Happy New Year, Whole Foodies

What a Christmas season it was. Turkey, pork and more turkey. Roast potatoes galore (and my Mum makes the best roast potatoes, just knocking my Nan off the top spot. But please don’t tell my Nan), chipolatas and all the other Christmas fare. We had food. We had fun. And in the midst of all that food and fiesta (I was in Spain so I’m not being pretentious), there were a few whole foodie highlights, natural beacons in a sea of pork. My pre-Christmas red lentil curry and lots of delicious avocado salads. At this time of year, you can buy Spanish avocados and Spanish grapefruit. I just found out that I can eat grapefruit despite my fructose allergy as they are quite sour. Yum! I added wild rocket to the avocado salad and local lemon and just wished I could eat like that all year round. And my New Year’s Resolution? To be a good Whole Foodie of course! All the best to you and yours and may the whole foods be plentiful.

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So I got on the scales

This blog is not about weight, weight loss, deprivation or any of it. No, I am not having any of that! It’s about a better way of eating and feeling energized as a result. May Optimum Nutrition and all his healthy little chums be welcome at my table. But that said, I haven’t weighed myself in months.

In fact, for the last month or so, my scales were at the office as we were shipping stuff and had to weigh it. But when I took them from the bathroom, they were pretty dusty. So I took them back this morning and let’s say that all the meals on the hoof have not helped. Probably the chocolate and ice cream didn’t help much either! And let’s not talk about my Sprite habit… I will not hear talk of dieting, that just isn’t my thing but it’ll be ski season soon and while I vow every year that I’m going to ‘get fit for ski season’, somehow ski season comes around and I’m less fit each year. So there’s fit and there’s food and the two are clearly linked. What I’m writing here is not rocket science but it helps (me) to get it down. Sometimes we do need reminding about these things.

My friends are really kind and point out that I don’t drink and I don’t smoke (you’re tall, you carry it well etc etc and thanks guys, I love you for it) but I have to face facts, I need to get my butt to the gym, or at least to the swimming pool.

Diet food is disgusting. This morning I had two boiled eggs (nice) and Ryvita. Seriously, Ryvita? Unless they’re smothered with houmous or something real, I cannot see how a Ryvita resembles food. I had them on my desk and they slid off, onto the floor, breaking into about six pieces. Food does not slide. That’s not normal.

So by lunchtime I was back at the Thai restaurant (quick, tasty and pretty natural) and dinner was a scrumptious rice raita (basmati, cucumber and thick Greek yoghurt). I was a bit peckish later on so I had a modest piece (note, not a hunk) of the most deelicious brie we bought at the market. And now I’m going to bed, a little peckish still but I have leftover rice raita for breakfast. Before my meeting which is actually taking place at the gym. Will I make it into the pool afterwards? Let’s see…

A few veggies

The last few days have been quite busy so the leftover potato and pea curry came in handy. Baked potato, roast chicken and nice veggies – flat green beans and Swiss chard with olive oil and butter – made an appearance yesterday. Today was lunch out and dinner out and a very late lunch.

We decided in the office today only to buy healthy snacks so I’ve been having fun surfing online for organic, fair-trade and local products.

Lunch out tomorrow then I’m home. Time to roll the rest of the delicious veggies I bought on Tuesday’s bank holiday.

And a late night snack of Belgian endive (chicons) with olive oil, balsamic and salt.

Still working the pink rice and lentils

I’m not finding the WordPress platform particularly intuitive and on iPad it’s been disastrous so far but I’ll get used to it, or shift to something else.  I’m more familiar with blogger.

Dinner was warm pink rice and lentils, cold sweetcorn, raw courgette ribbons in olive oil and coriander, chicons (Belgian endive) and a good dollop of mint cucumber yoghurt (blitzed in the food processor).  Topped off with green chili in olive oil.  And there’s some ice cream with my name on it for later.  But a whole foodie dinner two days in a row and lovely dried beans from Croatia soaking overnight for tomorrow nonetheless.

Go easy on the pumpkin this Halloween

The picture below is what happens to me when I eat pumpkin. And tomatoes. And carrots, onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and any fruit except – hallelujah – lemons and limes. So how easy is it going to be to be Katy Whole Foodie with a fructose allergy?

When I wholefooded before I didn’t have the problem with fruit sugar so these days I tend to live on courgettes (zucchini), celery and other green veggies. It makes it more of a challenge and certainly easier to live on bread, cheese and chocolate but that’s not doing me any good. When people come round I prepare great platters of grilled veggies but I don’t take the time to do it for myself. Let’s see how I get on now I’ve made this new commitment to being Katy Whole Foodie. And yes, I’ll be pumpkin-free this Halloween.