Baked Potatoes – Quick, spicy & tasty

Posted by admin | Diets & Dieting,Recipes,Vegetarian | Saturday 2 April 2011 3:12 am

This one is my filler recipe. If someone drops in suddenly and it doesn’t look like there might be enough to go round, this is a favorite of mine. Or sometimes, just because I don’t find what’s for dinner satisfying enough. The best thing about it is it tastes almost as good if you don’t have the time for the oven and baking, and if it’s just for myself, I often dispense with the baking.

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SPICY BAKED POTATOES Serves 2
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Ingredients
4 large potatoes scrubbed clean
2 green chillies
1 large tomato
3/4 cup grated cheese, cheddar will do.
2 tablespoons soya sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 tablespoons lemon juice squeezes
1 tablesppon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon butter
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
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Posted by admin | Diets & Dieting,Health Facts | Saturday 15 January 2011 3:56 am

I’m not really very good at reading anything other than fiction, but I actually got through Don’t lose your mind, loose your weight in less than a week, and for me that’s really saying something!

I like the simple, chatty, no-nonsense way this young woman writes. Sure she may have got all her first publicity riding on actress Kareena Kapoor’s name (and size, or lack thereof) but after that I’m sure, it’s on her own steam. She takes the myths we’ve been fed for years and busts them in simple understandable ways, explains why you should or should not eat or do something. She has a ‘cheat-list’ that lets you have some favourites. All in all, at the end of the book, I felt pretty educated, which is saying a lot from someone who reads all available food, health and weight loss articles. (Obviously I haven’t imbibed much!) The trouble is, as in all good advice, though the facts sound logical and simple, actually following them…
Have I lost any weight? Yes, actually. 2 kilos since the beginning of the year, but that may or may not be thanks to the book. It is also a return to normal intake after a year-end of celebratory gorging. And her 4 simple Principles as she calls them, are simple on the face of it, but…; it just takes a lot of will-power to break years of bad habit, I guess.

Check it out for yourself, it’s worth it.

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International No-Diet Day

Posted by admin | Diets & Dieting,Health Facts,Just Food Articles - writers invited | Thursday 6 May 2010 6:43 am

I just could not let today go by without posting.

Today is International No-Diet Day; an annual celebration of body acceptance and body shape diversity. This day is also dedicated to raise awareness of the dangers in diets. Observed on May 6, its symbol is a blue ribbon.
I believe the concept began to combat the unreal expectations created by the fashion and retail industry. Especially the effect it has on young impressionable minds when underweight or just normal growing teens look in the mirror and see FAT. I’m in total accord with all this. I’m all for not being obsessed by your body size.

I KNOW that extreme or yo-yo dieting is the worst thing possible for anyone. I know that a few days into a diet, your body goes into fasting mode, in other words, the metabolism slows down and you stop losing calories at your otherwise normal pace. I know a healthy, sensible diet, eating in moderation, lots of fruit and raw veggies, interesting salads with sensible low-fat dressings are the thing to do. I’ve seen the food pyramid. I know that moderate exercise is the way to go.

Burger & fries - sinful!But all that is theory.
I also remember clearly how I looked just 5 years ago, and I still have those jeans and skirts. No I don’t throw out things I haven’t worn in 6 months. Maybe some part of my subconscious is aiming for the ‘Secret’ way of doing things, – dream of your perfect body, ask for it firmly and then know it will come to you.
Sigh. Let’s face it, I think my mind just thinks fat. I prefer meats, I love anything that’s generally considered sinful; if its got butter or cheese or flour, or it’s deep fried, most likely it’s on my top 10 foods. And I HATE exercise. Walking is ok, but I mean, after 15 minutes or so, I have so many more interesting things I need to go and do!

But this last month or so I really have been very careful. I have a large salad with most meals. I haven’t been out for dinner. I’m trying to stop eating when I’m not hungry any more, rather than when I’m full. I try to avoid the greasy snack we order into the office at 6.30pm. And I have been walking for more than 20 minutes at least 3 mornings a week. Sure I dropped a kilo, but I can’t say its made me particularly thrilled. What makes me super-mad is that just a day of carelessness can undo a whole week’s work!

So I’m going to just going to celebrate No-Diet Day in my way. Bring on the burgers and fries!

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more Tofu-Specials

Posted by admin | Diets & Dieting,Health Facts,Just Food Articles - writers invited | Thursday 17 December 2009 3:34 am

tofu-crackerAnd another breakfast, and another picture of what I had with the left-over Tofu. Tofu on crackers ( Britannia Cream Crackers, by the way – if you haven’t tried them, do) with tomatoes, cucumbers, salt and pepper and topped with black Kalamata olives and a tiny dollop of Weikfield’s Sweet Chilli Sauce.
While I was confirming online the paneer vs tofu fat content I came across this site. I’m going to take Yasmeen’s info as correct because I couldn’t really find any other clear comparisons, and it’s shocking to me. paneer-tofuShe calls herself a ‘health nut’, but really, looking at these figures, even though I agree Tofu’s lower on the protein and calcium, you don’t need to be a health nut to make a better choice. At least that what it looks like to me ! Wheeeew! I feel half a kilo lighter already.

Actually there’s still a lot of Tofu left, you’re going to be hearing more.

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Can you stickk to your diet?

Posted by admin | Diets & Dieting,Just Food Articles - writers invited | Wednesday 30 September 2009 10:20 pm

Read a snippet somewhere that made me do this search.

A new English site is challenging people to Stickk to their goals – and not just dieting, though not surprisingly that is goal #1. In the most likely way possible, making you bet money against yourself. The site is based on the belief that people are better motivated to meet goals if they have something to lose. So Stickk.com allows users to make bets against their goals, and if they don’t meet these goals, they lose money to a pre-picked charity, or an (I like this one!) anti-charity – an organization they despise.

I thought it was a really interesting concept; still surfing, but from what I see, while things like committing to exercise or diet or quitting the butt may be at the top of the list, there are things like committing to creating less trash, to produce Art (boy, do I need a push there!) or improving English skills. Basically choose the goal, set yourself some deadlines, choose friends to watch from the by-side and choose a referee. Then you’re ready to go.

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