had to start wearing glasses for Computer Work, Reading, TV Time and Driving – basically, anything that requires me to focus on something.  I haven’t adapted well, I hate wearing them – but I’d rather wear them than get the headaches that follow when I don’t.

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