I haven’t done a WIAW post in a while! As I’ve been pretty ill with my ME and fibromyalgia, my diet has been a bit up and down. I usually like to eat healthy, vegetarian food but when I’m too unwell to cook it can be difficult. My husband does most of our cooking and is really good at it, but if he is out or something, I often resort to snacking instead of having a proper meal. I often just don’t have the energy to cook any more! It’s a shame, as I used to do almost all of the cooking, and really enjoyed it.
I decided last week that I need to try and ensure I am eating more regularly and nutritiously, as I am gaining weight at the moment – partly due to inactivity (I am often bedbound) and partly due to some of the medication I am taking. I made a meal plan and did an online Tesco shop to make things easy for my husband. We’ve been enjoying some lovely meals, packed with fresh vegetables and nutritious ingredients. Here is what I ate all day yesterday:
Ooooops! Bad blogger. I totally forgot to take a photo of my breakfast. In my defence, mornings are the worst time for my conditions!
I had a smoothie for breakfast, which I made the night before and left in the fridge overnight (for the same reason I just mentioned, that I’m usually bad in the mornings and if I rely on making something then, I would often go hungry!) We just added frozen mixed berries, fresh grapes, fresh strawberries, a banana, a ripe nectarine, some V8 vegetable juice, ground flaxseed and a spoon of peanut butter, topped up with water. I’m trialling some ‘clear:skin’ powder supplements at the moment, so I added that into mine before drinking it. An hour or so later, I was still hungry, so I had a banana.
Lunch was so tasty! This is something I’ve made in the past but not for a long time. I took some gem lettuce leaves, which act like little boats, and filled them with mixed beans in a spicy sauce, quorn tikka chicken pieces and baby plum tomatoes. After I took the above photos, I then decided to drizzle them with a little fat-free greek yogurt – final outcome below! I really enjoyed it and will definitely be making it again soon, yum!
For dinner, we had mediterranean couscous with added shallots, tomatoes and baby sweetcorn, more of the spicy mixed beans from lunchtime (protein), and some butternut squash, baked with sage and sea salt. Yum! I also had a small glass of white wine and another nectarine (they needed eating before they went too squishy!)
Not long after lunch, I had a fresh nectarine (so rare to get them whilst they’re properly ripe in this country!) and some berry squash. I drink an absolute ton of water (and sometimes squash) throughout the day. I’ve always drunk a lot naturally but my medication these days does dehydrate me, so I make even more of an effort to drink enough now.
In the afternoon, I had a lovely cup of herbal lemon tea. A friend in Canada sent me two boxes of Stash tea as it’s absolutely gorgeous – my favourite is the apple & cinnamon one, closely followed by this refreshing lemon one! They are both caffeine free.
I also shared some popcorn with my husband whilst watching a film later on!
Have you tried any new recipes recently? Do you try and follow a healthy diet, or is it too difficult, if you’re a fellow chronically ill person? Let me know in the comments box!