Monday, 1 October 2012

More Rest

That's what the Doctor ordered anyway, more rest. Apparently I'm STILL bloody recovering from everything, and it could take another couple of weeks. If I'm not okay in a couple of weeks it's the joy of blood tests...which I really hate :( Fingers crossed my doctor is right and another week or so of rest will see me right.

Another thing he recommended was to eat nice healthy meals, and to ensure I don't go hungry. No problem there on Slimming World, in fact I even had breakfast before my 9.10am appointment as I've been feeling so lightheaded recently. It was only a banana and a cuppa, but it meant I got something on my stomach. I got home and tried to get some more sleep, but couldn't drop off, so ended up sitting in front of the TV with another large cuppa. As has been normal over the last few days I was hungry again pretty quickly, and rather than have a proper breakfast I decided on lunch as it was as near as dammit to midday.

Luckily we had some cold pasta in the fridge and so I managed to feed myself without knocking myself out energy-wise. I just chopped some sweet potato and courgette and roasted them. Once they were done, I threw them in a bowl with the pasta, 50g of Feta (HeA), some tomatoes and some spinach. Then I added some Kraft fat free Italian dressing. Lovely, it really hit the spot!

I tried again to have a nap, but once again just couldn't drop off, so we decided to go and get the eggs we'd forgotten yesterday. We ended up spending £17! To be fair, we did need to stock up on some Asda bits, so no harm done. When we got home, I was hungry again, and so had a snack to tide me over until dinner!

An Asda wholemeal pitta bread (HeB) stuffed with 3 Laughing Cow Extra Light triangles and some lettuce and tomatoes, followed by fat free rhubarb and vanilla yogurt. I can't believe how hungry I've been today though, nothing seems to satisfy me. I'm hoping that this is a sign that I'm getting better, and that my body just needs more energy to get me there.

Dinner was from the latest magazine, well, our version of the pearl barley stew anyway. No dumplings though....

Oh it was good, utterly gorgeous, really warming and SO filling. Perfect for these colder nights!

Pear Barley Stew

150g pearl barley
700ml vegetable stock
2 onions
2 cloves of garlic (or a good dollop of lazy garlic)
fresh thyme
dried rosemary
(recipe just said fresh rosemary - Asda had none, not my fault this time lol)
75g mushrooms
1 yellow pepper
400g tin of cannellini beans
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
60g of spinach

Put the barley and the stock into a pan and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for around 30 mins or until the barley is tender.
Fry off the onions and garlic until soft, and then add the chopped mushrooms, herbs and pepper (keep everything nice and chunky). Cook for about 5 mins and then add to the stock along with the beans, chopped tomatoes and spinach. Bring to the boil again and then reduce to a medium heat for 15-20 mins. 

It's a nice easy recipe, and I reckon it'll taste even nicer tomorrow (it made TONS).

Food Diary

Free Food
sweet potato
cherry tomatoes
fat free salad dressing
fat free rhubarb and vanilla yogurt
pearl barley
cannellini beans
chopped tomatoes
vegetable stock

Healthy Extras
A - 50g of Feta
B - Asda wholemeal pitta


milk in tea (2 cups)             2
3 LC extra light triangles     3

Total syns                           5

I'm now sitting here, watching the footy, hoping desperately that West Ham can hold on to the 2-0 lead they currently have over QPR, nicely stuffed with a delicious dinner. I'll be heading to bed after the match, for more of that rest malarkey. Here's hoping it starts working soon!

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