WELCOME TO WW FLEX ! SmartPoints just got even more flexible ®
‘LOSING NEARLY 3st GAVE OUR A BOOST’
GET -HELTHY RECPES
Read Emily’s story P.28
& FOOD IDEAS
MAKE PULSES YOUR NEW BFF (that’s best food friend!)
TOGETHER! ORT & HELPING EA PP SU T… OU AB L AL E E’R W E SU THIS IS
Yes, you CAN make them healthy…
QUICK & EASY MEAL PLAN
On the table in (next to) no time
ALL LIIT UP! Your easiest workout EVER
PLUS HOW TO DATE WHEN YOU’RE losing weight
I don’t know about you, but loved ones are on my mind more than ever at this time of year. Maybe it’s because the arrival of spring brings with it occasions like Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day to remind us of the importance of our closest relationships. Or perhaps it’s having been cooped up with our nearest and dearest over the long winter months that brings us closer together (and yes, I know that can go either way!). Whatever the reason, the team here at magazine HQ decided to make this issue a celebration of all things loved-up. Take mum-and-daughter duo Laraine and Launa (P.18) whose closeness was clear to all at our photo shoot – and sharing their weight-loss journey has made them closer still. Then there’s the inspirational Alex (P.33), who lost more than 10st to become an active mum for her longed-for baby girl, and Emily and Stuart (P.28), a supportive couple whose love for food comes a close second to their love for each other. There’s also loads of delicious food to share with loved ones, style guidance for romantic nights out (P.90), and expert advice on how to date while losing weight (P.83). Here’s wishing you lots of love and hugs from us. All together now… awww!
our world You’ve been posting your pics on Instagram with the hashtags #wwmaguk and #mywwkitchen. Here are some of our faves…
@ww_officialeatingofficer A little #facetoface transformation today, 6st 11lb gone for good!
@amys_ww_diary Basa fillet with chilli and lime served with lemon, salt and pepper mash and roast veg.
TRY JENNIE’S WORKOUT (P.94)!
While we’re on the subject, here’s what I’m loving in this month’s issue:
Strong girls club T-shirts
I used to dislike words on clothes, but after seeing these on our shoot with Alex, I’m all about an empowering slogan!
Helen Renshaw Editor in Chief
Baked veggie gnocchi I love gnocchi, my other half hates it. But this was so tasty that even he was won over. Happy days!
@wwfit_jennie Oh yes I did… I found a gym in an airport! Just did a light back workout and had a good stretch!
I’m full of admiration for all you gym bunnies, but I still struggle with exercise myself. So hallelujah for Jennie Gadsby’s LIIT routine – a fitness workout even I can manage! Weight Watchers Magazine / 5
CONTENTS March 2018 REGULARS
18 GIRL POWER
Mum’s the word – what’s the best piece of advice your mum gave you?
Mum and daughter duo Laraine and Launa lost almost 4st together
27 RUN FOR IT
Travel the world in seven key looks and discover the power of finding the right fitness buddy
Darren’s getting ready for his first marathon
28 FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE When Emily decided to lose a few pounds, her foodie boyfriend tagged along for the ride
For magazines delivered direct to your door, and a chance to get your hands on one of 200 free pedometers
33 HEALTHY MAMA
After losing a massive 10st, Alex is enjoying being a more active mum
Come along to one of our special reader spa events for some pampering – you deserve it!
122 COACH OF THE MONTH
FOOD RECIPE INDEX
This month’s SmartPoints recipe round-up
Not had enough of pancakes yet? We hear you! Enjoy these recipes any day of the year
53 MEAL PLAN 60 SAY IT WITH FOOD
Two’s better than one
9 YOUR SAY
Five quick and easy dinners Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day (or get the kids to treat you) with a delicious brekkie in bed
We celebrate Jo with the help of her members
62 WINTRY WINNERS
These warming dishes make the most of zero SmartPoints pulses
70 KITCHEN HELPERS
The WW Kitchen team share their foodie tips, tricks, trends and knowhow to help you be a better cook
78 KAY’S KITCHEN
Swapping readymeals for delicious dinners using zero Points foods has helped Kay lose more than 10st!
Three ways with PSB
Cheesy chicken? Yum!
Love is in the air
Editor in Chief HELEN RENSHAW Deputy Editor ANDREA LEEBODY Contributing Editor LARA PALAMOUDIAN Managing Editor CHRISTINE FAUGHLIN Senior Sub Editor SARAH ALLEN Junior Sub Editor CHLOE HAY Junior Writer SARAH NITTINGER Editorial Intern ALICIA HATTERSLEY Food Editor SARAH AKHURST Senior Food Assistant NADINE BROWN
Art Director KIRSTY HARLOW Acting Senior Designer SARAH PRESCOTT Picture Editor ABBIE MURPHY
Production Director SOPHIE DILLON Deputy Production Manager CHRIS GARDNER
With thanks to: Linzi Brechin, Linsey Cannon, Martin Cotterell, Megan Davies, Alexandra Harris, Jodie Shepherd, Ella Tarn
Nail that ‘I just threw this on’ date-night look
Getting back into the game can be daunting – especially when you’re on a weight-loss journey – but our love guru Cynthia is here to help
90 DRESS TO IMPRESS
Got a hot date coming up? Our style and beauty experts have pulled together three perfect looks to flatter all
94 EASY ON THE EXERCISE
If getting sweaty isn’t your thing, Jennie Gadsby’s LIIT workout is for you
Feeling all over the place? Your hormones could be to blame. Follow our experts’ advice to regain control of your health and wellbeing
28 107 ASK OUR EXPERTS
Our pros talk: self-care, foodie trends, exercising less, becoming a morning person and bra shopping for bigger busts
‘We did it together’
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Publishing and Content Manager SAMANTHA REES Publishing Projects Manager NICOLA KIRK Recipe Development Nutritionist STEPH WILLIAMS Recipe Development Assistant RUBY BAMFORD Weight Management Dietitian TONY HIRVING Head of Public Health ZOE GRIFFITHS
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YOUR SAY ‘“In this family, we are not quitters!” That meant as a child I had to play clarinet for 12 years, but as an adult it put me in good stead – if I start something, I will stick with it until I’ve given it my all. My driving test took four attempts, but I got there in the end. My first proper job was a living nightmare, but I stayed so I could forge my career. Losing weight hasn’t always been a walk in the park, but I’m now nearly at goal. Whenever I feel ready to give up, because of my mum I remember that I’m not a quitter!’ EMILY POOLE (NEAR RIGHT) @EMILY_WWUK
RACHAEL ALFONSO @RACHAEL_WWUK
Each month, we get to the heart of what the Weight Watchers community is talking about. This time we asked Instagram users…
‘What’s the best piece of advice your mum gave you?’
‘“Believe in yourself and with that, beautiful things will follow!” She even bought me this clipboard with my favourite quote on it to help support and motivate me as I lost weight.’ NIKKI KENT @MISS. WEIGHTWATCHER
‘When I was younger, my mum always took me to her Weight Watchers meeting. Later in life, when she saw me struggling with my own weight, her advice was to ”always have a piece of fruit to hand to keep hunger away”. When I lost track, she told me I could do it. She’s my biggest supporter.’ ASHLEA JEFFRIES @SMASHLEA.J
‘She constantly says: “If you don’t try, you don’t know.” That advice has pushed me to try things I wouldn’t have dared to consider otherwise – like going along to my first Weight Watchers meeting or becoming a Coach!’
‘What’s your best fitness tip for spring?’ Send your response to us on social media using the hashtag #wwmaguk and it could appear on this page in a future issue.
Find us email: weightwatchers @seven.co.uk
AMY WILLIAMS (BELOW LEFT) @AMYSWWLIFE
‘My parents both said to me: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” And I now say the same thing to my daughter.’ VICKY REDDEN @THE_ MUMTUM_DIARIES Weight Watchers Magazine / 9
Compiled by: Sarah Nittinger
‘My mum supported me while I studied nursing and told me, “You can only do your best”. That mantra helped me when I’d worry about exams. I’ve since successfully qualified as a nurse and now work in A&E.’
Our next question
MORE POWER TO YOU! READ ALL ABOUT ALEX'S AMAZING ACHIEVEMENTS on P.33
Discover how these members found success with support and help from friends and family
Feeling empowered by your Weight Watchers journey? Proud of how you and the people in your life help and support each other along the way? Encouragement can come from friends, colleagues or your whole family – including your kids! – so make an extra effort this month to heap praise on your motivation squad. Why not celebrate the inspirational women in your life on International Women’s Day, which takes place on 8 March? You could attend an organised meet up or host your own. Head online to internationalwomensday.com for an event pack and to learn more about the gender equality campaign.
I LOST NEARLY 2ST COOKING
VEGGIE MEALS FROM SCRATCH WITH MY MUM LAUNA P.18
SUPPORT FROM MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY
MOTIVATED ME TO LOSE 4ST DARREN P.27
I LOST ALMOST 3ST WRITING A
WITH MY BOYFRIEND EMILY P.28 Weight Watchers Magazine / 11
Ready to get started? Grab your workout buddy and turn to P.94 to give our brilliant beginners’ fitness routine a go.
THIS MONTH WE’RE LOVING
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BUDDY UP the smart way
If you’re thinking of joining forces with someone on your weight-loss journey, consider this: studies show that when people sign up to do something together, their motivation levels end up being the same as the least dedicated member of the pair. Researchers found that people with better self-control tend to give in to their buddy (mainly to keep the peace!). So, pick someone who is as motivated as you are (or more so), and work on making your journey a success together.
DOSE UP ON
THE BIG D
Still got a case of the winter blues? If you’re feeling more sluggish than you did way back when the sun was shining (remember that?!), you could be lacking in vitamin D, says Dr Naomi Potter. ‘If you think you need a top up, any over-the-counter supplement should do the job.’ But if you’re worried about your levels, your GP will be able to run a blood test to check if you’re deficient. Remember, eggs and oil-rich fish are also sources of vitamin D. 12 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
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healthy picks BOOKS, FILMS AND APPS TO KEEP HELP KEEP YOU SMILING THIS MONTH
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MY HAIR IS... WATCH
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Parched hair needs hydration, so take a break from heating tools and swap your usual conditioner for a nourishing one such as Ogx Quenching+ Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner (£6.99 for 385ml, widely available).
Less moisture in the air means less moisture in your hair. And that can lead to a build up of static. Tame your locks with a leave-in conditioner such as Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer (£5.99 for 200ml, Boots).
Newsflash – when your skin gets dry, so does your scalp! Gently massage Palmer’s Coconut Oil Strong Roots Spray (£3.69 for 150ml, widely available) into your scalp and roots to soothe and relieve dry, itchy skin.
The Perfect Egg Timer 99p, iOS and Android Eggs are on the zero Points foods list so they make a great go-to breakfast. Runny, soft or hard – cook boiled eggs exactly how you like them with the help of this app.
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Around the world in SEVEN KEY LOOKS… Whatever the catwalks indicate, social sites like Instagram and Pinterest show the fashion trends that everyday women are loving – and wearing. Trend consultants Long Tall Sally recently revealed the most popular pieces in cities around the world. ‘It’s refreshing to look outside the UK for
inspiration,’ says our fashion expert Sophie Stevens. ‘I’m fascinated by how people outside the UK pull a look together.’ Take a look at what’s taking up space in your wardrobe this season and see if your fashion influences come from across the seas or here in the UK…
The amount you’d save in just one month if you gave up that daily square of dark chocolate. Want to take on the challenge? Sign up to the British Heart Foundation’s Dechox, which raised £860,000 last year. Find out more at bhf.org.uk 14 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
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WHY SHOULD Iâ€¦
GET MY LOVED ONES ON BOARD? their support will make because
8 ! p.2 e c n all the differe
NEW MUM ALEX SET OUT TO LOSE 10ST
Photography: Sarah Cresswell, Ian Harrison
LARAINE AND LAUNA DID IT TOGETHER P.18
Got something to show us? Share your successes using the #wwmaguk hashtag on Instagram
‘WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT
r ' e h t o h c a e The special bond with your mum is like no other. We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with this heartwarming story of mum-and-daughter duo Laraine and Launa Senior, who went on a veggie get-healthy journey together, lost almost 4st, and forged a stronger bond than ever WORDS KATHRYN KNIGHT
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PHOTOGRAPHY SARAH CRESSWELL
OUR SECRETS? A REALITY CHECK,
COOKING DINNER TOGETHER... TOGETHER
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TThis Th h isi isi
LARAINE START WEIGHT 14st 10lb
GOAL WEIGHT 11st 10lb
CURRENT WEIGHT 12st 7lb
Age 53 HEIGHT 5ft 8in
JOINED July 2016 TIME TAKEN SO FAR MONTHS
Outwood Church Institute, Wakefield
2st 3lb LOST!
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1st 10lb L OS T!
This is LAUNA
START WEIGHT 10st 2lb
GOAL WEIGHT 8st 7lb
CURRENT WEIGHT 8st 6lb
Age 22 HEIGHT 5ft 4in
JOINED July 2016
TIME TAKEN TO GOAL
Outwood Church Institute, Wakefield
Now, they’re the image of mother-anddaughter #squadgoals – genuine smiles, healthy curves and glowing skin. It just took them a little while, and a lot of mutual love and support, to get there.
emembering her daughter Launa’s graduation, in July 2017, makes mum Laraine smile broadly, but she admits that thoughts about the special day weren’t always positive. When Launa started her final year of study, Laraine started feeling anxious about wanting to look good on the day. ‘I really wanted to wear a fab dress to celebrate Launa’s achievements – it was so important to me,’ says Laraine. ‘But over the years I’d piled on weight and knew it wouldn’t be possible to find a dress that made me look or feel good.’ But Laraine wasn’t the only one feeling unhappy with her body, as Launa was grappling with the same concerns. ‘I’d gone up a couple of dress sizes over two years, and while I wasn’t very overweight, I felt bloated and out of shape,’ she recalls. So when Launa mentioned she was thinking about joining Weight Watchers, Laraine jumped at the chance to join too, and make getting healthy a joint effort.
THERE’S NO ‘I’ IN TEAM
Before, Laraine dreaded the idea of getting dressed up
Launa at her fiancé’s birthday before she joined Weight Watchers
This wasn’t the first time the close-knit pair had tried to lose weight together. Both Laraine and Launa had been Weight Watchers members before, but had drifted away from the programme after they stopped going to meetings. ‘I’d always been good at sticking to weight-loss plans if I had something to motivate me, like going on a holiday or to a wedding. But I wasn’t so good at keeping the pounds off long term,’ Laraine recalls. ‘This time though, I decided I had to face reality. I was in my 50s and I had to make changes for the sake of my wellbeing, not just because I wanted to fit into a dress.’ Launa shared her mum’s goal. ‘I wanted to get healthy for life,’ she says. This time, they agreed to approach weight loss in a whole new way – and that meant teamwork. ‘We’re both vegetarians, but we ate more than
5 THINGS WE’VE LEARNED
We’ve encouraged each other at every step
USE PHOTOS OF YOURSELF AS INSPIRATION
BUY QUALITY KITCHEN SCALES
SHARING YOUR JOURNEY ONLINE ISN’T SCARY
A FOOD FLASK CAN BE YOUR BFF
MAKE A FRIDAY FAKEAWAY
Laraine: ‘I keep lots of photos of myself on my phone – both the heavier me and the slimmer me – so I can compare them whenever I’m struggling or feel tempted by chocolate.’
Laraine: ‘Keeping goodquality scales within easy reach in the kitchen stops you from guessing quantities – a mistake I’ve made in the past. Digital ones are so accurate and easy to use’.
Launa: ’Posting pics on Instagram has been an important tool for me, and helped me stay on track. The support and positive comments I’ve received have given me such a boost.’
Launa: ’Don’t just rely on salads for lunch when you’re working away from home. I microwave something healthy in the morning before I leave for work, then put it in a flask to keep it warm until lunch.’
Launa: ’Mum and I love making our own naan bread and the veggie jalfrezi from the Weight Watchers One Pot cookbook. It’s our favourite way to treat ourselves without going totally off our eating plan.’
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I FELT NERVOUS ABOUT POSTING ON INSTAGRAM AT FIRST, BUT
IT'S A GREAT WAY TO KEEP MYSELF ACCOUNTABLE
our fair share of processed food,’ admits Launa. ‘And my instinct was to always go for big portions, regardless of how hungry I felt. So Mum and I agreed the first thing we’d do was cook all our meals from scratch.’ ‘Every weekend we’d talk about what we wanted to eat during the coming week, then flick through cookbooks to find new dishes to try,’ says Laraine. The pair replaced sugary breakfast cereals with porridge, and chocolate bars with lots more fruit and veg. Laraine and Launa also threw themselves into trying recipes from the Weight Watchers Veggie and One Pot cookbooks. ‘We love making tasty veggie curries and, because we grow our own beetroot in the garden,
A pep talk from Mum helped me feel confident in the dress I’d bought for my graduation ball
a delicious beetroot, butternut squash and goat’s cheese salad fast became a favourite meal,’ says Launa. ‘I’d started cooking while at university, but now I was really enjoying making meals for my whole family.’ Sunday became meal-prep day, when they could fill the freezer with home-cooked food that was perfect for easy weeknight meals. Launa also discovered a new love of exercise, in the form of twice-weekly Zumba classes. ‘A Zumba class doesn’t feel like exercise, as it’s so much fun,’ she says. ‘I tried to persuade Mum to join me, but she was having none of it!’ Laraine admits she doesn’t share Launa’s new enthusiasm for exercise, and needs a bit of prodding. ‘It’s usually the last thing I feel like doing at the end of a long day,’ she says. ‘But Launa and I have started following Just Dance Wii videos, to work up a sweat, and when I go for a walk,
L AUN A ON L A R A INE… ‘I reached my goal weight in just a few months, but sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. Whenever I’m tempted to sneak in an extra chocolate bar, Mum is always in my corner. She’s brilliant at reminding me how much we’ve achieved. I remember my graduation ball, which was held about a month before the actual graduation ceremony, and discovering that the dress I’d bought for it was a bit tight. I felt upset and thought I’d lost my way, but Mum was brilliant. She told me that I looked beautiful and pointed out that I wouldn’t have been able to fit into the dress at all just a few months earlier. She’s thoughtful too; I’ll get up in the morning and find that she’s made a healthy lunch for me to take to work. Sometimes losing weight can feel lonely, especially if you are surrounded by people who aren’t being careful about what they’re eating, so it was always great to come home to someone who completely understood.’ 22 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
LAUNA FLEW AROUND SHOPS
GETTING ME TO TRY ON THINGS
With encouragement from Launa, I’m now wearing clothes I used to shy away from
I alternate between a brisk pace and a slower one to get my heart pumping.’
YOU LIFT ME UP
Whenever one of them hit a low point, the other would be on hand to help them get back on track. And to make it even easier for her mum to avoid potential pitfalls, Launa came up with a traffic-light calendar hack, which they now use every month. ‘There are days when we know it’s going to be harder to stick to our plan, such as when we’re going away, or to a party,’ Laraine explains. ‘So, at the start of every month we colour in each day in the calendar. Colouring a day in red means we could easily veer off track; amber is for days when we need to be flexible; and green is for no-excuses healthy days. It really helps.’ Launa also discovered a great source of inspiration online, after following
I’D NEVER EVEN DREAMED OF WEARING lots of people sharing their weight-loss journeys on Instagram. Last year, she set up her own account. ‘I felt a bit nervous at first, as I’d seen trolls and body-shamers post awful comments to people online, but I’ve found it’s a great way to keep myself accountable, because I know people are watching my progress,’ she says, smiling. ‘It’s given me an amazing support network of people, and although I’ve never met them, they spur me on.’ Launa believes in being honest on social media, and says posting her ‘before’ photo was an essential first step. ‘It was taken at my fiancé Rob’s birthday a week before I joined Weight Watchers, when I was at my heaviest,’ she says. ‘Rob’s mum
LARAINE ON LAUNA… ‘Launa knows I’m a very visual person, so whenever I lost enthusiasm, she’d devise different ways to inspire me. One of my favourites was the time she bought me two glass bottles – one empty, and one filled with colourful mini pom-poms. Every time I lost half a pound she would transfer a pom-pom into the empty bottle and over time, you could really notice it filling up. Launa often forces me out of my comfort zone too, like when she introduced me to skinny jeans. At first I thought she was mad to suggest I try a pair, but now they’re one of my favourite items of clothing! She can always sense when I’m feeling wobbly and will gently tell me to think back to the same time two years ago – reminding me that my energy levels are far better now, and that I look better too. Even when she’s not here, Launa will send little texts just to see how I’m doing.’
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What a difference a year of healthy changes makes!
shared it on Facebook, and at first I wanted to ask her to delete it, but I’m glad I didn’t because it’s something that shows just how far I’ve come.’
BEING THEIR BEST
With Launa at goal and Laraine slimming down, shopping for some show-stopping graduation outfits last summer was a special moment for them. ‘Launa flew around the shops, getting me to try on things I’d never even dreamed of wearing,’ laughs Laraine. One was a sleek black dress with pink flowers and a matching jacket – in a size 12. ‘I couldn’t believe it when it fitted,’ says Laraine. ‘I felt incredible wearing it.’ It’s no surprise that transforming their lifestyles together has made the pair even closer, and this Mother’s Day is set to be one of the happiest yet. ‘We’re planning a healthy lunch with the family, serving one of our favourite things – a lovely curry with homemade samosas,’ says Laraine. ‘We’ll enjoy the fact that this year, we’ll both be looking good.’ And with Launa’s wedding also on the horizon, there are sure to be many more great times to come. 24 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
PUT THE VA-VA-VOOM INTO VEGETARIAN As long-standing vegetarians, Laraine and her husband Kevin raised their daughter Launa and son Louie to enjoy a meat-free diet, and believe it’s encouraged them all to be more adventurous with their food choices. ‘These days, there is so much choice – I feel we have as much variety as meat eaters,’ says Laraine. Launa, meanwhile, says that while it can sometimes be tricky to stick to her eating plan when she’s away from home, the benefits certainly outweigh the downside. ‘The more I learn about being veggie, the more I believe it’s a healthier choice – not just for my body, but for the planet too,’ she says. The mum and daughter duo are now working their way through the veggie recipes in their collection of Weight Watchers cookbooks. Laraine loves the curried cauliflower soup from the One Pot cookbook. For Launa, this jerk-style sweet potato curry from the Veggie cookbook is a winning recipe. ‘It went down a storm with my brother and dad too,’ she says.
JERK-STYLE SWEET POTATO CURRY
A Caribbean-inspired curry with loads of veg SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 20 minutes ~ Cook time 45 minutes ~ Calories 381 per serving ~ SmartPoints 9 per serving
300ml vegetable stock, made with ½ stock cube Lime wedges, to serve Cauliflower rice, to serve METHOD
INGREDIENTS Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 onion, finely chopped 3cm piece fresh ginger, chopped 3 garlic cloves, chopped 2 Scotch bonnet chillies, halved and deseeded 4 spring onions, trimmed and roughly chopped 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped Small bunch fresh coriander, leaves and stalks separated ½ tbsp ground allspice 600g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2-3cm pieces 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed 2 red peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped 400ml tin reduced-fat coconut milk
1 Mist a large pan with cooking spray and cook the onion over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until softened. 2 Meanwhile, put the ginger, garlic, chillies, spring onions, rosemary, coriander stalks and allspice in a mini food processor and blitz to a paste. Add to the pan and cook for 3 minutes, then add the sweet potato, beans, peppers, coconut milk and stock. Season. 3 Cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes or until the sweet potato is just cooked. Uncover and cook for a further 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly. 4 Stir in the coriander leaves, then serve the curry with lime wedges and cauliflower rice on the side.
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Meet the BEST ME!
Run a mile? Impossible! That’s what Darren Goult thought less than a year ago. But with portion control, regular exercise and a little bit of luck, he’s now planning to run a marathon…
The old me
I wasn’t keen on sports as a kid, and especially hated running. But despite being overweight and inactive, I always loved watching the London Marathon on TV. I was captivated by the huge crowd and thousands of runners and dreamed of being part of the spectacle one day. But I knew there was no way I would ever be able to run that far unless I did something about my weight.
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DARREN START WEIGHT
15st 10lb GOAL WEIGHT
Age 43 Height 5ft 10in Joined April 2017 Time taken to goal 5 months Meeting Salvation Army Centre, Dunstable Coach Clare Church
4st 8lb LO S T!
After weighing myself one morning and discovering I was nearly 16st, I realised I’d had enough of being unhealthy and made the decision to join Weight Watchers. Working as a catering manager, I’m always surrounded by food, and had never paid much attention to serving sizes. My Coach, Clare, helped me learn about healthy portion control, and I used the Weight Watchers app to track my meals. I loved that I didn’t have to give up my favourite foods, I just needed to eat less of them. When I got to goal, I finally felt confident enough to join a gym. It was hard work at first, but I felt better after each treadmill session and actually started to look forward to workouts! My next step was taking on a 5k, then a 10k, then a half marathon. Regular training helped me tone up, and I even lost another 1st 4lb. Then, despite the ballot being closed, I was thrilled to learn I got a place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. I’ll be running for Get Kids Going, a charity that helps disabled children and young people participate in sport. I still can’t quite believe I’ll be living my dream!
The best me
I’m happier with how I look, but I also feel healthier and more confident. And instead of being a chore, running is now part of who I am. Come April, I’m aiming to run the Marathon in under four hours. It’ll be a challenge, but a year ago this was just a dream, so I’ll be celebrating everything I’ve achieved when I cross that finish line as friends and family cheer me on. I can’t wait. Weight Watchers Magazine / 27
How does a weight-loss journey affect your relationship? Does it spell trouble (‘Stop offering me crisps!’), or give your love life a boost? Emily Poole, 27, and her boyfriend of five years Stuart Clarke, 41, write a foodie blog about eating out in Nottingham. Here’s what happened when Emily joined Weight Watchers…
‘When Emily told me she wanted to join Weight Watchers, I was sceptical, as I’ve known people who have failed at dieting. I didn’t think she needed to lose weight, and secretly, I also worried her new routine would take a toll on our lifestyle, but I wanted to be supportive. ‘I’m a big meat eater and used to grab a kebab on my way home most Friday nights. But when a blood test revealed I had high cholesterol, I was shocked. I’ve never been overweight, but the results made me realise I had to cut down on saturated fat and processed foods. ‘Emily and I moved in together last March and her healthy-eating plan was the positive influence I needed. I became her sous-chef and trying new things like lean chicken sausages and burgers made using low-fat mince were a taste revelation. I couldn’t believe I loved them more than regular versions. ‘Indulgent meals out are now an occasional treat rather than routine, and although we still enjoy date nights, we now choose somewhere with healthier options, like Wagamama or Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill. We also love nights in making a Weight Watchers casserole for dinner and cheesecake for dessert. ‘Although I worried how Em joining Weight Watchers would affect us, we’re both much healthier and happier for it. I realised it’s not a diet regime – it’s a healthier way of life. I had another blood test recently, and was relieved to learn my cholesterol was within normal range. And now, if Emily steals one of my chips, I’m (almost) relaxed about it…’ 28 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
I USED TO GRAB A CHEEKY
KEBAB ON MY WAY HOME...
together' E M I LY
2st 11lblb LOS T !
13st 13lb GOAL WEIGHT
Age 27 Height 5ft 7in Joined December 2015 Time taken so far 2 years Meeting City Mission, City Centre, Nottingham Coach Sharon Williams Instagram @emily_wwuk Blog nottinghammm.com
‘From the moment I decided to join Weight Watchers, Stu was cheering me on. He’s been supportive the whole time, even though he didn’t quite understand why I wanted to lose weight and always said: “I love you just the way you are.” ‘Knowing Stu loved me at any size was reassuring, but I explained that I wasn’t losing weight for him – I needed to do it for myself. I knew that losing 3st while writing a restaurant blog wouldn’t be easy, but Stu and I are a team and I couldn’t have made it this far without him. Now, he doesn’t even get mardy if I nick a few chips off his plate! ‘I’ve become much happier in myself, and that’s had a knock-on effect on my self-esteem. Now, I feel confident enough to wear the clothes I love, meet new people or go for promotions at work. My weight-loss journey has also been an incredible bonding experience – it was a challenge we took on together, and it’s made us closer. ‘As food bloggers, eating out is a big part of our lifestyle. Wednesday is date night and Stu and I love going out for a meal together. It’s why we started our blog – nottinghammm.com – so we could share the great places we find. But our passion for food is also one of the reasons I became a member. ‘Over time, I noticed the pounds were creeping on and my clothes were getting tighter. By December 2015 I’d had enough of trying on five different outfits before leaving the house and wanted to feel comfortable again, so I joined Weight Watchers and started the plan five days before Christmas. I’d been putting off losing weight for so long that I didn’t want to wait another week and do it as a new year resolution. Weight Watchers Magazine / 29
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TThisisi isi Th
SUCCESS ‘It was a “confront your fear” moment and I’m so glad I took the plunge. Also, with Christmas approaching, I knew I’d struggle to stay in control with all the foodie temptation around me and would gain more weight if I didn’t join there and then. Following the programme helped me get through the party season with more awareness of what I ate and also gave me the tools I needed to enjoy the things I liked without overindulging. ‘Stu and I still eat out two or three times a week, but now I go for healthier options. I’ve also realised these don’t have to be labelled “healthy” on a restaurant’s menu, as you can ask staff
WE OFTEN CREATE
OF RESTAURANT MEALS WE LOVE to tweak lots of dishes to make them weight-loss friendly. People are often scared to ask for something to be changed, but it’s important to be in control of what you eat, no matter where you are. I often ask for roasted veg or salad instead of chips, and for meat and fish to be grilled instead of fried. It also pays to read between the lines on a menu (words like “rich” are usually used to describe something
Being active together has brought Stu and I even closer
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creamy, and “crispy” often means fried). And instead of ordering a dessert, I wait until I get home then have some fruit or a yogurt. ‘Stuart’s also become healthier as a result of my new eating plan and these days he often gets food envy after seeing what’s on my plate! We sometimes go to a make-your-own pizza restaurant that also offers salads, and he’ll sit there with his pizza eyeing my salad bowl filled with interesting vegetables, egg, cheese, quinoa and seeds, which are all filling, healthy and delicious! ‘We enjoy cooking at home and often try to create healthier versions of meals we’ve tried at restaurants. Recently we made a delicious lentil dhal with mint and coriander yogurt that was just like something we’d tried at a tapas restaurant. And now that lentils are on the zero Points foods list, I’m using them more and more. ‘We’ve only had one date-night hiccup since I started my journey. We were at a restaurant that offered a five-course tasting menu, but the portions were huge. I ate far too much and felt ill, so we had to abandon our plans for afterwards and go home. ‘Weight Watchers has helped me learn to listen to my body and stop when I feel full. It’s also helped me become more interested in exercise and finding balance. For instance, we still go out for a Sunday roast, but now we’ll walk around a local park first. Spending time together being active has also given us more time to talk, and that’s been great for our relationship.’
Over time I noticed my clothes were getting tighter
Emily's tips for eating out
3 6 4 5 KEEP IT SMALL
USE YOUR ROLLOVERS
If I know I’m going out at the weekend, I’ll try to roll over the maximum number of SmartPoints each day across that week so I can use them to treat myself. I sometimes call them my wine points, as there’s around 4 SmartPoints per medium serving, and I do love a glass of red!
Ask for your main course to be a starter-size serving, or order a starter as your main along with some healthy sides or a salad. Sometimes restaurant portion sizes are enormous, and it can be tempting to keep picking at what’s on your plate even after you’re comfortably full.
PLAN YOUR MEAL IN ADVANCE
ASK, AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE
Don’t be afraid to ask the staff how an item on the menu is cooked, or whether it could be prepared differently for you. It’s the best way to identify the healthiest choices. For example, if the fish you’re keen to order is typically fried, why not ask whether the chef could grill yours instead?
Check what’s on the menu before you arrive. I always look up a restaurant’s website to view the menu, then decide what I’m going to order – or what I plan to ask the staff about – ahead of time. That way, when I get to the table, I’m not tempted by the specials, or what others are ordering. Yes, I sometimes get food envy, but it does help to plan ahead.
BE THE FIRST TO ORDER
If you’re about to order your meal and everyone else is going for fried or unhealthy options, it can feel isolating to be the only one making healthy choices. So, be the first to order and then you’re done, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be swayed by what your table buddies choose.
SHARE YOUR FOOD
Sharing a dish with someone is a great way to enjoy a little of what you fancy, without overindulging. For example, if you plan to order that delicious dessert you’ve had your eye on, order a healthy main, then offer to share the pud with someone. Or, split that indulgent starter instead… we always share starters when we go out now, rather than mindlessly ordering one each.
We’ve found a way to enjoy regular nights out, while living a healthier lifestyle
MUSSELS, LOCH FYNE
‘Perfectly cooked in a tomato sauce, these were delicious. If you like mussels but they’re only served in a cream sauce, ask if they can be steamed in a broth – it’s just as good.’
SEA BASS, CARLUCCIO’S
‘The fish was grilled, and the veg had a great citrus-and-chilli kick. I often spice up veg at home the same way, adding lemon zest, nigella seeds or fresh basil.’
BRUNCH, CARTWHEEL CAFE AND ROASTERY
‘We both love the customisable “eggs and side” options here. I go for poached eggs with sautéed kale and beetroot cured salmon.’
CHICKEN SHISH, MARRAKESH BAR AND RESTAURANT
‘This was delicious and I loved the side salads. Zero SmartPoints skinless chicken breast is now one of my staples and it’s so versatile.’
Weight Watchers Magazine / 31
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EMILY & STUART’S FAVOURITE RESTAURANT MEALS
‘I LOST 10st
& became the mum
I longed to be...'
10st 4lb LOST!
After the birth of her little girl, Alex Foster-Pegg was determined to get in shape and be a healthy, active mum. Now, after an extraordinary weight-loss journey, she’s first down the slide at the park... WORDS JANE COMMON PHOTOGRAPHY IAN HARRISON
itting in my car outside the local community centre in January 2016, I cried. For 10 minutes I’d been trying to build up the courage to walk into my first Weight Watchers meeting, but I was too terrified of what the scales would say. Then, as my four-month-old daughter Ella started babbling happily in her car seat behind me, I wiped my eyes and took a deep breath. I had to do this for her. I’d struggled with my weight since I was a teenager, secretly scoffing crisps in my bedroom. At school, I became the jolly big girl and later, the bubbly barmaid and chef – a fun career, but terrible for my waistline! I’d pick at food all day and unwind in the evening chatting to customers over pints of lager. I’d go on a diet occasionally, then bask in people’s compliments. But I always found the aroma of freshly baked rolls or roast potatoes in the restaurant kitchen impossible to resist. Food was my source of comfort too. During my first marriage in my 20s, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which reduces fertility. I suffered a miscarriage, then tried a course of fertility-boosting injections. When that failed, I signed up for IVF. But the pressure was too great and my marriage fell apart while I was waiting for treatment. Suddenly single, I was struggling with the knowledge that I might never be able to have children. Then in 2012 I met David. He was a regular at the pub where I worked. Both single and without children, we
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THE BUBBLY BARMAID...
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After a difficult. pregnancy, I was. determined to become. a healthy mum.
decided to make the best of our lives – socialising, travelling and eating out. David loved food, but never gained weight, whereas I had to find a size-20 dress for our wedding in June 2014. That Christmas, I felt absolutely shattered but didn’t know why. Despite how pointless it seemed to be, I took a pregnancy test. When David and I saw it was positive, we were overjoyed. My pregnancy was difficult, with terrible morning sickness, raging heartburn and severe pelvic pain, but it all became worth it when Ella was born in September 2015, weighing 7lb 15oz. Cradling her in my arms was magical and when we brought Ella home, both sets of grandparents rushed around to see her.
MY LIGHT-BULB MOMENT
‘You don’t want Alex in there – look at the state of her,’ my mum Pauline said as my father-in-law snapped photos of Ella and the family. Trying to be helpful, Mum had always nagged me about my weight, but at that moment everything crystallised. I was an older mum – as the midwives kept telling me – and I wanted to be around for my daughter’s wedding day. I realised that if I didn’t tackle my weight, I might not be. Mum now feels guilty about how blunt she’d been, but it did push me to join Weight Watchers. At that first meeting I asked my Coach to hide my weight card, so I could read it once I’d left. Looking at the card in my bedroom at home and seeing 20st 5lb, I burst into tears. Despite how upset it made me, I felt determined and during my first week I lost more than 7lb. As a chef, I found the programme easy and
While David looked. slim on our wedding. day in 2014, I wore. a size-20 dress.
This is ALEX
START WEIGHT 20st 5lb
GOAL WEIGHT 10st 12lb
THINGS THAT HELPED ME ON MY JOURNEY
FINDING MY WEIGHT-LOSS ‘FAMILY’
TIME TAKEN TO GOAL MONTHS
Meeting Coach Becky Birch
lnstagram Connect @aliinsomerset @alexindorset
Joining Connect was a revelation. When I was up in the middle of the night with Ella, I’d always scroll through my Connect news feed to perk myself up. It became my lifeline whenever I felt down.
I always made extra food to freeze and began to call myself ‘crazy sticky-note lady’ because I’d label containers with what I’d cooked, and when I’d cooked it. It was perfect for busy (and lazy) days.
USING VISUAL REMINDERS
I kept a ‘before’ pic on my fridge, in my purse and on my phone, to help me stay on track. I also made charms to put on a bracelet every time I reached a milestone.
I made all the food for the buffet we hosted for family and friends following Ella’s christening, so I knew it was healthy. I also plated my own meal separately, so I wasn’t tempted to make several trips to the buffet.
I started to help out at my meeting. For me and my Coach Becky, it became a fun part of the week to look forward to. I also found it important to not only receive support, but also give it to others. Now I’m training to become a Coach myself.
Weight Watchers Magazine / 35
I made all the food for Ella’s christening buffet, so I could ensure it was healthy
would tinker with recipes to reduce the SmartPoints as much as possible. I also spent hours finding healthy alternatives to takeaway meals, making my own version of all my favourite fast foods to have on the weekend as a pick-me-up. I call these recipes my ‘healthy hybrids’, because they mimic the taste of many foods I used to love, but have far fewer SmartPoints. Result! Over time I noticed that greasy foods no longer appealed to me the way they used to, so it became even easier for me to avoid temptation. I started every day with a good breakfast, so I didn’t feel tempted to snack. And, because I know how important it is to enjoy a treat now and then, I’d save my weeklies for a Chinese meal and a glass of wine.
Seeing how big my old clothes used to be gives me such a boost
I’VE TRIED TO BE REALLY HONEST WITH MYSELF –
NEVER MAKING EXCUSES FOR GOING OFF TRACK
I started exercising too, walking before breakfast with our spaniel Bertie and Ella in her buggy. It helped me physically and mentally, and kept me focused. I was too intimidated to go to a gym, but my slow 10-minute ambles quickly built up to 30-minute walks, and now I often walk 5k. I absolutely love it, plus it's a great time to chat to Ella and get some fresh air. I’ve always tried to be really honest with myself – never making excuses for going off track but dealing with wobbles by giving myself a stern talking to. Making sure I give myself enough me-time has helped me keep a positive mindset too. But of course I’ve struggled at times. Whenever I came across an obstacle or felt a bit down, David gently reminded me just how brilliantly I’d done. Other members were also a great source of encouragement, especially when I shared progress pictures on Connect. Reading the lovely comments from some of my 7000 followers always spurred me on.
After I got to goal David bought me a size-10 pink jumper, which I proudly wore to my meeting. But when my Coach, Becky, noticed it she said, ‘Alex, that’s like a tent on you!’ Thrilled, I took it back to exchange for a size eight. When the shop assistant asked why I was grinning, I explained that it was the first time I’d ever returned an item of clothing because it was too big!
‘WE WERE IN IT TOGETHER’ David Foster-Pegg, 50, says: ‘When I met Alex, I never imagined she was upset about her weight – she was just Alex, and I fell in love with her just the way she was. ‘Alex deciding to start a weight-loss plan just as we were trying to adapt to life with a new baby seemed very ambitious, but I believed we would make it work as a team. However, I admit it did make me feel slightly nervous – I’d never thought about my relationship with food before and had always been a fussy eater. But it has been a learning curve.
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‘There were a few stressful moments, such as the time when Alex burst into tears in a shop because she couldn’t fit into the size she’d pinned her hopes on. I tried to remind her that it’s a journey, and there were bound to be a few bumps along the way. ‘Because I saw Alex every day, there wasn’t a dramatic moment when she suddenly looked slimmer. I probably noticed it the most when she updated the chalkboard we kept in the kitchen with her size and weight every week. ‘I didn’t worry that losing weight would change Alex as
a person, but I’m happy to see how it’s boosted her confidence. And although I hadn’t realised how restricted Alex felt because of her size, I’m glad she’s now living the life she wants, without feeling self-conscious. ‘The new Alex looks gorgeous and her outlook is so positive, but she’s still the person I fell in love with. And like her, I want to be around for a long time for Ella. She’s our little miracle and, thanks to Weight Watchers, Ella now has fit and healthy parents watching over her.’
Weight Watchers Magazine / 37
Another victory was finding a pair of brown knee-high boots that actually zipped up over my calves. I jumped up and down in the shop with excitement. Joining Weight Watchers has been a positive change for my whole family, and healthy meals are now the norm at home. But they’re never boring. Ella, now two, loves my homemade chicken nuggets with wholemeal breadcrumbs and chips cooked in the ActiFry. She also gets involved with arranging the
MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SO
I’VE SHARED PROGRESS PICS ON CONNECT toppings on pizza night. I’m so glad she’s growing up with a fit, happy mum and I feel honoured when she asks me to guard her mini bags of sweets from Daddy (who’s known to always pinch a few!). Last Mother’s Day, we took Bertie with us on a day out at the beach, playing on the sand with a bucket and spade. David gave me a beautiful charm engraved with the words ‘Sweet Mother’, which made me cry. This year I’ll be even more emotional as I have even more to celebrate – I can’t wait. 38 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
FISH & CHIPS
‘This is one of my favourite “healthy hybrids” that’s lower in SmartPoints than a takeaway but just as tasty. It’s perfect for a Friday night!’ SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 40 minutes ~ Calories 329 per serving ~ SmartPoints 6 per serving
1 tsp grated lemon zest, plus lemon wedges, to serve 1 tsp dried mixed herbs 4 skinless cod or haddock fillets
Calorie controlled cooking spray 2 large potatoes, cut into thin wedges 1 tbsp white or brown malt vinegar ½ tsp salt 1½ tsp ground black pepper 100g polenta, plus an extra 2 tbsp, for dusting 1 egg, lightly beaten 120ml skimmed milk
1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Mist two large baking sheets with cooking spray. 2 Put the potatoes in a bowl with the vinegar, salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread out on one of the prepared baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes. 3 Meanwhile, combine the polenta, egg, milk, lemon zest
and herbs in a mixing bowl to make a thick batter, then season. Dust the fish with the extra polenta, then dip into the batter, turning to coat. Put the fish on the second prepared baking sheet. Spoon over any remaining batter, smoothing out any lumps. 4 Bake the fish along with the chips for 18-20 minutes or until tender and the batter is just beginning to crack. 5 Serve the fish and chips with the lemon wedges on the side. COOK’S TIP Serve with a 300g tin mushy peas for an extra 2 SmartPoints per serving.
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EAT THE FOOD YOU LOVE AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT!
WHY SHOULD Iâ€¦
MAKE FRIENDS WITH PULSES? they're healthy .62 because , che ap and delicious! p
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NADINE FROM THE WW KITCHEN LOVES CHICKPEAS ROASTED WITH LOTS OF TASTY SPICES
Cooking one of these recipes? Show us how you get on using the #mywwkitchen hashtag on Instagram
WHO SAID PANCAKES WERE JUST FOR PUD? P.47
SIMPLE WEEKNIGHT SUPPERS P.53
MARCH RECIPE INDEX
Apple & vanilla bean porridge P.61
Baby cos, goatâ€™s cheese & bacon salad P.79
Braised fish with black-eyed beans P.66
Braised lamb with borlotti beans P.69
Carrot cake pancakes P.50
Fish & chips P.38
Jerk-style sweet potato curry P.24
Purple broccoli, walnut & ricotta tart P.75
Roasted cauliflower & chorizo risotto P.73
Roasted purple sprouting broccoli flatbreads P.74
Slow-cooked pork & beans P.69 (+1)
Spaghetti with broccoli & chilli prawns P.74 (+3)
Chicken & lentil soup with spiced yogurt P.66
Mediterranean pork stew P.72
Overnight oat pancakes with red berries P.48 (+2)
Savoury pancakes with a spicy dipping sauce P.49
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Thai-style noodles P.71
Tofu & bean curry with broccoli P.62
MEAL PLAN SHOPPING LIST Here’s all you need to make our weeknight dinners (see P.53)
FRUIT & VEG 600g prepared butternut squash Cherry tomatoes
(you’ll need 10)
2 vine tomatoes ½ avocado 250g young leaf spinach 60g rocket 1 large onion 2 red onions 250g chestnut mushrooms 1 red chilli 1 garlic bulb
KEY TO SYMBOLS GLUTEN-FREE Recipes do not include any ingredients that contain gluten. VEGETARIAN Recipes that are meat-free and use only vegetarian ingredients.
(you’ll need 8 cloves)
Fresh ginger (you’ll need 5cm) 2 limes Fresh flat-leaf parsley Fresh basil
NO COUNT Recipes are No Count. For some recipes, we’ve also shown the SmartPoints you’d need to deduct from your weeklies (in brackets) if following No Count.
l All spoon measures are level and all eggs, fruit and veg are medium unless stated otherwise. l Low-fat spread means a light spread with a fat content of no less than 38%. l Recipes displaying a tick in the gluten-free column include ingredients that naturally do not contain gluten, but may also contain processed products, such as sauces, stock cubes and spice mixes. If so, you should ensure that those products do not include any gluten-containing ingredients (wheat, barley or rye) – these will be highlighted in the ingredients list on the product’s label. Manufacturers may also indicate whether there is a chance that their product may have been accidentally contaminated with gluten during the manufacturing process. For more information and guidance on gluten-free products, visit coeliac.org.uk l Recipes displaying a tick in the vegetarian column include non-animal-based ingredients, but may also contain processed products that aren’t always vegetarian, such as parmesan and pesto. If you’re a vegetarian, you should ensure you use vegetarian varieties and check the ingredients labels. l On a No Count day, include 2 teaspoons of healthy oil (sunflower, olive, flaxseed, safflower or rapeseed, or calorie-controlled spray). If you have already used your allowance for the day, take the oil in this recipe from your weekly SmartPoints allowance. l SmartPoints have been calculated using the values for generic foods, not brands (except where stated). Tracking with branded items may affect the recorded SmartPoints. We calculate the cost of our recipes by checking current prices at supermarkets online. We vary between budget and mid-range lines, but always cost for free-range eggs. Costings are based on the exact amount of ingredient used – for example, 125g low-fat spread is costed at half the price of a 250g pack.
MEAT, FISH & EGGS 8 skinless chicken breast fillets 360g raw king prawns 4 skinless cod fillets DAIRY, CHILLED & FROZEN 250g extra-light soft cheese 20g parmesan 125g reduced-fat mozzarella STORECUPBOARD Calorie controlled cooking spray 2 x 400g tins light coconut milk 2 x 400g tins puy lentils 400g tin kidney beans
400g tin plum tomatoes Sundried tomato purée Basmati rice Gnocchi Tagliatelle Jerk marinade Vegetable stock cube (you’ll need ½) Dried chilli flakes Dried mixed herbs Ground cinnamon Ground coriander Ground cumin Ground nutmeg Ground turmeric
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MONDAY Jerk-style prawn rice bowl P.54
TUESDAY Tomato & mozzarella chicken bake P.55
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THURSDAY Quick cod curry P.57
FRIDAY Spiced chicken, lentil & squash salad P.58
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OVERNIGHT OAT PANCAKES WITH RED BERRIES
Fan of overnight oats for breakfast? Then you’re going to love our fruity pancakes SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes + overnight soaking ~ Cook time 10 minutes ~ Calories 281 per serving ~ SmartPoints 6 per serving INGREDIENTS 150g oats 150ml buttermilk 150g raspberries 150g strawberries, hulled 1 tbsp maple syrup 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 banana, mashed 30g wholemeal flour ½ tsp ground cinnamon Calorie controlled cooking spray 4 tbsp 0% fat natural Greek yogurt
COOK’S TIP OMIT THE BERRIES AND CINNAMON, AND TOP THE PANCAKES WITH 4 TBSP LOW-FAT COCONUT YOGURT, PASSION FRUIT PULP AND LIME ZEST – THE SMARTPOINTS WILL BE 8 PER SERVING.
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METHOD 1 The night before you want to make the pancakes, combine the oats, buttermilk and 100ml cold water in a bowl, cover with clingfilm and chill overnight. 2 In the morning, remove the oats from the fridge and bring to room temperature – this will take about 30 minutes. 3 Mash half the berries then put in a small pan with the maple syrup, a splash of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes, until the berries have broken down to a sauce that’s thick and syrupy. Set aside to cool while you make the pancakes. 4 In a bowl, mix together the egg and banana until just combined.
Add to the oat mixture and stir well. Fold through the flour, cinnamon and a pinch of salt, taking care not to overmix or the pancakes will be tough. 5 Mist a large nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and set over a medium heat. Drop 6 spoonfuls of the batter into the pan and cook for 2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip, then cook for a further 2 minutes. Remove from the pan, set aside and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter so you have 12 pancakes. 6 Swirl the cooled berry sauce through the yogurt. Divide the pancakes between plates and serve topped with the berry and yogurt mixture and the remaining raspberries and strawberries.
SAVOURY PANCAKES WITH A SPICY DIPPING SAUCE
If you’re more into savoury than sweet pancakes, these spicy Asian-style fritters are sure to please. We’ve used courgette and spring onion in the batter, but you can vary the veg you use SERVES 10 ~ Prep time 20 minutes ~ Cook time 10 minutes ~ Calories 112 per serving ~ SmartPoints 3 per pancake INGREDIENTS 200g plain flour 1 egg, lightly beaten 200ml skimmed milk 1 courgette, trimmed and grated 3 spring onions, trimmed and sliced Calorie controlled cooking spray Lime wedges, to serve For the dipping sauce 2 tbsp soy sauce 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tsp sesame oil ¼ tsp chilli flakes Juice of 1 lime For the salad 1 cucumber, halved lengthways and very thinly sliced 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tsp sesame seeds Pinch chilli flakes METHOD 1 Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Combine the egg and milk in a small jug, then pour into the well
and whisk to form a smooth batter. Fold in the courgette and spring onions, then cover with clingfilm and chill while you prepare the dipping sauce and salad. 2 In a small bowl, combine all the dipping sauce ingredients then set aside. To make the salad, toss the cucumber with the rice wine vinegar, then arrange on a serving plate. Scatter over the sesame seeds and chilli. 3 To make the pancakes, mist a large nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and set over a medium heat. Drop 5 spoonfuls of the batter into the pan and cook for 2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip, then cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Remove from the pan, set aside and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter so you have 10 pancakes. 4 Serve the pancakes with the salad, dipping sauce, and lime wedges.
CARROT CAKE PANCAKES Get all the flavour of a spiced carrot cake – in pancake form!
SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 10 minutes ~ Calories 216 per serving ~ SmartPoints 5 per serving INGREDIENTS 125g self-raising flour ½ tsp cinnamon, plus extra for dusting ½ tsp ground nutmeg 1 egg, lightly beaten 150ml skimmed milk 1 tbsp agave syrup 1 carrot, coarsely grated Calorie controlled cooking spray 170g 0% fat natural Greek yogurt 20g walnut halves, chopped
COOK’S TIP FOR ADDED SWEETNESS (AND JUST AN EXTRA 1 SMARTPOINT PER PANCAKE), STIR 25G SULTANAS INTO THE BATTER.
1 Sift the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Combine the egg, milk and agave syrup in a small jug, then pour into the well along with the carrot. Fold all the ingredients together until just combined. 2 Mist a large nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and set over a medium heat. Drop 4 ladlefuls of the batter into the pan and cook for 2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip, then cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Remove from the pan, set aside and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter so you have 8 pancakes. 3 Divide the pancakes between plates. Serve topped with the yogurt and nuts and dusted with a little extra cinnamon.
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Tomato & mozzarella chicken bake
Jerk-style prawn rice bowl
Recipes: Sarah Akhurst. Photography: Ant Duncan. Food styling: Polly Webb-Wilson. Prop styling: Tonia Shuttleworth
Baked mushroom & spinach gnocchi
Spiced chicken, lentil & squash salad
THURSDAY Quick cod curry
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JERK-STYLE PRAWN RICE BOWL If it’s flavour you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a bold jerk
marinade. And for speedy results? Prawns are cooked in a flash…
462 CALORIES PER SERVING
360g raw king prawns, peeled and deveined (you’ll need 32) 100g jerk marinade (we used Sainsbury’s own brand) 200g basmati rice, rinsed under cold running water 400ml tin reduced-fat coconut milk 400g tin kidney beans, drained ½ avocado, diced (you’ll need 80g) 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered 1 red chilli, finely diced ½ red onion, finely diced Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges to serve
1 Put the prawns in a shallow bowl, pour over the marinade and stir to combine. Set aside while you prepare the rice. 2 Combine the rice and coconut milk in a medium pan and bring to a boil over a high heat. Reduce the heat to low, stir in the kidney beans, then cover and simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to steam for 10 minutes, or until there’s no liquid left. 3 While the rice is cooking, make a salsa by combining the avocado, cherry tomatoes, chilli, onion and lime juice in a small bowl, then season and set aside. 4 Heat a griddle pan over a mediumhigh heat. Thread the prawns onto the skewers and griddle for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through. 5 Divide the rice and beans between bowls, scatter over the salsa and top with the prawn skewers. Serve with the lime wedges on the side.
You will also need 8 wooden skewers
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COOK’S TIP FANCY A CHANGE? CUT THE CHICKEN INTO CHUNKS BEFORE COOKING, TOSS THE SAUCE THROUGH THE PASTA AND GRATE OVER THE CHEESE TO SERVE.
TOMATO & MOZZARELLA CHICKEN BAKE Somewhere between chicken pasta and chicken parmigiana, this deliciously 4
389 CALORIES PER SERVING
satisfying, richly flavoured dish ticks all the comfort food boxes INGREDIENTS
Calorie controlled cooking spray 4 skinless chicken breast fillets 2 garlic cloves, crushed 400g tin plum tomatoes, crushed slightly using the back of a spoon 1 tbsp sundried tomato purée 1 tsp mixed dried herbs ¼ tsp chilli flakes 160g tagliatelle 125g reduced-fat mozzarella, cut into four equal slices Fresh basil leaves, to serve
1 Mist a large nonstick ovenproof frying pan with cooking spray and set over a medium heat. Season the chicken all over and cook for 10 minutes, turning once, until cooked through and golden. Transfer the chicken to a plate. 2 Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the plum tomatoes, sundried tomato purée, mixed herbs, chilli flakes and 75ml cold water. Season well and bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat
to low and simmer for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. 3 Meanwhile, cook the pasta to pack instructions, then drain and set aside. 4 Heat the grill to high. Return the chicken to the frying pan and spoon over the sauce. Top each fillet with 1 mozzarella slice, then transfer the pan to the grill. Cook for 2 minutes or until the cheese has melted. 5 Divide the tagliatelle between plates, top with the chicken and tomato sauce, then serve garnished with the fresh basil leaves.
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BAKED MUSHROOM & SPINACH GNOCCHI A simple vegetarian pasta bake that won’t take an age to make? Yes, please! INGREDIENTS
287 CALORIES PER SERVING
150g young leaf spinach 500g gnocchi 250g extra-light soft cheese 150ml hot vegetable stock, made with ½ stock cube ¼ tsp ground nutmeg Calorie controlled cooking spray 250g chestnut mushrooms, thicky sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 20g parmesan, grated METHOD 1 Put the spinach in a microwave-safe bowl, cover and cook on high for
COOK’S TIP BLITZ A 40G SLICE OF SOURDOUGH WITH FRESH THYME TO FORM A CRUMB. SCATTER OVER THE TOP BEFORE BAKING FOR AN EXTRA 1 SMARTPOINT PER SERVING.
1-2 minutes until wilted. Let cool then squeeze out any excess liquid. 2 Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi to pack instructions then drain and set aside. Combine the soft cheese, stock and nutmeg in a jug and set aside. 3 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 4. Mist a large pan with cooking spray. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, until golden. 4 Stir in the spinach and cooked gnocchi followed by the soft cheese mixture and half the parmesan. Season well. 5 Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and scatter over the remaining cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling. Remove from the oven and let stand for a few minutes before serving.
COOK’S TIP IF YOU HAVE ANY CORIANDER LEAVES IN THE FRIDGE, STIR THEM THROUGH THE RICE AND SCATTER SOME OVER THE CURRY TOO.
QUICK COD CURRY We’ve made cod the hero of this quick and easy dish by poaching 4
391 CALORIES PER SERVING
whole fillets in an Asian-style aromatic curry broth INGREDIENTS
Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 large onion, thinly sliced 5cm piece fresh ginger, grated 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 large vine tomatoes, quartered 1 tsp ground turmeric 400ml reduced-fat coconut milk 4 skinless cod fillets 100g young leaf spinach 200g basmati rice
1 Mist a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and cook the onion over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes until just starting to colour. Add a splash of water to the pan, if needed, to prevent the onion from sticking to the pan. 2 Add the ginger and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, then add the tomatoes and turmeric
followed by a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. 3 Stir in the coconut milk and 50ml cold water, then bring the mixture to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the cod and spinach to the pan and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and opaque. 4 Meanwhile, cook the rice to pack instructions. Ladle the broth and fish into bowls and serve with the rice on the side.
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SPICED CHICKEN, LENTIL & SQUASH SALAD
Make salad the star attraction rather than a supporting act with this easy dish INGREDIENTS
329 CALORIES PER SERVING
2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cinnamon 4 skinless chicken breast fillets 600g prepared butternut squash, cut into small cubes 1 red onion, thinly sliced Calorie controlled cooking spray 2 x 400g tins Puy lentils, drained 60g rocket Handful fresh flat-leaf parley, roughly chopped METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200Â°C, fan 180Â°C, gas mark 6. Combine the spices in a small bowl. Put the chicken into a plastic
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freezer bag, add half the spice mixture and season well. Seal the bag then rub the spices into the chicken. Set aside for 10 minutes. 2 Put the butternut squash and red onion in a large roasting tin and mist all over with cooking spray. Scatter over the remaining spice mixture and toss to coat. Season well, then roast for 25 minutes until the vegetables are tender. 3 Mist a large nonstick frying pan with cooking spray and set over a medium heat. Cook the chicken for 10 minutes, turning once, or until cooked through. Transfer to a board and let rest for a few minutes before cutting into thick slices. 4 Combine the lentils and roasted veg in a bowl then toss through the rocket and parsley. Divide between plates and serve topped with the sliced chicken.
MUM’S DAY Nothing says ‘thanks Mum’ quite like breakfast in bed. Treat your mum to a feast (or get the kids to make it for you!) this Mother’s Day… PHOTOGRAPHY VANESSA LEVIS
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WITH A SPECIAL BREAKFAST THIS MOTHER’S DAY Read how mum Laraine and daughter Launa got healthy together on P.18
Cheesy toast with a fried egg and ham? Breakfast doesn’t get better than that! SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 5 minutes ~ Calories 237 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS
METHOD 1 Heat the grill to high. Toast the bread in a toaster, then put on a baking sheet. Spread over the mustard and top with the ham and Cheddar. Grill for 2 minutes or until the cheese has melted. 2 Meanwhile, put a large lidded nonstick frying pan over a medium-high heat and mist with cooking spray. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook, covered, for 2 minutes for firm whites and soft yolks, or until cooked to your liking. 3 Top the sourdough with the eggs and season with freshly ground black pepper. Serve with the cherry tomatoes and rocket on the side.
APPLE & VANILLA BEAN PORRIDGE Creamy, sweet and crunchy, this extra-special porridge is a real winner SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 10 minutes ~ Calories 232 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS 135g porridge oats 300ml skimmed milk ½ vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped 1 red apple, skin left on, grated 15g pecan halves, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds 1½ tbsp pure maple syrup
COOK’S TIP USE ½ TSP GROUND CINNAMON IN PLACE OF THE MAPLE SYRUP AND LOWER THE SMARTPOINTS TO 6 PER SERVING.
METHOD 1 Combine the oats, milk, vanilla seeds and 450ml water in a large pan over a medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until the oats are tender and creamy. 2 Stir in the apple, then remove from the heat and set aside to thicken slightly. 3 Meanwhile, dry fry the nuts and seeds over a medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant and toasted. 4 Serve the porridge topped with the pecans, pumpkin seeds and maple syrup.
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Recipes: Tracy Rutherford. Food preparation: Claire Dickson-Smith
4 x 40g slices wholemeal sourdough bread 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 80g extra-lean ham, thinly sliced 60g half-fat Cheddar, thinly sliced Calorie controlled cooking spray 4 eggs 125g cherry tomatoes, halved 40g rocket
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TOFU & BEAN CURRY WITH BROCCOLI
Made from soy beans, tofu is great at soaking up flavours SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 30 minutes ~ Calories 262 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 250g firm tofu, drained and cut into 8 slices 1 large red onion, thinly sliced 2 carrots, thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 tsp mustard seeds 12 fresh or dried curry leaves 310ml vegetable stock, made with 1 reduced-salt stock cube 160ml reduced-fat coconut milk 350g prepared butternut squash, cut into small cubes 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed 300g broccoli, cut into florets Fresh coriander leaves, to serve 62 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
METHOD 1 Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the tofu, in batches, for 1-2 minutes on each side until browned. Transfer to a board and halve lengthways so you have 16 pieces. 2 Cook the onion and carrots in the same pan, stirring, for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, mustard seeds and curry leaves, and continue to cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Pour in the stock and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add the squash and return the tofu to the pan. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 8-10 minutes or until the squash is tender. 3 Add the beans and broccoli and cook, covered, for 5 minutes or until tender. Serve garnished with the coriander. COOK’S TIP Serve with 90g cooked brown rice per person for an extra 3 SmartPoints per serving.
FINGER ON THE PULSE Make the most of these zero Points foods 1
These tasty beans are great in so much more than just chilli! Try mashing them with sweet potato and spices to make delicious veggie burgers, or stir them into a warming soup. Their high fibre content makes them a good choice for diabetics too, as they help prevent blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after meals. No time to soak them? Buy a tin for instant use.
Studies have shown that we eat less overall when chickpeas are part of our meal, and as theyâ€™re a good source of insoluble fibre, eating them can lower your risk of colon cancer too. Try them in curries, roasted as a snack or blitzed into a smooth houmous. Use them straight from the tin or jar, or soak overnight if using dried.
Delicious in soups, dhals and as a mince substitute in veggie meatballs or Bolognese, lentils are a real storecupboard essential. Brown and green varieties hold their shape well, while red lentils soften more. Unlike beans, dried lentils donâ€™t need to be soaked but you can still buy them in tins if you prefer.
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SPICY BEEF WITH AUBERGINE & CHICKPEAS P.66
BRAISED FISH WITH BLACK-EYED BEANS, CHILLI, TOMATO & OLIVES P.66
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SPICY BEEF WITH AUBERGINE & CHICKPEAS Bring a bit of spice to the dinner table with this tasty Indian-style bowl
SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 20 minutes ~ Calories 306 per serving ~ SmartPoints 4 per serving INGREDIENTS
BRAISED FISH WITH BLACK-EYED BEANS, CHILLI, TOMATO & OLIVES White fish doesn’t need to be fried to be delicious! Try braising it to bring out even more flavour
SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 30 minutes ~ Calories 240 per serving ~ SmartPoints 2 per serving
CHICKEN & LENTIL SOUP WITH SPICED YOGURT
Nothing says wholesome quite like a steaming bowl of chicken soup. Adding lentils makes this extra filling SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 55 minutes ~ Calories 430 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS
INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed ½ tsp chilli flakes 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest 80ml white wine 400g tin chopped tomatoes 55g pitted black olives, chopped 350g firm white skinless fish fillets, cut into 3cm pieces 150g green beans, sliced on the diagonal 1 courgette, thinly sliced 400g tin black-eyed beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 3 celery sticks, finely chopped 2 carrots, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed ½ tsp chilli flakes 2½ tsp ground cumin 450g skinless chicken thigh fillets, fat trimmed 750ml chicken stock, made with 1 reduced-salt stock cube 65g red lentils, rinsed 65g green lentils, rinsed 150g green beans, chopped 80g low-fat natural yogurt ½ tsp freshly grated lemon zest Fresh rosemary leaves, to serve METHOD
1 Heat 2 tsp of the oil in a large wok or frying pan over a high heat. Stir-fry the aubergine, in batches, for 2 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a bowl. 2 Heat the remaining oil in the same wok over a medium-high heat. Stir-fry the onion for 2-3 minutes or until golden. Add the mince and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes or until browned, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon. Add the chilli, garlic and garam masala and stir-fry for 1 minute or until fragrant, then stir in the chickpeas and stock. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. 3 Return the aubergine to the wok along with the spinach and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the aubergine is heated through and the spinach wilted. Serve with the broccoli and yogurt.
METHOD 1 Heat the oil in a large, deep nonstick frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the onion and celery, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, chilli flakes and lemon zest and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half. 2 Stir in the tomatoes, olives and 250ml water, then bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes. 3 Add the fish, green beans, courgette and black-eyed beans to the pan and cook, covered, for 6-7 minutes or until the fish is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Season to taste, then serve.
1 Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Cook the onion, celery and carrot, stirring, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, chilli flakes and 2 tsp of the cumin and cook for 1 minute. 2 Add the chicken, cook for another minute, then add the stock and 500ml water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until just cooked. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken to a plate. Cover loosely with kitchen foil and rest for 5 minutes before slicing. 3 Add the lentils to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes or until tender. Return the sliced chicken to the pan with the beans and cook, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Season to taste. 5 Combine the yogurt, remaining cumin and zest in a small bowl. Serve the soup topped with the spiced yogurt and garnished with the rosemary.
Photography: John Paul Urizar. Food styling: Tracy Rutherford. Prop styling: Sarah O’Brian. Recipes: Chrissy Freer
1 tbsp olive oil 1 aubergine, cut into 1.5cm pieces 1 red onion, finely chopped 350g lean beef mince 1 long fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp garam masala 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed 125ml beef stock, made with ½ reduced-salt stock cube Handful young leaf spinach, chopped Steamed Tenderstem broccoli, sliced, to serve 80g 0% fat natural Greek yogurt, to serve
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BRAISED LAMB WITH BORLOTTI BEANS
Freeze leftover portions of this hearty casserole SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 20 minutes ~ Cook time 2 hours ~ Calories 343 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS 2 tsp olive oil 450g lean lamb leg steaks, fat trimmed, cut into 2cm pieces 1 large leek, trimmed and thinly sliced 2 celery sticks, chopped 2 carrots, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp lemon zest 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary, plus extra to serve 400g tin cherry tomatoes 250ml chicken stock, made with 1 reduced-salt stock cube 400g tin borlotti beans, drained and rinsed 150g roasted red peppers in brine, drained and sliced Steamed courgette, sliced, to serve METHOD 1 Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole over a medium-high heat. Brown the lamb, in batches, for 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. 2 Preheat the oven to 160°C, fan 140°C, gas mark 3. Cook the leek, celery and carrots in the casserole for 6 minutes. Add the garlic, zest and rosemary, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Return the lamb to the casserole, then cover and bake in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes. 3 Stir in the beans and peppers and bake for a further 30 minutes until the lamb is tender. Season to taste and serve with the courgette and extra rosemary.
SLOW-COOKED PORK & BEANS
Pork and beans is a classic combo, and the two ingredients are even more delicious paired in this tasty stew SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 1 hour 45 minutes ~ Calories 382 per serving ~ SmartPoints 9 per serving INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 450g lean pork leg, fat trimmed, cut into 2cm cubes 1 large red onion, finely chopped 3 large celery sticks, finely chopped 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored and finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tsp sweet paprika 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme, plus extra to serve 375ml passata 250ml chicken stock, made with ½ reduced-salt stock cube 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 tsp light brown soft sugar 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
METHOD 1 Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole over a medium-high heat. Cook the pork, in batches, for 3-4 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a heatproof bowl. 2 Preheat the oven to 160°C, fan 140°C, gas mark 3. Cook the onion, celery and fennel in the casserole for 6 minutes, stirring, until softened. Add the garlic, paprika and thyme and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Stir in the passata, stock and vinegar and bring to a boil. Return the pork to the casserole, then cover and bake in the oven for 1 hour. 3 Stir in the sugar and beans and bake for a further 30 minutes or until the pork is tender. Season to taste and serve garnished with the extra thyme leaves.
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Noodles Sarah ‘Okay, noodles aren’t says: exactly new, but that hasn’t stopped you flooding social media with Asian-inspired recipes. Whether it’s bowls of filling ramen, plates of wok-fried noodles or platters of healthy Vietnamese salads, noodles are taking centre stage on fakeaway Friday.’
‘Good noodle stir-fries are all about variety, so I was drawn to this veg-packed dish from @spangledstar. And when you start with a base of zero Points foods like chicken, and veg, you can go all out with noodles and flavourings.’
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This month, our talented team of foodies are stir-frying noodles, extending stew season and experimenting with purple sprouting broccoli.
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SWEET SPOT THAI-STYLE NOODLES SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 10 minutes ~ Calories 425 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp clear honey 175g flat rice noodles 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 4 skinless chicken breast fillets, sliced 200g baby leaf greens, chopped 2 eggs, lightly beaten Lime wedges, to serve METHOD 1 In a bowl, combine the soy, oyster and fish sauces with the honey. 2 Cook the noodles to pack instructions, then drain and cool under cold running water. 3 Put the oil and garlic into a cold nonstick wok, then set it over a high heat. Cook until the garlic turns golden, then immediately add the chicken and stir-fry for 3 minutes until just cooked. Add the greens to the wok and stir-fry for 1 minute. 4 Push the chicken and greens to one side of the wok, and add the eggs to the other side. Scramble the eggs until cooked, then stir into the chicken and greens. 5 Add the noodles and sauce mixture to the wok and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until the noodles are coated in the sauce. Divide between bowls and serve with the lime wedges.
The Skinny Bakery Carrot Cake Pearls, £2.99, 85g (8 SmartPoints per pack). Available at skinnybakery.co.uk Linzi says:
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‘This nice cream (geddit?!) has no added sugar and is free from dairy so it’s lower in SmartPoints. Plus, it’s gluten-free so suitable for all.’
‘I keep a stash of these in the freezer for when I’m in need of chocolate, fast. It comes to room temperature in just 15 minutes.’
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WW kitchen RECIPE OF THE MONTH
n a e n a r r e t Medi k stew por Nadine says:
‘I’m stretching out stew season for as long as I can! It’s warming when there’s still a chill in the air, comes together easily on busy days, and makes a satisfying supper. For me, this bean-based stew is the perfect meal – it’s made with super-tasty, lean pork medallions, the whole family loves it and I can freeze leftovers or reheat them at work the next day. Any recipe that does double (or triple!) duty is always a winner in my book!’
SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 30 minutes ~ Calories 276 per serving ~ SmartPoints 3 per serving INGREDIENTS Calorie controlled cooking spray 600g lean pork medallions, fat trimmed 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 celery sticks, finely diced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp smoked paprika 1 tsp fennel seeds 400g tin butterbeans, drained and rinsed 175ml chicken stock, made with ½ stock cube 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves picked 12 cherry tomatoes
METHOD 1 Mist a large pan with cooking spray and set over a medium-high heat. In batches, sear the pork for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside. 2 Add the onion, celery and garlic to the pan and cook for 6-8 minutes until soft. If the mixture starts to stick, add a splash of water to the pan. 3 Stir in the paprika and fennel seeds, cook for 1 minute, then add the butterbeans, stock and rosemary. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low. Return the pork to the pan, add the tomatoes, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to simmer for 5 minutes or until the pork is tender and the stew thickened.
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SERVES 1 ~ Prep time 10 minutes ~ Cook time 35 minutes ~ Calories 494 per serving ~ SmartPoints 10 per serving
Sarah ‘Don’t skimp on flavour says: when cooking for yourself. Chorizo can turn the most basic veg (like the cauliflower I’ve used here) into a stand-out meal.’ INGREDIENTS 130g cauliflower, cut into bite-size florets Calorie controlled cooking spray 15g chorizo, finely diced 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 60g Arborio rice 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 400ml hot chicken stock, made with ½ chicken stock cube Fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped, to serve 1 tbsp grated parmesan, to serve
METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas mark 7. Put the cauliflower on a baking tray, mist with cooking spray, season and roast for 20 minutes or until golden and tender. 2 Meanwhile, fry the chorizo in a pan set over a high heat for 2 minutes or until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onion to the pan and cook in the chorizo oil for 5 minutes, until soft, then add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. 3 Add the rice to the pan, stir to coat, then add the vinegar. Cook for 1 minute until the liquid has evaporated. Add the hot stock, a ladleful at a time, stirring, making sure each addition is absorbed before adding the next, until the rice is cooked but al dente. 4 Stir through the roasted cauliflower and chorizo, then season to taste and serve garnished with the parsley and parmesan.
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3 WAYS WITH Sarah says:
‘When I want to pep up veggie dishes, I turn to purple sprouting broccoli (that’s PSB, for short). The regular green variety is all well and good, but there’s something really special about its darker, alternative cousin.’
SPAGHETTI WITH PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI, CHILLI PRAWNS & A PARMESAN CRUMB SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 5 minutes ~ Cook time 20 minutes ~ Calories 346 per serving ~ SmartPoints 9 per serving INGREDIENTS
200g purple sprouting broccoli 225g wholewheat spaghetti 20g panko breadcrumbs Zest and juice of 2 lemons 45g parmesan, grated 1 tbsp olive oil 180g raw king prawns, peeled and deveined 1 garlic clove, finely grated ½ red chilli, deseeded and very finely chopped
ROASTED PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI FLATBREADS MAKES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 20 minutes ~ Calories 347 per flatbread ~ SmartPoints 5 per flatbread INGREDIENTS 200g purple sprouting broccoli 2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed Zest and juice of 1 lemon 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp tahini 1 garlic clove, finely grated 1 tsp ground cumin 4 multiseed flatbreads 100g pomegranate seeds ¼ tsp dried thyme ¼ tsp paprika
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METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Put the broccoli and half the chickpeas in a roasting tin. Scatter over the zest, then drizzle over the oil. Season and roast for 20 minutes. Bake the flatbreads alongside the broccoli for the final 5 minutes. 2 Meanwhile, make a houmous by blitzing the remaining chickpeas with the tahini, garlic, cumin, lemon juice and 3 tbsp water in a food processor. Season to taste. 3 To serve, stir one-third of the roasted chickpeas through the houmous, then spread over the flatbreads. Top with the broccoli, remaining roasted chickpeas and pomegranate, then garnish with the thyme and paprika.
METHOD 1 Cook the broccoli in a pan of boiling water for 3 minutes, then transfer to a colander using a slotted spoon. Cool under cold running water. Bring the water back to a boil and cook the spaghetti to pack instrutions. Drain. 2 Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over a medium heat and toast the panko crumbs for 3-5 minutes, stirring, until golden. Transfer to a bowl and let cool before stirring through the zest and half the cheese. 3 Heat the oil in the same pan and stir-fry the prawns, garlic and chilli for 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and the cooked broccoli and spaghetti, then season. Cook for 2 minutes, remove from the heat and fold through the remaining cheese. 4 Divide between bowls and serve topped with the parmesan crumb.
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PURPLE SPROUTING BROCCOLI, WALNUT & RICOTTA TART WITH COURGETTE SALAD SERVES 6 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 15 minutes ~ Calories 298 per serving ~ SmartPoints 9 per serving INGREDIENTS 200g purple sprouting broccoli 375g ready-rolled lighter puff pastry 170g ricotta 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 courgette, coarsely grated 100g pea shoots Zest and juice of 1 lemon 15g walnut halves, roughly chopped
METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas mark 7. Blanch the broccoli for 2 minutes in a pan of boiling water, then drain and cool under cold running water. Set aside. 2 Line a large baking tray with baking paper, then unroll the pastry onto it. Score a 2cm border, spread the ricotta over the base, then season and top with the broccoli. Brush the border with a little egg, then pour the rest of the egg over the broccoli and ricotta. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden. 3 In a bowl, toss the courgette and pea shoots with the lemon zest and juice. Season to taste and set aside. 4 Scatter the walnuts over the tart, then cut into six pieces and serve with the courgette salad.
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WARM SESAME PORK SALAD
Love Vietnamese pork? Try making it at home – it’s super easy! SERVES 2 ~ Prep time 15 minutes + marinating ~ Cook time 12 minutes ~ Calories 364 per serving ~ SmartPoints 9 per serving INGREDIENTS
6 x 50g pork loin medallions, halved 3 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp sesame seeds 2 tsp clear honey Juice of 1 lime 1 Little Gem lettuce, leaves separated ¼ cucumber, spiralised or coarsely grated 1 carrot, spiralised or coarsely grated 4 radishes, finely sliced Small handful fresh coriander leaves 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 Put the pork between 2 sheets of clingfilm and bash with a rolling pin to 1cm thick. Transfer to a dish with 1 tbsp of the soy sauce and leave to marinate for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4. 2 Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat and sear the pork for 3 minutes on one side. Turn over, then transfer to a baking dish and cook in the preheated oven for 6-8 minutes, or until the juices run clear. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds for the last 1-2 minutes.
3 Meanwhile, add the rest of the soy sauce to the frying pan with the honey and lime juice. Heat gently, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl. 4 Arrange the salad veggies on plates. Top with the pork, coriander and chilli and serve with the warm dressing on the side. BULK IT UP Toss 300g cooked rice noodles through the salad for an extra 4 SmartPoints per serving.
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How to cook perfect pork medallions
Think pork’s just for weekend roasts? Think again. Pork loin and fillet medallions are just as healthy as chicken breast* and take minutes to cook
dd some variety to weekday meals by trying some new pork recipes. Choose pork loin or fillet medallions, trim off any visible fat, and voila – you have a lean, healthy meat you can enjoy for dinner. It couldn’t be more simple to cook either, so it’s the perfect choice when you’re short of time. Simply sear in a hot griddle pan for three minutes before baking when you're in a rush, or if you have a little more time, follow our steps for tenderising, marinating, searing and baking pork
loin and fillet medallions (right) to ensure delicious results that the whole family will love every time. Fussy eaters? Why not marinate half the medallions and leave the rest plain to please all palettes? And, if you’re feeding a crowd, consider buying a whole loin fillet to cut into medallions at home. Show us how you get on cooking our warm sesame pork salad (left) or share your own delicious, low SmartPoints pork medallion recipes using the #mywwkitchen hashtag on Instagram.
PREP: TENDERISE & MARINATE
Bash the medallions between clingfilm to 1cm thick using a rolling pin, to tenderise the meat. Put in a dish, pour over a marinade and leave to marinate for 10 minutes.
PORK KNOW-HOW FACT Pork loin and fillet medallions FACT Pork loin and fillet medallions are just as healthy as chicken breast*.
are quick and easy to cook.
They’re also low in fat** and high in protein, making them a great choice for family-friendly meals. Better yet, a 150g serving is just 2 SmartPoints, so tucking into this delicious lean meat won’t send you off track either. Simply trim off any visible fat before cooking and serve with plenty of healthy wholegrains and veggies for a balanced, nutritious meal.
You really don’t have to be a great chef to whip up a tasty pork dinner. Pork loin and fillet medallions are super simple to cook and can be ready in just a few minutes. For best results, follow our four-step method for cooking perfect medallions (right) and you’ll soon realise how quick and easy pork is to cook. It’s super versatile too – the recipe options are endless.
*Both pork and chicken are naturally rich in protein, which helps muscle growth. This relates to pork loin medallions and fillet medallions trimmed of visible fat and to skinless chicken breast. **This relates to pork loin medallions and fillet medallions trimmed of visible fat. Advice provided by AHDB in consultation with Trading Standards.
COOK: SEAR & BAKE
Sear the medallions in a hot griddle or frying pan for 3 minutes. Turn over and then bake at 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4 for 6-8 minutes until the juices run clear.
FOOD & ME
‘MY COOKING HAS Before
totally changed ' Kay O’Keeffe was more likely to pop a ready-meal in the microwave than put her pinny on. But since discovering the zero Points foods list, she’s cooking up wholesome meals to share – and feeling much healthier because of it
I finally joined Weight Watchers, I hen you’re in your couldn’t imagine losing anything like 60s, it’s easy to 10st, so I set myself little goals of losing think you have a stone or two at a time. I loved the no choice but to Weight Watchers app and scanned accept life the way everything in sight in the supermarket. it is, and believe The weight came off steadily to the there’s no point in point where my doctor agreed I was trying to change. healthy enough to have hip replacement At 61, I weighed more than 22st, could surgery last summer. It’s barely walk, and was in transformed my life. a lot of pain. I took 12 My attitude to cooking tablets a day to manage has changed too. Now, type 2 diabetes, arthritis I’m always in the kitchen. and cholesterol. But now, At the moment, I’m really 10st lighter, I no longer into making soups, and need a stick or mobility FEEL INSPIRED will often make a big scooter and I’m not taking Whenever I need recipe pot, then give some a single tablet. I couldn’t ideas I use the app or away to my four be happier! ask other members. daughters, who are I came from a family I’m more adventurous in the kitchen now, and all losing weight with that ate meat, veg and have discovered veg Weight Watchers too. potatoes at every evening like butternut squash. I also love experimenting meal, and the portions I wouldn’t have known with different salads. were huge. Then, in my where to start with When WW Flex was early 30s, I left London one before! introduced, I was a bit and moved to Kent. I was scared of the changes. newly divorced with three SNACK SMART But it didn’t take long young children and When I need a snack, for me to realise that money was tight, so I’d I reach for something quick, simple and the programme was just eat whatever the children healthy, such as so much more flexible were having, which was a banana or apple. – it couldn’t be easier. usually something cheap I’m only a few pounds with chips. Over time, the FIND BALANCE from goal and can’t quite pounds crept on and my I used to always skip believe how far I’ve come. health began to suffer. lunch, but now I feel Walking into that first Losing weight had been better (and make better Weight Watchers meeting on my to-do list for years, food choices) if I eat regularly, and tuck altered my life, and I am but it took more than a into something like a living proof that it’s never decade to finally get my chicken salad for lunch. too late to change. head around it. When
KAY’S KITCHEN KNOW-HOW
This is K AY
Age 63 Height 5ft 8in Joined Jan 2016 Time taken so far 2 years Meeting Hoo St Werburgh, Kent Coach Kelly Taylor
BABY COS, GOAT’S CHEESE & BACON SALAD
This salad looks gorgeous on the plate, and tastes indulgent SERVES 4 ~ Prep time 15 minutes ~ Cook time 30 minutes ~ Calories 228 per serving ~ SmartPoints 7 per serving INGREDIENTS
METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6. Put the onion in a small roasting tin, drizzle over ½ tbsp of the vinegar, mist with cooking spray and season well. Roast for 30 minutes, turning once. 2 Put the sourdough in a separate roasting tin. Mist with cooking spray, season and bake in the oven alongside the onion for 10-15 minutes or until crisp and golden. 3 Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large frying pan over a high heat for 3 minutes on each side, until crisp. Transfer to a chopping board and cut into 1cm pieces. 4 Mist a large nonstick griddle pan with cooking spray and set over a high heat. In batches, griddle the lettuce halves for 1 minute on each side until lightly charred. 5 Preheat the grill to medium-high. Quarter the goat’s cheese, put onto a baking tray and grill for 3 minutes until golden brown on top and just bubbling. 6 In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil and remaining vinegar and season to taste. 7 Divide the lettuce, rocket, radishes, onion, croutons and bacon between plates. Drizzle over the dressing, then season to taste and serve topped with the grilled goat’s cheese.
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Interview: Jill Foster. Compiled by: Sarah Nittinger. Photography: Ian Harrison. Styling: Zoë Kozlik. Hair and make-up: Amanda Clarke, Alice Theobold. Recipe: Sarah Akhurst. Food photography: Kris Kirkham. Food styling: Bianca Nice. Prop styling: Polly Webb-Wilson
1 red onion, sliced 1½ tbsp balsamic vinegar Calorie controlled cooking spray 1 slice sourdough bread, crust removed, and cut into 1cm cubes 4 bacon medallions 4 baby cos lettuces, halved lengthways 160g goat’s cheese (with rind) 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 70g rocket 12 mixed radishes (we used regular and watermelon), 6 cut into matchsticks, and 6 thinly sliced
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Dating can be extra daunting when you’re trying to lose weight, but don’t let that stop you from looking for love (or just a fun night out). These tips from dating guru Cynthia Spillman can help you ace the dating scene, at any stage of your journey ILLUSTRATIONS ISOBEL BARBER
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hen you’re on a weight-loss journey it can be easy to convince yourself you should put off dating until you’re the ‘best’ version of yourself. However, negotiating the dating scene isn’t all about being at goal. Losing weight the healthy way takes time, as does changing your mindset. So practise being kind to yourself as you prepare to take the plunge. The more you focus on positive thoughts about your personality and body image, the more ready you’ll be for the dating roller-coaster. And when you start dating, accept that not every date will be perfect – don’t let negative experiences leave you disheartened. Love really is worth the effort!
LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF BEFORE ANYONE ELSE
I always say that finding love is an inside job – the most important relationship of all is with yourself. Practising self-care isn’t selfish. Many people happily spend lots of time and money on their wedding, and that’s only one day of their life! So why are so many of us reluctant to put the same amount of work into cherishing ourselves? It’s essential to do this before you venture into dating, because self-love builds confidence, and confidence makes you a more attractive partner. A robust self-esteem can also help your weight loss. Despite being a successful Weight Watchers member, and being in a very happy third marriage, it’s taken me decades to learn that if I don’t love myself and address whatever’s getting me down, my weight will continue to yo-yo.
‘I WON’T HIDE WHO I REALLY AM!’
After an on-screen dating disaster, Kate Humphreys learned the importance of being true to herself
ALWAYS FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES
y last significant relationship ended when I was 21 and I haven’t been involved with anyone since. After a negative I’ve never even been on holiday experience, I with a boyfriend, well… not quite. needed a boost I went on the TV show First Dates Hotel and was famously dumped by my date A healthy eating who said I wore too much make-up! I had plan, exercise enjoyed our date and thought we got routine, and fab on really well, so I was stunned by what hair has me feeling he’d said. I’m passionate about make-up confident again and love wearing it, but he obviously couldn’t see beyond it. The experience didn’t stop me wearing make-up, but I’m only human; it left me feeling bruised and knocked my confidence. ‘I didn’t go on any dates for about eight months afterwards. I also gained weight during that time, so last summer I decided I needed START WEIGHT to do something to build up my 12st 13lb confidence, and joined Weight GOAL WEIGHT Watchers. At the same time, I 11st gave myself a bit of a makeover, CURRENT WEIGHT cutting my waist-length hair 11st 11lb into a long bob with a fringe. Age 27 I’d never been interested Height 5ft 8in in exercise before, but I’m Joined July 2017 now doing the Couch to 5K Time taken so far programme with a friend 6 months from work and can often Meeting be spotted running round Salford, Manchester Coach Sarah Hicks Salford Quays wearing my Instagram @ww_ favourite red lipstick! fatfighterconfessions ‘The first date I went on after joining Weight Watchers was actually with someone who’d seen me on TV and messaged me after the show saying he thought I was ‘When people criticise your lovely. We started chatting online and then appearance or behave badly, went out for a few drinks. However, he’d it says a lot about them – not just ended a relationship and I realised you! Kate’s done well to get I was looking for something more serious, back out there after being hurt, so it didn’t go any further. But it did give and boosting her self-esteem me the boost I needed to sign up with has been key. She’s making the dating apps Tinder and Bumble. Online progress by getting fit and dating is difficult, with people making snap updating her look and will attract a partner who wants decisions based on your appearance – a genuine, honest woman. and clearly mine isn’t to everyone’s taste She should continue to reward – but after everything I’ve been through, herself as a way of boosting I decided I won’t hide who I am. I’m her confidence as she happy with myself, so now I’m looking continues her dating journey.’ for someone who’s happy with me to.’
Dating can be challenging at the best of times, but having preconceived or unrealistic ideas about yourself – or your relationship prospects – can add even more pressure and lead to disappointment. There are plenty of great men and women out there, so if someone’s not interested, move on and try to stay upbeat. Negativity quickly multiplies and telling yourself that no-one will want to date you can reduce your chances of finding ‘the one’ (or the one for now). Walk along any high street and you’ll see happy couples of all types; real love doesn’t demand you conform to a stereotype, and it’s never too late. My widowed mother-inlaw met her second husband while on a cruise, at age 81! The relationship world is full of second and third chances – and beyond – so don’t give up on yourself, or on love.
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No matter how you feel about getting close to someone new, go at your own pace when it comes to sex. It can be daunting for anyone to remove their clothes in front of a new partner, and if your weight isn’t what you want it to be, that can be an added source of anxiety. Remember, the perfect body doesn’t exist, and everyone has body hangups. If a prospective partner is trying to push you into a sexual relationship and you’re feeling uncomfortable, trust your instincts. The right partner will be patient, so if the person you’re dating isn’t willing to slow things down, you’re better off without them. A former client of mine who had undergone a radical mastectomy was filled with dread at the prospect of intimacy. She took things slowly, was honest and upfront with her new partner, and it all worked out.
Finding a partner is a numbers game, so use a multi-pronged approach. This means signing up with online dating sites and apps, trying new hobbies, taking solo holidays, and allowing friends and family to introduce you to new people. Some clients cringe at online matchmaking, but I tell them it’s like a workout – you might not love it, but you keep doing it because it’s good for you! If you spot someone you like online, say hello. Being proactive doesn’t make you desperate, and everyone feels flattered when they’re approached. Keep first dates short and casual – try a café, a pub, a walk in the park or a visit to a gallery. Less is more in the early stages. Weight Watchers Magazine / 87
‘I STILL FELT LIKE THE OVERWEIGHT GIRL’
Dating was a foreign concept for Lindsey Pierce, but now she’s embracing it –and her new look!
’ or years I’d felt miserable about my weight, but it wasn’t until my twin sister had a heart attack that I was shocked into taking action. I joined Weight Watchers, but whenever my Being overweight and husband and I had a row, I’d binge on ice cream. unhappy was pretty ‘I wondered whether it was my weight that much the norm for me was making me miserable, or my marriage. We decided to separate and our divorce was finalised when I was a year into my weight-loss journey. About six weeks after my separation, I met someone new, but we were mismatched. While I was missing the things couples do – like nights on the sofa – and aware I wanted to have children one day, he was younger than me and not looking to settle down. ‘I’d been with my ex since I was 19 and had never even been on a first date, so the idea terrified me. I tried Tinder, but found most of the men were only looking for one thing. I also joined match.com, which has led to a few dates, but I’ve actually had more success meeting men the old-fashioned way – in bars! ‘My first proper date was with a guy who chatted me up in a bar, which felt so alien to me. I’d always been I love my new look the overweight girl – not the one and am no longer getting attention. And even though hiding away in the background I’ve gone from a size 22 to a 10, it’s still hard to accept compliments. ‘Now that my confidence has grown, single life is good fun and I feel better about myself on every date. I love getting dressed up and meeting new people. I’m making up for lost time and learning to enjoy being me.’
BE YOU IN THE HERE AND NOW
It’s vital to live in the present, and dating is about showing someone the real you, right now – not the person you hope to become. We all bring emotional baggage into new relationships, so acknowledging that you might have things to work on, or are in the process of changing your body and lifestyle, is a positive way to view this phase of your life. If chatting about your weight loss and new healthy lifestyle with a date comes naturally to you, be proud of how far you’ve come on your journey. If it’s not a topic you feel comfortable with, have a few alternatives up your sleeve (hobbies, interests, holidays, favourite books and movies are all safe bets). You’re no longer the ‘old’ you, and might not be the ‘new’ you – instead, you’re the amazing person you are today!
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LINDSEY START WEIGHT
‘Lindsey’s fallen into the habit of deflecting compliments, so taking a breath, smiling, and simply saying “thanks” in response to positive feedback can help to reset her thinking. And as someone who’s been unhappily married, it’s vital she lists all the non-negotiable traits she wants in a partner. For instance, if having children is something she’s unwilling to compromise on, there’s no point in dating someone who doesn’t want kids.’
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Age 34 Height 5ft 4in Joined February 2016 Time taken so far 2 years Meeting Glyndwr University, Wrexham Coach Margaret Roberts Instagram @lpfitaddict
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MEET OUR EXPERTS
Sophie Stevens is a fashion stylist who’s pulled together looks for celebs including Kylie Minogue and Mel C.
Bryony Blake is a make-up artist whose work includes regular appearances on ITV’s This Morning.
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E K A T ! T U O E M
Romance in the air? Whether you’re going out after work with someone new, celebrating a big occasion with a special someone, or going on the 100th date with your other half, choosing what to wear when your body’s changing can be tricky. Our experts Sophie and Bryony have date night covered with looks that flatter every shape. All you need to do is work out where you’re going…
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CASUAL DATE Popping out at lunchtime for a quick bite (hello, 20-minute Tinder meet-up), or heading out straight from work for a first date? Both scenarios call for easy style swaps to turn your look from now to wow. You’ll feel more at ease if you don’t veer too far from what you normally wear, so choose some cool accent pieces that will elevate your go-to work outfit. The key is to play to your strengths and let your date see the real you…
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Add some glam to your 9-5 outfit with bags and heels in a statement shade – they’ll take your outfit from smart to stand-out.
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BEAUTY FIX If you want to skip the heavy make-up, use a light, dewy foundation for a fresh, healthy look.
£8.99,, Wake Me Up Foundation, Rimmel London (widely available)
What’s more seductive than a smoky charcoal eye? Layer smouldering bronzes for a subtle yet flattering look. For a longer-lasting finish, apply powdered eyeshadow over the top of a cream one. £9.99, Smokey Eye Drama Kit in Sumptuous Golds, Max Factor (widely available)
£5.99, Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow in On and On Bronze, Maybelline (widely available)
If you’ve never tried a setting spray, now’s the time to give one a go. It keeps make-up in place all day long, so you’ll look your best from morning through to night. £23.50, All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, Urban Decay (urbandecay.co.uk)
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This neon knit works brilliantly with jeans during the day and equally with a glam skirt for a quick night-time transformation. £125, Samsoe & Samsoe at House of Fraser (houseoffraser.co.uk)
Earrings, £5, George
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Nothing says glamour like a pair of show-stopping lashes. But you don’t have to go for falsies; a mascara that adds length and creates volume will still make your eyes stand out. Get a curled effect by wiggling the brush from side to side along the base of your lashes, and then comb all the way to the tips.
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Rushing to get ready? A stick foundation is quick and easy to apply – this one’s an essential in any make-up bag. It glides straight on, or you can apply it with fingertips. It even doubles as a concealer.
So you’ve been together forever, but that should be even more of a reason to make an effort when you manage to escape for a few hours! Juggling life, work and family can mean time is tight, so the best – and quickest – way to give yourself a boost is by wearing a new standout piece. It could be a top in a look-at-me shade or a pair of statement earrings – you’ll be surprised how big a difference one new addition can make.
A cream blusher looks soft and natural, but can also be worn as lipstick – just add a swipe of clear gloss over the top to finish. £9.99, Insta-Blush in Berry Kiss, Revlon (widely available)
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THE SPECIAL OCCASION
It’s easy to fall back on the ever-reliable LBD, but make the most of this season’s obsession with rich colours that will make you feel extra special.
Sensing someone might pop the question? Celebrating an anniversary? Now’s the time to pull out the big guns – but don’t fall for style over substance. There’s little point buying a gorgeous dress if you won’t feel great in it, so look for an outfit that will flatter your shape. This season, there are so many stunning dresses designed to show off your best bits and conceal areas you’re not so keen on (yet!). Look for designs with clever draping, ruching or panels.
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A bold lip is a must for a special night out. Get the look with a lip stain – unlike traditional lippie, a stain will last ages and won’t cause the dreaded ‘lipstick on teeth’ scenario. And if things go well, you can be pretty sure it won’t end up on anyone’s collar…
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£1, Intense Colour Eyeliner Pencil, MUA (muastore.co.uk)
A long-lasting eyeliner should be your go-to tool for adding drama: smudge it along your top and bottom lash lines to highlight eyes and make lashes look fuller. Lightly dust eyeshadow in the same shade on top for even more impact.
£7.99, All Bright Radiance Balm, Boots (boots.com)
Give skin a boost by using a natural highlighter on cheekbones. Illuminating moisturisers are great for this – apply over your make-up to brighten your complexion.
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MEET OUR EXPERT Jennie Gadsby is a personal trainer, Coach and Gold Member too.
LIIT Photography: Tom Watkins
Low intensity interval training is the new must-try fitness trend – it’s low impact so is great for all fitness levels and is perfect for trying with friends. Here’s everything you need to know…
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THE SLOW PACE OF LIIT MEANS WE CAN CHAT WITHOUT GETTING OUT OF BREATH! Member Sarah McCreath (centre)
GETTING FIT WITH FRIENDS IS MOTIVATING – WE ALL GO THE EXTRA MILE’ Member Natalie Bellenie (far left)
ike the idea of interval training but are put off by how fast and sweaty HIIT can be? Then I have good news! There’s a new workout in town that’s much calmer than HIIT, but still delivers many of the same health benefits. LIIT, or low-intensity interval training, is made up of a mix of low-impact exercise intervals and generous rest intervals. Do regular sessions and the results could be lower blood pressure, stronger bones and muscles, and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, some cancers and stroke. Sounds great, right? So what’s the catch? The only catch is that you’ll have to work out for longer. The slower pace and reduced intensity of LIIT means your active intervals need to last between 30 seconds and two minutes, and your complete workout at least 45 minutes in order to get
the same results as you would with HIIT. As it’s low impact, LIIT is a particularly great form of exercise for fitness newbies and anyone with a higher risk of injury, such as older and obese people. But seasoned gym goers can also benefit from a session. Members Sarah and Natalie (pictured above) enjoy the gentler pace of LIIT training, and find it a more manageable form of exercise than their usual workouts. In fact, lots of my clients enjoy doing LIIT sessions with a workout buddy or as part of a small group, as they can support each other and talk easily while they exercise. Ready to give it a go? Try my beginner’s workout on the next page.
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LIIT WORKOUT Got a spare 45 minutes? Lace up and give this a go
Complete each exercise for 60 seconds at 50-80 per cent of your maximum effort. Rest for 2 minutes before moving on to the next one.
(NO JUMP) SQUAT
Start by standing with feet hip-width apart and your hands at your sides. Slowly squat down, making sure to bend at your knees, not your waist. Aim to touch the floor at either side of you with your fingertips. Slowly come back to standing, reaching your hands to the sky and coming up onto your toes. Repeat for 60 seconds, then rest for 2 minutes. TIP Don’t worry if you can’t quite touch the floor in your squat, just go as far as you can without feeling any pain.
Once you’ve completed all five exercises, you’ll have finished one circuit. Aim to do at least three circuits, gradually working up to four or more.
During your rest interval, try to keep moving by walking or jogging on the spot. But if you need to rest completely, that’s fine too.
FIRST, WARM UP...
Because LIIT is done at a slow pace and is low impact, you don’t need to do a long warm up. Just walk or jog on the spot for 2 minutes.
Stand tall with your hands on your hips. Transfer your weight to your right leg, and slowly lift your left foot off of the floor. Extend your raised leg out to the front, then to the side and finally behind you. Repeat for 30 seconds, keeping your leg raised. Swap legs and repeat for 30 seconds. Rest for 2 minutes. TIP Challenge yourself by raising your leg higher and lifting your arms above your head.
Lay on a mat with your arms at your side and a slight bend in your knees. Slowly rise up to sitting, pressing your hands into the mat for extra support if needed. Slowly lower yourself back to the floor. Repeat for 60 seconds, then rest for 2 minutes.
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TIP Make your core work harder by crossing your arms across your chest.
SIDE STEP & TOUCH
Start with your feet together. Step your left leg out to the side, and at the same time reach your right hand across your body and towards your left foot (twisting your waist). Step your leg back to the centre, and come back up to standing. Repeat, alternating sides each time, for 60 seconds, then rest. TIP If you can’t reach your foot, aim for your ankle or shin instead. To make this harder, step your leg out further to the side.
THEN Before injuring my ankle, I exercised with high-intensity
‘I DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD CHALLENGE ME –
From standing, bend your knees and place your hands on the floor in front of you. Step your right leg back behind you. Step your left leg back to meet it so you’re in a press-up position. Step your right foot back to your hands, followed by your left leg. Stand up. Repeat for 60 seconds, alternating starting legs. Rest for 2 minutes.
BUT IT’S SURPRISINGLY EFFECTIVE!’
TIP Too hard? Put your hands on a step or low stool instead of the floor.
TIP Breathe out as you come up, keeping your chin lifted off your chest so your airway stays open.
FINALLY, COOL DOWN
Walk on the spot for 2-4 minutes until your breathing and heart rate return to normal. Stretch out your back, chest, shoulders, arms and legs. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds taking slow controlled breaths.
Age 42 Height 5ft 7in Joined January 2015 Time taken so far 3 years Meeting Horsforth, Yorkshire Coach Jennie Gadsby Instagram @ringaringarosie
When I first heard about LIIT I was sceptical, as I didn’t think it would be challenging enough for me. I love exercising and am used to intense workouts like BodyPump, and training for mud runs and triathlons. But after an ankle injury, I needed to find a gentler way to exercise while in recovery. So I gave LIIT a go and was surprised to find myself enjoying it! At first, exercising for at least 45 minutes seemed a long time, but the steady pace helped the time pass quickly. And I love how sociable it is compared to other workouts where it’s impossible to talk! I’d definitely recommend LIIT to beginners or anyone easing back into exercise.
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MEET OUR EXPERTS
Angelique Panagos Nutritionist and author of The Balance Plan: Six Steps to Optimize Your Hormonal Health (£20, Aster).
Dr Sara Gottfried Gynaecologist who teaches natural hormone balancing and is the author of The Hormone Cure (£15, Simon & Schuster).
HORMONES Say ‘hormones’ and most women think of oestrogen or progesterone – but there are actually more than 50 hormones in your body, many of which can affect not only your happiness but your weight-loss success too. Here’s how to manage them, rather than letting them manage you…
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WHEN YOU HAVE PMS
Find yourself feeling hungrier in the lead up to a period? That’s completely normal. In the 10-14 days before your period, oestrogen levels decline while both progesterone and the stress hormone cortisol (see P.101) levels rise. Sara says these changes are associated with increased appetite, and women with PMS will often turn to refined sugar. It’s not all bad though, as you’re also burning more calories at this time, and there are certain foods and nutrients that can help you to rebalance…
NUTS, SEEDS AND WHOLEGRAINS
‘Low levels of magnesium might play a role in food cravings around the time of your period,’ says Angelique. Can’t stop thinking about that chocolate bar? Try upping your intake of nuts and seeds and go for a wholegrain breakfast cereal, as these are all good dietary sources of the mineral. If you’re still struggling, consider a daily magnesium supplement.
CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D
A recent study found that taking 400mg calcium and 400iu vitamin D daily helped reduce symptoms of PMS. Two to three daily servings of dairy should be all you need to get enough calcium, but for vitamin D when sunshine is in short supply, you may need a supplement.
Upping your vitamin C intake above the daily requirement may help the body’s conversion of gamma-linolenic acid – an essential fatty acid found in evening primrose oil which has been shown to ease PMS symptoms. Sara recommends a trial of 750-1000mg vitamin C daily, for up to six weeks.
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WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED OUT
Researchers at University College London have linked long-term stress to excess pounds. When you’re stressed you release cortisol – and elevated blood levels of cortisol are linked with higher BMI and waist circumference. ‘Cortisol’s not only an appetite stimulant, it’s also one of the hormones responsible for fat storage – particularly around the tummy,’ says Angelique. Reduce your cortisol levels by calling on your support network whenever you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and give these ideas a go…
Research shows that cortisol levels decrease after just a single yoga session. ‘Meditation, Pilates, quality self-care time and keeping a journal are all great too. Find something that works for you and stick with it!’ says Sara.
Our mind needs to take a break at least once every 90 minutes. Use natural stops in your day to switch off. So, the next time you get up to make a cuppa, take some time to breathe mindfully and appreciate the good in life.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Mental health charity Mind (mind.org.uk) suggests rewarding yourself for small things, such as making a healthy decision. It could be as simple as taking 30 minutes out of your day to properly relax.
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WHEN YOU’RE NOT SLEEPING
Ever had a bad night’s sleep and then nibbled constantly the next day? You’re not alone. ‘Poor sleep reduces your levels of the hormone leptin, which lets you know when you’re full, and increases levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite,’ says Angelique. You could also feel less focused on eating healthily if you’re exhausted. But don’t panic, these tweaks could help…
MAKE A FIST
If you’re exhausted and making a beeline for something unhealthy, pause, think ‘no’ and clench your fist – it could help boost your resolve. A study found that clenching muscles can improve your self-control. The mind and body are so closely tied together, simply doing this can activate willpower.
Head outside first thing in the morning, or eat breakfast by a window, as exposure to natural light is great for resetting your body clock and helps promote good-quality sleep. Getting enough quality sleep has a positive impact on levels of the hormones leptin and ghrelin.
STICK TO A ROUTINE
Go to bed and get up at the same time every day to avoid confusing your circadian rhythm and making poor sleep more likely (see more on lie-ins and grogginess on P.111). It’s no surprise then that research shows people with the lowest levels of body fat also typically stick to a regular sleep schedule. Magazine / 103 BEATWeight ‘THEWatchers CHANGE’…
Menopause is often associated with weight gain – but why? ‘There are three things at play here,’ explains Sara. ‘Your levels of oestrogen and testosterone reduce, while your cortisol levels rise. So your body wants more to eat, but is less capable of processing the food and is simultaneously losing lean body mass.’ Here’s what you can do to take back control…
‘Exercise more as you get older, and aim to build more lean body mass,’ says Sara. ‘It’s the best way to help build muscle and counteract metabolic slowdown.’ Aim for three to five sessions a week.
SEE YOUR GP
If you’re finding the menopause especially tough, don’t suffer in silence! Make an appointment with your GP to talk through your options. ‘Consider bio-identical hormone support if necessary,’ says Sara. Hormonal fluctuations can have many effects during menopause – sleep can be impacted, energy can be depleted and you might be less inclined to exercise, but your doctor will be able to help. Just make sure that any products you use are approved by the Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). 104 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES
The good news is, if you’re following Weight Watchers, you’re already on the right track. That’s because the same foods you’re eating as part of a healthy-eating plan will also have a positive impact on the hormones which affect your weight – most notably insulin. ‘Sticking to a diet high in vegetables and wholegrain options, with a good variety of lean protein from meat, fish or pulses, will help stabilise blood sugar and balance insulin levels,’ says Angelique.
Researchers found that light forms of exercise, such as walking, are more effective at reducing body fat and weight in women who have already been through the menopause than those who haven’t.
Words: Helen Foster. Photography: Alamy, Getty Images, Shutterstock
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Self-care is a buzzword right now, and for good reason. We all need to make the most of life and take time to look after ourselves, and as with most things, it’s all about finding the balance. Think about how much of your life you have spent doing things for other people and how much time you have actually spent on yourself. Of course, if you have children you will naturally devote a lot of time to them, but their needs aside, do you spend a lot more time doing things for others than you do for yourself? How often do you put your own needs first? Try this exercise: think about the past year and how much time you’ve taken as me-time, then how much time you have dedicated to others. Look at it as
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THREE WAYS TO FEEL IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
1 PLAN YOUR TIME
a percentage – is it a 50/50 split? For most people it will be nowhere near. Decide to reclaim some of that time for yourself. Once you’ve looked at it like this and seen how much time you spend caring for others, it will be much easier to let go of the guilt. Your next step is to start saying no to things that will eat into your precious me-time, and start doing more of the things you want to do. Even if it’s just taking an hour to sit by yourself with a cup of tea as you flick through a magazine, schedule it as you would any other important activity and make it happen. And remind yourself – you deserve this time!
Find guidance for the week ahead with The Universe Has Your Back: A 52-card Deck, by Gabrielle Bernstein and Micaela Ezra (£14.99, Hay House UK), a set of affirmations presented on beautifully illustrated cards.
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As I get older I find I need to take more time out for myself, but when I do, I feel selfish. How can I stop feeling like that? Lilly Howard, Norwich
Simply planning your day/week/month will help you manage your time more effectively and feel more at ease. Sunday might be a good day to sit down and plan your meals, exercise schedule, and work and social commitments for the week ahead.
2 DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE
'Learn with pleasure' MANTRA
What we learn with pleasure, we never forget. And as we tend to get a renewed sense of enthusiasm in spring, now is the perfect time of year to enjoy learning something new.
It’s amazing how much a cluttered environment can affect our mood and thinking. Notice how as you tidy things away, you also clear your head!
3 GET ON TOP OF YOUR FINANCES
Financial pressure creates huge amounts of stress and it’s something many of us ignore. Work out a realistic budget so you feel in control of your finances.
WELLBEING NUTRITION FITNESS HEALTH STYLE Zoe Griffiths is head of public health at Weight Watchers and has all the answers when it comes to eating well. If you have a question about food, get in touch. Email her at weightwatchers @seven.co.uk
I’m really inspired to cook from scratch and experiment in the kitchen right now – what are the top foodie trends to try? Tim Ellerman, Dundee
It's great that you’re enjoying cooking from scratch. Not only is it often healthier, it’s also cost effective. You’ll save even more money if you take a packed lunch to work too, as the average Brit spends £1288 a year on shop-bought lunches! There’s a lot of exciting foodie ideas to inspire you this year, and one trend I’m particularly loving is tapas-style Indian and fusion street food dishes. Think zingy grilled vegetables, spiced koftas or lamb keema tacos. These dishes tend to contain less oil and cream than traditional fare, so they can be lower in SmartPoints, especially if you make them yourself. Plant proteins continue to be in the limelight too, as more of us adopt a veggie or flexitarian approach to food. Pulses,
shoots, grains, soya products and algae are all predicted to be cropping up in more shopping baskets and trolleys. This is especially great for us, as dried and tinned pulses and most soya products are now on the zero Points foods list! Reducing food waste is another hot topic and is a great excuse to get creative in the kitchen. Grating broccoli stems into slaw or using veg peelings to make stock are just a couple of ideas to get you started. Experts are also expecting more people to squeeze a small ‘fourth meal’ into their day, to help make busy schedules more manageable. I’m talking about that pre-gym or mid-afternoon snack you reach for when you’re low in energy – think 0% fat natural Greek yogurt sprinkled with protein-packed seeds and chopped fruit.
TRY IT THIS MONTH CHOOSE A HERBAL REMEDY
Sick of binning limp herbs? Slot this clever Cole & Mason Fresh Cut Herb Keeper (£15.99, Lakeland) into your fridge door and keep cut herbs fresher for longer.
TALKING POINT THREE TASTY HERBS AND HOW TO USE THEM
Steep fresh mint leaves in hot water for a soothing cuppa. Or stir chopped fresh mint leaves through a homemade pea soup for a fresh finish.
Typically spotted on pizza and pasta, oregano’s delicious in stews and soups too. Buy it fresh, dried or frozen to add instant flavour to dishes.
' n w o r u o y 'Grow
If you’re thinking of growing veg, make a start with spring onions – they’re fab in salads, soups, sandwiches and stir-fries. For a plentiful crop, sow seeds every two weeks from March to September. You’ll save money in the long run and discover how rewarding cooking can be with homegrown produce.
This aromatic herb is thought to have many health benefits, including improved cognitive function. Add shredded leaves to pasta dishes or scatter over lean pork fillets before grilling.
EXPERTS WELLBEING NUTRITION FITNESS HEALTH STYLE Jennie Gadsby is a personal trainer who specialises in supporting people who are new to exercise. Jennie’s also a Coach, and a Gold Member too! Email Jennie your fitness questions at weightwatchers @seven.co.uk
I’ve been going to fitness classes regularly, running and lifting weights at the gym. If I stop, will my muscles turn to fat? Jo Simmons, Bexhill
Well done on sticking to a balanced and varied fitness programme! It sounds like you’ve been working hard to achieve your goals. A lot of people worry that if they take a break from exercise, their hard work will be undone, but it’s impossible for muscle to be converted into fat. It would be like steak turning into butter. So if you do have to take some time off from exercise, it doesn’t mean you will necessarily gain weight. However, if you don’t keep up your resistance training, your muscles will gradually become smaller and softer, which could make you look and feel less toned. When you’re losing weight, your body not only burns fat but also loses muscle mass. That’s why exercise is an important part of
STEP OUT IN STYLE This stylish Fitbit Blaze (£189.99,
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THREE MUST-TRY FITNESS TRENDS
weight loss: cardio exercise helps you burn calories, while resistance training helps build muscle as you lose fat. A common mistake many people make when they stop working out is not adjusting their daily food intake. If you’ve become accustomed to swapping a few FitPoints for that extra bit of pasta at dinner, then you’ll need to be more mindful of your eating habits if you take an exercise break. Stick to your daily SmartPoints and limit unhealthy foods. Also, track your steps on a Fitbit or pedometer, to remind yourself to keep moving.
TRY IT THIS MONTH
Many people are turning to more mindful fitness routines that focus on breathing and include elements of meditation, such as yoga and qigong.
' Use it ro lose it!'
Our bodies become stiffer and weaker as we age, but staying active can help you remain strong and healthy for longer.
Gaming fans will love fitness-focused virtual reality (VR) workouts. More gyms are investing in VR equipment, so you could soon find yourself wandering through new worlds as you cycle or row your way closer to goal. In the meantime, check out PlayStation Fruit Ninja VR to get moving more at home – you won't even realise you’re exercising.
Hiking is enjoying a revival right now. Maybe it’s the promise of great Insta pics, but walking in the great outdoors is certainly a thing.
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I work from home and often have a lie-in, which makes me feel groggy. How can I become more of a morning person? Amira Singh, Sheffield
Many people worry that sleeping in is unhealthy. I even read a newspaper article recently which implied that sleeping more at weekends can lead to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. But when looking at the study behind the headline, it turned out there was no direct link after all. Having a regular lie-in might just mean that your body needs some extra rest. It’s more important to clarify what’s making you feel groggy. Are you going to bed late and not getting enough sleep? Are you working in your bedroom? The easiest way to become a morning person is to establish good habits, and simple sleep hygiene can help reset your body clock. Try to go to bed at a set time and
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wake at a set time each day, regardless of what you have planned for the day. Also, make your bedroom a comfortable, restful place you associate with peace and quiet rather than work or screen time. Additionally, it’s a good idea to avoid coffee, fizzy drinks, energy drinks and alcohol near to bedtime (or altogether). And wear an eye mask and earplugs to block out background light and noise. Once you’ve made your room cosy, create a structured morning routine so you have something to motivate you to get up on time. If possible, head outside first thing, as the daylight will help wake you up. Go for a walk, or arrange to meet a friend to help keep you accountable. You’ll soon have more get up and go!
If you’re prone to eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis, try an all-natural, oil-based cleansing routine before bed. Start with Skin Salvation Omega-Rich Cleansing Oil (£22 for 200ml, Purepotions), then moisturise with a few drops of Skin Salvation Intensive Facial Oil (£22 for 30ml, Purepotions). Both contain organic essential oils, including regenerative rosehip oil.
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TALKING POINT THREE SIMPLE WAYS TO NOURISH DRY SKIN
1 GET BACK TO BASICS
Expensive doesn't always mean better. Basic emollients work well as barrier creams. Look for one containing little or no added fragrances or colours.
2 COVER UP DAILY
Regardless of the weather, choose a day cream with added SPF as a protective measure all year round. You’ll thank yourself when you’re older!
3 REMEMBER YOUR HANDS!
Our hands deserve extra TLC over winter, as regular exposure to cold, as well as harsh soaps and abrasive surfaces take a toll. Keep a tube of nourishing hand cream in your bag and apply daily.
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I’d like to treat myself to some luxury lingerie but anything I’ve been able to find in my bra size always looks so frumpy. Help! Patricia Lewin, Andover
Don’t worry, I’m here! Luckily, there are now many great underwear options out there for fuller figures. And if the thought of a badly lit, awkward changing room makes you break out in a cold sweat, check out the fab labels you can buy online and try on at home instead. Mimi Holliday (mimiholliday.com) does some gorgeous, sexier styles in sizes up to an H cup. Hurrah! As support is key, it’s best to avoid anything with a soft cup. Figleaves (figleaves.co.uk) offers some great styles up to a JJ cup and Elomi (elomilingerie.com) has pretty options up to a K cup. You’ll also find fab brands via ASOS (asos.com), such as Wolf & Whistle, Bluebella and Lepel which all offer a G-cup, while City Chic go to a J.
If you’re on the high street, check out Rosie for Autograph at M&S, as this range has some gorgeous silk and lace bras available in sizes up to a G cup. Otherwise, it’s best to go somewhere that specialises in bigger busts, such as Bravissimo. It has an excellent selection and the staff give great advice. Remember, over-washing can change the shape and fit of your bras, so always use a netting bag and a gentle wash cycle. Also, get yourself measured regularly while you’re on a weight-loss journey, and make sure your bra fits well on the loosest hook, so you can tighten it as it loosens with wear.
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This coffee table book by fashion influencer Pernille Teisbæk shows you how to add a touch of on-trend Scandi style to both your wardrobe and home. Dress Scandinavian by Pernille Teisbæk (£16.99, Ebury Press) 112 \ Weight Watchers Magazine
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Whenever I find something that fits well, is comfy and I know I'll wear to death, I snap up extras. While you’re on your weight-loss journey, buy one or two in a smaller size as well.
TALKING POINT FINDING THE RIGHT JEANS FOR YOUR SHAPE
1 IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CUT
If you’re pear-shaped, try a relaxed fit and dark shade. If you’re still losing weight, go for a straight leg or boot-cut style. Larger on top? Flared and embellished denim will help draw the eye down.
2 LIFT AND SCULPT
Stretchy jeans will always be the most comfortable and a high-waisted style will hold everything in. Look for lift and sculpt styles for added denim confidence.
3 TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
You won’t be the same size in every brand, so try ordering a few different sizes when you shop online from somewhere new, then try them on at home.
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What Sophie Stevens doesn’t know about fashion isn’t worth knowing! She’s styled everyone from Kylie Minogue and Mel C to The Saturdays, and also works in TV and radio. Email her at weightwatchers @seven.co.uk
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No doubt, like us, you already have your Weight Watchers® food favourites. But did you know there is an incredible range of more than 60 foods and snacks to get your taste buds tingling? And they’re all plan-friendly so they won’t send you off track – bonus! Here’s where to get your hands on some of our favourites – to view the full range of Weight Watchers Foods, visit weightwatchersfoods.co.uk
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Each month we celebrate one of our inspirational Coaches. This time it’s Jo Wright, who’s gone from being unable to walk, to running a marathon…
JOANNE Coach in Addlestone, Teddington and Weybridge
Age 42 Height 5ft 4in Joined August 2013 Time taken to goal 6 months Coach since August 2016
Here, Jo’s members explain what makes her a winning Coach
Before I met Jo, I had little ❛focus and used to turn to
food for comfort. She taught me to make healthy meal plans every week and keep a food journal to track my successes and see where I can improve. I’m 4lb away from goal and couldn’t have got here without her.
Jo pushes us by setting Fitbit step challenges – it’s motivated lots of us to get fit. She’s always on hand to lift people up when they’re having a bad day, and celebrates with members when they receive a certificate or reach a weight-loss milestone.
Trudy Dare, Weybridge meeting
Sarah Dixon, Weybridge meeting
❛ Jo’s personal health story has inspired me to
step out of my comfort zone and start running too. She’s suffered from chronic pain, but persevered and managed to change her own life, and now she’s helped me change mine. I got to my dream weight with Jo’s guidance.
Laurie Perkins, Addlestone meeting
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❛ What Jo doesn’t know about healthy living isn’t worth knowing! She’s taught me how to make lots of healthy food swaps, and thanks to her I now eat a filling breakfast like porridge and know which foods contain healthy fats. Avocado is my new favourite.
Lisa Samuel, Addlestone meeting
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possible before I met Jo! Her meetings are always fun, and she shares lots of creative tips with us members – like how to do the “housework lunge”. All you do is lunge using the vacuum as support. It’s a great cardio workout! ❜
Claire George, Weybridge meeting
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Back in 2009 I was debilitated by complex regional pain syndrome, which left me unable to walk unaided. Finding treatment was tough and while ill, I turned to food for comfort. But when my health finally improved, I joined Weight Watchers. After my first meeting, there was no stopping me! I started walking for fitness, got to goal, then became a Coach. I even ran a marathon! ❜
Smaller-ship cruising weightwatchers have teamed up with award-winning Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines to give you a very tempting 10% membership discount* on your first sailing with them – and that’s on top of any current offers. Existing Fred. Olsen customers can save 5%, in addition to their 5% Loyalty Club discount.
To book using your discount code WEIGHT10 call the weightwatchers booking hotline 0800 0355 108 or visit www.fredolsencruises.com/weightwatchers *All bookings are subject to Fred. Olsen’s (FOCL) standard terms & conditions, available on our website & on request. All prices quoted under the weightwatchers members discount offer are exclusive to qualifying members & their travelling companions only, members must quote their discount code at time of booking. Membership discounts cannot be applied retrospectively. Bookings must be made via the booking hotline number 0800 0355 108. Proof of membership will be required at the time of booking. Offers cannot be extended to any unrelated third party, are subject to availability & may be withdrawn or amended at any time without prior notice. From time to time FOCL may run special offers which cannot be combined with this discount, including selected group travel deals. All guests booked under this scheme are requested to refrain from disclosing the fare paid whilst on board. Offer is for first-time cruisers with Fred. Olsen only. Fred. Olsen Oceans members are entitled to a 5% weightwatchers discount subject to the same terms & conditions, to be applied after the standard Oceans discount, where applicable. In this instance, Oceans Terms & Conditions apply. This offer expires on the 30th June 2018. E&OE.
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