Nothing for a Pear in this game

My first thought this morning on awakening was pears.
I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but if food is going to be on my mind all the time, then I guess fruit is better than sticky buns, pastries or chocolate.
diet jokeYesterday’s weight loss left me surprised, pleased and inspired to continue, so this week I am going to concentrate on NOT having to go shopping every day for our main meal and try to plan menus in advance.
I have no intention of buying ‘special’ foods, and certainly it will not be one meal for me and another for Hubby.
There are cookery books and prepared meals available in the SW range, and one of the girls spent over £40 extra on her weekly shop. Mind you, she did lose eight pounds in her first week and we were really thrilled for her.
I can’t afford to do that, but showing my personal diary and recipes to the Group Leader last night, I am doing everything right with my sauces and the way I cook.

Fruit and veg has always been a bit of a black hole in our diet, but in all honesty, apart from too many salads in too few days (my own fault due to lack of originality and imagination really), packing my plate with extra veg isn’t a hardship.
Fruit on the other hand is another matter, and not just because of natural sugars.
Nectarines, peaches and plums are just coming into the shops, and are a bit on the hard side. I still have 3 of the 8 plums purchased last week because they aren’t quite ripe, strawberries are still relatively cheap but don’t keep more than a day, and raspberries are a little on the wrong side of my budget.
However, the Conference pears looked really nice, so I treated myself.
A single pear cost me 38p, which is around the same price as an apple, and being firm and crisp, just how I like them. Williams pears on the other hand tend to be soft and juicy and  dribble down my chin!

So, what to do with my pear.
I decided to have it for breakfast this morning as a change from cereal.
I peeled it and cut it into slices, then added a dollop of natural yoghurt, a sprinkle of cinnamon and some granola cereal on top.
breakfast pear25g of granola cereal is listed as 5.5 syns and although I didn’t have that much, I will count it as such towards my 15 syns a day.

Tonight I did chilli with my basic mix of minced beef (5% fat today so it qualifies as Free Food), fresh tomatoes, red kidney beans, onions, garlic, a stock cube and some tomato puree, plus chilli powder. I cooked rice for Hubby, but I had a jacket potato and a side salad.
chilliI cut the potato into quarters and spooned the chilli mix over it, but I promise you it’s under there somewhere!
This again I believe equates to a SW Free dinner.
I’m full,  still have 9.5 syns to go, AND a third meal if I want one.
It’s been a good day.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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3 Responses to Nothing for a Pear in this game

  1. colinandray says:

    Ah Granola! I love it, but it is very deceptive. It is marketed as a healthy alternative to all kinds of cereal… and it is, relatively speaking. Relative is the key word though! So many “low in …… ” or “high in …..” claims are accurate only when compared to that same manufacturers other products. A 50% fat content (e.g.) is low when compared to a 70% fat content, but that does not mean that it is a healthy choice!

    • Know where you’re coming from Colin. I had a shock as the one I buy is supposedly good for lowering cholesterol, and a way for me to enjoy nuts However, with the honey holding it all together, it is high in sugar, hence the 8 syns for a 45g portion. I’ve therefore changed how I use/eat it, thus reducing the amount. I discovered years ago that anything low fat was all very well, but the sugar/carbs content was higher. Even the dietary labels can be misleading as some quote figures for a 30g serving, and others for 35g, 40g or 45g! Arrgggh! I’ll get there! 🙂

      • colinandray says:

        Marketing, especially in the consumables area, is so deceptive…. but not illegal. It relies so heavily on the consumer checking all the angles. Sadly, so many people don’t even know that “angles” exist, let alone know how to check them! I would challenge anybody with a minimum education to draw realistic and meaningful comparisons as there are no standards (which probably explains the higher % obesity cases in lower income areas).
        Even sugar supplements/substitutes are highly questionable. Xzylitol is creeping into numerous products and, as it is potentially fatal to dogs, you have be careful. We had to switch from a regular peanut butter to an organic one as a result (Ray loves peanut butter).
        Greed, lack of scruples and false advertising will probably kill us all one day but, until then Caveat Emptor (Buyer beware!).

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