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Dodies Diets.

DODIES DREAM WORLD

Brings you Dodies Disciplined Dietary  Recipes.

all with health in mind. 12th September 2012

Having just left the doctors, a bit stunned when I found out my blood pressure came in at 162+ something or other. Oh yes I have had the occasional headache but apart with my mobilty problems, which have been with me a very long time, I must admit to being gob-smacked. All my life I have had very low blood pressure, low pulse rate and even a very low body temperature, no record of High Cholesterol either. 

So what on earth is going on. The nurse said they have yet to find one specific reason or cause but it isn't a good thing to have especially when your getting on a bit.

Me, Dodie I'm 68 and so it seems from reading the guidelines and of course the scare lines , I need to readdress my diet. Not such an easy task for someone who suffers with osteoporosis, Secondary Diabetes, asthma and COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Thank goodness I have a wonderful husband as well as two brilliant daughters, who I am sure will be offering me loads of advice and dietary recommendations.

I am not going into detail about High Blood pressure or how the loss of weight will greatly improve it and your well-being but I will just , hopefully add here some good, wholesome recipes and requirements which I myself find good to eat and easy to prepare and obviously not too expensive to buy. I was 18 stone 7lb and after eating thus for three X the eleven days I dropped to 15 stone 11lb and my blood pressure was greatly improved.

Three rules I will add is.

1:     "IF IT ISN'T WRITTEN IN THE RECIPE INGREDIENTS IT ISN'T MEANT TO BE THERE, NO SUBSTITUTIONS."

2:     "THE TEA/COFFEE DOES NOT INCLUDE MILK OR SUGAR AS BOTH ARE ON THE NON DIETRY FOOD LIST."

3:    EACH DAY IS SET OUT FOR FOUR FOOD INTAKES A DAY. HOWEVER YOU DO NOT NEED TO EAT THEM IN THE ORDER GIVEN.

i.e. If you want to eat scrambled eggs and ham for tea instead of breakfast, you can!"


THIS IS NOT A DIET RECOMMENDED BY ANY DOCTOR, I TRIED EVERY ONE BUT IT IS A DIET WHICH I ENJOYED AND THOSE THREE DAYS LEAV IN BETWEEN THE REGIME WAS FANTASTIC, TRY NOT TO OVERDO THE FATTY STUFF TO MUCH. POINTLESS WASTING ELEVEN DAYS HARD SLOG.

I am off to Korea again next year and I am hopeful of losing another couple of stone before travelling, not just for me but for poor Peter who has to push me around everywhere in my weelchair. Lol


This is a diet I have made and found successful, I am not going into detail about High Blood pressure or how the loss of weight will greatly improve it and your well-being but I will just hopefully add here some good, wholesome ideas and requirements which I myself found good to eat and easy to prepare and obviously not too expensive to buy. I was 18 stone 7lb and after eating thus for three X the eleven days I dropped to 15 stone 11lb and my blood pressure was greatly improved.

Three rules I will add is.

1:     "IF IT ISN'T WRITTEN IN THE RECIPE INGREDIENTS IT ISN'T MEANT TO BE THERE, NO SUBSTITUTIONS."

2:     "THE TEA/COFFEE DOES NOT INCLUDE MILK OR SUGAR AS BOTH ARE ON THE NON DIETRY FOOD LIST."

3:    EACH DAY IS SET OUT FOR FOUR FOOD INTAKES A DAY. HOWEVER YOU DO NOT NEED TO EAT THEM IN THE ORDER GIVEN.

i.e. If you want to eat scrambled eggs and ham for tea instead of breakfast, you can!"


THIS IS NOT A DIET RECOMMENDED BY ANY DOCTOR, I TRIED EVERY ONE BUT IT IS A DIET WHICH I ENJOYED AND THOSE THREE DAYS LEAV IN BETWEEN THE REGIME WAS FANTASTIC, TRY NOT TO OVERDO THE FATTY STUFF TO MUCH. POINTLESS WASTING ELEVEN DAYS HARD SLOG.


 DODIES DREAM WORLD - DODIES DISCIPLINE

You can eat as much as you want of the food on each day but never so much that you feel bloated.

French Toast means; eggs beaten up, poured into a shallow dish and soak the bread in the mix till wet through, best cooked on a hot plate but if you use a frying pan make sure it's Teflon coated, and smeared lightly with light cooking oil.

Do not add any condiments, only what is written on the paper in front of you.

Monday:

Scrambled Eggs and Ham - Hot Drink

Green Veg and Grilled Bacon

Salad with low fat Cheese, Glass of water

Scone - Hot Drink.


Tuesday:

Two Egg Omelette and mushrooms - Hot Drink

Salmon  with Fresh Vegetables

Weight Watchers Lasagne. Glass of Water

Toast and Hot Drink


Wednesday:

Two Eggs / two slice of Toast.  Hot Drink

Fresh Fruit Salad, Two low fat Biscuits

Chicken broth with added Vegetables and Noodles, Glass of Water

Scone Hot Drink


Thursday:

Fresh or Frozen Fruit and Yogurt, Hot Drink

4 Crackers, buttered with Chutney, Cheese and Cucumber on top,

Fat reduced sausages with stir fry veg in olive oil. Glass of Water

Slice of Toast Hot Drink


Friday:

Poached Eggs and Yoghurt,  Hot Drink

Weight  Watchers Cauliflower Cheese and Fresh Tomatoes

Baked Potato with mild curry sauce and Red Veg, Glass of water

Scone and Hot Drink


Saturday:

French Toast and Hot Drink

Low Fat Pasty with Baked Beans

Poached Fish and Potato Wedges, Glass of Water

Toast and Hot Drink.


Sunday:

Cheese on 2 slices of Toast,  Hot Drink

Fresh Veg and grilled Chicken Breast

Shepherds Pie with Roast Veg, Glass of Water

Scone and a Hot Drink


 Monday;

 Scrambled Eggs  and Ham, Hot Drink

4 Crackers a la Peter Chutney, Cheese,Cucumber

Green Salad with Sliced Roast Beef, Glass of Water

Toast and Hot Drink

 

Tuesday:

Omelette and Mushroom and Hot Drink

Tuna with Green Vegetables

Beans on 2 Toast, Glass of Water

Scone and Hot Drink

 

Wednesday:

French Toast and and Hot Drink

Fresh Fruit Salad with Yoghurt

Chicken with Stir fry and Noodles, Glass of water

Hot Drink and toast

 

Thursday:

Poached eggs on toast and a Hot Drink

 Fruit and yoghurt

Sausage Mash and Sprouts/green veg, Glass of Water

Scone and Hot Drink

 

Try to remember to drink plenty of water,your liver and kidneys need it badly

And that's it, all done have a break for four days and restart on the Monday.

If you are sensible you can vary the fish used but the best fish is the oily fish and it will do your hair and nails good.

Mackrel is lovely if it is not on the cheap side.

Salmon and Tuna, Yellow fish is also excellent especially if you poach it in a very little milk (low fat of course.)

 


DODIES DREAM WORLD DODIES DIETARY MATTERSchild in basin

MOTIVATION FOR LIVING





                    

Weary Little Mother
  For a Child to a Parent - and -  For a Parent to a Child

  Gardening with Children can save you a fortune on your weekly shop and to encourage the kids to help mummy lose weight and lower her blood pressure at the same time. hat can be nicer than asking the kids to go and fetch some yummy home grown salad food from his /her own little garden. Brilliant......

Children are natural gardeners.They're curious, like to learn by doing, and love to play in the dirt.

Working in a garden, a child can experience the satisfaction that comes from caring for something over time and observe the cycle of life firsthand.

Gardening is also a great way to teach environmental awareness by exploring the workings of nature.

What to plant - top 10 crops for children

Children can be involved with gardening from an early age, and it is gratifying to watch their interest and self-esteem grow as their gardening efforts yielded good results. Although there are many crops suitable for the young gardener, here are the top 10 which are relatively easy to grow, have short growing seasons and are fun to harvest.

Sunflower
A must for a child's garden. Plant just one or two, since they take a lot of room. Sunflowers will sprout in 1 week, become a small seedling in 2 weeks, and should be 2' tall in a month. In 8 weeks, the buds will flower revealing hundreds of seed kernels. Be sure to grow 'confectionery' sunflowers, the type grown for food. They will dry naturally in the late summer sun; the seeds, rich in protein and iron, can be roasted for snacks. Save a few for next summers' planting.

Lettuce/Water cress/Mustard and cress
A quick and reliable crop to give the child fast results, and also a good way to interest kids in salads. Lettuce likes part shade; keep soil moist especially during the first two weeks. The seeds will germinate in 7-10 days; growing season is 40-50 days. You can grow 'head'  or 'leaf'  varieties; the leaf varieties will mature sooner, about 30-35 days.

Radishes
Quick results for the young gardener. Radishes germinate in 3-10 days, and have a very short growing season of 20-30 days. They can be planted closely, 4-6apart. Plant in cool weather for a mild radish, or hot weather for a hotter radish.

Snow peas
A quick-growing early crop, and fun for kids to eat right off the vine. They take about 10 days to germinate and mature in about 60 days. Peas prefer cooler, partially shaded locations in the garden; they should be sown closely, about 1 apart at most. Snow peas are popular because the pod is edible and since they are a dwarf plant they can be grown without a trellis.

Cherry tomatoes/Yellow tomatoes/ Orange tomatoes, even Green tomatoes for spicy chutney later on.

Gotta have 'em! These may be the most fun crop for a child, aside from strawberries. Plant in full sun and use seedlings rather than planting from seed. Put in a 2' stake alongside each seedling; they need to be tied loosely to stakes as they get taller. Add lots of compost. Water at ground level, trying to keep leaves dry. Growing season is 50-75 days. All small tomatoes can also be grown in containers.

Nasturtiums
These flowers are easy to grow and yield results quickly, which encourages the young gardener. Nasturtiums bloom about 50 days after the seeds are planted, with orange, yellow and red flowers. They prefer sunny, dry locations and do well in poor soil. Choose the shorter varieties for garden beds. Nasturtiums are also pest resistant, which ensures a successful planting. The flowers are also edible, and can be used to add colour to a fresh garden salad.

Bush Beans
Fast, easy, high yield and fun to harvest. Bush beans germinate in 4-8 days, and mature in 40-65 days. Plant closely spaced, about 4' apart. Grow in direct sun; water the soil but try to keep the leaves dry. Bush beans don't need poles or trellises to grow.

Carrots
Seeds can be sown directly into soil; carrots prefer cooler temperatures. They can be slow to germinate, so be patient. Carrots will mature in about 60 days.The soil should be free of rocks and easy for the carot to grow 'down'. Keep well-watered and thin to every 3 because crowding will produce foliage but no root. Small varieties are recommended for children, as they're easier to grow and more fun to eat.

Potatoes
A 'never-fail' crop. You can plant red or white varieties; red will mature faster. Children seem to favor the red variety. Cut seed potatoes into chunks with at least 2 'eyes' per. Plant in furrows, about 12-15 apart, with eyes pointing upward. Mound soil up around plant as it grows; harvest when plant collapses.

Pumpkin
A 'must' for a child's garden, if you have the room. Plant seeds in a small hill; poke three holes in the hill and put one seed in each hole. Seeds will sprout in about 1 week; after a few days, vine leaves begin to form and creep along the ground. Once there are 3 pumpkins on the vine, pick off any new blossoms. Pumpkins take 80 - 120 days to harvest: it's ready when it feels hard on the outside and sounds hollow when tapped. Let an adult supervise the cutting, using shears. Seeds can be dried to eat, or save for future planting. The meat can be used for pies, and the pumpkin for carving.

Weary Little Mother


  Other crops children have tried, but had mixed results:

Corn-
a heavy feeder, corn needs lots of compost or fertilizer. If the plants aren't 'knee high by the beginning of July, the ears will be small. In our garden, either the crows got the seedlings, or the plants just never got big enough to yield a good harvest.


Green onions or Spring onions, easy to grow, but not all that exciting.

Herbs - Of course many herbs can be grown in their own little beds, but don't plant any of the mints or they will take over the whole bed.

Cucumbers - easy, fast, and impressive size but it takes a good recipe to excite the young ones.

Strawberries- great, but can be a struggle with the predators. You can chose the 'ever-bearing' varieties which bear all summer. Netting the plants from the birds and raccoons, however, was a constant chore which the young children often forgot. Birds caught in the netting was never fun.

Water-Melon- similar to pumpkins to grow. They have to be well grown to be large and tasty; in our experience, the fruit was smaller than expected and not very sweet. It is better to give the space to pumpkins.


Tips for gardening with children

Give them their own garden beds.    Whether you use raised beds, containers or ground plots, be sure to give each child his or her own separate plot. Keep it small, very small for young kids. Put their plots right in the middle of the action, with the best soil and light. Set them up for success.

Reuse the sandbox.    If your children have grown past their sandbox years, consider converting the old sandbox to a garden bed. This gives the child continued 'ownership' of a familiar space and encourages a sense of responsibility to the gardening project.

Give them serious tools. Cheap plastic child's gardening tools are worse than no tools at all; they break easily and frustrate the user. It can be hard to locate good tools for kids, especially work gloves that fit a small hand. Let them use your tools if need be; in this way you're acknowledging the importance of the work they're doing.

Engage them through the entire process,from seed to table.   Children learn better when they understand the context of their activity. They will learn that gardening can be fun, but far more than idle play; they are contributing to the family well-being. Besides planting and nurturing their garden beds, be sure they alone do the harvesting and preparation of their crop for the table, no matter how modest the offering.

Start from seeds.   While it's a convenient shortcut to buy starters, children will learn more by seeing the growing process as it begins with seeds. The care given to sprouting seeds and nurturing the young seedling are a valuable part of the gardening experience.

Cheat a little.   Depending on the age of the child, you may need to help out a little 'behind the scene'. Not every garden task is pleasant, and the child may not be ready at all times for all chores. You may need to go out in the evening to pick a few slugs off the lettuce, or be the one to run out and move the sprinkler. They don't have to know about every little help you offer - the child's 'ownership' of the plot is the main thing.

When all else fails, make a scarecrow. The best time to engage children in gardening is when they're in the mood for this activity. If their attention wanes, or the garden tasks become boring, let them build a scarecrow. This activity is still a contribution to the gardening effort and adds another layer of interest to the garden scene.

Show off their work.  When giving 'garden tours' to friends, be sure to point out the children's beds. Take a photo of their harvest and send it to the grandparents. The attention given to their work is the best motivator for children to stay involved with a project.

For additional resources for young gardeners, click on  www.eartheasy.com
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