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08 Jun, 2015

Welcome to the second installment of the Mums’  Days Fit Club and this week we are talking about FOOD!

Before we get on to that, I’d like to thank everyone who made last week’s launch week so special. I was blown away by the launch party over on the Mums’ Days Facebook Page. It was literally like a party! Loads of buzz and motivation flying all over, not to mention wonderful prizes from Protest! So, thank you!!

And if you missed it, don’t worry there will be more. The next party will be on 1st July, click here to make sure you don’t miss it!

On to food

I really love food. Like really, really. This post is all about what to eat to feel great and start to lose weight but not your sanity.

It includes a sample meal plan and ways to jazz up your food, some guidelines for portion control, and a list of healthy snacks!

Food - get the skinny on what to eat to feel great (and lose weight)! Click through for a Sample meal plan, guide on portion sizing and healthy snack ideas! (more…)

The 5:2 Diet


14 May, 2014

the 5:2 diet - does it really work? I'm hoping so!

OK, another faddy diet, coming right up! This time it’s the Fast Diet. Also know as the 5:2 diet. Remember a while back I was talking about the 4 hour body diet? Well, I did a wager with my best mate, Alex, that the person who lost the most weight would get a bottle of champagne from the other one. Well, I fairly quickly lost 4 1/2 lbs on the 4 hour body (or slow carb diet) and then quickly got sick of it! Alex on the other hand was doing the 5:2 diet and she had lost over a stone and a bunch of inches to boot. She finds it really easy and so she’s been encouraging me to give it a try.

How to do the 5:2 diet

What Alex does is on the 2 days that she’s fasting (note: these mustn’t be consecutive days) she will basically go as long as she can on tea or coffee and water or herbal teas. Then she will have something light (approximately 100 calories) at around 2 or 3 and use the rest of the calories for her dinner. I haven’t actually read the book but I figured if I followed Alex’s routine alongside my visualisation, I should get on OK! Click here for more info on how it works and the health benefits of fasting.

Day 1 of the 5:2 diet!

I gave it a go yesterday and it really was remarkably easy, despite the fact I’d been on a 3 day Hen Do where I’d been eating a LOT and drinking a LOT. By around 1 or 2ish I was pretty starving so I had a small helping of soup, enough to satisfy me. Then at Reuben’s dinnertime I had a bit more (about 75 cals per serving). When Mike got home around 8, I finally got to eat a proper dinner of pork steak, asparagus and mash potato (I never normally eat carbs at dinner time but I felt I needed it!) and was totally satisfied.

What was more interesting is that today I haven’t been as hungry as I normally am. I’m always having morning and afternoon snacks and I haven’t wanted them today, despite going swimming this morning.

So, there you have it – Day 1 of the 5:2 Diet done! I’ll be doing Day 2 tomorrow and I’ll do a weigh in next Wednesday to see if I’ve lost any weight.

Apparently you lose around a lb a week which, to my usual ‘lose weight fast/put it back on fast’ mentality, sound utterly shit but I’m eating as healthily as possible anyway and putting visualisation techniques into practise…focus on the long game, but also set smaller goals that I can reach and celebrate each week. I’d like to lose a stone by the time we go on holiday in August, which is doable at 1 lb a week. There’s your motivation to stick with it right there!

Have any of you tried the 5:2 diet? How did you find it?


08 May, 2014

I’m a massive fan of pesto. It’s nutty and a bit cheesy so it fills you up and feels a bit indulgent. But it’s also super healthy! And, what’s even better is that this pesto recipe is really easy to make…

Easy Pesto Recipe

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08 Mar, 2014

On this International Women’s Day, it seems quite fitting that I should have some lentil recipes for you…for years my mum, who is also one of my heros, was a vegetarian so the answer to the question ‘what’s for tea?’ tended to be lentil curry!

If you saw my how to lose a stone post, you’ll know I’ve been eating a lot of beans. Here are 2 of my favourite lentil recipes from the week.

Lentil recipes – green lentil with chicken

Serves 2

  • A little olive oil and garlic and chilli
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 can/carton green lentils
  • 2 cups of veg (I’ve used red cabbage, fennel and Japanese Komatsuna, pictured below, but use what you have/fancy)
  • A big handful of parsley (or other fresh herbs you have)
  1. Heat oil, chilli and garlic then add the chicken. Cook through then remove from the pan, which should have some lovely crispy chicken bits left in it!
  2. Add the veg (I tend to throw in whatever random stuff arrives in the veg box, like this Komatsuna) and parsley and cook through for a few minutes.
  3. Stir in the lentils then pop the chicken back in the pan to warm through and serve.

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Lentil recipes – Red lentils and pepper good stuff

Serves loads – Reuben will eat it (very mashed up) with pasta and I love it with fish or steak (or even scrambled eggs in the morning!)

  • olive oil
  • onion and a garlic glove
  • 1 or 2 red peppers
  • a handful of basil
  • a bag of lentils
  • pasata
  • chicken stock (mine, pictured below, makes about 500ml)
  • extra water
  1. pop all the veg in the pan with the olive oil and basil. Fry up for a bit
  2. Add the lentils, pasta and stock
  3. Bring to the boil
  4. Cook for about 45 minutes, checking on it regularly and adding extra water as necessary.

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lentil recipes

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What are your favourite lentil recipes?! Feel free to add your links in the comments below!

27 Feb, 2014

Yesterday I was horrified to discover my ‘bicep’ is the same size as Mike’s (when both our arms are relaxed) and his arms do not look small. My boring and obvious New Year 2014 Resolution was to lose a stone by my Birthday in March. In January that was achievable but then 6 weeks later, here I am, still a stone heavier than I want to be. And all this despite not drinking for Dry January and half of February! I thought that one move would make it fall off. So, I can’t blame the booze. On Sunday night, after a week away eating Moules Mariniere and drinking my body weight in wine, I got Mike’s book out, The 4-Hour Body (An uncommon guide to rapid fat-loss, incredible sex and becoming superhuman: The Secrets and Science of Rapid Body Transformation), by Tim Ferris, to investigate my question of how to lose a stone…preferably in 3 weeks. Oh and keep it off.

This book, in the words of Tim Ferris, is big enough to cub a baby seal with. It is literally huge. But Tim made his name originally as a Time Management Guru with his book The 4-Hour Work Week (Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich) (which I’m also adding to my reading list!) so he understands that time is money, or flab in this case. Because I want fat loss I only had to read 5 sections, totalling at 98 pages, in order to learn how to lose a stone (1.4 stone to be exact)! Once I’ve got the basics down and can get started, he then encourages you to come back and dip in to some of the other chapters (including the sex one where he teaches you how to have a 15 minute orgasm and without going TMI on you, these tips are A-A-AHhhhhh-mazing!).

Tim is a self-confessed geek number cruncher. He loves counting stuff, and monitoring and data, so this book is chock full of facts and proof, which I always find reassuring but rather than repeat all 5 sections, I thought I’d share some interesting snippets about how to lose a stone…

How to lose a stone

1. Make it a game – people who make their weightloss fun and/or competitive lose more. This is why I found out the sad truth that my arm is massive – Mike and I are competing, I want my arms and thighs to be smaller than his. We need some decent wagers though to make it worth our while and apparently the threat of losing £100 is more motivating than winning £100… I’ve also made a little wager with my best mate who is also trying to lose weight that I can lose more inches then her by the time we next get together. The loser has to buy the other one a bottle of champagne!

2. Keep track – one guy lost 2 stone by weighing himself everyday and plotting it on a graph. He didn’t change his diet, or at least not intentionally, he just had an upper and lower limit of acceptable weight for each day (this decreased over time). People who keep track, whether it’s weight, inches or fat, are more likely to succeed.

3. Keep it simple – Tim’s diet is called the Slow Carb diet and it follows this pattern for every meal

Protein (at least 40% of the meal) + Legumes + Veg


Breakfast: 2 eggs + lentils + spinach

Lunch and dinner: chicken breast + black beans + mixed veg

  • No carbs or dairy (you can have up to 2 tbsp of cream in a day with tea/coffee) or fruit
  • Eat within 1 hour of waking and every 4 hours after (if you find you are hungrier sooner, eat more protein and legumes at mealtimes)
  • You can have low calorie drinks, tea and coffee and LOADS of water. Oh and 2 glasses of red wine per day!

4. Have a day off – when most people think this they are like, ooh I might have a piece of cake on my day off. What Tim means by this is eat EVERY THING you can think of. Like properly go for it. Eat the whole cake. Fancy a tub of ice cream followed by a pizza, followed by a burger? Go for it. A) People who have days like this increase their metabolisms, therefore speeding up weightless overall. B) It stops you getting board – write down every craving you have during the other 6 days and have it on your day off! Tim details how to damage control this day off so you might want to read that before you binge!

5. Drink loads of water – like tons of it. For one thing it’s distracting when you’re hungry (although you shouldn’t be on this diet) for another it flushes you out. I’m aiming for 4.5 litres/8 pints a day!


That’s kind of it and apparently it is so effective at weight loss (if you need weight loss – if you don’t it’s great for converting fat to muscle, which is heavier) that people can lose around 7lb per week. This is the diet that Tim has stuck to for years, so it’s clearly sustainable…SOLD! To the woman with man-sized arms.

So far I’m really enjoying it (day 3!) and to be honest, it’s not that much different from how I normally eat during the week. Except a whole lot more beans! Part of my game is trying to make the diet actually interesting, so experimenting with different herbs and flavours. What I love is the no-holds-barred day off, I recon I will find it so much easier to stick to because of this. If I acknowledge what I fancy and then have it on my day off, it should stop the mid-week cheese on toast fest. And a glass of red wine? Prevents ‘accidentally’ drinking the bottle but still feels naughty enough to get me through the week.

Here are some of the recipes I’ve been making to encourage the ‘legumes’ to taste more appealing…

How to lose a stone legume recipes


(4 portions)

  • can of green lentils
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 chilli
  • handful of corriander
  • juice of a lime
Mix together and add to 2 handfuls of spinach per person and meat of your choice (we had it with steak on the first night).
I had this again the next day mixed in a turkey salad with spinach for lunch.
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Turkey, lentil salsa and spinach salad

Black Beans

(2 portions)

  • a can of black beans
  • a handful of parsley
  • 5 or 6 mushrooms

fry up mushrooms and parsley with some oil olive – I do this on a low heat with the lid on – then add the blackbeans to warm them through. Serve with scrambled eggs for breakfast or meat of your choice.

Cannellini Beans

(4 portions)

  • a can of cannelloni beans
  • a handful of coriander and another of parsley
  • 1 cup of red cabbage finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery

Mix together and pore over this dressing:

  • a teaspoon of olive oil
  • a clove of garlic crushed
  • juice of a lime
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

I served that up with a pork chop last night, which I forgot to take a photo of but here’s my lunch for today!

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How bento does that look? Just need some nori to make some smiley faces with!

What are you thoughts on how to lose a stone? Does it sound like the kind of thing that would work for you? Do you fancy joining in the competition?!

please note: If you are planning on losing any weight a) go see your GP to get the green light b) maybe buy the book for added motivation? – there’s a reason he wants you to read 5 specific sections (the above book links are affiliates to Amazon, meaning I would get a small percentage if you were to buy – but feel free to shop around though! Better yet, check out your local library. This is in no way a sponsored post, just something I’m interested in)

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