These photos are pre-social media when there were no filters on photos and no pressures to look a certain way. .
Of course there were those who were skinny too and those who were fat but no-one judged or had anywhere to post photos that weren’t real. The only place to post a photo was in a personal photo album which stayed in your living room. .
No-one exercised, worked out or went to gyms in the same ‘addicted to fitness’ way so our bodies were a different shape and less toned than gym bodies of nowadays. .
Maybe we did ballet or horse riding or swam or did some form of sport at school and beyond but only for our personal enjoyment. Not with the same end goals to have the perfect Instagram body. .
We didn’t compare or judge.
No pressures to look a certain way.
We were happier and more confident in our body image then.
Free to be who we were. .
My courgettes are homegrown from my veg patch. Very proud!
Slow cook the beef mince together with chopped onions, garlic, tomato passata and seasoning in a slow cooker for a few hours before you’re ready to assemble and eat. The juices should all have reduced so the mince os browned and sauce is reduced and thickened.
Shallow fry the courgettes very quickly in a little olive oil so they remain firm
Add the mince mixture to your serving of courgetti spaghetti and grate a generous portion of Parmesan cheese over the top.
Appetising and appealing food on a plate can be comprised of healthy low carb and protein ingredients. Including some good fats in your diet is better than eating low and no fat, as it can actually help your weightloss and help you feel satisfied.
The hormonal and metabolic benefits of eating more fat are great, but one of the best benefits might be the satiating effects of fat. Nothing is worse than eating a lower-calorie diet that leaves your hungry all the time. This is traditionally a huge problem in diets which deny you foods with a higher fat content such as nuts, fatty fish, cheese, and avocado.
Satiating fat leaves you feeling full. When the fat you eat hits your small intestine, it sets off a cascade of signals which includes the release of hormones such as CCK and PYY. These two hormones play a major role in appetite regulation and satiety; they leave you feeling full and satisfied. The more satiated you are, the less likely that you’re going to sneak in snacks between meals or pile on a second helping.
So for a weekend brunch I have cooked crispy free range streaky bacon, organic scrambled egg in a little organic salted butter, wilted spinach, baby Isle of Wight tomatoes, avocado, with some chopped red chillies.
And an Expresso coffee.