Healthy Eating…No to diets…Eat yourself slim…

No more...Diets Healthy eating

Welcome to No More Diets …Just healthy eating and of course moderation… I think it is time many of us woke up and realised that many of the chronic diseases today are caused by our lifestyles and what we eat… We are allowing these manufacturers to get away with murder as that is what it can amount to…Gone are the days when we could buy food safe in the knowledge that it was good for us…

We may be busy and work 24/7 or not have much money to spare but healthy eating requires thought and action and need not be expensive.

The kids don’t like vegetables or salad or ?????

If they are hungry they will eat… If they help grow or prepare and cook their food…They are more likely to eat it… We need to be sneaky as parents…Yep, you heard…A slice of tomato or beetroot, a piece of carrot in their smoothie and they won’t know they will just love the taste…Who doesn’t love a smoothie?? But it gets that veg down them and as they get older …tell them the truth…

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/03/20/tropical-sunshine-in-a-glass-take-5/

Generally, fussy parents begat fussy kids so before you say you don’t like something think you might be making your kids even fussier!

Where to start???

I would start by clearing my food cupboards, fridge and freezer… Read the packets, look up the words you don’t know do a little research, learn how they affect the human body and our kids, learn what chronic diseases they are linked to…Take charge…Decide what preservatives and chemicals you or your children shouldn’t be exposed to… Know what foods they are in… Boycott those foods…Don’t buy them…

Think about what your foods and drinks come in… I no longer buy tinned tomatoes as the white coating inside the tin is known to leach into the food…I make my own save lots of money and freeze in portions. Plastic is also a big no no in my house and here’s why…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/06/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-news-the-hormone-mimic-in-plastic-and-inside-food-cans/

But before you start thinking that I am paranoid and don’t eat anything nice …I am as regards what is in my food but we love the food we eat, we eat healthily, we eat good food and chocolate …sometimes it is too hot and sticky here for chocolate though and that sort of puts me off but I love ice cream…

You can eat the food you love maybe with a healthier tweak or two and a bit of moderation but there is nothing I deprive myself of at all…

So you clear your cupboards and the kids are moaning because they really love something you have chucked out…. Look up the recipe… You will be as surprised as I am just how easy most things are to make and they don’t take long…

For example:-

Peanut Butter: How many of you love peanut butter?? How many of you have kids who love peanut butter??

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Shop bought Peanut butter contains...Roasted Peanuts, Soybean Oil, Corn Maltodextrin, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Cotton Seed And Rapeseed Oil), Salt, Mono And Diglycerides. 

Homemade Peanut Butter contains… Roasted Peanuts, Oil ( of your choice) Salt.

Well, a difference in ingredients there isn’t there?? Below is my recipe and it is so easy to do and the taste is so much better… If the kids like the chocolate swirl some in..easy.my recipe explains it all ♥

Peanut butter is the easiest thing to make and takes 15-20 minutes the kids can help it is easy and NO nasties…

So many store-bought products are so easy to make, generally much cheaper and no it doesn’t have the shelf life but what cost is a long shelf life when that jar full of preservatives would probably outlive you if you do not start doing something.

Start small and think about what you can do...I am not saying never ever eat a burger again…I am saying make your own.

Living here has forced my hand somewhat but also opened my eyes to how much I can make easily, cheaper and that is better for our health. I don’t spend hours in the kitchen it is too damn hot…

I plan…

I make extra and freeze into portions…ideal if you work all you need to do is spend a Saturday once a month and plan and freeze.

It will save you precious time and money and you will be healthier. Do you live in an inner city as many of you do and don’t get so many bargains or have a garden… I haven’t always had a huge garden…I grew potatoes in bags and veg in pots or hanging baskets so many ideas online…Only got a balcony ??? Even if you only grow fresh herbs and tomatoes it is a start. Many places now in inner cities are using rooftops and they have amazing gardens…Communal gardens ask around to see if there are any schemes you can join or start your own. All you need is a small area with a few willing hands also an ideal way to make friends and learn about gardening etc.

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https://www.pps.org/article/beyond-food-community-gardens-as-places-of-connection-and-empowerment

Container gardening is very popular now and if you have sunny window sill then it is ideal to grow your favourite herbs …Strawberries grow well in hanging baskets and look lovely… Go on Pinterest to get ideas and use anything an old wheelbarrow even an old WC pan anything and it makes the place look so pretty.

https://www.almanac.com/content/container-gardening-vegetables

How useful did you find the post on Tofu last week I found it useful as I knew absolutely nothing but thanx to Victoria I now know more about tofu…If I am honest I am never probably going to be the biggest fan but I will persevere and the lovely Esme has given me some tried and tested Tofu recipes which I am sure are very nice here is one for squash and tofu.

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https://esmesalon.com/ess-acorn-squash-with-orzo-kale-and-tofu/

That’s all for this week let me know how you get on in comments I love to hear from you…

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Enjoy the rest of your week, have fun, eat healthily and stay mindful xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…No to diets…Eat yourself slim…

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  2. NorCal Zen

    Great post! It’s crazy how many people don’t know what they are eating, or why their kids have all these challenges.. It’s a great tips to involve the kids in growing their own food. It’s so rewarding, and the time spent gardening together, opens up for many interesting conversations. Looking forward to reading more posts form you.

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  3. Christy B

    It’s great how you encourage readers to look up nutritional information and do research – We have control over what we put into our bodies so let’s treat our bodies well! Great post.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Thank you, Christy you are correct we do have control and I think it is better to encourage people to check for themselves too many follow blindly and that’s why the world the world is like it is..I better stop…lol.

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  4. purpleslob

    I soo need to clean out my cupboards! I’m blessed that my grandbabies love fresh fruit, and cucumbers, and broccoli. They will eat fruit as the whole meal, if we let them!! And I always have frozen blueberries on hand, if I can’t get any fresh fruit that week.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Good to hear and frozen fruit is good…nice in smoothies :)… I did a drawer yesterday but one at a time in this heat soon gets it done 🙂

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  5. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Carol Taylor with on of her no nonsense guides to losing weight… and also to make store bought staples without the additives.. for example a recipe for homemade peanut butter with three natural ingredients. Also encouraging us to grow food.. even if just herbs and tomatoes.. terrific post.#recommended and Carol back with the food column tomorrow morning with home baked ham… delicious

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  6. thebookwormdrinketh

    I really should start researching what I eat more… Especially since over the passed little while I’ve been so lazy, I don’t even want to know what I’m putting in my body, honestly. 😞 That smoothie looks delicious though, and homemade peanut butter is such a great idea!! I’ll just have to wait for peanuts to go on sale… I don’t love peanut butter enough for it to cost me $20 to make! 🥜😉

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      1. Carol Post author

        How much is a jar of peanut butter then? Also what price do you put on health as she ducks…lol..Seriously if you buy them on sale that helps would a bag make more than a jar you buy if you are doing a comparisson ? Also I did reply to your message did you get it?? 🙂 x

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      2. thebookwormdrinketh

        Ha ha! You’re probably right. I feel like it would probably be worth it. We’ll see. Now I have to make it and price it out. 😊🤔
        And my message? On FB? If that’s what you mean, then I got it. Did you figure out your contact? Am I crazy? Ha ha!

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      3. Carol Post author

        Yes, I looked but have added where I can and can’t see anywhere else to put it unless I add it to the text of my profile … Probably staring me in the face…lol

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  7. ksbeth

    i always love your important and practical health suggestions. i’m going to try powdered peanut butter (just add water), as all oil and additives have been removed. next step, just grind and make my own.

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  9. acflory

    My Mum was a typical Hungarian cook – fresh everything, including homemade pasta and nokedli, slices and cakes. I include a lot of different types of food in my repertoire now, but her insistence on fresh is something I can’t shake, and don’t want. We grow some of our own fruit, veg and herbs and the flavour is so much better, the Offspring is a fresh food fanatic now too.
    We are what we eat so we need to eat well!

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      1. acflory

        lol – hi Peggy and thanks. My Mum’s been gone for some years now, but I think she’d be chuffed to know that she’d been instrumental in such a vital part of my life. 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      I totally agree with you…Our children are what we teach them, especially with food …Thank you so much for joining in the conversation 🙂

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    2. Vero and Canito in the kitchen

      This reminds me my childhood! ❤ 🙂 I absolutely agree – fresh is the way to go. Carol – thanks for sharing!!! ❤ When my dad did his university studies (Technology of Food Processing) I helped him a lot in the laboratory with chemical analysis and it is just better not to know what is in all that food we can find in markets…

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      1. Carol Post author

        Oh wow, Vero I bet that was exciting…I would love to do that…Sometimes it is better but not for our health and so many chronic diseases could be avoided by watching what you eat and once you have worked that out it doesn’t become a chore as you know what is good and what is not.. But yes fresh is good 🙂

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      2. acflory

        I never did the food sciences thing but my very first job was as a kitchen hand in a commercial kitchen…
        These days all the labels I read are full things things I can’t even pronouce, and none of them improve the food. All they do is make it last longer on the shelf. 😦

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      3. Carol Post author

        Exactly and as I said they could well outlast us and that is scary to me …If I can’t pronounce it or there are too many unknown ingredients I don’t buy it anymore :)….I love talking about food as well Meeka you are always welcome here for a chat 🙂

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      4. acflory

        Thanks Carol. You post reminded me that I’ve been very quiet on the subject of food lately – not a single recipe in months. Shall visit more often and I’ll try and share some foodie fun. 🙂

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