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Healthy Eating…No more Diets…Obesity

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Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds on or spend the rest of your life eating foods which you don’t really enjoy but they are supposed to be good for you… Well to hell with all that!

Life is for living…Food is for enjoying… So what I have decided to do is some comparisons …Which wasn’t my plan for this post .. I was just reading and researching and saw a link which I clicked and three hours later and many links this idea was born…

It started with a headline about obesity …Country by country and percentages and then I got to thinking about the difference in lifestyles and options or just what we have always eaten..But then those stats began to make sense to me…

My diet has changed drastically since I have lived here and it is not just me who has lost weight we all have … Now I know that when it is hot, you sweat more and your appetite diminishes somewhat…You eat less!

But the food is also different and not just Chillies … I have added some pictures to the header picture of food which is on every menu and commonly eaten at home…Fresh raw prawns with bitter gourd …

Firstly I will just pick out a random mix well here many of my readers come from or live I have also included the top and the bottom country… Just because I can but over the next couple of weeks I will look at what is commonly eaten to see if a pattern emerges.

There are 192 countries in this and I have also added the link just in case you want to see where you fit…

  • 192  is Timor-Leste with a percentage of 2.2% ( of their population are obese.)
  • 147 is Thailand with a percentage of  8.5%
  • 95 is Germany with a percentage of 20.10%
  • 66 is France with a percentage of 23.9%
  • 35 is Canada with a percentage of 28.0%
  • 33 is the Uk with a percentage of 28.10%
  • 31 is Australia with a percentage of 28.60%
  • 19 is the US with a percentage of 33.7%
  • 1 is the Cook Islands with a percentage of 50.80%

If you wish to check your country out here is the link https://renewbariatrics.com/obesity-rank-by-countries/

At the end of this little experiment, I will do a post o the 1st and last and see what the differences in diet and lifestyles are.

Eating habits here in Thailand… Meals are eaten together as a family and the meal could last a few hours as Thais enjoy their food but it is a social gathering… Whether it is at home or eating out you will see family and friends all together eating and sharing.

Much of the fruit and vegetables are eaten raw or very lightly steamed and everywhere you go to eat you will get your food plus a dish of fresh herbs and vegetables. The variety is awesome Thais forage a lot and I have given up being surprised at what is eaten.

Lily flowers ..you know the white ones they generally drop overnight and are collected early morning then lightly steamed the stamens removed and eaten with a spicy fish sort of pate… Just fish pounded in a pestle and mortar with chillies, fish sauce, lime juice, maybe dried shrimp or shrimp paste it depends.

The banana flower is a delicacy steamed and eaten with a spicy dip.The lotus flower the seed pods which are left when the flower has finished blooming are eaten.

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A Sticky rice pot filled with fresh rice is a staple and everywhere you will see a pot..the tuk-tuk drivers have their little pot lovingly made by their spouse and the food stalls have some really massive ones absolutely enormous you could feed an army.

Food and time to eat food are very important here… We learnt very early on that you didn’t ask staff to leave their lunch and serve a customer… A definite no-no it could cause a mass walkout and if a Thai is hungry…Look out! You do not want to cross a hungry Thai…

The world stops here for food be it a bus or any form of transport… The foot is to the floor and every shortcut is taken …

If you break down what they eat  there are few carbs, lots of raw fresh herbs and vegetables, Lots of eggs in various forms, lots of BBQ meats chicken, fish in salt, kidneys, sun-dried beef, pork and fish eaten with Som Tam( Papaya Salad) which again comes in many variations but with lots of tomatoes, beans , dried shrimp, chillies, peanuts, maybe some crab…

Thai Platter

A typical Thai meal Som Tam, Mushroom soup, mushrooms just sliced and steamed with a very hot spicy dip some fresh vegetables, crispy pork scratching and sticky rice. Sometimes this will be served with steamed fish or just as it is…

This platter is slightly more substantial with the fish.

Mixed Thai Food

Out for the evening and a little more…

Thai platter in Phuket Town

This plate has rice noodles and some thick rice noodles, a little chicken, Som Tam, vegetables and herbs, bitter gourd and crispy garlic but if you look at all three they are very similar…A large percentage of the food is fresh raw vegetables or plain steamed noodles… Not too much fried or high in carbs quite natural …Not high on processed foods either…

I do think over the next few weeks when I explore other diets we will see where and how much the diets vary from country to country.

Most of this diet I did eat in the UK as we had a large Thai community and my daughter in law who taught me how to cook Thai food and also to enjoy my food in its raw state rather than processed and cooked to death… Not too many nasties on those platters of food.

In Thailand food is to be enjoyed, It is fun and food is savoured, enjoyed and time is taken ..No rushing and bolting down of food but pure enjoyment and if full they talk and laugh and then eat some more… a meal can and does last for a few hours and then in no time at all the next meal is being planned…

I do hope you have enjoyed reading about the food I eat and how much my diet has changed but also how much my health has improved and I no longer eat food just because it is good for me …I eat because I love what I eat.

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R is for recipes… Healthy Recipes!

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Thank you so much for the shout out  Invisible No More a lovely lady who is like many us when we reached those golden years with so many paths to choose and so many decisions to make…What do we do? What should we do? The world is our oyster and this lady has certainly forged her path so pop over and read her blog it is lovely very stylish and pretty and she climbs..not for me but the marathon…all 26.2 miles and a medal ..that I can relate to…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Carol Taylor’s Food and Cookery Column – Mustard

Marvellous mustard it elevates our food to something more doesn’t it? and has so many other uses and benefits ….I hope you enjoy!

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I hope you all had a fantastic Easter and if you went away then had a lovely break and have come back nice and refreshed.

Mustard is one of my favourite condiments and it has many uses… Mustard seeds have been found to have been mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit writings which go back 5,000years. They have been mentioned at least 5 times in the Bible and in the New Testament, The Kingdom of Heaven is compared to a grain of mustard seed.

There are about 40 varieties of Mustard seed but generally, they are divided into 3 principal categories of black, white and brown.

Black is the most pungent and is found growing in the Middle East.

White mustard seeds are actually yellow in colour and come from the Mediterranean region, the mildest in flavour and American yellow mustard is made from these.
Brown mustard seeds are actually dark…

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Healthy Eating… Eating out if you are on a Gluten Free diet.

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It can be really tricky if you are on a restricted diet and you want to eat out so I have put together a few hints and tips on how to make life a little easier for you and what to look out for.

Many places now have foods on their menus for many diets…So always ask …

Bread...Bread is made from so many different flours now that many loaves of bread are gluten-free and most places are happy to tell you this…

But it is what goes with the bread…You pop out and stop at a lovely pub for a pub lunch… A ploughman’s lunch maybe??? A plate of bread and cheese with some pickles and maybe a few french fries…

Pickles…If the pickles are made with MALT VINEGAR which is made from Barley and the vinegar is not distilled then it is not gluten-free.

French Fries…Unless the fat is used to only cook the french fries then they may not be gluten-free…i.e if chicken nuggets, breaded fish was cooked in the same fat the bread crumbs on the food may not be gluten-free… Likewise, if malt vinegar is used on the fries that as stated above they are not gluten-free.

Hot dogs or other sausages…Many sausage recipes contain breadcrumbs or rusks which are made from unleavened wheat flour so unless it states gluten-free then they are not.

Foods which come with a sauce…Many sauces and gravies are thickened with wheat flour this includes ready meals.

Cheesecake…Now, who hasn’t been tempted by those lovely slices of cheesecake in the chilled cabinet?? Always ask wheat flour may have been used in the filling and the same applies to cheesecakes you are buying in stores…Check the labels.

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Soup…You see a sign saying fresh homemade soup always check and ask what the soup has been thickened with…It may have been thickened with wheat flour or contain noodles…If you are buying packets or cans of soup then check the labels.

Tortilla chips…Your soup comes with some tortillas if they are called multi-grain then beware. Also, most manufacturers make more than one flavour of chips so best to avoid them.

Enjoying your meal and fancy a beer? Oh No!

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Now don’t panic you can get GF beers and many places now have a good stock of craft beers…Phew!

Although not exhaustive I hope this little list makes eating out a little easier if you are on a Gluten Free diet.

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Healthy Eating…Ditch the Purine Rich Foods and say goodbye to your painful gout.

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Gout is a very painful condition and it blights many people’s lives…A type of arthritis which attacks the joints…Gouty arthritis is caused by the deposition of crystals of uric acid in a joint …       Years ago it was classed as a rich mans disease… and put down to over consumption of  rich foods… it is recorded as far back as Egyptian times and also refered to as the ” disease of kings” incorrectly linked to overindulgence in food and wine…

My mother suffered from gout on occasions and took a lot of ribbing and leg pulling from my father and my sons on her consumption of alcohol and as she was tee total she used to get a little irked with them at times.

It is now proved to be connected with diet and sufferers are recommended by the medical profession to avoid certain foods which are known to aggravate gout.

A diet high in fat can interfere with your kidneys’ ability to rid your blood and body of uric acid therefore avoid full-fat dairy products like whole milk or regular ice cream, baked goods such as muffins or cakes that may incorporate a high amount of fat or oil and salad dressings. Do not eat fried foods or foods served with rich gravy or cream or cheese-based sauces. Aim to limit your total fat intake to no more than 30 percent of your daily calories.

High Purine Foods include:-

  • Beer
  • Some fish, seafood and shellfish, including anchovies, sardines, herring, mussels, codfish, scallops, trout and haddock.
  • Some meats, such as bacon, turkey, veal, venison and organ meats like liver.

To avoid a build up of purines which cause painful crystals to form between the joints then it is best to follow  a low purine diet by cutting down on excess fat as fat can inhibit the body’s ability to process and eliminate uric acid.

Drink plenty of fluids 8-12 servings of liquid as it serves to dilute uric acid but do avoid soda pops and another with high fructose levels.

Tofu is also a good addition to a menu but as with all things…What do I say?? Moderation and limit  servings of tofu to 2-4 servings per  week.

It really is as with all good eating plans…Moderation…

Most vegetables are low in purines, BUT several contain a moderately high concentration ranging from 50 to 150 milligrams of purines in every 100 grams of the food AND these should be limited and eaten in moderation. These vegetables include all dried beans and legumes, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower and asparagus which is why it is best to limit your consumption of these to no more than two servings per week. A guideline is 1 cup of the vegetables raw or 1/2 cup cooked is equivalent to a serving.

Food which can be freely eaten as they are low in purine are Potatoes, bread, rice, wine( moderation), fruit and juices.

If losing weight is your goal then take it slow weight loss helps increase the levels of uric acid in the body.

If you’re concerned about your uric acid level, eat only a moderate amount of animal-based protein daily — a maximum of 6 ounces per day with a limit of 3 ounces per meal. Meat, poultry and seafood with a high purine content of over 150 milligrams in every 100 grams should be strictly avoided. Organ meats like liver or kidneys, game meats, goose, partridge and shellfish such as mussels, scallops, anchovies, shrimp and herring fall into this category.

If you are now feeling well..What can I eat then to help this painful gout…There is still much you can eat and control your gout at the same time.

If you look at the foods you can eat then lovely home-made soups can be on your men just make sure that you make your own homemade stocks and don’t use concentrated stock cubes  with a little thought and careful menu planning there really are many, many choices and dishes that you can make and enjoy while reducing your purine intake.

I have include a couple of links with examples to get you started on your new eating plan please don’t look on it as a bore and a chore embrace it and that painful gout will soon be under control.

The squash I always make into a vegetable soup and freeze in portions. When I reheat, I then add chilli (of course) and a little coconut milk and gently warm through.

butternut squash soup

 

Soup ingredients:

  •  1 small squash, peeled and deseeded. Cut into pieces.
  •  1 brown onion, peeled and cut up
  •  1 carrot washed and cut
  •  4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  •  Piece fresh ginger finely chopped
  •  3 Broccoli stalks, peeled and cubed (I always save the broccoli stalks) for when I make soup. Waste not, want not and I think ideal for soups for flavour.
  •  1-1½ litres fresh home-made vegetable stock

Let’s Cook!
Heat a glug of olive oil and gently cook garlic ginger and onion to just soften and not colour.
Add other vegetables gradually and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes, then add stock and seasoning.
Simmer gently for about an hour or until vegetables are lovely and soft and remove from heat. I let it cool down before I blend.
This makes a lovely vegetable soup but I also use it as a base and freeze in portions.
When I reheat I add little-dried chilli flakes and 1 or 2 tbsp of coconut milk.
It just gives it a creamy flavour.
Sometimes I add crushed lemongrass stalk and a little fish sauce, it depends on how I feel, it is a versatile soup base so play with it, have fun.
Add some curry powder, a squeeze or 2 of lime juice or coriander, whatever you fancy. Enjoy!

Secondly I have a lovely quick, tasty pasta dish for you to rustle up.

Spaghetti and zucchini pasta.

  • 8 oz of uncooked spaghetti
  • 2 cups of shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 chilli finely sliced…I don’t remove the seeds but if you don’t like it too hot then remove the seeds.
  • 1 tbsp of fresh tomatoes…I always do my own tomatoes and freeze in portions ready for sauces etc
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to  taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh parmesan grated
  • a few torn basil leaves optional.

Let’s Cook!

Cook your pasta in boiling water..No salt or oil. While the pasta is cooking heat your tsp oil in  pan and add the garlic cook for a minute and add the chilli and the tomato pulp. Cook stirring until heated through and add the zucchini and cook for 3-4 minutes.

One the pasta is cooked, strain and toss with the zucchini mix. then sprinkle with salt and black pepper and grate some parmesan over the top scatter with torn basil leaves if using and there you have a nice tasty pasta dish.

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Just Pickled… Pineapple

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We just love pickles and I am discovering so much that can be pickled that I hadn’t even thought of pickling and have been amazed at the taste of some of them…Who would have thought…Pickled watermelon rinds??

Today I have pickled Pineapple with Jalapenos…Will we like them? I will have to wait a few days but I love the pickled watermelon so can’t see why we won’t love the Pickled Pineapple.

Pickled Pineapple

Pickled Pineapple.

Ingredients:

  • 300 gm of fresh pineapple cut into smallish chunks
  • A handful of shallots finely sliced
  • 1 pickled jalapeno sliced
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 1/2 cups of white vinegar
  • The juice of 2 fresh limes
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • A handful of chopped coriander

Pickled Pineapple Ingredients

3 sterilised jars with lids.

Let’s Cook!

Heat the vinegar, water, sugar, salt, limes and Jalapenos together and bring to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat add the shallots and leave the mixture to cool down.

Pickled Pineapple shallot and jalapenos cooking in vinegar mix

Spoon the pineapple and coriander into the prepared jars and cover with the vinegar mixture. Add the lids and leave to cool down before putting in the refrigerator.

Pickled Pineapple.

Leave for 1-2 days before eating.

Enjoy!

N.B Some recipes say use pickled jalapenos and some say to use fresh Jalapenos… I used some I had already pickled this time …I will try fresh ones next time and compare the taste.

If you use pineapple juice the cut down on the sugar you use.

If you enjoy pickles what unusual pickles do you make????? Please let me know in comments…I would love to know 🙂 x

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Healthy Food which may help to reduce your blood pressure and recipes…

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This is an updated post from last year which I thought deserved another airing as this is a very important subject and something which affects very many people and also something which we could help control by eating sensibly and the right foods really can make a difference…We only have one body and need to take charge and give it all the help we can… This post contains health information from Sally and recipes from Moi with some additional chat from Moi as those who know me well know that I just love to talk and my fingers are an extension of my mouth… lol… I hope you enjoy this post and take away some positives…

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