Diet Day 13 – Just EAT!

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Why does it feel like the world revolves around food when you’re on a diet?

I was in meetings most of the day and everyone seemed to be hungry, all they wanted to do was eat.  I reckon it was that grey continual drizzle type of day that set every one off.  Luckily I had a box of M&S bites left over and my handy oversized box of dried apricots, always guarenteed to make a meeting run more smoothly.  When I came home and I had to cook a meal for the kids.  They drooled over the Chicken Fried rice, while I sulked in the kitchen.  I managed to escape to the Turtlewings common evening (a creative group who hang out on the first Thursday of the month), to be confronted with nibbles galore and wine.  I semi-sulked over my olives and garlic, and a glass of red grape juice (yes grape juice, no not red wine!).  Luckily my good friend Jules didn’t let me sulk for long, and so we kicked off with a session on how to think out of the box on a certain subject and think creatively.  I loved the way, using Edward de Bono‘s techniques, we had to focus on how our Turtlewings group was going to move forward and develop this year, and that we had to brainstorm ideas based on a random word.

However, it was Italy.  Can you believe it?  Off we went on food, wine, culture, art, slow living and on.  We talked pizza’s, sunday family meals, minestrone soup………… but ended up with some great creative ways forward including a retreat weekend with an Italian flavour (not sure how Hubbie will view this), turning ourselves into the Mafia (lets go break the rules!), creating italian art without drawing, and bringing in Italian creative speakers focusing on old skills.  Great fun, and a great way to map your group, your business or your life to move forward.  I’ve borrowed a book, ‘How to have a Beautiful Mind’ by the same author, to do a makeover on my mind.  Here’s hoping it has a section on how to take your mind off food!


Chicken Fried Rice

For a semi-diet meal (Dairy is not allowed on my diet), omit the eggs or feed the kids!



  • 4 cups cold cooked rice
  • 1 fillet cooked chicken (or substitute cooked turkey, etc.), chopped
  • 2 eggs (more if desired)
  • 1/2 cup green frozen peas
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced
  • Seasonings (add according to taste):
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Oyster sauce, or fish sauce
  • Pepper
  • Oil for stir-frying, as needed



Beat the eggs lightly, (Add a bit of oyster sauce if desired).

Chop the chicken meat and dice the onion and spring onion.
Heat wok and add oil. When oil is ready, pour 1/2 of the egg mixture into the wok and cook over medium heat, turning over once.  Cook the other half the same way.  Cut the egg into thin strips, and save for later.

Stir-fry the onion on high heat for a few moments, then add the green peas, and cook for 3 minutes.  Remove and set aside.

Add oil, turn down the heat to medium and stir-fry the rice.  Add the soy sauce, pepper and oyster sauce.  Add the chicken, onion and green peas and combine thoroughly. Serve chicken fried rice with the strips of egg on top and the spring onion as a garnish. (Alternately, you can mix the spring onion and egg in with the other ingredients).

Sit back, watch the kids wolf it up!



You can eat on Etsy, without the calories of course!..….

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4 Responses to “Diet Day 13 – Just EAT!”
  1. julie anne says:

    Wow, what a great post and amazing writing, especially for as late as it was. Sorry for the nibbles, will do better next time. It was a very fun and inspiring evening! Can’t wait for the planning, let me know if you have any more ideas…Jules

    • julie anne says:

      Just searched for new foods to have at the common meetings, should have done this yesterday morning! But, will definitely have some for February!

      • wheat-free oatcakes

      • fresh unsalted nuts with an equal amount of dried fruit (preferably ‘unsulphured’ dried fruit from health food shops) (I did have unsalted peanuts)

      • Some crudites (keep some cut-up carrots, celery and peppers in the fridge) with some hummus (we had hummus, see I just missed the crudites)

      • rye crackers with cottage cheese and cucumbers

      • fruit – go exotic with fresh lychees or eat a locally grown apple for best flavour, add a small slice of strong cheese to make it more satisfying

    • will do, and I need to work on that soup swop for February………….. buzzing with ideas!

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