Category Archives: Unhealthy Eating

Recipes and Rants …My weekly Roundup…

food and lifestyle blog

Wow! What a week and just in case it has been one of those crazy weeks for you… Here is a roundup of all my posts throughout the week so grab a cuppa or in my case a shawl the morning temps are a tad colder here …aka 18 degrees, settle down in your favourite chair. Relax and enjoy …

A subject which I am very passionate about is waste plastic, food and anything which fits in between…We live in a very beautiful world and it is getting trashed by mankind in the name of greed, profiteering or just plain laziness because we can’t be bothered to dispose of it correctly.

Sour Dough…Why on earth can’t sneaky bakers and manufacturers leave our Sour Dough alone or make it properly? I was actually really surprised and pleased at how many people make their own sourdough bread the art is not lost and seems to be growing.

Sour dough starter bread

https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/29/is-it-really-sour-dough-bread/

Lisa @ alsworld nominated me for an award and for that I thank her… But it is Lisa who deserves an award for courage and cheerfulness in the face of a wicked debilitating disease …ALS…  A disease which eventually robs you of every faculty and a more cheerful lady I don’t know in the face of this and I am sure there are…She loves ice cream which is all she can eat so any recipes for the unusual she would love … x

bloggewr recognition

https://lisasalsworld.ca/2018/10/22/blogger-recognition-award/

Tuesdays are my day for my Eat Smart, Eat Healthy posts I am working on shopping smart at the moment and trying really hard to only buy what we can eat before it goes bad…

fresh vegetables from the market

https://blondieaka.com/2018/10/30/eat-smart-eat-healthily-no-to-diets/

Halloween ...And what a great post to celebrate Halloween with a night at The Stanley Hotel…

haunted-at-the-stanley-hotel

https://susielindau.com/2011/10/19/haunted-at-the-stanley-hotel/

Well, the Halloween celebrations didn’t stop there… Sally and I brought out the garlic and Onions and as the saying goes we both know our Onions…No vampires bothered us…

Onions garlic red onions brown onions

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-onions-and-garlics-keep-the-vampires-and-the-doctor-away/

Waste not, Want Not…I can hear my mum saying that to us as kids and I am trying really hard not to…Waste comes in many forms and this post discusses that…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/01/waste-not-want-not-part-three/

One of my favourite times of the month is my monthly post over at Esmes Salon when I trawl through the culinary alphabet…Letter by letter and this month it was the letter J… This month I didn’t get many surprises except for the Jasmine Pearls which make the best Green Tea…brewed correctly there is no bitterness it is just lovely… And of course the lovely Juniper Berries…

gin tonic juniper berries

Next month it is the letter K…Which again includes many of my favourite foods and maybe I can persuade Kale haters to love Kale…I have a beautiful Thai recipe using kale… 

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-j/

I love Christmas cake and pudding with cream…I also adore marzipan…I love cheese… Have I taken 2 slices of Christmas cake and put cheese in between them? No! Never, it is a custom from the North of England and one which I will be partaking of this year…So thank you, Sue, for sharing this little gem of a custom..x

https://scvincent.com/2018/10/22/the-best-cheese-sandwich/

Which bought me nicely to my first post on Christmas treats and traditions with the occasional bit of trivia thrown in…Christmas beetles are the most spectacular little creatures which hail from sunny Australia…

christmas puddings and pies

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/02/christmas-treat-and-traditions/

Finally, if you are still with me is another of my short stories …I am flexing my writing muscles and I do hope that you like them…This one is very pertinent to where I live…A sad fact of life for many…

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https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/03/homeward-bound-9/

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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.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 weekend 🙂 xx

 

 

 

Hot Dogs…Do YOU know what is in the Hot Dog you are eating?

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I thought I knew much of what went into the food we eat and when I started this series quite by chance the other week I was shocked…And it takes quite a lot to shock me… I don’t eat Hot Dogs and never have … Unless it was a home-made sausage or a good sausage or I  was at a BBQ and have eaten the occasional proper sausage… So rare for me I haven’t had one yet this year so that tells you how often I eat any sausage…

There are many processed sausages and balls here…All displayed and looking tempting.

sausages - fish balls

Look at that display it is bright, colourful and I can see how it could tempt anybody to eat one…

But, honestly, when I look at anything like that I feel sick… I have always had an aversion to any food when I don’t know the origin and couldn’t guess as to the ingredients…

So taking an educated guess I would say in one way or another that wherever you travelled to in the world you would see fast food brightly displayed…Shouting Eat me!

Before I go any further I will now tell you what shocked me the most during my research…

To be clear hotdogs DO NOT contain human flesh BUT research by Clear Labs found 2% of ALL hot dogs contain Human DNA…More troubling is 2/3 of hot dogs marked as Vegetarian contain human DNA.

Hot Dog sausages are classic pre-cooked processed meat. it is very troubling to me how much an original ok product has and is changed and for nothing less than profit and greed…Proper ones contain beef or pork it is the other % which is very questionable as to the content. The majority who take up the biggest proportion of space on supermarket shelves.

I do think that old saying that ” YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ” is increasingly true. We all look for a bargain but what are we really getting???

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Traditionally made from Pork or Beef BUT it is the less expensive ones we should be aware of and avoid as they are made from chicken/turkey using low-cost mechanical machinery to separate poultry…So what are they separating? The good meat from the bad in a nutshell…

By bad I mean what you wouldn’t normally eat…like gristle, fat, offal, skin, lips, pig snouts, organs and other parts.

Mechanical separating machines separate the bits which are not sellable on the chicken carcass 50% of a hot dogs meat is fat, ground bones, blood vessels and connective tissues.

Hot Dogs also typically contain Sodium, saturated fats and Nitrate which when consumed in excess have been linked to health problems.

Hot Dogs are made by a process called ” Meat Emulsion”  even just those two words make me feel sick and I am surprised that I haven’t actually thrown up…Yet!

So what is in your hot dog?

The casing is made from cleaned lambs intestines which many sausage makers use and if you take the Scots then the Haggis that famous dish made of offal and other meat… the meat is encased in an animal stomach if traditionally made…

That I can accept as I would prefer a natural casing over a synthetic one.

Flavours...Is a very grey area as under US law many flavour combinations can be listed as just flavour rather than individually or use the wording “All flavourings contained in this product are approved for use in the Food and Drug regulations”.

In one of my previous posts, I found that many flavouring and colouring banned in Europe and other countries are not in the US and manufacturers go as far as not using banned substances in any exported goods but use them for goods distributed around the US…I am guessing you can read my mind on the one…

BANNED means BANNED

Right??

Potassium Lactate... More confusing than gross being a white odourless solid made with Lactic Acid and Potassium Hydroxide.

Corn Syrup, Sodium Nitrate, Msg and antibiotics are also ingredients…All of these could be a separate post on the dangers to health. So watch this space…

Salt… A single hot dog contains 480 milligrams of sodium which equals 20% of RDA. How many people eat more than one hot dog per meal and more than a few times a week?

Another alarming fact is that 3% of Hot Dogs advertised as containing Beef only do actually contain Pork…Why??

Because a set of USDA Rules 1994 state any meat can be removed from the bone by Advanced Meat Recovery (AMM) and can be added to the Hot Dog mixture.

It seems to me that all of these rules are designed to aid food manufacturers and not the public…Their customers…The people who line their greedy pockets…The people who are trusting who believe the advertising…

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We should be walking with our feet…We should not be buying any products if it is not clear as to what is in the product. We should not be fobbed off by wording which is blatantly designed to fool.

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 that I cook with have 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!

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://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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Thank you for reading this post and if you are as shocked as me please share far and wide…We are the consumer and we have the power…Remember that…We also have the final say in what we feed our family …Remember that xxx

Natural Cheese v Processed Cheese.

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Well, what a can of worms ...I started off looking at processed cheese slices and how healthy or not they are etc… When you look at a picture like the one above it screams healthy, good for you…Doesn’t it??

Well, read on and No those pretty, healthy cheese slices nestling in the grass with a glass of milk…Are not!  You just have to read what is in one slice and then look at the picture again …a picture can be so very deceiving. Can’t it?

After researching cheese for a few days I realised that the cheeses which I thought were natural proper cheese may not be…

Although further investigation revealed that Europe has far more natural cheeses than the US…which appears to be the home of processed cheeses.

Which is why their dairy industry is having such a hard time of it and it seems almonds are the new cow. So are cashews. Coconuts. Beans and peas. And pretty much any plant-based ingredients that can be turned into frothy, creamy, and delicious plant-based milk. No cow required.

Processed cheese the kind you find in a cheeseburger is known as prepared cheese it is made from real cheese however in what percentage I will tell you…Made from cheese and sometimes other unfermented dairy by-products, plus emulsifiers, saturated vegetable oils, extra salt, artificial food colourings, whey or sugars.

They have a longer shelf life than natural cheese and when it comes to things like burgers which have melted cheese in them it doesn’t separate. Natural cheddar and mozzarella separate into molten lumps…

Which is why processed cheeses squares are so popular...Unless you eat burgers for each meal with double cheese every day of the week then for a tasty occasional burger processed cheese is fine. MODERATION!

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The law is very clear on processed cheese slices and they cannot be sold as cheese if they are not…There are three categories:

  1. Pasteurised processed cheese is 100% cheese.
  2. Pasteurised processed cheese food must contain at least 51% cheese
  3. Pasteurised processed cheese product contains less than 51% cheese.

My advice... Always read the label as it should be clear and this is probably why there are so many different flavours, textures and colours of processed cheese on the supermarket shelves.

For my illustration, I will use Kraft Processed cheese as I think most people can relate to Kraft… although originally processed cheese was invented in Switzerland over 100 years ago and I suppose as the Swiss are famous for their cheese fondue’s that makes sense.

It wasn’t until after WW2 that an American called James L. Kraft commercially produced the cheese slice. Just take a look at the ingredients label on a package of Kraft American Cheese Singles which we get imported here in Thailand.

Milk, Whey, Milkfat, Milk Protein Concentrate, Salt, Calcium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid as a preservative, Apocarotenal ( Colour) Annatto( Colour) Enzymes, Vitamin D3, Cheese Culture.

What shocked me just as much is how MPCs( Milk Protein Concentrate) are a cheaper, foreign alternative to non-fat dry milk (NFDM) usually coming from water buffalos or yaks in places like China, India, Poland, and Ukraine the import of them is pretty much unregulated…That always sets off alarm bells for me as so many unregulated or very lax checking appears to be happening with regulated products which have been since proven to be detrimental to our health.

It seems that the US is far laxer and does not and this is my opinion seem to put much store on the nation’s health and well-being in the words of the FDA “found no evidence of any significant hazard to the health of the human population”

This list tells you which products are banned in many countries and not in the US…  What shocks me more than anything is the fact that some companies who export to countries who ban certain additives in food  DO NOT put them in food which is exported  BUT still add them to the food in the US… That to me is absolutely appalling and shows what total disregard those companies have for the health of US citizens.

BANNED

https://mfit.com/banned-around-the-world-but-safe-for-us-consumption/

A quick walk through the grocery store reading dairy labels, and you’ll note that most processed cheeses now contain MPCs, including Kraft Singles.

I was quite shocked when I came across this list of cheese which is also processed:

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Stilton
  • Cheddar
  • Blue Cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Swiss cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Gorgonzola Cheese

Unless of course they are made in Europe or by Artisanal cheese makers then they are very likely to be processed and not Natural cheeses.

Below is a link to the Natural cheeses made around Europe… It has certainly made me hungry and wanting to try some of those cheeses. DON’T THEY MAKE YOUR MOUTH WATER?

artisan-cheese-

https://europeisnotdead.com/gusto/ingredients-of-europe/european-cheeses/

On balance, after writing and researching processed cheese ( The slices) I would buy the better ones but as the melting for burgers which we have very rarely but enjoy with cheese I would still use but not on a regular basis and I am also very pleased that I have resisted my grandson’s plea’s to buy this unappetising liquid cheese in pots to make macaroni cheese…I am pleased I didn’t give in given what I have just discovered about the ingredients…

Thank you for reading if you liked what you have read please share as I think everyone should be aware of what is in their food and then make a choice as to whether they will still buy it…An informed choice is good…

About Carol:

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 have 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!

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( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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Until next time when I will be looking at what is in ice cream….xx

 

Healthy Eating…No more diets…

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Wow, what a week… They are all out and safe …Just in case you have been cocooned somewhere away from the maddening crowd and don’t know what I am talking about… The Thai boys and their teacher who were trapped in a cave near where I live…It must have been so scary for them not knowing if help was coming…But it did …Do you know what pleased me the most ???

It was how the whole world united and that made me so happy…Sad for the brave Ex-Navy Seal who lost his life such a brave man…R.I.P … You will always be remembered for your bravery…

I have shed a few tears these last few weeks…AND

The healthy eating? … That went out the window…She who doesn’t eat crisps..DID…She who doesn’t really snack…DID!

I was fixated on the news but with consequences…

I now feel really out of sorts…Tired, sluggish, really tired…No Energy… Zilch!

What am I doing about it?? Well, Sally’s post this week was very timely ( For Moi) I am going to detox and get back on track…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/smorgasbord-health-column-eating-plan-for-healthy-kidneys-and-urinary-tract/?

What am I not going to do???

 Beat myself up?… Nope…I can’t change the last few weeks…But…I can change over the next few weeks…

Don’t wish me luck…Because I AM GOING TO DO IT!

It’s the little changes we can make, isn’t it?

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

There is so much written about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, how much sugar or salt foods contain, how much of this, how much of that…I can’t blame anyone for feeling like ..What do we eat then?

How did you get on after reading last weeks post?? Did you start any herbs or plants? Did you find any communal gardens  I always love to hear how you are getting on in comments and not just the good … We all have days or weeks we rather forget…

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Below are just a few small ways you can start to make changes it covers a few of the main food groups things most of us eat or cook with on a regular basis and often there are so many choices for alternatives that we at loss as to what we can replace our regular food with. I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

I am also not going to bombard you with statistics and ingredients we can all look at a bottle or a can to see what is in it…If we don’t know ..google it… ask…question…we should all know what we are eating and feeding our families…It is then our choice as to whether we change or continue.

Sugary drinks…

Expensive I hear you say ….no it is not… Most of what we eat is taught to us…we teach our children, our parents taught us…some folks when they grow older make their own choices…That’s fine…but make an informed choice and try an alternative you may like it.

Water is healthy. Coffee and tea are healthy it is maybe what you put in it which is NOT.

Soda water with ice and lime or lemon is a nice refreshing drink. Freeze some fruit orange slices or pomelo fruit, and pop it in the glass with the soda water..very nice and refreshing.

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Some nice green tea now I know how to brew it correctly…No more bitter green tea for me … I also love the way it is drunk and am on the hunt for a nice green tea set like the one pictured it just makes you feel special …I think so anyway and makes it pleasurable.

Coconut juice and yes I am lucky I have a tree and can go buy it fresh but you must have something where you live which is in season, fresh and you can juice or make into a smoothie.

So ditch the soda and think about what you can drink, think about what you like to drink…That is healthier than those sugar-laden sodas.

Pizza…One of the unhealthiest foods on the planet…

Does that mean you can never eat Pizza again…No!

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Make homemade pizza instead ..Let the kids help… Make your own pizza sauce by pureeing cooked, peeled tomatoes with oregano and fresh garlic  Use low-fat mozzarella cheese so that your child gets plenty of calcium from his slice without all of the saturated fat. Skip the pepperoni and high-fat meats and add some chicken or prawns and add their favourite vegetables.  If they like olives even better add black olives for some heart-healthy unsaturated fat. One of my grandsons absolutely loved olives from the age of about one and a half, instead of sweets I used to buy him olives…

Make your own base…I have made a cauliflower base and it is lovely, Portobello mushrooms, a sweet potato base..there are so many options for bases some for another post…..It is all about experimenting and playing with flavours, food should be fun and especially Pizza because it really is a fun food ..isn’t it???

Cauliflower Pizza Base…

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower.
  • 1 egg, large.
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (dried oregano or basil)
  • 1/8 tsp salt.
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper.
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded.
  • Cooking spray, I make my own spray I don’t do bought oil in spray cans…I have a little stainless steel one for oil.

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F/190 C and line a baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper.

Rinse cauliflower, remove the outer leaves, separate into florets and chop into smaller pieces. Process in a food processor in 2 batches, until “rice” texture forms.

Transfer cauliflower rice on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 mins this just removes some of the moisture.

Remove cooked cauliflower rice from the oven, transfer to a bowl lined with a double/triple layered cheesecloth or linen towel, and let cool for 5 minutes.

Then squeeze the liquid out of the ball as hard as you can. Be patient and do this a few times until barely any liquid comes out.

Increase oven temperature to 4 degrees F/200 C. Then in a medium mixing bowl whisk the egg with dried herbs, salt and pepper for 10 seconds. Add cheese and squeezed cauliflower mix very well with a spatula until combined.

Line the same baking sheet with new parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Transfer cauliflower dough to the middle and flatten with your hands until thin pizza crust forms.

Bake for 20 minutes, carefully flip with a spatula and bake for a few more minutes. Top with your favourite toppings and bake again until cheese on top turns golden brown.

Slice and enjoy!

Let the kids help you can never second guess a child and what they will like.  Encourage them to help prepare their food…They are more likely to eat what they help prepare.

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Start them young here is Little Lily… although she is not so little now she still loves to cook and always eats what she cooks…You also have happy kids …

N.B. Just a little note it took me a couple of trial runs before I got the base the right thickness I don’t like thick crust but made it too thin at first…

Bread…

If you love white bread, opt for a brand that is made with UNbleached white flour. Or try the bread with 100% whole grain unbleached wheat flour–

Or treat yourself to some of the lovely artisan loaves of bread available or make your own..with rapid, instant yeast it is now much easier and there are also so many recipes for sourdough starters…

Also, there is nothing more satisfying than making bread…It is great when your mood is less than happy a bit of kneading that dough works wonders…lol

If you are on a particular diet for health reasons or a food intolerance it can be a minefield I hope this helps

Gluten-free junk food…

Is high in sugar, unhealthy oils, and refined grains. I think that it is abhorrent that manufacturers make foods which they know that many people with a gluten intolerance buy and that is actually very unhealthy. Some people choose to take the label “gluten-free” to mean the same things as “healthy,” which is not accurate.

Naturally, gluten-free foods include beans, pulses, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fish, shellfish, fruit, meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, butter, and oil.

I hope this has been of help when you are deciding which is healthier to eat and it doesn’t mean expensive foods it generally means fresh either home-grown or bought from local markets, food in season or food you have made in your own kitchen.

If you are out and about or at work take your own in a little-insulated bag to keep it fresh and find a nice park bench or a little seat somewhere to eat and watch the world go by.

Until next week I am off to start my detox…

If you liked reading this then please share or reblog and spread the word about good, healthy eating and the benefits.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Eating and not so Healthy eating.

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There is so much written about what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat, how much sugar or salt foods contain, how much of this, how much of that…I can’t blame anyone for feeling like ..What do we eat then?

This small list is not exhaustive but it covers a few of the main food groups things most of us eat or cook with on a regular basis and often there are so many choices for alternatives that we at loss as to what we can replace our regular food with. I hope this makes it a little easier for you.

I am also not going to bombard you with statistics and ingredients we can all look at a bottle or a can to see what is in it…If we don’t know ..google it… ask…question…we should all know what we are eating and feeding our families…It is then our choice as to whether we change or continue.

Sugary drinks: Unhealthy:

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When we enter a supermarket, restaurant or corner shop we are met with chilled cabinets and shelves full of enticing drinks all screaming at you to buy me or the kids are….and that is the difficult thing saying no to your kids or grandkids when the drink bottle shouts Miss Kitty or the latest fad or you have just watched your favorite TV personality endorsing a drink. We all know or should by now know just how much sugar is in them and that is without the other nasties like colouring even the ones that scream I am healthier than the bottle next door..buy me!  They are lying!

Freds with blue tongue

What does this say…???? Is that blue tongue because of something healthy? I think not…

Healthy Drinks:

Expensive I hear you say ….no it is not… Most of what we eat is taught to us…we teach our children, our parents taught us…some folks when they grow older make their own choices…That’s fine…but make an informed choice and try an alternative you may like it.

Water is healthy. Coffee and tea are healthy it is maybe what you put in it which is NOT.

Soda water with ice and lime or lemon is a nice refreshing drink. Freeze some fruit orange slices or pomelo, and pop it in the glass with the soda water..very nice and refreshing.

Papaya,Banana,Lime smoothie

Smoothies using fruit and vegetables that are in season..let the kids help, choose their fruits, make up little bags and freeze the fruit and then they can just pop it in the blender and make their own, it’s fun and healthy, no added sugar just natural sugars. Use fruit in season and add a slice of carrot, tomato, beetroot it makes a lovely drink with no nasties. It also encourages them to eat their veggies…

Pizza: Unhealthy:

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Pizza is one of the most popular foods on this planet it comes in many guises savoury and sweet and the majority of the fat in most pizzas is saturated fat. If you eat too much-saturated fat, you increase your risk for heart disease. Many frozen pizzas also contain trans fat, which is the most unhealthy kind. It raises your cholesterol levels, which can lead to heart damage.

Pizza: Healthy:

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Does that mean you can never eat Pizza again…No!

Make homemade pizza instead ..Let the kids help… Make your own pizza sauce by pureeing cooked, peeled tomatoes with oregano and fresh garlic  Use low-fat mozzarella cheese so that your child gets plenty of calcium from his slice without all of the saturated fat. Skip the pepperoni and high-fat meats and add some chicken or prawns and add their favourite vegetables.  If they like olives even better add black olives for some heart-healthy unsaturated fat. One of my grandsons absolutely loved olives from the age of about one and a half, instead of sweets I used to buy olives…

Make your own base…I have made a cauliflower base and it is lovely, Portobello mushrooms, a sweet potato base..there are so many options for bases but that is another post…..It is all about experimenting and playing with flavours food should be fun and especially Pizza because it really is a fun food ..isn’t it???

You can never second guess a child and what they will like.  Encourage them to help prepare their food…They are more likely to eat what they help prepare.

White Bread and Rolls: Unhealthy:

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White bread is made from refined, bleached white wheat flour and most of the white bread sold in shops and supermarkets is tasteless, sticky and not nice.. it has no real nutrients and converts to sugar in your bloodstream very quickly. You can tell I don’t like shop bread, can’t you ?…. I love good bread.

White Bread: Healthy:

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If you love white bread, opt for a brand that is made with UNbleached white flour. Or try the bread with 100% whole grain unbleached wheat flour–

Or treat yourself to some of the lovely artisan loaves of bread available or make your own..with rapid, instant yeast it is now much easier and there are also so many recipes for sourdough starters…

Also, there is nothing more satisfying than making bread…It is great when your mood is less than happy a bit of kneading that dough works wonders…lol

Fruit Juices: Unhealthy:

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How many of you have bought a bottle of fruit juice and when you read the ingredients it is little more than sugared, flavoured water…Hands up!

Even my favourite coconut juice has been ….. I can’t think of a printable word but…It’s just wrong… Leave my juice alone…

Fruit Juices: Healthy:

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Photo by Kaizen Nguyễn on Unsplash

Coconut juice nothing else just juice and yes I know I am lucky… Or just fresh fruit in soda with ice ..don’t they look pretty?

A lot of the pomegranate and blueberry juices are as yet untouched…give them time…

And water…H2o….Nice and cold there is nothing better.

My advice before you buy read the ingredients or better still take your drink out with you…

Cooking Oil: Unhealthy:

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  • Canola Oil.
  • Corn Oil.
  • Soybean Oil.
  • “Vegetable” oil.
  • Peanut Oil.
  • Sunflower Oil.
  • Safflower Oil.
  • Cottonseed Oil

Are all highly sensitive to oxidation and cause oxidative stress in the human body.

Cooking Oil: Healthy:

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  • Extra-virgin olive oil. …
  • Pure olive oil. …
  • Coconut oil. …
  • Avocado oil. …
  • Butter

One thing I will say is to check your oil if you are cooking at high temperatures because there are varying pieces of advice about some of the oils you can then decide for yourself.

 Margarine: Unhealthy Fat:

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Margarine an imitation man-made fat used for cooking and spreading which is loaded with trans fats. Even the margarines that claim to be “made from natural ingredients” aren’t really natural at all once they have been so heavily processed and heated at high temperatures that the oils have oxidized (which will actually contribute to inflammation in the body, rather than being “heart healthy.”) The debate lingers on still… But tests have been carried out and even rats and ants don’t touch margarine…Doesn’t that tell you something?

Butter: Healthy Fat:

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Butter, on the other hand, is a traditional food that our ancestors have been eating for generations. Butter is a simple, natural food that doesn’t require any heavy processing at all. You could even make it in your own kitchen if you wanted. And, unlike margarine which has only oxidized oils and other ingredients that you probably can’t even pronounce, real butter from grass-fed cows has enough nutrients that it could be called a superfood. (And some ancient cultures actually revered butter as a sacred, life-giving food.)

Butter from healthy, grass-fed cows raised on pasture is an excellent source of nutrients.

Gluten-free junk food: Unhealthy:

Is high in sugar, unhealthy oils, and refined grains. I think that it is abhorrent that manufacturers make foods which they know that many people with a gluten intolerance buy and that is actually very unhealthy. Some people choose to take the label “gluten-free” to mean the same things as “healthy,” which is not accurate.

Gluten-free foods: Healthy:

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Cauliflower rice...

Naturally, gluten-free foods include beans, pulses, milk, yoghurt, cheese, fish, shellfish, fruit, meat, poultry, nuts, seeds, butter, and oil.

I hope this has been of help when you are deciding which is healthier to eat and it doesn’t mean expensive foods it generally means fresh either home-grown or bought from local markets, food in season or food you have made in your own kitchen.

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Some other Healthy Eating posts in case you missed them.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/healthy-eating-peanuts/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/healthy-eating-potassium/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/healthy-eating-but-what-cant-you-eat/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/healthy-eating-turmeric-drinks/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/healthy-eating-just-pickled/

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/healthy-eating-fresh-herbs/

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as you have heard me say it is free, no nasties but watch out it is catching…lol