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.


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!


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.


…and more about Breakfast

Posted by admin | Diets & Dieting,Health Facts,Just Food Articles - writers invited | Thursday 3 July 2008 10:21 pm

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. – Adelle Davis

breakfastWhile so many studies into nutrition seem to contradict each other – this is one issue that seems certain. Breakfast is good!
Breakfast is a meal that sets you up for the day. It replenishes your body’s energy supply after the nights fast and provides the energy required to stay physically and mentally alert. Without breakfast, your body is basically running on empty. It is a critical meal for adults and children alike.
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Children who eat breakfast perform better on standardized achievement tests and have fewer behavior problems in school.
A Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital study of children in Philadelphia and Baltimore schools discovered that students who usually ate school breakfast had improved math grades, reduced hyperactivity, decreased absence and tardy rates, and improved psycho-social behaviors compared with children who rarely ate school breakfast. (Pediatrics, January 1998; Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, February, 1998)
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Now when did I last have breakfast? ! Eating breakfast can do wonders for your memory loss. A study done by the University of Toronto on healthy men and women in the age group 60 to 79 showed that taking in calories from either protein, carbohydrates or fat boosted their performance in memory tests. While it appears that any breakfast is better than no breakfast at all, researchers have found that carbohydrates generally fuel the best long-term benefits to memory, probably due to the rise in blood sugar that they cause. Rise in blood sugar then causes an increase in the supply of glucose to the brain. (more…)


If Lent means going veggie…

Posted by admin | Health Facts,Recipes,Vegetarian | Thursday 20 March 2008 1:33 am

If Lent means going vegetarian, why not go back to basics and try an old favorite. This one is SINFUL, but then there’s sin and there’s sin, right?
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2 lbs/1 kg dry macaroni noodles
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter
6 large eggs
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.

Boil the macaroni to al dente with a teaspoon of salt. Drain under cold water and set aside.

Beat the eggs with the milk and set aside.

Return the noodles to a large pot over low heat and stir in the butter.

Stirring continuously, add in cream cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper and milk and eggs mixture.

Once the cream cheese has melted, add the shredded cheese and stir until the cheese is combined throughout.

Spread the macaroni mix into a baking dish.

Top with bread crumbs and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake for 30 minutes or until top is lightly browned.


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