I'm Jen, a thirty-something vegetarian, full time mum and average kind of woman! I lost over ten stone in 16 months by healthy eating and no exercise! I live in Kirkby in Ashfield in Nottinghamshire and cook for myself and my family on a budget and love experimenting with different foods and flavours in the kitchen! I have depression and I am also open about having been in abusive relationships in the past because I feel these are nothing to be ashamed of. I started running almost a year after losing my weight and to my surprise realised I quite enjoy it. Blogging about life, food and me!
I have a YouTube video here
I live with my partner Stuart who is likely to also feature in my blog. We met through Slimming World and he lost a whopping 22 stone by also following a healthy eating plan. My son Ben is 11 and he has some disabilities which can make life a challenge at times but he is amazing too. Ben is likely to feature in my blog also as I aim to feed him as healthy food whilst still allowing him to be a typical child and have treats. Ben enjoys cooking with me and I will be likely to share some of his favourite foods with you too. Neither Stuart or Ben are vegetarian and I cook meat daily for them so can often offer both vegetarian and meat recipes however as a vegetarian I will always let you know how well I managed to adapt a recipe to make it suitable for vegetarians.
The aims of my blog
I started my blog as a way of sharing my weight loss success and inspiring others to change their lives like I have. I share recipes, reviews and products which I find helpful and hope they help others also. I am always as open and honest as I can in sharing the difficulties I have encountered as well as the successes I have because I am just an average woman with an average life. I cook on a budget so aim to always use ingredients that are relatively easy and cheap to get hold of and meals which can be cooked around being a mum. Life gets in the way sometimes of healthy eating and I will share these challenges also because we are all only human and these challenges are normal. My blog will also cover other lifestyle and household topics I feel would also be relevant and interesting to my readers.
Some previous blog posts that will tell you a little more about me can be found below. By clicking on the post title you can open the full post.
A Bit more about me
A week in the food of Jen
So you asked me... your questions answered
A Letter to my 12 Year old self
A letter to my size 30 self (nb. this was a guest post of mine on another website)
Healthy Kids....Ben joins Slimming World
Ben Following Slimming World 3 weeks on
Ben's Slimming World Journey and half stone award video