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Here we go again!

Portion control, planning, plenty of water and Pro-Points. It can only be WEIGHTWATCHERS!

The time has come to knuckle down and shift some of this excess blubber. It has to happen before it’s too late and becomes a permanent fixture into my dotage. I almost started my latest weight-loss journey yesterday, but an attack of the shakes travelling home on the train  (low blood sugar) scuppered my valiant attempt and desperately searching through my handbag I miraculously found a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk!

Now I could have got away with that (I get 49 points a week to spend on misdemeanours) if I hadn’t then heard the news that Alex McCleish had been sacked by Aston Villa.  Celebration was a must and so we stopped off at the pub on the way home for a couple of “pints on Alex”!  More misdemeanours and points running short in supply.

This morning however, a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she has just lost 3 stones, and is starting out on ditching stone number 4. WOW! What an achievement and so inspirational just at the right time for me. Back on track and a successful day. I need lots more successful days.

Determination, discipline and dedication.



Food and mood-Baked Arabian Trout

According to MIND the mental health charity, food and mood are intrinsically linked and low levels of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids can affect mental health, with some symptoms associated with particular nutritional deficiencies.

For example, links have been demonstrated between low levels of certain B-vitamins and symptoms of schizophrenia, low levels of the mineral zinc and eating disorders, and low levels of omega-3 oils and depression.

When people talk about Omega -3 oils it is usually mackerel and salmon that hog the limelight but another fish that is full of Omega-3, easy to obtain and economical is the trout.

Here is one of my favourite recipes, Baked Arabian Trout courtesy of Weight Watchers;

To serve 2 you will need:

2 trout fillets
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
a pinch of cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoons low-fat plain yoghurt
juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons olive oil

1. Place the trout in a shallow, ovenproof dish

2. In a non-stick frying pan, dry-fry the cumin, coriander and pinch of cayenne over a low heat for 1 minute. Stir frequently. Allow to cool

3. Mix the spices with the herbs, garlic, yoghurt, lime juice and olive oil. season with a little salt and then spread over the trout.

4. Cover and leave to marinate for 30 minutes. preheat the oven to Gas mark 4/180 C/350F.

5. brush the fish with marinade again; cover with foil, transfer to the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

6. Serve the cooked fish with its cooking juices spooned over.