Crunchiest juiciest Cox apples from the market yesterday! And a banana from... Peru... but bought through the community farm! I wish bananas grew in this country 😯
Best way to break the fast! Yummy fruit after a double gym session! 👌 as a friend of mine would say, 'full power'! Btw I'll stress again, fruit sugars are totally great!!! Whole fruits contain FIBRE which slows the digestion process so you get all the goodness, none of the sugar spike. When you blend it or juice it, though, the fibre is removed and your body processes fruit sugar like any other sugar! So eat WHOLE FOODS. that's the best advice I could give 😙
Love going to the market on Saturdays! Check out all this amazing veg! There's so much fresh veg in Bath, whether it's kingsmead square, green park station, Harvest, Stokes on Moorland road, the cute lil veg shop up near the Crescent - it's abundant, and much better than the supermarket. For flavour and for keeping it local and supporting local people 😊
In the end our chain of consumption doesn't stop with just us. Yeah, what we eat impacts our health, but where we buy what we eat impacts the local community, local economy, the planet (think about food miles, whether your food is wrapped in plastic or not, whether it's grown with fossil fuel based pesticides or fertiliser, whether the way those crops are grown encourages monoculture farming and top soil loss... I could go on). We need to be healthy, and so does our community and our planet. Our food deserves some thought 💞✌ #sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk#sugarsmartBANES#vegan#veg#market#sustainability#world#ecosystem#planetaryhealth#community#local#supportlocal#monoculture#thinkaboutit#topsoilloss#plasticfree
Just had to do a very un-sugar smart shop! This is for our display at the Bath City Conference today, where we'll hopefully be persuading some local organizations to sign up and support the campaign.
All of this combined equates to 246.1grams of sugar!!!! That is absolutely mental! It's not a judgement on people who consume this stuff, but just a question of how we got here in the first place? How is it acceptable for a 500ml drink to contain 55g sugar?? Or juicy water, masquerading as healthy, to contain 36.6g sugar??? Of course we're misled and think it's healthy, advertising is powerful! Time for all of us AND our government to take a stand on this and stop letting big corporations get away with damaging our health.
#sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk#sugarsmartBANES corporations unacceptable #government#crackdown#health#advertising#withoutconsent#unhealthy#nojudgement#timeforjustice
Back to work, and looking forward to getting back into my normal routine. Eating out every day at conferences/work/friend's houses has been great but now I need to listen to myself and give myself some of those tasty raw veggies I think!
Trying to figure out what you need can be tricky, especially living at such a fast pace like we do! But it's worth doing, and worth looking past the sugar and caffeine rushes we give ourselves and actually finding our flow. Good luck peeps!
Amazing sugar free bakery in Islington that I passed today! Didn't get any sweet treats but did bring a slice of gf vegan pizza back to share with my lovely host 😊🍕🍕🍕 Amazing things in London! (Even though all the sweet stuff contains coconut blossom nectar which btw is still equally as bad for you as regular old sugarrrr! So is agave, date syrup, etc etc - don't believe the hype!!!) #sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk#sugarsmartBANES#21stcentury#vegan#bakery#sugarfree#islington @romeossfbakery
Flippin eck! After a hardcore core stability gym class this morning (involving weights, just like yesterday 😥), carrying 2 boxes of skeletons on the bus up to the hospital and bring a bag full of flyers and banners back down, my arms are feeling like I've put them through their paces!
So ready for this beautiful apple, and to get all my shit done at the office so I can work from home this afternoon and make a big banana smoothie!
I'm feeling happy to be getting stronger, and happy that the more I work on my fitness and strength, the more motivated I am to eat well and take care of myself 😊
Been loving having this chocolate orange tofu cheesecake for breakfast lately! It's sugar free (duh), and packed full of oats, nuts, and tofu, combined with cacao and real orange (zest and juice), so it's a pretty good set up for the day.
Did you know that most cereals have sugar added to them? So this dessert is actually better than most supermarket breakfast cereals! 😰 read the label and check yours!
This paired with @roundhillroastery coffe and I'm raring to go! Gna get a gym session in early today and then work hard at the office before going to bristol for a tasty meal out! Any recommendations?
Can't believe another Friday has crept up! I think being so busy and not really having 'days off', the weeks are just flying by! Gotta remember to build in some time to just sit and contemplate. Reflection time is so vital to embed what we learn!
So take care of yourselves peeps and have a great day today, enjoy the sunshine! 🌄
Fab bday dinner at @by1847 in Bristol! Shared starters: winter pakoras, lentil and miso pate on sourdough, grilled polenta with some crazy flavours! Mains: risotto with preserved lemon, truffle oil and asparagus, and potato rosti with seasonal vegetables. & surprise brownie from St. Nicks market from the bday girl's boyfriend for dessert.
Incredible meal shared with the best gals!!! Laughter truly is the most powerful medicine. And for those who are curious, yes I had a bit of brownie,but not as much as I would have done before becoming sugar smart! I know now that sugar just makes my teeth hurt and make me feel funny. So I partake for the festivities, but sugar does not force me to eat more than I want. Happy days 😊
Leftover Dahl for lunch today (I popped home from the office cos I only live 5mins away yay! Ciaran was still sleeping can ya belive it?!?!) Red lentils, brown rice, peas, onions, red cabbage, tomato, coconut cream and spices, + fried potatoes and red pepper, and celeriac and apple slaw.
Just what I needed after an intense gym class and a full on weekend - time to get back in the game and smash the rest of this work day. Going through our 'fit for life' strategy to assess whether we're doing what we said we would and how to improve the next strategy doc.
Brain fuel is vital! (And no, not sugary snacks! They'll just leave ya feeling sluggish) 🐌🐌🐌 #sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk#sugarsmartBANES#vegan#dahl#lentils#curry#gainz#gym#postworkout#lunch#hungry#sluggish#veg
Apologies for the lack of posts! I've been in London on training this weekend (staying with this crazy gal - one of my oldest and best buds). For those of you who don't know, I am not JUST a sugar smartie! The thing that gets me most exited is community empowerment, and working with people.
In 2015 I founded and run a collective/movement/organization called Protestival, and we coordinate events and workshops that bring activism together with art, music, poetry, and people who have never been involved in activism. The aim is to be a platform to cultivate and exchange ideas about change. All local community groups are welcome to come and share news of what they're doing, and ask for help if they need it. The dream is for all members of all communities to feel empowered to make the changes they want to see, and enjoy life to the fullest!
So I was on a training weekend called 'Organising for Change'- all about embedding this philosophy of collective leadership into the methods used to achieve it.
And my mind was too focused to post pics on Instagram! Forgive me 😁
If you're interested in knowing more or getting involved, follow ▶Protestival Bath◀ on Twitter, Facebook, or check out our website
Hit me up with feedback!
Hearty stew for hungry tums!
Spring veg soup (from a tin), with added Linda McCartney sausage, kale, roasted garlic, chilli, turmeric, black pepper, and roasted onion (so sweet and juicy!) Quick n easy, and of course sugar free! Soup is easy to make yourself, but for those times when you need to grab a quick lunch, tinned soup is a good option. But do check the label, lots of soups have sugar added to them for some reason!
Happy Friday everyone!!! 😊
Another reason to love working from home: wearing outlandish head accessories and enjoying the sun through the kitchen window 😊 🌞
Just collating some data from our Sugar Smart social media accounts! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the campaign (just search 'sugar smart BANES'). It's also the last couple of days left to fill in the survey! You can shape the campaign and win prizes! ➡www.bathnes.gov.uk/sugarsmartsurvey
Cannot recommend Indian Temptation (Bath) enough!!! We ordered takeaway last week and it was so good we had it again last night (and leftovers for lunch today). The masala cauliflower and bombay potatoes are amaaaazing, and they have these little potato cakes (not in the pic, we ate them all last night hehe) with peas and curry spices and they are the absolute ONE! So soft and delicious! And the lemon rice is so flavoursome, mmm mmm it's all amazing. Ya gotta try it!
They have a separate vegan menu and all 😎
Not all takeaways have to be full of sugar (like most sweet n sour/sweet chilli style Chinese food, cheap burgers with white buns, domino's pizza even has sugar in it!). #sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk#sugarsmartBANES#indian#indiantakeaway#indiantemptation#bathvegans#veganbath#vegan#curry#takeaway#delicious#10 /10
Went to the very lovely Widcombe Deli for lunch with the team at work today. Amazing home-made food, lovely savoury lunch stuff, and I had a great big bowl of salad and lentils - probably just what I need to keep fighting the lurgy!
HOWEVER. I am naming and shaming this Belvoir Elderflower presse, which looks healthy (sort of) but actually contains about 26g sugar in a 250ml can! Its basically as bad as Coca Cola!
So just a reminder - not all unhealthy food/drink is marketed as such. Sometimes it tries to trick you by looking like the healthy option.
READ THE LABEL if you wna be sugar smart!
A perfect little bowl for my mish-mashed up lunch tomorrow 😋
Half a roasted jacket potato (I only ate half for dinner - with peas and gravy aw yeah). Inside the skin we got the potato mashed up with half an avo, red pepper, vegan mayo, spicy mint sauce, pepper, peas, cumin seeds, lemon juice, ginger, paprika, turmeric, and fennel seeds. Oh mama!
It's like a big green potato-y curried guacamole in a jacket skin! Amazing!
Got some cucumber and tomatoes on the side, and I'll take a little container of nuts too to keep the munchies at bay while I'm at work.
Bada-bing bada-boom 😉🐍 #sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk#sugarsmartBANES#vegan#recipe#whatveganseat#vegansofig#lunch#raw#crudites#guacamole#avocado#green#jacket#curried#homemade
Prepping for this night super well!!! Cinnamon & rice milk porridge with dates, cacao, banana, toffee milk (blended rice milk, dates, water and tahini), and chia seeds.
Now Colombian coffee mochas (pick some up at the artisan market in green park station tomorrow, it's the best coffee ever!) - with cacao rice milk for extra energy!
The sun is shining, this is the view from the office, and I had nice cream for breakfast 😊 also the very first @gfn_bath pitch night last night was amazing!!! Look up Good For Nothing Bath and find out all about it!
But, 'how do I make nice cream?' you ask - well it's super easy 😁
Blend some frozen banana chunks (ideally prep these the night before - I always have a tupperware full of chopped banana in the freezer cos I love ice cream and smoothies hehe)
So - blend the banana chunks with a splash of plant milk/water, then add anything you like! I added cashews, cinnamon, and then after the blend whole raisins, desicated coconut, cacao nibs, and date pieces.
CHOC CHIP CINNAMON ICE CREAM 🎉🎉🎉🍦🍦🍦 Have a fab day everyone!
Love having smoothies for breakfast! I didn't have any bananas for a few days (and didnt have any time to get to the market!) so was going without breakfast, and it makes me so prone to snacking before lunch!
This is kale, banana, cavalo nero, chia seeds, tahini, sunflower seeds, cashew nuts and water. And it sorts me out! And even if I do have an early lunch that works better for me than eating a late lunch and then late dinner.
Everybody's different so do whatever is right for you! If you want a big old bowl of porridge then cool! Or toast, go for it. I feel too heavy if I eat too much in the morning and I get sluggish. Having a light, mostly raw breakfast seems to sort me out, and I'm happy to have found a bit of a rhythm for my self.
However, if you eat something sugary for breakfast, like jam, sugary Cereal (most cereals are so read the label!!!), 'low fat' yoghurt, musli, pastries, or - heaven forbid! chocolate! You will peak and crash super early, and get caught in the cycle of having sugar, getting sugar craving, having sugar, getting sugar craving.
That white stuff affects concentration, mood, motivation, as well as all the physical responses!
Start your day the way that's right for you. But sugar 99% ain't gna give you a good start.
Had this dinner earlier that reminded me of being a child and having potato smiley faces as a treat! I was super hungry when I got home and this was basically all we had!
Leftover lentil and veg soup from Hamilton House yesterday with added peas, sourdough (also leftover from yesterday) from the @oldmarketassembly topped with vegan pesto and vegan cheese, peas with coconut oil, salt and pepper, and leftover chips from Hamilton House with vegan cheese! Plus some vegan mayo and Whole Earth ketchup (with no added sugar! - if you're wondering why check the label of your regular ketchup and you'll see!) Rather than over eating and being uncomfortably full, I'd rather take half away and have it the next day! Helps me out when I have no time to get the the shop and have back to back meetings all day!
So here's to eating comfort food that's quick and easy and reminds you of childhood, whilst getting your daily veggies and still being sugar free. Win win win 😊
Made salad for lunch this morning, then thought it looked a bit boring so I wrapped it all up in sushi nori!
Purple and green kale, lettuce, shoots n sprouts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cucumber, and dressing: lemon juice, Apple cider vinegar, vegan pesto, almond oil, balsamic, oregano, turmeric, salt, and pepper. And a little vegan mayo to glue it all together.
YUM! Been loving using these as wraps instead of tortillas (which have sugar in them for some reason!). Lots of salad dressings also contain sugar, so check out the labels or make your own!
My fave milk on offer for £1 at Waitrose yay! No added sugar and it doesn't curdle, the only thing is that it's so delicious that you might get through a carton in a day!
Their vanilla flavoured milk is also sugar free 😊 be aware though, some plant milks aren't! Some of the Alpro ones have sugar in them. Always worth reading the label on everything!
Made this awesome pizza last night with one of my oldest and bestest friends. She's been putting me up in London while I'm on this course and it's so great to see her!
Instead of ordering in, we just knocked this up in about the same amount of time! The base is just flour and water with herbs and spices, then a chickpea, tomato, onion and fresh basil blend for the sauce base. Topped with courgette, kale, spinach, mushrooms, chilli, pepper, tomatoes, and a drizzle of Tahini to glue it all together.
Did you know most take away pizzas have sugar in them? Making food yourself is always the best option!
And it tastes so good and is less than a fiver to make! Perfect! We also watch R. Kelly's hip hopera (not all 33 chapters though) which is hilarious and I encourage you to watch if you need a laugh!
Have a fab Sunday you lot!
Amazing lunch spread at this training course in London today! Loads of salad stuff, tomatoes, hummus, lentil salad, beans, oat cakes and rice cakes, lettuce, cucumber, and all the tea/coffee you can drink. And everything is vegan!
And a whole basket of biscuits that I was admittedly unable to resist. When I eat sugar now though, my teeth start to hurt, my gut feels like there are sharp stones in there, and about 30/40mins later I feel a droopiness behind my eyes and I get sluggish.
I probably didn't even notice before I spent some time sugar free, and now it really maintains my awareness of the damage sugar is actually doing to me when I eat it. One biscuit is probably ok, but if I ate a whole or even half a packet now I know I would feel ROUGH.
Give it a go for sugar awareness week from the 30th Oct- 5th Nov and see how you feel.
If you feel so inclined, you can even take our survey at www.bathnes.gov.uk/sugarsmartsurvey
Veggie pasta salad for lunch! Ciaran made a bunch of yumminess for dinner last night so I took the leftovers and added some kale, shoots, lettuce, broccoli, balsamic vinegar and nutritional yeast to bulk it out a bit😁
Simple and satisfying. And I'm gna go and eat peanut butter with a spoon when I get home, can't stop thinking about it after seeing @chloeeva last night and sharing our love of pb!
#sugarsmart#sugarsmartuk#sugarsmartBANES#pastasalad#lunch#swirly @teenygreenyfarm #kale#vegan#veggiesalad
Taking down the Sugar Smart display today. Keep an eye out for it popping up elsewhere in Bath soon though!
It's so important to get these messages out there - by reducing our Sugar intake we could have a much better quality of life! The top human killers are all related to diet, the NHS is under pressure because we are all sick and because our government is too cowardly to take action on sugar (or pay doctors the living wage or do a number of other things but they're not strictly related to sugar...). Is illness and even death worth it for a few biscuits a day? And even if you look healthy on the outside, you could be a TOFI: thin on the outside, fat on the inside. So treat yourself well, aim for longevity, and eat WHOLE FOODS. processed stuff almost always has sugar and other unnecessary stuff added. Read the labels, drink more water, and consider swapping your sweet snack for something healthier.
Oh, and fill in the survey: www.bathnes.gov.uk/sugarsmartsurvey - it takes 2 minutes and will help us massively to shape the campaign around you.
Another fab 'Big Fat Vegan Meal' with the lovely peeps of Bath at @chapel_arts_cafe_bath ❤❤❤ I started organising these a year ago soon after I took over admin on the 'Bath Vegetarians and Vegans' Facebook page - add it up if you wna be involved in more local stuff like this! It was originally started to build a community and get to know each other whilst eating tasty food (we go to a different restaurant each month) and demonstrating the demand for vegan food in Bath. And it's working! Many places have added more vegan options to their menu!
And while this post isn't specifically about sugar (obviously, check that vegan tirimisu!), it is about building communities to help you be the kind of person you want to be. Want to eat more healthily and know more about where your food comes from and who's played a role in shaping it? Build friendships with people who are also interested. Social media is a great tool for that.
And also remember that the Sugar Smart campaign is all about being sugar SMART, not necessarily sugar FREE. I have chosen to change my habits and now am probably 98% sugar free just because I feel so much better and I don't wna buy back into that industry, but at special occasions I will enjoy a dessert! I just no longer take it as a given. So be kind to yourself! Feel for what your body needs, but also what it wants, and take it one step at a time 😊
So make friends with interests you can share, be kind, and enjoy your food because it makes ya feel good. Enjoy things, life is too short not too! 👌
Thanks again chapel arts for having us!
Reading Sonia Sodha's article on p36 of last weekends Observer entitled 'must we really be a nation of fat-shamers?'. Despite the fact that obesity is now "second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in Europe and North America", there is a serious lack of provision in terms of health care options and support through lifestyle changes for obese people, because even the medical profession is not immune to weight discrimination.
There is still a social stigma around being overweight, due to our associations with obesity of a lack of willpower, sloth, gluttony, and greed - 3 of the 7 deadly sins that have shaped Western morality since the 4th Century.
She says "food may not be chemically addictive in the same way as nicotine or alcohol, but food manufacturers have been in an arms race to load processed foods with increasing levels of tasty fat, sugar, and salt to leave us wanting more. And while abstinence is a key element of dealing with alcohol or drug addiction, it's hardly an option for chronic over eaters, who have to find a way of re-engineering their relationship with food." It can be hard to change your eating habits, but choosing to eat whole foods and making sure to read the labels can help to increase your awareness of the food you're eating.
For me, the motivation was the health benefits (physical and mental) of cutting out sugar and eating more whole foods, but I was also motivated by the fact that the food industry is so corrupt (companies like Coca Cola fund studies into the effect of soda on the body... um, can anybody say 'vested interest'???) and I don't want to buy into it. For me, cutting out sugar is like a big middle finger up to big bad corporations who profit from our ill health.
Any other revolutionaries out there wna join me in getting sugar smart, taking ownership of our health, and saying a fat "f*ck you" to companies like Coca Cola?