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Eat Smart! Eat Healthily!… Recipes, wacky diet corner and some common sense is thrown in for good measure…

As always I start my day with a pot of Green Oolong Tea and I have mislaid another lb this week…I have also upped my exercise as I need to firm those triceps or bingo wings call them what you may but they exist…

Many of you like me were amazed at last weeks wacky diet… the tongue patch…I mean who are these people who think these up?… It is so just about making money out of someone who is so desperate to lose weight without as my good friend Sally said rather than learning to say No! I think if many more people learnt that word the world would be a better place…

Let’s start with this die(t) today shall we and get it over with and then we can talk common sense…

Wacky Diet Corner…The Master Cleanse Diet… 

First created in 1941 by Stanley Burroughs he promoted it as a  liquid cleanse a healthy and natural way to flush the body of deadly toxins, pesticides, and other impurities. It was originally intended to treat ulcers and act as a detox.

Some 63 years later…  The cleanse became popular again after Peter Glickman’s book “Lose Weight, Have More Energy, and Be Happier in 10 Days” was published.

Fast forward to the present time and celebrities like Beyonce, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow are spouting the merits of this diet…This diet which has NO supporting scientific evidence that it clears toxins from the body…For those who did not know our bodies are designed to eliminate toxins through our kidneys, liver and lungs…

Why would you exist on lemon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper plus a nighly laxative like Senna and /or a morning salt water flush when it is likely you would also have headaches, nausea, diarrhoea and feel dizzy …Just to lose a few pounds which in all honesty as soon as you eat properly is likely to go straight back on…Could someone explain that to me??? If you still feel the need then please watch the video …I have…Nice lady…But by the time I was halfway through I felt the need to scream…

My thoughts on this… I think that all these words and phrases which are suddenly in words or fashionable whatever handle you wish to apply are all ways of body shaming…all words which people automatically in their minds make a connection…For example, the opposite of clean is dirty….The opposite of good is bad…

Currently, the buzz word is Clean Eating…which has replaced the good/bad food complex…

The phrase Clean food makes one think of food which is as natural and as close to the natural product as possible with minimal processing…But words like that do have the effect of shaming people…They feel inferior if they cannot afford organic produce or buy food at a farmers market …

So what?… you can buy fresh food from stores just make sure it is well washed…Many stores now are selling misshapen fruit and vegetables…So what?… It is fresh and good to eat…You may not have a big garden or any garden…So what? Try container growing this new soil free concept some of which you can grow indoors…Find out if there are any communal gardens in your area…There is no shame in any of this …It teaches your children to be self-sufficient to eat healthily from the best you can find which is available to you…Learn to cook from scratch…No shame in that… See what your local school is doing is it teaching children to grow food…Can you help..Can you get involved? It all widens your contacts …It all shows your children what can be done with very little…

Low carb/Cutting carbs…

Some fruit is high in carbs as are some vegetables it doesn’t mean that they are not good for you…Again it comes back to that good/bad concept…

On this blog…and in my healthy eating…Nothing is banned…You are in charge…You should be enjoying every mouthful of what you eat…End of…

I just keep away as much as I can from highly processed foods …If I can make a healthier alternative…I do…If I can’t …If I really feel the need to use it or eat it…I do…I just use moderation…

Guilty Pleasure(s ) 

Another phrase which is bandied about which screams at you for a TV advert…Why? Mind games played by advertisers…We should feel no guilt over what we eat…Just pleasure and enjoyment…

Confession Time…

Pieces of Yorkshire fudge

 

Before I start I will tell you that I mislaid another lb this week…applause…

I also ate nearly the whole bag of Tesco’s fudge…Did it taste good? I kept telling myself it did as I ate another piece…I do much prefer a more solid butter fudge…

Yes, it was probably pure sugar …No probably about it although I opted NOT to read the label…It was! But that is fudge for you…

I just opened the packet…Ate the contents…

Did I feel guilty...NOPE!…Will I repeat the exercise? Probably not…Well if it happened to be a proper butter fudge…I cannot lie…I would… The one thing I would not do is feel guilty…

Tomorrow is another day…

However if unlike me you really want to avoid giving in to temptation…I will be kind and give you this link to Sally’s Blog where she knows everything about cravings…It could be something as simple as being dehydrated…

Did you know? 

Air popped popcorn is good for your waistline? 1 cup equals 31 calories and 1 gm of fibre. You can save calories by making it at home substituting Virgin olive oil for grass-fed butter and add your favourite herbs or spices i.e cinnamon, Paprika or thyme for example…

Time for a recipe…

Paella…I love a good Paella and always add a mixture of chicken and seafood…

Mixed paella

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Aribo Rice
  • 1 Litre of chicken stock with a few strands of saffron added.
  • 2 Chicken Breasts cubed.
  • A piece of Chorizo about 150 gm sliced and quartered.
  • I onion.
  • 3 cloves garlic.
  • 1 chilli.
  • I red Pepper.
  • Half Kilo of Prawns.
  • 1 kilo of Mussels.
  • 5 baby squid.
  • Half Lemon.

Let’s Cook!

Cook Chorizo in tbsp Olive Oil until lightly browned add chopped onion and cook for 2 mins. Put in a dish and leave on one side.

Lightly Brown Chicken in remaining oil and put on one side.

Cook cubed red pepper, chilli, garlic until softened. and put in a dish on one side.

Add rice to the pan and stir to cover with remaining oil( can add peas at this point) and add stock cook on rolling simmer 5-10mins or until the rice has nearly absorbed all liquid. Add chicken and either continue to cook on the hob or put in the oven on 180 degrees. Check and top up with water or stock if required if rice is too dry for 20 mins.

Add Chorizo and Pepper mix cook for further 10 mins checking or topping up stock if required. Add Prawns and Mussels and cook another 8-10 mins until open. Add squid for the last 3 mins of cooking.

Squeeze over lemon and garnish with lemon slices or quarters and if you have parsley in the fridge add some chopped as a garnish. If the rice still has not absorbed all the stock I cook-off on top of stove until absorbed.

Then serve…….. this is very much a recipe where the amount of stock depends on rice absorption and also what meat or fish you have. If I have some to use or in the freezer then I might add or use chicken thighs instead of breast. The mussels we got yesterday were quite big so we steamed before adding to Paella or if I have just shelled Mussels I stir through.

So really anything goes just you and your imagination, as you make more you will learn how to adjust to your own taste and once the initial prep is done it is quite easy to make…enjoy experimenting. It can also be cooked on a BBQ and then you get that lovely crust the Spanish call socarrat, on the bottom of the pan…lovely.

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.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 creative week ahead xx

Eat Smart! Eat Healthily!… Recipes, Wacky Diet Corner and some Commonsense…

Ahhhh…First drink of the day…Oolong green tea…It is quiet and peaceful…Aston has been packed off to school, time to check my e-mail and stuff…and then I write…

I write these posts as a way of focusing my mind on my diet although I have been helped by my smartwatch it focuses me by keeping a track of my steps, heart rate and sleep patterns for me I like it apart from my laptop it is the first personal piece of technology that I own and a good buy…

What helps focus your mind...Do you find it easy sticking to healthy eating? If not …Why not? What drives you is it your health and your families health.?.. Is it because you want to wear the latest clothes and look good?. Is it to attract that special someone? Is it so you can play ball without wheezing with your kids?

I have used those reasons over the years plus some…Have I tried quick fixes…Yes, I have…Have I failed miserably after starting off so well… Oh…Indeed I have…I have brought books ( South Beach Diet), subscribed to Weighwatchers, Slimming World,…None of those bad…Like my wacky diet corner and I would never do those..But all restricted or didn’t allow certain foods in some way or another…I don’t follow rules very well either…Well, I don’t…

Low fat…Well, I was reading a study just the other day and like all studies, they need to be long term…Low fat and telling us meat was really bad for us…All debunked…It didn’t work and the latest news is …Forget all that…Low fat generally means higher sugar…

The latest news is...don’t eat low fat, cut out or down the processed foods…Eat organic where possible or wash your food thoroughly…Grow your own…Shop local…Don’t cut out food groups unless you are medically advised…EAT MODERATELY…

I know many of you are probably sick of hearing that word…What would you rather I use? within reason, reasonably, temperately, conservatively, sparingly, economically, somewhat, slightly???

Or just say…Forget…Eat your heart out…..

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Our heart…One of our major organs…If it didn’t keep to the beat we would have a problem…It needs to be kept as healthy as we can keep it…How we do that? Read Sally’s post on Healthy Eating for a Healthy Heart…

It is a good, commonsense post and for me. a good read…Don’t tell anyone but as I have got older I have found commonsense…He has always been one step in front or behind of me and now we are synchronised and in harmony…But I still have a piece of chocolate or a doughnt..sometimes…A little of what you fancy does you good …Remember that…

Wacky Diet Corner…The Tongue Patch Diet…

 

It’s like a horror movie …Some people are eating clay…A tsp a day in water…I think they all need to read Sally’s post on cravings…

A new series on a sensation that has been blamed for our consumption or over-consumption of certain foods since we were old enough to make excuses! How often do we tell ourselves or others that ‘we crave’ chocolate, crisps, cheese, soda, fried food or even something non-food related… such as dirt or coal? AND CLAY!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/smorgasbord-health-column-what-causes-your-cravings-part-two-need-chocolate-by-sally-cronin/

I think that it is good that we can attribute certain factors which cause our cravings and much of that is down to restrictive diets and it certainly makes me feel better that it is not just my lack of will power but a valid reason…

Recipe Corner...The cauliflower…

Cauliflower with leaves

Image by 1195798 from Pixabay

One of my favourite vegetables I love the white cauliflower and also the vivid green romesco cauliflower it is lovely just lightly steamed as a vegetable, roasted with some Indian spices or au gratin with a cheese sauce…I can now add cauliflower rice to that list and a cauliflower pizza base…Today I also saw a recipe using the cauliflower as a burger bun I haven’t tried and tested that yet…But I will…Below I have given the cauliflower rice recipe which is well tried and tested…

And all you need is a Cauliflower and an Onion.

A little Coconut oil to cook or other oil of your choice.

Sea Salt and a squeeze Lemon Juice.

Either grate or blitz in a food processor ( but not too fine) you want some texture.

Heat pan and keep pan HOT as you don’t want Cauliflower to steam and go soggy.

Use Tablespoon Coconut Oil and put in the desired amount of Cauliflower and onion mix.

Cook quickly and then season and add lemon juice.

All in all, it only takes a few minutes to cook….. a bit longer if more than one portion but keep pan hot.

cauliflower-rice-pork-thai basil-recipe

If you wish to vary the taste you can add 1 tsp of Cumin seeds to the oil before adding Cauliflower if you are eating Indian Food.

If you require colour if eating Mexican……. then add 1/2 tsp turmeric to oil and tsp tomato puree.

This is very versatile and just use your imagination and add any herbs and spices that you like.

To store...I make a batch and keep in the fridge for during the week but keep in a glass jar or zip lock bag…I think plastic containers may make it sweat too much…..Enjoy…. and if you are cutting the carbs it is an ideal and yummy substitute for rice and I love rice…… eat it all the time but happily substitute this as I am also a cauliflower lover.

Cauliflower Pizza Base…

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower.
  • 1 egg, large.
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (dried oregano or basil)
  • 1/8 tsp salt.
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded.
  • Cooking spray, I make my own spray I don’t do bought oil in spray cans…I have a little stainless steel one for oil.

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F/190 C and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

Rinse cauliflower, remove the outer leaves, separate into florets and chop into smaller pieces. Process in a food processor in 2 batches, until “rice” texture forms.

Transfer cauliflower rice on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 mins this just removes some of the moisture.

Remove cooked cauliflower rice from the oven, transfer to a bowl lined with a double/triple layered cheesecloth or linen towel, and let cool for 5 minutes.

Then squeeze the liquid out of the ball as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out.

Increase oven temperature to 4 degrees F/200 C. Then in a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg with dried herbs, salt and pepper for 10 seconds. Add cheese and squeezed cauliflower mix very well with a spatula until combined.

Line the same baking sheet with new parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer cauliflower dough to the middle and flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms.

Bake for 20 minutes, carefully flip with a spatula and bake for a few more minutes. Top with your favourite toppings and bake again until cheese on top turns golden brown.

Slice and enjoy!

Let the kids help you can never second guess a child and what they will like.  Encourage them to help prepare their food…They are more likely to eat what they help prepare.

THE VERSATILE CAULIFLOWER… I love it! 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.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 creative week ahead xx

 

 

 

 

 

Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! Recipes, Wacky Diets…

Interestingly I was reading an article from a news journalist who had given up alcohol and watched the pounds slip away just by eating moderately and increasing her exercise a little…It was pretty much what I have been saying as I have shared my Healthy eating plan with you…Although my son who has returned after a few months back in the Uk commented that I looked like I needed to eat a nice burger…haha…and was also overjoyed that the lovely bottle of Tanqueray Gin he bought me ( one) of my favourite tipples…meant as I was abstaining meant he could partake…Although I did enjoy one sundowner yesterday evening…

gin tonic

Followed by the remains of the Chicken Chettinad masala I had previously made and a little piece of nan bread.

Today I will be doing 10,000 steps as over the last few days we have been out and about and eaten out…Time to atone for my excesses although I have lost 1.5 pounds this week it seems on average I have settled into a 1 pound loss which over a month is 4/5 pounds I am happy with that…

How is your healthy eating going? Are you finding you are beset by craving crisps, chocolate…a doughnut dripping with jam…Then head over to Sally’s new series on why and how we can get over those cravings…and we all have them..Even me…

box four doughnuts iced

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/smorgasbord-health-column-new-series-what-causes-your-cravings-part-one-dehydration/

We now get to the bit where I tell you about yet another crazy diet which makes all these celebrity doctors and actors very rich and us …Well, only a fool and his money are soon parted in the pursuit of a quick solution…Which will never work and may harm your health…People have died on this die(t)…

Wacky Diet Corner…Week 2…Breatharianism…

The Breatharian Institute of America promotes the diet and offer a workshop to help you get started for the low price of just $10,000, which, according to their website: “is not a misprint”. These courses are run by Wiley Brooks who previously charged up to 25 million dollars for his courses. Occasionally Wiley eats a cheeseburger and a diet coke claiming that when he’s surrounded by junk culture and junk food, consuming them adds balance.

To say I admire the man’s entrepreneurial genius is an understatement…Nuff said…I am very slightly speechless and gobsmacked…

Time for a recipe…This is one of the first Thai salads I ever ate years ago and a favourite of Aston who loves this salad as does Lily…

Squid Salad

I used to hate squid with a passion…..the only squid I had ever tasted was those squid rings in batter..fried to death and tasting like a rubber tyre…that is until my son bought his Thai girlfriend home and she introduced me to this amazing salad with the softest squid I have ever tasted. Doesn’t that just look amazing?

Ingredients:

  • 400 gm(14 oz) baby squid.
  • 5 Spring Onions. (sliced)
  • 5 sm shallots.( thinly sliced)
  • 20 cherry tomatoes. ( halved)
  • half sm cucumber sliced and quartered.
  • Coriander big bunch or again to taste…I like lots…(chop)
  • Mint. ( optional)
  • 1-3 birds Eye Chillies chopped( seeds optional)
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • Half lime,  juice.
  • Palm Sugar ( up to 2 tbsp ) again optional I don’t use it but depends on personal preference.

Let’s Cook!

Clean the squid. Getting all membrane off and remember to pull out the plastic quill.

Cut head/parrots beak off leaving the  tentacles(the best bit)

Slice squid into 3/4 to inch slices.

Heat a small amount of water in a pan and add squid,  cook until opaque less than a minute, Drain on kitchen paper and combine with other ingredients.

Again TASTE and check to season. You cannot taste too much. It is just getting those delicious Thai flavours of sweet, sour, spicy and salty just right for you..it took me a while so just keep tasting…Enjoy!

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.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 creative week ahead xx

Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! No Excuses…

Last week I blogged about supplements and promised recipes this week, recipes which I make and eat and have been a factor in my weight loss…

This week I have mislaid another 0.5 kilos or 1.1 lbs which I think on its own doesn’t sound very much but if you take that over a month or a year it makes a huge difference and it is done by eating moderately whatever I fancy nothing is banned, I exercise every day by walking and I ensure I get enough sleep…

It also doesn’t cost me a fortune in specialised food or tablets and is an eating plan for life and one I can stick to…No one waved a magic wand… some weeks I lose nothing just stay the same that is when if it runs into two weeks then I up my walking and check my eating normally it is because I have got lazy and maybe had a little more of what I fancy but which truly I don’t need,,, empty calories…usually it is ice cream…

Of course, if you want a quick fix and want to believe what all these celebrity doctors endorse then go ahead because I defy anyone who says long term they are happy with the outcome, never feel hungry and are healthy…At the end of every post each week I will have a silly diet corner…Some are actually quite laughable…and dangerous…

What do I eat and drink throughout the day ...There are quite a few drinks in my list and in any one day, I might just have two of those plus water…I like to change it up as to what I fancy…

  1. Green Tea…I have tried a few different teas but in all honesty, it is all in the brewing as even now if I take my eye off the ball and go do something and forget to take out my little strainer I get bitter tea and do I kick myself because it isn’t pleasant…My favourite is Oolong tea and by buying the leaves(little) pearls I only use a tsp and can reuse that over the day which means it is very cost effective.
  2. Rosella Tea…Is a beautiful red colour slightly tart which suits my palate but if your taste wants a little sweeter add a little honey… I use 10 buds which last me the day..topping up…Rosella is if you can find it fresh lovely for making jam..
  3. Butterfly Pea Shoots..This can be drunk either hot or cold it has a mild flavour is a very pretty blue colour naturally which doesn’t stain…
  4. Ginger tea…I drink this about twice a week as when I go to market there is a young man who makes this it is very strong ginger tea and when I get home I add a tsp of honey.
  5. Fresh Coconut Juice… One of my favourites very good for you and I drink nearly every day…
  6. Passionfruit Juice…One of my favourite fruits and a drink I love again I probably treat myself once or twice a week…
  7. Beetroot and Orange Juice…Is my new favourite drink and when I go shopping I buy 2 bottles all freshly juiced while I watch…
  8. Water…Is not at number eight on the list for any reason as I drink water all the time more than any other drink…Living here it is important to keep hydrated as it is also very warm or hot all the time…
  9. Apple Cider, honey and Ginger… A drink I love I don’t drink it daily just sometimes and especially if I get a hint of a sore throat…

I would say Green tea and water are my main drinks and the others fit in between when I am thirsty or fancy a change…

Carbs…

Rice is my main carb and I don’t advocate cutting out carbs although when my son was doing Keto I did look at what else had carbs and that is why I wouldn’t try the Keto diet it is too high in fat and much which has carbs is food I like to eat as part of my healthy balanced diet. I wasn’t prepared to not eat what I deem as healthy. Although many people swear and rave about the inches they lose there are no long term trials which would give an accurate picture as to what it does to your body long term.

Potatoes and Pasta I eat maybe once a week…Not because I don’t like potatoes or pasta I just prefer my rice and chillies…My son bought me back some Jersey Royal from the Uk…Trust me I will be eating them with butter and mint and a joyous look on my face…I can taste them now…

Bread…I love good bread and unless I make it then it is not available here…If I make sourdough or soda bread then I have a slice…Just not regularly …I don’t compromise on food I like good food and food which is not processed and which I make myself most of the time…

Sourdough Wholemeal loaf

Vegetables…We all love veg even the kids and Thais eat a lot of veg raw and cooked but it is served at every meal… I am lucky in that we grow some vegetables and herbs and the rest I buy fresh from the market as and when I need them…Most vegetables that I could buy in the UK are grown or available here with just a few exceptions but that is the same wherever you live…

Most eaten by me…Kale. Carrots. broccoli, cauliflower, long green beans( snake) beans, sugar snap peas, baby corn, white cabbage, green onions, shallots, asparagus, sprouts, water spinach, water chestnuts and chillies…I love and miss swede, parsnips and celeriac …Parsnips my son bought back from the Uk so they will be a treat this week…I cook either steamed or in a stir fry/curry or raw…

Herbs...we eat with every meal all fresh some we grow or again I buy fresh from the market…Again Thais use and eat raw herbs daily…

Fruit…Mangoes, bananas, jack fruit, passion fruits and papaya we grow and I just eat whatever fruit is in season…Apples I can get here and mandarin oranges …Navel oranges are imported so I only buy occasionally…

breakfast bowl, mango, apple and feta cheese

I always have a bowl of fruit daily with some greek yoghurt or with a small piece of cheese…I have found a source of greek yoghurt and cheese is imported although I have found some lovely feta which is made here also goats cheese as we have a micro dairy. here…Feta is my favourite…I love the saltiness and the fact it is said to be the healthiest of cheeses…I try to eat a piece of cheese as I don’t drink milk except for coconut milk.

The meat I either buy from a family farm (Beef/Pork) so I know they are grass fed and no hormones…We have our own turkeys and chooks including black chickens…

So overall I am pretty lucky as I know the source of most of my food…I also keep my carbon footprint to a minimum…

On a daily basis, I generally have two main meals one of fruit and one of a stir fry/curry with rice…If I snack I have either fruit, some dates and the other day I had a doughnut…Why? Because I could…I did tell you nothing was banned just eaten in moderation…

Pork/Chicken and Basil.

Ingredients:

For 1 serving.

  • 100 gm pork loin/chicken sliced finely
  • 2/3 birds eye chillies. cut in small slices.
  • 2/3 cloves garlic finely sliced.
  • 2 long beans( snake beans) chopped in small pieces.
  • 2 stems Thai Sweet Basil called Horapa in Thai
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce.
  • Shake or 2 of Maggi ( seasoning sauce)
  • 1/2 tsp black soy.

 

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Let’s Cook!

Put a tiny bit oil in a small frying pan.

Add Oyster Sauce, Maggi and Black Soy stir to combine.

Add chillies and garlic and cook for  1 minute then add your finely sliced pork loin-stirring until cooked about 2- 3 mins. Add Green Beans and Thai Holy Basil cook for further 2 mins.

In the picture, I have served it with cauliflower rice but I also serve with steamed rice it depends just how I feel…

Enjoy!

This is one of my favourite dishes…Holy basil is also used when making Thai Green Curry and also Thai pork salad… Called Larb here……Holy basil is truly a  lovely herb….

Yesterday was one of my favourite fish dinners… Fried Fish with peppercorns in black bean sauce.

fish black bean sauce
Serves 1.
125 gm white fish cut into smallish pieces and rolled in rice flour.
Small onion roughly cut
2 spring onion sliced
1-2 chillies sliced diagonally
1 stem of fresh peppercorns
1 tbsp black bean sauce
1-2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Sm piece fresh ginger minced or finely julienned
Fish sauce to taste.

Lets Cook!

Heat up oil in a wok and shallow fry fish quickly on each side until it becomes golden brown, it will take around 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
In the same wok where fish is fried sauté garlic, chilli, onion and ginger.
Add green onion and peppercorns then stir fry for a minute. Then add fish.
Add splash water, black bean sauce bring to a rolling boil, add fish and turn over once to coat with the sauce and simmer for 2 mins. If the sauce is thin you can add a bit of cornstarch slurry to thicken it.
Flavour with fish sauce and season with freshly ground black pepper.
Serve with steamed rice and a chilli dip( optional)

I hope you enjoy recipes which are all tried, tested and authentic….I also don’t count calories or carbs I just have a moderate portion suited to my needs and enjoy it…Over the last seven years, I have lost a total of 7 stone (44kg) I have 8 kg still to lose which takes me to my ideal weight NOT the weight which I weighed at 20 years old and was the weight for my height but the weight I have deemed I think to be correct for my age…I don’t conform to stereotypes and I don’t listen to what others think I should be I already feel much healthier for my weight loss I don’t do fads and I eat what I fancy and when…It works for me…

Processed foods …Mainly are my Thai cooking sauces I buy naturally fermented soy and other sauces like fish sauce. My coconut milk I buy freshly made at the market.

Cakes and biscuits are an occasional buy if I have been lazy or busy and hubby likes a bit of cake many of the cakes here are Thai Style Soft Cake (Pui Fai Cake) which are very soft fatless sponges which are steamed not baked then topped with fruit or cream/chocolate. It is like eating air …

Wacky Diet Corner…Week 1…

I mean would any sane person do this???

IV weight loss therapy combines lipotropics, hydrating fluids, and a special formulation of vitamins to help boost your metabolism.

IV drip

Now excuse me if I am a little puzzled here but how hard is it to make sure you drink enough in a day and how hard is it to make sure that your diet contains the nutrients that your body needs???

Why would you voluntarily pay to have a needle and a drip to aid your weight loss…?

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I mean the advice given with this is that you have to eat a healthy diet take regular exercise and it states it doesn’t replace exercise or act as a nutritional substitute or fix metabolic issues which make my question even more pertinent,,, WHY?

Answers on a postage stamp……

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.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 creative week ahead xx

Eat Smart, Eat Healthy…No More Diets…I did it!

I so just did it nearly there but going the right way…

My first Eat Smart, Eat Healthy was way back in November 2018…I have covered many topics over those 29 weeks and I am so chuffed (pleased) to tell you that for the first time in about 40 years I can say I am in the 10 stone range…I am so very chuffed It has sometimes been a bit hard but I was determined that I was not going to follow a diet but eat healthily and exercise more…

Overall my loss in 29 weeks is 2st 9lb...or 16.78 kilos or 37 lbs… How have I done it? I will tell you…

Firstly I do follow intermittent fasting ( which suits me ) you can’t eat while you are asleep, can you? Haha…

For example, I try not to eat after 7pm or before 11am… I find this easy to do now it was a little hard when I first started but my tummy has now got into the swing of it and I don’t feel hungry at all…Intermittent fasting does not mean that you cannot drink you can also have a snack as long as it is less than 50 calories…

My drinks of choice are either Green Tea, Rosella Tea, Butterfly Pea Tea or ginger tea…I just swap and change them depending on how I feel or what I fancy or I may just drink plain water…I do have some Kombucha brewing so once that is ready that will be added to my list of drinks…

This post will go into more depth about intermittent fasting…No hard and fast rules you decide on the best time and days for you…

Cup of green tea-1887042_640

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/05/healthy-eating-intermittent-fasting/

If I am a little peckish about 10am then I slice up an apple and have a small sq of cheese as I don’t drink milk often and don’t take milk in drinks.

If breakfast is your thing then here are some breakfast suggestions…

No more...Diets Healthy eating 13TH November

Breakfasts…    https://carolcooks2.com/2018/11/13/eat-smart-eat-healthy-no-to-diets/

Between 11-12am is my first meal and I make that my main meal the reason being I can burn that of during the day …I normally have a stir fry with brown rice unless I have already cooked white rice for anyone else…

Some tasty recipes for your lunch...Make an extra portion and take it to work with you it saves impulse buying and eating…

Lunches…          https://carolcooks2.com/2018/11/20/eat-smart-eat-healthy-no-more-diets/

My evening meal will be generally chicken with a salad or vegetables however over the last couple of months I have cut down my rice consumption as my weight was stationary not going up or down so I needed that kickstart… I do occasionally eat potatoes or pasta I just prefer rice…

I am also trying to have a couple of meat-free days a week so I  either have a lentil stew or my new favourite is a mango curry spiced with Indian spices...which I eat with Indian bread or nan bread.

Mangoes are very plentiful here and everywhere you go are all types of mangoes the squirrels are also enjoying the mangoes on our tree I just haven’t been quick enough or lucky enough to catch him on film yet…haha

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 semi-ripe mangoes
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp grated palm sugar
  • Salt to taste

For the seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp Oil(I used ghee)
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • a pinch of Fenugreek seeds ( I used fennel)
  • 4-6 Curry leaves
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic, crushed or finely sliced
  • 1-2 Green chillies, slit and deseeded
  • 1 medium-sized Onion, sliced thinly

Let’s Cook!

The original recipe recommended washing the mangoes and cutting up leaving the skin on…The skin on my mangoes was quite marked so I removed the skin and cut up roughly.

To the mango add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well and let it marinate for 10 minutes.

Heat oil/ ghee in a pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek (fennel)seeds to it and when it sputters, add the green chillies and curry leaves followed by garlic and sliced onions. Fry until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add the marinated mangoes and mix well. Then add about a cup of water and cook the mangoes with lid covered on a low heat for approx 5 minutes my mangoes took a little longer it depends on the ripeness of your fruit.

Add the palm sugar and cook until it thickens about 5/10 mins.

Coorg Mango curry

Serve hot with bread or rice…

N.B I fried some curry leaves for the top as a garnish…

If I want a snack during the afternoon or evening I eat fruit, dates, Tamarind, maybe a handful of nuts or Doritos and some salsa I may even have a muffin…Nothing is banned on my diet just eaten in moderation so if I have a muffin today then tomorrow I would be really good…

Walking is something I love so I have an early morning walk and a late afternoon walk and make sure that I do 10,000 steps at least 2/3 times a week the other days I average just over 6,000.

I also treated my self to a fit bit watch and I must admit that it keeps me focussed and my weight loss has been more consistent since I have been wearing it… I was reading an article this morning by a group of top nutritionists and one of them recommended this watch as something which can give you a focus and it keeps a record of my weight loss which is good…

Please let me know how you are doing with your healthy eating any tips you have I will add to a post and credit you…We are all in this together but please just listen to your body and what works for me may not work for you we are all individuals with different needs and my appetite as I am getting older has decreased somewhat …I just believe in cooking from scratch, cutting out or down processed foods and trying to have a meat-free day once or twice a week coupled with exercise and a good nights sleep while I fast.

I am hoping that the last 9.2 kg to get me to the weight I want to be will come off over the next 6 months or so …

Weight loss is no quick fix it is a long game and then it stays off I have had weeks where I haven’t lost s thing and then all of a sudden away it goes again I just keep on doing what I am doing…

It is also not about the fact that you ate a doughnut or half that chocolate bar it is about how often and how much of it you eat I learnt how to eat and enjoy just not too much and too often…It then becomes a pleasure and not just another doughnut you are eating …

Many of us try to simply avoid food, in an effort to lose weight and look great.  But, avoiding food is not the answer.  As most dietitians would tell you, starvation is not the best diet.  The emphasis should be on eating healthy. And in addition to eating healthy, we need to be living healthy as well… Yes…  This means, exercising and getting those calories working for you whether it is walking, running, jogging, swimming, whatever you like.  Together an active lifestyle with healthy eating is the key.

We only have one body and one brain and we need both to stay healthy …I will leave you with Sally’s post on Brain health ( she is ) the expert on that…An interesting and essential read…

Above all be thoughtful and mindful and enjoy what you eat…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 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 are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

Eat Smart, Eat Healthy…No More Diets…I did it!

 

I so just did it nearly there but going the right way…

My first Eat Smart, Eat Healthy was way back in November 2018…I have covered many topics over those 29 weeks and I am so chuffed (pleased) to tell you that for the first time in about 40 years I can say I am in the 10 stone range…I am so very chuffed It has sometimes been a bit hard but I was determined that I was not going to follow a diet but eat healthily and exercise more…

Overall my loss in 29 weeks is 2st 9lb...or 16.78 kilos or 37 lbs… How have I done it? I will tell you…

Firstly I do follow intermittent fasting ( which suits me ) you can’t eat while you are asleep, can you? Haha…

For example, I try not to eat after 7pm or before 11am… I find this easy to do now it was a little hard when I first started but my tummy has now got into the swing of it and I don’t feel hungry at all…Intermittent fasting does not mean that you cannot drink you can also have a snack as long as it is less than 50 calories…

My drinks of choice are either Green Tea, Rosella Tea, Butterfly Pea Tea or ginger tea…I just swap and change them depending on how I feel or what I fancy or I may just drink plain water…I do have some Kombucha brewing so once that is ready that will be added to my list of drinks…

This post will go into more depth about intermittent fasting…No hard and fast rules you decide on the best time and days for you…

Cup of green tea-1887042_640

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/03/05/healthy-eating-intermittent-fasting/

If I am a little peckish about 10am then I slice up an apple and have a small sq of cheese as I don’t drink milk often and don’t take milk in drinks.

If breakfast is your thing then here are some breakfast suggestions…

No more...Diets Healthy eating 13TH November

Breakfasts…    https://carolcooks2.com/2018/11/13/eat-smart-eat-healthy-no-to-diets/

Between 11-12am is my first meal and I make that my main meal the reason being I can burn that of during the day …I normally have a stir fry with brown rice unless I have already cooked white rice for anyone else…

Some tasty recipes for your lunch...Make an extra portion and take it to work with you it saves impulse buying and eating…

Lunches…          https://carolcooks2.com/2018/11/20/eat-smart-eat-healthy-no-more-diets/

My evening meal will be generally chicken with a salad or vegetables however over the last couple of months I have cut down my rice consumption as my weight was stationary not going up or down so I needed that kickstart… I do occasionally eat potatoes or pasta I just prefer rice…

I am also trying to have a couple of meat-free days a week so I  either have a lentil stew or my new favourite is a mango curry spiced with Indian spices...which I eat with Indian bread or nan bread.

Mangoes are very plentiful here and everywhere you go are all types of mangoes the squirrels are also enjoying the mangoes on our tree I just haven’t been quick enough or lucky enough to catch him on film yet…haha

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 semi-ripe mangoes
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp grated palm sugar
  • Salt to taste

For the seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp Oil(I used ghee)
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • a pinch of Fenugreek seeds ( I used fennel)
  • 4-6 Curry leaves
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic, crushed or finely sliced
  • 1-2 Green chillies, slit and deseeded
  • 1 medium-sized Onion, sliced thinly

Let’s Cook!

The original recipe recommended washing the mangoes and cutting up leaving the skin on…The skin on my mangoes was quite marked so I removed the skin and cut up roughly.

To the mango add chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix well and let it marinate for 10 minutes.

Heat oil/ ghee in a pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek (fennel)seeds to it and when it sputters, add the green chillies and curry leaves followed by garlic and sliced onions. Fry until the onions are soft and translucent.

Add the marinated mangoes and mix well. Then add about a cup of water and cook the mangoes with lid covered on a low heat for approx 5 minutes my mangoes took a little longer it depends on the ripeness of your fruit.

Add the palm sugar and cook until it thickens about 5/10 mins.

Coorg Mango curry

Serve hot with bread or rice…

N.B I fried some curry leaves for the top as a garnish…

If I want a snack during the afternoon or evening I eat fruit, dates, Tamarind, maybe a handful of nuts or Doritos and some salsa I may even have a muffin…Nothing is banned on my diet just eaten in moderation so if I have a muffin today then tomorrow I would be really good…

Walking is something I love so I have an early morning walk and a late afternoon walk and make sure that I do 10,000 steps at least 2/3 times a week the other days I average just over 6,000.

I also treated my self to a fit bit watch and I must admit that it keeps me focussed and my weight loss has been more consistent since I have been wearing it… I was reading an article this morning by a group of top nutritionists and one of them recommended this watch as something which can give you a focus and it keeps a record of my weight loss which is good…

Please let me know how you are doing with your healthy eating any tips you have I will add to a post and credit you…We are all in this together but please just listen to your body and what works for me may not work for you we are all individuals with different needs and my appetite as I am getting older has decreased somewhat …I just believe in cooking from scratch, cutting out or down processed foods and trying to have a meat-free day once or twice a week coupled with exercise and a good nights sleep while I fast.

I am hoping that the last 9.2 kg to get me to the weight I want to be will come off over the next 6 months or so …

Weight loss is no quick fix it is a long game and then it stays off I have had weeks where I haven’t lost s thing and then all of a sudden away it goes again I just keep on doing what I am doing…

It is also not about the fact that you ate a doughnut or half that chocolate bar it is about how often and how much of it you eat I learnt how to eat and enjoy just not too much and too often…It then becomes a pleasure and not just another doughnut you are eating …

Many of us try to simply avoid food, in an effort to lose weight and look great.  But, avoiding food is not the answer.  As most dietitians would tell you, starvation is not the best diet.  The emphasis should be on eating healthy. And in addition to eating healthy, we need to be living healthy as well… Yes…  This means, exercising and getting those calories working for you whether it is walking, running, jogging, swimming, whatever you like.  Together an active lifestyle with healthy eating is the key.

We only have one body and one brain and we need both to stay healthy …I will leave you with Sally’s post on Brain health ( she is ) the expert on that…An interesting and essential read…

Above all be thoughtful and mindful and enjoy what you eat…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 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 are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

Healthy Eating! Eat Smart!… Yanang Juice and the very first diet book!

Good morning...have I had the munchies for something sweet the last few days…It is just as well that I don’t keep anything like sweets or chocolate in the house…The best I could come up with was dates and have they taken a bashing… I have been dipping into them like there was no tomorrow…

Today I haven’t had that urge but I have had a new drink…  after my trip to Bangkok and the new teas I have acquired and I so love my new tea strainer…I am rather into different teas…My latest find is Yanang Juice…

Quite by chance I was talking to the nice man who owns the organic farm and he persuaded me at an exorbitant cost to buy his avocados but honestly, they are the best avocados I have had in a long time and made the best guacamole although the kids ate more than I did they love it…We have no fussy kids here they love their fresh fruit and veg…Fennel was the new one I tried on them on Sunday and they loved it…Roasted with fresh lemons and thyme it went down a treat…

Anyway…Yanang Juice…During our conversation when we discussed my non-sweet tooth as regards drinks when he tried to flog me his fresh juices…He had an aha moment and bought me this foul looking juice…I have an aversion to green juices…and this was the darkest of green…No sugar…How could I refuse him? I just didn’t have the heart…Well, I stand corrected it was pleasant to taste…Nowhere near as awful as it looked…

On doing some research as I am want to do…I just like to know these things…I found out just how healthy a drink it is…

What is Yanang Leaf?

The Yanang leaf is a powerful herb from Southeast Asia, used as both a medicine and as food for thousands of years, particularly in Northeast Thailand ( where I live) and Laos.

In Thailand, the Yanang leaf is known to restore youthful looks. They call the Yanang ‘Never get old for a thousand years.’ Thais are known to stretch their stories a little but many swear it keeps the wrinkles at bay… This leaf grows on a climbing plant. The leaves are dark green, and it has yellow flowers. It thrives in the tropics…

The scientific name of the Yanang leaf is Tiliacora Triandra, and it belongs to the family Menispermaceae.

It is also used to make soup here…I also received a cookery lesson at the same time I bought avocados and this juice…Such a lovely man…Once I find a recipe I think we will like I will share it…

Yanang juice

Yanang Juice

Quite simply it is made from the leaves by muddling the leaves in a pestle and mortar and then adding water and squeezing and squeezing the way it has always been made before juicers were around…Then straining the liquid to get this dark green juice…

The juice is neither sweet or sour just quite a pleasant drink with numerous health benefits.

Now for a bit of fun and some weird and wacky diets over the years and there have certainly been some and some I have indeed followed…

Written by Luigi Cornaro at the age of 83 years in 1547 his first discourse( and) there were 4…was “On a temperate and Healthful Life”…Basically, although the wording is different the meaning is the same it is about eating mindfully, leave the table wanting more and eating healthy foods. I found this an interesting read and could draw many comparisons with today.

Next, we have William Banting a London undertaker with a wide girth who at his own admittance could not tie his own shoelaces…Thus he wrote ” Letters on Corpulence”

Again it echoes many sentiments people have today…

Now they start to get a bit wacky ( if) you have followed any of these please fess up and tell us we would love to hear and if you have pictures even better…

In the 1700’s it was hot sand..the aim to sweat the fat off…It didn’t stop there as I remember my mum in the ’60s having some sort of rubber clothing which was meant to miraculously make the fat disappear the reality is that yes you sweat you may lose some fat, water and salt but start eating and drinking and it goes straight back on…

sauna suit

Nothing has really changed over the years, has it? Back in the 1800s, we had Lord Byron another celebrity diet icon…as well as a poet…At his heaviest he was 88kg and by following what was known as the vinegar diet he slimmed down to 57kg…Existing on biscuits and soda water or potatoes drenched in vinegar he alternated between a strict diet then bingeing and taking large doses of magnesia to induce sickness…

Also rather scarily in the 1800s, there were pills laced with arsenic…

In 1894 something we all probably recognise The cornflake Diet… the plan was to eat cornflakes for breakfast and lunch and then your normal evening meal…I am guessing providing there was no bingeing some weight was lost.

cornflakes and milk with spoon

Photo credit: perojonsson on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-SA

The early 1900s saw the gross tapeworm diet…The idea is simple and gross. You take a pill containing a tapeworm egg. Once hatched, the parasite grows inside of the host, YOU…ingesting part of whatever the host eats. In theory, this enables the dieter to simultaneously lose weight and eat without worrying about calorie intake.

Both ideas fit nicely into Victorian ideals Tapeworms and pills laced with arsenic, as illustrated by The Ugly-Girl Papers by S.D Powers, one of the most popular beauty guides of the era. First and foremost, the guide states that “it is a woman’s business to be beautiful.” Beauty takes time and effort and no plain girl could forego the tediousness of beauty regimes if she wanted to find a husband. One can, therefore, conclude that Victorians were very much willing to make sacrifices to attain ideal beauty.

Early 1900 heralded the craze of chewing and spitting…Horace Fletcher was known as the great masticator…because he lost over 40 pounds through his chewing method, which was dubbed the Chewing Diet. Another fad diet.

The basic premise of the Chewing Diet includes chewing your food 32-80 times until it becomes totally liquefied and then spitting out what’s left. Through this method, you absorb fewer calories while still enjoying the taste of all the foods you love.

Lucky strike poster black and white

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The roaring 20′ s saw the cigarette diet…In fact, I am sure that many people do the same thing today…The Roaring Twenties was a decade of excess, In 1925 Lucky Strike capitalized on tobacco’s appetite suppressant qualities when they introduced the “cigarette diet” with the tag line, “Reach for a Lucky instead of a sweet.”

1940 the master cleanse diet which Beyonce is a fan of…The Master Cleanse is a liquid diet. It involves drinking 6 to 12 glasses a day of a lemonade concoction containing lemon juice, maple syrup, water, and a little cayenne pepper. The total daily intake is roughly equivalent to the juice of 3 to 6 lemons per day and 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups of maple syrup per day.

1950 The good old cabbage soup diet...Lose 10lb in 7 days just eat a bowl of cabbage soup when you feel hungry…

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Cabbage Soup

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1962 the drinking mans diet steak and red wine Robert Cameron is 93 still slim and trim and following his own diet…Like my diet, there is no calorie counting and you can eat steak and whisky, chicken and gin, ham, caviar, pâté de foie gras, rum and roast pheasant, veal cutlets and vodka, frogs legs and lobster claws–they all count as zero.” His book can still be purchased on Amazon…

The early ’60s was the start of sleeping beauty. diet...It seems the idea and it is a dangerous one that you can avoid mealtimes by sleeping just pop a pill…

Again the early ’60s was also amphetamines…Or speed as we knew it and yes… me and my friends heard about this weight loss clinic… we went and were given these pills…from memory we were weighed told to take one before meals and come back next week…They made me have palpitations and everything and scared the **** out of me…I never went back…or told my mum xx

1970  the grapefruit diet...Well, it is still around…You’d better like grapefruit as well — a lot. Most versions of this diet recommend eating it with every meal.

The classic version of the diet involves:

  • Cutting back on sugar and carbs (including rice, potatoes, and pasta)
  • Avoiding certain foods, such as celery and white onion
  • Eating more foods that are high in protein, fat, (such as eggs, pork, and red meat)
  • Eating grapefruit or grapefruit juice before or with every meal

Most variations also cut calories, some to as low as 800 calories per day.

On the diet, you also drink 8 glasses of water and 1 cup of coffee daily.

1974 the cookie diet meal replacement…A cookie diet is a calorie restriction diet designed to produce weight loss, based on meal replacement in the form of a specially formulated cookie. … All require 4 to 6 cookies per day, sometimes in addition to other food, such as one meal of six ounces of meat in the case of the Siegal diet which also allows 9 cookies a day.

1981 The Beverly Hills diet is a weight loss plan based upon the idea that eating certain fruits leads to chemical reactions in the body that enhance weight loss. Quite restrictive as you are told what fruits to eat in what order and when…

The 1900’s The Hallelujah diet is also known as God’s Original Diet…A raw food diet The Hallelujah Diet consists of 85% raw and unprocessed plant-based food and 15% cooked plant-based food.

The Kimkins diet…Kimkins is a diet created by a low-carb advocate who went by the screen name of Kimmer. It is essentially a diet that’s dangerously low in calories, fat, carbs, and fibre. The eating plan is partly based on the original Atkins diet… There were lots of complaints and quite a scandal as Kimmer faked her weight loss.

2010 …The Baby Food Diet, originally an Internet phenomenon rumoured to have been started by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, is a gimmick for cutting calories and controlling portions. It involves replacing one or two meals or snacks a day with baby food — jars which range in calories from about 20 to 100.

2013… The cotton ball diet is a fad diet that involves consuming cotton balls dipped in liquids such as juices or smoothies. The cotton is intended to make a person’s stomach feel full without them gaining weight. The diet has been repeatedly condemned as dangerous…My comment is why? Just why?

2018 The Celery Juice Diet…made by blending and straining celery and drinking the juice every morning on an empty tummy. What is really sad and dangerous is that celebrities are endorsing it and dieticians are aware of the downsides of celery ..Yes, there are benefits but not by drinking the juice on an empty stomach and proclaiming that regardless of individuals existing health it the answer to losing weight.

2019 The Werewolf Diet...Follows a fasting regime in line with lunar cycles…again endorsed by celebrities who possibly either know nothing about it and don’t realise the pitfalls.

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What is wrong with just eating a sensible healthy diet while moderating foods which are either processed or have empty calories. We have but one body and we should be looking after it…I mean who likes feeling sick and ill…Ok… it may be nothing to do with your eating habits and that is unavoidable and a great shame but many ailments can be eliminated or controlled by diet …

Which brings me nicely to Sally’s post…It is on a subject which even doctors do not know everything about and if it goes wrong in many cases they cannot do very much if anything but we need to look after it and give our brain the best chance of staying in good working order as we age…The brain an introduction… I found this post a really interesting read I hope you will pop over to Sally’s as I think you will too xx

Thank you for reading this post and don’t forget if you have tried any of these diets with success or failure please share in comments we would all love to know …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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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