Hello 2017

So here we are in 2017!!

Hows my year going? Okay, Okay I know we are like on day 2 but still lol I am kicking the new year in as healthy as I can by doing 2 amazing challenges for myself. The first one is Veganuary where you eat a vegan diet for all of January, I did try this least year but I had some difficulty keeping to it, but I’ll keep trying 🙂 You can check veganuary out here:  https://veganuary.com/starter-kit

The second challenge I am doing is a sponsored walk which is: walking a mile a day thought January to raise money for Homestart. Homestart is a UK charity devoted to help families who face difficulties and hardship within their families, they provide support workers and volunteers. You can learn more about homestart here: https://www.home-start.org.uk/about-us Although I am really disappointed that I have only had one donation 😦 I’m doing it with my friend Kat who will be walking 2 miles a day, kat is a lot healthier than me so she is able to walk more. Due to my fibromyalgia and my pain/exhaustion the simple thing of going out and walking a mile a day is a huge thing for me. Learn more about Fibromyalgia here: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Fibromyalgia/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Sunday 1st: My hip was really bad during the night and I got very little sleep and I was worried that I’d be in pain and wouldn’t be able to walk my mile. But Atlas, I was okay and I powered through, I walked to my friend Kat’s house and spent a couple of hours with her.

I ate an apple for Breakfast after my coffee, I skipped my lunch because I went to the shops to buy something and they were all closed because it was like New years day ha ha and then went to my friend Kats house. For tea I had Quorn sausages (x3) and sweet potato fries. Now I am aware quorn is not Vegan, however I have it in the freezer and I’m happy that it’s vegetarian, so for me that’s 100% better than what I was eating!

Monday 2nd: Today I covered 2 miles walking around town to do a few of chores, in which I could only do a couple because most of the shops are closed as apparently it’s bank holiday Monday ha ha I spent like almost £80 on healthy, vegan food today!

I had my coffee and skipped breakfast, for lunch I tried avocado for the very first time! I had a Mexican rice, quinoa and avocado salad pot from Marks and Spencer with a innocent smoothie drink, It came with a chili and lime dressing. I really liked that salad so I will be eating it again. For tea I had another marks and sparks salad pot, this one was a quinoa and black rice with soya edeme beans and a vinaigrette dressing but I didn’t really like it and then I had a soya vanilla yogurt pot.

I’m going to have a green tea in a moment and tomorrows plans are to take my daughter to the library when I have dropped off my son at nursery and do the remaining  chores I need to do in town. I aim to eat the quorn products I have in my freezer first so I can then continue on the vegan diet.

I am feeling motivated and inspired so far 🙂

I got a bellabeat for Christmas too, you can find more info about the female tracker here: https://webshop.bellabeat.com

It’s pretty good being able to count my steps more accurately and my sleep although I would like it to count the calories I eat tho, that would be cool!

So this year my main goal is to sort my really unhealthy diet out, to eat a more plant based diet and sort out my sugar addiction. I would like to be committed to do one exercise class, for an hour once a week.

So what are your goals?

Please sponsor me for my walk here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Katrina-Czartowski2

That’s me for now, Torri. x

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House move & Changes

So this is what I have been getting up to recently……

Diet, transitioning to Veggie/Pestecerian:

I have been buying more vegetarian and free from food, here is some of my meals and taste tests:

These were okay, tasted a bit like burgers although a bit dry. I ate them with Root vegetable mash.

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Singapore noodles (Tescos from fridge section) with Tinned mixed beans and mixed with worshire sauce.

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Sweet potato and mixed bean burger with tescos frozen steamed white and wild rice with vegetables microwave pack.

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Spicy Chickpea, Kale and sweet potato pie, this was pretty good although a bit too much pastry but I would buy it again. I ate it with frozen mixed steamed vegetables.

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Past sauce, this was a bit hard but I think I didn’t cook it enough and I didn’t measure the water so It was really runny, so it was more my poor cooking.

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This was okay, it was good to eat leafy green salad as I don’t often.

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What else? 

Fitness: 

I have bought this bad boy for £70, its getting delivered today. This should help keep me fit if I do at least 10 mins a day and work up to 30 mins. It’s both a bike and a cross trainer. So 2 work outs! I’m going to cancel my gym membership since I don’t actually go to it and I am wasting money 😦 So now I have NO escuses!

YOGA!

I have also booked a 1-2-1 yoga instructor to come once a week to my house after my son goes to bed, it will cost me £60 a month. So even though it’s twice the money I am paying for the gym it will be tailored to me and more accessible. I start next Wednesday and I will have 4 sessions before Christmas.

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Lifestyle & Health:

Lush.

So I bought this from Lush hoping it will give me a “milk bath” but it produced bubbles! I was hoping for a milk bath photoshoot for my little one, so it didn’t go to plan. I was hoping it would be a nice alternative to actual Milk.

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I’ve bought these from Tescos for £7 to see if it helps with my muscle ache and help me relax before bed and sleep better. I haven’t tried it out yet.

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Meds

My Dr has switched my anti depressants to these ones, they also help with pain from Fibro, although I am still struggling and my mood is a bit up and down since the transition of weeing off the other ones I have been on for about 3 years.

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My Himalayan salt lamp also broke 😦 So I’m waiting for my partner to have a look at it and hopefully he can fix it.

Moving house

I’ve moved house so I now live almost in the center of town, this makes it so much easier to get out and about to get my son to Nursery and get chores done, shopping and that sort of stuff done especially since I tier so easily. It used to stress me out leaving my house before, I’d have to plan at least 40 mins before I left the house, 10/15 mins to get me and my son ready and then 20-25 min walk into town. Even just the thought of having to plan getting out was mind stealing for me, which I know sounds like a minor thing but when you have Fibro and CFS everyday tasks are hard work.

So lots more little changes, hopefully help to change things.

That’s me for now, Torri.

 

Taste tests healthy snacks

So on my quest for the healthy eating thought the year I have been trying new low calorie and fat products and dabbling a bit with quick and simple meals since I am cooking only for myself.

Snacks:

Spelt and muesli slices from Aldi (They tasted like cardboard) with a small tin of mixed bean tuna. Added Black pepper.

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Sugar free D&B sweets from Holland and Barrett, they were dry at first but after you sucked them they were really tasty.

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M&S Carrot batons with Spicy Red pepper humus (Nice, although Id proffered if they made lower fat flavored humus, I really should learn how to make my own!)

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“Healthy” crisps from Aldis- They weren’t too bad to be fair, I particularly liked the quinoa ones.

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I got a few different ones of these from Tescos, these particular ones were good.

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Boots:

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I dont usually get fruit pots with sauce but I decided for a change and it was super yummy, the sauce puts me off because of the sugar content and added high calories.

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Some taste tests:

Slim Rice- this is the tastiest of all the slim range, the others are so rubbery  Still not very tasty but when mixed with other ingredients it’s edible.I wont buy them again. In the section they have noodles and pasta and I bought them from H&B.

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Getting my vegetables
so easy to cook as well so no fuss. Although I’d prefer it not to have Milk and butter tho.
The aloe is actually tasty but the lumps are a bit off putting. I use this mash quite a bit in my cooking as its easier, I also like the sweet potato mash although I’m finding it harder to buy.

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I now often eat Tescos frozen microwaved steamed rice and vegetables mix- 156 calories- with my meals because its super tasty and low in calories.

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This I bought from Aldis and its really nice!! Better when refrigerated.

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So that’s it for now, Love and light Torri.

Healthy (Pestecarian) meals out & about

Some of the healthy pestecerian (Checken and Fish meals) I have ordered and bought whist I have been out and about.

I mainly eat at the Lincolnshire otter and weatherspoons.

I ocassionally eat at Frankies and Bennies and Prezzos for special occasions.

I am transitioning back to pestecerian before going to be a Flexi vegan.

Out and about: 

Frankies and Bennies salmon (With fresh lemon juice)
Veggies- Green beans, broccoli and peas with buttered Romany new potatoes.

I also buy this at the Otter and Weatherspoons.

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Morrisons:

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I got this at the Lincolnshire Otter- Pesto covered seabass (Fish) with Grilled Tomatoes (I didn’t eat as I don’t like tomatoes) New potatoes with butter and Green vegetables (Broccoli, Sugar snap Peas, Green beans) & Sweetcorn. I added s&p of course as I cant eat my meals without salt and Pepper. This was super tasty and got me into eating Pesto (Free from kind)

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Fish sushi selection (Available anywhere)

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Tescos Chicken pasta salad (Tomato and basil sauce)

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Ordered this special at the otter today. Can’t remember exactly what it was but sweet potato and quinoa with a healthy flat bread and chill based hummus.

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Prezos fries and pan fried fish salad.

I also had a kick ass martini with this and they give you a shot of prezzo with it! #yum

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Weatherspoons: chilli super food egg noodle salad with added Chciken (This is very filling)

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Lincolnshire otter- chicken salad with Moroccan style giant couscous. Yummy!

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Root Cafe:

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Today I ate at root, it was quite expensive tho.
However I ended up eating my son’s spelt ham and cucumber bun as he didn’t eat it and I ate my wrap later on.
I also had an apple juice I shared with my son and drank my budda drink later also.
I didn’t think much of the seaweed.
I went over to m&s and got some healthy food 🙂

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This Budda drink tasted like crap.

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This was amazing, the Red wraps are tomato based and Green wraps are spinage based wraps!

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M&S salad: This was yummy!

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Well that’s it for now, lots of different meals tasted, most of them yummy, I do like to eat out!

Love and light Torri.