Health Diary Week 25: Food, Exercise and a Positive Mind

Loving Nature… and Food!

Image: John Hain, Pixabay

“Nature is revolting to reclaim her kingdom. If now we don’t make peace with her what’s the point of us!” Abhijit Naskar, Neuroscientist, advocate of mental wellness and global harmony, Good Reads.

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Hi everyone. Hope you’re doing okay. Welcome to another weekly instalment of what’s on my plate, health and nutrition updates and some positive smile-provoking experiences…

Weight, BMI and Fat Results

I’m going to get through the weigh-in results quickly – I gained a little more weight (0.2 lb) – oops! I blame the Easter weekend and most definitely myself, but I don’t feel particularly upset – yes, it’s a minor setback, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a disaster and I’m working to get back on track.

Week 25 results – it’s all going the wrong way!

Exercise

I’ve started by re-introducing physical activity since being unwell – I completed two exercise bike sessions on a medium tension at the end of the week, lasting 20 and 30 minutes – progress.

Food and Nutrition

So, let’s have a look at what food was on my plate, the healthy and not so healthy choices and identify any tweaks I could make to improve my nutrition…

Alcohol and Snacks

So, I over indulged again with chocolatey snacks and a bottle of La Selva Organic Vermentino low sulphite white wine. Chocolate included Mummy Meagz ‘creme egg’, two Booja Booja chocolate truffles, Onist (avocado) salted caramel cocoa pot (really delicious!) and Nak’d double chocolish bar. Also, Mum made carrot cake muffins on Saturday and I had one (sometimes two) a day over the weekend – they were tasty!

A taster of my week’s indulgences. Clockwise: Mummy Meagz ‘creme egg’. Onist (avocado) salted caramel cocoa pot. Nak’d double chocolish bar. La Selva Organic Vermentino white wine. Carrot cake muffin (1 of many!).

Breakfast:

Breakfasts included fruit (strawberries & blueberries, satsuma, apple), Nature’s Path maple sunrise multigrain cereal, hummus with BFree wholegrain pitta and homemade carrot cake muffins (we’ve got a good stock of carrots as they’re long-lasting):

Some of my breakfasts. Clockwise: Blueberries & strawberries. Apple. Carrot cake muffin. Hummus & BFree wholegrain pitta. Nature’s Path maple sunrise multigrain cereal.

Lunch:

It was warm and sunny, so we were able to eat lunch outside most days. I had My Typical Salad (ish) six times with either dolmathes (rice stuffed vine leaves), Strong Roots hash browns, or frittata (potato, mixed mushrooms and green cabbage) using a chickpea flour and water base instead of eggs (I love this!). Another time, I had a vegetable fajita with salsa, leftover from the previous week’s dinner:

Some of my salad lunches ‘al fresco’. Clockwise: Potato, mixed mushrooms & green cabbage chickpea-base frittata with iceberg lettuce, grated carrot & red pepper in a little mayo. Strong Roots hash browns. Dolmathes & a simple homemade coleslaw (white cabbage & carrot in mayo).

Dinner:

Dinners included leftover veg curry, red lentil dhal and brown rice (photo in Week 24). A couple of times we had Meatless Farm Co. mince bolognaise with Doves brown rice spaghetti. We’d received mixed mushrooms and green cabbage in our Abel and Cole veg box delivery, which we incorporated into several meals (including the above lunch frittata). We also had it pan fried with a Meatless Farm Co. burger and roast potatoes. It was added into a Veg Risotto that also contained peas, courgette and spinach. We stretched the risotto into the next dinner by adding Linda McCartney red onion and rosemary sausages and roasted cauliflower. Sunday ‘roast’ was a sausage, stuffing, roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts with chestnuts, carrot and courgette with gravy.

Some of my dinners. Clockwise: Meatless Farm Co. burger with roast potatoes, mixed mushrooms & green cabbage. Veg risotto with Linda McCartney sausages & roasted cauliflower. Linda McCartney sausages, roast potatoes & veg. Meatless Farm Co. spaghetti bolognaise.

Positive Thinking: What Made Watson Smile

So, moving on to things (other than food) that made me smile…

The ‘Super Moon’:
I attempted to capture the Super Moon from outside & my bedroom window:

Veg Box Delivery:
The excitement of receiving our weekly veg box (with a few extras):

Garden time:
Tree blossom & flowers:

Completing the COVID-19 Course:
My course completion certificate: ‘COVID-19: Tackling the novel coronavirus’, run by London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & UK Public Health Rapid Support Team:

Feeling Social:
Feeling and looking healthier again and fun socialising online:

NHS Volunteer Responder:
Receiving an email accepting my application to be an NHS Responder Volunteer as a ‘Check in and Chat Volunteer’:

‘Cafe Driveway: Pond View’:
The highlight – fondly known as ‘Cafe Driveway: Pond View’. We set up a garden table & chairs on the driveway to enjoy the morning sun. The bonus is the public pond enabling us to nature watch – can you spot the duck?:

I hope you enjoyed this week’s ‘What’s on Watson’s Plate’. Please feel free to follow my bite-sized updates on Instagram or Facebook. See you next Wednesday for another catch up.

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9 thoughts on “Health Diary Week 25: Food, Exercise and a Positive Mind

  1. Hello to you! Lovely blog,nice food,nice pictures and a nice happy attitude! Ive been doing youtube excercise classes,various styles and speeds.Can,t wait to go back to Jon again! Take care x

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    • Hey Jo! 🙂 Great to hear from you as always. I should really get into doing some online exercises – wish John was doing them – I miss our classes! You take care too x

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  2. Katey your meals always look colourful and tempting – perfect! You use combinations I wouldn’t have thought of but will now try! Yep, sun’s out so we must start to get out there more,!
    love, Elizabeth x …and good luck with the volunteering – you’ll be great!

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    • It’s lovely to hear from you Elizabeth – I hope you’re keeping well. Thank you so much – I can’t take all the credit for the food though, as it’s a joint effort between myself & Mum, although I’m quite enjoying the challenge of figuring out what to do with the available food x

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