My weight loss journey: Dealing with stressful situations 33



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Today marks the start of week five of my clean eating lifestyle, and I would like to say that it’s been all clear sailing, but that would be lying.

The last week has been fraught with many unexpected stressful situations. As in many families, an increase in one’s stress comes unannounced. You rarely get up and think today’s going to be crap. But our family is no different to the norm. I found myself stressed to the point where I lost my focus for a short time, and by that I mean I continued to eat properly, however my water intake dropped significantly. This resulted in a fairly intense headache. I also had a night where I found myself watching a movie while eating copious amounts of raw nuts and sultanas. It wasn’t until the container was near empty that I realised I had fallen back to coping with stress as I always had by eating. Perhaps mindless eating would be an apt description. That eating where one is so engrossed in watching a movie or reading a book, and the hand just keeps loading up the mouth. At least it wasn’t a pack of Tim Tams or an entire mudcake. I honestly wouldn’t suggest anyone eat that amount of raw nuts in one sitting, if you get my drift. Anyway normally I would beat myself up for this, seeing it as a sign of failure. However this time I looked at it as a learning curve and the next morning my water intake was on track and when I have raw nuts I put a serving in a small bowl.

I noticed in the comments from last week’s blog, that some people were interested in what I ate in a day and it goes something like this:

BREAKFAST: a slice of toast lightly buttered (either wheat or wheat free) and either a poached egg , scrambled eggs, cheese and tomato, bacon and eggs, or mushrooms made by sauteing onion, garlic,mushrooms and bacon; thickened with a little milk cornflour, and finally a dash of soy sauce.

LUNCH: a fresh fruit platter with plain Greek yogurt and a handful of raw nuts, or a salad made up of a mixture of fruit and veggies with tuna or chicken. If I am out I might have a salad sandwich with cheese or a chicken and avocado sandwich. Homemade vegetable soup in winter with added protein.

DINNER:  Lean protein i.e. chicken, steak, pork, lamb or fish, with a variety of vegetables or salad. If I am still peckish, Greek yogurt with fruit or maybe homemade custard.

Morning and afternoon tea: Green tea or coffee (no sugar of course!)

Before bed, I have a warm cocoa (cocoa has no added sugar) and a gluten free, sugar free arrowroot biscuit. 

Some time ago we invested in an Tefal Actifry air cooker, it makes the best chips and baked vegetables, cooked with 3 teaspoons of olive oil. I like sweet potato.

Anyway that’s as simple as it gets. There are endless combinations of fresh fruit and vegetables with lean protein, raw nuts, pulses, rice and rice noodles. This way you’re not locked into someone else’s menu plan. The sky is your limit.

And finally, a nice chocolate biscuit recipe.

Skinny Chunky Monkey Cookies

  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp of vanilla


  1. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl then let stand for 20 minutes
  2. Drop teaspoons full onto an ungreased baking tray 
  3. Bake for 10-12 min in a moderate oven (185 degrees)
  4. Cool and enjoy

 Cheers til next week and remember it’s never too late to put yourself first. Finally a big thank you to all the people who commented on my blog and offered their support. 

Share your thoughts below.

Pat Daley

Married 42 yrs and have three adult children, plus six adorable granchildren.

  1. Yes it was difficult to keep to healthy eating over Easter but I too am back on track.

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    • Nothing wrong with a treat know and then, research indicated that it is actually good for one’s metabolism , just as long as treat days don’t become everyday occurrences. Cheers and keep up the good work. Pat D.

  2. Try cacao instead of cocoa much healthier for you

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  3. Week 5 . Jo Greenhalgh, Bec Daley , Kerry Bowler, Philomena Reuben, Maree Heron, Sia Khan, Kylie Wager, While the post is week 5 , I am into week 7 with over 5 kilos gone. xxxx

  4. Good on you Pat…good to read you have lost 5 kilos. I might copy your program. I lost 6 kilos before I was diagnosed with cancer, and put it all back on during treatment, which is not helping at all…thanks for sharing.

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    • Bev , l can only imagine what you have been through. Be kind to yourself , while you may be annoyed at what you have gained it is really easy to adopt the Clean Eating Lifestyle , as l said in my previous blog l have had a lifetime of dieting going from one quick fix to another. I still have 12 kilo to go but have shifted my focus and after a total of 7 weeks l no longer think about what l am eating. It has in essence become a habit. If you would like some healthy recipes l suggest you pop over to A Healthy Graving and have a look, or even join the group to get daily recipes and handy hints on all manner of life. I am a member and joined a few weeks ago when l saw their recipes were made using healthy un – processed ingrediants and l know Sia Khan would welcome you with open arms. All the best from here on in . Remember it’s never to late to do something for yourself. XX Pat D

  5. Another great read Pat..thanks for putting it out there, speaking for myself, it’s a great “aide” for me on my journey. Like you the last month has been a little stressful for me too and reading your blog has helped me accept that it’s ok to “slip up” sometimes as long as one understands the reason why…tomorrow is another day.
    One thing I have noticed Pat, like you the first thing I seem to drop off is the water…..resulting in feeling very sluggish and an intense headache.
    Thanks for the insight into your daily ‘eats’ too……great work Pat.

  6. I’m on a similar trip, so it’s great to hear you are doing so well, and it encourages me to do well. I managed to not fall by the way at Easter! Phew!!

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    • Keep up the good work Catharine, as l said early today it’s ok to have a treat , this change in diet or as l prefere lifestyle is for life not a splash in the pan were if heaven forbid we eat something not deemed as good then beat ourselves up over it. Cheers have a great day , please feel free to send me a friends request and that way we can support each other.

  7. Hello all you lovely girls out there, l have just started (today) on my weight loss journey, l have a lot to loose, so l need support, my will power is not good, any encouragement is very much appreciated. Cheers and thank you all.

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