Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…How has your week gone? Are you finding the going tough, easy or a little in between …Good days and bad days…We all have those and we can’t change the past but we can change the future…
Cutting out the Samsung and soda( although) the soda was just carbonated water, the biscuits with my tea and increasing my exercise is working wonders… I have lost another 1.9 kilos this week although I am sure Sunday’s trip to the park helped greatly…He who shall not be named said let’s go down this road it will be quicker…To give you an idea a trip to the park from my house and back is probably around 4,000 steps…I clocked nearly 12,000 steps…Needless to say, he who shall be nameless will be ignored if he ever suggests a shortcut again…
I am really pleased as got to think ing about a goal weight and I fixed one in my head and my very smart watch also suggested one which was similar to what I had decided …That was until I read my friend Sally post over at Smorgasbord magazine where she talked in-depth about our ideal weight and how to calculate it…It was 10 kg less than my smartwatch and mine which was only based on what I used to weigh when I married and thinking I was too thin then and it wouldn’t suit me now and I have had children…
My decision was to split the difference which is 5 kg less than my original target…
I will now hand you over to Sally because quite frankly Size Matters to most of us for different reasons but it also matters that we are happy and healthy and eat a balanced diet…
Once you have popped over to Sally’s and worked out your ideal weight…If it seems a lot cut it down into small targets and it could take a year or even more but by that time you and your family will all be eating healthily and be fit and well…
It will become much more of a lifestyle if all the family is included …Healthwise many of the chronic diseases today are caused by our lifestyles and what we eat… We are allowing these manufacturers to get away with murder as that is what it can amount to…Gone are the days when we could buy food safe in the knowledge that it was good for us…
We may be busy and work 24/7 or not have much money to spare but healthy eating requires thought and action and need not be expensive.
The kids don’t like vegetables or salad or ?????
If they are hungry they will eat… If they help grow or prepare and cook their food…They are more likely to eat it… We need to be sneaky as parents…Yep, you heard…A slice of tomato or beetroot, a piece of carrot in their smoothie and they won’t know they will just love the taste…Who doesn’t love a smoothie?? But it gets that veg down them and as they get older …tell them the truth…
Generally, fussy parents begat fussy kids so before you say you don’t like something think you might be making your kids even fussier! That is the truth it wasn’t until we had our restaurant that I realised many of the adults were fussier than the kids …Grown men who wouldn’t touch a vegetable at all..but happily down 10 pints of beer with crisps…True…
Where to start???
I would start by clearing my food cupboards, fridge and freezer… Read the packets with the kids, look up the words you don’t know do a little research, learn how they affect the human body and our kids, learn what chronic diseases they are linked to…Take charge…Decide what preservatives and chemicals you or your children shouldn’t be exposed to… Know what foods they are in… Boycott those foods…Don’t buy them…
Make them a smoothie who doesn’t love a smoothie?
Papaya, Banana and Lime Smoothie.
This one has just 4 ingredients.
Half a papaya…. seeds removed.
4 fl oz of coconut milk
1-1 1/2 limes. I like to taste the lime so I would add one and a half hubby prefers just 1 lime.
But like with anything….and you know what I am going to say…Don’t you??? TASTE.
Blitz the papaya and banana with the coconut milk then add your lime juice, Taste and add more if required.
Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy!
If you want a more frozen smoothie then just freeze the papaya and banana. I always keep bags of frozen fruit for smoothies…I just didn’t want brain freeze today…haha.
Sometimes I add a few slices of tomato, carrot, beetroot it is a great way to get some veggies and with fruit, they taste great…
I am still impressed with my new toy…I will say it keeps me focused…
There is also more and more growing evidence that eating fat doesn’t make us fat it is the sugar we eat which makes us fat…
Which leads me to what I have discovered that Fitbit and Apple are exploring a little known technology which could be the answer to healthy eating and peak performance.
- Fitbit, Apple, and Google are investing in continuous glucose monitors that let people track their blood sugar and see how food affects their body.
- Usually used only by diabetics, the devices could provide key insight to other people who want to eat better, lose weight, and even improve athletic performance.
It is a really interesting article as yes I want to look after my body even at this time of my life BUT I know I feel better for losing weight, cutting out processed and foods which have added sugars but I can’t see inside my body and really know immediately how a certain food reacts and effects me…
I think that is why the sleep patterns interest me as every day I can see how long I slept, how much time I was in each stage of sleep and whether it is normal, low or high with an explanation…
I am really getting into this sleep malarkey or understanding how beneficial to our health and bodies sleep is… I now also know that when I was drinking and sometimes it was in excess of the daily recommended guidelines …A couple of times I woke suddenly, panicked and eventually calmed down but found it difficult to get back to sleep…It scared me… It was because the alcohol was affecting my REM sleep…
How to improve REM sleep
There are several ways to enhance both REM and NREM sleep to reap the benefits of a good night’s sleep. The following tips may help improve REM sleep:
Establish a bedtime routine
Following the same bedtime routine, every night prepares the body and mind for sleep. A regular bedtime routine may help to maximize the amount of time asleep, potentially increasing the number of REM sleep phases experienced.
Reduce nighttime awakening.
Bright lights can interrupt sleep. For optimal sleeping conditions, switch off cell phones and other sources of noise, and remove light sources from the bedroom. Keep temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Get enough sleep
A healthy adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Sleeping less than this reduces the number of REM sleep phases experienced.
Address medical conditions
Certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, can affect sleep quality and impact REM sleep.
Avoid alcohol before bedtime
As moderate to high levels of alcohol intake before bed can reduce the number of REM sleep phases experienced, and any amount delays entering the first REM phase, it is advisable to avoid alcohol consumption in the hours before bed.
A regular bedtime and an excess of the hard stuff were causing mine and as I haven’t had a repeat of that for a while I think I am correct.
Thank you for reading and please tell me in comments your thoughts if you have a smartwatch and how you get on with it…x
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
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx