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Five Reasons People Struggle To Get Back on Plan

There are many reasons that those of us on Slimming World fall off plan from time to time, personal stresses, parties, nights out, friends, family, work, life in general! As rubbish as it is to fall of the wagon, often its getting back on plan that’s the really hard part. Once you’ve given into temptation, or spent a few days indulging your food cravings, or taken a necessary break to enjoy something important, how you deal with starting to food optimise again can be really important.  Continue Reading…


For Anyone That Feels Like Quitting…

Please don’t! Here’s why, how, and what to do if you have…

We all have them don’t we? Those days where it all seems too much and we just want to say f**k it and throw in the proverbial towel. If you don’t you’re a very lucky (and slightly odd) person, and I seriously envy you! I’m talking about those days where losing weight just feels like a never ending journey requiring far too much effort for far too little reward. Given that losing weight has unquantifiable benefits, from a physical and mental health point of view, that might seem stupid, but sometimes it’s just hard for those huge benefits to out-way quite how exhausting losing weight can be. Continue Reading…


Seven Reasons You Might Not Be Losing Weight

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel that you’ve done everything perfectly, but the number on the scales just isn’t budging? Well, I have and it’s incredibly frustrating. I am not a Slimming World consultant, and I have not been trained by Slimming World, but I’ve been doing this for over a year now and in that time I’ve gained a pretty good insight (from my own struggles and from those around me) into the things which could be stopping the weight from shifting. 

Hopefully this might help identify some things you could adjust or change. I will stress though that the plan works differently for everyone, and there’s no hard and fast rule for how fast you should lose weight on Slimming World! It’s easy to get disheartened when you see other people with big losses, but just remember that the most important thing is that you’ve taken control of your weight problems, and you’re doing something about them! Never let anyone make you feel bad for the rate at which you’re losing weight, and NEVER EVER give up because you feel it’s not shifting fast enough. Nobody ever said that losing weight was easy, if it was everyone in this world would be slim. It’s a hard journey, but with the right tools and support it’s one that you will absolutely get to the end of. As I say, these are just some observations, and generally accepted principles, that might make a bit of difference to your weight loss, and the first one might surprise you!  Continue Reading…


Creative Nature Chia & Cacao Chocolate Chip Brownies

We’ve all been there haven’t we? You’re tired, hungry, dieting and really really want some chocolate! What do you do? Well, if you’ve got the ingredients and the inclination you could make some 1 syn chocolate brownies, or you could make sure you have a quick, simple and healthy option to help you stay on track! 

That’s exactly what health food company Creative Nature enable you to do with their home baking mixes, which come in two varieties – Chia & Mulberry Muffin Mix, and Chia & Cacao Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix. How great is that ?! Healthy baking mixes! I mean I love a gooey Betty Crocker brownie mix as much as the next gal, but it’s not exactly conducive to a good diet now is it?  Continue Reading…


Cheat’s Low Syn Sausage & Egg McMuffin

If you’re in the mood for a cheeky McDonald’s breakfast, but don’t really fancy wasting 21.5 syns on a Sausage & Egg McMuffin…this might just be the answer to your prayers!

Yes, it’s a little bit more effort than walking round the corner with your wallet, but not only do you get to bathe in the knowledge that you made a much more healthy choice and helped protect your weight loss, you also get the satisfaction of making something delicious in the kitchen!  Continue Reading…


Mindful Cooking Made Simple

I have always had pride in the healthy, easy, and tasty food I cook on a day to day basis, however in an age of waste and processed food it can often be difficult to make sure we’re cooking to best food possible for ourselves, and keeping an eye on the environment whilst doing so.

That’s where companies such as Mindful Chef come in, showing us that a few simple changes can reduce our impact on the environment, and drastically simplify our time in the kitchen! Mindful Chef is a recipe box company, who create delicious, healthy meals and send you the ingredients you need to cook them. Continue Reading…


You Can Now Find Basement Bakehouse on Yummly!

Haven’t heard of Yummly? Well where have you been getting your recipes then?! 

Yummly is a fantastic website which essentially brings a world of food directly into your pocket, and you can now find my recipes on this wonderful site. What’s more, and I really hope you will, you can ‘Yum’ my recipes (using the button at the end of each post preview) which will save them for you to use at a later date! Think of it as creating your own virtual recipe book, which you can take where ever you want!

At a friends house and don’t know what to cook? Just load your Yummly page! On holiday and can’t think what to make for a romantic evening for two? Open your Yummly page! Bored at home on your own and want to find quick and easy meals for one? Open your Yummly page!

Every time you ‘Yum’ one of my recipes you will be really helping Basement Bakehouse, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that! 

You can find the page with my recipes on here – http://www.yummly.com/page/basementbakehouse (it’s still being updated, and every time you Yum a recipe it’ll be added!) 

What I need each and every one of my wonderful readers to do is to go back to your favourite recipes and click the ‘Yum’ button. It appears at the bottom of the preview of each post! You don’t even need to click into the post itself!

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Thank you, clicking Yum helps me continue posting recipes week in week out, so for that I am very grateful! 


Slimming World Kitchen Essentials

I’ve always cooked, but a common theme amongst many Slimming World-ers is that this lifestyle change means they cook a lot more than they used to! So for any newbies out there, or simply for anyone else out there who loves to cook as much as I do, here are my absolute essentials in the kitchen!  Continue Reading…


To Tweak or Not To Tweak…That Really Is The Question!

Before I even start typing this I’m holding my breath for a barrage of differing opinions on this subject, so before the keyboard warriors out there decide to get on their high horse, or the tweak police get ready to bang my doors down and cart me away remember…this is just my view on the subject! 

Now that I’ve got that out the way, there may be a few people thinking… Continue Reading…