What I ate Wednesday #26

I was going to share my birthday eats from Friday – but the day turned out crazy when Ben surprised me at 9.30am with tickets to Harry Potter Studio Tour, a few hours later.  We had a 3.5 hour drive across the country from Devon to just outside London ahead – and then a return journey meaning we didn’t get home until 22.20, so the food plans went awry.

Lucky girl that I am, I continued my birthday celebrations with brunch with friends on Saturday, and a family meal on Sunday.  So – I recorded my Sunday eats: so to the food :-)

What I ate Wednesday, WIAW, Sweetcorn, Corn on the cob, sake, green tea, noodles, Wagamama, smoothie

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A special day

Just quickly checking in because today is MY BIRTHDAY!!!

Whoop whoop!



Was it wrong that I was ridiculously excited to see this on my Polar FT4 watch :-)

I took a leaf out of Armand’s book and made cake batter porridge for breakfast.


This was made with pumpkin, cinnamon and raisins and topped with Mango CoYo.  And of coure, everything is better with sprinkes :-)

Listening to Kerrang while I eat my breakfast, and a flashback to The Offspring

103_9383Right, Ben has a special surprise day planned, so I’d better get to the gym so I can be ready on time.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!


What I ate Wednesday #25

Hello and welcome to another What I ate Wednesday.

Unfortunatley, I’ve been struck down by Ben’s Man Flu.  As I’m a woman though, I guess it should be ‘Bird Flu’ (do you see what I did there?!?!) or perhaps, just a cold.

But my food on Monday – the first day I felt really, truly bad – probably reflects how rubbish I was feeling.  Still not feeling great (though better than I was) so without further ado, the food:

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DIY: Wallpaper stripping

While I’m all for equality – I’m perfectly happy to sit back and let Ben get on with any manual work about the house.  He does the dishes, and washes the clothes, but in particular I’m talking DIY.  Yep, when it comes to hanging a shower screen, building shelves or installing a loft ladder, I’m happy to leave it to the boys (in particular my Father in Law is awesome at these things).

But since moving into our home in October, I have now found my interior designer.  When we first moved in, I didn’t care what colour the walls were.  I knew I didn’t want a red themed living room – been there, done that for four years in the flat.  But other than that I didn’t really care.  I bought some furnishings, and was ‘done with it’.

But, somewhere along the line I woke up and decided that actually the door in the living room was in the wrong place, that the kitchen space would be more effective if we had ‘L’ shaped units, and I embraced my love of storage.

Now most of these plans are pipe dreams.  It’s our first home, and I’m sure it won’t be too long before we outgrow it.  Not much point in spending a fortune getting it just right and then move out (ok, I know that’s how some people roll).

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Happy Independence Day

Just dropping in quickly to say HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY to all my American readers.

Here’s his and hers burgers in honour of the occasion:103_9319

What I ate Wednesday #24

Bah, it was another one of those weeks when I almost forgot I had to record a days worth of eats.  But I got there just in time.  WELCOME to another What I ate Wednesday.

I had a busy weekend, and therefore didn’t get to do a proper shop. So on Monday I didn’t have much for breakfast. I started the day with oats made with water and a few sultanas. On the side I had half a grapefruit.  And do you know what?  I was SOOO hungry all day!

What I ate Wednesday

What I ate Wednesday

I learned my lesson, so on Tuesday I stated the day with a slice of French Toast with some avocado chocolate sauce and some banana slices – mmmm, fats to fill me up!  I eat a mainly plant based diet, and will go days without having anything non-vegan.  But I had one egg left after buying them for guests at the weekend, so I thought I would roll with some Eggy bread.  So good!

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Hello Fresh Review

Good morning (or afternoon, or night, depending on when you read this :-)

As I mentioned in my What I ate Wednesday post last week – I got the opportunity to try Hello Fresh (Hello Fresh UK, Hello Fresh USA) at a discount. (and if you want to try it too – you can use my Family and Friends discount code for £20 off! – 544MHW)

Hello Fresh, meal delivery

Hello Fresh Week 1

I always get excited when I get stuff delivered.  Even though I bought it, it still feels like Christmas – opening boxes to find things you want/asked for :-)  So I loved opening the box of goodies (actually Ben opened it to put the perishables in the fridge before I got home from work).

Another bonus for me is that most of it comes pre-measured so there’s less work to do measuring stuff out (if that’s how you roll).  There isn’t any waste because it’s all measured and prepared so you don’t end up with huge portions.

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Fitness Friday: Overtraining

This post has been difficult for me to write.  I think overtraining is a fine line that I have been known to cross regularly.  But I also feel that the “Eat less, move more” message has probably been taken to heart by the wrong people.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s a great message, BUT, in some cases they are preaching to the converted.

There are so many blogs dedicated to eating disorders and disordered eating – and the same goes for exercise.  There is a market for people looking to get skinny/fit/strong etc, and they are probably doing things right already.  If you already do your ‘quota’ of exercise and eat a healthy diet – no good is going to come from you “eating less and moving more”.

Overtraining and overtraining syndrome have been identified by a number of blogs: Mark’s Daily Apple, Chris Kresser and BioLayne.

Overtraining can impact on adrenal and hypothalmic function and increases risk of severe injury and extreme weightloss.  Too much exercise has been linkedto an increase in the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol and adrenal function are important to maintain a good metabolism. Your exercise regime could backfire and teach your body to store fat instead of burning it.

Nabbed from BioLayne’s youtube feed – Layne instists that overtraining in itself isn’t a bad thing (in particular he is talking about strength training where you rest between sets) but with the caveat that YOU NEED ADEQUATE REST TO ALLOW FOR RECOVERY!

So how much exercise is too much?

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What I ate Wednesday #23

I had the opportunity to try Hello Fresh UK for a discount (US readers can try www.hellofresh.com/).  If you also want to try Hello Fresh you can use this code to get £20 off your first shop:


Hello Fresh, Food Delivery

Hello Fresh

So, as my order arrived on Tuesday, I thought it would be great to use for my What I ate Wednesday. I’ve only tried one recipe of the three that are delivered, so I’ll go into a bit more detail later in the week.

Other than Hello Fresh, what did I eat on Tuesday?

What I ate Wednesday, WIAW

What I ate Wednesday #23

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Breakfast sweet potato

If anyone ‘likes’ my Facebook page, you will have seen there is a new breakfast on the block!

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