Snorlax Week: Time for Rest and Relaxation

Snorlax Week: Time for Rest and Relaxation

Snorlax, the sleepiest Pokemon

How are you doing? Had enough yet, with all the holiday events, heavy meals, hosting, or any of these plus binge-watching Breaking Bad and Grey's Anatomy (like me)?

Everyone seems tired in the new year.

And tiredness isn't good for dieters.

It messes with hormones called leptin (which decreases appetite) and ghrelin (which increases it).

It lowers our resistance to eating what we shouldn't.

And it makes it easy to confuse low energy from tiredness with low energy from hunger, which we think we can fix with non stop caffeine, chocolate and junk food (or is that just me?)

Anyway, for all these reasons and more, tiredness isn't good.

Enter the Snorlax diet, inspired by my favourite, the sleepiest Pokemon and sometime resident on my desk at work:

Snorlax as Desk Pet

Ready to sort all that stuff out?

 

 
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How I Fought Fat After Forty, and Won (a Little Bit)


'Fight Fat After 40':
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'Fight Fat After 40' is not the easiest diet book to follow, but it works:

Beginning weight: 212.8
Ending weight: 209.6

I am very pleased with this week's diet and weight loss. Once I got to the basics of the 'Fight Fat After 40' diet, it really wasn't too bad.

I did get a bit fed up with the chicken breast dinners, although I came up with a few variations: lemon and garlic, lemon and tarragon, Thai style green curry, paprika and garlic, and a couple of versions of chickeny non starchy stew. Obviously to follow this diet in the long term, I would new to introduce more variety into the dinner options.

I'd need to find some new equivalents: perhaps other lean(ish) meat, Quorn, poached or grilled fish, stir fried tofu, etc. Dr Pamela Peeke (the author) also recommends beans and lentils, which I often use anyway.

I'll never be able to bring myself to throw an egg yolk away, but as long as I can remember to avoid the starchy foods after 5pm, I think the dinners should mostly be manageable.

So it's goodbye to the frozen pizzas, pastas, potatoes and rice in the evenings... 🙁

But I did appreciate being able to eat more bread and cereals in the daytime (the All-Bran featured most days, with low fat or almond milk and banana slices).

For some reason, I also found myself able to eat a lot more fruit than usual. I don't usually like fruit much, but perhaps it helped that my toddler seemed to love it all: a satsuma or banana shared with a toddler just seems cheerier.

And the kids' packed lunch apples were ok chopped up with plain yogurt or eaten in the car with some string cheese.

I even bought some strawberries this week to have with the yogurt, as they're my middle son's favourite.

This week's valuable discoveries:
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A Hobbit themed Guided Meditation!

I couldn't believe my luck when I found this on YouTube! Sit back, put those tired, hairy-toed hobbit feet up and listen to The Honest Guys' guided meditation practice: Party in the Shire...

Party in the Shire




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