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Healthy eating… How to shift those Christmas kilos…For good!

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Well, January is nearly over and I think by now most of you will have finished those boxes and tins of chocolates or maybe you have been really good and given them away??

Who am I kidding?? Who does that???

I have put on a few kilos..why?? Well not counting the Christmas excess…That Christmas dinner was awesome…I just love bread sauce and stuffing with cranberry sauce and the Christmas pudding and cream…After eight mints you know the ones with the little hard pieces of crunch in them? Or the peppermint creams…

It knocked me off my little healthy eating path..a few potholes…

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Normally I am fine…I walk every day or 6 out of 7 days… Eat generally what I like 80% of the time and occasionally my 20% kicks in when I fancy something a bit naughty but nice…Who doesn’t???

My weight has dropped 5 stone since  I have been living here and my tummy is quite flat…There is not so much temptation here as the food is entirely different and the diets… Lots of fresh produce and eaten raw as well most of the time…so I guess not so much temptation and now I don’t crave sweet things like I did…I can make that box/ packet of goodies last a week or more..happy with 1 piece of chocolate a day instead of the whole box…

Do I love food?…Of course, I do… But I love my health and wellness better…

Do I love spending hours in the kitchen?? In this heat, you must be kidding!

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So as I need..No want to kick those few extra kilos into touch I have gone back to watching what I eat just a little closer as generally, I am ok… I have also been researching and trying new recipes which are healthier and tasty and will make your taste buds sing..

So Tuesdays are going to be my healthier eating day when I will bring you some tasty food and of course some chatter those of you who know me … Just know I love a chat! So talk to me, tell me what you want, where you need help and if I can I will…

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Just know I am not quiet, shy and retiring…I love to chat and I love finding out about the food I eat and it is harder for me than most of you…I don’t have fancy cooking pots and pans here…I am lucky I have a kitchen most Thai houses don’t!

Just a two ring burner and a BBQ ..most of the time outside and not even a kitchen sink… I am luckier than most here…I have a sink…lol… and a ceramic hob… the oven that is soon to be replaced  is this table top thing and it is ok…but not reliable and I am waiting for a proper oven although it will be bottled gas as there is no mains gas here…

But if you have visited Thailand then you probably have seen the marvellous tasty amazing food which is produced by the side of the road, on a street market stall …Who needs a state of the art kitchen??? Look at that beautiful squid!

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I will bring you tasty healthy food which takes longer to cut your veggies than cook..most of the time…

I can hear your thoughts…I bet I can’t get the ingredients you can…Well, not all of the time…But most of the time you can and if not I will suggest a substitute…

It won’t all be delicious Thai food, it may be European, Indian I have some wicked recipes given to me by my Indian friends…It won’t come from a packet it will be cooked from scratch…For those of you who can’t cook or don’t cook it will be easy… I don’t do complicated very often and I don’t do many cakes and puddings…But I will for those of you who like them..only sometimes…haha… as a treat… I can be mean…Who needs a pudding when you have just eaten the most delicious lunch or dinner???

Ok, Ok…I know sometimes you do… I can do snacks like lovely fresh salsa…and yes Doritos or crackers…You have your 20% … Don’t you???

Use it wisely…

I want you to love your food and lose weight…But we all know that it is not always easy for some and some go into it half-heartedly but I want to live as long as I can…by watching what I eat…I am not fanatical…I eat proper food… I just like to know what is in my food… I don’t do gyms for exercise I walk..but if a gym is what you like and enjoy then go for it…That is half the battle won…

If we love our chosen exercise and food we do it and eat it!  stay healthy and lose weight… No fads..No get slim quick..no fancy foods…No going without…Think moderation… No right way or wrong way ..Just your way!

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It has worked for me but I am a single-minded cussed old cow sometimes who loves a bit of Christmas pudding and cream…I don’t follow a rigid diet or exercise plan… I enjoy my life and want it to continue as disease free for as long as I can…It works for me…Will it work you?? Only you can answer that…

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Moderation is all I ask and honesty be honest..don’t feel guilty about what you eat..Enjoy it! Love it!….We are all grown ups and we know what is good for us and what is not…

If that television advert, or magazine spread or that famous celebrity or doctor is telling you about something marvellous…They are laughing all the way to the bank…If it sounds too good to be true…It is!

Well, that’s my not so little spiel over…Will you join me on  Tuesday ???

For delicious healthy recipes???

I hope you do xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#Bookreview – Heaven’s Rage by Leslie Tate

I read the first review of this book on Sally’s blog Smorgasbord and now on the lovely Robbies blog…I have now just purchased my copy and cannot wait to read it 🙂 Much love and hugs ladies fantastic reviews from two ladies I have the utmost respect for I am sure this book will not disappoint 🙂

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What Amazon says

Heaven’S Rage is an imaginative autobiography. Reporting on feelings people don’t usually own up to, Leslie Tate explores addiction, cross-dressing and the hidden sides of families. Writing lyrically, he brings together stories of bullying, childhood dreams, thwarted creativity and late-life illness, discovering at their core the transformative power of words to rewire the brain and reconnect with life. A Robin Red breast in a Cage / Puts all Heaven in a Rage – William Blake

My review

I reviewed this book in my capacity as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team. If you would like your book reviewed, you can contact Rosie Amber here: http://rosieamber.wordpress.com/.

I am a great fan of both biographies and autobiographies of writers and have read quite a number of such books. I love books and reading so an opportunity to peek into the life and writing processes of an author…

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How do I follow that?

2015..Was a good year for me…I hope you are enjoying my archived posts xx

Retired? No one told me!

It’s going to be hard…

Of all my blogs so far I think last weeks was my best…I got some wonderful comments and for that my friends… I thank you.

Was it that quote from the wonderful lady who was Eleanor Roosevelt? Or my scribblings..maybe a bit of both, she drew you in and I delivered.

Well, peeps, at last, I have copies of our book in my hands and I am winging one off to a very special lady in the UK…My Mum…..who I am sure will dine out for months with her friends from that wonderful group, that good old English tradition which is  “The Mothers Union” and I am happy to give her full bragging rights…haha.

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Phuket Writers group proudly holding a copy of our book ..Hot off the press.

Now I am back on track writing my novel which one of my short stories in the book is…

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“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” by Eleanor Roosevelt.

I do hope you are enjoying my archived posts from 2015…I certainly am and it is giving time to do a little more writing so it is twofold …Enjoy!

Retired? No one told me!

Are we all happy with that?

I am because if I hadn’t retired to Phuket I most certainly would not be blogging, I would not be warm( it’s so hot and sunny here), I would not be making my own ham and bacon, I would not be a published author the list is endless.

Why? I can hear you all saying.

Choices, circumstances, call it what you may….. sometimes we have to just be brave, go with the flow, listen to our hearts, be a little selfish…..yes why not…… years ago and I mean years ago I wanted to study Law…..I got these looks, comments…why Carol? you have a good job, you have a family why…all these puzzled looks…..why? for me, because I wanted to……so I enrolled…… time to study!

” Mum, Can I? Mum, can you? it didn’t stop…

Enter my friend Gilly…….My neighbour, confidant, shoulder to cry on…

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A birthday cake and a book cover

Wow…Such patience you have Robbie and what a beautiful outcome…It is an awesome cave cake and that sugar work….

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Today we gathered as a family to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. Family celebrations are always fun and we do have them as often as possible. I like to make an event out of every opportunity, Christmas, New Year, birthday and anniversaries.

I decided to make my Dad a very special cake and I started planning it at the beginning of December 2017. It took a bit of effort.

Firstly, I had to make sugar crystals. This sounded like such an easy thing to do when I looked it up on the internet [my memory from Grade 8 school day science lessons not being very accurate]. It wasn’t that easy. I had to try three times and nearly gave up but third time lucky.

Firstly, I took six wooden kebab stick’s and dipped them into water to half of their length. I then rolled the kebab sticks in sugar and put…

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#1: Sunday Weekly Meet and Greet

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..See you there x

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This will be the inaugural and first of hopefully many Sunday Weekly Meet and Greet events!

Ready, Set, Go!!  @SundayMeetGreet
Let’s get this show on the road!

When you Tweet remember to add
@SundayMeetGreet  and/or @TRH_Cook and I will RT.

This is an open invitation to all bloggers from any niche, so please leave us a comment and tell us a little about yourself, and yes, we want you to leave us a link to promote and showcase your own blog.

Please leave only ONE link per week, even if you have more than one blog or social media platform. Each week you can submit a link to a different media platform – How cool is that?
Social mediaIn return, when leaving one link per week (any ONE platform), you HAVE to visit a minimum of three (3) other friends that left a link that day.

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Yesterday has gone, tomorrow has not yet come. We only have today, Let us begin…Mother Teresa.

I hope you are enjoying my trawl through my archives and it will give you a little insight into my world and this post also contains an UPDATE on the tiny baby gibbons…

Retired? No one told me!

By now we will have all welcomed in  2015 either with a fanfare or a whisper.

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Mine came in with a clatter and a bang…..the bay was alight with fireworks…but the highlight for me was all the lanterns floating up, up and away it was a sight to behold.

Spent with family, old friends and new we all came together as one and had a ball.

Having seen in many New Years I am asking myself will this one top them all?

I’m thinking of family and friends who are no longer with us …and I miss them..but also have wonderful memories…I am thinking of family and friends who are far away…and I miss them…I am thinking of the new opportunities and advances made in my writing and I am excited…..I am thinking of my friends who are unwell and wish I could wave a magic wand…..I am thinking…I am excited…I…

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