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Healthy Eating…My personal journey…No fads just commonsense…

Good morning from sunny Thailand…For quite a while now I have spoken about healthy eating and have told you about my weight loss but not in any depth and some of you may think yeah, yeah…

This week (and) I have never liked my photos taken… there are not many of me which I really like…But on this post I am baring all ( not) quite..haha…for those who thought ..You wouldn’t …haha…That would be too much information…

I wasn’t an overweight child or teenager…my weight piled on when I had my kids…Then began the yo-yo years…I fluctuated from 8 stone nothing to 16 stone something… I tried many diets some more successful than others…I tried many types of exercises…What did I learn from all that? I hate aerobics…I hate being in a class full of sweaty bodies…

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I discovered walking…No sweaty bodies…I can free my mind…I see more of life and people…The furthest I have walked …26.2 miles …I completed the London Moon Walk…Whether you run or walk 26.2 miles is a marathon…I did it! A few years ago now but I did it!

Now to bare all…Never before published pictures of moi…

Before…

The one on the right is me at my heaviest…I will now go through what I eat instead of what I did…No fads, not a diet, just commonsense…Eat this…Not that!

We see so much in the press and media or supermarket ads ...It is a minefield ..so I am going through what I have learnt and apply to what I eat…Also what I feed my family as everyone likes different foods…

Breakfast  Cereals…

I will use granola as an example…It conjures up that healthy image as it contains nutritious nuts, seeds, oats and fruit…It also contains more sugar than a can of coke…

Porridge, shredded wheat or Weetabix are what we eat…

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If you really like granola and my family does sometimes then make your own…you then control what is in it and it will most likely be cheaper…  It takes 5 minutes to make and makes enough for 4 servings…

For the granola

  • 100 g organic bran
  • 150 g organic jumbo porridge oats
  • 25 g sesame seeds
  • 100 g walnuts
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 5 tbsp maple syrup
  • 100 g  mixed fruit, such as Medjool dates and cherries.

Serve with …Greek yoghurt( not ) greek style yoghurt, fresh blueberries, pear, apple, kiwis, pineapple, mango any fresh fruit of your choice just chopped, cored and if necessary peeled.

Mayonnaise …I do buy it sometimes… although time permitting I make my own…

Light means lighter…RIGHT?

By law food to be labelled light, lite or lighter, reduced fat or low fat must in the UK be 30% lighter than the full-fat product in the US it is 50% or more calories from fat are required to have a 50% reduction of fat in light versions. Translated it means if the original product is high in fat the light version may still contain a lot of fat…So it could still be high in fat and also higher in added sugar to enhance the taste because there is less fat…

Well…After all that malarky…I just opt for the normal version as considering how much and how often I eat it…which is not often…I do not want to skimp on flavour…

All this low-fat is better than the high-fat trend is now proving that after all these years of telling us to eat low fat or no fat… to have been not true…We are now being told it is the type of fat, polyunsaturated fats are good fats…Trans fats are bad…

What are the worst trans fat offenders?

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In no particular order…Deep-fried Food, Pie Crust, Margarine, Shortening, Microwave popcorn, Animal fat and dairy, Store brought cakes and Cookies, Biscuits, Creamy frozen Drinks( Dairy Queen), Crackers, Non-dairy Creamers, pancake/waffle mixes…Basically, deep-fried fast foods, processed foods, packet mixes, store-bought cakes and biscuits all sugary processed foods…

What do I do…Cook from scratch…limit animal fat and dairy although in animal fat it is naturally occurring trans fat and in smaller amounts….This is where my favourite word keeps popping up…Moderation…Most of the above foods you can cook from scratch at home or use a healthier alternative…

It is all about knowing what the food you like to eat contains…Yes, it means a bit of research but if you want to lose weight and or be healthier …so be it!

What fats can you eat?… Not all fats are bad…

There are lots of good, tasty fresh foods which we can eat…Oily fish, salmon, sardines, mackerel, avocado, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, Olive oil, coconut oil, rapeseed oil, Butter(grass-fed), meat and cheese( in moderation).

Sugar… is labelled in many different ways…

I came across coconut flower sugar and syrup the other week…It was in the smallest of glass jars with a healthy-looking labelled and the price tag wasn’t healthy but a tad on the high side…

I didn’t buy it but did come home and do my research…Sugar is sugar and they may be natural and unrefined and just slightly better for you but …It’s Sugar! Added sugars are even worse…

What do I do...I never take sugar in drinks anyway but I do restrict foods high in sugar i.e chocolate…sweets…sodas…yoghurts…fast food…cereal bars…cereals, sauces…milkshakes…grape juice…These I limit or avoid…

Fresh Vegetables…we eat lots of fresh vegetables either steamed or raw …

I know many people don’t eat as much as they should of fresh vegetables …Maybe they juice and just swallow because quite frankly some of those juice options are pretty awful I would rather eat the fresh vegetables…You will never get your 5 a day by juicing and juicing also means you lose some of the fibre. We need fibre in our diet…Don’t we?

Oil…

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I use different oils depending on what I am making or cooking…My main ones are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Nut Oils or Ghee…There are so many different oils but check on which is the healthiest oil depending on what you are making no one size fits all with oil as they all have different burning points.

Salt…

The debate lingers on and opinions are still divided…I use locally produced salt and always taste before adding extra…As it is very hot and humid here we need to keep our salt levels up…

I do however limit my intake of cured meats, pickles, table salt, crisps and savoury snacks…

Eggs…

Again eggs have been the subject of many warnings over the years it all depends on how many you eat and how you cook them…If you are eating fried eggs every day with other fried foods, of course, you will gain weight…If you poach, make a cloud egg or boil your eggs then they are much healthier I also think it enhances the taste of the egg…

Alcohol…

The biggest contributor to my weight loss has been reducing the alcohol I drink…which of course included the soda…double whammy…The common consensus is that a good red wine benefits your health again …every day?…

I will tell you a little story…One of my besties worked in a bar for many years if she served you a drink in her home it was a pub measure…None of the just take the top off and pour which more often than not is what most people do…I know I did…

She had a health problem and went to the doctors who arranged for blood tests…The outcome was that although she measured her 2 evening drinks it was effecting her liver…To say she was upset is putting it mildly as we both knew people who drank far more without any apparent health problems…

The bottom line is we are all individuals and have different tolerance levels…her tolerance level to a regular sundowner was lower than mine…It took longer for my regular sundowners to have an effect on my health but they did eventually…Cutting right down to an occasional drink has proved beneficial in many ways for me…I sleep better and have lost a lot of weight…

Water…

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I always make sure I drink plenty of water and green tea…Although green tea does contain caffeine depending on the type /variety of green tea it does vary…I drink No.12 Oolong green tea which is lower in caffeine than some of the others…

Cheat days/weekends…

I have always advocated that eating healthy doesn’t mean deprivation or cardboard foods and never eating that burger, pizza or doughnut again…

Make sure you plan your cheat …Plan when and what you are going to eat…Most experts agree that one cheat day per week is sufficient. It’s a good idea to line up that cheat meal on a weekend or social occasion. By planning your cheat meal, you know what you’ll be eating and can cut a few extra calories earlier in the day…

By planning you can pick a favourite food or meal instead of just raiding the fridge randomly or running up and down the sweet or cake aisle and just picking up anything…

If you are going out for a meal and planning to splurge …pick what it is going to be…Will it be the breadbasket…dessert or a few cocktails? Focus on one and enjoy it without going overboard…If it is the lovely bread basket opt for that dessert next time…

In all honesty, I could not splurge on all three now…I just couldn’t eat all that…One cocktail would fill me up…As you lose weight your taste buds change and the amount you can comfortably eat diminishes… 

So don’t cheat when you are famished, cheat in moderation and plan…

You can minimize the damage of a cheat meal the day of your feast by being careful about what you eat maybe reduce the carbs and eat a nice big salad with boiled eggs instead of potato… or fast before the meal. In other words, if you’re cheating at dinnertime, move your first meal to later in the day (lunchtime). Reducing the number of hours you’ll be eating not only saves you calories, but it also shifts your body into a fat-burning state.

To summarise…After picture…Not a great one… I will try to get a better one…

Me sept 3rd 2019

I don’t starve myself but I know what I eat and what it contains…I practise intermittent fasting as it works for me…I have mainly reduced my alcohol massively and soda…I have increased my green tea consumption.

I eat very little processed foods and cook from scratch…I don’t eat low-fat foods I just enjoy proper food but moderate my intake.

I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.

My main carb is rice, I eat little bread, pasta or potatoes mainly because I prefer rice or sweet potatoes…I do like nice bread so as a treat I make sourdough or soda bread. Pasta I eat maybe once a month the same with white potatoes they are not my favourite carbs.

My total weight loss from beginning to end is 6 stone or 38.10 kilograms…All done by just increasing my walking and cutting down alcohol, soda and processed foods…I feel much better and my aim is to lose another half a stone …I thought 1 stone but have been outvoted by my family…We will see how I feel and what happens…

I hope this helps many of you as I do not ban anything…I eat what I fancy just not all at once or on a regular basis but if I want some pork crackling or a donut I will have one…It is all about what you eat and how much…It is about knowing your food and your body…It is about being sensible and not binging all day and every day…We are indeed what we eat…

Both myself and Sally from Smorgasbord cover lots of subjects and foods and help with understanding how different foods help you maintain good health…You don’t need expensive foods or diets just commonsense and knowledge…All you need to do is keep an open mind, fads, diets and food fashions are consistently changing. Scientific research frequently disproves previously held beliefs, diets and lifestyles…Think low-fat…

What works for one person because of their individual body shape, metabolism, DNA or underlying health condition may not work for another person.

A healthy balanced diet with moderate amounts of the bad foodstuff coupled with regular exercise is your best chance of staying well…

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Healthy Eating

That’s all for today I hope your healthy eating is going well…I hope these tips will help guide you through your healthy eating and weight loss journey…

If you have any particular diagnosed dietary requirements or deficiences then Sally’s and my new series starts on Wednesday with Calcium and Magnesium deficiencies…Sally with her vast nutritional knowledge and I provide the recipes.

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 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 lovely week, stay safe  xx

 

 

Sushi Secrets

I am not the biggest Sushi fan….But I suspect it is because I haven’t eaten the best sushi..I read this post very early this morning and it is a brilliant post on where to sit and what to do to have the best Sushi experience…So if you are like me..You will learn how to get The best sushi experience of your life.

When people think of Japanese food, Sushi is usually the first thing that comes to mind. Much of Sushi’s worldwide popularity can be attributed to people like my mother who, back in the Swinging Sixties, opened the first Japanese restaurant in Europe. Needless to say, that little restaurant located in St. Christopher’s Place in London, and her subsequent restaurants, became extremely popular, attracting the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.Back then, getting fish from Japan air-flown in was hardly an option, so she had to source locally. If you ever eat Sushi, chances are you will order salmon (sake). Historically, salmon was not part of the repertoire of Sushi chefs back in Japan since the meat can often host parasitic larvae. But with the abundance of salmon readily available in the U.K., my mother put it on the menu and encouraged patrons to eat the tiny morsals with accompanying wasabi and marinated slices of ginger (gari). Many people think that gari is served perhaps to cleanse the palate but it’s purpose was in fact to kill any harmful parasites that can exist in raw fish since gari has anti-microbial properties. These days, salmon can be found in almost every sushi restaurant, but there are still a handful of sushi restaurants in Japan that do not serve it.When I take non-Japanese clients for sushi, I am often surprised at how they order, usually going straight for the medium fatty tuna (Chūtoro) and salmon. So I usually take control and order for them, and they often end up having the best meal of their lives.So here are a few tips to having the best Sushi experience.Make a reservation and ask for a counter seat – Do not take a table seat since very often sushi served at tables will have been prepared by junior chefs (itamae).When you enter the restaurant, if available, try to sit yourselves down on the far right side of the counter. Very often sushi bars will have two chefs out front. The Master is usually on the right and handles clients on the right. The seats on the right are usually for regulars, but if available, snatch them quickly so you get the Master.Most likely the daily menu will be written in Japanese on wooden boards behind the counter, but no doubt you will be handed an English menu. Refuse the menu politely and tell the Master “Omakase shimasu” which means “I leave it up to you”. Now this is not an excuse for them to then serve all the leftovers. The Master will be delighted at your decision and will follow up by serving the very best seasonal dishes that may not actually be on the menu. Very likely he will ask you if there are any items you don’t like, and by all means tell him. He might also ask you if you want to start with Sashimi which is the traditional way to start. This is purely up to you.Now people think that Omakase can be extremely expensive, which is true. But one of the good things about Omakase is that you will never over order and can tell the Master at any time when you have had enough. Omakase is usually served two pieces at a time (or sometimes even just one piece at a time), and at anytime during the meal you can order something that you really like and it will be added to your tab.Finally, there are a couple of items that are rarely on the menu that I always ask for. One is Kamayaki, which are the grilled cheeks of a fish head. In a sushi bar every night they may have two or three fish heads left over, which can be ordered if you are lucky. High-end sushi bars in Japan may set these aside just for their regular clients. The kama part of the word refers to the cheek, or collar as some people like to call it, of the fish head. Typically if you ask for this “off menu” item, the Master will let you know what fish head may be available that night (usually, Buri, Kanpachi, Hamachi or such). The typical way they serve this dish (kama shio-yaki, “shio” meaning salt) would be to salt the cheek and simply grill it over a fire, and then serve it with a wedge of Yuzu (a small traditional Japanese citrus fruit), some ponzu sauce and grated radish (daikon oroshi). I tell you now that the kama is the most overlooked part of the fish, but is a delicacy not only in Japan, but also in many countries from Singapore to Jamaica. And don’t break traditional Japanese etiquette by asking how much it is going to cost before hand. It’ll be surprisingly expensive, but well worth it.The second item rarely found on the menu is Monkfish/Frogfish liver (Ankimo). This liver of one of the ugliest fishes alive is truly a delicacy and in my opinion far better than fois gras. Avoid it like the plague if you are on a budget as Ankimo will likely burn a hole in your wallet.Finally what to drink with your meal. Although even some Japanese order beer to start their meal, once the sushi is being served, they usually switch to Japanese tea, or a chilled dry sake (karakuchi reishu). Avoid fizzy soft drinks and wine, or anything sweet.Once you are close to getting full, I recommend you end the

Source: Sushi Secrets

Beat the Blues with food.

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Updated from 6 months ago ❤

Is depression on the increase? Is medication the answer? Sometimes.

Depression is not caused by just one factor but can WE help ourselves by eating well?

Can we help control our depression by diet?

A new trial from Deakin University http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/media-releases/articles/world-first-trial-shows-improving-diet-can-treat-major-depression  has shown for the first time that improving diet quality can treat major depression.

Just cutting out sugar, caffeine and drinking more water can have a huge effect on our moods.

Well, I don’t know about you but I love good food…

I love proper food, meals the whole family can eat and not pick at, meals I can knock up quickly for one or for 6 people. Food which is not expensive and I can easily obtain or grow myself even if I only have a window box.

1.Dark, leafy greens:

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Thai Spinach:

The healthiest greens on the planet are Kale, high in Vitamins,  folate and potassium with Collard greens, Spinach, Broccoli and sprouts following close behind they all promote good brain function.

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But I don’t like greens.

Just how many times have we heard that and not just from our kids but from some adults also…

Well, let’s introduce them gently and a little sneakily…lol

Mix lightly steamed, thinly sliced collard greens into your mashed potatoes.

Layer your lasagna with spinach which is low in calories and high in vitamins.

Better cooked than raw although great in salads. For the best sprout recipes ever sprouts with garlic, chilli..ha ha snuck that one in…lol

  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/20/our-10-best-brussels-sprouts-recipes  You will never notice you are eating greens.

2.Fish:

Salmon, trout, mackerel, snapper all high in omega 3 oils, they can be grilled, baked or steamed. Packed with protein, vitamins and potassium all healthy for your well-being. As long as you source and buy fish responsibly sourced and not farmed… fish is very good for your health and well-being.

Thai Salmon Trout.

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Ingredients:

180 gm Trout or Salmon fillet.( per person)

For Topping:

1 spring Onion finely chopped.

2/3 stems Coriander chopped finely…I use the stem as well.

1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped help promote the release of pleasure-boosting endorphins in the brain.

1 tbsp Fish Sauce.

A cheek of lime.

Mix ingredients together.

Put fish on foil and spoon topping on reserve some topping to add when serving. Seal foil and put in the oven on 180 for 10/15 mins until cooked.

Serve with steamed rice, boiled new potatoes or over noodles.

3.Walnuts:

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  7 a day may be all it takes to improve your health. The walnut is a little powerhouse packed with Vitamin E, folate, melatonin and omega 3 oils all of which support good brain health.

 

4. Tomatoes

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Packed with lycopene and antioxidants that reduce stress and repair damaged brain cells eating a tomato a day is said to reduce the blues by 52%.

My favourite recipe for sun-dried and beautiful tomatoes and here is how you do it yourself….. https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2015/06/06/yesterday-i-was-clever-so-i-wanted-to-change-the-world-today-i-am-wise-so-i-am-changing-myself-rumi/

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Just words of caution tomatoes are acidic and as with anything moderation is advised because it may cause heartburn in some individuals.

5.Beans:

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 Packed with nutrients copper, folate, magnesium, zinc and calcium.You can use beans in a lovely chilli, salads, add tinned beans to soups and stews. Make a chickpea hummus to dip your veggies in. Beans are a very versatile food  and so healthy for you as this post from the Sally and Carol Cooking from Scratch series  will show you HOW

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6.Berries: 

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Some of the healthiest food on the planet, juicy, brightly coloured, sweet or sour, fresh or frozen add them to smoothies, yoghurt, a compote on porridge, pancake batters or in salads.

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These foods are easily available everywhere and will help decrease depression and work alongside prescribed medication.

Does Junk food shrink your brain??  http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/media-releases/articles/does-junk-food-shrink-your-brain

This study thinks it just might!


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Salmon, Tomatoes and Spinach photos are from my personal photo collections.

All other images are Pixabay and no attribution is required.

 

Healthy Eating…Potassium

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Potassium is vital to our good health and we need to eat enough potassium each day to maintain a healthy body.  Potassium can be found in every one of our bodies cells and plays a major part in our continued good health. Although let us be clear it is not potassium alone which keeps us healthy.

But to feel our best we should eat enough potassium-rich foods every day to help prevent certain chronic conditions. Regularly not eating enough potassium-rich foods could jeopardise our long-term health in many ways.

Recommended daily amounts:

Adults over the age of 19, adolescents between 14 and 18 years old and pregnant women should consume 4,700 milligrams of potassium each day while limiting themselves to 1,500 mg of sodium.says the Food and Nutrition Board. Nursing women over the age of 14 need more: 5,100 milligrams daily.

Please note however and I always stress this …moderation… but too much can be just as damaging to your health.

The body needs a delicate balance of potassium to help the heart and other muscles work properly. But too much potassium in your blood can lead to dangerous, and possibly deadly, changes in heart rhythm.

Home cooking does determine our intake of potassium but boiling depletes potassium. For example, a boiled potato has almost half the potassium of a baked potato. To preserve potassium, eat fruits and vegetables raw,  roasted or lightly steamed.

Food rather than supplements is always a better option for increasing your intake of nutrients as foods contain fibre as well. Let food be thy medicine is my mantra. I just have this thing about supplements of any sort and maybe it is me but I prefer to eat food rather than take a powder or tablet.

I know what is in my food… That’s me, folks …

Here is a little list for you of foods high in potassium:

  • Winter squash, cubed, 1 cup, cooked: 896 mg
  • Sweet potato, medium, baked with skin on 694 mg
  • Potato, medium, baked with skin: 610 mg
  • White beans, canned, drained, half cup: 595 mg
  • Yoghurt, fat-free, 1 cup: 579 mg
  • Halibut, 3 ounces, cooked: 490 mg
  • 100% orange juice, 8 ounces: 496 mg
  • Broccoli, 1 cup, cooked: 457 mg
  • Cantaloupe, cubed, 1 cup: 431 mg
  • Banana, 1 medium: 422 mg
  • Pork tenderloin, 3 ounces, cooked: 382 mg
  • Lentils, half cup, cooked: 366 mg
  • Milk, 1% low-fat, 8 ounces: 366 mg
  • Salmon, Sustainable fishing, 3 ounces, cooked: 326 mg
  • Pistachios, shelled, 1 ounce, dry roasted: 295 mg
  • Raisins, quarter cup: 250 mg
  • Chicken breast, 3 ounces, cooked: 218 mg
  • Tuna, light, canned, drained, 3 ounces: 201 mg
  • Coconut water, 100 gm: 250 mg

I always get my daily fix of coconut water from a little man up the road when I come back from my daily walk it is a most welcome drink as he always has a chilled one for me… I love it and it does you good…just be careful if you buy coconut water in a bottle or can that it doesn’t have added sugar and the like because it then takes it from that healthy coconut water to something that is not so healthy. Just beware and read the labels I never trust claims on the front of the bottle and it should have an ingredient list of one…Coconut water ..pure and simple…

Fresh Coconut

There is nothing like a healthy drink of Coconut juice fresh from the fruit.

If you take prescribed medication, please before you embark on any change of eating plan always ask your doctor or pharmacist about how all of the medications you take affect the potassium levels in your body, and if you need more, or less, of the mineral.

 

If you enjoy these Healthy eating posts please let me know in comments and reblog or share so everyone can see how easy it is to eat healthily it is just being aware… And I love fudge.. or burfee…

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot as of all the medicines laughter is the best….

 

 

 

Foods which can help reduce your cholesterol levels naturally.

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Cholesterol.… there has been so much bad publicity about taking statins, however, if you are taking prescribed medication for your cholesterol please speak to your doctor before you stop taking any prescribed medication.

If your doctor is suggesting that you take medication then now is maybe the time to look at natural ways of reducing your cholesterol before you start medication and it does work as my mum did just that and she got her cholesterol level down and didn’t need medication so diet does work for a lot of people.

Nuts…

If you’re looking for a snack food that lowers your cholesterol levels, research shows that you should get cracking! Ha Ha… In a study published by The Medical Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that people who munched their way through 1.5 oz of whole walnuts 6 days a week for 1 month lowered their total cholesterol by 5.4% and LDL cholesterol by 9.3%. Almonds and Hazelnuts are other great options.

The picture above shows the little cob nuts we used to pick and enjoy at Christmas also known as Hazelnuts they are sweet and incredibly nutritious edible kernels from the “birch” or Betulaceae family of trees.

They are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower LDL or bad cholesterol and raises HDL or good cholesterol.

Spinach…

This popular green food contains lots of lutein, the sunshine-yellow pigment found in dark green leafy vegetables and egg yolks. Research suggests that just ½ cup of a lutein-rich food daily guards against heart attacks by helping artery walls “shrug off” cholesterol invaders that cause clogging.

Just take…

25g butter 

100g fresh breadcrumb

zest of a lemon

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 red chilli, finely chopped

500g spinach…. then melt the butter in a large frying pan add everything except for the spinach. Cook until golden and crunchy. Remove from the pan and put to one side. Add the spinach to the pan and wilt, Stir and season then put in a serving dish and top with the crispy crumbs and serve as a lovely side dish with a pasta or ????? You choose!

You choose!

Fruit……..

Fruits such as apples, citrus fruit, berries, apricots, cherries are high in soluble fibre and pectin both shown to be helpful in lowering cholesterol. A bowl of beautiful fruit in season is just wonderful or make it into a smoothie….I use fresh and frozen fruit for my smoothies, if you have some bananas that are getting too ripe and they do ripen so quickly don’t they?..then pop in a bag ..remove the skin of course and chop into pieces and when you do a smoothie just pop in frozen.

My smoothie recipe....  a couple of strawberries, a banana, a few frozen raspberries and 3 cheeks of lime and about half small glass of coconut milk. I like my drinks a bit tart and I don’t do sweet drinks so if you like yours sweeter you may want to cut the lime a little and add some honey to sweeten but the beauty of the smoothies is anything goes ….you can make them to order.

I also sometimes add a slice of tomato, beetroot( not in vinegar), and carrot…Play with your flavours you will be surprised and you are getting your 5 a day beautifully served in a glass of deliciousness.

If I want it colder and more frozen then I use frozen bananas.

Fatty Fish….

Omega 3 fats found in fish are one of the natural health wonders of the world these fatty acids can lower cholesterol replacing saturated fats with omega-3 like those found in salmon, sardines, and herring can raise good cholesterol as much as 4%.

Do you think that fish looks appetising? It is one of my favourite dinners and so quick and easy to do click here for the recipe     I hope you love it as much as I do. For ease, I buy a piece of fish and portion and freeze it so if you are busy or working you can just take it from the freezer before you leave the house and it is nice and thawed ready to cook when you get home.

Garlic…

Aside from adding zing to almost any dish, garlic makes the list of foods that lower cholesterol; Research also finds that it helps stop artery-clogging plaque at its earliest stage by keeping cholesterol particles from sticking to artery walls.

Oats….

If you are looking to lower your cholesterol then get out the Scotts Porridge Oats.  I grew up on those… a lovely warming bowl before I went out into the cold to walk to school. Yes…shock horror..walk to school…

Now that is another post as I still walk …my longest walk….26.2 miles which is the official length of a marathon and I did it!

Back to that bowl of oats…Eating two servings of oats for breakfast can lower LDL (Bad) cholesterol by 5.3% in only 6 weeks.

The key to this cholesterol buster is beta-glucans, a substance in oats that absorbs LDL, which your body then excretes.

Don’t like porridge then what about some lovely oat biscuits?

Coconut Biscuits

I don’t make biscuits very often..almost never but I food because of the humidity doesn’t last long here it either goes off or the ants take residence. I was guided by the desiccated coconut and the golden syrup which was a gift from afar aka visitors and the rolled oats which I mistakenly bought instead of the porridge oats.

These cookies are my basic recipe and next time will be my experimental recipe I am already planning what I can add to them.

Ingredients:

  • 150gm rolled oats
  • 100gm plain flour
  • 100gm light brown sugar( I used raw sugar)
  • 100gm desiccated coconut
  • 100gm butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp of boiling water.

Let’s Cook!

Set oven to heat at 175C, gas mark 4.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the sugar, flour, coconut and oats mix to combine well.

In a small pan add the butter and golden syrup and melt the butter. meanwhile, bring the kettle to the boil and add two tbsps of boiling water to the bicarbonate of soda in a small cup. Add this to the melted butter/syrup mix. It will foam a little.

Make a well in the centre of your dry mix and pour in the melted butter/syrup mix. Stir to thoroughly combine and it will form a slightly sticky dough.

Roll out balls and put on a baking tray leaving a space as they will spread on cooking ( the mix made 15 balls) Slightly flatten with your hand.

Put in the preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

THE BISCUITS WILL BE SOFT TO THE TOUCH BUT WILL HARDEN ON COOLING.

Don’t make the mistake I made when I first made them and thought they weren’t cooked and gave them another 10 minutes. They were a tad harder than required when they cooled down…haha…I could have built a wall with them…Opppps

Olive Oil…

Good news: This common cooking ingredient can help your health. Olive Oil is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids which lower LDL cholesterol—and have the welcome side effect of trimming belly fat. Use it to make your own salad dressings, marinate chicken and fish, or roast vegetables.

Isn’t healthy eating delicious???

Red Wine….

I love science especially when it tells me that a glass of what I love is healthy for me….It doesn’t get better than that…Does it???

Now, who doesn’t love a good Rioja? Well, those lovely high fibre Tempranillo grapes may well significantly lower our cholesterol levels.

A study by the Department of metabolism and nutrition at University Health News 

Confirmed this …That’s good news a glass of Red wine is beneficial to our health, isn’t it…..Cheers!

 

I hope you enjoy these posts ..my aim is to encourage healthy eating but also to help you realise that most of us only need to tweak our diets a little as much of what we eat is good for us as long as we buy fresh produce or grow our own… don’t buy processed foods but hey I don’t buy processed foods and we eat well…I also have a budget and buy foods in season, on special offer, if it is something I use, we swap vegetables and fruit here so if I have too much of something I share it with my family or neighbours and they do likewise.

Just a few little adjustments sometimes make so much difference.

I could tell you about so much more…name everything which helps lower your cholesterol…It would be akin to War and Peace BUT I want you to use google, ask and decide for yourself what you want to cook and what you want to buy……If only 1 person does this then I will be a happy bunny.

 

And if you think I am being too frivolous as health is a serious subject……..Laughter is also good for your health.

Until next time…Stay safe, laugh a lot, have a glass of red wine and  ASK a question.

 

Medicine Woman’s Larder – Salmon – A plate of Omega 3

A lovely easy to read and understand article on one of my favorite foods and do I not always give you a recipe when I can?..my favorite Salmon dish served with great advice from Sally 🙂 https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/i-cook-with-wine-sometimes-i-even-add-it-to-the-food-w-c-fields/

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Medicine Womans larder

Much of the salmon available today comes from fisheries and conditions and feed of these farmed fish have improved through regulation in recent years. However, I am not convinced by the publicity and prefer to eat fish that has been caught in the ocean and to me there is definitely a difference in the taste of this salmon. You can buy ocean caught fish frozen or fresh, but be prepared as Salmon prices have been higher in the last couple of years due to longer winters and shorter fishing seasons in the north.

There is always some concern about the levels of mercury in fish and studies indicate that ocean caught salmon from the northern seas and rivers have levels that are considered to be low and safe for more regular consumption.

Salmon has been on my ‘must eat’ list for a long time and in this day and age…

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