Healthy Eating…No More Diets…

Diet-Eat smart-

Welcome back…

That was the week that was last week and as you saw I enjoyed good company, good food and only put on a 1lb…Good going I think and I dropped that  1lb this week and 1lb more so 2 lbs lost in total…

How did I do that?

Well, less alcohol for a start…lol

I upped the daily walks and it is scorching hot here so I probably sweated some off … Started my day with the ginger and ACV( Apple cider vinegar) followed a while later with my daily cuppa…

Still, no biscuits and we had the lovely Lily for a few days and she loves her digestives with a cuppa…But I don’t crave them any more…

Our taste buds are funny creatures but I do believe and it works for me that if you can abstain then the craving decreases and of course if you eat things which are not sweet then they change your taste buds I know mine have…

I actually picked up a bar of my favourite chocolate yesterday and put it back…I didn’t want it enough to drop it in my basket… I came out of that shop feeling really pleased with myself…

Is it to do with personalities? I don’t know much about that but have read various articles on addictive personalities…I am guessing I don’t have one… I have always had the capacity to just stop doing something…Mind over matter??? What do you think??

Or is it just habitual?

I think I err on the side of habitual… I stopped eating the biscuits and after a few weeks, I didn’t want them… Here is a short article which is interesting…

What is it then? What are your thoughts?

Because I love food…I enjoy my meals… I eat curries and stir fries…

I do not snack though or very rarely I eat my meals…

Two main meals a day and a little something with my sundowner…

What am I enjoying this week?

Somtam ( Papaya Salad), Grapes and the loveliest of passion fruits, fresh coconut water I drink one glass a day… The occasional smoothie when I have lots of fruit to use and it has been bananas lately as I was gifted with a huge stalk, a bag of red bananas and a bag of really tiny ones so last week I did the rounds of the neighbours made banana muffins, froze a lot and made smoothies but if I have smoothie I class that as a meal replacement as it fills me up I do put a little greek yoghurt in my smoothies so get my protein.

I enjoyed a lovely Thai Green Curry and some steamed salmon of my absolute favourites and it will be my evening meal tonight.

salmon-steamed-Thai- coriander-chilli

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

Salmon Trout. Quick and easy to do and cooks while the rice is cooking…


  • 180gm  Trout or Salmon fillet.

For the topping:

  • 1 spring Onion finely chopped.
  • 2/3 stems Coriander chopped finely… I use the stem as well.
  • 1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • A cheek of lime.

Mix all the ingredients together.

Put fish on foil and spoon topping on. I reserve some of the topping to add when serving. Seal foil and put in the oven on 180 for 10/15 mins until cooked.


Last night hubby and the grandson had liver and onions…I don’t eat many potatoes I much prefer rice…  I had a portion of chilli in the freezer which was my evening meal with of course the mandatory sour cream and parmesan and a portion of vegetables as I cooked too many for the boys…

So as you can see I eat normal food..No diet food…

I will admit to sampling a banana muffin or two but apart from those, it was just my meals and no snacking or biscuits or pies…

I don’t take sugar in my tea so I suppose the only sugar I consume on a regular basis is natural sugars…

I don’t feel I am deprived and don’t crave sugar…I enjoyed the muffins but that was it…I didn’t scoff the lot…

What works for you??? What do you struggle with?? 

How do you cope with a holiday and breaks??? Any tips to share???

Please let us know in comments…

Christmas is coming… under a 100 sleeps now… There will also be far more temptations on offer…The shop shelves will be loaded and Pinterest will have all those lovely pies and cakes…

I would like to drop a few more pounds before the festivities begin so that if/when I indulge I have a little cushion and a few additional pounds will soon drop off again after the New Year…That is the plan … What is your plan ???

Thank you for reading xxx

Until next Tuesday be good..No excuses and enjoy your food…xxx

About Carol:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I cook with have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:

Connect to Carol





16 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…No More Diets…

  1. Pingback: Saturday Snippets…24th October 2020… | Retired? No one told me!

  2. Pingback: Healthy Eating…My personal journey…No fads just commonsense… | Retired? No one told me!

  3. lisasalsworld

    I have never thought diets were a good thing. I watch my Aunt Paul struggle with diets and nothing I have said to her has helped her stop the roller-coasters. For me, I ate many smaller meals throughout the day. I never cut out certain foods unless I gained some weight, usually around the holidays. And even then I never stopped eating something altogether. I just was more cognizant of what I was putting in my mouth.
    Diets do NOT work. I have always believed that moderation is key. I also do not have an addictive personality. I could smoke a cigarette one night – usually after a few drinks lol – and never want one again. I think that it has something to do with genetics. I think that you are born with an addictive personality or not. I also think that you can be pushed into being an addict by circumstances but I believe that the people who were born not to have an addictive personality will have an easier time finding their way back. I say this having grown up with an alcoholic stepfather.
    Hope you are well Carol! xo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I am well, Lisa and likewise I hope you are also….I agree with you but do also think some things become a habit rather than an biscuits with morning cuppa certainly were… My OCD that is a different tale I take after my dad on that and although I am not as bad I have passed that down to my son who was a nightmare but living here has also toned that down some…lol…So that I suppose you could say that was a circumstance of having a dad who passed his obsessions down to me and likewise… But diets you should eat a balnced diet and unless it is for a medical reason should not cut out whole food groups it is not substainable..Moderation is my word not diet..Food is to be enjoyed just not in excess….Thank you for contributing to the conversation, Lisa you have raised some very valid points …:) xxxx

      Liked by 1 person

  4. drtanya@saltedcaramel

    How is it that you can read my mind?
    I don’t like diets either.
    In spite of all the hype, l still eat carbs, high fibre ones of course.
    I still believe in the old fashioned ways of eating everything in moderation but increasing activity as much as possible?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Because it is the right way to eat..Who can stick to a diet which restricts certain foods you should enjoy your food but with moderation and excercise and not neccessarily going to a gym but excercise that you enjoy and will stick to …I like walking..

      Liked by 2 people

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It is lovely we had it tonight…I had to share it with grandson who declared it was the best piece of fish he had ever eaten and said it was perfect…It does mean however that now he will want to share what I have so I need to buy more…lol

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    Well done on the weight loss.

    I think it’s a combination of habitual behaviour and mind over matter. The habitual behaviour makes you do it in the first place once you’ve formed the bad habit, and breaking the habit requires some mind over matter exercises.

    Getting physical exercise is the part I struggle with. I’m mostly pretty good with my eating, but healthy eating needs to be balanced with healthy exercise to really make a difference, and that’s where my problems start. Between health issues, my lack of sight, and the fact I’ve long since gotten out of the habit of doing the amount of exercise I should be, I’m not getting nearly as much exercise as I should. Some of it isn’t my fault, but some is. I should be taking advantage of my good health days to get some exercise in, but mostly I don’t do that. I’m working on changing that, but it’s so far a slow process.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      At least you recognise where you can make changes and that is good, Tori so don’t beat yourself up just baby steps and you will get there I am sure 🙂


  6. farmstandculture

    I agree with you about the benefit of not snacking. If a person can eat many mini meals all day and avoid the bigger 3x meals, that’s awesome. But most of us would probably do better just avoiding the snacks most of the time.

    Liked by 1 person


Make my day leave a comment I love to hear from you

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.