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Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… The UK.

No more diets England

Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back 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 …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…

Today I am looking at the eating habits of the English who are at numero 33 with a percentage of 28.10%.

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I am sure now that you are all thinking that this is an easy one for me…Well, yes and no…I haven’t been back to the UK for a number of years but I have family and friends there and we do talk food…Surprise, Surprise…lol

Traditionally and very well-known is the Full English Breakfast  which consists of Bacon, Eggs, Sausage, Baked beans, mushrooms, fried bread and maybe even black pudding but as everyone is very busy working a breakfast such as this is now eaten just on weekends or holidays times and replaced by a fruit shake, tea and toast or grabbing a McDonald’s brekky to eat on the way to work during the week…Food on the go seems to be the norm for many people.

In the cold weather, of course, it is a lovely bowl of porridge …. which keeps you going for much longer and avoids the need to snack.

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Snacking… the British love their snacks…Midmorning, midafternoon or suppertime so many meal times. The snack food industry has increased at an alarming rate but so have waistlines and diseases which could be avoidable if less snacking between meals was the norm and more exercise …

 

Fridays always used to be Fish but now that has been replaced by kebabs, pizza, Chinese, Indian so many takeaways and restaurants which serve food from around the world. Britain as are many western countries are a nation of snacking and takeaways…

Although the sales of white bread have dropped by 75% and brown bread and wholemeal sales are up 85%…Brits love a sandwich.

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Britain’s eating habits have changed over recent years and they eat less fat and more fibre.., low-fat foods are being purchased by many instead and of course we know low-fat doesn’t mean low sugar.

Because of the working life of many Brits, many children didn’t learn how to cook which seems to be a major problem because that means unhealthy microwave meals and the like…

On the positive side in recent times many gyms and free exercise groups have sprung up and parks have regular fun runs so that is all positive …More people are walking or cycling to work which is obviously much better.

Cooking from scratch also seems to be on the increase with quite young children wanting to cook which I find refreshing…

Many more people grow their own foods either in their gardens or on allotments or communal allotments are springing up on rooftops and in towns and cities which are positive moves for health and well being.

I do believe there is so much more to be done and kids need to be educated regarding food … I admire the French and their eating habits they seem to have got much correct and they are one of the nations who don’t snack and enjoy meal times with family and have a good work-life balance.

I think there are many positives but too much emphasis on fast food and snacks although many chefs are working to get the message out there which is good …I think the UK has had and still has in many people’s eyes a bad reputation for food but we have some of the best chefs and young chefs whose restaurants stand a very respectable 7th in the World with their tally of Michelin stars this is some feat and shows that the interest in food and health is on the increase.

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I just hope that happens sooner rather than later as we have lots of farmers markets which sell wonderful fresh produce it is just making it accessible to the many rather than the few… Making mealtimes family time and celebrate real food, not crap and snacks.

Up the tax on unhealthy food and lower it on healthy food… Would be a good start and make schools toe the line and serve good healthy food  I know many do but many don’t as Jamie Oliver pointed out not so long ago…Bring exercise back into schools every day…

Well, I feel I can have a little rant even though I don’t live there any more…

I do hope you are enjoying my travels around some of the world’s countries eating habits…

On another note, I have bought my first ever pack of tofu… although the reception from the menfolk in this house is not promising I am going to give it a try and I am also hoping Dolly will soon be enlightening you on the benefits of maybe replacing a meal or two with tofu…

Watch this space…

Talking about watching who watched the Royal wedding? Ahhhh I loved it…The bride was beautiful and the service so refreshing and she who shall be nameless scowled her way through it…Hubby looked handsome though as usual…Just saying…

I loved the dress and I do wish people would leave the girl alone her hair looked lovely and if a few strands escaped so what! There have been some nasty comments about that in the media and on some FB Groups and all from people whose pictures did them no favours at all… Why can’t people just be nice???…

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Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… Canada.

No more (4)

Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back 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 …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…

Today I am looking at the eating habits of the Canadians who are numero 35 with a percentage of 28%.

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Canada is the second biggest country on earth however over 80% of the land is uninhabited and most Canadians live in one of the clusters of cities close to the US Border which gives rise to my picture of Canada of wild, landscapes and bison, reindeer, moose all living peacefully in their natural habitat.

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I imagine all those beautiful healthy salmon and lobsters in my mind’s eye and have always thought that everyone lived in the great outdoors and were super healthy.

The reality is that Cancer and heart disease is the biggest killer … in Canada.

As Canada is so multinational they don’t really have a Canadian cuisine but more of a cuisine of cuisines which comes from the English, French and Scottish influences and there is also the influence of the Aborigines.

There are also the foods which are native to North America such as Squash, peppers, berries, wild rice, salmon and large claw lobsters all lovely foods and homemade jams and chutney are prevalent.

Metis stew did actually originate in Canada from the Aboriginal people and is eaten widely through the country and with such a harsh climate then stews and soups are certainly needed. Rubaboo is a Metis stew made with rabbit, chicken or sage hen and a wide variety of vegetables.

Maple syrup is synonymous with Canada and used instead of molasses in recipes. The maple syrup is also used to make snow taffy made by dropping maple syrup onto fresh snow and wrapping it around an ice lolly stick as it soft freezes or just cutting into soft taffy squares.

The average Canadians diet consists of processed grain and dairy products, farmed meats some fruits and vegetables also the high amounts of sugar, salts and processed foods means an unhealthy diet hence the biggest killers being Cancer and heart disease.

As in western cultures where breakfast and lunch are eaten on the go or skipped and with dinner being the main meal these habits all point to increasing obesity and preventable diseases which is a shame as with so much lovely produce available here it shouldn’t be the case.

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Poutine is a good example of a very popular but unhealthy dish and is probably the most famous ” Canadian”‘ food which consists of french fries, gravy and lumps of white curd cheeses one of the foods which can be eaten on the go…

Exercise… it does seem that cycling and walking are seeing an increase although travelling by car is still very high but these quite recent increases show that in general, more people are looking at alternative ways to get around.

But overall although Canada has some of the cleanest air in the world their diets could be much healthier given the fresh produce they have available.

It seems that where cultures put much emphasis on sitting down eating as a family or with friends, taking time to eat they have the lower incidences of obesity and preventable diseases.

There is a lesson to be learnt here..methinks…

Before I go  I hope you have enjoyed the insight into how the Canadians eat and what they eat…

I have been shocked in more ways than one this week as to what is allowed online …I was browsing the internet as we do and came across what I thought were absolutely ludicrous claims …

Claims that doctors are speechless…Probably speechless at the mentality or desperation of people who want a quick fix …I mean a recipe which will help you lose ALL of your body fat in 3 Days!! It gets worse…. 8 lbs Body fat in 3 days, 11 lb in 2 days…Oh, My! 45 lbs in 3 weeks, 20 lbs in 2 weeks.

I would think now you are getting the picture and the most dangerous to my mind was the one which said you could lose 30 lbs of crap in one day…It pictured a lady on the throne …Please tell me no one in their right mind would take anything that was that powerful a laxative because that is what it is…

Does anyone seriously …read this crap and do/take it???

If anyone doesn’t get the meaning of a pink pig flying it is an English saying when we don’t believe something …Oh, Look! A pink pig just flew past!

 

Fads don’t work…Healthy Eating…No snacking every hour and exercise …THAT WORKS!

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Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… France.

No more Diets France

 

Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back 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 …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…

Today I am looking at the eating habits of the French…

France sits at numero 66 with a % of 23.9%.

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It has been many years since my last visit to France and they have always been in the forefront for food and wines and are known for beautiful raw milk artisan cheeses and of course bread. Their pastries include macarons, croissants so many the choice is mind-blowing and waist-expanding…

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The French are among the slimmest race in Europe… But…Obesity is on the increase.

Their food has fewer preservatives than most countries and home cooking is high on the agenda as is buying from local farmers and markets…Although fast food outlets are on the increase the French mainly stick to their values and eating together as families and work colleagues are mainly still the norm.

Although the large supermarkets and out-of-town stores have longer opening hours  locally shops are only open Mon through to Saturdays with Sundays being closed or only open until noon thus leaving the afternoon for a leisurely family lunch which can last for over 2 hours..this is much like the Thai way of eating  where food is meant to be enjoyed and you sit at a table and eat, children are also expected to eat what the adults eat you will not see children’s menus here or very few because of that practice…Good eating habits are taught from an early age no picky eaters here…

The French also eat smaller portions and very rarely snack…They have a sweet time around 4pm when the children come out of school called “Le gouter ” which is a daily ritual and never missed. You may also find adults eating something sweet in a cafe at this time.

Walking and cycling are encouraged here in France and my abiding memory is lots of bikes and people walking…So why the increase in obesity?

Maybe the youngsters are spending more time online and tending to snack more …I don’t know sometimes these things just creep up on you …don’t they? Pretty much like us really we adopt a sensible eating plan and then maybe a snack or two creeps in and before we know it those pounds creep back on.

What do the French traditionally eat? 

Duck and rabbit are still eaten and like the English and the Thais, most or all of the animal is eaten…Escargots snails in Garlic, Coq Au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, Onion Soup, Croissants, Macarons, Creme Brule( one) of my favourite desserts so many meals which are known and eaten around the world…

French Cuisine is one of the best with the main meal being midday and it is very rare the French go out for drinks they go out to Dinner.

Although the French are renowned for their love of wine still or sparkling water is the preferred accompaniment to a meal although many still drink wine although the wine glasses are smaller than you would find elsewhere around the world. It is also rare to see fizzy drinks or a pint of beer on the dinner table.

Overall I do think that the French have a healthy attitude to food with their three meals a day plus the Le Gouter ( sweet) treat, smaller portions and no snacking. They have 3-course meals starter, main and dessert and maybe a cheese course so I suppose you wouldn’t need to snack…Would you??? Kids they are expected to eat the same as the adults so again no picky eaters allowed… Plus walking or riding a bike is good exercise..

Before I go  I hope you have enjoyed the insight into how the French eat and what they eat…

I have been shocked this week…I was browsing the internet as we do and came across what I thought were absolutely ludicrous claims ” Lose 40 lbs in 4 weeks and all without having a limb amputated…Really??

Mix baby oil and camphor rub into your belly fat and watch it disappear… Really???

Well if you take a daily walk you would lose belly fat and much more…I did…Why would I want to smell like a pine tree ???

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Does anyone seriously …read this crap and do it???

If anyone doesn’t get the meaning of a pink pig flying it is an English saying when we don’t believe something …Oh, Look! A pink pig just flew past!

Fads don’t work…Healthy Eating…No snacking every hour and exercise …THAT WORKS!

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Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… Germany.

No more (4) Germany

Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back 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 …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…

Today I am looking at Germany, they currently sit at numero 95  with a percentage of 20.10%.  Just looking at Thailand and Germany I can see why Germany sit higher on the chart although not so high as some nations if you look at their cuisine of lots of meat, processed sausages, bread of all kinds, dumplings sprezle, schnitzels, potatoes and the home of Sauerkraut the list of delicious food is endless…

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Germans traditionally have eaten pretty much the same for breakfast as other countries but now because of busier lifestyles simpler breakfast are eaten and traditional ones eaten on the weekends.

Traditionally the main meal was eaten at lunchtime but because people are becoming more weight and health conscious a light snack is often eaten at lunch.

Dinner is now the main meal usually eaten at home with the family. It looks very hearty, doesn’t it? Rouladen, red cabbage and sprezle with a lovely thick gravy.

roulades-red cabbage and sprazle

Germans have always liked their side dishes. Noodles, potatoes and dumplings in all forms are very common -, especially in the south.

Red Cabbage is another side dish for which Germany is known for and is also one which we love..my recipe was given to me by a dear friend who is sadly no longer with us who was married to a German and gifted me the recipe…It is now a family favourite and one which is always on our table at Christmas.

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Potatoes and dumplings are also a favourite on the German plate…succulent roasted pork with a delicious gravy and dumplings made from bread…

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Did you know that there are over 1500 different varieties of sausage ( Wurst) and over 300 different types of bread?

Bread rolls

Typically German foods… are washed down with beer.

Pretzels…The pretzel is actually the shape, while the bread is called Laugen and comes in a many of shapes and sizes.

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Generally eaten as a snack with sausage and mustard either eaten for breakfast or lunch and washed down with beer or two.

Fermented cabbage called sauerkraut is also a German staple which is packed full of probiotics and a great source of iron, fibre, Vitamins A, C, and K… made from just cabbage, salt and water it is served with most dishes in hotdogs as an accompaniment to dinner or with cheeses and sausage.

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Just looking at the images you can see how the typical German diet is pretty high in fat — including saturated fat — as well as refined sugars and carbohydrates.

However, in East Germany, the typical diet is more natural and healthy than in the industrialized West.

But they are not fat and definitely not the fattest nation…Why? Do they have a better metabolism, a better attitude to food, they seem to defy all the rules …and eat well…Very well!

I have not even started on the deserts yet…The apple strudel, Black forest gateaux, Kartofekkpuffer which are grated potatoes, shallow fried and served with applesauce, blueberries, sugar and cinnamon… I am now salivating and as much as I love Thai food I think I would quite enjoy a week here tasting all that luscious fare…

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these lovely potato fritters are served as a savoury dish or accompaniment or as a luscious dessert…either way it is very, very, eatable.

I will be back next week with another country…Will there be any more surprises?

No more (4) Germany

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Healthy Eating…No more Diets…Obesity

No to diets Thai food collage

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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Healthy Eating…No more Diets…Snacks!

Snacks-crispy fried insects-peanut butter

Welcome to Carol’s Bootcamp….was last week fun it was topping 100 degrees here and it was Thai New Year aka Songkran which means lots of water and if you don’t want to get wet then stay home but it was so hot and the water was welcome and good fun…

Of course, all the food sellers were out and the bars and restaurants were handing out free snacks to entice you in and for a while, they were a safe haven from being soaked.

Our snacks were bowls of those delightful crispy insects you can see above…I can feel you cringing…haha…They are in fact very nice and it sort of got me thinking about snacks and how different the snacks were here to what they were when I lived in the UK.

Here we have the insects, lots of different sorts of dried fish, seaweed, fresh fruits of all sorts, sun-dried beef and pork, pork crackling, all sorts of sausage and balls but not so many things with carbs and sugar… always plenty of chilli …

Street Food in Thailand

Are you bored and craving sugar? Make sure your snacks have 6-10 gms of protein which will fill you up for longer and keep up your energy levels so if you an apple have some peanut butter with it…Maybe slice your apple and just have a couple spoonfuls of peanut butter and dip your apple slices in it.

I know many of you hail from all around the world so tell me what do you snack on? When you go out what are most of the food stalls selling as snacks???

I would love to know so please tell me in comments it could be interesting.

Walking???

I was pleasantly surprised to hear from many of you who like me, love, to walk and who walk with others and older people who I suggested it was lovely to hear that some of you walked with elderly neighbours and your children and how well you all got on…It was so nice to hear how the different generations enjoyed walking and talking together.

Tofu ??? Did you visit Dolly? Do you love her tofu recipes...My shopping trip the other day was disappointing as they didn’t have tofu but I am sure I will find some as tofu is eaten by many people here. I am looking forward to trying one of Dolly’s recipes as I haven’t eaten tofu or cooked with it before but she assures me I will like it as long as I make sure that the tofu is dry.

I love trying new foods….do you?

Anyway, how is your new eating regime getting on …Are you finding it easy? Have you noticed a difference?

Snacks-crispy fried insects-peanut butter

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Healthy Eating…No to Diets…Walking.

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Welcome once again to Carol’s boot camp…So how is it all going?  Talk to me in comments and let me know… I love hearing from you 🙂

As you know my favourite form of exercise is walking you don’t need any fancy, expensive equipment or extortionate gym fees because it is FREE now who doesn’t love a freebie? particularly one which is simple to do, no bouncing about a room with lots of other sweaty bodies…Although of course if that is your thing and you enjoy it then carry on…

Walking keeps you fit and is a great aerobic exercise if you walk at a brisk pace, feel warm and slightly breathless then you are on the right track as it raises your heart rate and burns of those calories.

Did you know??? If you walked briskly at 4 miles an hour for 30 minutes then it would burn approx 150 calories…

You may feel slightly tired for the first week or two but you will soon notice the difference and have much more energy as all those endorphins will be released and give you a natural high.

But I don’t have time?

Come on…You can walk to work, to the station or the bus stop if you take your car then park a little further away and walk.

Take your lunch to the park and then go for a walk around the park.

Walk to the shops which is what I do and if I have too much shopping then I get a bus or taxi back home.

Instead of taking the lift walk up the escalators or take the stairs.

Meeting a friend for a coffee and a chat?  get a takeaway drink and go for a walk and chat…

It goes without saying that if you have a dog then give him a walk or borrow a neighbours dog… Do you have an elderly neighbour who loves to get out? then take them along…

All things which will certainly make you feel good and we all love to feel good …Don’t we? The bonus you will get fitter and lose some kilos as well.

Treat yourself to one of those Fit things which count your steps and calories lost or check if your phone has free fitness apps so no excuses you will be surprised with just a few little changes how much fitter and better you will feel.

I love to walk because I see more, people say hello and that makes you feel good…

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Kids love to walk so if the school is within walking distance …Then walk to pick them up and walk home …It gives you time to chat about what you see, how their day has been and makes everyone that little bit healthier.

NOTE: Always check with your doctor before you start any new exercise regime.

However walking is proven to reduce your risk of many health conditions including reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure and strokes and it is low-cost and low impact exercise.

Just 20 minutes a day and you will see a difference in yourself and you can fit it in anytime…so

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

I can’t go without giving you a recipe ..can I? So I will hand you over to the lovely Dolly who will be guest posting in a few weeks on here as she knows more about tofu than I do… So without further ado, I give you Penne Tofu with impostor alfredo

Enjoy!

I will say that from someone who hasn’t yet tried tofu that this does look very nice so on my next trip into town I am going to see if I can get some tofu…So watch this space…

Thank you for reading this I hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful if you did please feel free to share…Sharing is caring…Thank you xxx

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