Yo, Dear Reader, just a quick post. It’s that time of the year when the fad diets start to look a lot more difficult to maintain and where the glamour has worn off and people start to revert and…I could say not everyone does, but I’m tired of carrying everyone else when I’ve been made to go it alone, you know your truth if I’m not talking about you then there we go. Well, the same cycle repeats, but as someone who has been at this for over eight years, has never once stumbled and has an extremely restricted diet I find the same tedious problem popping up again and again. People want to view any dietary or lifestyle changes through their own narrow lens, they don’t want anyone’s successes showing up their deficiencies. I’ve never pushed my success, have I, Dear Reader? Is this the ELEVEN STONE LOST! MAINTAINED LONG-TERM blog? No, nor do I sell what I did as a plan. But when someone starts a diet they think themselves wholly unique and will push again anyone who, like me, Dear Reader, who exists so far ahead to dwarf anything they’ll do, makes it look lesser. As I’ve often said they want the acclaim, the glory and when that fades they lose interest. So, what’s to be done? Stop doing that, that’s it, leave people like me out of this, I’m tired of it.
I wanted to get that off my chest, Dear Reader, it’s happened so often, but I don’t always realise that’s what’s happening. What I do want to talk about, to help those genuinely in need of guidance and anecdotes that will help enlighten, however dimly, this confusing and at times dark, winding path of sustained health living. If you think about it, one of the most common ways we find out about anything involving this is social media, even discounting the specially tailored posts and blogs, but say you’ve found me, how lucky are you, Dear Reader? Blessed truly by Jack’s benevolence and kindness, his mildness and meekness as THE GREAT BLOGGER…heh. You have to have fun with this, Dear Reader, but what I’m getting to, however long-windedly, is that no matter how open or honest you can never see all there is at any given stage, no matter how open and receptive you or or how willing and open I am in sharing, here are parts that just don’t fit the neat way we share on blogs like this. Take the recipe below, it’s really tasty and I just stumbled onto it, but as a recipe worth sharing? It’s hard to say because it’s rough, mostly changes depending on what I have to hand and really might depend entirely on who’s eating it because it is a hodgepodge or flavours. It’s also a common way I cook or myself, recipes that can be typed up cleanly, explained clearly and fit the usual framework are there too, just repeating after all these years, but the singular recipes, hat are just for me, not for anything other than to feed me, those are harder to share and I often have no desire to, I will tell you what this is I’m not being smart, i’s just really basic, and that’s the crux of any dietary plan: It’s a lifestyle, it’s 24/7 and it has to fit the complex shape that is you. Most importantly it can’t fit anyone else that perfectly, I’ve repeated that sentiment a lot already so I won’t harp on it again. If I had to sum it up, well, stop trying to sum people up: We’re more than what and how we eat even when just looking at diet and food choices.
Okay, Dear Reader, back to my usual nonsense, the good stuff that is, the mango has started to separate or grow from the shoot, you can see the little leaves unfurling, I have no idea where this is going to end up, but it really is wonderful to try and accept that if I fail I have gained so much from the attempt. I have the other seeds still growing in the hot-press, I’ll see how this fares first. The potatoes, Maris Piper, for a friend, are set up for chitting, starting them before planting, the ones in he store has all sprouted too much, the garlic too, but I went through the whole box to get these. With all the storms I haven’t had much garden time, but when I do nothing will stop me, bar exhaustion. Oh, my arch, the one with the honeysuckle and jasmine, too a huge knock and it was held up by the honeysuckle which is why it’s so lopsided, it’s a paradox, it needs a base of cement, come he Summer I’ll get to it, I might try anchoring it for now. I never expected the honeysuckle to grow so well, another win for the bottomless bucket idea. Okay, that’s it from me…oh, the recipe, right it’s a cranberry and sugar sauce, really loose, sweet potatoes, onions cooked until brown with maple syrup, rose salt, cinnamon, chicken and Thai rice noodles. You cook it in stages, onion and salt, then sweet potato, steaming once the sauce and maple syrup go in, then the chicken goes in and everything bubbles away melting and cooking, the noodles just get a few minutes, they’re already cooked and cooled. It goes thick and tastes so amazingly tangy and sweet. Like I said, really basic and quick, heavily dependant on your tastes and what ingredients you have. Until later, Dear Reader!