Avoiding the ‘C’ Words

Ah, the start of a new month, reinvention (as my new found friend the Reinvention Tour will agree) is always so tempting at the start of a new month…

As a bride to be, the usual concerns of being able to squeeze into a size smaller than usual wedding dress – so reinvent self as non-drinker of tummy-bloating wine, non-eater of too many ‘c’ words (crisps, chocolate, cheese and blasted diet coke – ssh! Stop talking about them, the temptation). Is resistance easier when the month date is in single figures? Discuss…

So, I’ve created the perfect recipe for a virtuous start to the month. Packed full of superfoods, healthy oils, vitamins, minerals and so many other good things it should probably be knighted, this dish promises… Och, it promises nothing. I just fancied sharing it.


It’s the Mother Theresa of food goodness…

Salmon and broccoli super skin dinner (serves 2)

2 salmon fillets

1 lemon

One and a half heads of broccoli

1 avocado

2 cloves garlic

2tbsp chopped parsley

Salt and pepper, butter

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Lightly oil sheets of foil, season the salmon with salt and pepper, dot lightly with butter and wrap in the foil to make parcels. Place in the oven for around 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into even-sized floets and steam for four to five minutes. Puree the avocado with the juice of the lemon, the garlic cloves, parsley and a little salt and pepper. Mix with the steamed broccoli.

Serve the broccoli with the salmon and some salad leaves on the side.

Face the same, but weight lighter!

I did the Facelift Diet (eating salmon and veg and very little else!) for the three days and I’ll post the photographic results once I find a better camera. As I don’t have a particularly great camera at the mo, it’s probably hard to tell if I’m wrinkle-free or not.

Confession time! There’s a certain carbonated, caffeinated soft drink that I like A LOT… * And I couldn’t give it up for the duration of my three-day scientific experiment so maybe if I had, I’d be staring in the mirror right now and a 20-year-old me would be looking back!

I don’t think I look particularly different, but I did enjoy feeling very energetic while eating this way and I lost 2-and-a-half pounds, joy. And now I’ve got a hen party to go to (my friend is being very old school and having her hen party two days before she gets married) and a tight dress to fit into, so thanks Facelift Diet…



*I’ve worked out I spend in the region of £30 a week on this particular product. Insane.

Mid Facelift Diet and Lovely Lists

So, I’m on day 3 of the Facelift Diet (basically eat salmon, veg, some fruit and nuts for three days straight and see the wrinkles magically melt away – allegedly) and enjoying the increase in energy and happiness.

Bit bored though! And I’ve posted a pic here of the Family Champion Cupcake Maker torturing me with her evil, sugary genius…

It still hurts that she was so much better than me at this

“I get to eat cake and STILL be skinny, ha ha!”

I lost my iPhone at the weekend. Gutted, devastated, lost and bereft – I’ve run out of words to describe it… What I REALLY loved about my iPhone were the apps. Just what isn’t there an app for? (And if there isn’t something, I ought to dream it up, invent it and make tonnes of money). Needless to say, there’s an app for wedding planning, but I feel it takes the fun out of writing endless lists.

I LOVE lists. Sometimes I compose them with tasks I’ve already done just so I can tick them off. (Do try, enormously satisfying). And often, I’ll put the most mundane things on my work to do list. Post letter, clean out email inbox, do shredding, turn on computer… (Maybe not that last one.)

So, a wedding app is going to take away the joy of list writing and therefore is not for me. The most difficult list is the guest list obviously, guaranteed pain and moments of waking up at 3am thinking: “Merciful heavens, I forgot distant cousin Delia Anne Frogerty! Let’s hope she still isn’t married…”* That aside, lists for everything else are incredibly good fun.

And finally, naturally I have very curly hair. In common with most curly girls, I fantasise about long, straight thick tresses glossily gleaming and the ability to toss my hair a la shampoo ads… So, in the blogosphere, there’s a talented lady who can show you how to straighten your hair and not damage it. Fab.

*I made her up. Sadly, she doesn’t exist.

Eat salmon and lose wrinkles?

Can you believe it – two close friends are getting married this Saturday and, short of the ability to split in two, we can only attend one.

So, Pam and Keith’s it is. I can’t wait as Pam is a dear family friend so the wedding is also an opportunity to catch up with family and lots of wonderful people.

I’m also experimenting… I first read about the Facelift Diet in 2004; created by Dr Perricone, basically it involves eating salmon two or three times a day, no processed foods, lots of green veg and water, and a little bit of fruit for three days straight.

So, in the interests of proper science, I took a picture of my face this morning (sans make-up! Honestly, I put make-up on to put the bins out) and will compare and contrast on Thursday, by which time I’m guessing I’ll probably not want to eat salmon again for a long, long time…