Hi folks,

My name is Chanden. I used to be sick and tired of being fat and super depressed about it. So I decided to do something.

On the 13th March 2015 I embarked on a weight loss programme called the Cambridge Weight Plan (Step 2) and to date (16 July 2015) I have lost 70lb and gained a bundle of confidence. I’ve still got a long way to go, but the last few months have got me thinking about my mind set and my attitude and approach to a healthy lifestyle.

This picture shows me at my 30th birthday party at the start of the year and then me about to go shopping 10 weeks after starting this plan.

10 week comparisonThis shows the same birthday and compares with a picture of me on 2 July 2015.


My weight loss plan replaces meals with shakes and bars except for my one evening meal. I have an allowance of protein and vegetables and I use herbs and spices to make this one small meal super special and delicious. The meals I have shared have received a lot of positive feedback so I wanted to create a space where I could post these recipes and answer any questions about them or cooking in general.

The weight loss isn’t purely diet related- it is a lot of mind over matter at times, and so I’d also like to use this site to start a dialogue about wellbeing and being holistic in the approach to weight loss. I sincerely hope you enjoy the recipes and content that I post and welcome comments and suggestions for topics to write about.

A Note: I am not in any way affiliated with, or endorsed by Cambridge Weight Plan and the views posted on this site are purely my own personal opinions and experiences. They are not intended as advice in place of talking to an accredited professional. All recipes are my own and I cannot guarantee measurements are 100% correct. For more information about the weight loss programme I am following, please visit the Cambridge Weight Plan website.

31 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Firstly, congratulations on your new site Chanden, if it is half as engaging as your recipes, you’ll be onto a winner.
    Secondly, thank you! You have been a big support and inspiration to many who are following CWP.
    Good luck with the site, I’ll be avidly following!
    H x

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    1. Thank you so much for those kind words darling xxx I hope my recipes can find a wider audience and also I’d love to feature your journey and future adventures! I’ll be in touch as soon as I get my head round all of this!! xx


    2. Thank you so so much for posting these amazing recipes, I was struggling to find things my daughter and I could follow and this has answered so many questions for me and given me so many ideas, it’s hard to be strict with yourself when your not sure what your doing and for someone to spend all the time and effort which you have is amazing, thank you, I wish you luck on your journey xxx

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    3. Ah jacquie that means a lot when I know these meals have helped someone keep on track. It took me a while before I was confident enough to post these recipes and ideas but so glad I did!
      All the best to you and your daughter on your respective journeys- as always if you need a hand with anything or if something isn’t clear on my recipes please leave a comment and I’ll reply asap! 🙂 xxx


  2. I absolutely love your recipes. I’ve been on step 2 since Saturday and I’ve had a different meal every day thanks to you. You’re an inspiring person who knows exactly what to say to support and encourage people. Thank you so much xx

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  3. I’ve recently drugged with my Cambridge journey so I’m hoping some of your recipes and inspiration will spur me on. Tomorrow is a brand new day and I’m aiming for a 7 pound weight loss this week 🙂


    1. It’s certainly challenging at times- I honestly think by keeping the flavour I’ve stopped myself going mad!! Good luck for this week- keep at it and you will get a fab result! Xx


  4. Chanden, this is fabulous! I love, love, love this site x you’re recipes are amazing and you have such a fab sense of humour I just know I’m going to stalk you now! Ha ha x

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  5. Hi. I should have come across you 2 weeks ago when I started plan 3( I think) lol. However I put 2lb on in the first week simply because I’m such a lousy cook with no ideas whatsoever.. At 74 that amazes most people I SIMPLY CANNOT COOK. I’m back on sole source once more. Hopefully I won’t lose this site for when I’m ready again. YEP im also useless at technology. somehow I bundle through with a happy life except for diets… 50 years it has ruled life..
    Good luck and a million good wishes for this wonderful thing you are doing for others.


    1. Hello! Thank you so much for that kind message! It started as a hobby/way to keep myself interested in the plan. But more and more people kept asking for the recipes!

      Cooking isn’t everyone’s forte so I wouldn’t knock you – feel free to subscribe if you like! I update weekly with a little blog post and links to any new recipes.
      Good luck with SS- I actually had to start on Step2 due to BMI but I can honestly say I love it and don’t want to step down now!

      All the best- stick with it xx


  6. Hi Chanden, I’ve been making some of your fab recipes. Not that I’m complaining but how can I cool the chickpea curry down a bit? I’ve been using the same spices as you say. I’d like to be able to make it a bit creamier and not as hot. Any suggestions? Also would you mind if I added you as a friend on Facebook?

    Tracey x


    1. Hi Tracey!
      Best thing is to reduce the chilli and masala- start with a small amount and taste it until you get the right balance of flavour for yourself. I’m a bit of a spice fiend so am rather liberal with my spices.
      I’ve used yoghurt when making a “creamy” herbed chicken dish but I couldn’t say if it would work with the chickpeas- perhaps stir in at end of cooking or serve with a dollop of natural yoghurt on the side so that will help keep it cool and add that creamier taste to it.
      Let me know how you get on xx


  7. Hi, I’ve been shown your website by Karen as she said your an “inspiration” and a “brilliant role model”. I met with Karen this afternoon and start my journey tomorrow on step 2. I’ve been checking out your recipes which are brilliant! Thank you for sharing them 🙂 I just wanted to ask what spices/ingredients you think I should get when I go shopping and what’s the “garlic paste” made up of in some of the recipes? TIA Kimberley x

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    1. Hiya! Basic spices would be: Italian herbs, chives, smoked paprika, chilli flakes,ground cumin, garlic granules and have some black pepper to hand. These are fairly inexpensive from own brand ranges and will last for a while.
      The Pastes are basically just crushed garlic or ginger- you can buy tiny jars of them, or use a little of the fresh stuff or dried ginger powder and the garlic granules- whichever is most convenient 🙂
      To be honest I played it safe and kept my first week or two with simple meals while I got my head round the plan and the allowances.
      Just be careful with your portions and you can’t go far wrong!
      Plan your days meals and products and always keep one handy!!

      Good luck!! It’s tough the first few days but keep at the water and push through it- you will thank yourself for it!! Xxx


  8. Congratulations Chanden on your amazing weight loss :-)).

    Your recipes are awesome and everyone following step 2 is inspired by them.

    Wouldn’t it be fab if you & CWP would get together and publish a book?

    Thanks for your delicious recipes, and sharing them with all of us.

    Best wishes
    CWP Consultant


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