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Healthy Summer Eating…How to eat great tasty food and lose weight…

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Summertime and the living is easy by Ella Fitzgerald or a little more upbeat… In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry…

I love those songs they both epitomise sunny days. leisurely eating with friends and family… What are your favourite summer songs??

It also means enjoyable food and drinks…Food and drinks which are tasty and fun to eat… which when you have eaten leaves you pleasantly full but still able to play ball…stroll around the park in the sun or just be…

I love a nice iced tea…Green tea with a splash of fresh orange or lime juice, muddle some mint sprigs add some ice and top with sparkling water… Refreshing and healthy…

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Or cucumber and mint is a lovely combo with sparkling water …

Fresh Coconut juice…One of my favourites… there are so many lovely drinks which are so easy to make either for one or make a jug full… Play with your flavours …Freeze some orange, pomelo, lemon or lime slices and just drop in your sparkling water…

Puree some lovely fresh ripe mango, pineapple, papaya and top up with ice and sparkling water with some lime juice anything goes …Have fun and create…

Not sweet enough add a little honey…

Now to food...What to eat… Take some lovely zucchini noodles…

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Stick some chicken fillets on the BBQ or under the grill and add some pesto …quick, easy, tasty and healthy…Below are my recipes for a green or pesto and some lovely light dishes using fresh herbs…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/healthy-eating-fresh-herbs/

One of my favourite things are roasted lemons… the taste is sublime and cannot be beaten for me anyway it just sings of sunny days…

Roasted lemon and tomato salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 tbsp thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ pounds mixed small tomatoes halved
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves

Let’s Cook!

Pre-heat the oven 325F 160C

Add the lemon slices to a saucepan of boiling water and blanch for 2 mins…This removes the bitterness…Remove from the heat and pat dry.

Gently toss the lemon slices with the sage, sugar and 1 tbsp of olive oil then spread out on a baking tray lined with parchment and bake until lemons are dry and lightly coloured about 15-20 mins then set to one side to cool.

In a large bowl whisk the pomegranate molasses, allspice and 1 tbsp of olive oil season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add the lemons, onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint..if mint leaves are large then tear toss gently to combine…

Taste to check seasoning and add more salt and pepper if required.

Enjoy!

Stuck for a tasty dressing this one is quick, easy and delicious…

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint
  • 3 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1/2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp capers.

Lets mix!

Measure all your ingredients into a bowl gentle muddle the herbs and capers to release the flavours…Season with freshly ground black peppers and use to season your favourite salad…

Lovely over a salad topped with some grilled sliced chicken or sliced grilled steak…

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For some more ideas pop over to Sally’s for some healthy snack ideas including a lovely guacamole and salsa recipe…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/smorgasbord-health-column-summer-eating-snacks-and-dips-guacamole-and-salsa/

 

This has been added as such a brilliant way of tracking weight loss and no I haven’t seen it before ( I DON’T GET OUT MUCH) although I am sure some have…I just loved it!

https://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2018/07/17/losing-your-marbles/#comment-48348

I hope this has given some ideas for some lovely fresh summer eating…What are your favourite summer recipes ??? Please tell me in comments I love to hear from you.

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Smorgasbord Health Column – #Summer Eating – Stuffed Peppers and Fajitas.

Some tasty summer recipes from Sally…I love the sound of the stuffed pepper filling…

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This week I have two recipes for a main course, one of which is vegetarian and the other is a low fat version of one of my favourite Mexican meals, Fajitas.

Summer is not all about eating salads and cold meals. Especially if you are entertaining and certainly in Texas which has long, and very hot and humid summers, was the place that we were introduced to fajitas. Since your family or guests are basically compiling the meal themselves it is great to stick bowls in the centre of the table and tell them to dig in.

First a vegetarian option although you can add chicken, prawns, salmon etc to the dish if you wish.

Stuffed Red Peppers.

Here is a recipe that is packed with many of the nutrients needed to keep your circulatory system healthy and clear of blockages. Full of B-vitamins, vitamin C, fibre and essential fatty…

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Healthy Eating…No more diets…

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Wow, what a week… They are all out and safe …Just in case you have been cocooned somewhere away from the maddening crowd and don’t know what I am talking about… The Thai boys and their teacher who were trapped in a cave near where I live…It must have been so scary for them not knowing if help was coming…But it did …Do you know what pleased me the most ???

It was how the whole world united and that made me so happy…Sad for the brave Ex-Navy Seal who lost his life such a brave man…R.I.P … You will always be remembered for your bravery…

I have shed a few tears these last few weeks…AND

The healthy eating? … That went out the window…She who doesn’t eat crisps..DID…She who doesn’t really snack…DID!

I was fixated on the news but with consequences…

I now feel really out of sorts…Tired, sluggish, really tired…No Energy… Zilch!

What am I doing about it?? Well, Sally’s post this week was very timely ( For Moi) I am going to detox and get back on track…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/smorgasbord-health-column-eating-plan-for-healthy-kidneys-and-urinary-tract/?

What am I not going to do???

 Beat myself up?… Nope…I can’t change the last few weeks…But…I can change over the next few weeks…

Don’t wish me luck…Because I AM GOING TO DO IT!

It’s the little changes we can make, isn’t it?

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

There is so much written about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, how much sugar or salt foods contain, how much of this, how much of that…I can’t blame anyone for feeling like ..What do we eat then?

How did you get on after reading last weeks post?? Did you start any herbs or plants? Did you find any communal gardens  I always love to hear how you are getting on in comments and not just the good … We all have days or weeks we rather forget…

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Below are just a few small ways you can start to make changes it covers a few of the main food groups things most of us eat or cook with on a regular basis and often there are so many choices for alternatives that we at loss as to what we can replace our regular food with. I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

I am also not going to bombard you with statistics and ingredients we can all look at a bottle or a can to see what is in it…If we don’t know ..google it… ask…question…we should all know what we are eating and feeding our families…It is then our choice as to whether we change or continue.

Sugary drinks…

Expensive I hear you say ….no it is not… Most of what we eat is taught to us…we teach our children, our parents taught us…some folks when they grow older make their own choices…That’s fine…but make an informed choice and try an alternative you may like it.

Water is healthy. Coffee and tea are healthy it is maybe what you put in it which is NOT.

Soda water with ice and lime or lemon is a nice refreshing drink. Freeze some fruit orange slices or pomelo fruit, and pop it in the glass with the soda water..very nice and refreshing.

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Some nice green tea now I know how to brew it correctly…No more bitter green tea for me … I also love the way it is drunk and am on the hunt for a nice green tea set like the one pictured it just makes you feel special …I think so anyway and makes it pleasurable.

Coconut juice and yes I am lucky I have a tree and can go buy it fresh but you must have something where you live which is in season, fresh and you can juice or make into a smoothie.

So ditch the soda and think about what you can drink, think about what you like to drink…That is healthier than those sugar-laden sodas.

Pizza…One of the unhealthiest foods on the planet…

Does that mean you can never eat Pizza again…No!

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Make homemade pizza instead ..Let the kids help… Make your own pizza sauce by pureeing cooked, peeled tomatoes with oregano and fresh garlic  Use low-fat mozzarella cheese so that your child gets plenty of calcium from his slice without all of the saturated fat. Skip the pepperoni and high-fat meats and add some chicken or prawns and add their favourite vegetables.  If they like olives even better add black olives for some heart-healthy unsaturated fat. One of my grandsons absolutely loved olives from the age of about one and a half, instead of sweets I used to buy him olives…

Make your own base…I have made a cauliflower base and it is lovely, Portobello mushrooms, a sweet potato base..there are so many options for bases some for another post…..It is all about experimenting and playing with flavours, food should be fun and especially Pizza because it really is a fun food ..isn’t it???

Cauliflower Pizza Base…

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower.
  • 1 egg, large.
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (dried oregano or basil)
  • 1/8 tsp salt.
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded.
  • Cooking spray, I make my own spray I don’t do bought oil in spray cans…I have a little stainless steel one for oil.

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F/190 C and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

Rinse cauliflower, remove the outer leaves, separate into florets and chop into smaller pieces. Process in a food processor in 2 batches, until “rice” texture forms.

Transfer cauliflower rice on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 mins this just removes some of the moisture.

Remove cooked cauliflower rice from the oven, transfer to a bowl lined with a double/triple layered cheesecloth or linen towel, and let cool for 5 minutes.

Then squeeze the liquid out of the ball as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out.

Increase oven temperature to 4 degrees F/200 C. Then in a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg with dried herbs, salt and pepper for 10 seconds. Add cheese and squeezed cauliflower mix very well with a spatula until combined.

Line the same baking sheet with new parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer cauliflower dough to the middle and flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms.

Bake for 20 minutes, carefully flip with a spatula and bake for a few more minutes. Top with your favourite toppings and bake again until cheese on top turns golden brown.

Slice and enjoy!

Let the kids help you can never second guess a child and what they will like.  Encourage them to help prepare their food…They are more likely to eat what they help prepare.

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Start them young here is Little Lily… although she is not so little now she still loves to cook and always eats what she cooks…You also have happy kids …

N.B. Just a little note it took me a couple of trial runs before I got the base the right thickness I don’t like thick crust but made it too thin at first…

Bread…

If you love white bread, opt for a brand that is made with UNbleached white flour. Or try the bread with 100% whole grain unbleached wheat flour–

Or treat yourself to some of the lovely artisan loaves of bread available or make your own..with rapid, instant yeast it is now much easier and there are also so many recipes for sourdough starters…

Also, there is nothing more satisfying than making bread…It is great when your mood is less than happy a bit of kneading that dough works wonders…lol

If you are on a particular diet for health reasons or a food intolerance it can be a minefield I hope this helps

Gluten-free junk food…

Is high in sugar, unhealthy oils, and refined grains. I think that it is abhorrent that manufacturers make foods which they know that many people with a gluten intolerance buy and that is actually very unhealthy. Some people choose to take the label “gluten-free” to mean the same things as “healthy,” which is not accurate.

Naturally, gluten-free foods include beans, pulses, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fish, shellfish, fruit, meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, butter, and oil.

I hope this has been of help when you are deciding which is healthier to eat and it doesn’t mean expensive foods it generally means fresh either home-grown or bought from local markets, food in season or food you have made in your own kitchen.

If you are out and about or at work take your own in a little-insulated bag to keep it fresh and find a nice park bench or a little seat somewhere to eat and watch the world go by.

Until next week I am off to start my detox…

If you liked reading this then please share or reblog and spread the word about good, healthy eating and the benefits.

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Healthy Eating…No to diets…Tofu

 

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Welcome it’s that time again when you never know what I am going to say and neither do I half the time…It just flows once the fingers touch the keyboard…

As you know by now I have been having a few rants and also telling how I know absolutely nothing about tofu…Tofu well this tofu virgin is no more I have cooked my first tofu dish today a recipe from my blogging friend Dolly from Kookkoscherkitchen…

But before I give you my verdict and tell you what I think the lovely Tori has written a guest post about the said Tofu…Welcome, Tori and over to you my dear…

Drumroll please Maestro!

First of all, thanks to Carol for inviting me to post on her blog.

So… I’ve been a full-time vegetarian for about ten years.  I say it like that because I’ve had what my brother calls ‘vegetarian phases’ since I was a small child, where I’d refuse to eat meat, and giving me any would result in it either sitting on my plate uneaten or ending up in the dog.  But even my brother has to acknowledge this is more than a ‘vegetarian phase’ this time since I haven’t eaten any animal products beyond eggs and cheese – and some would argue honey – in about ten years.

There’s a lot I don’t know about a lot of things, including cooking.  But I have tried some new foods since becoming a vegetarian and learned one or two things about them in the process.  One of those foods is tofu.

As I mentioned to Carol when she asked if I’d like to do a post for her blog, I’m far from being an expert on tofu.  However, since I have picked up a few things over the years, and there are those who don’t know the first thing about what they’re meant to do with tofu, I thought I’d share a couple of tips to help anyone thinking of trying tofu get started.

So, here are my tips.  Others may have different opinions, but here’s what I have to say about tofu:

  1. Tofu works for sweet and savoury dishes.

Most people use tofu to make savoury dishes.  To be honest, that’s how I usually use it.  However, it can also be used to make sweet dishes.

Some ideas for using it include:

  • As a meat substitute in salads, curries, etc. It especially works well as a chicken substitute.  Just grill or fry it, and add it to your favourite dish.  I especially love it with sweet and sour sauce and boiled rice.
  • In the place of scrambled eggs. Scramble up some tofu, add some tomatoes and hash browns (or slices of fried potato) and you have a tasty breakfast that even a vegan will eat.
  • As a dairy free or vegan-friendly ‘cream cheese’ substitute. Silken tofu especially can be used in the place of dairy alternatives to make desserts like cheesecake vegan-friendly, or even just to reduce the dairy intake of someone who isn’t vegan.
  1. The type of recipe determines the kind of tofu you need.

Whether you need firm or silken tofu depends on the type of recipe you’re making.  As a rule of thumb, use firm for savoury recipes, and silken for sweet ones.  You can do it the other way around, but using firm for savoury recipes and silken for sweet ones yields the best results.  At least, I think so.

  1. Don’t forget to marinate your tofu.

No matter what recipe you’re using it in, you absolutely must marinade your tofu.  Tofu has no real flavour of its own, so takes on the flavours of whatever it’s marinated in.  This is why it can be used to do both sweet and savoury dishes.  So marinade your tofu for at least a little while before cooking.  If you don’t, you’ll have something tasteless that will be like eating a sponge.  At least, I imagine it would be like eating a sponge; having not eaten any sponges, I’m only guessing as to the taste comparison.

Beyond that, experiment, and remember: just because you don’t like it prepared one way, doesn’t mean you don’t like tofu at all.  If you try it and don’t enjoy it the first time, try it a couple of different ways before you decide you don’t like it.

One final comment: tofu – in case you don’t know – is what’s left after the liquid is drained from soya beans to make soya milk.  If you have an allergy to soy products, you should avoid trying tofu.

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Bio:

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Victoria Zigler is a blind poet and children’s author who was born and raised in the Black Mountains of Wales, UK, and is now living on the South-East coast of England, UK, with her hubby and furkids.  Victoria – or Tori, if you prefer – has been writing since she knew how, and describes herself as a combination of Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter books: Hermione’s thirst for knowledge and love of books, combined with Luna’s alternative way of looking at the world.  She has a wide variety of interests, designed to exercise both the creative and logical sides of her brain, and dabbles in them at random depending on what she feels like doing at any given time.

To date, Tori has published nine poetry books and more than 40 children’s books, with more planned for the future.  She makes her books available in multiple eBook formats, as well as in both paperback and audio.  She’s also contributed a story to the sci-fi and fantasy anthology Wyrd Worlds II, which is available in eBook only.

Links:

Website: http://www.zigler.co.uk

Blog: http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/victoriazigler

Google+: https://plus.google.com/106139346484856942827

Thank you so much, Tori, I now know a little more about Tofu…My experiment in the kitchen went well today I didn’t realise Tofu held so much water…

I made a recipe from Dolly @ Koolkosherkitchen Did we like it?… I wasn’t sure on the texture but will take Tori’s advice and try another recipe..The sauce was lovely and the sesame seeds added a bit of toastiness and texture it was the tofu, not a feeling I am used to with food a bit spongy but will try again as I have some tofu left.

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Thank you once again to Tori for chatting to us about Tofu… please pay her a visit and say hello she would love to hear from you…

I have certainly learnt more about tofu today I hope for those of you who were like me now know a little more if you enjoyed this post please share on your social media…Thank you xx

 

Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup…

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Doesn’t the time fly?? It is weekly roundup time again so grab your favourite drink a cuppa or a glass of wine and settle down and have a read…Spoiler Alert!... You will be hungry at the end of it so maybe have some healthy snacks or lunch or dinner ready to go…

Starting with a lovely Vietnamese Chicken recipe from Beyond The Norm it sounds delish and one I will definitely be making very soon.

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Fruity Friday follows and it was the turn of the beautiful Starfruit which has just come into season here and they are ripening very nicely on the tree… Time to make some more chutney methinks…most of my chutney I make from fruits which are in season now some last from season to season and others don’t it all depends on how much I make and you always have your favourites don’t you so some go a lot quicker.

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What is your favourite chutney and or jam???

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Next, it is my monthly guest post over at Esme’s new blog renamed Esme’s Salon and it was the letter E…The egg was mentioned a few times and my favourite Egg Drop Soup which is a very tasty soup made with Pork and fennel with egg strands…very nice…

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https://esmesalon.com/culinary-alphabet-this-weeks-letter-is-e/

Now it is the turn of my travel posts a new feature on this blog and last week it was Travel Australia …The brilliant white sand dunes of Lancelin and the eerie natural limestone formations which are called The Pinnacles and of course there was the mention of food…just to keep your taste buds on their toes…

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Then the awesome Pinnacles at Cervantes in WA …There are of course lots of ghostly stories to be told… are they true ?? Will these formations disappear as quickly as they appeared?

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Next, we had one of my favourite desserts I am not a fan of cream-laden puddings but do love a piece of lime or lemon meringue pie…

Limelemon meringu Pie

It looks yellow just like a lemon meringue and if I had used green colouring but I don’t although next time I may use the Pandan leaf to give it the green colour the lime taste, however, was just perfect…Spot on!

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Then, of course, it was our favourite rib recipe… now, who doesn’t love eating ribs as one of my commenters put it… My messy eater can come out…You cannot eat ribs nicely, can you ??

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Obesity has been the theme of my Healthy Eating posts on the last few Tuesdays and it has or it did draw to a close last Tuesday… It was a post which when I started these comparisons that I didn’t foresee the conclusion…We all know I dislike greedy manufacturers and governments who don’t give a fig about our health and wellbeing and The Cook Islands is a very sad indication of this at its best and at it’s worst for the people of the Cook Islands…Timor Leste is like many countries who have suffered invasion and war and are still paying the price but I hope that they will turn themselves around and become healthy and not succumb and share the fate of the Cook Islands… Yep, she( Moi) is still not over this and still feels very strongly about it…No more tofu

I think I will go and stick pins in my jelly babies…

I did, however, issue a challenge and will be trying tofu for the first time…all will be revealed next week. Will it be a hit or a miss?

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Yesterday’s cookery column over at Sally’s showcased delicious duck and some lovely sauces and also some unusual salted duck eggs?

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/20/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-delicious-duck-and-sauces/

Lastly and still on the subject of food is the awesome Beer Butt Chicken and you get to drink some …

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Have you enjoyed your read? If so let me know in comments I do love to hear from you it makes my day…

 

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

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Here we are again and my posts about Obesity around the world and the causes has finished not quite on the note I hoped and was it an eye-opener? …If I am honest…NO!… And Yes…How does that make me feel? It makes me very sad that the greed of big manufacturers, businesses and governments knows no bounds…

It makes me wonder why…Yes, why? We let them do this… I think that we are complacent, that if it doesn’t directly affect us…We do nothing…

Then smack, Bang, Wallop… How did that happen???

We all need to wake up…smell the coffee… Question what we don’t understand whether it affects us or not because one day it will…If it doesn’t already it will affect our children…Our grandchildren…Future generations… someone’s child, someone’s mum, someone’s dad…Just someone!

What can we do???

We can take charge we can be in charge of our own bodies our own destinies and yes some things we cannot change but maybe if we change our eating habits we can lessen the effects of poor choices… of a bad diet…

Are YOU willing to try???

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Let’s do this for ourselves our families and Let’s kick these big companies into touch…Lets cook from scratch…Let’s check where our food comes from…Let’s try… Let’s say NO! To fast food…Let’s say NO! To processed food…

I want you to tell me and everyone who reads this what you are doing…Join in…Do a guest post…I dare you…I invite you…

What works for you? What has made your condition A) Go away B) Ease your symptoms..??

This is my challenge to YOU…

What am I going to do? I am going to try Tofu…Have a couple of meat-free days a week…I hope some of you will send me some of your tried and tested recipes I can post on here…Give me your opinions on Tofu…I have none…I don’t eat it…I don’t cook with it…

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But I have bought some and it sits in my fridge and I am going to try it… I am meeting opposition…The men…They love their meat BUT they have promised to try it…Will they be biased? I am going to make this dish as tasty as I can …We will see…Will I like it will they like it???

What are you going to do?

My parting words… I love food…I love good food… I believe you can eat what you like and be healthy…I believe in moderation…I bet you were wondering when my favourite word was going to creep in…haha

I love walking…I walk a lot…I don’t like jumping about like a lunatic to music or someone shouting… We all know we should exercise… Find your favourite exercise it doesn’t have to be costly gyms unless that is your thing… But it does have to be enjoyable…You have to love what you do and eat… Then you will be healthy…

Until next week and Tofu xxx

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If you really want to see even more from me???? …If you still want to find out more…

I am a crazy English lady with opinions and a quirky sense of humour…  I look forward to meeting you x

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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.

banana flower 1

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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