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

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Thank you for joining me again this week….Carol’s Bootcamp I should be calling it…Haha…What are you unfollowing me for… but NO!

What I will be doing every Tuesday after I have told you a everything about my lifestyle and eating habits… Is??

Show you what works and diets don’t!

I have tried them all…Cabbage soup, no carbs, no fat, those awful meal replacement drinks, various fat burning tablets( haha) sucker…as they laugh all way to their bank at my expense…Yes, some worked…a little, not so much or I felt ill, got headaches… You name it I have probably tried it!

When I retired I thought …yes can’t you hear cogs whirring… I am going to change, I found blogging and writing, had time to cook more, experiment…I have so much more I want to do…

So if you want to join me …It is free…I don’t want to know how much you weigh, I will not be checking up on you… We are all adults…grown up even…

All I ask is cheat yourself, your health not mine… YOURS!


Let’s Do This!

First and foremost…What do I drink…I looked at what I was drinking and no wonder it piled on the pounds…Diet Pepsi…Sugar…Any bottled drinks which promote AND SCREAM good for you and healthy…Read the labels…They lie! The SMALL print which even with a magnifying glass I can’t read…I don’t have time to read it…Do You? So if it has more than 1 ingredient I don’t buy it!

Because if it is 100% whatever they are selling what else do you need in your drink??

So what do I drink?

First thing in the morning...before anything…

A small glass of hot water with a tbsp of Apple cider vinegar and a spoonful of honey I also sometimes grate in some fresh ginger.

During the day…

Fresh coconut juice ..and yes I am lucky I have it here they grow on trees here…I buy mine from a little man down the road who cuts the coconut and pours out the juice scoops out the soft flesh and puts that in my juice.



Sometimes I make a fruit and vegetable smoothie. For me, this normally replaces my lunch and contains whatever fruit and or vegetables I have Beetroot, tomato, carrot all go lovely with fruits…

I also drink Kombucha which I love… again just watch the labels if you BUY kombucha I will give you the recipe to make your own in another post.

But what is Kombucha? It is a fizzy tea, usually made with black or green tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast… called a scoby… It has a slightly sour, almost vinegar-like taste which suits me as I prefer sour to sweet.


Health benefits of drinking Kombucha

Also, drink lots of water…

I have one cup of tea a day made by my son or hubby..that is my only hot beverage. English Tea, a dash of milk, no sugar. Occasionally I vary that with Green tea, redbush tea or Matcha…

So for me a variety of drinks but all drinks I love and which are healthy… No added sugars or preservatives…

What I am asking you to do is look at what you drink… does it contain lots of milk and sugar?? Do you drink them in moderation or 8 a day????

Moderation is my word for this new way of eating…I eat what I fancy… but sense comes into THE EQUATION ..because if I ate chocolate all day then that is crazy and would not do my health any good…SO MODERATION.

You choose what you drink for good health… Can you make it more healthy? Have you tried other drinks? You may like them… I hated green tea until I learnt how to make it properly, The apple cider vinegar makes me shudder it is sharp but I am used to it now but the health benefits are immense.

Change is not easy and I won’t lie you have to want to do it..but YOU CAN Do IT!… I want to be healthier and maybe stave off some of the inevitable illnesses that advancing years bring… I am no spring chicken… By trying my best to eat what I like and as healthy as possible.

In 3 years I have lost 5 stone which is approx 31 kilos…my weight is stable and it drops a few more pounds every so often. How I eat works for me and it should work for you…

I eat what I like but moderation…For exercise I walk daily or 6 out of 7 days…I have never liked jumping about to music… But this is about YOU finding what you enjoy…

Following an 80% 20% rule works for me over time my taste buds have changed and I don’t crave the things I used to…I can open a box of my favourite Turkish delight and eat 1 piece a day…

Most evenings is time for a sundowner …  my white wine I add soda to thus reducing the calories and my G & T  which I have occasionally that is part of my 20%.

Generally, I only eat 2 meals a day..but that is me if you work or do lots of exercises you will need more and if it is cold we eat more don’t we?…Fuel…But choose wisely…find what you like and… Let’s get healthy …

Next week I will give you some recipes I eat…Food I enjoy as I believe you should love what you eat which is why these faddy diets don’t work…If we feel deprived we eat it anyway…Time for change are you ready???


Tell me in comments what you want, what you like, if it is something you really like and it’s maybe not that healthy ..tell me and I will try and tweak it so it is healthier…Maybe you have some really healthy drinks locally that I haven’t heard of…Then tell me..Talk about what you drink…Let’s share ideas…I have a wonderful recipe for pasta..but mozzarella, parmesan and delicious. Do you have a wonderful healthy recipe? Then share it…Guest post on here ..your healthy ideas???

In case you missed last weeks post…..Healthy eating …How to shift those Christmas kilos for good! then the link is below

Have fun, laugh a lot and… Let’s do this xxx

Next week…What I snack on…xx










32 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love…

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    I should be able to do this. I’m not good about that first drink of warm vinegar ginger – my coffee call takes over. I should prep it the night before. And I make my own kombucha, so that part is a piece of cake (not literally, of course). 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      It is an acquired taste but I am used to it now I only make a small glass …I love Kombucha and coconut water ..I interchange them so I don’t get fed up… But also my system couldn’t cope with all three in a day and it nice to have a change around 🙂 x Well done for brewing your own Kombucha so easy when you know how isn’t it? 🙂 x

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    2. akuner

      Your blog post is just awesome and it gave me solution for my diet problem, as I want to lose my weight….tysm for such great post….I would like to view more posts in future…

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Thank you so much…I am pleased it helped you and gave you a solution please keep in touch and let us know how you get on ..Many of us are doing really well and support each other 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      I think so too… We are all in charge of our lives and the only person we cheat is us which is why I don’t diet just try to live as healthily as I can without being fanatical …Thank you for your comment and visit to my blog 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      It is Marian and I have just started grating about a tsp of fresh ginger in it…I like to change my drinks about then I don’t get bored 🙂 It also helps curb that sweet tooth again it did mine I don’t like sweet things as much as I did 🙂


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    1. Carol Post author

      Fruit sodas are bad loaded with sugar and preservatives and brownies I eat regular brownies but moderation I don’t eat more than a small piece and don’t make them often diet isn’t just about losing weight but eating healthier many diseases and cancers are caused by unhealthy eating :0 But good if you are trying to eat healthier 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      I hope I do as I said diets don’t work, food should be enjoyed and moderation should be applied…I love my food I just regulate it I suppose but I don’t really think about it now unless it is something I haven’t before . But we eat well and healthy to me with some thought it is easy ..Thank you Dr J 🙂

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  5. thebookwormdrinketh

    Well, I’ll have to join you after those stuffed mushrooms! (at least the mushroom was healthy??) but, it won’t be this week as I’m off to eat and drink lots of things I shouldn’t on the beach!! I promise to join you after!! (NEW new years resolutions) Lol!

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    1. Carol Post author

      You are welcome anytime my dear..enjoy the beach I always do and then when you get home get back on it is all about awareness and living life and moderation 80% of the time..Beach time is my 20%…Have fun x

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you, Zarina…I don’t take any vitamins at all…It is me I just have a phobia of anything manufactured…I know lots of people do just not for me ….I did look at the site though so thank you for sharing it may benefit somebody else who reads this…Have a lovely day and stay healthy 🙂



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