Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…No gimmicks just common sense. …The Graham Diet…

I think after all these wacky diets and yes I have another one for you today…Just so it highlights the lengths some people go-to for a quick fix…Quick fixes never work…All of us here are in for the long haul…It stays off…FACT…We love our food…FACT…We limit but not exclude completely some food…FACT…I  ♥ Fudge… A DEFINITE FACT…

I am back from Phuket today…Where I have had a wonderful time…Sun, sea and sand… I have stayed exactly the same weight although I have eaten much more but I have been swimming and walking much more so the two combined mean I have enjoyed my food and more of it and let’s not forget the cocktails we also found a little stall who does takeaway cocktails so on our way home…It would have been rude not to …haha

More about this trip later today in my whimsical Wednesdays of the beautiful Phuket with a few pictures...

Although I wrote most of this post before I went it is a day late because I have added a few bits…Sorry!

I have come back to some offers of sharing their diet journey both the good and the bad from Dolly ( The Mono-Diet) and Pete with his amazing weight loss…Thank you guys you will be featured next week and the week after…xx

Wacky Diet Corner

The Reverend Sylvester Graham (July 5, 1794 – September 11, 1851) was an American Presbyterian minister and dietary reformer known for his emphasis on vegetarianism, the temperance movement, and eating whole-grain bread. Graham has been called the “Father of Vegetarianism” in America.

Known for being a zealot he believed that restricting your diet and eating wholesomely that it tempered the feelings of lust and desire although there is no basis proving that vegetarianism curbs lustful feelings. The Graham Diet is not designed to be a weight loss diet. This diet is based on religious philosophy and is to be followed for moral reasons and beliefs. The Graham Diet is not based on any scientific fact and is based on Graham’s own religious beliefs.

Regardless of his preachings, he was the inventor of the Graham Cracker and other products…Not an advocate of practice what you preach then? Just saying…Next week The Mono- Diet…

Time for a recipe… Recipe Corner…

I love Mackerel and have been eating it a few times this last week just straight from the BBQ…no frills or anything just street food at its best along with some lovely bananas and some fruit which I am unsure if the name yet which was soo nice ..All in batter I will add just a light one and crispy which the Thais do so well…This recipe is one I do at home and very nice with my favourite green mango…

Mackerel and green mango salad.

mackerel and green mango Thai salad


  • 2 small mackerel or mackerel fillets
  • 1 green mango, julienned
  • 3 shallots finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 -4 fresh red chillies sliced
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes ( optional)
  • 1 handful of fresh mint picked and chopped
  • 1 handful coriander chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted roasted nuts.

Grill the mackerel unless you buy ready smoked mackerel and in that case break it into flakes.

Julienne your mango, slice your shallots and chop your herbs. Put all your chopped ingredients and the fish into a serving bowl and add your chillies, fish sauce and Lime Juice…Taste and if you wish to add a little sugar to balance the flavour or suit your palate then add it now.

Serve with noodles or some steamed plain potatoes.


If you can’t get green mango then this salad would be lovely with mango which is just ripe but still firm which I think you could get almost anywhere in the world now…Or try a green apple which I think would be equally as good.

Tomato and Egg Curry…

There are lots of green tomatoes at the moment on the markets so I have experimented with this green tomato Curry… When I make a new curry or dish I always only make enough for 2/3 persons…Just in case…

Makes 2/3 portions


  • 5 medium green tomatoes chopped
  • 3/4 spring onions sliced
  • 1 tsp garlic finely cut
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely cut
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 stem of curry leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped brown onion
  • 2 tsp oil/ghee
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3 green chillies chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste.

Let’s Cook!

Heat oil or ghee in a pan add the cumin and mustard seeds and cook for a few seconds stirring then add the chopped onions, green chilli and curry leaves cook until the onions are soft.

Add the ginger and garlic and cook for a minute and then add the tomatoes and spring onions then cook until the onions and tomatoes are soft.


green tomatoes cooking with spicesAdd the other spices and add water as the tomatoes soften as required if the sauce gets too thick…Taste and season with salt as required.

Meanwhile, boil your eggs. Once the tomatoes have softened add the eggs and stir gently to coat with the sauce.

green tomato and egg curry

Serve with rice or flatbread…

I would make this again it is a spicy little sauce but the chillies pack some punch here I tried it with brown rice but would have bread next time as the sauce would be lovely scooped and eaten with bread.

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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on 

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


18 thoughts on “Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…No gimmicks just common sense. …The Graham Diet…

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  2. Norah

    Interesting information about Graham crackers. I see them in recipes but don’t think we get them here. I think my vegetarian offspring would disagree with what he says about the effects of vegetarianism. Your recipes, as always, look and sound delicious.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Norah…I haven’t seen them here either I always substitute digestives…Yes, Rev Graham was a bit of a zealot by all accounts 🙂 and many vegetarians disagree with him 😉

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  3. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    I’m going to have to try something like your tomato and egg curry with tofu… Bet it would work great!

    Oh, and possibly too much info here, but… I’ve been a vegetarian for more than a decade (at least, I was until recently, when I became vegan) and can tell you from personal experience that, no, being vegetarian does not stop you having lustful feelings. Just in case you really wanted to know the answer to that one. Sorry… Couldn’t resist answering that for you. 😉

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  4. beth

    you are so right about eating and living in a healthy way, as opposed to a diet, even the graham diet. I finally am living this way over the past year and a half after many attempts at all kinds of ‘diets’ and it has changed my life in so many great ways –

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