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Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity … The Cook Islands and Timor Leste.

No more (6) Timor and The Cook Islands

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  I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet  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…

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 is my final post on this and I am comparing The Cook Islands who stand at number 1( and that) my friends does not deserve any accolades as at 50.80% and rising rapidly and Timor Leste who are bottom at 192 on the chart. with only 2.2%…that is a tragedy….sad beyond belief…

The very beautiful Cook Islands are home to the Maori whose agricultural lands have been replaced by luxury resorts and tourism over the last 30 years has boomed…From a diet of fresh fish, tomatoes, pawpaw and taro this once healthy nation now prefer fast food and chips…

The effect of tourism and loss of agricultural lands means that the islands are 82% food import-dependent…fresh food has been replaced by calorie rich, nutrient poor processed foods and sugary drinks…

The most recent figures are horrifying with 80/90% of men classed as obese, school children..24% of girls are obese and for the boys, that figure is even higher at 24& it is no wonder that many are diabetic…High Cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are the leading cause of death here.

The ministry of health is working with world health organisations and work is being done to encourage islanders to be self-sufficient and grow their own food… will it be too little too late?? I do hope we can get back some of the attributes of a once proud traditional race who are healthy and chronic disease free.

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These once proud, healthy Maori have now succumbed to the unhealthy diets of the western world and at a devastating cost to their health and well-being.

The other side of the coin is Timor Leste who on the face of it should be commended for their low obesity rate, however, there is a lot of poverty here, the diet is rice based with maybe one green vegetable so nutrient-poor hence malnutrition and anaemia is a leading cause of premature deaths.

The incidence of stunting is also very high here but there is work going on to educate young mothers with children on the impact of good nutrition and how eating a more varied diet can vastly improve the health of their children so hope is on the horizon.

This island sits at the southern end of south-east Asia and boasts a dry, tropical climate. With an abundance of coconut palms and eucalyptus trees agriculture is the main occupation. Corn ( maize), rice, cassava, sweet potatoes, dried beans, coconuts and coffee…with crafts and textiles also being important to the economy. How beautiful are those traditionally built houses?

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This is the last of my comparisons and this last one didn’t supply  healthy community’s who had their diets spot on and health was at its optimum instead it showed how the advance of tourism has devastated a race and how the effects of  Indonesian occupation; guerrilla warfare by the Timorese against the occupiers has stunted the growth of a young nation…

I sincerely hope that they do not succumb to western influences with regard to their diets and health but hope they build on their agricultural and craft/textile traditions and become a healthy nation of people who deserve their status on the obesity chart proving that cooking from scratch and avoiding highly processed sugary foods and drinks means many acute diseases are totally avoidable…

We are what we eat!

Next week I will be back with recipes and tips to help you with your healthy eating and to show that it doesn’t mean hours in the kitchen especially when you have a family and work… I have 6 children, have always worked and always cooked from scratch…That is without the pets…Horses, dogs, cats, snakes you name it my kids have bought it home.

As heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the western world I will leave you with some additional reading from the very knowledgeable Sally…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/01/smorgasbord-health-column-our-heart-is-only-as-good-as-the-food-we-eat/

If you have found this a thought-provoking read on the effects of  following a western diet please share xxx

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

No more (6) US

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…

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 US who are at numero 19 with a percentage of 33.7%

Yes, I know… I said I was comparing the top and bottom of the table…I got ahead of myself…It is next weeks POST and then back to normal…Sorryeeee

I have family in the US and loved all my holidays I spent there albeit they were a few years ago now and I suspect much has changed…

I still remember the portions though and how a doggy bag was the norm…Something which was foreign to us Brits and I suspect still is to many people.

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The breakfast buffets were my favourite but I still have vivid memories of how high some piled their plates and went back numerous times for a refill… How anyone could eat that amount of food is beyond me …A plate piled high actually turns me off eating…

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I have also REALISED from comments made in the media, by fellow bloggers who live in the US  about processed foods and I am shocked by how many chemicals and pesticides which are banned in other countries are still being allowed in the food chain…

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I have just finished reading barring the charts and links  Food Forensics… A fascinating and scary insight into what goes into food in the US and the consequences to the health of Americans is horrendous… Chemicals which are banned in other countries.

So what do my American cousins eat for breakfast… Cooked tomatoes now as we always asked for ours to be cooked which was a great source of amusement but once tried by my cousins..they much prefer cooked tomatoes with their bacon…

Biscuits( scones), grits, crispy bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, cold tomatoes( hot) ham steaks, breakfast meats on the list is endless…cinnamon toast being my favourite…

Lunch and dinner… Meat and processed foods…hamburger-1281855_1280

One-third of the nation is obese and that figure is rising ..recent stats are scary…40% of the population are living with one or more chronic diseases most of which are preventable and 75% of healthcare costs are due to chronic diseases…

My question? why is this not being addressed more robustly …Answers on a postcard as we all know why!

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Although exercise is on the increase the obesity rate is still growing and the number one cause of death is Heart Disease…

There is so much engineered hyperpalatable junk food and such aggressive marketing aimed at kids it is no wonder…

I dread to think when I look at The Cook Islands and why they hold the top spot on the obesity chart… what on earth do they eat… I probably could hazard a good guess…

What is the world coming to this little exercise of mine has opened my eyes even wider and I am appalled at the fact that due to greed on the part of governments and manufacturers despite rising national obesity rates and health costs THEY still do nothing …

The mind boggles as to how much their profits, backhanders or under the table dealings raise and swell their coffers that the people they are meant to serve and protect do not get their protection.

We all need to wake up and smell the coffee and HELP ourselves because no other bugger will!

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Thank you for reading and I do hope you are enjoying this little series if so please hit the share button.

I would apologise for my rant but I won’t … I care about my health I have but one body and I am appalled at how little most governments and manufacturers display absolute contempt for my health, my families and friends health…How many dear friends and family have suffered and or died because of all these chemicals in our diets …Yes, I know some things we cannot prevent …Most we can…

So no apologies for caring… I love you all xxx

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%.

If you wish to check your countries ranking then please Click Here

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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I have also just received my badge for coming second in the Hidden Gem section of the Bloggers Bash Awards and would like to thank everyone who voted for me …Thank you very much… I would also like to say well done to all the other winners and nominees you are all stars… Congratulations …

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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 to Diets… Added Sugars are your worst enemy…

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No to Diets

Hello and welcome to Carol’s Boot camp and if that scares you well it shouldn’t… the aim of these Tuesday posts is to help you make the right choices for a healthy diet and a body which is a healthy weight and which can also fight of or help keep many diseases and illnesses at bay naturally.

One that has a healthy immune system and that doesn’t mean eating foods that taste like cardboard and it doesn’t mean never ever letting that piece of cake or chocolate ever past your lips again it means learning what food you need to be healthy and knowing that you can have the occasional treat …

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A little of what you fancy does you good!

It is about moderation, about enjoying those 2 squares of chocolate even more than when you demolished a whole bar  and then felt guilty about eating it, so almost certainly you then starved yourself or ate those cardboard things called  rice cakes for two days…I mean how tasteless are they???

But is that good for you?…Certainly not…

SUGAR…..Do we need it?

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Yes…Your body does need carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugar in your body. This sugar is essential for your body to create energy to survive. However, it is not necessary to include sugary foods or added sugars in the diet in order for your body to make energy.

If we know our sugars and know how much we should be consuming in a day then that is the first step.

UK NHS guidelines:

  • Adults should have no more than 30 gm of free sugars a day, (roughly equivalent to seven sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 7 to 10 should have no more than 24 gm of free sugars a day (six sugar cubes).
  • Children aged 4 to 6 should have no more than 19 gm of free sugars a day (five sugar cubes).
  • There is no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it’s recommended they avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it.

Free sugars are found in foods such as sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and some fizzy drinks and juice drinks. These are the sugary foods we should cut down on.

It is not referring to the sugars which are naturally occurring in foods although some foods do have a naturally occuring high amount of sugar so it is knowing which food you can eat almost as you like although that word which I love does creep in here…Moderation!

But… eating a sensible amount as many foods with naturally occurring sugar are also packed with lots of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Therefore it makes sense to know your foods…Know which ones are high in sugar and which ones are lower in sugars…It means reading the ingredients on the packet and if sugar is in the first three ingredients then put it back!

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Manufacturers I just love to hate are sneaky people and love to fool us… So if you see a label and don’t see the word sugar DO NOT think it is sugarless because those sneaky manufacturers have used another word like simple carbohydrates, honey, rice syrup, organic dehydrated cane juice, agave nectar, barley malt syrup, corn sweetener, fructose, invert sugar, high fructose corn syrup and it goes on… PLEASE check those labels carefully.

It is knowing what you can substitute for those high in sugar foods… It means making an informed decision about the food YOU eat and feed YOUR family.

You can still eat great food, tasty food so don’t think you are going to be deprived …You won’t..

I am now going to give you a little list of foods which are high in sugar and foods which are lower and also some suggestions as to an alternative…A healthier alternative.

Foods High in Sugars.

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Can of soda

Cereal, Cereal Bars, Ketchup, Sauces, Flavoured teas, Fruit Juices, Soda’s, Flavoured yoghurt, Dried fruits… I think by now you should have got the gist… These are all processed foods…

Now just looking at that list what small adjustments can you make or do you make already??

Porridge Oats.

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I love porridge oats..although I haven’t eaten it in a while but with some home-made fruit compote or just fresh fruit a lovely breakfast which will keep you going until  lunchtime.

Muesli

Honestly not for me..maybe if I made it…No ..I have never been a fan but I know many people who just love it! ( At least) I am honest…lol

Shredded Wheat

Now who can eat two shredded wheats???

Bran flakes

These I do like with a sliced banana…very nice.

Cereal bars…again why would you ? But no accounting for taste and many of my friends and family love them…Check the labels.

It is as I have always said it is about eating the food …You like!

Ketchup…Homemade ketchup is far better and also less sugar.

Sauces… Sauces come in jars and packets  and almost certainly are packed full of preservatives, salt and sugar…What can I say I have always made my own gravy and sauces…

Originally …I have six children and so with me and hubby that was 8 to feed and that was without the kids friends …etc, etc..To buy packets and jars I would have needed a trolley just for that for a month… No brainer I made my own … It is amazing what spurs you on to do that…Isn’t it???

Fruit Juice…

Again with all my lot …I learnt to buy fruit in season , make juice and top it up with sparkling water…I will also add that was a treat… Water was the drink of choice …Pure and simple…WATER!

Soda’s…

I was a mean mum… Soda’s were a treat at Christmas…

Now I now how much sugar is in them… 39.2 grams of sugar per serving, which is almost 10 teaspoons of sugar… I don’t feel mean at all…

Flavoured yoghurt.

A quick tip: Natural or plain full-fat yoghurt will contain about 4.7g of sugar per 100 gm, but this is lactose not fructose. Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar in dairy, and doesn’t affect the body in the same way that fructose does.

Some fruit flavoured yoghurt have as much as the equivalent of 7 tsp of sugar…

From where I am standing you would only need a can of soda pop or a yoghurt and you would be over your recommended daily guidelines.

Buy natural or Greek yoghurt or make your own …I think Yoghurt needs to be a separate post…Don’t you??

Fresh Fruit…Who doesn’t love fresh fruit there is so much choice and it is a good choice but fruit also has sugar and although it is naturally occurring sugar some are better than others.

Dried fried has a higher concentration of sugar but eaten in moderation it is also high in fibre and vitamins so when choosing also look at that…

Which fresh fruits have the highest amount of sugar??

Grapes, lychee, Figs, Mango, Cherries which are all fruits I love but I still eat them just apply some common sense and although I love figs and they are high in sugar I couldn’t or wouldn’t eat that many anyway… They also have a laxative effect.

A few of each…I could just dive in now.

Grapes and strawberries

Olives( Yes) it is a fruit, avocado, rhubarb, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries, kiwi are all fruits which are lower in sugar and all fruits which I absolutely love…

I will of course be giving some recipes for these fruits but today as promised I have a lovely Tofu recipe from my lovely blogging friend Dolly…Called Tofu Can Bite Too….

Tofu can bite too

Dolly has told me she cooks with Tofu quite a lot…She has a cooking blog and like me she loves to chat and tell a story and all of her food is food I would eat… It is lovely she has also bought out a cookbook and again it is chat and recipes and very nice so if you fancy having a peek pop over to Amazon it is available in e-book and paperback on amazon.com/author/koolkosherkitchen. I just loved it!

That’s all for this weeks No more Diets I do hope you have enjoyed it and I am looking forward to your comments and if you also hit the share buttons I would love that ….Thanks Carol xxxx

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

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 No more diets!

 

Hello and welcome to Carol’s Bootcamp…I hope you are all well and getting comfortable on this new path of No Diets just healthy eating…

It has certainly taken me a while and I do think my lifestyle now is conducive to my eating habits…Interestingly one of the comments I had on this post said exactly that and how a natural selection of food choices within the traditional diet where I live is followed here…

I do in my role as a food writer and an advocate for a healthy lifestyle read much about food and I am reading a very interesting book on Food Forensics…Scary but when I have finished reading it I will read it again and then hopefully I will remember a bit more of what I have read and be able to digest it more thoroughly.

It makes me think and I have made small changes to certain things while reading this book .. I now make my own fresh chopped tomatoes for spaghetti, chillies etc any recipe which calls for tinned tomatoes… Why? Because I don’t like the fact that the inside of my tomato tins are coated with BPA… which reacts with the acid in foods and is known to be tied to hormonal disruption and reproductive dysfunction…

So I make my own, freeze in portions and not only is it better for our health it saves money…

I have never understood how the common consensus is that to eat healthily it costs you more…It is a lie peddled to the consumer by manufacturers and the ilk…

I spend less and eat better…I shop locally, at farmers markets, we swap food between neighbours where we live… I get lots of bananas and the man opposite has more mango trees than I do so I get mangoes from him…The man in the corner shop always gives us something free… I don’t know if it is because I always buy my som tam ( Papaya Salad) from him …He does the best som tam I have tasted this side of Thailand. Or because being European he gets a little bit of street cred or kudos when people see me sitting and eating his food…

Papaya Salad Som Tam

I grew Papaya trees and gave all the neighbours some and this is what we do we share any excess from what we grow so everyone is happy…

I can hear you saying but we don’t live there…NO you don’t BUT when I was in the Uk…I grew herbs, potatoes, other vegetables and the same policy applied… we shared… I also only had a small garden there so grew things in tubs etc..even a balcony and a kitchen window sill can hold a few pots it gives a sense of satisfaction when you grow something the same satisfaction I get from making something…especially when it was something I had previously bought …

So…

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

 

Tofu...I will soon be having some lovely recipes for you from the lovely Dolly from KoolKoscherKitchen which I am sure may even persuade me to try Tofu…

A few people I know suffer from gout, very painful and I wrote a post on low purine foods...It made me think how much the food we eat affects our health…For example how many food items do you have in your kitchen or garden which are natural painkillers?

Out of 20 natural painkillers, I have 12 in my kitchen and apart from two which I rarely by, I do buy the others on occasions…

Mine were ginger, cloves, cider vinegar, garlic, turmeric, yoghurt, oats, salt, water, horseradish, honey and tomato juice…How many of those do you have and use on a regular basis??? My point is I was reading an article about a very famous person and due to a leg injury had a painkiller addiction… I have since read a few more articles and this is quite common and doctors are still prescribing Tylenol…

I know plants and the like won’t stop all pains but some of the above I remember my mum using and do think that for some aches and pains we could use natural painkillers??? Do you use any natural remedies passed down through your family?

I suppose what I want from all this is as natural a lifestyle and eating habits as possible which hopefully will improve our whole body’s health and maybe…just maybe we will as a nation stop popping so many pills when we can control much through our diets. Surely that has to be better…Doesn’t it?

What are your thoughts on this ???

Time for a recipe

Pickled Red and Yellow Cherry Tomatoes.

red-yellow-thai style-pickled-tomatoes

Red and yellow pickled tomatoes

Ingredients:

  • 30 cherry tomatoes I mixed different colours.
  • 1-2 green Thai chillies finely sliced
  • 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 6 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar.
Pickled-cherry-tomatoes-red-yellow

Pickled red and yellow cherry tomatoes

 

Let’s get pickled!

Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl. Take a cocktail stick and prick the tomatoes a few times this allows the brine to infuse nicely.

Put the tomatoes in a sterilised jar or a Tupperware container and cover with the marinade mix.

Put in the refrigerator …these can be eaten after one day and within 4 days. The juice can then be used as a marinade for fish or added to salads.

Steamed Salmon

Thai style steamed salmon with coriander and fish sauce, chilli and lime.

If using the pickle juice I just add some chopped coriander a finely sliced spring onion or shallot and then put over the top of my fish and seal the foil then bake in the oven until the fish is cooked…

A lovely light lunch served with c.auliflower rice or steamed rice.

I hope you are enjoying these healthy eating posts and that you excuse my little occasional rants …If you love these posts please share it would make me happy and let me know in comments what you think and how you are getting on…

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Just Pickled… Pineapple

Just Pickled collage

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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