Wednesday, 15 February 2012 - 9 comments

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! : True Love is .....


Firstly, may I wish you all a very happy Valentine's Day....This post is all about TRUE LOVE, but may not be what you are expecting. (Yes....there's a soapbox moment coming on!)

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When a special day or event approaches, more often than not, it revolves around food and drink; Valentines Day, birthdays, weddings, funerals, Easter, Christmas...etc.,etc. If we succumbed to every event, we would rarely eat healthily and always be chasing our goals. So we HAVE to sort out our psyche and our mindset before anything else. Otherwise we will be making excuses for ever.
Rather than use the latest event or celebration as a reason to fall off the proverbial band-wagon, I believe that if we can turn our thinking around and the attitude of the people around us-friends, family and loved ones, we can have our cake and eat it! Literally or metaphorically!

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Those of us who are on a weight-loss journey or trying to maintain a healthy way of eating, are most likely to be people who adore food...love talking about it, looking at it and most of all- eating it!
However, there is nothing to stop us taking care of our own nutritional needs -whether that is when we are preparing food ourselves, or asking others for support when they cook for us.
If you were vegetarian, or allergic to certain foods, you would not hesitate to ask a friend or restaurant to cater for your needs. So why is "I am eating a low-fat diet" so difficult to say?

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I have given my Valentines Day post a huge amount of thought, and the following images of some of my creations, I hope, will inspire and help you to flip your thinking and to think outside the box....

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TRUE LOVE IS....


(See post: "You really can have pizza!")

....adapting our tried and tested recipes because we KNOW the propoints or calories.

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TRUE LOVE IS...


....making an every day event a little bit special.

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TRUE LOVE IS....


...presenting low-fat but luxury foods in an extra-special way.

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TRUE LOVE IS...


...finding wonderful serving dishes.

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TRUE LOVE IS...


....when your loved one doesn't sabotage your efforts and makes your sacred treat look like a work of art.

(This picture was sent to me by a dear friend, whose thoughtful husband makes her a beautiful mosaic out of mini smarties each evening in a special dish that used to belong to her mother).

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TRUE LOVE IS...


(Pineapple hearts, stacked with strawberry layers, topped with a strawberry heart and strawberry leaf)

...really thinking about the recipient of the food you make.

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TRUE LOVE IS...




('Jenga' pineapple sculpture with hidden blueberries and layered strawberries inside)


...building a crazy sculpture out of fruit because you want to impress someone!



(It grew)



...by the way, aren't blueberries exquisite when you cut them in half horizontally?

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TRUE LOVE IS...



...loving yourself enough to find out what your heart truely desires, and making it happen.

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9 comments:

Jess 14 February 2012 at 10:24

Ahhh.... what a lovely valentine's day blog!! I "heart" Slice of Slim !!!

Half Egg 14 February 2012 at 18:05

We loved all your Valentine's Day suggestions because we are a couple of old romantics.

Janey 14 February 2012 at 18:39

Drop the 'old', Half Egg-I know who you are and you are both a couple of Spring chickens! xxx

seenthelight 14 February 2012 at 21:00

You are sooooooo creative. I love it. Too late to make for today however. My 'true love' bought me a dozen red roses. First time in almost fifty two years. I smelt a rat as there were only eleven. Mr. Make Do and Mend had doctored an after shave bottle and had modified it to a vase in order to take a single flower. Obviously to get one red rose he had to buy twelve!!!! As you know him well you might appreciate this!. Anyway love these blogs of yours and just about to make the bloggynaisse - we have heating/water back on too!

Janey 14 February 2012 at 23:55

seenthelight that is absolutely adorable! Romance after 52 years! LOVE IS.....the ability to still surprise! Glad you are warm and cosy again and thankyou for your kind comments xxx

Soo 15 February 2012 at 08:51

Thank you Janey. Inspirational yet again, putting things into perspective. Well Done.

fishy_ferret 15 February 2012 at 13:31

Gorgeous post Janey. You are truly inspiring! Keeping me on the straight and narrow with your delicious recipes.... like you I'm into the prettiness of dishes and spend hours looking for the right dish, cup or glasses for presenting the food... xx

Janey 15 February 2012 at 14:41

Wonderful FF! Presentation is everything...... things look and even taste more delicious when presented with TLC!!! xx

Janey 15 February 2012 at 23:22

Late but not forgotten.......Slice-of-Slim hearts you too Jess! and Soo thanks for your kind comments and for putting up with my soapbox moments! I'm bossy and opinionated but I try and wrap it all up in chocolate-covered language! xxx

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