Thursday, July 10

Sweet Nothing by Nicole Mowbray

If you are looking for some inspiration to turn from sugar to a sugar free me, have a read of this book.  Nicole Mowbray, journalist shares some of her trials and tribulations as a fully functioning sugar-less woman and shows us all how it can be done with her own unique blend of care and great wit and charm.

Her hapless childhood experiences with food mirrored my own child hood cravings and brought memories flooding back of always wanting more pudding and suffering for it!  It’s an easy read, a comforting read – check out the sections on home- work- life challenges with family and friends who constantly question the wisdom of transitioning – go on one won’t hurt – and the helpfully brief section on recipes to include in your transition.  It’s more a story book than a how to although if you read the book you will see Nicole treads a careful path leaving the way clearly marked for each of us if we choose to follow.

Here’s a piece of wisdom to take away with you.  Nicole is talking about the list of food ingredients on products in the supermarket and how difficult it is to tell what we are eating.  Nicole offers a handy tip which I write below to determine how much hidden sugar is in a product:

"To make it easy to demystify those ingredient labels and visualise how much sugar you are eating, it may help you to know that if you divide the number of grams of sugar in an item by four, you will get the amount in teaspoons"  

Try it and see.  Go on,  You will be amazed.  Try it on a Marks and Spencer’s healthy eating product.  This tip helps us put things into perspective and will make you think twice about the next healthful food product you are going to buy. The only way to tell if the food you are eating is good quality and sugar free is to make it yourself from fresh ingredients – hang the expense!

Sunday, July 6

A Portable Lunch

Watched an American show yesterday about a man who weighed 693lbs.  He said "he never thought he would get this big" and I thought, it's true is that, no one ever does.  But eating processed industrial food in industrial sized portions had only one consequence: industrial scale surgery.  And at 693lbs, Chuck Turner from Beaumont Texas, was telling it like it is.  

"When you get to a problem point in life, there are two things to ask: how did I get here and is it too late to change this".  Never too late, he decides and with a weight loss of 425lbs over one year suceeds in making a change."Progress takes time" says Chuck "it doesn't matter how long it takes just as long as you keep going".  

Here's a recipe to help you on your way.  A Portable Lunch for those who hate soggy lettuce..

2tbspn olive oli mixed with 1 tlspn of apple cyder vinegar and  1 tspn of mustard

Filling Vegetables
Choose from:
100g roated sweet potato
100g avocado
100g raosted cauliiflower
100g chopped or grated beetroot

Raw Vegetables
Choose from:
150g grated carrot
150g chopped cherry tomatoes
150g chopped cos lettuce
150g rocket

Choose from:
150g poached chicken breast
150g smoked mackerel
2 boiled eggs

Choose from:
1 tbspn sesame seeds
1 tbspn chia seeds
1 tbspn chilli flakes
1 tbspn almond flakes

Stack your salad in layers starting with the dressing at the bottom.  Stack in the order listed above.  Store in the fridge til ready to consume.  When ready tip the contents out into a bowl and the dressing will coat the ingredients at the point you wish to eat them!

Friday, July 4

Spice up Your Life and an Easy Pudding Recipe

Simply the best way to ease your taste buds away from processed food and back to a natural palette.  Use natural spices to make the difference and to provide the delight.  Your taste buds won't know what's hit them but it's down to you to experiment and find out the combinations that work.  And dont forget as you transtion from sugar to a sugar free me and when you want that sweet hit, sprinkle cinnamon in your coffee or on a couple of spoonfuls of greek full fat yoghurt.  Add a few toasted flaked almonds and feel totally lush.  Try it and see. Then leave your feedback and comments below.

Saturday, June 28

Beautiful Otley Chevin and Fabulously Simple Chicken Curry

Late afternoon walking on Otley Chevin and the weather just turned.  Looking forward to more big days as we hurtle into summer! Home now for tea left cooking in the slow cooker: simple chicken curry with prepared kale which I am going to serve with some courgette noodles. Sneak peak below...


2lbs chicken boneless thighs
2 tbsp medium curry powder
2tsp garam masala
1tsp ginger (fresh)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 onion (medium)
1 bag of chopped kale or as much as desired


1. Season chicken.
2. Mix all spices together and sprinkle over chicken. 
3. Add drained chopped tomatoes and mix with hands. 
4. Add onion and stir in. 
5. Add kale. 
6. Place in slow cooker on low for eight hours. 
7. Enjoy!!