If you have never heard of Cloud Bread… Where on earth have you been? Mmmm it really is amazing! It’s great as a snack or makes an awesome alternative burger bun. I class these as Syn Free but your consultant may disagree and class them as a tweak. I will let you make your own mind up on that one.
I was totally sceptical about this recipe when I first tried it… It’s Mushy Pea gravy… it’s weird but it’s the latest Slimming World craze so I don’t like to feel left out It’s actually pretty good and a great Syn free alternative to Bisto.
Add water to a pan, once boiling add your 250g of pasta and cook until soft.
Meanwhile chop your pepper, leek and mushrooms. Spray a pan with Fry light and add pepper and leek. Cook until soft.
Meanwhile remove all fat from your rashers of bacon and cut your ham into cubes.
Add your mushrooms, bacon and ham to the pan, cook on a low heat.
Add your garlic, mixed herbs, crushed stock cube, salt and pepper. If you find it is sticking add a spoonful of your pasta water to moisten.
Turn down to a low heat and add your cheese. Be careful that the cheese does not burn or stick. Keep it moving.
When the pasta is cooked do not drain. Use tongs to remove the pasta and add it to the pan of ingredients. Wet starchy pasta allows the sauce to stick together more and adds a little water to your sauce also.
Make sure the pasta is covered in all of the cheese and everything is mixed together well and serve.
This recipe is only Syn free is you are using the Cheese as your healthy extra A. If not please add 6 Syns.
This recipe could be served with a speedy salad.. or replace the bacon with extra speed foods such as extra peppers, onions or spinach.
I wouldn’t suggest having this recipe too often as bacon and ham is fairly high in salt and fat content. But it makes an excellent treat.
I am constantly being asked for tips and weight loss ideas. So I thought I would put together a few tips and ideas Obviously I am not a Slimming World Consultant, but I have been following Slimming World for over 2 years. Please don’t take my ideas as gospel because I am sure your consultant might tell you otherwise.
Make simple swaps:
For almost every meal I create/cook I am constantly thinking of swapping ideas to save carbs/calories etc.
Some examples are.. I now always swap tortilla wraps for large lettuce leafs when we have fajitas. It saves me around 128 calories per wrap (or 5 syns).
Where I can I will always swap some or all of the pasta or rice I would eat. I have chilli on top of cauliflower and carrots which I find just as filling.
Give up butter:
I would smother toast, sandwiches, hot cross buns, tea cakes etc in butter. I absolutely LOVE the stuff! I know we can syn butter/spread etc but giving it up really helps boost weight loss. Syns can be used better elsewhere (on filling foods instead).
Experiment with your food:
I see so many people posting photos of awful boring meals.. Eating dry chicken and dry potatoes every night is soon going to get boring.. and let’s face it! That is when we end up going off of plan and giving up.. boring diets=failure. I save all of my Slimming World magazines and I follow loads of blogs. So each week I look for new recipe ideas. I actually quite enjoy suggesting things to my husband and him kind of screwing his nose up at it.. but when it is served up to him he loves it (usually).
The one thing I enjoy doing is thinking of meals that we usually love to eat and then take my time finding a way of creating it “Slimming World” friendly.
If you LOVE a chinese takeaway.. find a way of making it without going to the takeaway
You don’t have to be a 5 star chef to experiment with food. I actually think being on Slimming World has made me a better cook.
Start a blog or join Instagram:
When I first stared with Slimming World I started posting all of my meals on Instagram with the hashtag “slimmingworld”. This gained me more and more followers and support so it really spurred me on to lose more weight As I became more confident I decided to start this blog. Being a web designer does make things slightly easier.. but there are plenty of free blogging websites out there. For anyone who enjoys writing in a diary it’s perfect.
Lose the guilt:
Life is life and we are only human! Sometimes we have a special celebration or a bad day. Don’t punish yourself for going off of plan. So many times I would go on holiday, go off of plan, come home and just give up! Don’t make yourself feel guilty for having a treat and you will suceed.
Always eat breakfast:
The main idea of Slimming World is to never be hungry.. if your tummy is grumbling all morning how on earth are you going to concentrate? Keeping yourself full will stop you snacking on bad things.
Always keep a diary:
It is so easy to forget a syn you have had in the day time.. at one point I gave up keeping a diary thinking “oh I don’t need it anymore” how wrong i was! I put weight on not realising and sneakily having more and more syns! Always keep track of everything you eat and drink.
Keep your fridge full of healthy snacking food:
If you are anything like me, when I am bored I tend to just stand staring into the fridge! If there is always something healthy and syn free to snack on you won’t end up cheating. I like to keep carrot sticks, rasperries, strawberries and packets of wafer thin chicken for snacking.
Yes I know it sucks! I hate exercising.. but it really does help. Hubby and I joined the gym and most days had to force ourselves to go. But when you see the results it really does spur you on Everyone can find something they can enjoy (tolerate) even if it’s just walk to the shop.
You can go it alone…
I don’t attend a group and never have done. I follow Slimming World online. I find that the support I get from my blog and Instagram are enough to support me. I weigh in at home and always log my weight. Anything I need advice on or info on I can find on Google
If you can’t afford to attend group it doesn’t mean you cannot follow Slimming World.
For every stone I lose I treat myself to a Hello Kitty plushie. We all deserve a treat or reward and it really does feel great when you know how hard you work for it.
Learn to take a compliment:
The more weight you lose the more compliments you will receive.. learn to say thank you because it’s the attention that makes you carry on because you know how amazing you look
Measure yourself once a month:
Weight loss can sometimes be slow with Slimming World, often I will only lose 1lb per week. So measure your bust and waist once a month. You will notice the difference.
Drink water like there is going to be a drought.. it really does help to fill you up and boost weight loss. Oh and makes your skin look amazing too
Always weight your healthy extras:
Sometimes we get lazy and think we know what 40g of cereal etc looks like.. always weigh it.. because you might be slowly adding extra everyday and not even realising.Just remember this is a marathon.. not a sprint! It may take you a months or years to get to your goal weight. But if you stick with it you will get there. I am still a long long way off reaching mine but I want to enjoy life along the way and not starve myself and be miserable. Stick with it and most importantly be happy!
I would love to hear other people’s tips Feel free to leave a comment.
– Pre heat the oven to 190c.
– Part boil the new potatoes in boiling water for around 6-7 minutes.
– Drain the potatoes and place onto a baking tray.
– Cook for around 35 – 40 minutes.
– Spray lightly with Fry Light and season with salt and pepper.
Serve with a delicious roast dinner But don’t forget my delicious low syn Yorkshire puddings.
– Spray a little Fry Light into a pan (or your Crock-Pot Saute pan) and brown your mince.
– Drain any excess fat from the mince. I am quite obsessed with this so i even put the mince into kitchen roll and really soak up any extra fat or water. (Shown above)
– Finely chop peppers, onion, chilli etc. Drain your kidney beans and put into the slow cooker with your mince.
– Add your chopped tomatoes, spices and seasoning. I suggest draining the chopped tomatoes before adding them to the slow cooker, you want as little moisture going in as possible because so much water will come out of the vegetables etc.
– Make your stock with stock cube and 150ml of boiling water and add that to the slow cooker.
– Cook on high heat for 4 hours or low heat for 8 hours.
Such as easy recipe and so tasty too!
Serve over rice or cauliflower rice or vegetables.
I have been meaning to write this post since we returned from our “big trip” back at the end of November.. but I have been so busy with Christmas, another holiday and work! But finally I am putting fingers to keyboard!
Many of you will know that hubby and I took a month long trip on 21st October.. It was a long time to be away but it really was amazing.
A rough break down.. we flew to Barcelona where we spent two days exploring the city. We have been there before on a cruise stop but not spent more than a few hours there before. It was nice but VERY busy. Not my ideal place to holiday.. I probably wouldn’t be too fussed if I didn’t visit again.
On 23rd October we boarded the Biggest ship in the world (currently Jan 2017), Royal Caribbean’s “Harmony of the Seas“. Anyone who knows us well will realise we are addicted to cruising But this ship really was another world.. when we pulled up at the port it just looked like a building rather than a ship! The interior was like a city on water. We spent 13 nights on the ship, doing just two ports Mallorca and Malaga before hitting the seas for 10 days transatlantic. We were worried we were going to be bored but with all inclusive food and a drinks package who on earth could be bored The weather was beautiful and we spent most of our days sunbathing and chilling out.
The ships staff keep you entertained with many shows and activities. We even got to see Grease the musical on board!
For any Slimming World follower who is considering going on a cruise but scared of a HUGE weight gain.. You really could stay on plan if you really wanted to (or partly anyway haha). The amount of lean meat, fresh fruit and vegetables available is amazing!
After 13 nights on the ship we arrived in Fort lauderdale where we met hubbys best mate who flew out as he didn’t fancy the cruise too. We spent 2 weeks visiting Key West, Miami and Orlando.
So where did my non scale victory come from?…?
When I was a child and teen I ADORED theme parks, fast rides etc! I can sadly say I had not been to a theme park since I was probably around 14! Over the years the more weight I put on the more I wouldn’t even consider going on a ride for the fear of not fitting on them! Well I can happily say I did pretty much every ride in Universal Studios including 2 huge Roller coasters! Not only did I fit on them just fine.. I loved them The great thing about Universal and most of Florida is there are loads of “test seats” outside of the rides for us “larger” guests to try! When I tried that first test seat and it fitted I could have literally jumped for joy!! I am so glad I lost weight for this holiday because it made all of the difference Hopefully we will be back soon to ride some more
I found I didn’t actually gain that much weight on holiday.. probably because we did so much walking around the parks.. 15 miles some days. It’s after the holiday when I didn’t bother to go back on plan where I gained So here I am 15lb heavier again! Grrrrr….but it’s my own fault! I will get it off again with some willpower and determination
I have only really ever had pulled pork on top of an unhealthy burger in a restaurant.. so I thought I would try this amazing SYN FREE Slimming world pulled pork recipe. I am so glad i did. Hubby was extremely impressed too!
If you are anything like me.. you will LOVE Chinese food I certainly do. We tried this amazing recipe tonight and it was fantastic. A new favorite in our house that is for sure. The first time was a little spicy so i have adjusted the recipe slightly. (A little spicy may be underestimating a tad haha)
Syns: 0.5 per serving.
Warmth: Spicy (reduce chillis for less heat)
Hey all I have had loads of messages recently asking how I am and how I am doing so I thought it was time for a progress update
Things here are going well.. To date I have lost 4 stone 5lb with Slimming World.. I have reached a fairly amazing milestone for me.. I am the lightest I have been since I was 18 years old and it really does feel amazing I keep looking at myself in the mirror and prancing around telling Nik (hubby) how slim I look.. as if he hasn’t already noticed I have a shape finally.. I can see a waist.. and finally see where my boobs stop and stomach starts I said that to my mum the other night and she wet herself laughing!
I am going to the gym pretty much daily.. and starting to go walking a lot (great time to start when winter is settling in up here in sunny Scotland). I do still struggle with the gym.. I am addicted to the results but not really addicted to the exercise. But I am slowly starting to find a routine I like and pushing myself each time.
My stress at the moment is that we are going away in just over 2 weeks to America and we are going to be away for a month! Let’s face it.. there’s going to be a gain and it’s most likely going to be big! But I have always said.. I will win the race but it may just take me a little bit longer. I will gain, but I will lose again and I will NEVER go back to being that fat girl who was good at covering up the fact she hated it Unfortunately there will always be a fat girl trapped inside me because I love to eat! But I just have to fight her
Anyway dudes, thank you so much for all of the lovely messages on here and facebook. I love reading how my recipes and progress spurs you on and I am here fighting the same as you.