Welcome to Saturday Swapit where you are invited to have a good moan about your diet frustrations or provide tips and recipes for keeping those unwanted pounds off.
If you’d like to join in, write a post about your experiences and pingback to this one, then leave a link to your post in the comments. If you get a minute, read some of the comments on this and previous posts as the ideas are coming in, and I appreciate every one.
I am not, nor do I claim to be, a professional dietician or nutritionist. Anyone who wants or needs to lose serious weight should consult a medical professional or GP. This is not a diet programme.
Last week, my throw in question was how you would use fruit.
Not all readers write a post, but Val from murisopsis left a comment about how she uses fruit and blogger Hot Mess Home-schooling joined in with her plans to lose some Covid pounds and her fruit choices.
Willow also left a comment telling us about her success with WW and how their methods have stayed with her.
Melanie gave us loads of fruit choices as well as her experience with diet success, one way or another. She made some good points which you can read here
Geoff Stamper left a comment on Melanie’s post and it was good to read a guy’s point of view.
Thanks to you all.
Me being Queen of the Crumbles, that came first to mind.
My crumble mix is 50/50 porridge oats and granola on top of whatever fruit, and cooked in the microwave for two minutes (if using fresh fruit, it pays to cook that first). There is no added sugar, flour or fat. Lovely with custard or quark.
I also make smoothies, chucking in whatever fruit I have with some yogurt.
Dried apricots, or fresh raspberries, strawberries or blueberries go on my cereal or porridge.
I’ll have bananas on toast for a snack…… the bread can be one of my B options, and the banana is free fruit (sadly not speed).
Fruit salads of course, and if I have cheese and crackers, cherry tomatoes (they’re fruit) and grapes are on the plate as well.
I’ll chop an apple up to go with a prawn salad too.
This past week has been frustrating to a degree as I have been strict with myself yet gained a couple of the pounds I’d lost for my official weigh in last Sunday. From past experience, this could be down to several factors, including stress, trying too hard and not eating enough, or actually eating the wrong things, even though they were permitted on plan and I didn’t exceed my syns allowance.
It is indeed soul destroying to get on the scales and see a gain, and this is when some dieters lose heart and wonder why they bother.
It’s not failure to have a ‘day off’ or an off day. IMO we all need one, and as long as we don’t make that ‘day off’ the new norm, I found it actually worked to my advantage.
I have no proof of this, but I think the body gets bored and rebels, so the old adage ‘a little of what you fancy does you good’ comes into play.
On Thursday I confess to having a small bar of chocolate and some liquorice allsorts. Yesterday I got on the scales and I’d lost a pound. Coincidence? Or normal weight fluctuation? I don’t know, but it put me in a more positive frame of mind to stick with the plan, but make a few changes.
As a target member, I am allowed 2 A options and 2 B options daily, plus 15 syns, though I can double up on those once or twice a week if I wish. I went back to basics and rather than weigh my 30g of cheese (A) to go with my crackers (synned), I found I could have a four pack of Ryvita (a B option) and 4 Light Cheese Triangles for my A.
I added cherry tomatoes and grapes to my plate as I usually do and enjoyed a very filling, and new to me, snack meal.
I believe a lot of diets fail us because it is too much of the same, the restrictions are too many and with the best will and intentions in the world, we become bored. We need variety, some of us thrive on it, so this week I’m asking for a recipe. Sweet or savoury it doesn’t matter, but are you able to share a favourite meal that is good for us, not loaded with calories, fats or sugars and one you think others may enjoy.
Over to you………………….
I need a routine. If I don’t plan a sensible breakfast, I’ll end up buying a huge, sugary muffin from the café. If I don’t bring lunch to work, I’ll end up buying a sandwich or salad that’s much too large. Planning is definitely key for me, as I don’t make great decisions on the spur of the moment. It’s also why I’m not a fan of potlucks, though I do my best to muddle through to be sociable. One is coming up Sunday…
I used to enjoy the ‘bring something for the table’ evenings at SW as there was always a lot of variety. Potluck evenings were popular when we were in the Cottage, as for £2 each, you got a main meal and a dessert, but you never knew what would be on the menu. We never actually went, but a couple of friends did as they were pensioners and they were guaranteed a good meal. Thanks for commenting.
When I first started, my favorite quick dinner was a sautéed meal of fresh broccoli using olive oil (I used a mister to put just a little in the pan) and fresh crushed garlic with some onions. I’d use about 3 shrimp diced up to up the protein a little. It was filling, healthy, and low in calories… My husband would use it on top of his pasta so everyone was happy…
This sounds rather nice Val, though I couldn’t use the shrimp, but chicken would up the protein. Thanks for the contribution.
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Hi Di, thanks for hosting this meme (can I call it that? LOL). I am not really on a weight loss journey specifically, but on a more general healthier eating journey. However, I wanted to share some things I learned from my dietitian, plus a little win. https://astridetal.com/2022/02/12/i-am-overweight/
Hi Astrid. I’ve read your post and commented. Thanks so much for your input. Your journey may be different to mine, but your post was extremely positive which I think is terrific.
I can only go by personal experience., but this is what I’m hoping to achieve through the blog so that people realise they are not alone in having little slips or guilt trips, and just because we do, doesn’t mean we’ve failed. Thanks again and well done on the loss.
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Here’s my thoughts and a recipe that I think is quick and easy and healthy too. 🙂 https://sparksfromacombustiblemind.wordpress.com/2022/02/12/saturday-swap-it-6-variety-is-the-spice-of-life/
You’re very welcome! 🥰
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Oh I am soooo doing that crumble thing for dessert tonight. Let me dig through my archives for my contribution.
Thanks. Just read it and added it to next week’s post. For the crumble, if using fresh fruit, you might want to add a little sugar. I love blackberries, gooseberries or rhubarb, the latter two need some added sweetness. Enjoy
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