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Eat Smart, Eat Healthily…No more diets…But…The holiday season is coming…

No more...Diets Healthy eating 27th November

Good morning from sunny Thailand I am sure by now that for most of you your celebrations are in full swing…Some of you will have had all your presents labelled and wrapped since January I know I had a friend who did just that…Until one day her kids found them and opened them…I don’t think I need to tell you how the rest of the story went and ended…

Halloween for those of you who celebrate it will soon be upon you and then the Christmas preparations will begin…

There are 56 Days, 4 hours and 41 minutes at the time of writing this…

Now I am not a party pooper and I wish you all a joyous time and I will be leaving you with a few tips to help over the Christmas period and then I will leave to enjoy it and come back just after the New Year…

As you know I have lost quite a bit on my eating plan...But I do not wish to put those lbs back on…

Christmas is more low key here…Thais don’t celebrate Christmas but the New Year… So not so many temptations for me…I do however remember the rounds of Christmas get-togethers all the goodies everyone used to bring into work…It played havoc with the diet and the waistline.

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Lips and chocolate

Chocolate… So many different ones, fudge, Turkish delight, marzipan fruits, after eight mints, quality street, pick and mix, sugared oranges and lemons, sugared almonds and so many more…We all know that Dark chocolate is good for you this link gives you some tasty options my favourites are anything with mint, orange or chilli…Now you just knew I was going to get that one in didn’t you?

https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/healthy-delicious-chocolate-bars-dietitians-eat/

The sausage rolls and mince pies we used to have so many of them when I was at work…Homemade ones, Marks & Spencers Finest and they were not bad…I am salivating here…The good news is Marks & Spencer is so far away from me that is all I can do…

What can you do?

Keep a little pot of these spiced mixed nuts/ Thai nuts with you at all times.

  • 2 cups of raw nuts I used walnuts, cashews, almonds
  • 2 tbsp coconut or olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. red chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder ( I chop fresh garlic very finely) and stir in at the end of the cooking time.
  • 1/4 tsp. rounded cayenne pepper (or more/less to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Let’s Cook!

Heat oven to 325 degrees and line a small cookie sheet with parchment.

Combine all the spices in a medium bowl; add oil and mix until smooth.

Add the nuts into the bowl and stir until they are evenly coated.

Spread evenly on the prepared pan in a single layer.

Bake nuts for 12-15 minutes, stirring at the halfway point.

Remove from oven and stir once more before letting sit on the pan to cool for about an hour.

mixed nuts

Store in an airtight container.

Hubby loved the nuts I liked them..Next time I will double up on the spices xx

My second recipe is a Thai one and most bars serve these with the drinks I love the addition of basil and ginger…I have also done this one with walnuts as they are my favourite nut…

Let’s Cook!

  • 2 cups unsalted peanuts
  • 2 heaped tsp chilli oil (with the flakes and oil)
  • 20 dried lime leaves, crushed (hard stems removed)
  • 20-25 leaves Thai basil, chopped (reserve a couple tbsp for garnish)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or very finely chopped
  • small piece ginger, grated
  • salt to taste

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Toss all the ingredients together on a baking sheet, and bake the nuts for 10-15 minutes, tossing halfway through so they don’t burn. Remove from the oven, toss with the reserved basil, and a little more salt if you like, and serve or when cold store in an airtight container.

Some Tasty Snacks.

Turkey Rolls.

  • 4 slices turkey breast.
  • 4 teaspoons cream cheese.
  • 4 pickles or cucumber strips.

Place turkey breast slices on a large plate. Spread 1 tsp of cream cheese on each slice. Place a pickle or strip of cucumber on each turkey slice and roll up.

Olives.

Olives are one of the nutritious staples of the Mediterranean diet. They are very high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and contain powerful antioxidants like oleuropein.

Depending on their size, 25 green or black olives contain about 100–175 calories.

Tomatoes and mozzarella sliced is a lovely thing..

Sun-Dried Tomatoes.

Sun-dried tomatoes contain more lycopene than regular tomatoes.

What’s more, they are usually packed in olive oil, which helps your body absorb more of the lycopene.

A 3.5 oz (100 grams) serving of sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil provides 170% of the RDI for vitamin C and contains a little more than 200 calories.

Marinated Artichoke Hearts.

Marinated artichoke hearts are delicious and nutrient-dense.

Artichoke hearts contain fibre and are a good source of vitamin K and folate.

Studies have shown that artichokes help protect the cells lining your arteries and contain prebiotic fibres that nourish the beneficial bacteria in your gut.

A 3.5 oz (100 grams) serving of artichoke hearts marinated in olive oil contains about 190 calories.

Homemade Beef Jerky…The Thai Way…

  • 1 lb top round steak, cut into strips measuring approximately 4 inches long, ½ inch wide, and ¼ inch thick
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark or light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground white (or black) pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oven to 120°F and set a rack in the middle of it. Spread out the beef strips on a large cookie sheet and let them dry out in the oven for one hour. Turn the beef strips over and let them dry for another hour.

You know the beef strips are ready when their surface is dry to the touch while the texture is still somewhat soft and elastic. When that happens, remove the beef strips from the oven or the drying basket and place them in a mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, heat up some vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or an 8- to a 12-inch frying pan with a raised edge on medium heat. You only need just enough vegetable oil to come up to about 2 inches from the bottom of the pan. Line a platter with a piece of paper towel and keep it nearby.

Add the fish sauce, soy sauce, pepper, and sugar to the beef strip bowl and toss; make sure that all of the beef strips are evenly coated with the seasoning sauce.

Test the oil by sticking a wooden skewer or chopstick into the oil, making sure the tip of the wooden skewer touches the bottom of the pan. If you see tiny bubbles rising from the point where the wooden skewer touches the pan, the oil is ready.

Shake excess seasoning off of the beef strips and fry them in two batches. Be sure to stir the beef strips around to ensure even cooking. On medium heat, the beef only needs to be in the oil for less than a minute. You’ll see that the beef will brown up and develop a nice, glossy coating. When that happens, transfer them to the paper towel-lined platter.

Serve the fried sun-dried beef with spicy Thai dipping sauce and sticky rice.

Enjoy!

N.B. I dry my beef outside before frying but have given instructions to oven dry as I know many of you don’t have the weather I have here.
All these little snacks are lovely if you are drinking with friends or taking a few bits into work…I love a sausage roll or mince pie but I do feel very sluggish if I eat too much fat/ sugar so snacks like this work fine for me…They don’t make me feel bloated and it is nice to have a little nibble with a drink when you are socialising isn’t it?

Going out for drinks or a pre- Christmas dinner?

I will say just plan for that make a pot of soup so you always have soup to heat up either at home or take some to work… If you have breakfast and then a cup of soup as you need it through the day then you can go out and enjoy your festivities…Eat, drink and be Merry! A nice bowl of porridge which will/should stop you snacking until lunchtime… Or a nice protein drink or smoothie…These smoothies always keep me going and with the beetroot which helps give it that lovely colour it is one of my favourites.

For a few more ideas and just in case you missed it then this post will help you plan…

Raspberry Protein Drink

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1/3 cup of Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 medium beetroot(raw) peeled and diced.
  • 1 tbsp honey ( optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds ( optional)

Raspberry Protein Shake

Let’s Blitz!

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful colour and it tasted very nice not too sweet and I did add honey.

Lastly, go for your evening jolly and…Enjoy!

Until January I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year 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.

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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating…How to balance…Plan for social events…

Last week I took you all through my personal eating journey…Thank you to everyone who commented…

This week I am away for a few days well 5 days actually it is one of my besties birthdays so we are off to sunny( I hope) Bang Saray, Chon Buri near Pattaya…But whatever the weather I am sure it will be fun times all the way…lots of lovely food and a few cocktails…but I will be good where I can and enjoy where I can’t…

balancing on a piece of string

 

It is all about balance...A bit like a tight rope sometimes… I don’t expect to put weight on or lose anything just to stay the same will be a bonus…Challenging sometimes but doable…I know…x

Of course, food and drink is a major factor in a holiday…we want to be able to enjoy these foods without returning home with a waistline twice the size. Surely there’s a way to maintain your weight loss AND enjoy new foods on holiday?!

Picture the scene...You are sitting watching the sunset …The waiter brings your sundowner…he then comes back with a plate of ” May as well ” foods.

Sunset Bangtao Beach

These are foods you would never really consider having at home but, because you are on holiday and they are there for the taking, you’ll happily just take one until before you realise the bowl is empty … “may as well.”

These usually include (but are not limited to):

  • Olives
  • Peanuts
  • Doritos
  • Dips
  • Something unrecognisable – but you take it anyway… May as well.

Doing this for no other reason than because you can is a sure-fire way of unnecessarily bumping up your overall calorie intake.

Now, I do believe you should try and sample the local cuisine but remember you have a full week or two, to try and sample all the foods you fancy. So there’s no need to keep nibbling until they are gone on the first day…

I know its tempting and most of these little bowls are not only put there to tempt you to nibble but they make you thirsty and you have another drink…

Limit the Booze…

In the past, I have been on all-inclusive holidays with a bar in the middle of the pool…We have walked the beach stopped in a little cafe and had a wine or beer with our lunch…

By this time it is only 3 pm in the afternoon and we have had a few drinkies …

It can be so easy to get carried away when you have beer, wine and cocktails literally on tap and, whilst drinking can be a fun and relaxing part of your holiday, it’s a good idea to control your intake, helping to maintain your awesome weight loss results.

What can you do…?

Stay off the booze until 3pm (or later). As a general rule, the longer you wait until your first drink, the less you’re likely to drink overall in the day.

Set yourself a (sensible) drink limit. Giving yourself a maximum number of drinks to have will help keep your alcohol intake in check whilst freeing up when and how often you can drink.

Drink water in-between the glass of alcohol is what works for me and it keeps me hydrated as well.

It is also important especially in the heat to keep hydrated it doesn’t just have to be water. Teas, coffees, juices, even fruits like watermelons and peaches can all help you stay hydrated in the sun. Carrying a bottle of water with you though, that can be refilled and sipped on throughout the day, is always going to be a smart idea.

Also, remember alcohol will increase your chance of dehydration because it’s a diuretic, so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day if you’re on the beers.

Neglecting your body’s need for water can lead to tiredness, lack of energy, muscle cramps and an upset tummy – not want you want on a relaxing holiday.

Alcohol as those of you know who read my post last week was the biggest factor in my weight loss …I am quite happy to keep it to a minimum on holiday and in all honesty, when I went away the other month, not one person said anything when I requested water instead of alcohol…It was really easy to not drink throughout the day and just have a couple of sundowners at sunset…

I also took my stock of green tea as I have learnt when I go away I can’t get it everywhere as often green tea is served with milk as an iced tea and I asked for it with no milk and it was foul it was some sort of green tea mix made to go with milk…

Banana Beach (5)

 

It also meant I could still apply my intermittent fasting and just drink my green tea while everyone ate their brekkie …I sat and watched the waves while sipping my green tea…

Who doesn’t love a walk when on holiday...or a few lengths of the pool..some even use the gym(not me) …Walking is my thing so whatever rocks your boat…

But, when you go on holiday it would be unrealistic to expect yourself to work out every day and count your calories – after all, holidays are meant to be a time for relaxing and taking a break from your usual day-to-day routine.

One or two weeks of some overindulgence isn’t going to be the end of the world…

But this shouldn’t mean we just forego all common sense and eat anything and everything in sight, doing our best sunbathing sloth impersonation each and every day…Just saying…

The trick is finding the right balance and even just one or two of the suggestions above will help you to strike the difference between relaxation and indulgence, whilst keeping things under control.

And if things don’t go to plan and you do end up putting on a few pounds more than expected?…. Don’t stress.

It probably means you had a great time …Of course, I will have a great time but all these tips apply to many social situations there are always temptations.

We have Halloween coming, Christmas coming, New Year on the horizon, someone is bound to get engaged, married, divorced or have a baby…

All of these are triggers…Life is one big trigger …We have to choose how we are going to live it!

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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

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

Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and Sysems of the Body – The Immune System and Your role in its efficiency

For many of you the colder, damper weather is looming as is the threat of colds and flu…A good post to read to ensure you have the tools to avoid the dreaded flu/colds..Stay well xxx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Last week I began a series onThe Immune System and how it works.

This week I would like to show you how your role it your immune system’s efficiency is critical and possibly life saving.

I spent most of the first 40 years of my life in ignorance when it came to my body. I had studied biology at school and apart from a scary film on childbirth (meant to be the ultimate contraceptive), I knew more about the insides of a frog.

As a family we ate well… But it was not related to our health in any way. Certainly as I stuffed food in one end I gave little thought as to what happened to it on its journey to the other end. I was more concerned that my sugar craving was satisfied and I was then a happy bunny.

It took the short and very sharp…

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Healthy Eating… No More Diets…The plan that works…It really does…

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…

Cheat week this week as by now I am on my way to see a friend until Friday so I have copied a previous post one of my early Healthy eating posts…But I will be back as normal next week…With news of my exploits and hopefully, the scales won’t tell too much of a tale of any excesses…haha…Holidays are to be enjoyed are they not??

Now to an earlier post but the advice stays the same and all these months later tHe weight is still coming off…If you have read this before ..my apologises but it may serve as a timely reminder it did for me…and for my new followers or anyone who hasn’t read the following…It works! FACT!

My first sourdough loaf is cooked, eaten and was divine…I was so chuffed at the lovely comments I received…Of course, I had to sample it in the name of quality control and with proper butter as well…haha…

It was lovely I thoroughly enjoyed it…No guilt…Just pure enjoyment…It was healthy( wholemeal) grass-fed butter and my home-baked bread …I savoured every mouthful…

Hubby ate the rest either a sandwich or toasted…

Sourdough Wholemeal loaf

The rest of the week has been just normal healthy eating and walking which has increased due to 2 factors one is that our granddaughter is staying with us for 8 weeks( school ) holiday and two my smartwatch is keeping tabs on my steps…The daily recommended guidelines are 10,000 steps which sounds a lot but doable…

As you know I advocate eating healthy balanced meals I don’t believe in cutting out food groups like meat, most fruits or pasta/rice/potatoes…I do believe we should avoid or eat little highly processed foods, food with added sugars, we should choose good quality cooking oils, avoid excessive intake of high mercury fish like tuna…Alcohol enjoy just not in excess. 

For me, that is easy to follow and coupled with the 16/8 intermittent fasting and exercise I am seeing results.

That hasn’t always been the case...At this moment I am the lightest I have been for a good few years …I have also accepted I will never be the weight I was when I married… More fat on a chip my husband used to say…haha

Life happened, I got married, I had kids… I ate what they didn’t, I worked and shopped in my lunch hour and while queuing to pay eyed the strategically placed sweets by the till ( those stores) know how to tempt one don’t they? The mums and friends who mean well…Just have one…That won’t hurt…

box four doughnuts iced

I feel your pain I know what you have been through or going through so does my friend Sally…Who is a Certified Nutritionist and knows the pitfalls and curve balls life throws at us …Both of us have struggled with weight at times during our lives …

It ain’t easy and while I may make it appear to be …I have eaten my share of what I shouldn’t and moderation did not come into it…I am now older and wiser…haha…Believe what you will…But I have realised I need to cherish this body as it is the one and only one I have or will have…Better late than never…

How to manage people…The well-meaning ones of course…

And remember…Losing weight is not a sprint, it is a marathon and your mental and emotional attitude towards the project is a key factor in your successful weight loss.

Sally’s posts are both informative with a little humour and she will tell you it is not easy she knows but I will let her tell you her story…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-before-you-get-started-managing-people-environment/

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Stuck for Recipes? Need some inspiration?…

Honey…Nectar of the Gods and so good for us…Sally will tell you the why and I will provide the recipes…Enjoy!

 

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Diets come and go...Faddy things aren’t they? Mostly a flash in the pan and not sustainable…A new one has arisen…A hybrid of the Paleo diet and the Vegan diet…All the good bits…The Pegan Diet…

I know it just had to happen, didn’t it?

The basics of the Pegan Diet…3/4 vegetables and 1/4 meat/fish @ each meal, the meat/fish from good quality sources…( no hormones and antibiotics)…It focuses on eating more fibre and low glycemic index fruits, eliminating sugar, dairy unless it comes from ( goat/sheep) products eating little or no highly processed foods thus avoiding foods produced using chemicals and pesticides…eliminating legumes except for lentils…

Great in theory and first glance and sounds similar to what I believe in however it is quite restrictive and would need some planning and the bottom line is we need a Healthy Balanced Diet…No eliminating essential foods… It seems to me that the people who market and promote all these diets think they have to come up with something new all of the time and I suppose celebrity endorsements don’t help that trend…

Frankly just because a celebrity endorses a product doesn’t mean it works…No one size fits all, no one’s lifestyle is the same as Fred’s next door we are all individuals with different needs, Stress levels, family commitments, work commitments so much factors into the equation…

Healthy Eating is a lifestyle choice and takes time to adjust…You will have blips or bad days/weeks but it is how you deal with it…

We just need to eat sensible, normal healthy foods and a balanced diet…Most of the time.

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Smartwatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

I am still impressed with my new toy…I will say it keeps me focused…

So far I use the step counter…It does have other functions like running and workouts but I enjoy walking …The recommended daily steps are 10,000 which is doable…..Last Thursday I achieved 14,000 plus steps in one day…I was out and about doing kids things and shopping so although tired it was a revelation as to how many steps I did do that day…An average day for me is 6-7000 I am working on getting to 10,000 more often…

The other function I love is the sleep function...

lady sleeping

It shows 3 levels, Deep sleep, light sleep and Rem sleep plus gives you the normal range and tells you where you are in that either normal, high or low. Plus it gives your overall hours of sleep, how many times you woke up with an explanation of your total hours of sleep and how long you were in the stages and what happens to your body while you are in each stage of sleep…

It also offers an explanation as to what causes any changes and how you can remedy it with links to other sites for further info.

I am finding this really interesting as I am gradually seeing a pattern forming and am realising which factors are influencing my sleep for example what I am doing prior to sleep or what I have been drinking as I don’t eat after 8pm.

It also tells me my heart rate …An explanation can also be found on heart rates.

What I do find amusing is the little green man who buzzes and waves at me when I have been inactive for a while…

It also has other functions which I don’t use yet or may not as I purchased this mainly to keep a little eye on my health. Which while it may not be exactly spot on but accurate as these can be but as the watch is on your pulse give or take a few beats it is accurate enough for me…

Thank you for reading and please tell me in comments your thoughts if you have a smartwatch…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!

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

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

Eat Smart! Eat Healthily! Supplements why take them??

I have had a great week basking in all the compliments but I still have 7 kilos to go…A pound off this week…But I am so pleased that my long term eating plan is working…

I try really hard and Sally’s series of where the recipes I have made with the Vitamins for that week has made me think…I know roughly which foods to eat and which foods have Vit C for example but some of the other vitamins I have learnt a lot from Sally and know my food much better…Sally has also struggled over the years and is now on top of it by healthy eating…Between the two us we can help you…Need to increase your B3?

What foods contain B3 and how to cook them…This is just one example of how we can help…

green foot prints eco system

I am also very much more conscious of my foods carbon footprint and buy local or we grow some things as much as I can be…Also because as you know if you read all my posts that not only do I cook as healthily as I can while at the same time I enjoy the odd doughnut or piece of chocolate…I don’t as I have said many times leave out any food groups I concentrate on buying mindfully and not buying highly processed foods often at all…I eat smaller portions than I did and eat some foods with moderation in mind…I also practise intermittent fasting…

I have also stopped having my daily sundowners it has been since Feb…Which has also helped with my weight loss…I did, however, have two lovely cocktails when I met my son in Bangkok the other week and even had a G & T…Which I thoroughly enjoyed…

The reason I have added the statement… Why take supplements is two-fold…I don’t take supplements…End of…I sort of have a thing about tablet or medicine taking…If I have a headache which is not often I don’t reach for the pills…I make sure I drink plenty of water and if necessary I would lay down for a while…Pills are a last resort for me…

The last time I took any supplements was after I had my operation and I was put on HRT…not happily I will add but my doctor (he was) a handsome man…took my hand and patted it and said basically just take them…I did for a couple of months until I had recovered enough to start researching…There was so much at the time on HRT in the newspapers on TV everywhere…So I weaned myself off the tablets I cannot remember exactly what I took… I know Vit E was one of them…I haven’t looked back…I didn’t have noticeable menopause symptoms…My friends hate me for that..No hot flushes for this girl…

All I am saying is if I thought I was lacking in something and needed to take a vitamin pill then I would…After I had exhausted other avenues by that I mean a diet change maybe.

I know big pharma is a big money-making business as are diets and many other things…I also dislike blatant profiteering and money making at the cost of either health or the environment…

This first tablet was drawn to my attention by one of my friends shall we say little outburst…

Krill Oil Tablets…

The Norwegian name for Krill is Whale Food…Whales, Penguins and Seals are probably the largest predators and there are 100’s of smaller animals who depend on Krill who are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans. Since the 1970’s the Krill population has declined by 80%…Scientists believe it is Global warming and also overfishing…The further decline in the Krill population may result in the decline of the Penguin population for without Krill the Penguins wouldn’t survive…

My take on all this is these celebrity doctors and the ilk always have to have a new “better ” product to peddle…They are getting cute and before we ask it is always sustainable …They are also good at peddling outright lies…The cost also well if anyone has that sort of money surely they can find a worthy cause to donate to…

The second way to make me raise my eyebrows was just because of the sheer marketing etc…

After Drink supplement for people who drink…

3 tablets before you go out and 3 tablets when you get home …All it promises is LESS of a hangover…Oh, and they contain 25 vitamins…Can you hear the sarcasm creeping in…Hark! But because it has they only say mentioned in some online publications and some dubious news outlets we should all be queuing up to buy them…

I could write more but I am bored now…I did my research and came to the conclusion that no tablet if you drink that much, is going to prevent the hangover and I have a better solution…

Hangtown Fry:

What an intriguing name? It is a type of omelette with the original and most common version being made of Oysters, bacon, and eggs which sounds like a wonderful combo to me. It was originally made famous in the Californian Gold Rush in the 1850s there are also many tales surrounding this dish from prisoners on death row ordering one as their last meal knowing that the Oysters have to be shipped in so many tales I am sure there is a book somewhere…

One of these omelettes or drinking pickle juice apparently helps…

I am guessing now I think unless it is absolutely necessary that by reading Sally’s posts with my recipes on all the vitamins you could be deficient in.. we can help…What are your thoughts on supplements?

A healthy diet has helped me in many ways… yes I have to think about what I eat and cook also shop but I am in charge of my life and body no one else..Me…

So please if nothing else don’t buy Krill Oil Tablets…Thank you for sticking with me through my little rant …This helps reduce the stress levels you know…haha..Laughter also helps …Good food and laughter never hurt anyone…xxx

lady feet weighing scales

Next week I will be back on track with some recipes to help you whittle away those lbs ready for your summer holidays…Although I know in some countries the sun is a little sparse…That is one thing I would if I could bottle and send you…Enjoy your week and be mindful …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…

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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… No More Diets…

Welcome to this week’s Healthy Eating…

How has your week been? Good or bad? Mine has gone well…I will get this over with my first sourdough loaf is cooked, eaten and was divine…I was so chuffed at the lovely comments I received…Of course, I had to sample it in the name of quality control and with proper butter as well…haha…

It was lovely I thoroughly enjoyed it…No guilt…Just pure enjoyment…It was healthy( wholemeal) grass-fed butter and my home baked bread …I savoured every mouthful…

Hubby ate the rest either a sandwich or toasted…

Sourdough Wholemeal loaf

The rest of the week has been just normal healthy eating and walking which has increased due to 2 factors one is that our granddaughter is staying with us for 8 weeks( school ) holiday and two my smartwatch is keeping tabs on my steps…The daily recommended guidelines are 10,000 steps which sounds a lot but doable…

As you know I advocate eating healthy balanced meals I don’t believe in cutting out food groups like meat, most fruits or pasta/rice/potatoes…I do believe we should avoid or eat little highly processed foods, food with added sugars, we should choose good quality cooking oils, avoid excessive intake of high mercury fish like tuna…Alcohol enjoy just not in excess. 

For me, that is easy to follow and coupled with the 16/8 intermittent fasting and exercise I am seeing results.

That hasn’t always been the case...At this moment I am the lightest I have been for a good few years …I have also accepted I will never be the weight I was when I married… More fat on a chip my husband used to say…haha

Life happened, I got married, I had kids… I ate what they didn’t, I worked and shopped in my lunch hour and while queuing to pay eyed the strategically placed sweets by the till ( those stores) know how to tempt one don’t they? The mums and friends who mean well…Just have one…That won’t hurt…

box four doughnuts iced

I feel your pain I know what you have been through or going through so does my friend Sally…Who is a Certified Nutritionist and knows the pitfalls and curve balls life throws at us …Both of us have struggled with weight at times during our lives …

It ain’t easy and while I may make it appear to be …I have eaten my share of what I shouldn’t and moderation did not come into it…I am now older and wiser…haha…Believe what you will…But I have realised I need to cherish this body as it is the one and only one I have or will have…Better late than never…

How to manage people…The well-meaning ones of course…

And remember…Losing weight is not a sprint, it is a marathon and your mental and emotional attitude towards the project is a key factor in your successful weight loss.

Sally’s posts are both informative with a little humour and she will tell you it is not easy she knows but I will let her tell you her story…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/16/smorgasbord-health-column-size-matters-the-sequel-before-you-get-started-managing-people-environment/

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Stuck for Recipes? Need some inspiration?…

Honey…Nectar of the Gods and so good for us…Sally will tell you the why and I will provide the recipes…Enjoy!

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/smorgasbord-health-rewind-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-honey-nectar-of-the-gods/

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Diets come and go...Faddy things aren’t they? Mostly a flash in the pan and not sustainable…A new one has arisen…A hybrid of the Paleo diet and the Vegan diet…All the good bits…The Pegan Diet…

I know it just had to happen, didn’t it?

The basics of the Pegan Diet…3/4 vegetables and 1/4 meat/fish @ each meal, the meat/fish from good quality sources…( no hormones and antibiotics)…It focuses on eating more fibre and low glycemic index fruits, eliminating sugar, dairy unless it comes from ( goat/sheep) products eating little or no highly processed foods thus avoiding foods produced using chemicals and pesticides…eliminating legumes except for lentils…

Great in theory and first glance and sounds similar to what I believe in however it is quite restrictive and would need some planning and the bottom line is we need a Healthy Balanced Diet…No eliminating essential foods… It seems to me that the people who market and promote all these diets think they have to come up with something new all of the time and I suppose celebrity endorsements don’t help that trend…

Frankly just because a celebrity endorses a product doesn’t mean it works…No one size fits all, no one’s lifestyle is the same as Fred’s next door we are all individuals with different needs, Stress levels, family commitments, work commitments so much factors into the equation…

Healthy Eating is a lifestyle choice and takes time to adjust…You will have blips or bad days/weeks but it is how you deal with it…

We just need to eat sensible, normal healthy foods and a balanced diet…Most of the time.

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Smartwatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

I am still impressed with my new toy…I will say it keeps me focused…

So far I use the step counter…It does have other functions like running and workouts but I enjoy walking …The recommended daily steps are 10,000 which is doable…..Last Thursday I achieved 14,000 plus steps in one day…I was out and about doing kids things and shopping so although tired it was a revelation as to how many steps I did do that day…An average day for me is 6-7000 I am working on getting to 10,000 more often…

The other function I love is the sleep function...

lady sleeping

It shows 3 levels, Deep sleep, light sleep and Rem sleep plus gives you the normal range and tells you where you are in that either normal, high or low. Plus it gives your overall hours of sleep, how many times you woke up with an explanation of your total hours of sleep and how long you were in the stages and what happens to your body while you are in each stage of sleep…

It also offers an explanation as to what causes any changes and how you can remedy it with links to other sites for further info.

I am finding this really interesting as I am gradually seeing a pattern forming and am realising which factors are influencing my sleep for example what I am doing prior to sleep or what I have been drinking as I don’t eat after 8pm.

It also tells me my heart rate …An explanation can also be found on heart rates.

What I do find amusing is the little green man who buzzes and waves at me when I have been inactive for a while…

It also has other functions which I don’t use yet or may not as I purchased this mainly to keep a little eye on my health. Which while it may not be exactly spot on but accurate as these can be but as the watch is on your pulse give or take a few beats it is accurate enough for me…

Thank you for reading and please tell me in comments your thoughts if you have a smartwatch…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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

 

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

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