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Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…A meat-free day…

The wet season is well and truly here…

I managed to do half my daily steps this morning and dodge the spots…I don’t think I am going to be as lucky this afternoon though…

As it is May are you all getting some good weather? I think when it is nice and warm you feel much better don’t you?

I hope those of you who popped over to Sally’s last week and read her post on reaching a plateau helped…It is so far so good in this camp I am still sticking with the intermittent fasting and it is working well for me…I have also started drinking my ginger drink again I have found a lovely stall who does a really amazing hot ginger tea and he leaves out the sugar and the yellow bean stuff so I just get a strong, hot cup of ginger and it is lovely and seems to have kept me going …I have had a few cravings for what I don’t know I just fancy something nice …drinking this ginger tea seems to deaden that thought…It would help if I knew what I wanted but I don’t does anyone else ever feel like that?

Today I do know what I fancy and it is sun-dried tomatoes I just love them and could if left alone eat a whole jar …But as I live where it is hot most of the time I can make my own …No nasties just beautiful sun-dried tomatoes…

I never use processed ingredients in my cooking anyway but that is how I have always been..make it from scratch is my mantra and then you know what is in it.

My family and friends used to think I was a bit eccentric and over the top as to what I would allow my children to eat and drink I would now say that 99% are now in total agreeance with me.

What a turnaround and I am not fanatic just careful and mindful as to what I buy and make.

 I don’t use a microwave for our families own reasons which stems back to when my daughter had a life-threatening disease.

Yesterday I was watching a program about sugar or added sugar, I was not surprised but felt justified because muesli bars, soft drinks i.e  Apple Juice and low-fat yoghurts were the subjects. So many people eat them because they are promoted as being healthy.

Well, they are not!

I just don’t trust any claims to anything unless I read the ingredients and I can spot a no-no at 20 paces…trust me!

So I suppose what am saying is you can be healthier in an instant just by reading a packet or being aware of what is in your food and at no extra cost.

And baby steps, if you want to change do it gradually and just be aware of what is in your food.

There are some great tasting foods out there which are good for you and gradually your taste buds and awareness will change ..mine have but it takes time.

I know….. Let’s Cook!

Onions stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese…Yep, this is one of my meat-free days…

STUFFED ONION

Ingredients:

  • 4 large onions.
  • 150 gm goats 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.

Enjoy!

Time for SmartWatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

Every night is different no two nights of sleep are identical according to my watch the only thing that stays constant is my breathing which is good…haha…Did you know that according to the Mayo clinic that sleep deprivation puts you at a greater risk of diabetes, depression, obesity, high blood pressure or a heart attack everyone should aim for  seven to nine hours sleep each night but it is also the quality of that sleep which can affect your health for a more in-depth look at sleep then Sally has written an excellent article on sleep so please head over and have read ….

The bonus of a good nights sleep is also the fact that you can’t eat while asleep but you can lose weight while asleep…

The Celery Juice Craze…

Whatever next…heavily promoted by celebrities and influencers on social media, including actor Sylvester Stallone and supermodel Miranda Kerr, who have appeared in videos supporting the self-proclaimed founder of the celery juice movement, Anthony William calls himself a “medical medium” and claims to speak with spirits who provide him with advanced health information.

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Image by Ineta Lidace from Pixabay

Fact: Celery takes more energy to digest than it contains…In addition to burning more calories than it contains, celery is an excellent source of fibre that can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer, reducing the urge to snack.

Please tell me that you don’t believe the claims that it will make you lose weight safely, cure all ills and the weight will stay off when you start to eat sensibly…

Thank you for reading and please share your good news stories with us…xxx

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 I bid you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Thank you again for reading this post I look forward to your comments…Have a great week xxx

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Have you reached a plateau?

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…I have discussed different ways of eating and foods, how sleep affects us and intermittent fasting but how is it for you guys? Do you find it easy? Do you struggle at certain times of the day? Or are you doing everything right and you are just stuck…Have you hit a plateau?

For me when that happens I just increase my walking add an extra days walk or walk a lot faster or even go and clean some windows which trust me in this heat you are guaranteed to work up a sweat and lose some pounds…

But why do we hit a plateau? I will leave that up to Sally to explain that as she is the expert …Sally will take you through why your body hits a plateau step by step…Because of course if you have been doing well and eating healthily then we don’t want to give up, do we? After our hard work, of course, we don’t.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-weightloss-hitting-the-plateau-by-sally-cronin/

My little plateau is over and I have mislaid another 2 lbs just a little more and I will be below the next stone I have set myself a target as we are going to Bangkok to meet up with our eldest son for the weekend in two weeks time …I am hoping he will notice the difference as we haven’t seen him since the beginning of February…

Now generally the only exercise I do is walking…I have never been a fan of the gym…But I want to tone up my arms I only wear sleeveless dresses and tops here so I think…No, I know I really need to just firm them up as I am losing weight …I found this little video and it is easy well you can feel that burn at the halfway mark but it gets easier and I feel a lot better…No jumping about just some lovely little exercises which take 5 minutes out of my day…Let me know how you get on…x

After all that I think we need to eat…Mangoes are in season at the moment so let’s have some mango chicken,,,,

For the Mango Sauce:

  • 2 fresh ripe mangos, fruit scooped out (or substitute 2 cups frozen or canned mango)
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and diced, or 1 tsp chilli sauce or 1/2 tsp dried crushed chilli
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar.
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 thumb-size piece ginger, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, Take out the vein and roll and finely shred.

 

For the Chicken:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (or rice flour)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 to 3 chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch-long pieces or you can cook the chicken breasts whole and slice..I have tried both ways and think I prefer to slice first.
  • 1/4 cup oil for pan-frying
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 mango, cut into chunks (to finish the dish) optional.
  • 3 to 4 tbsp coconut juice or water.
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh coriander, chopped. 

Let’s Cook! 

Place the 2 ripe mango cut into chunks, red chilli, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, turmeric and kaffir lime leaves in a food processor or blender. Blitz well, until more or less smooth.

Taste the sauce.

You should have a balance of sweet, sour, spicy, and salty. Add more sugar if you find the sauce too sour (this will depend on the sweetness of your mangoes). If not spicy enough, add more chilli. If not salty/flavourful enough, add more fish sauce. If too salty or too sweet, add more lime juice. Play with your flavours add a little at a time and keep tasting as you can always add more it is harder to adjust the balance if you have put too much of one thing in…Just keep tasting…

Set to one side.

Then In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the chicken pieces and turn or gently stir them to coat evenly.

Heat a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then begin frying the chicken pieces, 3 to 5 minutes per side, or until light golden brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and set on a paper towel.

Lastly, put a pan over medium-high heat and add the mango sauce plus red pepper. Bring to a gentle rolling boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the peppers have softened but are still a little crispy

If the sauce becomes too thick, add 3 to 4 tablespoons water.

Add the fried chicken pieces, gently stirring them into the sauce. If desired, add chunks of mango (fruit of 1/2 to 1 ripe mango). Simmer briefly, just until everything is hot.

Do a final taste-test for salt (tasting the sauce together with the chicken). Add a little more fish sauce or chilli if desired.

Transfer to a serving dish. Sprinkle with fresh coriander or some lightly pickled vegetables or deep fry some julienned vegetables and serve with  Thai jasmine-scented rice or rice of your choice if you are trying to reduce your calories then cauliflower rice makes a lovely accompaniment.

If you prefer fish then this sauce goes equally well with fish just slice your fish into goujons and cook then add to the sauce.

Enjoy!

Smart Phone Corner…

 

It keeps a  record of everything this phone…Last night I woke up 5 times or so it said …I sort of vaguely remember stirring but 5 times it also told me to drink less water…I must admit I probably did drink quite a lot of water b4 I went to sleep so it could right…

screen shot huawei phone fitness app

But looking at the screenshot 3 of those were when I woke up early and just lay there dozing so it must have clocked that…a little smart so and so isn’t it?

But I like the displays they are easy to read and informative …It also keeps me on track and I have a record of my weight loss, sleep patterns and exercise as in walking although I believe I can set it to record my arm exercises and of course it checks my heart rate

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you have any comments or suggestions, recipes anything please share…Enjoy your week xxx

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 I bid you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Authentic Thai Food, B6 and your diet, Co2 the myth…

Welcome to this weeks roundup…Take a pew, grab your favourite drink and have a read most of all enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

First, post PET(E) and Climate change but do I agree on why the Climate is changing and what are really the pollutants? Let’s just say for now that I don’t believe blindly…I mean let’s take…

Salt, Sugar, Low-fat foods, Monsanto, celebrity endorsements I could go on and write War and Peace on that subject…One minute we are told DO NOT EAT and the next It is ok to eat….My motto..Do my own research to the best of my ability, watch, learn and listen and then make up my own mind …I speak English I do not go Baaa…

two sheep bleat

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/29/plastic-part-6-pet-and-climate-change/

How to live longer...Have you found the Elixir of Life? Neither have I…But if we eat sensibly and healthily with a few treats, of course, we could extend our years on this beautiful planet by a few more…The Okinawans have…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/30/healthy-eating-eat-smart-eat-like-the-okinawans-do/

It is now over to Sally and to read her very expert advice on Cholesterol a subject or problem which we have all heard of and maybe experienced at some point or indeed are taking statins…Everything you need to know expertly written and researched by Sally…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/smorgasbord-health-column-the-cholesterol-myth-part-one-and-statins-the-new-research-sally-cronin/

Food …Are you hungry? Well, be sure that something will tickle those taste buds while reading the next post…B6 and how to determine if you have a B6 deficiency and which foods can help…Let me tell you just as a little teaser that bacon features in there somewhere

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/01/smorgasbord-health-column-are-you-getting-enough-vitamin-b6-chicken-and-prune-tagine-tofu-and-honey-bites-spicy-sweet-potato-balls-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor/

Waste Not! Want Not!…

Let’s just say this post is the start of my rumblings and rants…Only mild, not full blown…Yet! I need to start slowly and build on my facts…Just like Mount Vesuvius

Mount Vesuvius smoking

Image by Charlotte Gupta from Pixabay

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/02/waste-not-want-not-week-22-hydrating-shampoo-bar-and-pollutants/

The last two are food related so settle down and prepare to wet your tastebuds…One of my favourite ways to cook Salmon.

Cajun spiced salmon

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/02/cajun-spiced-salmon-with-salted-lime-butter/

Lastly…Thai Squid Salad, Fish Pie to salivate over and a lovely smoothie…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/03/this-week-in-my-kitchen-thai-squid-salad-fish-pie-and-smoothies/

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup…Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday if you are celebrating xxx

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 I bid you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

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

 

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Eat like the Okinawans do…

Good Morning…

A mixed week weatherwise and a stonker of a stormy night the other night…Cooled it down somewhat but still hot and humid…

Those of you who received Easter Eggs or are quietly munching through your kid’s little stash…Are you ready to get that bod in shape for the summer??

I was looking at different cultures and their eating and came across this…The Okinawa Diet?

okinawa-sea-summer-trail-sunny-day-public-holiday

 

Photo on Visualhunt

 

The elixir of youth ever since time immemorial someone somewhere has been searching for it…Not quite the elixir of life but Okinawa which is an island in the North China Sea boasts 68 centenarians who enjoy the longest life expectancy of anyone on Earth, with the vast majority of those years lived in remarkably good health too.

Okinawans are remarkable, with a 40% greater chance of living to 100 than other Japanese people.

So what do they eat? The ratio of carbs to protein is higher with the majority of their carbs coming from the Sweet Potato…

Sweet Potato

 

Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

Asia? Japan? Who thought I was going to say rice?

Scientist are very interested in this and feel that based on the evidence so far it warrants a serious study…Here is another great article from the BBC…They really do produce some great documentaries and articles…

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190116-a-high-carb-diet-may-explain-why-okinawans-live-so-long

Many Okinawans eat in accordance with Confucian teaching called Hara Hachi bu—eating until you’re satisfied, not full.

No weighing or measuring to avoid overeating. “This diet is not about portions or calories, but about thoughtfulness and health.

On the menu are sweet potato, fatty fish, shitake mushrooms, rice, tofu, kale, soba noodles, miso soup, they love pork but eat it on special occasions …Processed carbs are out and sweet treats again on special occasions.

Much like what you hear on here…That nothing is forbidden just apply moderation but in the main increase your fruit and vegetable intake, have meat-free days, eat sweet potatoes and brown rice instead of white  and with kids be sneaky like me mix the two kinds of rice to start with and gradually increase it to find ways of making something where aubergines and sweet potatoes are hidden…

You are looking at that image of beautiful sea and thinking… oh Yeah… they have an advantage…Yes, they do …Maybe not so many fast food joints, not so many temptations as regards processed foods but their diet is also similar to the Meditteranean diet and the diets here although there are also many fast food outlets here as well…But come on if I can do it so can you…Nothing comes easy but it does become better and to follow a healthy way of eating most of the time has got to be better and it does improve your health…I have a doughnut on occasions or chocolate I also enjoy it…But it is a treat and not every day…

Priorities...Mine is to look after this bod as well as I can…Unless they clone me I won’t get another one…

Recipe… Sweet Potatoes.

I like something a little different… This recipe is a nice treat… A recipe that was given to me by a friend who used goat’s cheese I use feta or ricotta if I can get it…

Sweet Potato with goat’s cheese, honey and roasted grapes.

Ingredients:

• 4 sweet potatoes
• 2 cups of red seedless grapes
• 1 tsp of coconut or olive oil
• ¼ tsp salt and freshly ground pepper
• 4 ounces of goats cheese or feta/ricotta
• Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
• 2 tbsp of honey plus additional to drizzle if required

  1. For 4 potatoes take 2 cups of small seedless grapes and put on a baking tray drizzle with oil and a season with salt and pepper then roast them at 350F for about 20 mins or until the skins just start to burst… Do check them as ovens vary and they can tend to burn…
  2. Remove from the oven and leave to cool then take your cooled sweet potato and gently remove the flesh those skins are not as hardy as a normal potato are they? So my advice is to leave some of the potato attached to the skin or you may struggle to fill them.
  3. In a bowl mash the potato with 3 oz of the goat’s cheese, honey, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, to taste then put the potato back in the skins and crumble some more goats cheese on top …To serve: add the grapes and drizzle more honey if desired…

If you don’t have any grapes thinly slice and caramelise some apple or pear…The kids should love that or even lovely pineapple which I haven’t tried but have thought of as I type…Try blue cheese…which is another option…

Enjoy!

Smart Phone Corner…

Smart phone and watch

 

I am still wearing it and even the buckle which has some sort of metal which I am allergic too has stopped aggravating me …I had a rash for a few weeks but I kept it dry and just put a light dressing on it and it has gone and now seems to be ok…So I am guessing my body told it to do one …It has all cleared up…

Stayed stable this week with my weight but I tend to do that…Hit a little platform and then it will start to drop in a couple weeks again…Although it has been so very hot and humid I haven’t walked quite so much…which could account for that…

Sleep has also been somewhat erratic and I am getting little reminders of sleep times…Yeah! Yeah!… My little green man is becoming a frequent visitor…haha…

How to sleep better…

Before I started wearing this watch I never thought about sleep I have never been a bad sleeper but I have noticed since I have stopped having my sundowners I do sleep better and don’t wake up with palpitations which I sometimes did if I had had a few too many…It didn’t happen all the time but often enough to make me think …

That my unhealthy daytime habits and lifestyle choices left me tossing and turning at night and adversely it had an effect on my mood, brain and heart health, immune system, creativity, vitality, and weight. So I definitely enjoy better sleep at night, improved mental and physical health, and just generally feel more lively.

To help you sleep properly you should get in sync with your bodies natural sleep and wake patterns and it can be done I do listen to my body now I am aware that if I keep to a regular time of sleep I always wake about the same time as your body regulates itself…

lady sleeping

Rather than sleeping in which upsets your bodies natural rhythm take a nap and I must admit that a short nap for 20 minutes works wonders…Thai people sleep anywhere and I have noticed that on the market’s which are open at stupid o’clock in the morning if you pop to the market say early afternoon most of the stall holders are taking a nap either on or under their stall…

Also hands up who sits down after their evening meal and drops off? Bad move …What happens when you wake up you are drowsy, disorientated and drop into bed and then wake up after a few hours …Your nights sleep ruined…Because you have interrupted your bodies natural sleep pattern…

Try it and see for a few weeks and see if you feel better, have more energy and maybe have even lost some weight because yes if we get proper sleep we lose weight in our sleep …

I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you have any comments or suggestions, recipes anything please share…Enjoy your week xxx

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 I bid you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Lemongrass Salad…

Good morning…I hope all of you who celebrate Easter have had a great one…I hope you have enjoyed the Easter goodies, Hot Cross Buns and Easter eggs…I don’t think now there are any official holidays and celebrations before Christmas where copious amounts of Chocolate are on sale …Are there???

Then let’s begin our healthy eating in earnest… But before we do let’s just take a minute to remember all those poor souls who lost their lives, limbs or a loved one(s) in the Easter bombings…Pray for universal Peace…

Lighted candles

Photo credit: abitarroza on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Nelson Mandela…No One is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, background or religion. People learn to hate and if they can learn to hate they can learn to love…

Eat Smart…Now to the way forward… Luckily (as) I really did fancy an easter egg…There are not any for sale here…My weight loss so far so good…It was the 5th February that I stopped drinking alcohol and the soda which went with it also the biscuits with my morning tea which I changed to green tea as biscuits are not the same dunked in Green Tea…Are they? I also stopped the haribos and any processed food although I didn’t eat much-processed food as I cook from scratch…

The results so far...It is 11 weeks without a drop of alcohol…Do I miss it actually honestly …No!…I have had a visit from my son and we went out and about and I didn’t waver…

Total weight loss is 6.6 kg ( 14.5 lb) approx just over a lb a week…Which I am happy with it is a steady loss and I feel much better…I am walking more although the heat is a killer I have to go earlier in the day than normal as it gets too hot…I am also sleeping much I am not waking up with those palpitations I was getting…I do believe if we listen to our bodies they do tell us when we need to take action and I feel far more awake and lively…

Thai Lemon grass Salad…Yum Takrai

Thai Lemongrass Salad with tamarind dip

I personally love this salad it is so fresh and vibrant, you could leave out the dried shrimp if you really eat no meat or fish products, slightly different taste but still good as if I don’t have any to hand then I leave them out.

Yum Takrai (Spicy Lemongrass Salad)

  • 15 stalks fresh lemongrass.
  • 14 cup finely chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp. toasted cashews
  • 2 tbsp. whole dried shrimp
  • 12 tbsp. fish sauce
  • 12 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2-1 12 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. whole dried shrimp, finely ground
  • 4-6 red Thai chillies stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 2 shallots, very thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 3 raw stemmed long beans, cut into 4″ pieces for garnish.

Let’s Cook!

Trim and slice lemon grass very finely. Transfer lemongrass slices to a medium bowl, separate rings with your fingers. Add ginger, cashews, shrimp, fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, ground shrimp, Thai chiles, and shallots, and toss well. Garnish with long beans. Serve on Banana Leaf or Betel Leaf as in my picture.
Serve with steamed jasmine rice or cauliflower rice if eating Gluten free.
We also serve with a tamarind sauce made by combing 3 tbsp tamarind pulp with cup water in a small pan, bring to boil and simmer 5 mins.
Remove from heat and stand 15 mins you can help break tamarind down with a spoon, strain through sieve extracting as much liquid as possible.
Add 2cm peeled finely chopped ginger and 2 cloves finely chopped garlic, 11/2 tbsp palm sugar,2 tsp fish sauce,1 tbsp chilli/garlic sauce and 1 tsp soy sauce to tamarind liquid. Bring to boil, simmer 5 mins.
Whisk 1 tbsp cornflour with little water whisk into sauce cook 1 min or until thickens.
Taste and adjust seasoning add more sugar if required.
Keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
I hope you enjoy this little salad, if you love Thai food then please have a look around my blog for more authentic Thai Recipes.
Smartwatch Corner.
smart phone and watch
My morning message today was “You slept for 7 hrs 40 mins last night. Your sleep quality was good”
I don’t get that message every day but it is amazing how much your sleep actually varies…But I am getting more similar type messages when I get a good night’s proper sleep and I am getting to know why and how my lifestyle and eating habits reflect on my sleep. and the quality
The  benefits of a good nights sleep are:
1. Lower risk of diabetes…people who get enough sleep (seven to eight hours) per night have the lowest risk of diabetes.
2. Lower risk of heart disease…seven to eight hours lowers your risk…It does seem to be the magic figure as less as well as higher increases that risk.
3. Your mood improves …I think we all know that one when we are deprived of sleep we get a little grouchy don’t we?
4. Improved focus and concentration…No surprises here is there?
5. Lower Blood Pressure…Other factors like food and salt come into play but so does sleep…
6. Fewer stress hormones… Cortisol levels out of sync can cause health problems like headaches and heart disease…Stress is one of the biggest causes…A study in the journal Sleep showed lack of sleep increased cortisol the following evening…Getting a good nights sleep showed no such increase.
7. Improved memory… While asleep your body performs miracles and the body and brain heal and restores themselves…I find the science behind all this fascinating.
8. Better muscle repair…Doctors induce sleep in patients with certain injuries to help them heal faster particularly with brain injuries also bodybuilders know the benefits of sleep
9. Improved creativity…REM Sleep is when we dream…After REM sleep our creativity improves…
Sleep and its benefits now hold a fascination for me…Personally, I am feeling much better for being aware of how long I sleep and the stages

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 I bid you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Last chance to vote if you want to vote for me and your other favourite blogs the Bloggers Bash annual award voting is live but only just... until the 24th April which is tomorrow so please if you haven’t already voted for your favourites then please do as there are some great blogs who writers have been nominated…

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great Easter holiday xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Pomelo Salad, B5, Climate Change…

Happy Easter Flyer

Image by Kranich17 from Pixabay

Welcome to my weekly roundup…Before I start I would like to wish everyone who celebrates Easter a very happy Easter Holiday…

It is now time to grab a pew and a drink or some Easter chocolate, relax and have a read…

Not so much this week as I have been busy …Aston came back from his Thai nannies plus 1…Little Lily’s friend went home I think she was pleased after a week of sharing me…she said there are too many people here nannie…Bless her she likes a bit of quiet time and with 4 children in the house that doesn’t really happen…The last one goes home on Monday…Back to some semblance of normal, I hope…haha…

The first post of the week was on Climate change and plastic which is a hot topic now…There have been peaceful demonstrations in London hosted by the Extinction Rebellion… Peaceful protests started on Monday in London today marks the sixth consecutive day of disruption,  echoed in 80 cities, from India to the US the aim to get governments to sit up and start acting now not later when it may be too late. After six consecutive days, I am sure the British government now know what the feelings of the masses are as there has been so much support…Long Live people power…

green foot prints eco systemhttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/15/plastic-part-4/

Healthy eating…It really is too hot here to even contemplate cooking or even eating my diet has been mostly liquid…Water by the gallon…I also included a lovely pomelo salad which is now in season here…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/16/healthy-eating-eat-smart-pomelo-salad/

Wednesday it was time for Sally’s and Carol’s post on B5 or pantothenic acid and as I have previously stated I am loving this series and learning so much as well thanx to Sally and her expertise on Health Matters…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/17/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiency-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-vitamin-b5-pantothenic-acid/

Waste Not! Want Not! was my next post…Climate change is high on many peoples agenda this week with protesters out in their 100’s…I really do hope the momentum doesn’t fade and is kept going but it was heartwarming to see the public reacting as they did to make their point and peacefully it now up to those who can to LISTEN …

Nasa climate change chart

Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video on VisualhuntCC BY

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/18/waste-not-want-not-week-20-food-waste-and-climate-change/

Lastly, it was over to Esme’s Salon for my post on the Culinary Alphabet and the letter O…Oranges, O’Brien potatoes, Ocean Pout and much more…Do you know your Onions?

whole onions in skin and sliced onions and knife

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/19/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-o/

Short and sweet this week…Thank you for reading…Have a lovely Easter if you are celebrating 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 I bid you 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Lastly, the Bloggers Bash annual award voting is live...But only until the 24th so please if you haven’t already voted for your favourites then please do as there are some great blogs who writers have been nominated…

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all having a great Easter weekend xx

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Pomelo Salad…

Welcome to Healthy Eating...It does seem like there is a change in the trends…That more eating plans are advocating eating less processed and more healthy food which is good… I am seeing phrases like Clean Eating, Eating Pegan, Gut Health, Hemp is still being mentioned, Bitters and Un-Dieting… Let’s have a look and see if they are worth following as a diet plan…

Clean Eating…

Foods like whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats and plenty of fruits and veggies are on the menu while refined carbs, alcohol, added sugars and hydrogenated fats should be avoided or limited.

However it is a low carb diet as potatoes, rice etc are not encouraged…

Eating Pegan…

Think about combining paleo with vegan and what do you get? A trendy eating plan dubbed the pegan diet this first hit the diet world in 2014, but the philosophy has only since picked up steam. Pinterest revealed that interest in the pegan diet jumped 337% in the past year, with searches continuing to climb.

The pegan diet borrows principles from both the paleo diet and veganism. Paleo eaters try to consume only foods available in the Paleolithic era 2.6 million years ago: vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, and meat. It usually excludes dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, oils, salt, alcohol, and coffee.

Veganism prescribes refraining from any animal products and by-products — including meat, fish, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, and honey — and eating plant-based foods instead.

Thus Pegan was born…My thoughts very restrictive and also high in some food groups not an easy eating plan to follow

Gut Health…

Encourages eating more fermented foods, probiotics, keffir, kombucha with the aim of creating a healthy gut…Research shows that plant-based, fibre-rich diets boost the diversity of microorganisms in the gut. Ultimately, the greater the diversity of the bacteria, the greater the beneficial outcomes.

The good news is, bacteria can be altered by diet alone. That means you do not need to purchase over-the-counter high-dose probiotic supplements. a healthy can be achieved by diet although if you have a diagnosed condition see your doctor before you change to any eating plans.

I think it is always a good idea to be mindful of our gut health within the confines of a healthy diet.

Bitters…

Bitter herbs have long been used in traditional medicine to support healthy blood sugar levels. Did you know that we have 25 different receptors for bitter in the gut alone, while only one each to detect sweet and umami compounds?

Waking up those often-ignored receptors can help support healthy digestion and regulate other eating-related issues and functions.

Most veggies naturally contain more bitter substances, tipping your diet in the right direction. For best results, include those that have a stronger bitter flavour, such as kale, arugula, spinach, radicchio, dandelion greens, and broccoli others include asparagus, grapefruit and cucumbers.

Un-Dieting…

Many dietitian nutritionists are hoping that intuitive eating replaces diets altogether and hope that people will begin to recognize the futility of dieting in 2019. Diets can also be harmful to our bodies, causing increased body dissatisfaction, weight cycling, and disordered eating… I am firmly in this camp how about you ?

Hemp…

Hemp is commonly confused with marijuana. It belongs to the same family, but the two plants are very different. Marijuana is grown to contain high amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical that is responsible for its psychoactive properties. Hemp describes the edible plant seeds and only contains a trace amount of THC.

Hemp seeds can be consumed or used to produce a variety of food products including hemp milk, hemp oil, hemp cheese substitutes and hemp-based protein powder.

Hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavour. Hemp milk is made from hulled hemp seeds, water, and sweetener. Hemp oil has a strong “grassy” flavour.

I think we will be seeing an increase in Hemp products this year as it is a hot topic …I will be following this with interest…

Personally, I don’t count calories any more, I know what foods are good to eat and which are not…

Why do people like diet plans is it because it tells you what to eat? But is it also the reason why you don’t sustain that plan…See what Sally has to say…

Sometimes faced with knowing that you need to change your eating habits creates the problem of what can I eat? You want to lose weight so you have to eat less so to start then maybe you will have to decide how you want to lose your weight( not overnight) over what time period…Sally looks at all this and breaks it all down…Plain and simply put …You are in charge so come on have a look at what you are going to do…No Fads. No quick hits, no exclusions maybe limitations …Just a sensible eating plan based on what foods you like and how they can help you lose weight…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/14/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-putting-your-plan-together-fats-portion-sizes-part-two-by-sally-cronin/

Smartwatch Corner…

Smart phone and watch

I am still loving this piece of technology… I do like how it focuses me …I have looked Deep Sleep and REM sleep the other stage of sleep is light sleep…

Light sleep is a non-REM stage, and it’s easiest to wake up during this stage. It occurs in stages 1-2.  The first stage of light sleep is a transition phase and only makes up about 3% of our total time asleep; most light sleep happens in the second stage. The second stage of light sleep consists of over half of our time asleep each night. We dream during this stage, but the dreams are not as intense as they are during REM sleep.

Typically as people age, they spend more time each night in light sleep. That makes sense as that takes up the biggest proportion of the little graph I get every day breaking my percentages in the three sleep phrases it seems there’s no specific amount of time needed in this phase although it’s not as refreshing as deep sleep. However, it is a necessary sleep stage for proper brain functioning.

Reading the news I hear that the UK is in for a heatwave which will be lovely for this Easter holiday…

Here is a recipe for one of my favourite salads…Thais certainly know how to make delicious healthy salads will ingredients I never would have thought of using…

Pomelo Salad or as it is known here Yum Som O is a wonderful light refreshing salad made with Thai Grapefruit( Pink Grapefruit) can be substituted and there is very little difference in flavour.

Ingredients:

2 Pink Grapefruit or 1 Pomelo.

12-16 peeled shrimps.

Sm.cucumber diced.

1/4 cup finely sliced shallots.

1/4 cup fresh Thai Basil or Mint.

1/4 cup Fresh coriander.

1/4 cup unsalted peanuts/cashews.

2 tbsp shredded coconut.

1 Red Chilli finely sliced.

Dressing:

Half to 1 lime.

3 tbsp Fish Sauce.

1-2 tbsp palm sugar.

1 -2 red chillies finely sliced.

Kaffir Lime leaf very finely sliced for garnish.

Pomelo Salad

Let’s Cook!

Set a pot of water to boil on the stove. Add shrimp and boil for just a few minutes, until the shrimp turn pink and are plump and firm to the touch. Drain and set aside to cool.

Place shredded coconut in a dry frying pan or wok over medium-high heat and stir until coconut turns light golden brown and fragrant. Tip coconut into a small bowl to cool and set aside. Repeat with shallots frying in a little oil until golden and crispy tip into a small bowl and set aside to cool.

Prepare your grapefruit or pomelo, removing as much of the white peel as possible from the fruit. Break into bite-size pieces – 3 to 4 cups is a good amount. Set prepared fruit in a salad bowl.

Add to the bowl: cucumber, basil/mint, coriander, and fresh chilli.

Combine all dressing ingredients together in a cup, stirring well to dissolve the sugar.

To put the salad together: Add shrimp to the salad bowl, then pour over the dressing. Toss well to combine. Add most of the toasted coconut, shallots and nuts, reserving a little for garnishing, then toss again. Taste-test the salad for a balance of sweet/sour/spicy/salty. Adjust to your liking, adding more sugar if too sour. For more depth of flavour, add a little Fish Sauce. Your salad is now ready to serve.  Top with reserved coconut, nuts and shredded lime leaf, and

Enjoy!

Tip: Like most Thai salad dressings, this is an oil-free dressing, so it doesn’t appear to ‘cling’ as well as oil-based dressings, naturally collecting at the bottom of your salad bowl. This isn’t a problem – just be sure to toss a little more than you would for a regular salad in order to saturate ingredients with the dressing.

This salad is better served and eaten immediately, the fresher the better. If preparing for a party, keep the dressing apart from the salad until you’re ready to eat, then toss them together just before serving.

I do hope you enjoy as this is one of my favourite salads, I do shred my Pomelo much finer though rather than having too chunky. But as with anything, it is personal preference.

Enjoy!

Thank you for reading this post I hope you have found it of benefit…Until next week…xx

Before I go just a little reminder that I have been nominated in the Bloggers Bash Awards and I am chuffed to bits and so has Sally …The voting is open until the 24th April so if you have a favourite blogger who has been nominated then the vote is still open so please make their day and cast your vote…

https://annualbloggersbash.com/2019/04/10/the-annual-bloggers-bash-awards-2019-vote-is-live/

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week and enjoy your Easter holiday weekend xx