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Eat Smart, Eat Healthily…

Healthy eating should be a lifestyle choice

Healthy eating should be the priority and the habit of a lifetime…No fads, no weighing every day or week and then beating your self up because you haven’t lost anything.

It is about being aware of what you are eating and knowing if what you are eating is improving your health. It is not about removing whole food groups from our diets we need a healthy well-balanced diet to be at our optimum health.

What really matters is Our well-being, Our Blood Pressure figure, Our cholesterol, Our blood sugar, Our inflammation markers.

Last week I wrote about WW ( Weight Watchers) changing their thinking I wonder how far they will go and whether other diet plans will follow suit…

A question for you…In what way can I help you???

It is easy for me to sit here…I have no real barriers as in I don’t work any more which makes it easier for me…

But a little background for you… I have always worked, I have six children all grown up with children of their own… I have always cooked from scratch..sometimes out of necessity because cans or packets are generally only to feed the average size family and ours wasn’t.

I could have blown our budget and bought multiple packs of everything not only would that have been a storage problem but how to get it home or push all the trolleys required around the supermarket ..Or I could have broken it down into days and buy drinks one day, vegetables another day and still have time to work,clean, cook, do school runs and after school runs…It just wasn’t viable …

So I cooked and baked…I made use of my freezer and slow cooker and batch baked and cooked …

We had a plan and a routine it was the only way…

My first job every morning was to do the ironing and packed lunch boxes so when the kids appeared they got their pile of ironing to put away…

We had pets so whoever’s pet it was looked after it and kept the cages clean.

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One washed the breakfast dishes… we didn’t have a dishwasher at that point, one dried and one put away…The biggest helped the littlest and I was never late for work and the kids were not late for school.

Did it hurt them?? Ask them!

The boys can cook, iron and clean and their wives love it!

I made no distinction between sexes…

They cook from scratch and are great cooks… Why? Because it was a way of life for us…Did they eat cake and biscuits…Yes, they did ..We had fun making them…The whole neighbourhoods kids were at my house on baking day and often we had a guest or two for dinner…That line of shoes always seemed to grow…

And as old as they are they still reminisce about holidays and food they remember me making big pots of stew and they all eat their vegetables…No fussy eaters… If your kids help prepare they are more likely to eat…

Family and community are key I believe to a healthy lifestyle we are sociable creatures aren’t we who need contact with others…

Much of that has been lost with the demise of families and friendly neighbours…Computer games and the like have also played a part…in sedentary lifestyles and other problems.

Well, that was a bit of a saga … Wasn’t it?

I still do most of what I have always done and always prepare food in advance… I portion up my meat or fish so I can cook meals during the day which are quick to do…Which is why I love the Thai way of cooking…Quick and easy just a few ingredients stir-fried and eaten with rice or noodles.

Now I am older I apply moderation more …I have eaten my fair share of chocolate and cakes and they don’t hold that fascination for me anymore ..that must eat feeling…Maybe because I have kicked the added sugar habit?

So I suppose what I am saying is if you have small children teach them to cook and help even growing some herbs or fruit…It will set them up for life …

A recipe for you…

Pork and Basil…….. 5 ingredients plus seasoning…

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Ingredients:

For 1 serving.

100 gm pork loin sliced finely

2/4 birds eye chillies. cut in small slices.

2/4 cloves garlic finely sliced.

2/3 long beans( snake beans) chopped in small pieces.

2 stems Thai Holy Basil.

1 tbsp Oyster Sauce.

Shake or 2 of Maggi ( seasoning sauce)

1/2 tsp black soy.

Let’s Cook!

Put tiny bit oil in small frying pan.

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… I absolutely love this dish it takes 15 mins max to make as long as it takes the rice to cook and if you are using cauliflower rice even quicker. You will also notice that I varied the amount of garlic and chillies I love both and use loads as well as many more herbs than I state in my recipes…

Enjoy!

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.

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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating…No more Diets…

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Welcome to Carol’s boot camp…We are experiencing some torrential rain but the food diary has been religiously filled in… I have left nothing out… Honest! I will tell you now though from tomorrow the diary will not be filled in as I am going to Phuket for a few days to meet up with some girlfriends for some girlie time and who wants to keep a food diary…Not me!

I know what I should be eating and I also ( as I lived) there for 5 years know what I will be eating…My 2 measured sundowners will probably  Lol… There will be more I cannot be the only one partaking in a Mojito or three…I won’t lie I am going to have fun…

Diary begone for the 5 days we will resume in earnest from Saturday and as I will say it very quietly Christmas is coming and soon it will be upon us and we want to look and feel comfy in that Christmas outfit, don’t we?

I will, however, add the links to the list and the shopping list which I have found both really handy…I found this really handy and I haven’t had a biscuit for weeks…And as little Lils came at the weekend and also I thought I wasn’t being nice depriving hubby I bought a packet and no I haven’t…and I have to admit I was prompted by this post from Sally over @ Smorgasbord health and the little chart and great advice she produced …It is so handy and easy to work out anything which you eat and isn’t on the list.

I do think it was discovering just how much difference 2 digestives made in a day…It scared the bejesus out of me.

Those 2 digestive biscuits I was having with my early morning cuppa equated to 150 calories so in 1 week 1,050 calories in 1 year 54,600 calories which equals 16 lbs of fat and a 7.3-kilo weight increase…Over 5 years that could be a whole small person…

But I will get straight back on my healthy eating from Saturday and if I stay the same it will be a minor miracle but I am now 9 lbs lighter having dropped another pound this week so staying the same will be fine… and if I put on an lb or 2 then that also be fine I will just have to walk more next week.

So how have you guys done any tales of success to share???? We love a good success story, don’t we ??

So food wise my week has been good..as my son is now back in the Uk for a while my shopping has lasted a tad longer…We know who eats all the food…lol

Tonight as I am going to Phuket tomorrow I am having Pork and Thai Basil…I have stocked up and made a casserole for the hubby and the grandson and got some steak in so they are sorted…Aston actually cooks all my meat and he cooks a mean steak…I think all of the male species should be able to cook and shop ..Don’t you???

This dish is one I really like and I eat quite a lot it is quick and easy to make and can be made with sliced pork loin as pictured or with mince and the recipe is an authentic Thai one…

Pork and Thai Basil.

Ingredients:

For 1 serving.

100 gm pork loin sliced finely

2/3 birds eye chillies. cut in small slices.

2/3 cloves garlic finely sliced.

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2 long beans( snake beans) chopped in small pieces.

2 stems Thai Holy Basil.

1 tbsp Oyster Sauce.

Shake or 2 of Maggi ( seasoning sauce)

1/2 tsp black soy.

Let’s Cook!

Put tiny bit oil in 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 really depends just how I feel… Cauliflower rice is gluten-free and has fewer calories and isn’t a carbohydrate. It is also surprisingly very nice …

You can also serve the pork with an egg which is how the Thais often eat it..If you don’t want to fry an egg then a nice poached egg would be just as nice…

Enjoy!

I hope you enjoy recipes which are all tried, tested and authentic….Thai food.

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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.

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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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

Thank you for reading and if you loved this post and know someone who would find it helpful, Please share xxx…and let me know how you are getting on in comments I would love to know we should all support each other, shouldn’t we? Xxx

 

 

Healthy Eating…Eat yourself slim….

 

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Welcome back to Carol’ s Tuesday Healthy eating last week it was 4 lbs aka No biscuits and still no biscuits and no Haribos…. This week it is 1 lb but happy with that   One pound it is fair as I think 5lbs in 2 weeks is good and with little effort……..I also had added temptation this weeks as little Lily came to stay and she loves her morning cuppa with a biscuit so I am pleased as I had a large packet of digestives saying eat me!

Also as she lives in very rural Thailand she doesn’t live near shops so going to 7/11 is a treat for her….But everyone knows do not get Nannie any and that is better to let everyone know which makes it harder to cheat….

I have also stepped up my walking every little helps as the saying goes….

SO what do I eat and drink here is my typical day………

Between 8 and 9 am I have my morning cup of tea the only hot drink I have in a day

10 ish I have glass of fresh coconut water straight from the drupe…

Between 11 and 12 I have my first meal which generally is either Grapow Moo, Horapa Moo, Som Tam or noodle soup. ( I) will explain what they are below.

Between 12 and 5 I drink water.

5 ish I am now feeling picky so I have either some pickles and an inch sq of feta cheese….. 2 measured sundowners.

Between 6 and 7.30 we have our evening meal just tonight it is Thai green curry.

Any drink with dinner or after is water and I don’t eat anything else( This ) is when I had got into the habit of having haribos or a magnum if the grand kiddies went down 7/11….

It is so easy for those little things to just creep up on you and the pounds creep on….I don’t eat big meals it was the in between for me.

That is why I say to you if you cut out the snacking you can eat good healthy food whatever you want guilt free at mealtimes …. I am having a Thai green curry tonight the same as everyone else….. When I make an Indian curry I have a spoonful of mango chutney I also have a piece of flatbread  not a whole one as that is too much for me but my point is I eat the curry and any accompiaments and enjoy it.

Yes we make tomato based curries rather than too creamy but sometimes we do add a bit more yoghurt but it is because of personal taste.

I always cook from scratch using fresh ingredients and we don’t make sauces loaded with cheese and cream very often…I love mac and cheese but truly maybe have once or twice a year and I know that sounds a long time it just something I don’t make that often but when I do we enjoy it we just have other foods which we enjoy on a regular basis..6..It is all about choices and what we eat is our personal choice BUT if that personal choice is detrimental to our health then come on…..

Who do we cheat? We cheat ourselves and only ourselves…

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

 

Here are the recipes for my first meal of the day….

Chicken/Pork and Basil ( horapa)

Ingredients: Serves 1

100 gm Chicken or Pork mince or you can use loin and slice finely.

2 Long snake beans

3 cloves garlic

3/ 4 Thai chillies

Big handful of Thai basil pick leaves from stem

1 tbsp Oyster sauce

1/2 tsp Dark soy sauce

A shake or 2 of Maggie seasoning sauce

Lets Cook!

Wash and cut snake beans in half inch pieces

Peel garlic and chop chillies then grind in pestle and mortar

Heat a very small amount of coconut oil in a pan and add chillies and garlic cook while stirring for 30 seconds and add meat cook stirring until mince or meat has browned, add sauces and a little drop of water.

Add beans and  cook for 1-2 minutes add basil and cook for another minute.

You are now ready to serve with rice …I use black rice if I have it or organic white rice I eat about 2 tbsps cooked rice and a couple of spoonfuls of the pork or chicken this recipe serves 2/3 depending on size of portion. If I am cutting carbs down I would make cauliflower rice which I really like.

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This image shows my portion and this is with cauliflower rice. I’m am writing this on my iPad as my laptop is sick and I was going to show you noodle soup but the pictures are son a USB stick which doesn’t attach to the iPad so that will be for next time hoping I have a laptop…  I am finding the iPad somewhat restricting….

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Healthy Eating…How to lose weight and eat the foods you love !

No more diets

Welcome back to Carol’s boot camp…Lol… The place where there are no excuses and moderation…

Eating is fun..isn’t it??..

Who tried the Protein shake last week I thought it was lovely… Today it is a lovely Mango and pineapple protein shake..when I get my butt moving and go get some fresh coconut water…my little man must have had a day off yesterday…

But did I come home empty handed…Of course not!

I bought some lovely spicy rice balls…I did only have one though but it was lovely with a little lime juice squeezed over the top a lovely little snack…

Come on then fess up what sort of week have you had???

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Have you been applying moderation… Hands up! Who has tried some of those diets I showcased last week ??? Come on..spill!

This week I am going to let you have an insight into what I eat and what works for me… Starting with my early morning drink, first, one of the day and I like having a mixture of early morning drinks… one-day apple cider vinegar and a shake another day…I like to mix it up and of course coconut water which I love fresh and chilled… What are you drinking??? Have you changed what you drink??? Do you have a new favourite drink?…

Lots of questions today so please speak to me in comments ..Tell me what changes you have made…

Coming soon… I have a treat. for you… Chennie from  AnotherBlog 

Has kindly agreed to do a  Q & A on TOFU… I myself have never tried it, have never had any intention of trying it and know little or nothing about it.

BUT I do know many people cook with it and so to be fair I should be including it on here…Don’t you think??? So stay tuned…All will be revealed next Tuesday…Right here!

Protein Drinks…

As you know anything that man has had a hand in the manufacture of my food always rings alarm bells for Moi… I just don’t believe all this hype and claims that are made about products… This latest news and I am sure there will be more… There always is…But it tells me we should be making our own until it is properly proven to really be a better choice than making Protein drinks from scratch…

http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2018/03/01/protein-powders-may-be-damaging-your-health.html

Tropical Sunshine in a glass...Pineapple and Mango Protein shake.

Mango and Pineapple Protein Drink 1

3/4 cup of coconut water (or one of my suggestions from last weeks post)

1/3 cup of greek yoghurt ( cutting down) use natural yoghurt

1/3 cup raw soaked cashews

1/4 cup frozen pineapple

1/3 cup frozen mango

1 pitted date for sweetness( optional) I prefer honey.

Top with a tsp of chia seeds before serving ( optional)

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful lemon colour and it tasted very nice.  New to protein drinks like me?… I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don’t taste great I drink them anyway…Really!

I like to drink something which tastes pleasant. Don’t you???

Of the two shakes, last weeks was for me my favourite but I  love raspberries and beets just a tad more than mango. Which one is your favourite???

Just a tip... I freeze my fruit in portions which makes life so much easier ..I also do that will my meat, fish as often I just cook a portion for my self so easy to do and when I worked it saved so much time and it doesn’t take long to do…I keep my own little box of  ONE PERSON sized portions…

What is a typical days food for me??? Yesterday it was…

A glass of Apple cider vinegar with honey and ginger.

A mid-morning shake…I tested the pineapple and mango protein shake…

My lunch was Grapow Moo ( Pork) with cauliflower rice...

Evening meal was Lasagne and salad…small portion.

Drinks throughout the day were water and I had a G & T for my sundowner. and one spicy rice ball… I also walked into town and back about  5km.

I don’t count calories… I just eat small portions and 2 meals a day…

I eat more spicy food than I used to and only 2 meals a day I don’t know if it is my age or whether my stomach now expects less…So far I am healthy, fairly fit, eat what I fancy but ALTHOUGH I don’t diet or count calories I am aware of what I am eating so if I have for example pancakes on Shrove Tuesday I enjoy them and make an adjustment the next day or the following few days depending on what I have eaten or increase my exercise.

It works for me and should work for you…we all have a good idea of good and bad foods …Don’t we? …I don’t use low-fat products as they tend to be higher in sugars. I would just opt for a sensible portion… Moderation in other words…

There are also foods that I don’t eat any more or very, very seldom… I don’t eat takeaways, burgers, processed foods, cake ( very )rarely, I hardly eat bread or potatoes,

BUT I eat rice, white rice, sticky rice, black rice, brown rice I vary my rice and of course cauliflower rice…

Pasta I used to love and now not so much…maybe once a month sometimes not that…If I can get it I love spaghetti squash or courgette ribbons with pasta.

Cheeses… I mainly eat Feta, very occasionally a piece of blue cheese and sometimes a little parmesan/ mozzarella on my pasta.

Fish... I love all fish but make sure it is the best fish I can get and not farmed… Steamed Seabass one of my favourites simple and easy to make

Fish with Lime and fennel

Meat... Chicken and pork mainly…lamb and beef are not readily available here but I eat a very small serving and lots of vegetables which I genuinely like either lightly cooked or raw which is a very popular way to eat vegetables and herbs here.

Sauces I love but make my own from lemons, ginger, chillies and garlic.

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Thai Chilli Dip

 

Eggs I eat probably about 6 per week.

Pickles, garlic, jalapenos, cucumbers, eggs, cabbage and kimchi I tend to snack on…

I hope that gives you a little idea of my diet all fruits and veg/herbs are either grown by us or bought locally and we eat a lot of vegetables … meat or fish and rice would be my smaller portion on my plate the rest would be vegetables and herbs and a dip.

How is your eating plan going? Do these posts help? Are there any particular recipes you would like me to feature???

Next week...It will be Tofu with recipes from the lovely Chennie Huang…

That’s all for this week on No More Diets I hope you have a good week…

No more diets

Thank you for reading this…Let’s do it xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating…Cauliflower Rice

My recipe tried and tested and it’s  awesome………. Cauliflower Rice.

SAM_6054…….Now does that not look like the real deal?

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.

If you wish to vary the taste you can add 1 tsp of Cumin seeds to 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.

THE VERSATILE CAULIFLOWER… I love it! x

Horapa Moo….Pork and Sweet Basil

Pork and Basil……..recipe as promised.

Ingredients:

For 1 serving.

100 gm pork loin sliced finely

2/3 birds eye chillies. cut in small slices.

2/3 cloves garlicSAM_6054 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.

Method:

Put tiny bit oil in 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….

I hope you enjoy recipes which are all tried, tested and authentic….

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot…..