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(Not) Skating and a Meal Out

January 25, 2011

I started working with a new team at work at the beginning of this month and they’re really friendly! They invited me out with them this evening for some dinner out and then ice skating on the outdoor rink that’s been erected in Leeds City Centre.

I was delighted to have to opportunity to socialise a bit with people from work because previous teams I’ve worked in have either been small (just me and my manager) or boring. However, I have a phobia of ice, so the skating wasn’t happening for me. I’ve had the fear since I was 10 and I fell over on an icy slope and broke my arm. I’ve had to get over it to a certain extent these past 2 winters when it’s been very icy and I have a pair of very grippy boots that have been glued to my feet most of the winter! Having said that, I think ice skating might have been a step too far. I went along and watched the rest of my team try and hang on to some dignity. Unfortunately I forgot my camera, which is also the reason my post today is a bit light on photos.

Before we went to the rink we decided to go to to Nando’s for dinner. Eating out used to be an issue for me when I was trying to lose weight by sticking to a low-fat, low-calorie diet. It would go one of two ways: either I would get stressed and really struggle to find anything on the menu that I “could” eat or I would really go for it – starter, mains and stodgy desert. For the past few months I’ve been trying to relax a lot more about food and try to eat nutritious whole foods that are exciting and delicious to eat. I still put some thought into what I’m going to choose – I had a look at the Nando’s menu before I went and had more or less chosen what I was going to have. I looked for something that would have good nutritional value and most importantly would taste good! I went for the bean burger wrap with yoghurt mayonnaise and chilli jam with a side of “macho peas” (peas with parsley, mint and chilli). The bean burger was made from chickpeas, lentils, sweetcorn, pumpkin seeds and chedder cheese – mostly good stuff. When I go out for a meal I have to accept that I might eat more refined food than I would normally – but eating them every now and then is not going to do me much harm. I’m lucky that I don’t have a restrictive diet (I’m not veggie or vegan and I don’t have any allergies/intolerances) and can choose pretty much anything on the menu. I can imagine it would be a lot more difficult to eat out if I did have to eat a special diet. And boy, was that wrap filling, I’m sitting here three hours later and I’m not in least bit peckish, not even for chocolate!

However, I do have one favourite restaurant which has a menu full of healthy, nutritious, unusual and oh so tasty food – the Rainbow Cafe (, a vegetarian cafe in Cambridge. I highly recommend it if you’re in the Cambridge area. I hope to visit again soon myself.

Now for my eats for the rest of the day … I started off with some Dorset Super High Fibre muesli with a chopped apple and some blueberries (I was really craving fruit this morning). Mid-morning I had some oatcakes with hazelnut butter (my current favourite) and two clementines.


For lunch I had a salad with buckwheat (my grain of the week, so might feature quite heavily), romaine lettuce, cucumber and my home-made hummus. My fruit craving continued this afternoon and bought an orange from the shop at work and ate a Ginger Bread Nakd bar that I had with me. Ginger Bread is my favourite flavour at the moment. I love how it tastes just like the real thing and is so moist. I love it so much, I have a whole box in my cupboard at home!


I’m managing to write this earlier than I normally would, so I think I’ll take advantage and have an early night. Since I’ve been blogging, there’s been a few late nights … I might have to work on my time management!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2011 9:07 pm

    You need to fix the link to the Rainbow Cafe (the http:// bit), and perhaps point out to your readers that it is Cambridge UK, not Cambridge MA in the USA.

    Love Peter.

  2. January 25, 2011 11:47 pm

    Great cafe recommendation, thanks 🙂 Also, really great attitude to eating out. I think leaving aside calorie concerns and instead trying to good nutritional value out of what you choose is a great strategy. Bean burgers are always a pretty good choice for that.

    Can totally empathise with the blogging and late nights problem, btw. She says typing this at 11.47..

  3. January 26, 2011 2:19 pm

    I’m with you on the Gingerbread Nakd bar, it tastes waaaay more indulgent than it actually is… win!

  4. January 26, 2011 2:48 pm

    I’m so jealous of that box of Nakd Gingerbread bars…too good!

  5. January 26, 2011 4:13 pm

    Ooh, I’m going to Cambridge in September to go to a conference (I’m speaking there, argh!) and I’ve been worrying so much about food options. I almost didn’t want to go because of it actually: vegan options are few and far between and the conference organizers didn’t even understand what veganism was (they thought it entailed eating no animal products except, um…fish!) You’ve made my day basically.

    I wasn’t a fan of the Gingerbread bar actually ~ it seemed too strong in terms of ginger. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s because it isn’t chocolate flavoured 😉

    Thank you for this post again and I think you have a brill approach towards healthy eating!


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