Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Eat like the Okinawans do…

Good Morning…

A mixed week weatherwise and a stonker of a stormy night the other night…Cooled it down somewhat but still hot and humid…

Those of you who received Easter Eggs or are quietly munching through your kid’s little stash…Are you ready to get that bod in shape for the summer??

I was looking at different cultures and their eating and came across this…The Okinawa Diet?



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The elixir of youth ever since time immemorial someone somewhere has been searching for it…Not quite the elixir of life but Okinawa which is an island in the North China Sea boasts 68 centenarians who enjoy the longest life expectancy of anyone on Earth, with the vast majority of those years lived in remarkably good health too.

Okinawans are remarkable, with a 40% greater chance of living to 100 than other Japanese people.

So what do they eat? The ratio of carbs to protein is higher with the majority of their carbs coming from the Sweet Potato…

Sweet Potato


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Asia? Japan? Who thought I was going to say rice?

Scientist are very interested in this and feel that based on the evidence so far it warrants a serious study…Here is another great article from the BBC…They really do produce some great documentaries and articles…

Many Okinawans eat in accordance with Confucian teaching called Hara Hachi bu—eating until you’re satisfied, not full.

No weighing or measuring to avoid overeating. “This diet is not about portions or calories, but about thoughtfulness and health.

On the menu are sweet potato, fatty fish, shitake mushrooms, rice, tofu, kale, soba noodles, miso soup, they love pork but eat it on special occasions …Processed carbs are out and sweet treats again on special occasions.

Much like what you hear on here…That nothing is forbidden just apply moderation but in the main increase your fruit and vegetable intake, have meat-free days, eat sweet potatoes and brown rice instead of white  and with kids be sneaky like me mix the two kinds of rice to start with and gradually increase it to find ways of making something where aubergines and sweet potatoes are hidden…

You are looking at that image of beautiful sea and thinking… oh Yeah… they have an advantage…Yes, they do …Maybe not so many fast food joints, not so many temptations as regards processed foods but their diet is also similar to the Meditteranean diet and the diets here although there are also many fast food outlets here as well…But come on if I can do it so can you…Nothing comes easy but it does become better and to follow a healthy way of eating most of the time has got to be better and it does improve your health…I have a doughnut on occasions or chocolate I also enjoy it…But it is a treat and not every day…

Priorities...Mine is to look after this bod as well as I can…Unless they clone me I won’t get another one…

Recipe… Sweet Potatoes.

I like something a little different… This recipe is a nice treat… A recipe that was given to me by a friend who used goat’s cheese I use feta or ricotta if I can get it…

Sweet Potato with goat’s cheese, honey and roasted grapes.


• 4 sweet potatoes
• 2 cups of red seedless grapes
• 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil
• ¼ tsp salt and freshly ground pepper
• 4 ounces of goats cheese or feta/ricotta
• Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
• 2 tbsp of honey plus additional to drizzle if required

  1. For 4 potatoes take 2 cups of small seedless grapes and put on a baking tray drizzle with oil and a season with salt and pepper then roast them at 350F for about 20 mins or until the skins just start to burst… Do check them as ovens vary and they can tend to burn…
  2. Remove from the oven and leave to cool then take your cooled sweet potato and gently remove the flesh those skins are not as hardy as a normal potato are they? So my advice is to leave some of the potato attached to the skin or you may struggle to fill them.
  3. In a bowl mash the potato with 3 oz of the goat’s cheese, honey, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste then put the potato back in the skins and crumble some more goats cheese on top …To serve: add the grapes and drizzle more honey if desired…

If you don’t have any grapes thinly slice and caramelise some apple or pear…The kids should love that or even lovely pineapple which I haven’t tried but have thought of as I type…Try blue cheese…which is another option…


Smart Phone Corner…

Smart phone and watch


I am still wearing it and even the buckle which has some sort of metal which I am allergic too has stopped aggravating me …I had a rash for a few weeks but I kept it dry and just put a light dressing on it and it has gone and now seems to be ok…So I am guessing my body told it to do one …It has all cleared up…

Stayed stable this week with my weight but I tend to do that…Hit a little platform and then it will start to drop in a couple weeks again…Although it has been so very hot and humid I haven’t walked quite so much…which could account for that…

Sleep has also been somewhat erratic and I am getting little reminders of sleep times…Yeah! Yeah!… My little green man is becoming a frequent visitor…haha…

How to sleep better…

Before I started wearing this watch I never thought about sleep I have never been a bad sleeper but I have noticed since I have stopped having my sundowners I do sleep better and don’t wake up with palpitations which I sometimes did if I had had a few too many…It didn’t happen all the time but often enough to make me think …

That my unhealthy daytime habits and lifestyle choices left me tossing and turning at night and adversely it had an effect on my mood, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and weight. So I definitely enjoy better sleep at night, improved mental and physical health, and just generally feel more lively.

To help you sleep properly you should get in sync with your bodies natural sleep and wake patterns and it can be done I do listen to my body now I am aware that if I keep to a regular time of sleep I always wake about the same time as your body regulates itself…

lady sleeping

Rather than sleeping in which upsets your bodies natural rhythm take a nap and I must admit that a short nap for 20 minutes works wonders…Thai people sleep anywhere and I have noticed that on the market’s which are open at stupid o’clock in the morning if you pop to the market say early afternoon most of the stall holders are taking a nap either on or under their stall…

Also hands up who sits down after their evening meal and drops off? Bad move …What happens when you wake up you are drowsy, disorientated and drop into bed and then wake up after a few hours …Your nights sleep ruined…Because you have interrupted your bodies natural sleep pattern…

Try it and see for a few weeks and see if you feel better, have more energy and maybe have even lost some weight because yes if we get proper sleep we lose weight in our sleep …

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you have any comments or suggestions, recipes anything please share…Enjoy your week xxx

About Carol Taylor:

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 use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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 I bid you 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!

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20 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Eat like the Okinawans do…

  1. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Carol, you always give me something new. I’ve never had roasted grapes, but this sounds delicious.
    I’m glad your rash rash has cleared up. Believe me I can commiserate… although mine came from a couple of different causes, not metal. Hugs.

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  2. OIKOS™-Publishing

    Thank you for wonderful tips again, Carol! Seems now its really time to taste the sweet potatoes too. Here we normally eat the traditional potatoes, but after the official permission to a bio energy producer we will get over 7000 tons of dryed chicken poops on the fields around the village. I think the lot of antibiotics and hormones are not healthy. Now we can not longer eat our potatoes here. Best wishes, Michael

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  3. dgkaye

    Thanks for the great tips and yum recipe on sweet potatoes Carol I’m going to check out that Okinawa diet too! And oh, about that fitbit irritating your skin, sounds like you’re like me, allergic to non precious metals, or nickel which is probably the culprit. Helpful hint: Before I got married I never had a gold watch. All watches I wore ate away like an acid on my skin. I started painting the back of the watch which caused the irritation, with clear nail polish – note, you have to reapply every so often! It worked, no more burns. Thankfully, hubby bought me a gold watch so look how much I saved on nail polish LOL 🙂 ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thanx for the tip, Debby unfortunately fitnits don’t come in gold…But yes anything else I can only wear gold Nickel and zinc are my irritants however over the last years it has been better and I didn’t need to use anything this time it was almost as if my body reacted to the nickel or zinc and then dealt with it as it is fine now although I will still insist on gold when available…haha…Yes the diet sounds sensible to me nothing eliminated just some foods eaten occassionally 🙂 xxx

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  4. joylennick

    Thanks Sally and Carol, HI (him indoors) and I love sweet potato, so that one will be on the menu some time soon. I’m partial to sweet and sour and different textures and fruit with meat and fish etc.,and HI now does the cooking and makes a tasty Thai chicken meal now and then. Thanks again. Hugs xx


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Sally much appreciated :)…I love sweet potatoes as well and I am trying really hard to convert everyone here..Slow going although the balls they liked and the jackets so getting there the kids are easier than hubby…haha

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