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Being a Brand Ambassador

Lots of you who read this will have probably seen a link on my social media. Some may understand the world of being a ‘blogger’ , ‘influencer’, or ‘brand ambassador ‘. Some of you may be intrigued – I get messages from people asking me how to become one. My response is always the same. Work hard, be prepared to spend up to and sometimes over 12 hours a day to build good relationships and be courteous, kind, respectful and patient.
My post though is not really about how to build your ‘visibility’ which makes it more attractive to engagers – it’s about what happens in the day of myself – a brand ambassador, I will call it ‘blogger’ as it’s quicker to type lol.

My life as a blogger started with my weightloss journey. My venture into Slimming World was the best thing I have done for myself in years . I have to thank Slimming World for giving me confidence, health and helping me regain self esteem. It began sharing ideas in group, sharing recipes and new products. People started to look to me in group for inspiration which was unbelievable to me and I became a very active member on their Facebook page sharing anything I could find and cook to inspire. I was voted Woman of the Year 2016 and it truly was one of my happiest days!

That’s where my life as a blogger started as I decided to be more active with my social media sharing to a larger audience.

My typical day starts as soon as I open my eyes! I reach for my phone, check to see if any of my followers or friends have sent me late messages – I always respond there and then. The only messages I ignore are the spoof accounts!
So once I have replied to any messages I quickly scroll through my feed to see what people have been up. Unfortunately with some platforms if you like too many it’s seen as spam so I am only able to ‘like’ a few. If you don’t get a like off me, it’s not because I don’t want to, it’s because we are restricted and I also follow over 4000 people so it’s impossible to like them all. I get inspiration from everyone though. Posts jump out, meals inspire me and your stories are so motivational. The most important aspect about my Instagram account are my followers – not the products I receive – I always respond to messages throughout the day as soon as I can and love getting them and being in touch with such kind genuine people. We are all wanting to be healthier, slimmer and fitter – That is the foundation of my life as a blogger.
Once I can part myself from my social media and have responded to all messages I get up and have my coffee. My phone is on charge ready to take breakfast pics. I photograph, eat and post my pics at the same time. Many a meal goes cold lol!
I tag in any suppliers on my pics and use lots of hashtags which I key in manually. I don’t use any automated system . When I post I am posting live.

Once breakfast is over I shower, get dressed and do my makeup and think of any stories I can do. I love talking to you all and the messages I get in return which need responding to I can’t ignore them!

For those who are not so familiar with my lifestyle we live on beautiful big boat. This needs taking and filling up with water, emptying out, filling with diesel etc – probably 3 times a week. We have to watch the weather – it gets difficult if it’s windy and in winter, but we get to enjoy the summer days ‘al fresco’ We fit this into our days which takes a couple of hours or so and keeps Ken busy and happy. I quite often in the midst of a blog have to quickly put my coat on and help Ken manoeuvre the boat. Especially if the weather is bad!
Around lunchtime I get the post.
If I am lucky enough to have received a delivery it gets opened and I plan my day around that.

I like to do my reviews as soon as possible but sometimes have to schedule them as I don’t like bombarding you with too much at once but have to balance that with the expectations from suppliers.
I always treat suppliers and their products with respect – If I am not keen on something I have contacted suppliers and explained to them why and I don’t post. I don’t really want something on my feed I don’t like anyway as I like to have a positive feed and don’t want to spread negativity. We all need more positivity in our lives but it’s got to be honest too!

So on the days I have received a delivery I read up about it. Take photos, experience it and review honestly. I then post.
Once this is done I check messages again, check feeds – I have Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and then plan lunch if I haven’t already squeezed it in between all of the above! I photograph again, post, check messages, check my feed.
It all settles down around mid afternoon and I get some quiet time before planning and cooking tea, taking photos, posting, watching tv with one eye and responding to messages and checking feeds.

It all sounds a bit laborious but I love it!
Ken my partner is very patient with me and acknowledges this has to be done lol!
We only watch a couple of hours tv so my social media gets priority again! And so it goes on until bedtime!
Don’t get me wrong I do have free time to spend with family and friends and I love to have a bit of pampering now and then. I am semi retired now but work 1-2 days a week as I am not at retirement age yet! – my days are full and happy! I wouldn’t change it. We are lucky enough to get to try new and exciting (and some not so exciting) products and my mission is to share these with you. I love new ideas for foods, recipes, gifts, gadgets, and the occasional luxury! My friends and family get first hand experience of these as I am a sharing type of person!

Some may see bloggers as ‘freeloaders’ but we actually work hard to do what we love to do, which in monetary value equates to way below the minimum wage! Although we are privileged enough to receive sample products from suppliers purely for review we never take this for granted. It is a job/ hobby/vocation. The products we receive from suppliers are either gifted or discounted and if we are passionate about something you will know about it!
I don’t always post about products I have been sent and quite often write about products I have purchased or things I have seen when out and about. It’s about sharing after all ! I sometimes receive products on a regular basis, build good relationships with suppliers and often do work for them behind the scenes.

They may ask for my help in creating recipes which I plan and write up for them to publish or are looking at development and ask for my input.

My foundation for all of the above is searching for a healthier,
more confident and a happier me. My Slimming World group enabled me to move on from the rut I was in and give me a focus for the future, inspired by encouragement from the same people and I will be forever grateful for that.

I love creating new recipes and sharing them and spend as much time making stuff as I can. I sometimes end up with too much because the cooking bug got a hold of me – I should open a cafe lol!

Life is importantly about balance, I now look towards a healthy lifestyle with a bit of indulgence and luxury but continue to share what I experience with you guys – my extended support group. Thankyou for being there and listening to my ramblings, for putting up with my posts if it’s not your ‘cup of tea’, for ‘liking’ my meals when it’s not something you would have and for watching my insta stories and sending me lovely messages which I am always telling Ken about. Keep in touch

Love Debsx

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Lo-Dough Pea and Ham Pie

This is one of those quick meals that you can knock together with cupboard ingredients. For those on Slimming World some of us have a thing about Pek Ham (green tin) which is free on the plan – served with mushy peas and pickles. It's a free food lunch with pickles adding that extra speed needed to boost weightloss. We try and think of it as a pie – but it's not!
I made a variation a while ago whereby I wrapped the ham in a Weightwatchers white wrap (which you can have as your healthy extra b choice) and baked it in the oven making something that more resembles a pie!
The only problem is you may have other plans for your healthy extra b so you would have to use syns for the wrap.
That's where Lo-Dough comes in. By using a piece of Lo-Dough instead of the Weightwatchers wrap you save yourself some syns as Lo-Dough is only 2 syns per wrap as opposed to the Weightwatchers wrap which is currently 5.5 syns
The Weightwatchers wrap is thinner and I find not as filling.

Preheat oven to Gas 5 – Electric 190 degrees Celsius

Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 35mins

  • 1 Lo-Dough wrap
  • 1 tin Pek Ham – green tin
  • 1 tin mushy peas
  • Butter frylight
  • Pickles to serve

Method
Spray one piece of Lo-Dough with butter frylight on both sides.
Line a deep dish with tin foil with plenty of overlap and press the Lo-Dough inside – I use a metal pudding bowl.
Cover the bottom of the Lo-Dough with half a tin of mushy peas and place the whole piece of ham on top.
Gather the edges of the tin foil together and use that to close the Lo-Dough together . It will not close completely but all you should be able to see is the top of the ham. Completely seal the tin foil and you should end up with a ball shape.

Remove ball from bowl and place on a baking tray in the centre to top of the oven for 25 mins. Carefully open the foil and pull back. Spray Lo-Dough with butter frylight and bake for another 10mins until golden before serving.

I added the other half of the tin of peas to an oven proof dish and popped it in the oven for the last 10 mins

Serve with pickles and Colmans Original Mint Sauce

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Quick Salmon Pate

Sometimes we just need something for a sandwich or wrap. Something quick, not too messy and Syn free. This is a quick easy recipe ready in 5 mins

Ingredients
1 medium tin pink salmon drained
1 rounded tbsp 0% fat Greek yoghurt
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tomato puree
Pinch of dried tarragon
2 tsp sweetener (optional)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste and serve

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Keema Lo-Dough Paratha

OMG I am so in love with this!!

All my recipes start with an idea I can taste, this is truly perfect – just how I hoped it would be! It's so simple, very quick and easy to make and the taste is so lovely!

To make each Keema Lo-Dough Paratha you will need 2 pieces of Lo-Dough to 125gms less than 5% mince

** Pre heat oven to gas 6, electric oven 200 degrees or 180 degrees if fan oven

Ingredients

  • 2 Lo-Dough wraps
  • 125gms less than 5% fat beef mince
  • 2 tbsp Katsu curry paste (I get mine from Tesco) 1 syn per tbsp
  • Butter frylight
  • Garlic frylight
  • 2 tsp Dried coriander leaf
  • Fresh ground salt and pepper

Method

Mix mince and curry paste together.
Dampen edges of both pieces of Lo-Dough on one side.
Place one piece of Lo-Dough onto a piece of kitchen foil large enough to fold over and overlap.
Spread mixture on top of bottom piece of Lo-Dough on foil evenly to 1cm from edge
Place the other piece of Lo-Dough on top and keep pressing the edges together until they stick. Crimp with a fork round the edges
Spray top with garlic frylight – apx 6 sprays.
Season with fresh ground salt and pepper
Spray generously with butter frylight until damp and even all over. Sprinkle with dried coriander.
Fold foil over and seal edges. Place on a baking tray and bake in the oven for apx 30- 35 mins. Do not open foil in between cooking or it will dry out . Serving suggestion – with a curry as a side dish or with a splash of Crucials Curry Sauce or mango chutney as a dip. Buy Lo-Dough here

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The Lo-Dough Boost Challenge !

After suffering from two chest infections in two months, having no inclination to eat normal meals and survive mainly on unhealthy snacks , losing my cooking mojo and my motivation along with it and having gained a few pounds – I drew the line! I needed to shake things up a bit and speed up my weightloss in a healthy way.
So here is my account as I boosted my weightloss journey with renewed motivation and ideas.


Having seen people calorie counting, fasting and having great losses I wondered if I could do the same. The long term answer is no. I would be destined for the Pork Pie shop!

So I looked to what I enjoy, what satisfies me and what is healthy and diet friendly – I know what works for me and what doesn't. I don't want to feel restricted or denied of anything as that can so easily send you off the rails!
One thing that is extremely diet friendly, versatile, filling, healthy, and satisfying is Lo-Dough and only 39 calories a slice. My plan is to incorporate Lo-Dough into 14 meals over the next week to kick start my weightloss! I will still be following the main principles of a healthy diet in terms of lean meats, vegetables and fruits etc One large box of Lo-Dough costs £28 but using it in this way it will last the full week. Lo-Dough has great filling power and a real game changer. In fact the whole box if it was at all possible to eat in one go ( it's not possible lol) is only 546 calories! The box is huge and I plan to have used the whole box at the end of my Lo-Dough Boost Challenge Week. Incorporating Lo-Dough into 14 meals will ensure my overall calorie intake is greatly reduced. I won't include the syn values/
Smartpoints or Calories of what I have had as these can change but you will be able to calculate the values yourselves depending on what plan or diet you follow. It's about healthy eating and weightloss and what I eat over the next week can be accommodated into most plans.
My meals will include Lo-Dough Pizzas, wraps, etc. Using Lo-Dough as the main constituent of 14 meals over the week will reduce the amount of carbs consumed overall in the same way speed food does on Slimming World. It will also ensure I stay satisfied and full after a meal as

it's full of protein and fibre.
Lo-Dough is high in fibre and protein and will use it most days in place of carbs. I do not plan to cut or entirely replace carbs with Lo-Dough as that would be too restrictive and too 'faddy' so putting it simply – if I fancy a couple of slices of wholemeal bread, potatoes or cereal, porridge etc I will have them – although I have never had a craving for porridge or cereal!
3 meals a day over a week =21 meals. 14 of these meals will include Lo-Dough. The remaining 7 meals will be healthy meals but not carb heavy.


So I start Day 1 today – Monday with a pizza for brunch – it's late but I will still fit in my 3 meals today!

My pizza was made up of:

  • 1 Lo-Dough wrap
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 4 slices wafer thin honey roast ham torn into small piece
  • 2 slices low fat cheese – hexa
  • 1/2 small red onion sliced thinly
  • 2 cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1/4 yellow pepper sliced
  • Basil – 1tsp
  • Frylight

Method

Place Wrap on baking tray and spread puree over base , space ham , onion and pepper over puree. Add tomatoes, sprinkle with Basil. Chop cheese slices into eight pieces each and spread over top of vegetables. Spray all over the pizza with frylight and bake in oven – gas 5 until cheese melted on top – apx 15 mins. Served with green salad leaves and raw onion.

After lunch snack – apple

I told you I would fit 3 meals in today! Actually I had just half of this and saved the other half to stave off the munchies later whilst I watch the final of Love Island – yes, sad but true!
This is one piece of Lo-Dough, 1 tbsp of lighter than light mayo, 5 slices of wafer thin honey roast ham and salad leaves

For my main meal tonight I have made a Lo-Dough bowl which will contain my 'No Fuss Hearty One Pot Stew' served with vegetables. To make the Lo-Dough Bowl spray one piece of Lo-Dough with Avocado frylight, massage in both sides.
Then spray with Garlic Frylight and sprinkle with fresh ground salt and pepper. Place into an ovenproof pudding bowl and bake in a medium oven until the bottom has hardened.

No Fuss One Pot Hearty Stew
Serves 4 generously
Prep time 15 mins
Level – easy

  • 500gms stewing steak
  • 4 large pork sausages browned
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 1 handful fine green beans trimmed and halved
  • 1 each green and red pepper de seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • 1 large crushed garlic clove
  • 6 small tomatoes chopped
  • 1 tbsp Worcester sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 beef oxos in 1/2 Ltr boiling water
  • 1 rounded tsp chilli powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp mustard powder

Simply combine all ingredients in a casserole dish , place on high heat until bubbling then lower heat and cook for two hours.

Season to taste and remove bay leaf before serving

Alternatively this can be cooked in a slow cooker.

This meal was delicious and extremely filling – a proper plateful! Ken had seconds and there is enough leftover for his tea tomorrow!


Day 2 – Tuesday

Breakfast with a difference and a big hit!
I received delivery of my Degustabox last week and inside was a sachet of Merchant Gourmet Red and White Quinoa. Now to be honest I thought 'what on earth am I going to use that for' but looking on the back of the pack I saw an intriguing recipe where you use it instead of porridge- the good news is though – it's surprisingly
a good alternative if you aren't keen on porridge and has a nice nutty texture.
So I grabbed a few ingredients from the fridge and here is what I used.

I placed half a pack of the Quinoa into a small pan. Generously covered with almond milk ( I forgot to measure!) and reheated it gently. I added a small amount of sweetener- 1 tsp. Whilst that was heating through I placed fresh berries in a bowl
Once the Quinoa was heated through for apx 8 minutes I stirred in the Whitworths Choc Shot and then poured over the berries. Mixed well and thoroughly enjoyed! You could also add a spoonful of Greek yoghurt for a creamier texture. I found it deliciously sweet and nutty – I love nuts and this appealed to me very much!
Lunch was a bit of a 'throw it together and see how it works kinda meal
I used some leftover warmed up Spanish Tortilla and half a piece of Lo-Dough with salad leaves and a smear of ketchup for a tasty lunch which turned out far better than I hoped for. I used a small piece of tortilla – apx 2/3 of a portion Recipe here

The tortilla does contain carbs in the form of potatoes and cheese – as I said before I am reducing the amount of consumed, not cutting them out entirely. Cutting something out can create heightened cravings and I am trying to avoid this.
I finished my lunch with a cup of good coffee and shared an apple with Charlie!
Snacks – The remaining half of Lo-Dough I spread with 2 tsp peanut butter and sliced Williams pear which although sounds gross was so lovely! No photo as it was down in a flash !

Tea tonight was also delicious

  • 1 Lo-Dough wrap
  • 1 small Fillet steak
  • 1 Handful of mushrooms
  • Garlic salt
  • Dried minced garlic
  • 1 small Butternut squash peeled and chipped
  • 2 tbsp fat free Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp dried coriander
  • Sweetener to taste

It comprised of mushrooms fried in garlic salt , dried minced garlic and seasoning and a small flash fried Fillet steak – you could use any good quality lean tender steak.

I placed the cooked mushrooms on the Lo-Dough down the middle. Cut the steak in half and laid it on top of the mushrooms. I then folded each side over so they overlapped and secured with 4 cocktail sticks. I then wrapped it all in tin foil and baked in a preheated oven gas 5 for apx 25 mins. Served with Butternut squash chips and a dip made from Fat free Greek yoghurt, curry powder,

Coriander, onion salt, mixed well and then added a little sweetener to taste. On its own I wasn't sure about the flavour but it worked well with the BNS chips. It was difficult to get a good photo and definitely tasted better than it looks!

Well that's two days smashed and I do feel better already! It also made my day when Ben from Lo-Dough messaged me to inform me he is taking up the Lo-Dough Boost Challenge alongside me!!


Day 3 – Wednesday
I had an awful nights sleep. I generally find this after day 2 of knuckling down. Reducing carbs and sugar has an unsettling effect on me until my body adapts. I also find what I call the 'Water drop' starts to happen. I was up a couple of times during the night bursting for a wee – sorry if that's too much information but I want to be open and honest! This always happens to me at this stage so it's no surprise and I am destined for a few rough sleeps ahead!
On the plus side I have got up this morning and feel like Kate Moss ( no, not suffering the effect of a boozy night lol) I feel slimmer! The Lo-Dough effect!
It's really important all way through the challenge to keep your water intake good. I am not going to specify how much – you hear anything up to 3 litres. I probably have around 2 in total . I start with a cup of tea or coffee, I have a coffee mid morning and a couple of Diet Cokes before 6pm. I then switch to sugar free juices and drink about a litre of that that leading up to bed time. Being honest is important – this is my way and I am not saying it's the right way. Some would say cut down on caffeine but in all honesty I don't want to – this is my diet and I won't – and I won't make you force me lol!

So I start the day with a cup of tea with milk – as I said before, it's what I fancy so it's what I am having. I used semi skimmed milk and a Yorkshire tea bag – oh I am a happy bunny! I love Yorkshire Tea and picked up a little free box at the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival last weekend, although I have plenty in without having to open it yet!
Breakfast is the same as yesterday- yes, I enjoyed it. I am going to rummage through my drawers (ooo errr miss!) to see if I can find another Whitworths shot – if not I will improvise!
Two mins later – I found one! Toffee and Pecan will do nicely thankyou! I won't bore you and slow down the page with another pic that looks remarkably the same as yesterday so just scroll back if the urge takes you! 😊

Lunch today was a little later than normal due to my exciting delivery from Bearfaced Groceries which kept me busy for a while if you have seen my instagram stories today. Anyway in true Lo-Dough Boost Challenge style I had a very filling and tasty lunch. I used the last of my Tortilla and had it on 1/2 Lo-Dough wrap with a little ketchup. On the side – mindful I need vegetables I had two of the Cauliflower 'Fish' bites I made earlier Recipe here Hands up – it had me beat and Charlie had the last couple of mouthfuls!
In between meal snack – 1 pear to stop me reaching for the wrong things!
1 bottle of Thor Drinks Apple Spritz with Mint – 69 cals

For tea I made a chilli – the way us slimmers do – lots of onion, peppers, tomato and beans. I served it in a Lo-Dough Bowl and had a side salad – it was soooo good and filling! 

I have one final munch today – the other half of my Lo-Dough from lunchtime – so I smeared it with 2 tsp of peanut butter and down it went! 

Well that's day 3 completed and it's been remarkably easy. I have been hungry only a couple of time and I must learn to have a drink of water first so I am off to have one now!


Day 4 – Thursday

After another expected rubbish night sleep and getting up twice for the loo – the water drop continues and an unexpected coughing fit in the early hours left me with little sleep. So a good breakfast is called for!

What better than a Lo-Dough Bacon and Egg Butty! A splash of ketchup and a side of cherry tomatoes on the vine. My bacon was completely trimmed of all fat and grilled. I normally like Crispy bacon but this morning I fancied something a little juicer and it really hit the spot. Charlie had my last bite of Lo-Dough and a cherry tomato as I was completely stuffed!

Today again I feel slimmer. More comfortable in my body and less encumbered.

I have been thinking back to February when I embarked on a well known diet plan 'boost' I decided to do 12 strict days – and I mean strict – I didn't cheat once. After 12 days I lost just 4.5lbs. I was gutted! The last day was the day before my birthday. We went out for a lovely meal, I had lots of carbs and immediately without warning vomited! My stomach was off for weeks. I have IBS and the shock of reintroducing carbs etc back into my system was too much for it to cope with. I felt ok before the meal and it was only whilst eating carbs ( garlic pizza) this happened. I started sweating, felt dizzy and was sick within a few minutes! I think being so restrictive with what I had been eating had created a slight food intolerance – that's why this week carbs are still on the menu – limited but still there and so is sugar. I have used ketchup which contains sugar and plan to have a little of something sweet later even if it's one square of dark chocolate. The results of the 12 day challenge I completed in February taught me a valuable lesson! Don't cut, just limit !

Late morning snack – 2 Cauliflower 'fish' with Tartare sauce and a cup of coffee. I was feeling a little peckish – I shouldn't have given Charlie my last mouthful of Lo-Dough this morning! 😉

Lunch today was lovely. I cooked a Sea Trout Fillet in the microwave let it cool slightly and then served it on a piece of Lo-Dough with salad leaves and sweet chilli sauce. I love trying different things – the fish was a little dry but that's where the sweet chilli sauce came into its own!

I asked Ken to kindly find some dark chocolate for me and he came back with milk chocolate with nuts in! I took three pieces and let him have the rest! Danger! Moderation is the key though on my challenge and I tell you what… I didn't half make those three pieces last when in actual fact I could demolish the whole bar in seconds ! I could so easily eat more – a real trigger food and dangerous!

Well I have had my two pieces of Lo-Dough today so am having a lovely sirloin steak with asparagus for tea with a Diane sauce which is a Hairy Bikers recipe http://www.hairybikers.com/recipes/view/steak-diane#Jrxq50ckhfEYiLsT.97

It was served with purple sweet potato chips and mushrooms stuffed with garlic and cherry tomatoes each topped with 1/2tbsp primula light – it all looks a little over cooked – I was busy blogging lol but it tasted lovely!


Day 5 – Friday

Breakfast was a simple fayre. I don't normally have cereal but enjoyed two Weetabix with almond milk. My first attempt was a little soggy so I binned the soggy Weetabix and tried two more with less milk and it was nice and Crispy! I would definitely have this again!

I was so busy with my blogging after breakfast I forgot to drink. I realised when I started coughing with a dry throat! So I must make more of an effort!

Morning was gone in a flash and I planned to have pizza for lunch. Yes you can be on a healthy eating splurge and still have your pizza! I have posted the recipe here

It was amazing! So filling and indulgent

Just use your imagination and creativity to build a perfect pizza at a fraction of the calories. That's why Lo-Dough is quite simply described as a game changer'

For tea I had two cauliflower 'fish' some of Kens chips and mushy peas on a Lo-Dough wrap. Although there are 4 'fish' on my plate – 2 was plenty and I really felt like I had eaten fish and chips without being left with all the fatty taste it leaves behind – I left the other two. Another successful day !

The most challenging day is a work day. A long shift with irregular meal times tends to throw me, so I have spent time preparing some Doner Kebab meat to make a kebab –

It will keep me happy and satisfied so bring on Day 6!!

Oops snack alert 9pm and was peckish so had two slices of my Doner Kebab meat –

Bedtime!!


Day 6 – Saturday

Work day! I prepared lunch before I had my breakfast and made a Lo-Dough bowl for when I get home. I don't finish work until 8pm so it's late to start faffing!

I like to keep things simple on a workday so it's lunch of homemade Doner Kebab in Lo-Dough with mint raita and salad.

Breakfast was simple too. I learnt from my previous mistake of adding too much milk to Weetabix so this morning I had another two Coconut and Raisin Weetabix with Alpro original almond milk.

It's a rubbish picture but I wasn't messing about and having my breakfast go soggy!

I added a couple of hearts to liven it up but I didn't eat those!! 😉

So lunch is at 2pm – way too late for me but apart from changing my job I can't alter that!

Little late morning snack to keep me going until lunchtime – I always like to have a contingency plan!

Lunch – the wait was worth it – 2.5 syn Lo-Dough Doner Kebab and I am in heaven

There's lots of fakeaway Doner Kebab recipes out there but I would say play about with spices and create your own

Later – 6pm and still working – another break and just had to have a snack! Proud of myself though as I always struggle on a Saturday and chose fruit again – being honest not my snack of preference but my snack of choice today!

Tonight for tea it's Lo-Dough bowl Chilli

I am rocking the bowls as you can fill them with anything and boy have I got an idea for tomorrow!


Day 7 – Sunday

Motoring on to the end of my Lo-Dough Boost Challenge I decided to start the day in style with a good Sunday breakfast. I used 1/2 Lo-Dough wrap and fried it in a little frylight with a tbsp of water to stop it burning – it does work and I had this instead of potato cakes that Ken had on his!

I thorough enjoyed my relaxed Sunday breakfast reinforced by no mobile signal whilst my network provider decided to work on the mast for an hour or two so I couldn't blog whilst eating!

Whilst I was in purgatory with no signal I decided to make some cookies with a pack I picked up at last weeks Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival. I managed to make 18 cookies. Ken has been complaining there's never any biscuits in so he can't complain now!

Anyway, late morning I had one cookie with a cup of coffee. Purely to keep my hand in the sugar department and to avoid any reactions to any foods once I finish my challenge. The cookies contain wheat and some vegetable fats. Oh and I did want to try one too!!

So lunch was a repeat of yesterday apart from two differences. I didn't forget my chilli sauce and I only had 1/2 a Lo-Dough wrap as I need to save my last full wrap for tonight's meal.

So, with just one more meal on my challenge I look back and review my week.

  • How did it go? Well, dismiss the fact I don't know at this stage how much weight I have lost I feel remarkably leaner. I have more energy, feel less bloated and happy that I have done it in a healthy way. I have boosted my weightloss with healthy 'real' foods in a way that I hope will have worked for me.
  • How much has it cost? Well, one box of Lo-Dough can be purchased here for £28 to follow my Lo-Dough Boost challenge, incorporating 14 pieces of Lo-Dough (2 per day) over a week into your normal healthy eating regime.
  • How do I feel? I feel slimmer, more energised and more comfortable in my skin!
  • Have I gone without anything? No! I don't feel like I have! I have eaten chocolate, cream, peanut butter, chips, potatoes, roast potato, sauces, Doner Kebab – oh and don't forget the biscuit!
  • How did I do? We will have to wait until tomorrow!
  • Has Lo-Dough endorsed this? No – although they were aware I had given myself this challenge and are interested to see the results – they didn't have any influence over the week apart from encouraging me to do well. I was just inspired by their creation!

My last meal on the challenge and my 14th piece of Lo-Dough this week and I had to finish in style with a Sunday dinner and using a Lo-Dough bowl in place of a Yorkshire Pudding!
It was delicious and worth waiting for. I can honestly and truly say I have enjoyed my Lo-Dough Boost Challenge and have lost 5.5lbs in total without being hungry or having any cravings. I hope that my blog post inspires you to find your own healthy way of giving yourself a boost. This way really fit into our lifestyle with no fuss and really was a pleasure!
Lo-Dough is sold here
So am I pleased? Hell yeah!! I suffered through 12 days of a worldwide well known diet's boost plan last year, was a complete angel and lost 4.5 lbs.
This time on the Lo-Dough Boost Challenge I have been happy, satisfied and had no cravings and in just 7 days I lost 5.5lbs – 1lb more

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Lo-Dough – Just take a moment…..

To appreciate this amazing Lo-Dough Pizza!
Few words needed to tell you how good it was and how much of a game changer Lo-Dough really is. Pile them high and enjoy without the guilt! Just 39 calories for the base!

Tuna Mediterranean Lo-Dough Pizza with Olives

  • Lo-Dough wrap
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree or passata
  • 1/2 a Pepper of any colour sliced or chopped
  • 1 small sliced or chopped red onion
  • 1 small tin tuna drained
  • 12 pitted olives – black or green sliced
  • Dried or fresh basil
  • Cheese – you select the amount of cheese and which cheese depending on your diet
  • Dried or fresh oregano
  • Sliced cherry tomatoes
  • Garlic oil

Method

Spread base with pasatta or puree if you don’t have any and add a sprinkle of Basil.

Add chopped peppers and red onion slices

Top with tuna
Scatter olives

Top with cheese, more red onion, a sprinkle of oregano, sliced cherry tomatoes and a few sprays of garlic oil

You can make yours with low fat cheese and use garlic frylight for a healthy version like mine. Bake in a medium oven until cheese is bubbling and turning golden

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Cauliflower ‘Fish’

I have adapted this recipe from one I found in a magazine – served with homemade Slimming World Chips and homemade Tartar Sauce it's a really diet friendly meal. I can't remember the name of the magazine so I am unable to give them credit – I tore the recipe pages out a few days ago and made a couple of slight tweaks to make it lower in fat and carbs. If you are on Slimming World it works out at 6.5 syns for the whole recipe at the time of posting and it's bursting with speed food! Please check syn values as they can vary.

Prep – apx 30 mins
Cooking time – apx 30-40 mins
Ingredients

  • Frylight
  • 1 onion peeled and chopped finely
  • 1 leek, trimmed and chopped finely
  • 2 fat garlic cloves peeled and chopped finely
  • 1 medium cauliflower made into cauli rice
  • 1 grated Courgette with liquid squeezed out
  • 3 large free range eggs beaten well
  • 40 gms coconut flour
  • 150 gms fat free cottage cheese
  • Zest of an unwaxed lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method
Line two baking trays with baking parchment. Pre heat oven to gas 7
Spray a non stick frying pan with frylight and add leek, onion and garlic. Fry on a low to medium heat until softened
Mix together with remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Use a heaped tablespoon per 'fish' and shape in your hands into fish shapes and arrange on the trays.
Spray generously with frylight and bake in the oven until golden brown.

Serve with Tartare sauce. The original recipe gave instructions for making your own and although I did – tweaked slightly for convenience I wasn't keen when I tried it at first but when I tried it with the 'fish' it remarkably works, here is what I used
Makes 16 – apx 4 servings if used as a meal

Tartare Sauce
Prep time – 10 mins
Ingredients
2 tbsp capers drained
1 tablespoon dried parsley
300ml fat free greek yoghurt
Juice of 1 lemon
Fresh ground Salt and pepper

Method
Finely chop capers – I used a mini chopper. Add remaining ingredients into a bowl. Mix thoroughly and season with salt pepper