Breakfast - Scrambled eggs
Lunch - Apple and stilton salad starter, chicken milanese with spinach main
Steps - 3,093
Total weight lost 12lbs
We leave Weston earlyish as our lunch reservation for the Ivy is at 13.30 and I have received an email saying that they would only hold the table for 15 minutes so we need to get ready and there on time.
As this is a 'special' occasion I have decided to be a bit more relaxed about my diet today, although to be fair all week has been a little off track. We arrive at the restaurant a little early and order cocktails while we wait for our table. I love cocktails but trying to find one with no sugar syrup or fruit juice is quite difficult. Fruit juice is not recommended if you have diabetes as a juice is full of sugar and causes a sugar spike. If you eat fruit then the fibre in the whole fruit helps to regulate the sugar level in the blood making it less harmful for a diabetic.
I opt for a Cosmopolitan which has a dash of cranberry in it. All the cocktails taste amazing. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed, although it is busy and the waiters are friendly and attentive. I choose my starter and main staying clear of lots of potatoes, pasta and bread. I have a glass of red with my meal. I don't finish all my chicken as I've got used to smaller portions and after eating half I am full. There was a time I would have forced myself to finish it. As a child my Mum would not let us leave food on our plates telling us to think of the 'starving children in the world'. For a long time into my adulthood I would eat everything to the point that I would feel really uncomfortable. Not these days. I stop when I am full.
The dessert menus come around and they sound so tempting when I read the descriptions Mini chocolate truffles with a mini caramel centre, Creme brulee with a sugar crust, Melting chocolate bombe with a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce all things that would have set my mouth dribbling in the past. But now all I am thinking is how much sugar is in that ? I forego a dessert and have an armagnac instead which I know has no carbs. One of my friends orders the chocolate bombe and it looks and smells amazing and when it melts under the hot salted caramel sauce part of me is envious but not enough to order my own, another friend changes her mind about the cheese and biscuits she has ordered and goes for the bombe.
We chat and laugh and catch up with the gossip and as evening draws in a few have to leave. The rest of the crew wander over to Wellbournes, the restaurant mentioned to us by the girl on the train. When we enter we see the girl and she introduces us to her boyfriend and we get him to choose a bottle of white wine for us. We decide on a Soave wine which he describes as having pear tones and a great wine to drink without food. We are not disappointed. I restrict myself to one glass and we talk to him about the restaurant, food and wine. We ask to see a menu and notice that it is quite unusual and he talks about the creation of the dishes and is so passionate about the food that we order two desserts for us to share. This time I am not thinking how much sugar is there in it because these are ones that I can enjoy - Solliès figs, mascarpone, sage & fresh honeycomb. This was a light refreshing dessert with just a smattering of fresh honeycomb and definitely moreish. The second dish we tried was a savoury dessert created as an alternative to a cheese board - Black pudding tart, Devon blue & turnip tops. This was also quite light and lovely. The guys who have opened this restaurant used to work in Michelin Star restaurants and I feel they are adding another dimension to the restaurant choices in Bristol. We will definitely be back after Christmas.
So I've had a lovely weekend. I have indulged a bit on the wine but in comparison to the 1-2 bottles I would have drank in the past on the night out it has been very controlled and food wise I have managed to stay away from the pasta, potato, bread and sweet desserts. I don't feel I've missed out. I do feel that I am on the path to something sustainable that I can do the rest of my life.