Total Game Changer

Last week I was invited along to  a day at Cheshire Cookery School in Altrincham organised by Total (the Greek Yoghurt people). The theme was nutrition and healthy eating, two things I thought I knew a little bit about. But, Martin from MAC Nutrition made me reassess my whole approach to eating and made me realise what a rut we’ve been stuck in when it comes to nutrition and healthy eating!

It’s no secret that since Taran (the pony)  and Pippin (the dog) died, my weight has sky rocketed. Of course I’ve been in complete denial, but the harsh truth is,  not walking a huge dog every day and not having a pony to keep me fit means that my weakness for cake and chocolate has to stop!

And, it stops right now. Armed with some useful advice from Martin, a goody bag full of  tasty yoghurt and a renewed determination to regain some fitness, this family is about to embark on a whole new regime of healthier eating and my lazy ways will be a thing of the past.

And, if you want to know why I’m sharing this on the blog – it’s so I can’t back out – now you all know I’m determined to regain some fitness and not kid myself that a weekly pilates and yoga class can replace the daily walks and hefting of hay bales that used to keep the excess “baggage” at bay!

Of course, there will still be plenty of baking and making, but with a renewed focus on eating for health as well as taste.

Take a look at these gorgeous cookies – we made these on Friday and they are so easy, you can knock up a batch in under 10 minutes. This family loves them!

You can find the recipe here and find more information on Total Greek recipes here.

By the way, the great photos were taken by Dave, one of the few photographers who has succeeded in putting me at my ease and he managed to get some great shots of me in the kitchen.

So, look out for “Foodie Fridays”, when I’ll be sharing more recipes and tips from my Total Greek day. This  week kicks off with my twist on a delicious chicken curry – doesn’t it look delicious? I’ll be posting the recipe on Friday.

Stay healthy and happy.

Tracey x


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  1. Now I feel even more guilty about the amount of cake I have consumed over the last few days!! But it’s all that indulgence that gets me out of my bed at 6.30 to go for my morning walk, to at least walk off some of the calories! I’m looking forward to your recipes!


  2. ps forgot to say – super photo of you!!


  3. Tracey Todhunter

     /  July 30, 2012

    Thanks – and you’ve no need to feel guilty! When I used to get up at 6am, walk 5 miles, muck out pony, walk home and eat hot buttered crumpets my waistline didn’t suffer – now it’s adifferent story and I can’t blame fast approaching big five oh!


  4. Ali

     /  July 30, 2012

    Ahhh fond memories of Altrincham…and many Saturday lunches consumed in spud-u-like!
    Keep up the fab positive changes on the healthy living front…I’m looking forward to the Hairy Dieters later this week and your Foodie Fridays!
    Your photo is fabulous – coool specs!
    xxxx Ali


  5. Tracey Todhunter

     /  July 31, 2012

    Thanks Ali, new specs – well spotted!


  6. It’s amazing how versatile yoghurt is. Looks like you had a lot of fun!


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