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Food, glorious food!

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Tonight’s dinner.

I looooove eating good food.

Also to be honest, I sometimes like eating stuff that might not be so good for me, but I do it anyway, like most people I know. (Like chips – or crisps as they are known outside of South Africa!)

I love a wide variety of food, and I also enjoy cooking and baking. Not to the point that I can compete in Masterchef, but I love making Italian food (who doesn’t!), or food with Eastern flavours, or Middle Eastern flavours. Curries! Yum…

Or plain, hearty ‘boerekos’ – which is a word that is somewhat difficult to translate, but let’s stick to ‘South African farm fare’ – roast chicken with potatoes, beans and pumpkin, or leg of lamb with roast potatoes, broccoli and gem squash. Not fond of Mexican food – am I the only one?

If I could, I would become a food critic, or a food journalist. I would love to have Andrew Zimmern’s job… But I do find that when I am on my own, I tend to not want to cook so often. I’ll eat more bread and junk food.

Maybe, to stop doing that, I should select a few new recipes to try, and if it is too much for me, freeze some for a next meal. I would love to develop my cooking skills as I cannot help but envy the ease with which the contestants on Masterchef make complicated dishes. And they are all so young!!!

I have to consider my general diet too – I don’t eat enough fruit and even vegetables. I fully intend to change that! Today I’ve got chicken, broccoli and cauliflower in the fridge – something different has to happen with it than the usual fry-it-in-a-pan chicken, and cauliflower with cheese. What to do, what to do??? Any suggestions?

Pinterest here I come!!!!

The body battle.

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At what point in life can a person decide to stop worrying about diet and exercise?

Asking for a friend… 😉

According to me, I’ve been battling my weight my whole life. With hindsight, not so much, because I’ve actually been trying to conform to the world/media’s idea of what a woman’s body should look like. You know, tall and slim, long legs, hardly any curves. And it was a constant battle of different diets for many years, since that is not the way I am built.

Then came the few years around my divorce that I was incredibly happy with my body. I was slim, and tiny. I could wear anything and look good. I didn’t have to watch what I was eating, and my weight stayed the same. It was heaven!

I slowly started picking up a few kg’s again a few years ago. I didn’t like it, but it was not enough that I had to go out and buy new clothes, I just rounded out a little bit.

Few years on, and my body has changed so much, I cannot look at myself in the mirror anymore. I have not really picked up weight, but my body underwent some metamorphosis. And honestly, I am not eating more. I am also tired of watching what I eat the whole time. I like good food, and I enjoy a glass of wine. I am not huge on sweet things, although I do enjoy a good dessert now and then, but I’ve always limited myself because I didn’t want to pick up weight. I might be a tad less active nowadays, but I enjoy being peaceful and quiet at home.

Also…*cringe* I have to consider the fact that I’m getting older. I am developing a real ‘granny’ body – of the old fashioned kind, let me hasten to add, since I know grannies these days are not necessarily cute, cuddly and rosy cheeked anymore.

I also know that I could change the situation with exercise. I’ve been trying to do that regularly for a few months now, and I can just not motivate myself to do it. I start, and then stop. Start, stop. I used to exercise 5 times a week, for many years, now I cannot get myself to do it 2x a week!

I really, really want to look sleek and fit again, but I really, really don’t feel like exercising anymore!!!! 😦

Does anyone know of an easy way out? Please? Anyone?