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Mindfully me

I consider myself to be a fairly mindful person in one way and not at all in another.

I tend to notice everything that’s going on around me. I take in the sights, the smells, the noises. I stop to smell the proverbial flowers, I smile at passers by and I help people cross the road.

All of this awareness of my surroundings is fantastic.What I want to explore over the coming months and years is if I can be mindful within.

I have decided to explore mindfulness in all it’s glorious forms and to dedicate time and energy to the practice and learning. I want to explore this mystical world of within because I think it holds many keys to unlock many doors.

I like this explanation of mindfulness…

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, giving your full awareness to your surroundings and accepting it without judgment.

I want to learn to be compassionate towards myself, to rid myself of being so judgmental and to learn to be kinder to myself and in turn to others.

Mindfulness is the way the world is going and whilst I know I am centuries, decades and years behind many others now is MY time of exploration … and I just can’t wait!

Eat like everybody’s watching…

We all know the saying…

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It’s a great way to live your life; not worrying about what others think and simply putting your happiness first. What if we applied this to eating…

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Yes, we may feel great, temporarily, but there’s always that low after eating too much of the bad stuff, And that void you were trying to fill with the food… it didn’t work, did it?

So why not change one word out of the above and try this instead…

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…and funnily enough after a search on the web there isn’t a matching image for my new slogan… so I made my own…

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Granted.. it’s not the best made badge in the world but the message is more important than my lack of design prowess!

If I knew I was being watched would I eat what I eat? I was at a meeting yesterday and there was a plate of chocolate chip cookies on the table. I’m in good-girl mode at the moment but let’s pretend I was not. I wanted to eat a biscuit and would have happily eaten five of them, but would I have eaten them in the meeting or waited for the meeting to end, for the people to leave and then, when no one can see, eat them all up?

There is no way I’d eat five biscuits at a meeting, but I am totally guilty of eating them once they leave and I’m sure I’m not alone. I have always said if I had to tweet what I eat I’d be at my goal weight in no time… that and lose 90% of my followers!

I’m going to try to have this thought in my mind when I go for the fridge or press at home, when nobody’s looking.

It’s the times when nobody’s watching that you should be proud of your staying power, not when they are all watching…

Chilli Con Carne – Slimming World Style!

I love Chilli con Carne… my family not so much but seeing as I am the cook in the house it’s Chilli for dinner tonight!

This is simple and very tasty. In the kitchen you will need:

  • Frying pan
  • Sauce pan

Ingredients include:

Chilli con Carne Ingerdients

  • 1.5lbs of 5% fat minced beef
  • 1 x red pepper
  • 1 x onion
  • 2 x cloves of garlic
  • 2 x tsp of cumin powder (I add more but adjust to your taste)
  • 1 x beef stock cube
  • 1 x tsp of chilli flakes – add more or chop up real chilli peppers if you like it spicy
  • 1 x tin of kidney beans
  • 2 x tins of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x tblsp of tomato puree
  • 2 x tblsp of Worchester Sauce (I didn’t have any so used Balsamic)

Let’s get cooking…

  1. Spray your frying pan with a good bit of Fry Light.
  2. Add your chopped onion and garlic.
  3. Once onion is softened then add your mince and cook till it’s brown.
  4. Then add two tins of tomatoes, tomato puree, cumin, chilli flakes, crumble your beef stock into it and add your worchester – or balsamic in my case!
  5. Cook for 25 mins on a low heat.
  6. Add the chopped peppers, kidney beans (drain the water they come in first) and cook for a remaining 10 mins.

Serve with rice or a baked potato and a blob of natural yogurt with a sprinkle of paprika on top. And it wouldn’t be chilli without a sprinkling of cheddar cheese (30g is your healthy extra A for the day)

This freezes really well and also tastes great heated up the next day for lunch.

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An omelette with a tiny twist

I love eggs. I have two every day for my breakfast and it’s my favorite meal of the day – it never disappoints!

This next recipe can be eaten at any time of the day or night and is a great option to have in your fridge for those picky moments. You know those moments, when you’re not actually hungry at all but open the fridge and cupboards fifty times!

Omelette Finished

What you will need:

  • Oven heated to 200 degrees
  • 1 x frying pan
  • 1 x oven proof dish
  • 1 x whisk

the ingredients for this one are up to you. Whatever you would like in your omelette is what goes in. Perhaps you like just veg or, if like me you like your meat, add some bacon (with fat cut off for the Slimming Worlders) In mine I had:

  • 1 x onion chopped
  • 2 x rashers with fat chopped off
  • Handful of mushrooms chopped
  • 5 x eggs
  • 2 x tablespoons of half fat Creme Fraiche
  • Sprinkle of Parmesan

Cook all your ingredients in the pan apart from the eggs and Creme Fraiche

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Crack your eggs into a bowl and add the Creme Fraiche and some S&P. Whisk.

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Add egg mixture to warm fillings and straight away pour into a Fry Light sprayed oven proof dish.

Sprinkle some Parmesan over the top.

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Cook in oven for 20 minutes.

Omelette Finished

You can eat this with a salad, on it’s own, with a potato or whatever you like! You can also cook this in a cupcake tray for individual omelette bites.

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