What's with all this low--carb eating?
Pumpkin scones above. Fine, in a healthy balanced diet, when eaten in moderation. To avoid eating too many at a time, consider freezing them. Then, grab one out of the freezer and top with cheese for a delicious morning tea, Nothing is 'fattening.' It is when, and how much you eat, that affects if you gain weight or not.
Low-carb is not a healthy diet in my, and many dietary experts, opinion.
There is no fiber in fats or the high protein food. Fiber is contained in your whole-grains and unrefined carbohydrates.
Cut these rubbish, refined carbs, white grains and sugar products. They offer you no benefited deplete your Vitamin B reserves.
Cut out healthy carbohydrates from your diet, and you are asking for digestive disease. Start having bacon breakfasts(a common low-carb breakfast, and that digestive disease will be bowel cancer for certain if you do it for long enough. Should I go on? Any diet that cuts out one essential nutrient is harmful. Humans need protein, fats and carbohydrate combination in every meal to get a balanced diet.
Vitamin B group is found primarily in unrefined carbohydrates. You need Vitamin B for healthy nerves and energy. Of course, you will get irritable, exhausted, and crave carbohydrates and become more prone to anxiety and yo-yo dieting if you cut carbohydrates.
I am feeling a little tired this morning. Went to mention that in my facebook status, and then ‘cut’, it as I don’t like being negative. It would be time enough to mention it if I was down. Threw it on this blog as part of my expressing how I also have days when 'I don't feel like making an effort'. That's normal for all of us to feel that way.
I like to have a plan in place to fall back on when I can't be bothered to exercise.
My plan is, to 'JUST DO IT.'
So here I am, having one of those mornings, when I know if I was to weigh myself the scales, would swear at me, due to two days of less activity due to more driving, than normal, this week. Plus, I ate 'social food,' due to visiting and I might add enjoyed the experience.
Eating Gem's home grown and cooked, Queensland country kitchen food, was a treat I would not have missed out on. There are, times when 'enjoyment' becomes a big part of my concept of healthy eating and the two, Gem's scones and jam, I ate, were 'not to be missed,' experiences :-).
I know that today needs to be an active day, with a focus, on healthy portion controlled eating. I am feeling a bit 'groggy' after two long days of touring in the last three days, but I intend to make an effort this morning and go for a swim and freshen myself up. I think you do feel good after you have done exercise :
I remember when my mum made apricot jam. We made apricot splits for breakfast whenever bananas were in season and cheap. Just butter two slices of bread, spread with apricot jam and sliced banana, make into a sandwich and toast it in a waffle iron or sandwich grill.
Ricotta and Banana Splits.
Spread the buttered bread with crumbed ricotta cheese and either honey, maple syrup or Nutella spread. Add the sliced banana and a pinch of ground nutmeg. Preheat a jaffle maker. Cook sandwiches in jaffle for 4 minutes or until golden.
After working in the garden in early July, on a lovely sunny Australian winter's day, until it became too cold to say out of doors, I was eager for a fast, filling and warming meal, utilising my garden harvest of spring onions, parsley, and baby carrots. Eggs are my favourite for fast food, and today's menu choice was a vegetable and ricotta cheese frittata.
4 eggs, lightly whisked
1 large garlic clove, crushed
2 green capsicum OR 2 grated green capsicum.
200g fresh ricotta cheese very coarsely broken up
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 green shallots or spring onions chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed small fresh basil leaves
200g grated tasty cheese
I served the baby carrots raw.
Dish Frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to an omelette or crustless quiche, enriched with additional ingredients such as meats, cheeses, vegetables or pasta. The word frittata is Italian and roughly translates to "fried". Wikipedia
Lightly saute the capsicum in oil if using.
Whisk the egg and garlic together in a large bowl.
Gently fold in the green capsicum or zucchini and ricotta, and season with salt and pepper. fold through green shallots and basil.
Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
Pour in egg and veg mixture.
Sprinkle tomatoes on top then grated cheese
Fry gently for 5-10 minutes or until frittata is set around the edge but still runny in the centre.
Cook under preheated grill, about 6cm from the heat source, for 4 or 5 minutes or until golden brown and just set.
We served it with some pan fried Lebanese lamb kibbeh and leftover rice salad made from
- Red, black and brown rice salad combo cooked
- orange juice
- segments of 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper
I felt inspired today after reading a post on the 12wbt forum. It was from a lady who was recounting how she could normally only manage to run about 200 meters. That would have been my maximum, and a distance I was proud of, less than 7 weeks ago.
Well today she decided she was going to run 400 meters and she pep-talked herself into going the distance and ran this 400 meters in 3 minutes. Now I cannot run 400 meters faster than that. I was very impressed with her improvement in fitness.
Then she added, ‘not bad for 91+ year old'.
Now I was INSPIRED.
When I don't want to be bothered, now when I feel that I’ve taken on more than I can manage, I will remember there is a 91-year-old lady who joined the 12-week body transformation course to improve her body and realize I am younger and capable of making an effort,
By the way, I ran five kilometers yesterday for the first time,
I swam eight-hundred meters today, another first-time effort.. Yes, I am pleased.
The author wrote this at age sixty-three, she is now a septuagenarian.
Do you 'invent' when you cook?
I have a big pot of beef Bolognese simmering while I write a chapter with an Italian migrant family in it. Can you smell the onions, garlic and red wine ?
I was thirteen years old in 1959 when I tasted my first 'Spag Bol.' Italian food was relatively unknown in Australia before post WWII migration from southern Europe. Now I only use the wholemeal variety of spaghetti and I love to cook a variety of dishes. I've recently been preparing more Middle Eastern food.
Tonight's meal is an Asian Italian mix because I'm using bean sprouts instead of spaghetti. I find it fun to invent recipes.
This week I've had fun painting, sketching, blogging, and I'm heading too bed early for a change, tired out after a big week. I've been getting my art images into an online store that distributes world wide.
Feel welcome to share what International cuisine influences your cooking in the comments.
The Australian Government has a My Aged Care Program
Australia has Home Care Packages that would be the envy of my ex-patriot family members who live in the United States. Fortunately they are in a position to self-find their heath needs, as they could not access the government funded assistance that aged and invalided Australians can obtain to allow them the live an home.
If you want to stay in your own home as you get older, but need some help with things like cleaning and preparing meals, or with transport so you can go shopping or attend appointments, a Home Care Package may help you.
What is a Home Care Package?
A Home Care Package provides a co-ordinated package of services tailored to meet your specific care needs to:
The services that can be provided in a Home Care Package include, but are not limited to:
Find out more about your choices for care and services in Home Care Packages.
Find out more about how to get a Home Care Package.
How do I know if a Home Care Package is right for me?Ask yourself these questions:
Five steps to accessing Home Care PackagesThe Five steps to accessing Home Care Packages booklet helps you understand the process to receive a Home Care Package.
The booklet, available in 19 languages, can be ordered via National Mail and Marketing. Quote the booklet title and reference number (DSS1631.06.15) when ordering:
Developing your care plan
The consumer checklist will help you to co-design your care plan with your provider and enter into a Home Care Agreement.
The checklist has also been translated into 18 languages and is available on the Department of Social Serviceswebsite.
There are no minimum age requirements to be eligible and there are no citizenship or residency restrictions on accessing a Home Care Package. However, the packages are not intended for visitors to Australia or people requiring temporary or short-term care.
In some cases, younger people with disabilities, people with early onset dementia, or people with special care needs, may be able to access a Home Care Package – if you have been assessed and approved by an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) or an Aged Care Assessment Service (ACAS) if you are in Victoria, and a home care provider is able to offer you an appropriate package. However, this should only occur where there are no other care facilities or care services more appropriate to meet your needs.
Home Care Packages are sometimes allocated to a service provider so that priority of access is given to people who belong to defined special needs groups. However, all service providers are expected to ensure their services are accessible to people with special needs.
Find out more about how to get a Home Care Package.
What types of packages are available?There are four levels of Home Care Packages which can give you the care and services you need:
Find out more about the subsidy rates on the Department of Social Services website.
Extra assistance when calling us. Extra assistance is available if you are hearing and speech impaired, or where translating services are required.
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