Falling off the bandwagon & reining in the willpower

You know when you have one of those weekends that is super busy, very social and full of late nights? Late nights, combined with alcohol and food that isn’t overly nutritious, and you know that you shouldn’t be eating it but you just can’t stop yourself?

Well that was me last weekend. And three days on I am still feeling the effects.

Friday night was the end of a loooooong busy week at work. Usually we don’t have anything thing on Friday nights are reserved for a movie and comfort food. Only once a month do we indulge in take away- as a treat. On the other nights we’ll make burritos or pita pizzas- something “special” but still healthy.

However after the hectic week we had both had it was simply too easy to order out. First mistake.

The next day I woke up feeling terrible! I’ve been eating so well lately that I think I gave my body a shock- not good. You’d think I’d learn right?

Well Saturday I did my usual gym, Grit Strength and Body Attack- it doesn’t feel like a Saturday without it. I was on track for a good and healthy day until I had to go to work. We had our largest event of the year on and as part of the communications team, I was needed. It was a fantastic evening. Most things went smoothly and we celebrated. With, you guessed it, food and alcohol. The event didn’t finish until midnight, so when we had pack up we went out to celebrate.

Now don’t get me wrong- it was a great night with great people. However, the next day wasn’t so great. Especially seeing as I didn’t get to bed until gone 4am with too much alcohol and bad food in my system.

I guess that would have been ok if I could have lounged around on Sunday, relaxing, maybe doing some cleaning. But no. Of course I had a large family gathering for my brother who is travelling to South America for 8 months (lucky him). Although thank goodness he too had had a late night!

So, after waking up on Sunday and rushing around the house to finalise things before my large family descended (my mum is one of 7!) I was hungry of course. I did make myself a delicious berry smoothie in the morning but my hung over body was unfortunately craving the triple brie and dips that were covering the table. And why not just have a glass of wine to go with it?

So 5pm comes about and everyone is slowly drifting off. You’d think I could relax right? Wrong.

Last year a close friend of mine passed away. And one of my friends had arranged to have a catch up at one of his favourite places. I would never miss it, so we headed there.

It was wonderful to see everyone and support each other and his family during this hard time. But of course I had a drink. And some dip. And given there were hot chips sitting right in front of me…..

 

Each moment was important, minus the lazy Friday, and while I was in it I enjoyed it. But come Monday, and Tuesday- I am still feeling it. I feel like I am playing catch up with my body. Catch up on sleep, catch up on nutrition, catch up on fitness…

I feel yuk. It’s make me realise just how much better I feel, not just in the moment, but for the coming week, when I look after my body.

Today I wasn’t careful about what I consumed. Why? Because I already feel like it wouldn’t matter this week. That’s not good! Two and a half days have gotten me into this mind-set that will take almost a week to get out of!

I’m not going to deprive my self of fun times, going out, drinking- but I’ve realised I need to limit my self.

I want to continue waking up feeling amazing, as I have been prior to this week.

I just need to rein in the will power.

So, do you have any tips for staying on track?

Soph xx

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Veggie “sausage” rolls

I haven’t eaten a sausage roll in years. Aside from being a vegetarian for the past few years, I always prefered other options.

However I’ve come across several decent recipes for vegetarian “sausage” rolls, so I adapted and merged the ones I like best and came up with some clean eating, easy and delicious veggie rolls!

What you’ll need :

-Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees

-2 cans of lentils
-1/2 a cube of vege stock (crumbled)
-1 glove of crushed garlic (you could use pre-minced)
-1 medium red onion, diced
-2 teaspoons paprika
-2 teaspoons curry powder
-1 teaspoon mixed herbs (or fresh parsley!)
-2 grated carrots
-1 beaten egg
-1 cup of corn crumbs (or bread)
-1/2 cup of walnuts, chopped
-8 mountain bread wraps

Combine all the ingredients apart from the wraps. Make sure the mixture is really well combined. I like to use a potato masher and squash the lentils a bit.
Cover a baking tray with paper. Lay out two wraps on top of each other. In the middle of the wrap place 1/4 of the mixture and roll it up.
Continue with the remaining wraps.
Lightly cover the tops in olive oil.
Bake in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes!

See? Super easy AND delicious!

Soph xx

Vegetarian Girl

October is vegetarian month! Many people don’t know but I was a vegetarian for six+ years and it was only last year that I slowly started to introduce it- and even then it’s hardly at all.

My problem always was that I love cooking. I also love eating. I love to appreciate food, and I realised the last time I was in Europe that so much of the food had meat. Luckily my brothers would always order delicious dishes so I was able to still get my vege dish, but taste some of theirs too!

I still haven’t ordered a meat dish in the past six or more years, but if my parents make a curry and the tofu happens to be cooked with the chicken- I’m not going to refuse it. I’d just pick the chicken out now.

I’m always on the hunt to find amazing vegetarian cafes or restaurants. Or places that just cook amazing vege food! One thing that is hard to find though is a delicious vege burger that is sold in supermarkets.

Don’t get me wrong I have found a fair few dining out, but the ones in the supermarket either contain 100+ ingredients or make me bloated and sick.

So I set my mind to finding a recipe.

And after a fair hunt and several kitchen experiments I am in love! 

I’ve make these countless times and they are SUPER delicious. They taste great baked in the oven, fried or best of all BBQ-ed!

The recipe comes from Veggie Num Num– an amazing vegetarian website that i urge you all to have a look at. Click here for the recipe!

One thing I have found though is that to make the recipe a little cleaner is I sometimes use corn crumbs which are 100% maize.

What are you favourite vege burgers? Please hit me with them- I’m always on the look out for something new!

Soph xx