Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…Fads out… common sense in…

Good morning everyone…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…

In answer to the question about substituting coconut oil in a recipe…This is what Victoria or Tori as I know her said…

I know I’ve heard rapeseed oil can be used in place of coconut oil in some recipes. I don’t know from personal experience, but I’d definitely say it’s an option. Don’t know if that helps, but just thought I’d put my two cents in, in case it does help.

Thank you, Tori…Tori also has recently converted to a Vegan Diet and made this plea…

By the way, I’m making a point of cooking most of my food myself, and have recently moved to a vegan diet from a vegetarian one. I’ve found plenty of meal inspiration, but am always up for more, so if you ever make things that are vegan-friendly, I’d really appreciate those recipes.

Although I am not vegetarian or vegan I do make meals which could be eaten by either…I love vegetables and do make meat-free dishes BUT if anyone has some ideas please share as I know Tori would be grateful and I will give you credit as always…x

Die(t)…Is a word we don’t use here…I believe that everyone is entitled to eat and choose their food as they like …I do however believe we need balance in our diets and need to fulfil our bodies needs to ensure we run at optimum health…

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We wouldn’t put petrol in a diesel engine, would we??? The car would splutter and then quite frankly come to a halt…It would stop…It would not work…

All these faddy eating plans are the same …Some may be a quick fix…Most are not sustainable they are too restrictive and many long term are downright unhealthy and will cause us problems…

Interestingly Sally posted an update on diets and one of the most popular eating plans at the moment came under fire it is not healthy …It is not proving good for our long term health…Ricketts is back…Many preventable diseases which I thought because of increased nutrition were gone…Because of these silly restrictive diets, many people follow are back!  This should not be happening…

There have been some studies that have identified that there is an increase in nutritional deficiency in the diet and here are three articles that are worth reading.

So please if for nothing other than to prove to yourself that the eating plan you are following is good for your health long term…I don’t know about you but I would like a few more years on this earth and be as healthy, happy and mobile(ache-free) as I can be given my advancing years…x

Recipe Corner:

Let’s Cook!

Onions stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese…Yep, this is one of my meat-free days…If you are following a vegan diet then swap the feta for vegan cheese and an egg substitute.



  • 4 large onions.
  • 150 gm goats cheese or Vegan cheese.
  • 50 gm fresh breadcrumbs ( I use olive oil breadcrumbs)
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil chopped and drained. I am lucky that I live somewhere nice and sunny so I can sun dry my own tomatoes please click here to see how.
  • 2 tbsp oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Just reading that list of ingredients makes my mouth water….I am salivating.

Let’s Cook!

Add the onions in their skins to lightly salted boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the onions from the boiling water, drain and cool. When they are cool enough to handle cut in half and remove the skin.

Using a small dessert spoon scoop out the centre leaving a thick outer layer.. 3 layers is sufficient.

Reserve the flesh for later.

Pre-heat your oven to 190C/375F

Place the onion shells in an oiled ovenproof dish.

Add all the other ingredients except for the tomato oil and pine nuts to the scooped-out onion flesh and season well. Stir in the pine nuts.

Divide the mix between the 4  scooped out onion shells and cover the dish with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and drizzle with the sun-dried tomato oil cook uncovered for a further 25-35 minutes until bubbling and cooked.

Baste occasionally during cooking.

And smell…. your kitchen will be filled with such a lovely aroma and even those who are not onion lovers will be salivating…I have had many a convert to this dish.

It is lovely just served with warm bread or as a side to some lovely grilled sardines.

Now all of those ingredients have amazing health benefits.

Some lovely variations to this recipe include using Feta cheese instead of goats cheese and substitute mint and pitted green/black olives instead of the other ingredients for a real Mediterranean taste. Just stir into the scooped onion mix, you could also add some currants or sultanas.

If you don’t want sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts use 75 gm chopped walnuts add them to the scooped-out onion mix add 115 gm chopped celery and cook in a tbsp oil until the celery is soft and put in the onion shell.

Experiment by substituting your own favourite ingredients that is what cooking is all about.


Wacky Diet Corner…Clay Eating…

Clay eating is a culture in some parts of the world…But when Celebrity’s start endorsing such eating habits to me it starts down a slippery slope…

Drink 1/2 tsp of clay in 8 oz of water a day…Why? It supposedly binds other materials in the body and gets rid of negative isotopes…This is a bogus medical claim…Our kidneys and liver do not need help processing toxins…

This is what people thought…

Personally…Would you? Do you?

My healthy eating is going fine…It seems like I hover and on average lose about 1lb every 10 days…I do think cutting right down on alcohol has made a huge difference to me…I sleep much better and feel much better even my son told me to slow down when out walking the other day…haha…these young ones can’t keep up…But then I can lay claim to having completed a marathon in my younger days he can’t and for those of you who are not sure…That’s 26.2 miles…

Next week bets are off in this house as I am going on a girlie few days to Pattaya…My other half and son think I will be going on a binge…I have been away and only last week met up with some friends for dinner and a drink and boy can they drink…I am not righteous I couldn’t what I wanted to drink so stuck with water…It doesn’t bother me any more …But I did have one sundowner last night…I just pace myself and I did find…

Confession time peeps…Lindt makes a dark chocolate bar with mint creme…The first time I have seen it where I shop and probably will never see it again so I succumbed without a struggle…haha…I had the last two squares yesterday…Bliss…Dark chocolate with mint…x

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  MeWe

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



19 thoughts on “Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…Fads out… common sense in…

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  2. Norah

    Those stuffed onions look delicious, Carol. I can’t believe the clay diet. I think I need to come up with a special diet to make lots of money. My wattle tree is flowering at the moment. Maybe I should make a wattle flower drink. Now, which celebrity should I get to endorse it? LOL. Enjoy catching up with friends. Sounds like some nice times ahead.

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  3. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Terrific Carol and drinking clay in a glass of water… is that the Potter’s Diet! lol.. Crazy.. if they only eat the right foods prepared freshly they would not need interventions such as that.. and as you say the organs do the job adequately unless they are inundated with crappy food. Thanks for the recipe and the mention…hugsx

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