Top 5 Tips for Losing Weight

Sorry! I know that we’re all bombarded with diets and healthy eating at this time of year, so I am going to keep it short and sweet.

I love a pie and slice of cake as much as anyone but there are certain times when I need to cut back and lose those few extra pounds before more and more creep on and I become a small round thing (there are some photos of a very spherical me from my uni days!)

Until I reach the middle of that lovely sky blue colour in the Dairy Diary weight chart (see page p22) I am going to stick to these simple rules:

  1. No bread after breakfast.
  2. Drink a glass of water and eat a small healthy snack every 3 hours.
  3. At mealtimes fill half the plate with salad and or veggies.
  4. No pastry, biscuits or cakes.
  5. Plan exercise every 2 days and write it in my Dairy Diary– then stick to it!

Healthy snacks include fruit, raw veggies or pickles served with some protein such as eggs, ham or Quorn cocktail sausages (love these) or maybe a hot milky drink or a small portion of cheese.

Sweet & salty popcorn is also a great choice as it feels like a treat without the guilt.

It’s important to keep meals
interesting with lots of colourful
veggies and variety.

I love pickles as a side and a snack, in particular this wonderful cauliflower from the 2016 Diary.

Dairy Diary 2016The Dairy Diary is still available to buy online or by calling 01425 463390.





Turmeric Pickled Cauliflower

Turmeric Pickled Cauliflower

  • Servings: 2-3 jars
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Calories 34 per portion
Fat 0.4g (0.1g sat) per portion
Suitable for vegetarians


  • White/Chinese rice wine vinegar 300ml (½ pint)
  • Caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • Salt 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Crushed dried chillies 1 tsp
  • Cauliflower 1 small, broken into florets
  • Clean jars 1 large or 2 small


  1. Pour vinegar into a saucepan with 200ml (7fl oz) water. Add sugar and salt and bring up to boil. Stir until sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add turmeric, mustard seeds and crushed chillies to liquid.
  3. Pack cauliflower into clean jars, pour in liquid and leave to cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 8 weeks.

A Dairy Diary recipe.


#weightloss #pickles

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