Green tea, Greek Yoghurt and passionfruit was what I started my day with today…I have also mislaid another lb this week only 6 kg to go until I reach my goal…
Last week I talked about Clean eating and guilty pleasures and how advertising is all geared to make us feel guilty…I have lost my weight just by eating pleasurable, eating what I fancy, no gimmicks, nothing, of course, I have upped my exercise which for me is walking and doing some arm exercise just to firm them up…
This week I will be adding some swimming to my exercise as the hotel where we are staying has a lovely pool so I would be silly not to wouldn’t I? …I also want to show off my nice new swimsuit…I bought it off the peg… not from a website so no one would know what size I was…I looked at the rack in the shop and saw this pretty blue costume with a lace up front and it fits a treat just a normal-sized costume…A first for very many years…I am so chuffed…
It just so happened that also last week one of the blogs I follow wrote about the same subject …Guilt titled…Decadence/Tuesdays with Laurie she told about how she has completed her 10,000 steps and some and then chanced upon a cafe…I will let you pop over to Laurie’s and read the rest…
I will just say who in their right mind would resist Fine handcrafted chocolate???
Wacky Diet Corner…Feeding Tube Diet(KE Diet)
The KE Diet stands for Ketogenic-enteral nutrition and has attracted a lot of publicity for its novelty… it has been pitched at brides trying to lose weight for their wedding. It involves inserting a plastic or rubber tube through the nose and down into the oesophagus into the stomach.
Founder of this diet Dr Oliver di Pietro said it is a medically controlled jump start to rapid weight loss using No Drugs, No Surgery and no hunger pangs…
Why would you? By eating sensibly and exercising I have lost mine yes it has taken longer than 7 days but please …What is wrong with having a bit of will power and learning how to say No!. What comes off slowly stays off..Most quick fixes might take the weight off quickly but it generally goes back on just as quickly once you start eating normally.
Today I am giving you one of my favourite dishes Prawns and Asparagus…
Asparagus is very plentiful here and one of my favourite stir-fries are with prawns, lemongrass and lime leaves.
Very quick and easy to do once you get your ingredients together.
- 250 gm asparagus cut in half…asparagus is very thin here but if you are using thicker asparagus then either shave the asparagus or cut into 3-inch pieces.
- A small piece of ginger peeled and grated.
- 1 stalk of lemongrass bashed and very finely chopped.
- 4 lime leaves very thinly sliced
- 3-4 tbsp of fish sauce
- 1 tbsp palm sugar or light muscovado sugar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 10 raw king prawns either peeled or leave the tails on.
- 1 shallot thinly sliced
- 1-2 Thai birds eye chillies finely sliced
- 2-3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
- 4 spring onions cut into 2-inch pieces
Mix together the ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves, fish sauce and sugar and put to one side.
Meanwhile, heat the wok on high and when it’s really hot add the oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add in the king prawns and stir-fry for one to two minutes, until the prawns have gone pink with slightly golden edges. Remove with a slotted spoon.
Add the onion to the wok and stir-fry for two minutes. Add the chilli, garlic and spring onion and stir-fry for a further four minutes until the onions have softened. Add the asparagus and stir-fry for a further minute.
Finally, add the prawns, pour over the sauce which was prepared earlier, and cook until the sauce becomes sticky (around three minutes).
Serve immediately with Thai steamed rice and enjoy!
Now no one said losing weight is easy and it is alright for me or anyone to spout out advice but sometimes we just have to have that something that we crave…
Cravings are real but sometimes they can be due to a deficiency in our bodies…Sally’s series on Cravings is very useful and worth a read it has helped me enormously… cravings can be down to a number of reasons and whether it is a need for an essential nutrient or is down to a habit that has formed or just because we are stressed. …This week Sally discusses Salt and trace minerals…
Tomatoes are one of my favourites… I love them in a smoothie…I also like them if I am having them as veg…Eaten just like this little hint below, it perks them up a little…
Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes
2 roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese….Lovely xxx
Pickled red and yellow cherry tomatoes…
- 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.
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.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey xx
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 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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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx