Healthy eating day 16 – If you love bread you must read this!

Today’s guest blogger is artisan baker, Carol Hunter from Worthing. Grainwave is Carol’s business and she sells baked goods, including gluten free bread from her home in Worthing and at Goring farmer’s market.

A day in the life of ……… a fairly average (self-proclaimed) artisan baker

The ‘early to bed, early to rise’ maxim has always been in my subconscious, but only became a reality when I started my own business a couple of years ago. That’s when it became a choice thing rather than a struggle. (the ‘late to bed, late to rise’ – student thing  and ‘no-sleep, early rise’ of new-born infant thing were something else entirely!)

So what that means for me these days is starting the day with some ‘overnight oats’ – my own choice of additional nutty, seedy material to some basic bircher muesli soaked in organic soya milk. Fruit – it happens to be foraged blackberries from my own hedge this morning – and half a banana.

In winter it’s porridge – minus the seasonal blackberries – cranberries and grated apple. Oh, and lemon and ginger tea. I’ve taken advice from my Chinese doctor, mentor and well-being guru on the tea. She’s right, it’s a brilliant early morning de-tox. Whatever the season, if I start the day with that kind of combination, I know I can get to lunchtime without deviant snacking!

Soda bread

soda-bread

If it’s summer – which it seems to be for at least three days a week at the moment – I need to get on task immediately after my muesli. Summer is busy for my best customer – a local seafood restaurant – so today it’s early morning slicing and wrapping of the light soda bread ready for lunchtime service.

This is a great recipe and I often make extra for my own bread bin. Easy to digest unyeasted bread made with a blend of organic white and stoneground wholewheat flour. I add lemon juice and zest as it goes really well with fish and seafood plates at the restaurant. At home I just toast it like normal bread and have it with poached eggs, but it’s great with your favourite breakfast spread – honey or nut butters are delicious!

I never have enough eggs!

OK, so far so good. Almost eleven o’clock and seem to have found enough to distract me from any thoughts of food. Namely, a trip to Sainsbury’s for essential supplies – why have I never got enough eggs? I have a very convenient arrangement with my neighbour Zoe; she hands over a consignment of eggs from very happy hens and in return I supply her with organic home-made bread for the weekend … and still I end up at the supermarket making up the shortfall!

After a diversion to buy paint, I arrive home and embark on a small DIY project – painting a couple of tired old chairs. That takes me industriously towards coffee o’clock.

Time to get Zoe’s bread on its first proofing. Today it’s organic malted sunflower seed. I get all my flour delivered from a traditional flour mill in Gloucestershire. Once I tried it, there was no going back. The quality speaks for itself. I don’t make fancy bread, people are happy with a nice wholesome loaf that tastes good with anything – which isn’t that difficult if you make it yourself.

No bloating

48-hydration-sourdough

Pictured 48% hydration sourdough

The key element to home baking is the time you can give your bread to rise properly. All mine is done at room temperature. No running up and down stairs to the airing cupboard, just leave it to do its own thing – which may be most of the day. That way, the bread doesn’t start fermenting again in your tummy, which means no bloating

The last thing I do most evenings is weigh and feed my sourdough starter. This is the science part. OK, I don’t use my own wild yeast in every loaf, but by growing your own yeast, the only thing in your bread dough is flour, water and salt and nothing else! So for my bread it’s’ early to bed, slow to rise’ and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 You can find Carol on Facebook at Grainwave and on her website

 

A note from Honey

Thank you Carol for sharing all your bread insights. I will be along for a loaf soon 🙂

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Healthy eating – Day 15. Jill Howie tells us how she changed her diet and changed her life

Healthy eating – Day 15. Jill Howie tells us how she changed her diet and changed her life

How I changed my diet and changed my life

Jill Howie from Portchester, Fareham changed her diet and changed her life. Here she shares her story.

This is Jill Howie

Hi this is me in mid April at the beginning of my journey and 18 weeks later some 3 stone 4lbs lighter and feeling on top of the world indeed (some way to go but I ll never go back to the old me ).

My life is now full and fantastic

To show you how I changed my life around I’ll show you a fairly typical day (although I must say life is so full and fantastic right now that “typical” changes daily).

exercise bike

So normally I will wake around 6 am and drink a large glass of water (I love water now and drink at least 3 litres a day. A must for everyone ) and be ready to either do a small workout (I find many online and do a quite simple legs bums and tums or arms one) but today was a cycle whilst catching up on recorded programme.

That done it’s time for brekkie which this morning was a snicker (only joking it was a smoothie made with chocolate, hazlenut milk and cashew butter). Delicious yet healthy and completely natural.

This morning I have a few notes to write up and some info to send to some prospective clients (I run my own business helping others get fab fit and healthy too. Just a dream come true truly).

Snack time

humous and celery snack strawberry crunch nakd bar

To keep me going until lunch I will have a snack today is houmous and celery but lots of other lovelies available fruit , nuts , nakd bars for example.

Lunch

tuna salad lunch

After a busy morning I’m ready for a light lunch and as its so hot out I opt for a lovely delicious tuna salad.

Healthier treats

You know following this healthy eating had changed my life and why I ever did these fad diets before is beyond me.  Clean eating has literally changed my life. Now to share it with a friend who is coming to visit as she has just started with me and so I’m making a few healthier cakes and biscuits we can have guilt free.

healthy cakes and biscuits

Chocolate cakes made from a very simple gluten wheat and dairy free recipe as are the lemon biscuits (both were quite delicious ) So much so said friend left with the left overs and recipe in hand which is always a good sign.

My confidence is growing

I really sometimes have to pinch myself when I think how much my life has changed. With poor health and little confidence my life seemed to revolve around my home quite often alone and sleeping.  Now I am out and about helping others as well as attending as many events as I possibly can.

My confidence is growing even to the point where I allow the odd photo.  This was always a no no hence the shortage of before photos. Crazy isn’t it!!

Dinner

So to dinner what do we have for dinner tonight chicken tikka masala won again all fresh clean ingredients no take aways or processed for us anymore. This is so much tastier and so easy. Tasted divine I can tell you.

healthy food
Here are a few of the meals we’ve eaten recently there really is no need to go hungry to lose weight and get healthy.

This evening is so lovely we spent it in the garden and I decided to use one of my cheats ( these are good to have keeps you focused and nothing is off limits if you really want it although I find mostly my body craves goodness even when we eat out its the fish and fresh vegetables that have me drooling not he stodge anymore).

So whilst hubby and I talk about our dream holiday which may now be in our reach since the change in my health and our finances, I treat myself to vodka and soda and possibly a few healthy nibbles.

Life is a dream right now. I hope you ve found some inspiration from my words if you d like to talk to me and find out more about how I’ve changed my life please  email me

A note from Honey

Thank you Jill for sharing your clean eating journey with us and well done.

 

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Healthy eating – Day 14. Can’t stop overeating? Try this…..

Healthy eating – Day 14. Can’t stop overeating? Try this…..

woman overeating

Are you overeating?

Are there things in your kitchen that seem to call to you? And it feels like an itch you need to scratch? And before you know it you’ve eaten one or two and then the whole pack! and then you feel bad. And kick yourself because afterwards you know you didn’t need to eat like that? You are not alone! This is a common problem.

Another problem for people is portion size. when you go out to dinner you might order the biggest thing. And sides! Or maybe you load your plate high and no size meal or snack is a problem at all and you wonder if you have an extra large stomach or something! Or do you eat a lot and know you are full but still keep going. Dinner, pudding, snack, snack, drink, snack, snack and you don’t seem to have a stop button!

These are common problems for a lot of people that I see in my Hypnotherapy practise. It’s usually weight loss that has made the overeating become a problem. Sometimes it’s a lack of control that people don’t like or it can actually cost a lot of money. Sometimes they feel ‘addicted’ to food.

So what can you do about overeating?

Mostly, as with most things it’s a mind game. Your brain for some reason doesn’t feel satisfied. more complex issues aside, there are practical things that you can do to help yourself…

Drink water

Often when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water, wait 5 minutes and then see how you feel. By the way, this also works with cigarette cravings if you are trying to stop smoking!

Move your body

Sometimes eating is associated with boredom. Boredom is a state of mind. Get up, run up and down the stairs, dance to a tune, walk round the block, bounce on the kids trampoline. You can change your state in seconds and it might just work.

Change your mind

your state of mind

You might be thinking of a particular thing that you want to eat. You might be someone who thinks of the thing, goes to get the thing. Gets the thing. Eats the thing. And then feels bad. This is the mind obsessing to some degree. You need to literally change your mind.

So maybe start by doing things a bit differently. Take a different route to work/school, change things around in your home etc. You send messages to your mind that things are changing and it creates new thought paths. Start to change your mind and you can change your life.

Back to the healthy eating blogs

We are two weeks into our 30 days of healthy eating blogs. What can you achieve in 2 weeks?

Well you could:

  • Train for a 5k
  • Learn a language on an intensive course
  • Travel route 66 in USA with nice stops offs
  • Significantly change your eating habits

Over the past week we’ve heard from 6 different guest bloggers.

Here they are if you want to catch up:

Jorge Vence Mind and Soul awakener from Bournemouth, asked us why do people fail at dieting? Read it here  

Jacqui Malpass an author from Cardiff,  talked us through her day in food and shared her banana bread recipe. Read it here

Orlaith Brogan, The Naked Sales Coach from Edinburgh, blogged about why healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive. Read it here

Sandra Peachey, an author from Coventry, blogged about the 80/20 rule. Read it here

Judi May, a Reiki Master trainer from Nottingham, asked us not to shoot the pescatarian. Read it here

Hannah Bailey, a nutritionist from Sheffield gave us some of her top tips. Read it here

It’s been wonderful hearing from so many different people about their healthy eating and I have even more lined up this week for you. If you want this blog emailed to you simply sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of the blog. People are loving that!

A note from Honey

Thanks to all my guest bloggers who have done an amazing job of sharing and inspiring.

What’s in this blog for you:

  • 30 days of blogs from a variety of people including experts to give you ideas and top tips for healthy eating
  • Free advice and inspiration
  • You can get this blog sent to you every day if you sign up here for my newsletter and you will also get a free relaxing recording
  • Join my facebook group you can join if you want to know how to have a healthy mind!

See you tomorrow

Healthy hug 🙂

Honey

Healthy eating Day 11 – Guest blogger Sandra Peachey tells her story

Our ninth guest blogger is Sandra Peachey from Coventry who as a writer, tells her story. She is also the Director of LifeWork Consultancy & Coaching, Blogger, Blonde and Author at www.peacheyletters.co.uk

80/20 Principle of Life and Food

eighty twenty rule

My story starts with the fact that I loved my food and had a stressful career. At 42 I started to develop stomach ulcers and asthma. My doctor signed me off, gave me medication and told me to rest. But still I would get cramping, bloating and all sorts of other horrible allergic reactions…

Eventually I had a ‘happy mid-life crisis’ – leaving the corporate world behind to re-train as a coach and pursue my dreams of becoming an author. What I discovered along the way, was that I made strides in my inner and outer life when I did the work on both. By making healthy nutrition a priority, I supported all my goals, underpinning my transition to a happier and healthier life.

Making nutrition a priority…

This starting with smoothies. I discovered that drinking 3-4 fresh fruit/vege drinks for a week, 3 – 4 times per year detoxes my system and removes the cravings I have for addictive substances like sugar and caffeine. I make one every day for breakfast too.

I also stick to a ‘paleo’ diet – i.e. similar to what our stone-age ancestors would have eaten and what our bodies were built to ingest; being protein, fruit and vegetables. All without additives and no more than a handful of ingredients. I avoid carbs and gluten too.

As a foodie, I love the challenge of cooking delicious, nutritious meals. I constantly scour the internet and cook books to motivate me to craft my own cooking creations. I eat meat about 40% of the time and still avidly read vegan and vegetarian times in order to get my inspiration.

I cook when I am in the mood

Healthy eating requires effort in terms of preparation / effort and my simple trick is to make more than I need. I cook when I’m in the mood and have the time, love and energy to put into it. I freeze and store what is left over, so I always have fabulous, healthy food on hand, no matter how tired I am…

I now no longer stand on the scales and wonder what my weight is or have debilitating dyspepsia (excess acid causing all sorts of painful bodily side effects) any more.

However, I do still like my ‘treats’ and to go out into the world and eat ‘normal’/ ‘bad’ food – including diary and gluten which I typically avoid… And this is where I annoy those who advocate excluding food groups from their lives, without exception.

I want choice

I want the choice of eating what I want and if I exclude certain things from my diet altogether, then I soon become intolerant to them. I therefore live by an 80/20 principle – I eat healthily 80% of the time and then subscribe to the theory that ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’.

This way I never crave certain foods or have to deny myself. And I have to say that if I’m tempted to overdo it – my body soon warns me! Over time I’ve come to recognise cause and effect, learning to monitor what goes into my body and what effect it has.

I take care of my body and my life

It’s my body, my life and I have to take care of both. I’m also stubbornly pro-choice / freedom and find that by living by my 80 / 20 rule I get to satisfy myself and my life in every way!

With love, laughter and learning,      Sandra Sandra Peachey: Coach, Blogger & Author. You can read more of my blogs at www.peacheyletters.co.uk

 

A note from Honey….

Thank you Sandra for sharing your thoughts on the 80/20 rule and some tips on what works for you.

What’s in this for you:

  • You will get a blog a day for 30 days from a variety of people including experts to give you ideas and top tips for healthy
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See you tomorrow.

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Honey

Healthy eating – Day 10. Guest blogger Orlaith Brogan on why eating healthy is not expensive

Healthy eating – Day 10. Guest blogger Orlaith Brogan on why eating healthy is not expensive

naked sales coach

Eating healthy is not expensive !!

I am not a football fan but my fiancé loves it. Recently he finally persuaded me to come to watch his favourite team play. I was hesitant until I realised he had corporate tickets so I agreed to come and looked forward to the free prosecco.

The corporate area was lovely and it was full of families and we sat next to a father and daughter on their weekly trip to the football. We got chatting to them and he explained that as a lifelong football fan he brought his daughter there every week (even to the away games) and he loved the family time with her. They had such a close connection that it was lovely to be a part of it, if only for a very short time.

Football matches have a great atmosphere, cheers, screams, claps and most important of all …. the food. Everywhere you look there is someone eating pizzas, burgers or chips. It being a Saturday and because I fancied joining in as much as possible I asked the gentleman beside me if the food was nice. He pointed at his daughter, who was thoroughly enjoying a slice of pizza, and said it was lovely. The pies were the best but the pizza lasted longer. He went on to explain that they spend a fortune every weekend as nothing seemed to fill them up. He even listed all of the unhealthy food he and his daughter had eaten the week before. I asked if they had any healthier choices too and he laughed saying healthy food would be even more expensive.

Now I was not having this conversation with the intention of judging what he eats or feeds his daughter so rather than respond with my thoughts on healthy eating being quite cheap (and providing all the nutrients so you don’t need to eat more and more) I excused myself and went to get some chips (which I thoroughly enjoyed!).

Satisfy your true desires

Chatting to my fiancé on the way home, I asked him when people started to genuinely believe that healthy eating was expensive? It actually shocks me that people believe that eating healthily costs more than buying food that never satisfies your true desires. We had a fantastic day but with a trip to the football and a lovely dinner afterwards ( a delicious gluten free veggie pizza), we had spent almost £50 and when i got home I had some fruit as I was still hungry (not to mention how little energy I had) !!

When did we become brainwashed into thinking that in order for food to fill us up, we have eat unhealthy food? When did we decide this for our children too?

Healthy eating is cheap if you plan

plan-your-meals

Eating healthy, for me, is cheap ! I use my Sundays to plan my week ahead and very seldom spend more than £50 on our weekly shopping!

A day in the life for me is:

Breakfast is usually fruit or vegetable juice. I like to eat my fruit on an empty stomach so make a fruits salad. My favourite is banana, strawberry and green grapes. I take my juicing very serious and usually juice enough for 2-3 breakfasts with my favourite being pineapple, kale and ginger (and then I mix in some wheatgrass powder and blend it with an avocado).

Lunch is often some gnocchi with a vegan pesto with a huge salad. On a Sunday, I often make some tomato, lentil and smoked paprika soup in the slow cooker (pop in some onions, celery, carrot, tomatoes and stock for a couple of hours and when it’s nearly cooked add the lentils …. lots of smoked paprika throughout. You cannot go wrong with this and it tastes even better after a night in the fridge).

Dinner is usually roast veg (sweet potato, carrot and potato) with tofu and salad. My fiancé makes the best roast vegetables and they taste amazing. I add lots of salad and make it really exciting with spiralised carrot and courgettes. Snacks can be anything from raw veg to more veggie juice.

I am human and will enjoy my ‘unhealthy meals’ but I make sure I listen to my body afterwards- how do I feel. Am I stuffed or do I feel just right. Then I remember these feelings the next time I want to have these unhealthy foods.

Orlaith is founder and owner of the Naked Sales Coach in Edinburgh.

A note from Honey….

Thank you Orlaith for sharing your football experience and food diary with us.

What’s in this for you:

  • You will get a blog a day for 30 days from a variety of people including experts to give you ideas and top tips for healthy
  • Free advice and inspiration
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See you tomorrow.

Healthy hug 🙂

Honey

 

 

 

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