Pause Points

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A recent episode of a program I spoke about already, ‘Secret Eaters’ tested the influence of pause points on how much we eat.

It seems like stating the obvious but just give it a thought. Research shows that we are likely to eat much more food if we do not use pause points in our eating process. For example, when we have a large sharing bag of crisps, we will continue eating even when we no longer feel the need to eat more, just because the pack is open and there is much more available to us. However, if we have the same quantity of crisps but in smaller individual packs, we would eat much less, simply because we would need to reach for, and open a whole new pack.

Also, the empty packs would act as a reminder to how much we have actually eaten, once again resulting in a decreased amount of crisps consumed.

What does this mean to our diet? First of all, share the sharing bags, that is what they are meant for :P But try to adapt this research on a larger scale. A year ago I lived in a studio flat, where access to the kitchen and therefore access to food was easy, the fridge was literally always staring at me. Moving into standard university halls changed that as now the kitchen is a walk away, meaning I am much less likely to grab a snack, and so the distance between myself, and the food in itself is a pause point.

Pause points give you an opportunity to consider whether you actually need more food. Use them!

Love, hellotummys xx

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My Pasta Addiction Continues

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I am determined to continue eating pasta and losing weight…

Most diets forbid pasta/potatoes, especially on an every-other-day basis. But who with a pasta addiction like me can live like that? It’s impossible.

The trick is to keep the amount of ingredients which you add to pasta minimal. The usual’s such as meat/tuna/mayonnaise can push the calories way up. My way of keeping the calories down is using a rich sauce to create a lot of flavour and add ingredients which will enhance the flavour such as olives and cheese.

The best thing about this recipe is that none of the ingredients take away or mask the pasta flavour which I love so much.

A serving this size comes to 550kcal depending on how much cheese you use.

  • I used 100g of Spaghetti Pasta
  • 1/3 of a large Dolmio jar of tomato and basil sauce
  • 30g of cheddar cheese
  • 10 Olives

By the way, pasta is great for revision periods when anything besides revising makes you feel guilty, this dish requires 15 minutes from dry pasta to a lovely plate spaghetti.

Love, S

Who Can Say No To A SNOG?

Lomogram_2013-04-15_09-04-16-AMHands up who’s planning to enjoy the … acceptable… weather this weekend!

Finally, it is the weekend again and I really feel like saying ‘Why did it take you so long!’ Being swamped by revision for University exams along with getting my summer plans sorted, weekdays are an absolute bore. So when it comes to the weekend I squeeze every last drop of fun out of it. And in this case, every last drop of frozen yoghurt :D

Loads of you will be going out and looking for a snack while you’re at it. So I thought I would stop you in your tacks before you make any horrible buying decisions (my marketing course is really getting engraved in my brain :P). Before you grab an ice-lolly or ice-cream why not give frozen yoghurt a go.

Last weekend we stopped by SNOG at Westfield London, and it was amaaaazing! We did share a large portion hence it looks like a mountain :P

Calories: 100g of frozen yoghurt is 100kcal. So if you go for a medium sized (210g) pot and add some healthy toppings i.e. raspberries and dark chocolate your lovely pot of delicious-ness will not exceed 300kcal. Which is amazing in comparison to let’s say Ben and Jerry’s Cookie Dough which is 320 kcal per 117g, which is less than half of your SNOG yoghurt.

I promise it tastes just like ice-cream, you could fool me and easily make me believe it is ice-cream. Plus, there’s 4 lovely flavours to choose from, Green Tea, Mango, Vanilla and Chocolate and a huge choice of toppings.

Enjoy your SNOG ;)

Love, hellotummys xx

I Said No Salads, I Lied

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I still believe that to lose weight you do not need to be shovelling down salads but…

I definitely am a person who gets a need for salad/vegetables very often. I try to have at least one meal a day which is packed with vegetables. I avoid fruit because not only do they enhance my sweet cravings but also contain more calories than vegetables.

Anyway back to my deconstructed salad; in the colder months I would usually opt for soup etc., but now that the sun is out (only slightly, but still out ;p), this salad feels fresh and suitable. Its ‘deconstructed-ness’, yes I just made up a new word, feel free to use it, is good if you like to pick on foods and eat with your fingers. I love the taste of individual ingredients and then mixing and matching combinations :)

For a portion like this we are looking at 132 kcal, plus whatever you want to have with it. As you can see I go for caramelised onion hummus which is 105 kcal per 1/4 of the pot. I also have a soup in a cup just to have something warm in my stomach; they are usually 50-70 kcal per cup depending on flavour. So over all its a lunch of 287 kcal, leaving plenty of room for a snack such as banana yoghurt – YUM!

On the plate: 1 carrot, 50g of fresh cucumber, 1 beetroot, 8 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 bag of mixed salad leaves.

Do not panic! I still think that you should eat whatever you are comfortable with as long as you do not exceed your calories per day. So if salads are not your thing, I’m not judging ;)

Love, hellotummys xx

First BBQ of The Year

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So it wasn’t a complete success BBQ-wise but it was delicious…

Having to resort to using the oven in the end, perhaps it is still a little too windy to be having a BBQ in London. But we gave it a go and ended up with lovely half BBQ-ed, half oven cooked chicken and vegetable skewers.

If you get another glimmer of sunshine and warmth like we did yesterday and want to give it a go then here is the recipe:

  • 570g Chicken Breast
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 250g of Mushrooms
  • 1 Aubergine
  • 1 Tbs of Honey
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • Paprika, Chilli powder, Dried Parsley, Salt and Pepper

Start by dicing the chicken into chunks. Place the meat into a bowl and add honey, 1 tbs olive oil, and all the seasonings to your taste. Allow the meat to sit in the seasoning for at least an hour before cooking. In the mean-time prep your veg, cut the bell peppers, onion, aubergine and mushrooms into pieces slightly bigger than the chicken.

In a separate large bowl, season the aubergine and mushrooms to enhance flavour. Add the 1 tbs of olive oil and seasoning to your taste and mix well.

Grab the meat from the fridge and start piling on the ingredients onto the wooden skewers. Load on the veggies because there is lots of them! :D Try and spread out the meat evenly between all the skewers, around 5 pieces per skewer.

Cook on each side, is your using a BBQ it will take around 20-25 mins. In a pre-heated oven (220 degrees) it will take 15 minutes.

Calories – This recipe should make 10 skewers, a serving consists of 2 skewers.

Each skewer comes to 200 kcal.

I suggest a portion of two skewers, 400 kcal with 250g of cooked rice:

Here is my plate :D

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Enjoy BBQ-ing!

Love, hellotummys xx

The Programme Which Made Me Lose Weight

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Everyone who has managed to lose weight, at some point had a Eureka moment…

I will never forget it – summer holidays, stuck in doors, feeling pretty miserable about not fitting into my favourite Hollister dress, watching crappy on-demand day time television. It turned out to be the best thing I could have done with my time that day.

Almost a year on I am 18kg lighter, I have a completely different attitude to everyday meals and absolutely loving it. I never remembered the name of the programme I watched, but it really hit me. It showed how people do not actually take into consideration the amount of food, and calories which they are eating. It taught me that even healthy foods have calories, and if eaten in excess can lead to weight gain.

It was an absolute shocker – but it was a shock which was necessary. I realised that the healthy foods which I thought gave me a balanced diet, mounted up to a man’s daily calories.

So I got off my butt, and obsessively started googling calories in all of the foods I ate regularly. I have made so many changes since, and I can honestly say that it is not a diet anymore, it is just how I eat on a regular basis.

Now that I randomly came across it on TV – I finally know the name of the programme, ‘Secret Eaters’. Honestly, if you need inspiration to lose weight, this is your starting point.

Watch the new series now on 4oD :)

Love, hellotummys xx

http://scrapbook.channel4.com/programmes/secret-eaters

What is Mycoprotein?

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I know it is meat-free… but if there is no meat, what exactly is in there?

Inspired by a comment and my frequent use of Quorn products as a substitute for meat I decided we need to know what it is exactly. So it turns out it is actually a fungus called ‘Fusarium venenatum’ which has had oxygen, nitrogen, glucose and minerals added. It sounds gross, but if I’m not freaked out you shouldn’t be either ;)

Here are the benefits:

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http://www.quorn.co.uk/why-quorn/

So here we are – Quorn has been approved :D

Love, hellotummys xx