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Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love !

No more diets

Welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…Lol… The place where there are no excuses and moderation…

Eating is fun..isn’t it??..

Who tried the Protein shake last week I thought it was lovely… Today it is a lovely Mango and pineapple protein shake..when I get my butt moving and go get some fresh coconut water…my little man must have had a day off yesterday…

But did I come home empty handed…Of course not!

I bought some lovely spicy rice balls…I did only have one though but it was lovely with a little lime juice squeezed over the top a lovely little snack…

Come on then fess up what sort of week have you had???


Have you been applying moderation… Hands up! Who has tried some of those diets I showcased last week ??? Come on..spill!

This week I am going to let you have an insight into what I eat and what works for me… Starting with my early morning drink, first, one of the day and I like having a mixture of early morning drinks… one-day apple cider vinegar and a shake another day…I like to mix it up and of course coconut water which I love fresh and chilled… What are you drinking??? Have you changed what you drink??? Do you have a new favourite drink?…

Lots of questions today so please speak to me in comments ..Tell me what changes you have made…

Coming soon… I have a treat. for you… Chennie from  AnotherBlog 

Has kindly agreed to do a  Q & A on TOFU… I myself have never tried it, have never had any intention of trying it and know little or nothing about it.

BUT I do know many people cook with it and so to be fair I should be including it on here…Don’t you think??? So stay tuned…All will be revealed next Tuesday…Right here!

Protein Drinks…

As you know anything that man has had a hand in the manufacture of my food always rings alarm bells for Moi… I just don’t believe all this hype and claims that are made about products… This latest news and I am sure there will be more… There always is…But it tells me we should be making our own until it is properly proven to really be a better choice than making Protein drinks from scratch…

Tropical Sunshine in a glass...Pineapple and Mango Protein shake.

Mango and Pineapple Protein Drink 1

3/4 cup of coconut water (or one of my suggestions from last weeks post)

1/3 cup of greek yoghurt ( cutting down) use natural yoghurt

1/3 cup raw soaked cashews

1/4 cup frozen pineapple

1/3 cup frozen mango

1 pitted date for sweetness( optional) I prefer honey.

Top with a tsp of chia seeds before serving ( optional)

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful lemon colour and it tasted very nice.  New to protein drinks like me?… I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don’t taste great I drink them anyway…Really!

I like to drink something which tastes pleasant. Don’t you???

Of the two shakes, last weeks was for me my favourite but I  love raspberries and beets just a tad more than mango. Which one is your favourite???

Just a tip... I freeze my fruit in portions which makes life so much easier ..I also do that will my meat, fish as often I just cook a portion for my self so easy to do and when I worked it saved so much time and it doesn’t take long to do…I keep my own little box of  ONE PERSON sized portions…

What is a typical days food for me??? Yesterday it was…

A glass of Apple cider vinegar with honey and ginger.

A mid-morning shake…I tested the pineapple and mango protein shake…

My lunch was Grapow Moo ( Pork) with cauliflower rice...

Evening meal was Lasagne and salad…small portion.

Drinks throughout the day were water and I had a G & T for my sundowner. and one spicy rice ball… I also walked into town and back about  5km.

I don’t count calories… I just eat small portions and 2 meals a day…

I eat more spicy food than I used to and only 2 meals a day I don’t know if it is my age or whether my stomach now expects less…So far I am healthy, fairly fit, eat what I fancy but ALTHOUGH I don’t diet or count calories I am aware of what I am eating so if I have for example pancakes on Shrove Tuesday I enjoy them and make an adjustment the next day or the following few days depending on what I have eaten or increase my exercise.

It works for me and should work for you…we all have a good idea of good and bad foods …Don’t we? …I don’t use low-fat products as they tend to be higher in sugars. I would just opt for a sensible portion… Moderation in other words…

There are also foods that I don’t eat any more or very, very seldom… I don’t eat takeaways, burgers, processed foods, cake ( very )rarely, I hardly eat bread or potatoes,

BUT I eat rice, white rice, sticky rice, black rice, brown rice I vary my rice and of course cauliflower rice…

Pasta I used to love and now not so much…maybe once a month sometimes not that…If I can get it I love spaghetti squash or courgette ribbons with pasta.

Cheeses… I mainly eat Feta, very occasionally a piece of blue cheese and sometimes a little parmesan/ mozzarella on my pasta.

Fish... I love all fish but make sure it is the best fish I can get and not farmed… Steamed Seabass one of my favourites simple and easy to make

Fish with Lime and fennel

Meat... Chicken and pork mainly…lamb and beef are not readily available here but I eat a very small serving and lots of vegetables which I genuinely like either lightly cooked or raw which is a very popular way to eat vegetables and herbs here.

Sauces I love but make my own from lemons, ginger, chillies and garlic.


Thai Chilli Dip


Eggs I eat probably about 6 per week.

Pickles, garlic, jalapenos, cucumbers, eggs, cabbage and kimchi I tend to snack on…

I hope that gives you a little idea of my diet all fruits and veg/herbs are either grown by us or bought locally and we eat a lot of vegetables … meat or fish and rice would be my smaller portion on my plate the rest would be vegetables and herbs and a dip.

How is your eating plan going? Do these posts help? Are there any particular recipes you would like me to feature???

Next week...It will be Tofu with recipes from the lovely Chennie Huang…

That’s all for this week on No More Diets I hope you have a good week…

No more diets

Thank you for reading this…Let’s do it xxx









Retired no one told me and Orienthailiving weekly roundup…Recipes, ranting and back door trots…

What a week this has been... Have I got the mother of all roundups for you just in case you missed any of my posts…

I started with my recipe for Asian style ribs... And guess what the first time we made them they were awesome but I was the sous chef on that occasion and not paying too much attention…..I was chopping and julienning the ginger and writing down the recipe while taking photos…One’s son was cooking the said ribs… They were AWESOME THE BEST!

Take 2!


Mum pulled up the recipe and we started preparing the ribs…

There then ensued a conversation as to which soy sauce was used… I had written the recipe down WRONG ….who would think one word would make a difference…Oh, it did! Trust me…. Black Soy…Black Soy Black Soy…I will not be forgetting that!

I have also amended the recipe and apologise to anyone who used just regular soy…

Then it was over to my blog Orienthailiving for a post on the upcoming Songkran Festival…Thai New Year where there are lots of very welcome water throwing which cools you down in this heat…It is a fun-filled few days and this is one of my all-time favourite photos of my grandson enjoying Songkran…complete with a wig, flowery shirt and water pistol.

Aston Songkran

I think this was my rant of the week/century I was/ am appalled at the duplicity of manufacturers regarding the consumer’s health.

Plastics the truth…


Next another of my favourites Gumbo…


It is also my monthly post over on TRH time and I have started a Culinary crawl through the alphabet..not sure if Esme realises that she has me every month for the next 2 plus years …hahaha


I love waterfalls and we have them in abundance here and this one although a small waterfall is a charming place to visit and I was lucky it was just up the road from my house…a lovely stroll in the sun away…

Ton tai waterfall

Fruity Fridays!

The turn of the Fig…not particularly the prettiest of fruits but very good for you and lovely with bacon but so is everything…Too many and you get the back door trots…but just enough and they keep you regular…

Continuing with my Travel Thailand theme for this week is the lovely Koh Panyee, sea gipsy village… complete with a floating football pitch it is a complete village in the middle of the sea

houses on stilts Koh Panyee

We then saw the lovely Sally reblog a post very dear to my own heart written some time ago and I am saddened that the problem seems to have worsened rather than got better…

cropped-for-web Sally Cronin

I then thought this post needed another airing …Turmeric


Phew…I didn’t realise I wrote so much in a week…

Healthy Eating… A cause dear to my heart… no diets, no counting calories, no feeling guilty…Just a good balanced diet and moderation coupled with your chosen exercises…AND


My final post for this week over on Orienthailiving was the happiest animal on earth The Quokka and they love the sweet potato…

quokka-Rottnest Island

My Wednesday cookery column over at Sally’s was HOT!

Over here on Retired No One Told Me and after typing this lot out…They definitely didn’t! …lol

Is the very tasty, healthy alternative to rice… Tada…Cauliflower rice…Now just in case you were wondering and thought I was teasing you by showing the Pork and Thai basil dish I ate mine with…so I have added the link for you…


I hope you have enjoyed this roundup and to ensure you don’t miss any more of my posts please subscribe to my blogs…

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot xxx







Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love…



Welcome to my Tuesday ( Boot camp) where we have sensible conversations on what we eat and enjoy… Yes, enjoy! Let’s do this!

Just to recap on last week what have you been snacking on tell me???

Oh, and did you enjoy your pancakes ??? I did I had two with lime and a bit of sugar and they were delicious…

What did you think of last weeks post??? Which is just below in case you missed it…

Did you try any of the snacks or have you got your own go-to snacks??

This week as I know so many of my readers live in colder climes I will give you the recipes for some delicious soups..all healthy, made from scratch and good for you…

This is one of my favourite Thai soups and the first time I have made it. It also brings back memories of a certain lady…Keeleigh who when she visited us could not get enough of this fabulous soup.

You may also notice that it isn’t the bright orange colour of many Tom Yum soups you see or may have had it is because a mix is used and it has colouring in it …If it is this colour it is made from scratch from fresh ingredients no preservatives and colourings.

Tom Yum soup with Prawns

Tom Yum Goon


  • 2 litres of water
  • 4 stalks of lemongrass
  • 1-inch chunk of galangal
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves
  • 10 Thai chillies
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 500 gm Prawns
  • 300 grams of oyster mushrooms
  • 2 medium tomatoes cut into quarters.
  • 2 white onions (medium-sized) cut into large chunks.
  • 1 and a half teaspoons of sugar
  • 7 – 10 tablespoons of fish sauce (depending on your taste)
  • Juice of 5 -8 limes.
  • A handful of cilantro.

N.B Next time I will use shallots instead of white onions and I recommend using the lowest amount of limes and fish sauce and Taste! Adjust if necessary as everyone’s taste varies.

Let’s Cook!

The first thing to do is put about 2 litres of water in a large pot to boil.

Then I like to start by squeezing my limes. This is not the first step of the recipe, but it’s best to have your limes squeezed so when you need them later, you don’t need to rush to squeeze them all.

Take your stalks of lemongrass, and first tear off the outermost leaf and throw it out. Then, I like to use a rolling-pin or the handle end of a knife to lightly pound the lemongrass to release the flavours. Then just slice it diagonally into 1-inch strips or so.

Take about 1 thumb-sized chunk of the root part of galangal, and chop it into slices.

Coarsely break about 10 kaffir lime leaves – no need to cut them, just tear them – which is going to help release their flavour.

Peel about 5 cloves of garlic.

I used about 10 Thai bird chillies for this recipe, but you can use however many you’d like. First, take off the stem, and then you can either just slice them in two pieces, or give them a little pound on your cutting board like I did (just be careful of flying seeds). You can also remove the seeds if you’d still like the chilli flavour but not as much heat.

Throw the lemon grass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, garlic and chillies into the water.

Tom Yum Goon 3

You can put the lid on just so it starts to boil which releases the herb flavours quicker.

Now prepare your prawns I remove everything except for the tail…..others put in whole prawns…personal preference.

Boil your soup with all the herbs in it for about 10 minutes.

Then add your mushrooms, which you should pre-rinse beforehand.

Cook for 4-5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and onions.


Cook for further  6-8 minutes.

Now add prepared prawns and cook for 2-3 mins( if overcooked the prawns will sink to the bottom of the pan. If you get any scum on the surface of soup it’s from the prawns then just skim it off the surface.


Remove from heat and stir in fish sauce, lime juice, sugar and cilantro.

Taste and adjust if necessary.

This delicious soup is now ready to serve.


I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we do and remember to add the smallest amount of fish sauce and lime juice and taste and build on it, taste and build until you get the right level of salty and sour for you 🙂

Thai Rice Soup.

Thai Rice soup


This soup is eaten for breakfast, it is given to babies, anyone who is maybe a little unwell or just because they want a comfort food. If you use cooked rice then it will be more like a porridge and how it would be given to babies and also with less seasoning for babies.

If you want a bit more of a substantial soup then add a few prawns and if you are vegetarian just omit the meat and maybe add some pak choi or white cabbage shredded., some tomato…Play with the flavours.


1/4 cup minced chicken or pork

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 and a half tbsp oil

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp soy sauce

1 and 1/2 cup of fresh chicken broth

1 cup of steamed rice

1 egg

1 tbsp finely Julienned fresh ginger

1 spring onion finely sliced

1 tbsp coriander chopped

Pinch of white pepper.

Let’s cook!

Heat the oil and add the minced ginger and cook until ginger is golden remove half and set to one side for garnish.

Add the chicken or pork and season with salt and the soy sauce then pour in your chicken broth and the rice. Cook for 3-5 minutes depending on whether you want a soup or more of a porridge.

Turn up the heat and crack the egg in the middle of the rice either sir to combine through the rice or let the egg poach.

Pour into your bowl and top with the garlic, spring onions and ginger sprinkle with a dash of white pepper.


Two lovely soups ..No calorie counting…I don’t do that… we all have a good idea of what our food contains and whether or not we could eat bowls of it or not…Don’t we???

I eat fairly small portions but if I am still hungry I would have a little more obviously with these soups you don’t eat bread…

I generally never ever feel bloated I eat enough..enough to satisfy my appetite…I don’t count calories..I am old enough to know what is calorie laden and I am not on a diet… It is a lifestyle for me and easy to maintain because …I had my pancakes ..did I not on Shrove Tuesday… I enjoyed them…

That was my treat and no guilt…BUT… I was extra careful the next day and also walked a few extra km.

What I am really saying is MODERATION AND COMMON SENSE…Cheat every day…Who is the loser…It isn’t me…

I do hope this is helping you along with your feeling healthier and eating healthier path… If you have any questions or foods you love and need recipes for ..Ask me…I don’t bite and enjoy my food and my sundowners… But also lose weight or maintain it as now I seem to lose in little bursts…If I feel it needs a kick-start then I up my walking or cut my snacks not that I eat many anyway or will have a soup day.

Until next time eat well but eat sensibly xxx



Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Winterising the Body – Immune system boosting eating and recovery plan.

Winter is coming and so will the colds and flu be doing the rounds so prepare yourself no one likes feeling ill and under the weather especially me…I very neatly sidestepped a cold just over a week grandson had a really sore throat then the cold and cough and it lasted for a good week.I had the really sore throat so immediately started taking honey and gargling with coconut oil…oth of which I personally swear by and I had a slightly runny nose for a cough and no mucus so 2 days and all gone..Maybe I was lucky but I eat healthily most of the time..nobody is perfect and exercise regularly and my cold was a non- starter …Sally’s post has some good advice which may prove to be very useful if you succumb to the colds and viruses that can get us all…An excellent post.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Smorgasbord Health 2017

As we head into October there is the likelihood that you will bump into someone who is desperate to pass on their cold or flu to you.  Whilst you may take every care and have a healthy diet, if you are stressed, overworked, or been on a plane recently!  You might be a perfect host for the odd virus or two.

In the last post I looked at Influenza in more detail as it can move through a family or community rapidly with some serious health concerns for both the very young and old.

The key to preventing upper respiratory infections such as colds and flu developing into the more serious bronchial conditions is to make sure that your immune system is fully functional.

Catching it early

If you are suffering the early signs of an infection, you should understand that it is a secondary condition. The primary condition that…

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