Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Some #healthspo :) and weight loss update

Hi everyone! After receiving tons of emails about the old weight loss blog, I decided to dedicate some posts on my blog to healthy eating and dieting. I added a healthy eating page to the tabs and I will try to blog about this subject every week/every two weeks.
I am still on a weight loss journey and I probably will be for the next 1-2 years, so if I can help anyone  to lose a couple of pounds by adding some healthy recipes, it will make me happy :) Every time  I get a lovely message from someone thanking me for inspiring them to eat healthy, it makes me even more determined to stick to my plan.

I know that it might sound strange coming from somebody who is overweight, but I have always loved healthy food and most of the time I eat clean. I never expected to end up as a size 20, but unfortunately, I nearly doubled in size during pregnancy and I have to deal with it  now :O 

I am avoiding all processed foods as much as I can and simply eat as clean as possible. I make most of my meals from scratch and I am currently eating a lot of gluten free meals. Why? Because my younger sister (allergic to gluten) came to stay with me for a couple of weeks and I am cooking for both of us. 

Another thing I should  probably mention is the fact that I don't really eat red meat. I was vegetarian for nearly a decade, but I decided to add fish to my diet when I was planning my pregnancy. After having a baby, I decided to eat chicken as well, but I still eat vegetarian meals 5 days a week, because I just love veg!!! I've never been a fan of red meat to be honest. I love all the Quorn alternatives of red meat though - delicious! :)

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So what have  been eating in March? Loads of fruit and veg, carbs in moderation and  more :) 

1. Homemade miso soup with prawns and stir fried veg +homemade sushi with ginger, tuna and carrots
2. Granola, pineapple, banana chips and natural yogurt   
3. Rice with sweet chilli sauce + veggie stir fry
4. Spicy lentils with green beans + oven baked sweet chilli salmon
5. Homemade sweet potato curry with rice.
6. Wrap with tuna mayo (low fat) and salad
7. Scrambled egg, cucumber, salad, Quorn sausage, tortilla wrap.
8. Rye crisp bread with salad, cucumber, mushrooms and tomato.
9. Wholegrain toast with low fat cream cheese, 1/2 avocado + 1/2 grapefruit.

1.Gluten free pancakes with raisins + a tablespoon of Nutella and a tablespoon of Blueberry Jam
2. Mushroom risotto.
3. Baked potato skins and salad with balsamic vinegar
4. Soba noodles with sweet chilli and ginger sauce, stir fried veg and crispy seaweed.
5. Rye Crisp bread with low fat soft cheese and 1/2 avocado.
6. Apple with cinnamon.
7. Water with lemon juice - it always tastes amazing :)
8. Green bean soup and sesame thins.
9. Graze snack - Herby Bread Basket.

PS. Let me know, if you would like me to add this type of posts more often?

Sandra xo

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  1. I would love to see some recipes and know how you're getting on with your weight loss! You are so pretty.. I think body image is such a massive thing for everyone (including myself) but aslong as you're healthy, whats the problem?! Everyone body shape is different, and we can't change that xxx

  2. Looks amazing, I'd love to see some recipes!

  3. Great post - even just looking at this makes me hungry! I love seeing healthy food for inspiration! Keep up the good work. :D

  4. This food looks amazing! I wish I could cook like this, I also don't eat red meat and rarely eat chicken. I would much rather have a vegetable curry/stir fry than meat. Thanks for your brilliant ideas and keep up the fab work!! xxx


  5. I'd love to see more posts like this - your food always looks so delicious and it gives me motivation to be healthier myself x

  6. this all looks so good! I've been trying to lose some weight for a couple of years now.. it can be so difficult so hope you do well and don't get discouraged :) I do the same thing, I've eliminated most processed food and make just about everything from scratch now. So much healthier and it all tastes so much better. yum!

  7. great inspiration! im a bit of a health nut myself and enjoy making my own versions of dishes so i know exactly what is going into my food! so many people don't realise that preservatives and artificial sweeteners in "diet" foods are some of the biggest problems and traps!

    :) Olie xx

  8. The food looks great and I love the fruit!!! I'm also a vegetarian.. do you think you'll go back to vegetarian?

    Please check out and follow my blog! I'd really appreciate it! <3

  9. Wow, those all look absolutely delicious! Such lovely pictures, too!

  10. I'd love to see more like this! I've just started trying to lose weight (for my summer holiday, cliche alert) and these photos are so inspiring, they look absolutely delicious!

  11. I've been loving all your clean eating posts on Instagram! I love to follow peoples healthy lifestyle journeys and I can't wait to more of yours x

  12. Everything looks just amazing! :O I want it all!

  13. I love your foody posts. I like to know how you are getting on with the diet too as it helps me stay focussed. xxx

  14. These all look so yummy Sandra! I think you should do more of these types of posts, I love them :) I hope you are doing well!

    xo aly

  15. Yum - delicious!!! Some reciepes would be great - we are also embarking on a healthy eating blitz and would find them useful! Keep up the good work

    Olie & Coco

  16. Thanks so much for posting this! Me and the husband are trying to go down the healthy route as well and it's soo nice to see all these pictures to get ideas and inspiration! Please, definitely keep these posts up! xx


  17. Cleansing will definitely help lose weight faster and try to exclude carbs as much as possible and include more protein. Carbs are hard to digest and they slow down the metabolism, as well as clog up your system, which leads to water retention. Hence, it's much harder to lose weight.


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