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Baked potatoes in the oven by ‘cooking with out limits’

I forgot how easy & tasty baked potatoes are. A cheap, healthy, filling meal too…

Cooking Without Limits

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I love to bake unpeeled potatoes in the oven. Crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, you get a perfect baked potato served cracked open and still steaming. You can have it with butter and salt, cheese, baked beans or chili sauce. Any filling is good, vegetarian or not.

You can baked them when you come from work. Put some potatoes in the oven and then just carry on with your after work routine.

The best potatoes for baking in the oven are Russets. The skin is thicker and the interior is starchy.

Ingredients:

  • Russet potatoes (the same size)
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

Heat the oven at 200 degrees C. Turn on the oven while you are washing the potatoes. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each potato. Prick the potatoes in a few places with a fork. Bake the potatoes on the oven rack or place them…

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“Woooo!!!!” I reached week two. Week one I done so amazingly well. I am one happy chubby, fluffy bunny…

 

 

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15st1.75lbs

 

 

My start weight was 15st4.25lbs, so in my first week I lost 2.5 lbs. Which I am very pleased about, considering my body is a stubborn bint, which clings onto fat like a limpet. I think I may have found the answer to my stubborn weight loss…

Cortisol & something I have never thought about, but realised last night…Fecking water retention. I notice how swollen my feet were in a before photo I took. So the healthy eating & drinking enough water should help. I looked at natural herbal remedies, but they are for mild water retention. I have not got extreme oedema, but it is not exactly ‘Just when I’m menstruating’ either…

So I looked up diuretic foods. I eat these foods…

Diuretic foods can include the following: beverages containing caffeine and alcohol, which have a diuretic effect, and several other diuretic foods including celery, onion, eggplant, asparagus, and watermelon are said to have a diuretic effect. In addition, the herbs hawthorn, corn silk, and parsley can be used as diuretics in natural medicine. Of these, hawthorn, (crataegus oxycanthus) is the most powerful.

 

Another reason to eat a healthy diet. A big cause of water retention is too much sodium in the diet. By cutting right down on processed food I am reducing my sodium in take a lot. I just need to wait for my body to catch up…

As for the cortisol. That will correct itself with a anti inflammatory diet…eg- Healthy eating, cut the processed food. I enjoy eating healthy home cooked meals. It takes a little more effort, but it is well worth it, just to improve my health & feel so much better…

Last night I had a few moments wrestling with myself not to break my diet, just to eat a sandwich, after my 23pm food curfew…No! I’m sorry body, I am going to heal you if you like it or not. The pleasure of giving in to eat a sandwich, would have lasted as long as it took me to eat it. Then that feeling of failure…Obviously one sandwich does not damage my whole weight loss journey. It would have just been a minor glip…

I am trying to reprogram my mind to not have that typical ‘Diet mentality’ which is soooo! debilitating & can actually cause weight loss catastrophes…There is not good foods, or bad foods, diet foods & off a diet foods. There is healthy, nutrious food, which keeps me happy, healthy, slim, energetic, motivated, there for my family, which I love with all my heart, so why would I not want to take care of my heart…& the rest of me…

One thing I have noticed. Two people I know who lost lots of weight following a diet. They done really well, reached their target weight, look great. Then they were in hospital with gall bladder issues. I have read about this with other dieters. Also one of the women is now struggling to keep the weight off…So STOP! dieting, start healthy eating that is now my diet. The slimming world extra easy plan is a good healthy eating plan…

Starting this Friday I will be shopping daily. Walking to Aidi’s, which is a 15 minute walk away. I’ll plan the recipe I want to cook the night before. There was a time I would have thought ‘Home cooking is so bland’ & tastes nothing like I expect it to taste, but now my home cooking tastes yummy!

I love meat, poultry, fish, egg’s, cheese, potatoes, rice, bread, cream, butter……On a low carb diet I can eat cream & butter, but no bread, rice or potatoes & it is a tempory fix, you lose lots of water, then you regain said water. Okay so that is very low, low carb. Eating meat, poultry, fish, eggs has got protein, our bodies need protein. They have also got lots of other nutrients…

Nuff said for now…I need more coffee…

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Day Six Syn’s Update – Looking At Weight Watchers Healthy & Filling…

I went for a 12 minute walk {7-calories per minute…1 syn per 20 calories} I just started to feel breathless, achy & weak…I used to go for long hilly 2 hour walks, I want to get to that level of fitness again…

My syn’s update is…41 syn’s – 4 syn’s = 37 syn’s + 4 syn’s = 41 syn’s

I have got 41 syn’s + any earned fitness syn’s {My version of syn’s} to last today Monday, tomorrow Tuesday. Then Wednesday is a new week. That is a lot of syn’s. I won’t purposely binge on syn’s & I won’t carry the syn’s over to next week…

I am going to tweak my syn’s in week two…I am going to have my 105 syn’s 15×7 flexible syn’s. Then I am going to have a separate activity syn’s. My aim is to use the 105 flexible syn’s first, then the activity syn’s if need be. If weight watchers can have activity points, why can’t slimming world have activity syn’s…

I am going to do my 30 minutes Wii fit + in a mo…

I am also going to look into weight watchers smart points & the healthy filling version of weight watchers…

I am creating my eat lifestyle to maintain my ideal weight/size forever. So I will look at other healthy eating plans as well…

15 minutes brisk walk earns 1 fitness point…15 minutes brisk walking burns about 105 calories 5 syn’s give or take a quarter…

It makes more sense for me to follow the healthy & filling version of weight watchers, where fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, pasta {WM} rice {Brown} potatoes, light bread, eggs, herbs, spices, skimmed milk etc..is free…Other foods have a point value. You have 35 weekly points & can earn activity points…I don’t like brown rice, or wholemeal pasta, so I will stick to what I eat now…

I will do some more research to work out which is best for me…

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Day Five – Dinner Time – Syn’s Update…

I done my 30 minutes Wii fit + on an empty stomach ‘No pain!’…Hot & sweaty, yes…I done island view Wii cycling, which is 27 flags. The chicken flapping wossy, advanced, I warmed up with the calculator game, as usual. I also done jogging, over took my doggy guide, so had a new guide which took me off on a different route. I opened a new route as well…

I am just cooking dinner. Turkey mince, onion, peppers, mixed veg, Spanish chicken cooking sauce, with rice. All free except the sauce, which is 4 syn’s per quarter jar, I am having a third of the jar, so I’m counting it as 5.5 syn’s…

My syn update is…

83.5 syn’s + 7.5 = 91 syn’s… – 7 syn’s = 84 syn’s – 5.5 syn’s = 78.5 syn’s – 27 syn’s = 51.5 syn’s – 2.5 syn’s = 49 syn’s – 8 syn’s = 41 syn’s

…It is red wine evening this evening…

 

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Birds Eye Inspiration Syn Free – Mikado Milk Chocolate Biscuits 0.5 syn’s Each…

TomatoDinner time soon. I am contemplating what to have. Probably fish {Inspirations, syn free} with rice & mixed veg…

I have got a small box of Mikado, 20 in the box, which is 10 syn’s, 0.5 syn’s per biscuit. They are tasty, satisfying & last longer then a few bites…

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I want to get some white chocolate Mikado as well, they’re yummy…

So far today I have used 2x healthy choice, I have got enough milk left to have with my porridge this evening. I had 30g of red cheese on my frittata. I am having porridge as a healthy B. I have had 1x healthy B already, with the 3 ryvita’s…

It is 7pm. I have got dinner, supper & Mikado biscuits to fit in before 23pm. I like having lots of food left for my most challenging part of the day…

I am off to do my dinner…

 

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Day Three Lunch Time – Flexi Syn’s Update…

b7fffc613364a54f4563e9a4d17bff5cI just had a onion, garlic pepper, peppers, left over potatoes, 2 egg, 30g cheese frittata, with 3 ryvita’s…Yum! It was tasty, filling, nutrious & will keep me full until my post exercise smoothie…

I am doing a lot of blogging to keep me motivated. I want to keep reminding myself. Eventually my diet will come naturally so I won’t have to keep focusing quite so much!

…but I still want to stay focused. I want to be more relaxed around my food choices. Not that I’m anxious around a cream cake. I want to feel more in control, as in ‘This is how I eat, eating junk food does entre my mind’…

Syn’s so far…

93.5 syn’s – 10 syn’s = 83.5 syn’s…I just went for a walk; burned 105 calories {earned 5 syn’s} 83.5 + 5 = 88.5 syn’s…

I am using flexible syn’s 15×7 & earning activity syn’s {My version of my slimming world} Today so far I have not used any syn’s…

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Shopping Day – Day One…

So far today I have fasted from 23pm last night, to 13pm today. All I had in those 12 hours, was water & black coffee. I was going shopping at 14pm, so I had a banana & pasta with herbs, cheese 25g {1xA choice, I could have had 30g} & a small tin of sweet corn, it was quite tasty, I thought it would be too dry & bland. I think the garlic pepper with the mixed herbs helped add taste, also the red leister cheese…

I didn’t want to be hungry when we went shopping. I bought chicken, lean beef mince, turkey mince & 2 packs of birds eye inspiration salmon. I also stocked up on eggs & potatoes, as well as frozen chopped onions & frozen chopped peppers…

When we got home I had a smoothie. Made up of a banana low fat yogurt {Free}Skimmed milk 100mls, I have got 250mls left {1x A choice} & frozen mango. Frozen fruit is really handy for making smoothies. Smoothies are quite filling, they satisfy my sweet tooth & added nutrients…

I am doing the slimming world diet my way, so it is for life. I am doing extra easy, but I am having 2 of each A&B healthy choices…

If You Think Bananas Are Just For Monkeys, Think Again

These 25 ways to use and eat bananas will blow your mind!

1] Bananas help overcome depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin — the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
2] Eat two bananas before a strenuous workout to pack an energy punch and sustain your blood sugar.
3] Protect against muscle cramps during workouts and night time leg cramps by eating a banana.
4] Counteract calcium loss during urination and build strong bones by supplementing with a banana.
5] Improve your mood and reduce PMS symptoms by eating a banana, which regulates blood sugar and produces stress-relieving relaxation.
6] Bananas reduce swelling, protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, strengthen the nervous system, and help with the production of white blood cells, all due to high levels of vitamin B-6.
7] Strengthen your blood and relieve anaemia with the added iron from bananas.
8] High in potassium and low in salt, bananas are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke.
9] Eating Bananas Aids Digestion
Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.
10] Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients.
11] Constipated? High fibre in bananas can help normalize bowel motility.
12] Got the runs? Bananas are soothing to the digestive tract and help restore lost electrolytes after diarrhoea.
12] Bananas are a natural antacid, providing relief from acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD.
13] Bananas are the only raw fruit that can be consumed without distress to relieve stomach ulcers by coating the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids.

Natural Cures From A Simple Banana

14] Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protects the eyes against macular degeneration and builds strong bones by increasing calcium absorption.
15] Bananas make you smarter and help with learning by making you more alert. Eat a banana before an exam to benefit from the high levels of potassium.
16] Bananas are high in antioxidants, providing protection from free radicals and chronic disease.
17] Eating a banana between meals helps stabilize blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
18] Rub a bug bite or hives with the inside of the banana peel to relieve itching and irritation.
19] Control blood sugar and avoid binging between meals by eating a banana.
20] Eating a banana can lower the body temperature and cool you during a fever or on a hot day.
21] The natural mood-enhancer tryptophan helps to relieve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
22] Quitting smoking? Bananas contain high levels of B-vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium to speed recovery from the effects of withdrawal.
23] Remove a wart by placing the inside of a piece of banana peel against the wart and taping it in place.
24] Rub the inside of a banana peel on your leather shoes or handbag and polish with a dry cloth for a quick shine.
25] Oh, and remember — bananas make great snacks and delicious smoothies.

The main reason I am following the slimming world diet, is to improve my health; reading the health benefits of the food I am eating, does keep me motivated towards making healthy choices. I want to choose healthy food over sugary junk, rather then feel I have to, because I am on a diet…This is a life style change…

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Pre-Start-The packing & last minute planning stage of my weight loss journey…

My weight loss journey starts in 3 minutes. No more food/calories from 23pm tonight to 13pm tomorrow. We are going shopping in the afternoon…

I am going to earn the syn’s I use, through burning 20-calories per 1 syn. I need 27 syn’s for wine tomorrow. Which means I have to burn 540-calories. I have to do a maximum of 2 hours 25 minutes activity, depending on what I do…

I am just watching slimming world vlog’s on you tube; I’m learning a lot & confirming other things. I’m going to get some garlic paste {In a jar} It is free. I am going to buy canned mushrooms as well, because I find fresh mushrooms go off before I finish them. Though they don’t look as nice as fresh…

I am only having water & black coffee until 13pm. Then I will have a banana. We’re going shopping at 14pm. I have got to write a list.  As I want to get frozen chopped onion, frozen chopped peppers, celery, carrots, garlic paste, herbs & spices I have already got. Pasta & chopped tomatoes I have already got…

I should be able to cook enough for a base, to make chili, Bolognese, meat balls & pasta sauce. I’ll add chili & kidney beans to the chili. Mushrooms to the Bolognese; lean beef mince to the Bolognese; turkey mince to the chili; slimming world, Iceland meatballs with the pasta. I am going to get lamb mince & make shepherds pie, with potatoe & sweet potatoe mash…

I will weigh & measure myself when I get up & take before photo’s ‘Yaaaakes!’…but I’m only getting slimmer, its not like I am going to stay looking that fat. As of that moment I weigh, measure & get my before photo’s, I will be losing weight. I am going to weigh, measure, take more during photo’s, every Wednesday morning…

I am going to get batteries for my Wii fit +. Then I will do my Wii fit every late afternoon 16.30pm to 17pm. I like doing Wii fit cycling & jogging. I also like doing the yoga & muscle strength exercises. I like the other exercises too…

I have got my resistance bands, leg magic, core master, Ab twister, trampoline, Wii fit +, core shaper, hand weights, ankle weights, Nordic walking poles…Also gardening, housework, decorating, walking…& rosemary Connelly exercise dvd’s…Oh! Yeah! I forgot my step to the beat Wii game…

Approximately 10 hours of exercise, drops 1 dress size/ 2 inches off my waist/tummy. Resistance/strength training will get faster results…30 x 20 minutes. 20 minutes = approximately 100-calories…So if a 3,500-calorie deficit drops 1 lb…Then there is muscle weight. Muscle uses more energy & takes up less space. So technically inch loss is more important to me…

I do need to get fitter, not just go in guns blazing, then knacker myself out so I stop exercising all together…Though I do want to earn my syn’s, rather then have 5-15 syn’s each day. If I want a bar of chocolate, I have to earn the syn value. 20 calories per 1 syn. Approximately 4 minutes of Wii fit {I am rounding up the amount I burn, per minute} 30 minutes of Wii fit = 150-calories = 7.5 syn’s…

 

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Birds Eye Inspiration – Free Syn’s Slimming World…

4f6b0343f29d9cb1f156cec53654e7ce“Yaaay!” Inspirations fish is syn free ‘Woooo!’ I’m going shopping tomorrow, I know what I will be buying…

One of my past diet failures…’Forgetting!’ just how easy the slimming world diet is. When I first tried the slimming world diet, about 20 years ago, I found it too bland…

Now my cooking skills have improved & there appear to be more choices of convenient food. Especially since the Iceland range…

I need to remember just how easy it is to follow the slimming world extra easy diet. The only changes I am making to my diet is eating more veg;  more fruit; bread, cheese, milk is in moderation; a lot less sweet junk; if I have synful food I have to exercise to earn the syns. 20-calories burned = 1 syn. Which does not seem a lot, until you think of a galaxy ripple for example, which is around 180 calories, 9 syn’s…

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Slimming World – Super Free Fruit & Vegetables…

The slimming world extra easy, says 1/3 super free. I am aiming for half veg, quarter protein, quarter carbs…

Super free…

Super free;
Apples
Apricots
Cherries
Clementimes
Damsons
Elderberries
Kiwi Fruit
Mandarins
Nectarines
Oranges
Papaya
Passion Fruit
Peaches
Pears
Pineapple
Plums
Pears
Satsumas
Tangerines
Watermelon
Asparagus
Aubergine
Baby whole sweetcorn
Bamboo shoots
bean Sprouts
Beetroot
Broccoli
Butternut Squash
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chillis
Chinese Leaves (amaranth)
Chioca
Choko
Courgettes
Cucumber
Curly Kale
Endive
Fennel
French Beans
Gherkins
Green Beans
Leeks
Lettuce
Mangetout
Marrow
Mushroom
Mustard and Cress
Onions
Passata
Peppers
Pumpkin
Radishes
Runner beans
Shallots
Spaghetti Squash
Spinach
Spring Greens
Spring Onions
Sugar Snap Peas
Swede
Tomatoes
Turnips
Watercress

I have listed the super free veg & fruit, I will eat on my version of the slimming world plan…