October 2019

Tara Hammett - Pea Mint & Avocado Soup

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Pea Mint & Avocado Soup



1 diced onion (fresh or frozen)
500g frozen peas
1 frozen avocado
salt & pepper
add 1/2 teaspoon of lazy garlic if you like it
4-5 fresh mint leaves

Serves 2






How to:

Add all the ingredients to a hot pan (apart from the mint) and cover with water.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Next, add your mint leaves and use a hand blender to blitz to your desired consistency. I like mine thick & creamy.

Serve immediately.

This makes 2 portions. You can also double your ingredients to make more and have extra meals prepped for the week.

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‘Feel the fear - but do it anyway’

Are you obsessed by the scales?

Recently I had someone contact me about weighing herself.

She wanted to know my thoughts on the scales, as she weighs herself three times a day.

Too many women have grown up with the diet culture and the compulsion to constantly weigh, count points or syns, and an unhealthy approach to health, fitness and weight loss.

This is very common and I’ve worked with many women over the years whom have been completely obsessed by the numbers on the scales.

I’ve even had one lady who will weigh herself after having a wee in the middle of the night.

I’ve had progress consultations with clients who have said they feel great, they’ve had a fab week, they’re sleeping better, their clothes feel better, they’ve had a few compliments which boosted their confidence, yet, when they stepped on the scales all of those positive feelings immediately disappeared because the scales didn’t say what they wanted them to say.

Clients have even been disappointed with a 1,2 or 3 lbs loss because they wanted 2, 3 or 4lbs weight loss instead.

It has made good days turn into devastating days, and can have distressing consequences, even triggering a binge eating episode with a “What’s the point?” response.

This month’s column I’m going to share some tips and advice about the weighing scales, what you can do to have a healthy relationship with weight loss, and become more successful on your journey to your goals.

1. You are more than the number on the scales.

We don’t walk around with the number on our head, and each day, nobody greets you by picking you up. What people actually see is you, for being your beautiful self, and for how you make them feel.

2. The number on the weighing scales does NOT tell you how healthy you are.

There are some very unhealthy & unfit lighter weight people, and then there are some very fit and healthy people who weigh heavier.

3. The number on the weighing scales does not tell you how successful you are.

When it comes to weight loss, maintenance, health or fitness goals the scales are only one part of the picture. Other measurements which are more important (and valid) are how your clothes fit; how you feel physically and mentally, measuring and managing fitness gains. Plus you can measure and record inches, taking photos to compare and see your progress.

4. Remember: The scales weigh EVERYTHING.

Your bones, your muscles, your vital organs, what you’ve eaten and drunk, and fat. If you haven’t been to the loo for a day or two, that will be weighed. If you’re approaching TOTM and retaining water that too will be weighed. It’s not all fat!

5. Get them out of your life (or out of sight).

If you have an unhealthy relationship with the scales my best piece of advice is to remove them from your home. Hide them away and only get them out once a week or a fortnight, or completely throw them away.

6. Your weight doesn’t matter: Focus on what’s important.

Stepping on and off the scales doesn’t do anything about your weight. It’s what you are doing daily which matters:

  • Work on your habits
  • Do regular exercise
  • Eat well and manage your portions
  • Create a good sleep routine so you get better sleep
  • Take time out to manage your stress
  • Spend time with loved ones chatting and having fun (not staring at your phone)
  • Invest in personal development
  • Enjoy a balanced social life

All of these habits will help you become happier, healthier, and to achieve your goals.

Do your best, don’t try to be perfect, and soon the scales obsession can become a distant memory.

If you are going to weigh yourself, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Stick to a maximum of once a week
  • Do it first thing in the morning so you’re having a realistic comparison
  • Each week in your monthly cycle will be different, so do consider that when the time of the month is approaching, you may experience water retention. Consider weighing yourself on a Friday so you can have a realistic measurement after a week of routine, and before the weekend comes along.

I hope I’ve given you something to think about; and please watch the video below for this month’s ‘Ask Tara’ - it could possibly give you answers to questions that you may have.


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