Hi and welcome to another weekly instalment of what’s on my plate, health and nutrition updates and some positive smile-provoking experiences…
…This week’s post will be a little different, since it was my birthday and I decided not to worry about what I was eating/drinking or exercise (much like Christmas). I’ll still post my results, but first I’ll share my birthday indulgencies with you – perhaps don’t read this post if you’re dieting and struggling with food cravings!
Food and Nutrition (not so much Nutrition)
On my birthday, Mum took me out for brunch to the fabulous plant-based restaurant: Offbeet New Forest, located on Sunnyfields Farm. We had coffee (great coffee) and the most amazing Middle Eastern waffles with vegan ‘smoked salmon’, ‘sour cream’ and ‘boiled egg’ – magic! We perused the farm shop and returned to Offbeet for a matcha latte and gooey chocolate brownie – the brownie was so beautifully rich – I ate ½ and took the rest home (I had it for breakfast the next morning!):
For dinner, I was treated to one of my favourite homemade meals – tomatoes, spinach and olives with tagliatelle pasta in a creamy silken tofu and pesto sauce, topped with asparagus and toasted pine nuts with griddled aubergine, courgette and pepper – love it!:
At the weekend, I had a small party planned that evolved into an open house scenario, where most of those who couldn’t make it to the evening do, visited me during the day. I had guests from midday through to the early hours of the morning and I loved it! It was especially lovely to see friends from further afield who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. Whenever I throw a party, I include an optional theme: this year was odd socks/shoes, which was taken up by a few of us.
I prepared a buffet for the party, but totally forgot to take a photo of it, because of all the distractions with the fun of socialising. Instead, I’ve cobbled together some photos at food preparation and leftovers stage, although sadly not as well presented as on the night.
I made sausage rolls using Linda McCartney red onion & rosemary sausages and Jus-rol gluten free and vegan pastry. I also made my Nana’s curry puffs using a pea, potato, spinach and tomato filling, accompanied by Nita’s Mum’s green chilli chutney (soooo delicious and works perfectly with the curry puffs) – a definite hit!:
Do you remember cheese and pineapple or pickled onions on cocktail sticks? – A classic party food when I was a kid. Well, I decided to expand on this with Applewood vegan cheese, fresh pineapple, pickled onions, pickled cornichons (little gherkins), freshly steamed beetroot, baby plum tomatoes and marinated olives (I forgot to put the olives out). I came up with the idea for guests to ‘pick and mix’ their combos by placing the cocktail sticks in the middle of the options, also saving me preparation time – win-win! I was surprised by how much the non-vegans enjoyed the cheese – I had to chop up another block – it was quickly demolished again!
There were various crisps/chips, Bombay mix, peanuts and crackers. The tortilla chips (and sausage rolls) went especially well with the cashew cream cheeses I’d made – lemon and black pepper, and red chilli and smoked paprika. I also prepared carrot, celery and cucumber veg sticks with shop-bought hummus and tomato salsa – I would have liked to make the dips, but time was limited.
I also made Creative Nature banana bread mini muffins using a mix where you just add mashed ripe bananas. I had intended to put out the Daiya Chocolate Cheezecake I’d bought for Christmas and never used, but completely forgot – if any of my guests are reading this – I’m so sorry!:
I drank alcohol at the weekend. On Friday I had 3 doubles of Hotel Chocolat salted caramel vodka liqueur. Saturday night, over approximately 7-8 hours, I drank a bottle of bubbly and 2 double rums with ginger beer – surprisingly I felt okay on Sunday.
Weight, BMI and Fat Results
Okay, so I should probably update on my results… Surprisingly, I only gained 1.2 lb (0.5 kg) and my fat percentage increased by 0.2%. I’ve extended my self-experiment of weighing myself every day from 4 to 12 weeks – interestingly, I weighed my lowest since starting this journey, 164.6 lb (74.4 kg) on Thursday and Friday, but by Sunday (after the party) I increased to 168.2 lb (76.3 kg). I was relieved my weight dropped a bit by Monday’s weigh-in!
Positive Thinking: What Made Watson Smile
I had a happy week and I’m so grateful to have such lovely family and friends – you’re ace! I’m ready to get back on track now (I think), so I’m expecting to report some positive results next week…
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