June 2018

Tara Hammett - Halloumi Balls

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Halloumi Balls

recipeIngredients:

1 Block of halloumi (grated)
1 Courgette (grated)
1 Carrot (grated)
1 Egg
25g (1 scoop) Oats
½ Teaspoon Paprika
Pinch black pepper



 

 

 

How to:

Squeeze as much water out of the courgette & carrot as possible using kitchen roll.

Mix all of the ingredients together.

Divide into 9 balls and place in a muffin tray.

Pop in the oven at 180℃ for 10-12 minutes. Rotate them and cook for a further 6-8 minutes. Enjoy 3 as a serving with your fave veggies/salad.

‘Feel the fear - but do it anyway’

Life is for living, loving, enjoying and filling with happy times.

I'm sure NOBODY wants to lose weight, only to stress about putting some/all of it back on again, and getting stressed out about enjoying themselves.

For example, one of my gorgeous girls said to me:

"I'm so excited for my hols and I know I'll eat good food, but I know I'll want to drink and I'm scared of putting weight on!"

BALANCE

We may very well put on a few pounds while on holiday, but they can come off as quickly as they went on when you get home and return to a healthy lifestyle; which is easy to do once you've worked on it and made it a natural part of your life.

My recent holiday was for two weeks. We stayed all inclusive. And yes, we enjoyed everything!

  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Cocktails
  • Icecream
  • Doughnuts
  • Chocolate
  • Crisps
  • Bread...I may have missed something out but it happened!

I'm going to tell you how I relaxed and enjoyed myself, didn't worry or feel guilty and didn't put on loads of pounds.

HOLIDAY EXERCISE

Whether you go away for one week or two, there's plenty of time to get some exercise in.

Whilst I was away I made a few trips to the gym, but I also did a 12 minute workout in my room in the morning, went for long walks, and spent plenty of time playing with Danny in the pool.

When you move more, you feel better.

It's a great way of using up some of the energy from what you've eaten and you always feel good after it.

(If you're one of those thinking - “no way am I doing exercise on hols” - that's absolutely fine. I get it, but also be prepared to have some work to do when you get home).

HOLIDAY DRINKING

It is VERY EASY to help yourself to endless drinks on holiday, quite possibly drinking as many calories as you eat!

A few lattes in the morning...
A mixture of different cocktails during the day...
Moving on to the wine or prosecco in the evening.
Maybe a few local lagers too...

10 drinks X 100 kCals = 1,000 kCals
(And some drinks can easily be more than 100 kCals!)

So be mindful.

If you want to drink alcohol all day long, consider lower calorie drinks like gin & tonic.
I had one on hols - OMG It must have been half a pint of gin in there - bleurgh!
I left it and had a cava instead.

Alternate alcohol with soft drinks - you really need to drink as much water as possible in the heat.

HOLIDAY ALL INCLUSIVE EATING

There will be (at least) three meals a day on offer, so don't eat everything all the time.

Each day I started with a lighter meal:

  • Always eggs - omelette/scrambled/poached/boiled
  • Sometimes smoked salmon or cold meats
  • Some tomatoes & cucumber
  • Sometimes, some watermelon & pineapple

I avoided the bread (no bloat in my bikini thank you).

Lunch would be lighter too, similar choices of fish/meat, salad etc. sometimes a couple of chips.

Dinner, I would make sure there was protein & veg on my plate, sometimes bread and one or two drinks.

TBH the desserts didn't really tickle my fancy.

Miniature cakes which look pretty, but when you eat them - average! So it wasn't worth it.

Plus if we were having a few beers or some wine, we'd enjoy those instead with some cheese & crackers.

HOLIDAY TREATS

Yep - we had those too. Just not every day.

We had a few ice creams, cakes and doughnuts but we would share and be happy with a taster.

Have them - just don't go overboard and consider everything you've had that day before you say yes to an(other) ice cream!

HOLIDAY RECOVERY

If you come home and realise you haven't followed any tips.

You left your mindfulness in the house (along with your winter woolies!), you may come home with some extra pounds (which will include some retention).

The main thing is to get STRAIGHT BACK ON IT.

Now it's not easy.

Some of those sweet cravings linger a little longer, but the sooner you get your washing done and put your suitcases away, the sooner you can focus on getting back in the game.

The pounds will come off as quick as they went on.

  • just get accountable
  • get supported
  • eat well
  • eat less calories
  • exercise regularly and get back in the game.

Life is all about balance.

We work. We play.
We're on it. We're off it.

Be healthy, have a healthy outlook on everything and enjoy!

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