Sunday Snaps: My Week in Photos – 12 July 2015!

Hi guys

I hope you’ve had a great week! I haven’t been feeling too good this week.  I’ve been mainly stuck in bed, as my ME has been bad.  As I’m sure you don’t want photos of my bed, these ones are from last weekend.

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Food, glorious food!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Sunday Snaps Goes Retro!

Hi guys

I had lots of photos ready for Sunday Snaps last weekend, but I ended up needing to rest so along came Monday and I felt I had sort of missed the boat!  So this Sunday’s snaps are from last week – which is much more interesting than this week anyway, as I have spent most of the week at hospital or medical appointments and no-one wants to see that.

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What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) – 16 June 2015!

Hello and welcome to another What I Ate Wednesday!  As usual, although posting on a Wednesday, this is what I ate all day on Tuesday.

Now this is going to be a bit of an unusual one because without going into TMI territory, I was woken up really early on Tuesday with a bad stomach.  It calmed down in time for me to eat breakfast but then flared up again quite badly for the rest of the day.  I would never usually eat toast for lunch, but I just couldn’t really face anything ‘proper’ to eat, but knew I needed something to keep my blood sugars up!

Breakfast

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For breakfast, I had some raw (as in uncooked by me) porridge oats with an Activia Rhubarb yogurt stirred though.  I then chopped up some fresh strawberries and sprinkled them on top.  This is sort of what I switch to in the warmer months, when the thought of porridge isn’t appealing!  I really like the oats like this – the yogurt takes away the chewiness but having the oats keeps it filling and good for keeping your blood sugar stable.

I recently had a look at what was in season in the UK and tried to meal plan my foods around it a bit, and strawberries were on the list as being in season now.  You can tell, as even the economy ones taste really sweet and juicy!

Lunch

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Definitely not my most photogenic lunch but hey, I’m being honest!  As I said, I had a bad stomach so didn’t really want anything to eat but I get low blood sugar if I skip a meal, and it makes me feel awful.  Marmite on toast is a bit of a childhood comfort food for me, and something I can still eat even if I’m not feeling great.  This was made with Hovis Best of Both and lots of marmite – I don’t believe in spreading it thinly!  With the whole Marmite love/hate thing, I can just imagine people cringing at the screen right now, haha.

Dinner

It was bad timing to get a dodgy stomach as we had tickets for a meal last night and would have lost our money if we didn’t go!  A local bar/brewery, The Refectory, were holding a 5-course tasting menu with a rhubarb theme and matching beers.  I absolutely love rhubarb so I was excited about this!  As I was so unwell around my 30th birthday, I didn’t get chance to celebrate with my  husband, so we decided to go to this as my belated birthday celebration!

We didn’t know what would be on the menu, but I had let them know I was vegetarian, so I knew I would be able to eat whatever I got.  Here’s what we had:

(This is the standard menu – where there is fish or meat, I had pretty much the same dish but vegetarian).

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The food was all fresh, delicious and beautifully presented.  I didn’t manage all my matching beers, but my husband helped me out there!  I would definitely recommend The Refectory if you are local.


What do you think of my rather strange day of food?  Are you a fan of rhubarb?  Let me know in the comments!

Sunday Snaps: My Week in Photos – 14 June (Accidental Food Edition)!

I’m noticing a worrying trend this week… most of my photos are of food!  That’s what happens when you don’t leave the house much – not much chance of catching stunning scenery haha!

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This is a little grass verge in the middle of a really busy city centre road – a few weeks ago it just started sprouting loads of beautiful wild flowers, including tons of red poppies.  It is so beautiful, and such a pretty thing to see in the middle of a load of concrete and busy roads.  It really makes me smile!


How was your week?  What did you get up to?  Let me know in the comments!

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) – 10 June 2015!

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:

Breakfast

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

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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!

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Dinner

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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!)

Snacks

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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.

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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!

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) – 28 April 2015

Happy Wednesday!

I am having a much-needed rest day as I don’t work on Wednesdays.  I’ve been getting back to work after being really unwell with my ME and Fibromyalgia, so the return has been exhausting.  I’m really pleased that I’m making some small improvements though 🙂

My usual disclaimer, these photos are from yesterday.  So without further ado, here’s what I ate!

Breakfast

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For breakfast I had a strawberry Activia yogurt (interesting side note – until a few years ago I couldn’t have these as they used to contain a non-vegetarian colouring agent called cochineal, which is essentially crushed beetles…!  Thankfully they changed the recipe a while ago).  I also had some red and green grapes and a slightly under-ripe banana (I don’t like them very ripe but this was a little on the crunchy side haha!)

Lunch

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I was going straight from a blood test to work so I needed to take something portable and easy to eat, so I had this 4 bean salad from the Tesco Finest range.  It’s one I’ve had many times before and it’s really tasty!  It comes with a herby dressing and is quite high in protein, so I’d definitely recommend it for any fellow veggies (or vegans!)

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I also snacked on this original three seed “protein top up” from Graze.  My mum-in-law sent me a surprise Graze box which contained about 12 of these little squares – half were these three seed ones, and half were cocoa & vanilla.  They are a fab snack for veggies/vegans as they contain over 4 grams of protein.  They are also really tasty!

Dinner

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I had “bangers and mash” using Quorn vegetarian sausages (I usually prefer Linda McCartney ones but this is all we could find in the small Tesco near us).  The mash was a combination of regular and sweet potato.  I also had some green beans, baby corn and asparagus (I love asparagus!).  My husband made some mushroom and onion gravy but I put it on after I took this photo, as despite tasting nice, it doesn’t look too appealing!!