Eat Smart! Eat Healthily!… Recipes, wacky diet corner …The K.E.Diet…

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…

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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.

Recipe Corner…

Today I am giving you one of my favourite dishes  Prawns and Asparagus…

prawns asparagus Thai stir fry

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

Lets Cook!

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.


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Red and yellow pickled 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.

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!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

31 thoughts on “Eat Smart! Eat Healthily!… Recipes, wacky diet corner …The K.E.Diet…

  1. stevetanham

    Prawns and asparagus! Two of my favourite things, Carol. Our asparagus season seems quite short, so it’s always a delight when it returns in the annual cycle. Bernie and I have been watching our weight for over a year now. Slow success has been achieved with a delicious evening meal made with a steamer: usually fish and two green veg…. asparagus, of course, when available. Thank you for the new recipe… unfortunately, Bernie is allergic to shell fish.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Well done on your weight loss… if you want to share I am happy to share it…Such a shame, Steve but you can use other fish with asparagus.. I will have a look at some recipes and share them 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Haha…All of my wacky diets I am sure I would noit be following them at all…The prawns and asparagus is different it a favourite dish here we all love it, Norah…I am sure you will if you try it 🙂 x

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      1. Norah

        Your wacky diets are amusing if not nutritious, so perhaps good for the soul in that way. 🙂 I know I would love your prawn and asparagus dish. I must try it. 🙂


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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I haven’t heard of the mono-diet…But I will look it up and will add your comments to it..Unfortunately, I believe any restrictive diet has the same outcome …It is just a case of rethinking our diet with no restrictions just common sense and also increasing our exercise. I eat whatever I fancy and exercise or cut down somewhere else accordingly which works for me 🙂 So please don’t get downhearted my dear friend just start as you mean to go on and we will support you here ..Hugs xx


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  4. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I discovered last week that I’ve lost three kilos. I’m not going to look for them either. 😉

    In all seriousness though, it’s technically been six months I lost that in, since that’s when I was last weighed, but I doubt I lost any during the weeks after surgery when I could hardly move, so I most likely lost the weight after that, which means I’ve probably averaged about a kilo a month, which I’m pleased with. Unless I put some on during recovery, in which case it means I was losing more each month. Either way, I’m hoping I can continue that. Then again, maybe now I’m well enough to be going for walks more with hubby and Lilie, and Logan is allowed to go out too, I’ll lose it a bit quicker. We’ll see. As long as it keeps slowly going down, that’s OK. I’ve still got a way to go before I reach the weight I wish I was, but every bit closer is a good thing, and I’m pleased about it.

    I haven’t been on any special diet (unless you count the fact I was a vegetarian, and just became vegan, but that’s more a lifestyle choice) and didn’t go without anything I wanted, but had the stuff I know isn’t so healthy in moderation. I don’t know how many steps I do in a day, but I get my exercise playing with and walking the dogs, since it’s fun for me – and them – so I’m more likely to continue doing it than if I went to a gym or something. I’m obviously doing something right to have lost those three kilos.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Well done, Tori…I have a fit watch which tracks my steps and I find that really good :)It doesn’t matter what excercise you do I don’t go to a gym I walk and I have lost a lot of weight..Wakling is good..WEll done again, Tori keep it up 🙂


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      My pleasure, Sally many of your posts are a natural fit with mine and yes I am pleased I need new profile pictures hopefully I can get adecent one while I am in Phuket…Hugs and thank you for the re blog xxxx

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    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Another wonderful post on healthy eating from Carol Taylor and if you want a really wacky diet… you could have a feeding tube inserted through your nose to jump start your weight loss!!! As Carol says, a bit of willpower will do the same thing.. Some delicious recipes as always and an interesting read to boot.. head over and find out more yourself…

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I know it is crazy isn’t it? We have a friend who had it done and then had it reversed and you can guess the rest…Losing weight isn’t easy but I think it motivates you to keep it off Hugs xxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I do but not enough to have cravings for it.. Easter egg chocolate when it has been in the fridge and it is thin and crispy though I do like…Luckily I can’t get them here… 🙂 xx


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