WEEK 41 – TASTY DINNER IDEAS

The majority of my members save most of their daily allowances for your evening meal.  This week the members shared their OWN favourite dinner recipes.   CHICKEN OR VEGGIE CURRY 200g Chicken or Quorn  Fry Light Onion  Peppers Garlic  Tin Tomatoes Curry Powder  Tomato Puree Chillis  Basmati Rice Fry Chicken or Quorn, onions, peppers with spray light until cooked, add tomato puree, garlic, curry powder and chillis, simmer for 5 mins, add tin tomatoes and simmer for 15 mins.  Serve with basmati rice. Serves 2 DONNER KEBAB & SWEDE CHIPS Kebab – 5% minced beef with sweated onions and garlic, chucked in the blender with an egg for binding…

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WEEK 40 – SMART SWAPS

Improving your health could be as simple as a few tiny tweaks to your diet.  This week we are sharing 15 healthy food swaps you can easily make. Remember small changes can add up to make a big overall difference to your diet. Swap white pasta for whole wheat If pasta forms a staple part of your diet, don’t despair – there’s no need to ditch it altogether. “Whole wheat pasta is higher in fibre, and contains more vitamin E, B vitamins and antioxidants than white,  Another smart option is ‘COURGETTI’ spiralised courgette) or ‘boodles’ (pasta made from butternut squash) to boost your vegetable intake. But remember, carbs are…

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WEEK 39 – PLANNING AND TIPS TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT

Tips to help you lose weight Plan your meals Try to plan your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week, making sure you stick to your calorie allowance. You may find it helpful to make a weekly shopping list. Meal planning is the simple act of taking some time to plan any number of your meals for the week. Plan just for yourself or plan for the whole family. Plan to eat healthy, and plan a night out. Plan every snack and meal, or simply plan your lunches so you don’t spend money on restaurant food during the week. Don’t skip breakfast Skipping breakfast won’t help you lose weight. You could miss out on essential nutrients and you may end up snacking more throughout the day because you feel hungry. Eat regular meals…

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Staying Hydrated

Water is an important part of all body functions and processes, including digestion and elimination. When you’re on a diet, water also acts as a weight-loss aid because it can help you eat less. “Drinking water is important during weight loss because it provides hydration without unwanted calories. Drinking water may be the most important piece to the weight loss puzzle. Before we learn the role water has in dieting, let us briefly go over the importance of water for our body in general. Water helps eliminate toxins through urination, carries nutrients to cells and prevents dehydration. The process of burning calories requires an adequate supply of water in order to function efficiently and water helps the…

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Making sure you’re getting enough fibre

  When do you think of fibre as exciting? Yeah, that would be never. But these benefits may help change your mind. Here are 10 health benefits of fiber to encourage you get your fill. HELPS LOSE WEIGHTS ONCE AT TARGET IT CAN HELP YOU MAINTAIN YOUR WEIGHT CUT TYPE 2 DIABETES RISK LOWER ODDS OF HEART DISEASE HEALTHIER GUT BACTERIA REDUCE THE RISK OF CERTAIN CANCERS LIVER LONGER! ALL DAY NATURAL DETOX BE MORE, WELL…. REGULAR! HAVE HEALTHIER BONES] Tips for getting more fibre in your day ALWAYS choose wholegrain – so wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholewheat pasta. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, with their skin on. Include…

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Staying focused on your healthy eating plan

MINDFUL EATING When you think of mindfulness, chances are being in a backyard surrounded by kids and loud music likely doesn’t come to mind. But just because you can’t eat in a quiet, calm space, doesn’t mean mindful eating has to go out the window. Instead, focus on eating slowly by putting down your food or fork in between bites, especially when talking while eating as it can be easy to lose track of how much we’re eating when distracted. Thinking of going back for seconds? Give your stomach time to catch up. If in 20 minutes you still feel hungry, then feel free to grab a little…

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Increasing activity throughout your day

Small amounts of physical activity can provide positive health benefits. While regular exercise is the best way to receive the health-promoting benefits of physical activity, it can often be a challenge to make time for a lengthy workout. If you can’t make it into the gym or run on your favourite walk, don’t worry. Try to include extra activity throughout your day without having to get your gym kit on and physically go! This week at BEEWEIGHED meetings we discussed ideas to increase the opportunity to move more throughout your day. Make physical activity part of your daily commute to work. If it is not possible to walk…

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Corinna’s 100lb Weight Loss Success Story

BEEWEIGHED’S FIRST 100lb LOSER! Corinna received her 100lb award at Denton’s meeting yesterday.  Andrew Gwynne MP and his lovely wife Allison attended and presented her with her award.   The meeting was absolutely ‘buzzing’ with excitement and encouragement for Corinna.  She has allowed me to create this blog to share her weight loss journey story.  Lots of before and after pictures too!  Happy reading everyone!! 🙂 Corinna’s own words…. Here’s my story….. Growing up I was always conscious about my weight, even though looking back now, I had no reason to be. Until about 20 years old I was a curvy size 12. After going through some very hard…

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Cocktails, Mocktails & Alcohol

First of all: consuming too much alcohol will slow down your weight loss, and may undermine your health gains on a low-carb diet. Alcohol is burned before anything else by the body, slowing down fat loss. However, if you can drink alcohol in moderation it’s usually not a major issue as long as it’s low in carbs. Low-carb options include wine, champagne and pure spirits like whiskey and vodka. High-carb drinks? Beer and sugary cocktails. Instead of having alcohol why not try one of these low calorie MOCKTAILS instead? MOCKTAILS (FREEBEEs) Nojito 4 tsp sweetener 100ml lime juice 28g fresh mint, leaves picked and washed, reserving a few sprigs to garnish 20 ice…

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Being Label Savvy!

Are you confident reading your nutritional labels? Energy The terms ‘kJ’ and ‘kcal’ (calories) tell you how much energy is in a product. Women need an average of 2,000 kcal a day and men need 2,500 kcal on average.  Saturates Saturates is another word for saturated fat. This section tells you about the amount of saturated fat in the product. Salt Most adults eat more salt than the recommended maximum of 6g a day, increasing their risk of high blood pressure. You may see ‘sodium’ listed rather than salt. To convert sodium into salt, multiply the amount on the label by 2.5. Reference Intake Reference Intake has replaced the recommended daily amount (RDA).…

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