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

No more tofu

Here we are again and my posts about Obesity around the world and the causes has finished not quite on the note I hoped and was it an eye-opener? …If I am honest…NO!… And Yes…How does that make me feel? It makes me very sad that the greed of big manufacturers, businesses and governments knows no bounds…

It makes me wonder why…Yes, why? We let them do this… I think that we are complacent, that if it doesn’t directly affect us…We do nothing…

Then smack, Bang, Wallop… How did that happen???

We all need to wake up…smell the coffee… Question what we don’t understand whether it affects us or not because one day it will…If it doesn’t already it will affect our children…Our grandchildren…Future generations… someone’s child, someone’s mum, someone’s dad…Just someone!

What can we do???

We can take charge we can be in charge of our own bodies our own destinies and yes some things we cannot change but maybe if we change our eating habits we can lessen the effects of poor choices… of a bad diet…

Are YOU willing to try???

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Let’s do this for ourselves our families and Let’s kick these big companies into touch…Lets cook from scratch…Let’s check where our food comes from…Let’s try… Let’s say NO! To fast food…Let’s say NO! To processed food…

I want you to tell me and everyone who reads this what you are doing…Join in…Do a guest post…I dare you…I invite you…

What works for you? What has made your condition A) Go away B) Ease your symptoms..??

This is my challenge to YOU…

What am I going to do? I am going to try Tofu…Have a couple of meat-free days a week…I hope some of you will send me some of your tried and tested recipes I can post on here…Give me your opinions on Tofu…I have none…I don’t eat it…I don’t cook with it…

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But I have bought some and it sits in my fridge and I am going to try it… I am meeting opposition…The men…They love their meat BUT they have promised to try it…Will they be biased? I am going to make this dish as tasty as I can …We will see…Will I like it will they like it???

What are you going to do?

My parting words… I love food…I love good food… I believe you can eat what you like and be healthy…I believe in moderation…I bet you were wondering when my favourite word was going to creep in…haha

I love walking…I walk a lot…I don’t like jumping about like a lunatic to music or someone shouting… We all know we should exercise… Find your favourite exercise it doesn’t have to be costly gyms unless that is your thing… But it does have to be enjoyable…You have to love what you do and eat… Then you will be healthy…

Until next week and Tofu xxx

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Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… The US.

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Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back on or spend the rest of your life eating foods which you don’t really enjoy but they are supposed to be good for you… Well, to hell with all that!

Life is for living…Food is for enjoying…

What I have decided to do is some comparisons …It started with a headline about obesity. Country by country and percentages and then I got to thinking about the difference in lifestyles and options or just what we have always eaten..But then those stats began to make sense to me…

Today I am looking at the eating habits of the US who are at numero 19 with a percentage of 33.7%

Yes, I know… I said I was comparing the top and bottom of the table…I got ahead of myself…It is next weeks POST and then back to normal…Sorryeeee

I have family in the US and loved all my holidays I spent there albeit they were a few years ago now and I suspect much has changed…

I still remember the portions though and how a doggy bag was the norm…Something which was foreign to us Brits and I suspect still is to many people.

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The breakfast buffets were my favourite but I still have vivid memories of how high some piled their plates and went back numerous times for a refill… How anyone could eat that amount of food is beyond me …A plate piled high actually turns me off eating…

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I have also REALISED from comments made in the media, by fellow bloggers who live in the US  about processed foods and I am shocked by how many chemicals and pesticides which are banned in other countries are still being allowed in the food chain…

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I have just finished reading barring the charts and links  Food Forensics… A fascinating and scary insight into what goes into food in the US and the consequences to the health of Americans is horrendous… Chemicals which are banned in other countries.

So what do my American cousins eat for breakfast… Cooked tomatoes now as we always asked for ours to be cooked which was a great source of amusement but once tried by my cousins..they much prefer cooked tomatoes with their bacon…

Biscuits( scones), grits, crispy bacon, eggs, sausage, hash browns, cold tomatoes( hot) ham steaks, breakfast meats on the list is endless…cinnamon toast being my favourite…

Lunch and dinner… Meat and processed foods…hamburger-1281855_1280

One-third of the nation is obese and that figure is rising ..recent stats are scary…40% of the population are living with one or more chronic diseases most of which are preventable and 75% of healthcare costs are due to chronic diseases…

My question? why is this not being addressed more robustly …Answers on a postcard as we all know why!

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Although exercise is on the increase the obesity rate is still growing and the number one cause of death is Heart Disease…

There is so much engineered hyperpalatable junk food and such aggressive marketing aimed at kids it is no wonder…

I dread to think when I look at The Cook Islands and why they hold the top spot on the obesity chart… what on earth do they eat… I probably could hazard a good guess…

What is the world coming to this little exercise of mine has opened my eyes even wider and I am appalled at the fact that due to greed on the part of governments and manufacturers despite rising national obesity rates and health costs THEY still do nothing …

The mind boggles as to how much their profits, backhanders or under the table dealings raise and swell their coffers that the people they are meant to serve and protect do not get their protection.

We all need to wake up and smell the coffee and HELP ourselves because no other bugger will!

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Thank you for reading and I do hope you are enjoying this little series if so please hit the share button.

I would apologise for my rant but I won’t … I care about my health I have but one body and I am appalled at how little most governments and manufacturers display absolute contempt for my health, my families and friends health…How many dear friends and family have suffered and or died because of all these chemicals in our diets …Yes, I know some things we cannot prevent …Most we can…

So no apologies for caring… I love you all xxx

Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… France.

No more Diets France

 

Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back on or spend the rest of your life eating foods which you don’t really enjoy but they are supposed to be good for you… Well, to hell with all that!

Life is for living…Food is for enjoying…

So what I have decided to do is some comparisons …It started with a headline about obesity …Country by country and percentages and then I got to thinking about the difference in lifestyles and options or just what we have always eaten..But then those stats began to make sense to me…

Today I am looking at the eating habits of the French…

France sits at numero 66 with a % of 23.9%.

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It has been many years since my last visit to France and they have always been in the forefront for food and wines and are known for beautiful raw milk artisan cheeses and of course bread. Their pastries include macarons, croissants so many the choice is mind-blowing and waist-expanding…

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The French are among the slimmest race in Europe… But…Obesity is on the increase.

Their food has fewer preservatives than most countries and home cooking is high on the agenda as is buying from local farmers and markets…Although fast food outlets are on the increase the French mainly stick to their values and eating together as families and work colleagues are mainly still the norm.

Although the large supermarkets and out-of-town stores have longer opening hours  locally shops are only open Mon through to Saturdays with Sundays being closed or only open until noon thus leaving the afternoon for a leisurely family lunch which can last for over 2 hours..this is much like the Thai way of eating  where food is meant to be enjoyed and you sit at a table and eat, children are also expected to eat what the adults eat you will not see children’s menus here or very few because of that practice…Good eating habits are taught from an early age no picky eaters here…

The French also eat smaller portions and very rarely snack…They have a sweet time around 4pm when the children come out of school called “Le gouter ” which is a daily ritual and never missed. You may also find adults eating something sweet in a cafe at this time.

Walking and cycling are encouraged here in France and my abiding memory is lots of bikes and people walking…So why the increase in obesity?

Maybe the youngsters are spending more time online and tending to snack more …I don’t know sometimes these things just creep up on you …don’t they? Pretty much like us really we adopt a sensible eating plan and then maybe a snack or two creeps in and before we know it those pounds creep back on.

What do the French traditionally eat? 

Duck and rabbit are still eaten and like the English and the Thais, most or all of the animal is eaten…Escargots snails in Garlic, Coq Au Vin, Beef Bourguignon, Onion Soup, Croissants, Macarons, Creme Brule( one) of my favourite desserts so many meals which are known and eaten around the world…

French Cuisine is one of the best with the main meal being midday and it is very rare the French go out for drinks they go out to Dinner.

Although the French are renowned for their love of wine still or sparkling water is the preferred accompaniment to a meal although many still drink wine although the wine glasses are smaller than you would find elsewhere around the world. It is also rare to see fizzy drinks or a pint of beer on the dinner table.

Overall I do think that the French have a healthy attitude to food with their three meals a day plus the Le Gouter ( sweet) treat, smaller portions and no snacking. They have 3-course meals starter, main and dessert and maybe a cheese course so I suppose you wouldn’t need to snack…Would you??? Kids they are expected to eat the same as the adults so again no picky eaters allowed… Plus walking or riding a bike is good exercise..

Before I go  I hope you have enjoyed the insight into how the French eat and what they eat…

I have been shocked this week…I was browsing the internet as we do and came across what I thought were absolutely ludicrous claims ” Lose 40 lbs in 4 weeks and all without having a limb amputated…Really??

Mix baby oil and camphor rub into your belly fat and watch it disappear… Really???

Well if you take a daily walk you would lose belly fat and much more…I did…Why would I want to smell like a pine tree ???

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Does anyone seriously …read this crap and do it???

If anyone doesn’t get the meaning of a pink pig flying it is an English saying when we don’t believe something …Oh, Look! A pink pig just flew past!

Fads don’t work…Healthy Eating…No snacking every hour and exercise …THAT WORKS!

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