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Healthy Eating…Intermittent Fasting…

Good Morning…Today I am going to be talking about intermittent fasting what it means and what you can do when fasting…And how it works for me…

steaming tea in a cup a book and a flower

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For quite a while now I have been intermittent fasting and didn’t know it… Last week I discussed the Keto diet as my son is following this eating plan… I  listened to him and some things I agree with and Keto does recommend that you do take part in intermittent fasting.

As you know I believe in a healthy balanced eating plan, eating normal food not calorie counting unless you really want to…Healthy eating should be a way of life …There are very few people who can stick to a restricted diet for any length of time…

Unless medically advised our diet should be balanced and not loaded one way or another with certain food groups.

I also know how hard it can be for some who are addicted to sugar either soda drinks or sweet processed foods…I have been there …Sometimes though as Sally explains it is not you who is lacking in willpower but a fungus which is living in your tummy and the sugars which feed it… To read more about the subject pop over to Sally’s it is a very good series and although I don’t have a problem with sugar I have learnt quite a lot about healthy eating…

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Well… we only have one body and when you look at it we can abuse that bod but if we start treating it properly it responds really well…To me, that is an awesome piece of machinery…Don’t you think…

Fasting has also always conjured up that image of being starved of food or a feeling of calm…I certainly didn’t look upon my eating pattern as fasting or starving myself but I am calm …Most of the time …

Intermittent Fasting.

What is it?  Short term fasts which mean you are consuming fewer calories and that is it!

There are three main categories:-

Some people reduce their calories over a two day period and consume 500-600 calories a day during those two days …The other 5 days they eat normally…which doesn’t mean binging to make up for those two days when your calorific intake was reduced…It ain’t that easy…

Others opt for 24-hour fasts either dinner to dinner the next day or breakfast to breakfast the next day just 24 hours straight… This they do once or twice a week and eat normally on the other days…

Me…I follow the third option...I don’t eat after 7 or 8pm at night and don’t eat before 10-11 the next day…It is called the 16/8 method…For me this is easy…What I hear you say what’s easy about that???

I dropped quite easily into this eating pattern when I moved here one because of the heat and two I can’t eat 3 meals a day it is too much for me…Now that could be an age thing or the fact my tummy has shrunk…

I will be honest I have cut out certain eating habits for example when little Lily visits it is a treat for her to go to 7/11 after she has eaten her dinner and she has always bought Nannie 2 bags of jelly teddy bears which of course I ate…It would have been rude not to…haha

Sunny evenings also are conducive to a sundowner or three they creep up on you, don’t they?

Numero three was when hubby brought me my morning cuppa he also added two digestives to the plate…Sally’s little chart soon put paid to that habit…Do you know how many calories and lbs 2 digestive biscuits(graham crackers) a day add up to over a year…I do now…That habit was kicked into touch…Those biscuits were the first to go…

The jellies were next to go as because Lily brought Nannie Jelly’s when she was here so did grandad when he went to 7/11…It has now been at least 4 months since a bag of jelly teddies has passed my lips…

The last habit to get kicked into touch was my sundowners…28 days without a drop and that included 2 nights out and a weekend visit from my son…So I feel I have a right to be chuffed with myself…

Why am I telling you this?

To show you that

1. It can be done.

2. It has been done over a period of time and not all at once…

My belly fat is still reducing and I have lost a few pounds and inches…

Do I count calories no and I enjoy my two meals …Lovely curries or stir-fries, maybe a cheese platter with some fruit…I eat what I fancy and I will be having a pancake tonight as it is Shrove Tuesday …

I snack on fruit as it is so plentiful here or enjoy a fruit smoothie…Which is why I will not be following the Keto eating plan as it restricts fruit and certain vegetables and although I have been told there are good fats…Please, how many avocados can one eat in a day…You do invariably then eat the bad fats, the processed fats and that much fat is not good for your long term health…

How do I get through my 16 plus hours without eating???

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I will break it down for you…

From 8 pm until whenever I sleep which could be 10pm it could be 2am…During that time I am writing, watching a movie or reading…I also have a pot of green tea…Yes, that is allowed on Intermittent fasting…

You can drink water, coffee, tea or other non-alcoholic drink any beverage which is under 50 calories..a splash of milk is fine in your tea or coffee.

I then sleep ..very well I will add especially since I cut out the sundowners out until my alarm goes off at 6 am…

I then get Aston up… my grandson as he leaves for school just after 7 am…I get his breakfast, iron his school shirt then when I have seen Aston of to school I have my pot of green tea while I check my e-mails and answer any comments on my blog.

I also start writing as I am doing now @ 9.47 am…10 am I feed my sourdough and today I am having Grapow Moo with an egg which I will cook once I have fed my sourdough…It will then be 10.30 ish maybe 11 am…Am I starving…No!

This routine works for me…

I will then go for a walk as hubby wants some grass seed and hang the washing out…

When I come back I will have a glass of coconut water and probably an apple, some Marian fruit and tamarind with maybe a little piece of the lovely blue cheese I bought on Saturday. I have found someone who imports cheese at a very good price…yummy 🙂

During the afternoon I will have another pot of green tea and then probably a Thai green Curry tonight.

Then it is evening, Green tea and bed at some point…As you all know if we get engrossed in our writing/reading the time just flies by.

I really don’t see this 16/8 as fasting as some is sleeping and being busy… I walk every day, some days I am trying out new recipes and of course, I am reading and writing…I honestly am busy most of the time and sometimes I have to remind myself to eat…My bad 😦 

Whichever one of the fasts you choose to follow you can drink which I didn’t know until I did my research I thought fasting meant no food or drink…Especially if you follow these short fasts.

Common Sense should have told me that we need to keep our bodies hydrated…There are so many lovely teas we can drink to help us stay hydrated while we fast.

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The benefits to our body are many by following intermittent fasting…

Belly fat will reduce, you will lose weight and inches.

It increases fat burning

Increased energy

It lowers your blood  insulin and sugar levels

Helps your memory…

I feel so much better my energy levels have increased and just overall I feel better. Fasting is not starving yourself it is just choosing when you eat.

For me, this is the way forward and I have lost quite a lot over the last 7 years BUT those little treats I mentioned started to notice on the belly etc… Which why I cut them out gradually I have also cut refined carbs and changed to brown /wild rice which will increase my fibre intake…But I actually prefer the taste of brown/wild rice, especially as now I know how to cook it properly…

This has kick started my inch loss and I do feel better for it…

I hope that you now find intermittent fasting a bit clearer…Thank you for reading any questions please ask I love to hear from you and always reply to my comments xxxx

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!

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

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Week 7…In my kitchen…My Sourdough is alive and kicking…

Welcome to week 7 in my kitchen…

I am now on Take 3 of the sourdough saga…I am not giving up…I went out bought wholemeal flour..ditched the expensive unbleached flour and started again, so far so good…We might get a sourdough loaf, fingers crossed…It has definitely been a learning curve but hey ho nothing in life is easy is it? Definitely not cooking.

You have probably noticed that my recipes are all cooked from scratch contain healthy ingredients which have proven health benefits…I am trying to break the mould or the myths that healthy food is bland and/or boring…There seems to be a barrier to me… we just need to know our food and what the benefits to our health is and cook accordingly.

I don’t spend hours in the kitchen and I don’t think that I buy special foods or expensive foods and I certainly don’t feel deprived in any way at all…It is also foods which we all eat ..grandkids included although we limit the heat for little Lily or take her portion out before we add all the chilli.

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Something I never thought I would try…Matcha Tea with Cheese… I first heard about this on John Reiber’s blog which I will say I love, John is always finding the quirky, the unusual and he loves bacon so that is a plus in my book…My comment was…

I am with Pete on this one…Cheese with Apple Pie( not melted) or cheese with Christmas cake as they do in the North of England I like …Cheese and tea does not appeal, although I will say I don’t drink many drinks at all my taste, is simple with regards to drinks water being my main tipple. Interesting to hear your view though John 🙂

Enter my grandson Aston with the said tea and cheese drink ” You must try this, Nannie it is so cool…I should have guessed that something like this would have found its way here…

matcha tea with cheese

I ummed and I ahhed and expressed my unwillingness to try it…Made with matcha green tea then cream cheese is frothed and added to the top…So I succumbed to Aston’s just try it, nan!

It wasn’t awful… It was ok…Would I buy one…No! But then I don’t buy drinks like that anyway but it really was ok and I can see it being a hit…

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This weeks curry… Red Duck Curry ( Kaeng Ped Pett Yang)

Thai Red Duck Curry Kaeng Ped Pett Yang

One of my favourite curries and one which I don’t have very often…why? Not sure really…I probably save it for special occasions.

I had Duck curry for the first time on a little island just off Phuket, Thailand it is a fiery curry offset by pineapple and tomatoes. Some add lychee as well as pineapple but we found it a little sweet for us but experiment, everyone’s taste is different….I also add some vegetables, mange tout or sugar snap peas, a few florets of brocolli..really whatever I have in the fridge.

Firstly cook your duck breasts, we like ours medium rare.

Put the duck skin side down in a cold pan, turn the heat to medium and cook the duck breasts for 6-8 minutes until the skin is golden and crispy, turn the breasts over and just sear the other side for 1 minute. Turn over so they are breast side up and put in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven and rest for 10 minutes before slicing the breasts thinly.

Sauce:

  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • 10 cherry tomatoes.
  • 6-10 mange tout..or other vegetables of your choice.
  • 100gm Thai eggplant cut into quarters. ( Pictured below)

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100gm pea eggplants( Pictured to the right above)

If you can’t get these any small eggplant will be ok I sometimes use small purple ones if I can’t get the green.

  • 1-2 tbsp red curry paste.
  • 6 kaffir lime leaves torn
  • Bunch Thai basil washed and leaves picked..
  • 2 tsp lime juice.

To make sauce put a very tiny drop of oil in the pan over medium heat add your curry paste and stir to cook for 1 min, add fish sauce. Gradually add coconut milk whilst still stirring.

Bring to a slow boil and add torn lime leaves and eggplants cook for 5/6 mins and add tomatoes and pineapple, cook for a further 10 minutes then add mange tout and stir in some Thai basil leaves and lime juice.

Now taste and adjust curry paste if you want more heat. If anything else needs adjusting you can also do that now. Thai flavours are very pronounced and if you get it balanced ..very nice if not…I have had some disasters and I don’t mind admitting that…which is why I always say TASTE and Taste again.

The very first duck curry I made was ok…so we left out the lychee the next time and it was much better…also, I know which curry paste to now use as they are all so different…Please don’t let this put you off making it as when you get it right it is a lovely thing.

When you are ready to serve then add sliced duck to the sauce and just warm through and serve with some Thai basil over the top and slice red chilli if you like.

Serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy!

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My finds this week…Were not ones I chanced upon but ones I was searching for…I love green tea and am discovering more about the types and how they are produced and what health benefits they have… I always use loose leaf tea and if the green tea has a lot of stalks then it is a low-grade one the one I bought the other day is completely different in appearance it is like little buds I can also see and taste the difference this one has slightly more colour and a refined taste. Although how you brew your green tea makes a lot of difference and I don’t get that bitter green tea taste anymore…

Jin Xuan Oolong No 12 tea

Jin Xian Oolong No 12 Tea also known as Golden Lily Oolong tea is 100% organic and contains no artificial additives.

Grown in the northern mountains of Thailand 1200-1800 metres above sea level it is untouched by pollution… a low oxidised tea of twisted little balls /snails… Called BiLuoCun which means the green shell which because the tea is hand rolled it looks like small snail shells..hence the name.

Dut to its high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals it is said to increase the metabolism thus breaking down fat, reduce cholesterol and improve skin condition.

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Because I am cutting down on certain foods and want to increase my fibre I am going to eat more brown/wild rice which I love …Thailand is the home of rice and there are so many choices of rice…Types and colours it is awesome … I have decided to start eating more wild rice…the one I bought this week from the Royal Project Shop was Kaipa Wild Rice …Like my tea grown in the mountains of Northern Thailand…I am also trying to reduce our carbon footprints…

Kaipa wild rice Northern Thailand

Kaipa Wild Rice...I know wild rice takes longer to cook however to cut down on the cooking time for brown or wild ricesoak it overnight. For brown rice, the water-to-rice ratio is 2 to 1. For wild rice, cover with a generous amount of water, several inches above the riceSoak the rice in a covered pot and keep in the refrigerator about six hours or overnight.

This Highland brown rice is grown by the Pakayor hill tribe …It is long grain rice similar to Mali rice. The rice contains gamma oryzanol which is an antioxidant that helps prevent free radicals.

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If you are a fan of smoothies like me…I had a lovely one the other day…Mixed coloured tomatoes, green, red, orange and a couple of passionfruit…Try one it is lovely…

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My experiment this week ( apart) from sourdough…was Pork and Blackbean Sauce.

pork black bean sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1lb of pork fillet cut into 1/4 in strips
  • 1 tbsp of fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of rice wine
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp raw cane sugar
  • 3 tbsps oil
  • 2 tbsp black bean sauce
  • 1/4 shredded white cabbage( optional)
  • 1 chilli which I snuck in…( optional)

Let’s Cook!

Put the pork fillet in a bowl with the first 7 ingredients. Now massage the pork with your hands to incorporate the marinade otherwise it will just sit in the ingredients and we want it to absorb the flavours anything we make here which has a marinade is massaged in with the hands. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.

Heat 2 tbsps of your oil then add your pork and stir fry for 2/3 minutes until it is almost cooked. Transfer to a plate.

Drain the oil from the pan and keep for stir-fries or something and add the other tbsp of oil and add your cabbage cook for 1 minute… I used cabbage as it added another texture/vegetable and next time I would add more cabbage.

Return the pork to the pan and add 2 tbsps of black bean sauce stir fry for 2 mins and taste add some salt if required.

Serve with rice or noodles and drizzle with sriracha or chilli oil.

Enjoy!

Our Verdict:

The pork was lovely and soft…I only used pork fillet as my little old pork man didn’t have the cut I normally buy and let me have it for the same price ..bless him…I am sure it would be equally as good with hip or with chicken…I thought it needed more chilli and cabbage…But I am a chilli fiend…Hubby loved it as it was. It is a nice quick meal to make and would make it again x

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Thank you very much for reading this post and if you have any tales from your kitchen you would love to share please do x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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

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

Healthy Eating…No more Diets

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Welcome to Carol’s bootcamp…

I am back and madly scheduling posts so that I don’t get put in the same position as I have been for the past few weeks having to do what I can on my phone and iPad…Not ideal I love my laptop which is now much better .

Healthy Eating...I was doing so well wasn’t I? but I admit the frustrations of the last few weeks did reflect in my diet although I will say keeping my food diary  did help… I stayed the same last week which in itself was a minor miracle given that I snacked somewhat…

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Hands up! I did ! Snack that is…. But it was yummy x

However because I was so stressed and had to go back to the laptop hospital on more than one occasion and as I take buses and walk…The location does not have a direct bus link  the weather was also not kind …Tropical storms… If I didn’t know better I would have thought the whole world was against me but I am made of sterner stuff than that… British backbone came into play…

Although I still snacked  I had Sally’s list and the food diary to keep what I was doing in prospective… in other words it could have been worse…

The upside was I walked more… on a couple of days I walked 2 miles or 3.3km whatever way you measure it so over the week I clocked a few more miles ..It is amazing what frustration does to me…I walk it out of my system so whatever works for you..utilise it!

Hence probably why I stayed the same…THE BONUS ..This week I lost 2 lb ..Was it because I was much better and got straight back on to my normal eating plan or was it also a combo of the increase in my exercise?? A bit of both methinks..

So in my book my disaster was also a triumph.

How was your week? Please let me know in comments I love to hear from you and if you have recipes to share or tricks which help you then please share if I get enough I may have a little tip of the week spot and promote your blog…

My week has been good I got lots of fresh vegetables from one of my local markets, some picked crab…I do hate picking  crab  myself so fiddly… Some lovely fish , fresh coconut as both hubby and grandson love a piece of fresh coconut to munch on, Some lovely fish cooked in a banana leaf with lemongrass and chilli which was our snack when we got home ….

Today on my daily walk I picked up some lovely fresh green tea leaves as I do like a cup of green tea now I know how to brew it properly I don’t like bitter tea there is nothing worse than bitter green tea is there ? Although I also like Matcha which is more mellow in taste…If you don’t how to brew a nice cup of green tea I have added a link for you.

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This week I will now be swapping my early morning ginger, ACV and honey for green tea I like to vary my early morning drinks …

I also picked up some lovely fresh Longan honey which I hadn’t tried before but my friend Mr Google told me it was very good and healthy so I was pleased…. I mostly use honey if I need to sweeten anything…like natural yoghurt which brings me nicely to the little bit of research I did on yoghurt while my laptop was sick …also because I had noticed a lot of Greek style yoghurt on the shelves where I buy my yoghurt and wondered what the difference was…It is interesting and yoghurt as I found out is not as healthy as they are advertised to be…So if you missed it then the link is here for you it makes interesting reading especially if you or your family eat a lot of yogurt.

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Well that’s all for this week I hope you have enjoyed the post and my chatter and don’t forget let us know how your food diary is going and if you have any hints and tips to help us then please share in comments or message me and I will promote your blog while sharing your tip …Looking forward to hearing from you…x

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Matcha or Green Tea??

Matcha or Green Tea

My last post had many comments … so thank you…It did, however, raise the question of what is the difference between Green Tea and Matcha powdered tea…

What is Green Tea?

Like all teas, it is brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia Senensis but it is the level of oxidation in the initial production of tea which determines the type of tea.

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Green tea is produced from unoxidized leaves which means it goes through fewer processes thus it has more antioxidants and polyphenols than it’s sister black tea.

Green Tea has been used for many thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines.

The amount of research into the medicinal properties of green tea is mind-blowing and very interesting but this post is about Taste and the difference between Green Tea and Matcha powdered tea…

Like lots of other products, the Green Tea market is a very lucrative one. It can be bought ready made to drink on the go… BUT just because it says Green Tea somewhere on the label …Please don’t be fooled…

If it is sitting on the shelf among the other sodas you can bet your life it is loaded with sugars and the like…

Here I only promote good teas…no nasties..just green tea… Nuff said!

So what does Green Tea taste like?

The most common comment I hear and I have also been guilty of this…It’s bitter!

I now know why?

It is only bitter because either your tea is low-grade aka cheap or it has not been brewed correctly,  brew with cooler water and don’t leave the leaves in the tea once it has brewed. Once you have that bitter taste no amount of sugar or milk will get rid of it….

It is only since living here that I have learnt the art of brewing a nice green tea but no matter where you live the amount of information online is astounding and with a little effort you can benefit from an amazing cup of beautiful green tea.

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How to brew Green Tea.

Makes 1 cup.

Ingredients:

6 ounces of water, a little more if you are pre-warming your cup or teapot.

About 1 tsp of or 2 grams.

Let’s brew….Get that on to boil and get your cup or teapot.

Your water ideally should be 160F -180F so bring your kettle to the boil and let it cool it should be just short of boiling. Obviously, if you have a temp thingy that is great.

Pre-warm your cup or pot ( my mum) always used to…I don’t well if it is a pot I do but my cup…I know I should and I will…promise.

Measure out your tea leaves set to one side pour your water into your cup and add the tea leaves then cover your cup..let it steep for 1 -3 minutes if your tea is small-leaved it will be quicker…I just set my kitchen timer to start with but practice makes perfect and no more bitter green tea…

Once it is ready…Enjoy!

When you use a new brand of tea it takes a little adjustment in amounts of tea or steeping time to get your perfect cuppa… But when you do a sense of achievement.

I spent so many years really disliking green tea and only drinking because it was ” good” for me….Since I have learned how to brew it correctly…I can say hand on heart…I am a convert…

What is Matcha Tea?matcha-tea-with name

Matcha tea is nutritionally equal to 10 cups of Green Tea and is said to have 137 x more antioxidants. It is easy to use and cook with.

Matcha means powdered tea and it is made from tea leaves which are specially grown for Matcha powdered tea the leaves are kept covered during growth which aids the production of more chlorophyll. Hence the lovely green colour of Matcha powdered tea. It is also only the leaves which are ground the stems and veins are removed which is why it grinds down into a very fine powder.

Traditionally it is made by mixing about a tsp of powder with half a cup of hot but not boiling water and then whisked with a bamboo brush until it is frothy. Doesn’t that brush look cute? I always get a feeling of calm when I just look at these photos…

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Matcha powdered tea comes in two grades…

Culinary Grade which is mainly used for cooking and baking.

Grown to taste slightly bitter is why the cooking grade Matcha powder combines well with many foods, milk-based drinks, smoothies, ice cream, beautiful sponge cakes and much more.

Ceremonial grade Matcha Tea powder is the one used in traditional Japanese Tea Ceremonies.

The crème de la crème of tea. It is grown specifically for drinking and can command very high prices for a superior tea. spends the last few weeks of its growth cycle in the cool shade of bamboo mats, sometimes several layers of them, to keep the sunlight out.

Then, only the top one or two leaves of each plant are hand-picked and allowed to dry, usually indoors, again away from any direct sunlight. That’s why this grade of matcha powdered tea is so green and so full of nutrients.

My Conclusion:

I have drunk some very nice Green Teas since living here in Thailand the choice is far bigger than when I was in the UK and I now know how to brew it correctly..it is little wonder that mine was so bitter…Lesson learnt..lol

Matcha powdered tea is another level and nutritionally more beneficial so if it because you want the greatest nutrition value from your tea then it has to be Matcha powdered tea…

If you do a lot of baking using the culinary-grade Matcha powdered tea which you can also drink it makes sense to use culinary Matcha tea powder as its use is two-fold.

The ceremonial grade is probably out of my price range for tea so I would drink that when I was out and wanted a treat…

Green tea suits me very well on a day-to-day basis as I only drink 1 cup daily….

I would say based on that it is down to each person’s individual circumstance but as with anything I always advise moderation.

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

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Thank you for joining me again this week….Carol’s Bootcamp I should be calling it…Haha…What are you unfollowing me for… but NO!

What I will be doing every Tuesday after I have told you a little..no everything about my lifestyle and eating habits… Is??

Show you what works and diets don’t!

I have tried them all…Cabbage soup, no carbs, no fat, those awful meal replacement drinks, various fat burning tablets( haha) sucker…as they laugh all way to their bank at my expense…Yes, some worked…a little, not so much or I felt ill, got headaches… You name it I have probably tried it!

When I retired I thought …yes can’t you hear cogs whirring… I am going to change, I found blogging and writing, had time to cook more, experiment…I have so much more I want to do…

So if you want to join me …It is free…I don’t want to know how much you weigh, I will not be checking up on you… We are all adults…grown up even…

All I ask is honesty..you cheat..you cheat yourself, your health not mine… YOURS!

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Let’s Do This!

First and foremost…What do I drink…I looked at what I was drinking and no wonder it piled on the pounds…Diet Pepsi…Sugar…Any bottled drinks which promote AND SCREAM good for you and healthy…Read the labels…They lie! The SMALL print which even with a magnifying glass I can’t read…I don’t have time to read it…Do You? So if it has more than 1 ingredient I don’t buy it!

Because if it is 100% whatever they are selling what else do you need in your drink??

So what do I drink?

First thing in the morning...before anything…

A small glass of hot water with a tbsp of Apple cider vinegar and a spoonful of honey I also sometimes grate in some fresh ginger.

During the day…

Fresh coconut juice ..and yes I am lucky I have it here they grow on trees here…I buy mine from a little man down the road who cuts the coconut and pours out the juice scoops out the soft flesh and puts that in my juice.

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Sometimes I make a fruit and vegetable smoothie. For me, this normally replaces my lunch and contains whatever fruit and or vegetables I have Beetroot, tomato, carrot all go lovely with fruits…

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I also drink Kombucha which I love… again just watch the labels if you BUY kombucha I will give you the recipe to make your own in another post.

But what is Kombucha? It is a fizzy tea, usually made with black or green tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast… called a scoby… It has a slightly sour, almost vinegar-like taste which suits me as I prefer sour to sweet.

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Health benefits of drinking Kombucha

Also, drink lots of water…

I have one cup of tea a day made by my son or hubby..that is my only hot beverage. English Tea, a dash of milk, no sugar. Occasionally I vary that with Green tea, redbush tea or Matcha…

So for me a variety of drinks but all drinks I love and which are healthy… No added sugars or preservatives…

What I am asking you to do is look at what you drink… does it contain lots of milk and sugar?? Do you drink them in moderation or 8 a day????

Moderation is my word for this new way of eating…I eat what I fancy… but sense comes into THE EQUATION ..because if I ate chocolate all day then that is crazy and would not do my health any good…SO MODERATION.

You choose what you drink for good health… Can you make it more healthy? Have you tried other drinks? You may like them… I hated green tea until I learnt how to make it properly, The apple cider vinegar makes me shudder it is sharp but I am used to it now but the health benefits are immense.

Change is not easy and I won’t lie you have to want to do it..but YOU CAN Do IT!… I want to be healthier and maybe stave off some of the inevitable illnesses that advancing years bring… I am no spring chicken… By trying my best to eat what I like and as healthy as possible.

In 3 years I have lost 5 stone which is approx 31 kilos…my weight is stable and it drops a few more pounds every so often. How I eat works for me and it should work for you…

I eat what I like but moderation…For exercise I walk daily or 6 out of 7 days…I have never liked jumping about to music… But this is about YOU finding what you enjoy…

Following an 80% 20% rule works for me over time my taste buds have changed and I don’t crave the things I used to…I can open a box of my favourite Turkish delight and eat 1 piece a day…

Most evenings is time for a sundowner …  my white wine I add soda to thus reducing the calories and my G & T  which I have occasionally that is part of my 20%.

Generally, I only eat 2 meals a day..but that is me if you work or do lots of exercises you will need more and if it is cold we eat more don’t we?…Fuel…But choose wisely…find what you like and… Let’s get healthy …

Next week I will give you some recipes ..food I eat…Food I enjoy as I believe you should love what you eat which is why these faddy diets don’t work…If we feel deprived we eat it anyway…Time for change are you ready???

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Tell me in comments what you want, what you like, if it is something you really like and it’s maybe not that healthy ..tell me and I will try and tweak it so it is healthier…Maybe you have some really healthy drinks locally that I haven’t heard of…Then tell me..Talk about what you drink…Let’s share ideas…I have a wonderful recipe for lasagne..no pasta..but mozzarella, parmesan and delicious. Do you have a wonderful healthy recipe? Then share it…Guest post on here ..your healthy ideas???

In case you missed last weeks post…..Healthy eating …How to shift those Christmas kilos for good! then the link is below

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/healthy-eating-how-to-shift-those-christmas-kilos-for-good/

Have fun, laugh a lot and… Let’s do this xxx

Next week…What I snack on…xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Green Tea Ice Cream, Latte and Macarons

Drinks and Desserts this week for your enjoyment….Made with lovely matcha powder…..Enjoy!

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Welcome to this week’s cook from scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and we are going to be looking at the health benefits of Green Tea… followed by some of Carol’s delicious recipes that include this flavourful ingredient.

All true teas – not herbal tisanes or infusions are made from the Camellia Sinensis. These plants grow in warm climates with the very best teas coming from the highest altitudes – at that level the plant leaves are slower to mature and this means that they have a much richer flavour. Although the plants all come from the same strain – Camellia Sinensis – different growing conditions such as altitude, climate and soil will affect the flavour of the tea.

It is when the processing takes place that the difference appears between black and green teas. There is in fact another tea in the middle of these two, which is a…

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