Hi and 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
This is not a proud week – I’m slipping backwards on my weight and fat progression. I gained 0.8 lb (0.4 kg) taking me up to 167.2 lb (75.8 kg) – ouch! This really needs sorting asap!
I don’t want to be too hard on myself in such unsettled times, BUT, I can’t help be concerned, because of potential health implications, more immediately related to ‘the virus’. I’ve utilised COVID-19 information sharing by high impact scientific journals e.g. ‘The Lancet’. It’s increasingly apparent that those classified with obesity are at higher risk of severe symptoms/complications from COVID-19[3, 4, 5, 6]. Clearly, I need to get back on track! So, let’s investigate where I went wrong this week…
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…
What went wrong?…It’s primarily my poor snacking again! I’ve made some good choices (e.g. fruit, seaweed thins), but I’ve also over-indulged on The Incredible Bakery food I’d ordered (hot cross buns, coffee cake slice, brownie), coconut cream and crisps/chips. So, I really need to be more mindful about snacking and making better choices.
Breakfast and Lunch:
So, what else did I eat? I had those heartier breakfasts again – still hungry!: Baked beans on toast (with coconut-based cheese sprinkle), bacon-ish sandwich (Quorn slices) and toast with Meridian yeast extract. I also had less conventional breakfasts of pitta with sweet chilli hummus, Incredible Bakery sausage roll and Mushroom stroganoff leftovers on toast.
For lunches, I had My Typical Salad five times this week, a bacon-ish sandwich and an Itsu chilli miso noodle pot.
Dinners included an experiment with cauliflower steak (tahini, lemon juice, garlic and cumin coating). It tasted great, but this first attempt was a little dry, so we repurposed leftovers into a curry. We had lots of mushrooms to use, so made a very tasty stroganoff following the ‘It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken’ recipe using a milk and flour-based sauce instead of cream. Another evening, we had vegetable fajitas. On Friday, I had my much-loved Heck vegfurter hotdog with fried onion, gherkin, mustard and ketchup. My highlight was a Plant Pioneer ultimate burger with melted Applewood cheese in Incredible Bakery onion & seed bun with guac, salsa, iceberg, tomato and gherkin – I have a thing about gherkins at the moment!
Let’s move on to what I did right – I continued with physical activity: 3.5 hours (five sessions) on the exercise bike at the highest tension, 30 minutes (two sessions) jogging on the trampette, five Mr Motivator 5-minute workouts (BBC HealthCheck UK) and a 20 minute walk (my first in 45 days!).
I was uncomfortable with the walk – I’ve been aware for some time that I’m developing an aversion (since lockdown) to leaving the house and that I should address this before it becomes habit. So, when I awoke from a bad dream at 5am, I decided a short walk would help clear my mind. I’ll try to do a weekly one from now on.
Positive Thinking: What Made Watson Smile
Okay, time now to move on to ‘What Made Watson Smile’ this week…
Incredible Bakery Delivery:
That delivery from The Incredible Bakery – I’d got excited and ordered more than I’d realised – thankfully the baked goods were freeze-able! We got stuck into the hot cross buns first.
M&S Little Garden Seeding Pots:
The M&S Little Garden seeding pots we’d collected pre-lockdown coming along well on the windowsill:
Noticing the garden beauty changes I might not have observed pre-lockdown:
Dyspraxic Adults Meet-Up:
My first Zoom meet-up with other adults with dyspraxia, many also with hypermobility. The Occupational Therapist guest speaker provided some helpful strategies. I didn’t really talk but I still felt accepted and understood just from listening to other’s stories:
Completion of Week 2 Superfoods: Myths and Truths via Future Learn before the weekend socials:
Quick WhatsApp video chat with my Aunty before ‘meeting’ with the ‘girls’:
Girls’ Houseparty Meet-Up:
The ‘girls’ Houseparty catch up before meeting the pub crew. We may be physically distanced, but we’re fortunate to have modern technology to remain socially close:
Pub replacement ‘Houseparty’ with friends:
I miss pubs, but I’m thankful we can still ‘see’ each other:
1. Dietz, W. and Santos‐Burgoa, C., 2020. Obesity and its Implications for COVID‐19 Mortality. The Obesity Society [online]. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.22818.
2. The Lancet, 2020. The Lancet COVID-19 Resource Centre. Available from: www.thelancet.com/coronavirus.
3. Cai, Q., Fengjuan, C., Luo, F., Liu, X., Wang, T., Wu, Q., He, Q., Wang, Z., Liu, Y., Chen, J., Liu, L. and Xu, L., 2020. Obesity and COVID-19 Severity in a Designated Hospital in Shenzhen, China. The Lancet [online]. Available from: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3556658 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3556658.
4. Kass, D. A., Duggal, P. and Cingolani, O., 2020. Obesity could shift severe COVID-19 disease to younger ages. The Lancet. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)31024-2.
5. Simonnet, A., Chetboun, M., Poissy, J., Raverdy, V., Noulette, J., Duhamel, A., Labreuche, J., Mathieu, D., Pattou, F., Jourdain, M. and The Lille Intensive Care COVID‐19 and Obesity study group, 2020. High prevalence of obesity in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus‐2 (SARS‐CoV‐2) requiring invasive mechanical ventilation. The Obesity Society [online]. Available from: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.22831.
6. Flint, S. W. and Tahrani, A., A., 2020. COVID-19 and obesity – lack of clarity, guidance, and implications for care. The Lancet [online]. Available from: www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(20)30156-X/fulltext.
7. Dyspraxia Foundation, 2019. Dyspraxia in Adults [online]. Available from: https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/dyspraxia-adults/.
8. Hypermobility Syndromes Association, 2017. What are hypermobility syndromes? [online]. Available from: www.hypermobility.org/what-are-hypermobility-syndromes.
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