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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Shorter than it should've been.

30th June 2018
Change starts in your thoughts

Last day of June and I’ve just realised I stopped posting the challenges, I clean forgot you know, it wasn’t even intentional.  Apparently one of us in the house has Alzheimer’s, the other also has a serious memory problem apparently!  Not sure when I stopped but I’m guessing a week ago, hey ho, hopefully you’re doing well enough without them.

Arrgghh twice my pc has shut down already this morning losing my blog, nightmare and I haven’t got the time so now it’s going to have to be really short because I can’t keep trying to remember what I’ve written and I’ve got to go to work.  What a waste of half hour.

Yesterday was a very great day, I was lucky that my sister cooked for me yesterday, we had orzo again this time hot and with chicken thighs, mmm.  It was this recipe http://pinchofnom.com/recipes/syn-free-one-pot-mediterranean-chicken-orzo-slimming-world/ I’m not sure if my sister would agree but I’d probably cut or leave out the lemon but that’s just me.

It’s made me want my 40 gloves of garlic chicken made with thighs, mmm, and I think that would go so well with orzo cooked with it, either in the same pot or separately then stirred in the juice.  Mmm, mouths watering now.

Mom and me had a lovely day together after I’d finished my work and had my massage, a long lazy afternoon in the garden, I put out all my seaside treasures and they look fab, hope my members keep collecting more for me.  Then a few hours in front of the tv before bedtime, I like those days when the mood in my house is calm.  I live for calm.

OH and we’ve smashed our target for moms just giving fundraiser for her birthday, thanks to the raffle in the meetings we’re now at £851.95!  How incredible is that, just wonderful thank you everyone, still time to donate if you wish to, just go to the page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moms80 or text BAYF58 £1 or whatever value you want to send to 70070.

Anyway thanks to a dodgy computer, I’m short on time so need to end it here.

My final challenge for June is to say to you ‘have a very great day’ and remember, re-set, re-adjust, re-start, re-focus, as many times as you need to.

Catch you tomorrow.

Friday, 29 June 2018

It's a bit fishy!

29th June 2018

Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.

Late today, had me a lie in didn’t I, after being woke up by mom a few times, I took advantage of being able to fall back to sleep.  Another glorious day forecast too, I’ve got some stuff to do before I can get out there and enjoy it this afternoon.  It’s Prom for so many tonight, all those poor lads melting in their suits and the girls make up melting, I don’t envy them at all but I do look forward to seeing them all over Facebook.

I’ve just spend 20 minutes writing a blog and my computer froze and when I’ve rebooted the above chapter was all that was saved!  I obviously don’t remember what I wrote because I just type from my head, yay!  Let’s try again, aarrrggghhhh.

Anyway it was about orzo salads, my sister made me one and now it’s my most memorable meal of the week, I loved it, so fresh and tasty and my mouth and belly
are in need of more, nom nom.  Orzo is a type of pasta that looks like rice and both are similar in Smart Point values.  She used 200g (18SP) which made enough for four people easily.  It’d be great for a packed lunch or as part of a barbeque.  To add a bit of extra flavour when cooking at flavour to the water, a bit of stock or 1/2tsp of turmeric, or maybe a bit of curry powder for a curry kick to it, the options are endless.

Next you dice up whatever veggies you want to add to the salad, cherry tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, anything that floats your boat, a handful of peas or sweetcorn.  Throw in some fresh herbs maybe, parsley, basil, dill, chives, choose a flavour you

Make a dressing or use a Weight Watchers salad dressing sachet (in meeting product), I like the idea of the balsamic one, mmm.  You can make one of course, 1tbsp water, 1/2tbsp lemon juice, a sprinkle of dried oregano, 1 tbsp of pickled vegetable juice (from any jar of pickles, we nearly all have a jar of onions or gherkins lurking in the cupboard) and a bit of salt and black pepper.

When you’re orzo is cooked, drain and run cold water over it to stop it stop it overcooking and clumping together, the drain it.

Put all your ingredients together in a bowl, mix well and enjoy, you can top it with a bit more of whatever herb you’ve opted for, delicious with a piece of fish or chicken.

Let’s talk about fish for a minute, do you eat it?  Do you eat oily fish?  How much? If not why not? 

Did you know we should aim to have two portions (around 140g is a portion) of fish per week, one of which is oily? Most people just don’t eat this much. Maybe we could use this lovely hot weather to introduce more fish into our choices for our BBQs, picnics and light suppers?  Try something you haven’t eaten before, I had trout the other night, it was so good, I love it. 

Fresh tuna (not tinned)
Swordfish (not for children or pregnant women, as it contains higher levels of mercury)

Fish is a good source of protein, but oily fish also contains vitamin A, vitamin D, and iodine. And oily fish which contains edible bones (like tinned salmon) is a great source of calcium and phosphorus. As well as this, oily fish contains omega-3. This essential fatty acid is good for our hearts and minds; with links to reductions in heart disease and improved mood and memory. 

And what’s brilliant – all unsmoked fish and shellfish has a SmartPoints value of zero, so we can enjoy them with no weighing, measuring or tracking.
For more information see: 

●NHS CHoices ‘Fish and shellfish’ page: https://www.nhs.uk/Livew…/Goodfood/Pages/fish-shellfish.aspx

●The British Dietetic Association (BDA) Food Fact Sheet “Omega-3”: https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/omega3.pdf

Right I’m off because I have stuff to do and places to be, oh and a mom to try and get to eat some breakfast.

Here’s to a very great day, luvs ya BeYOUtiful!