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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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R is for recipes… Healthy Recipes!

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

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Orienthailiving and Retired no one told me…Weekly roundup…The letter B, blood pressure and Wat Bang Riang.

Carol's weekly update 22 march

Welcome to another weekly roundup of my posts and what a week it was last week I finally got back on-line properly after nearly a week on Sunday…

Starting the weekly roundup was my post for the recipe for Jalapeno peppers stuffed with cream cheese…They are really quite yummy and judging by the response the post got so did many others think so as well.

Stuffed jalapenos cooked

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/jalapeno-poppers-with-bacon/

Next was my monthly post over on the Recipe Hunter...It was the letter B in my trawl of the culinary alphabet… Not many of you had heard of Barding which sort of surprised me …If you haven’t either then all will be revealed and so much more if you read the post.

THE Culinary Alphabet collage letter B

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/16/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-b/

It was then Fruity Friday but it was not published until the Sunday when I was finally back online.

Not being able to get on-line sort of threw me somewhat and it has been a funny week this week I have felt a bit disjointed and not quite with it…

Monday saw the re-posting of one of my older posts about Healthy foods which may help reduce the blood pressure…Again a very popular post…Blood pressure is something so many people suffer from and much can be done by exercising and looking at what you eat…Moderation...my word of the year…haha

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/19/healthy-food-which-may-help-to-reduce-your-blood-pressure-and-recipes/

Bootcamp was next… How to eat the foods you love and lose weight…Moderation and no excuses is my mantra…as if we don’t follow a sensible eating plan then we are just letting ourselves down…No one else just yourself!

No More Excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Now I eat meat...Yes, I do and fish… But I also like meat-free days…My friend Richard whom I first met in Phuket and who moved to Germany shares his love of cooking with me…We both love experimenting and he made this awesome Chilli with lentils...He also made a Thai dish with lentils which I will share with you very soon…

Richards vegetarian chilli

Lentils I can do…It’s this Tofu which I haven’t yet tried and my OFFER is still open if anyone cooks with Tofu please share with me and I will promote you on my blog if you have tried and tested recipes with Tofu you can guest post…I DON’T AND HAVEN’T EATEN TOFU…EVER…DO I WANT TO? NOT PARTICULARLY….I am being honest here…Tempt my taste buds!

I try most things...Come on this is the girl who eats ants eggs, crispy fried insects and has tried fermented fish and Durian…Not Tofu! NOT YET!

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/healthy-eatinghow-to-lose-weight-and-eat-the-foods-you-love-5/

Wednesday it was over to Sally’s for my weekly Food column and this week I had a recipe for some lovely lemongrass skewers,,,I was watching MKR today and two of the contestants made some quite similar but moulded the meat mix around sugar cane which sounded very nice although I love lemon so would probably prefer using lemongrass skewers still.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-carol-taylors-food-column-lemon-grass-chicken-and-jamaican-chicken-wings/

Lastly my first post for a week over on Orienthailiving which is a post on Wat Bang Riang which is a lovely temple situated in the hills in the Phrang Nga district.

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https://myhealthyretirement.com/travel-thailand-wat-bang-riang-phrang-nga-thailand/

I hope you enjoy these roundups I like them as I can catch up all in one place …I hope you all have a brilliant weekend wherever you are…xxx

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Happy Weekend xxx

Hydrogenated fats in our foods by Sally Cronin.

Again some very sound advice from Sally which we should all heed…What they are, where they are found and how we can avoid them.

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via Smorgasbord Health Column – Hydrogenated Fats in our Foods – and how to avoid them. Sally Cronin

Healthy Eating…Cauliflower Rice

My recipe tried and tested and it’s  awesome………. Cauliflower Rice.

SAM_6054…….Now does that not look like the real deal?

And all you need is a Cauliflower and an Onion.

A little Coconut oil to cook or other oil of your choice.

Sea Salt and a squeeze Lemon Juice.

Either grate or blitz in a food processor ( but not too fine) you want some texture.

Heat pan and keep pan HOT as you don’t want Cauliflower to steam and go soggy.

Use Tablespoon Coconut Oil and put in the desired amount of Cauliflower and onion mix.

Cook quickly and then season and add lemon juice.

All in all, it only takes a few minutes to cook….. a bit longer if more than one portion but keep pan hot.

If you wish to vary the taste you can add 1 tsp of Cumin seeds to oil before adding Cauliflower if you are eating Indian Food.

If you require colour if eating Mexican……. then add 1/2 tsp turmeric to oil and tsp tomato puree.

This is very versatile and just use your imagination and add any herbs and spices that you like.

To store...I make a batch and keep in the fridge for during the week but keep in a glass jar or zip lock bag…I think plastic containers may make it sweat too much…..Enjoy…. and if you are cutting the carbs it is an ideal and yummy substitute for rice and I love rice…… eat it all the time but happily substitute this as I am also a cauliflower lover.

THE VERSATILE CAULIFLOWER… I love it! x

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