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Hello dear readers 🙂
How are you enjoying this weather in Croatia in October? It’s a lovely Fall morning. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the olives are ripe for picking.
If you are in the States and wondering what the weather is like here in Croatia, I have a handy-dandy explanation for you below.
A mini Heat wave
It turns out we are having unseasonably warm weather these days. In fact about 10 degrees Celsius more than usual.
Instead of the usual 17 degrees at midday, the temperatures have been reaching 27 degrees (c). That is quite a plus if you like to move freely without crowds and see the countryside. Autumn activities like theater, plays, classes (like Tai Chi, kickboxing, aerobics) power walking and so on have reactivated after the summer break.
Tour guides are leading groups around –but without the crowds of summer.
For those who are still getting used to the difference in temperature- it works like this: Let’s start with the basics –
Freezing: In Celsius- it’s zero (0)
In Fahrenheit – it is 32 degrees.
and now comes the fun part. Add 1.8 for every degree in Fahrenheit. For example, we need to find a common denominator.
An easy one is 10 degrees Celsius
It’s equivalent to 50 degrees Fahrenheit which is the sum of 32 + (10 x 1.8) or 18 = 50.
Comparing Apples to Oranges
So let’s say you are sitting in your cubicle in Chicago and musing – hmm – what is the temperature in Croatia in Fahrenheit? The weather in Split Croatia right now is 27 degrees Celsius
Converting to Fahrenheit
In Chicago, it just happens to be 8 degrees Fahrenheit right now.
Remember, we established that 10 degrees Celsius is equal to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
So 27C is really 50F degrees plus (17 degrees x 1.8) =30.6F
50F + 30.6F is 80.6F degrees Fahrenheit
Chicago is 8F and Split Croatia is 80F. It’s amazing to think that there is a 72 degree Fahrenheit difference between the two.
Converting to Celsius
In Split, it just happens to be 27 degrees right now:
Remember, we established that 10 degrees Celsius is equal to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
So 8F is really 32 degrees minus 24 to reach 8F. The difference of 24 is divided by 1.8 so that both temperatures can be compared in Fahrenheit.
24 / 1.8 equals 13.3 degrees
Since it is below freezing it will be minus 13
Answer = -13.3 Celsius
If this is too hard for you, no worries. Here is a link: http://Converter – Fahrenheit to Celsius or C-> F
And now for something completely different
Nives Celzijus is a very strong supporter of our national football team 🙂
Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone with a surname of Fahrenheit.
Make it a Good one!…
Belgian tourism is alive and well!
Just a quick one, this time. As you are probably aware of, Belgium is known as the home of many things, for example:
the European Union headquarters (in Brussels, BE)
and – the Zadar tourist board! Read all about it in the link below. It seems we will be seeing more Belgium licenses plates on our highways in the summer months.
Yes, the Belgians are loyal fans of Croatia, particularly Zadar. Belgians live in the shade, most of the time! I know – I’ve been there, and seeing the sun is a real treat!
Lowlands weather can be very muggy, humid, foggy or whatever.
Bonjour – mon ami! and while you’re at it, come to climb the tower at St. Anastasia’s cathedral – sveta Stošija – it’s well worth it :D.
Couch to 5k free ap for wannabe athletes. HA! – is it possible, you ask? I also had my doubts. Can pigs fly? Certainly not. But this one is a shoo-in. Basically, you can’t go wrong.
Most expats I know are not great fans of the sweaty gym. Been there, done that before. And as much as it was exciting to see the hard bodies of their peers, it’s gotten a little passe. By now the majority of us have our partners and mates, husbands and wives and just being (or getting) into shape is the primary motivation.
I too fit into this group and got really turned on to a not-so-new application that is certainly new-to-me – the COUCH TO 5K ap.
FIRST, a little perspiration
The Couch to 5k Free Ap is a little like Santa. It knows when you are sleeping, it knows when you are awake – and it senses when you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing.
For example, my pup was in desperate need of attention and the Ap asked me: “shall we continue this or not?” Of course, I paraphrased, but you get the point.
Instead of scolding, it pleasantly offers to abort the workout. OK, life happens! It is ok to say, I changed my mind. And the Ap allows you to do this, guilt free.
Free as free can be for the downloading, the Couch to 5k free Ap spells out how, in only 9 weeks, you and I can reach the level of actually running a 5k.
There is a new running club being set up in our community and I’d sure like to take part in that and not collapse at the finish line. Staying fit is important because life goes on, and on, and on… and I want to be a participant, not an observer!
Not too demanding
I also like that it has a three days per week workout plan, and it has been quite easy. Here’s how it usually works:
Five minutes warm up (walk, stretch, yawn).
1 minute – run in one direction for thirty seconds, then turn around and then, run back. Usually to where my dog is stationed (he loves to run under my feet – a big no-no).
1-1/2 minutes – walk around in circles, petting the dog if possible.
1 minute – run 30 seconds in one direction – and so it goes.
A painless, 30-minute workout
Time flies! Before I know it, I’ve done the deed – and I’m off the hook for the next 48 hours!
Weight Goals – an Update
I have to say, since I have been eating the Full Plate Living way, with 75% of my food from fiber I have actually dropped three kilos utterly painlessly.
Tip – a half cup of beans or peas anytime during the day, but preferably around midday, really stretches out the digestion process and by evenings I just have a token dinner, picking at my food (never thought THAT would happen!).
And now some inspiration:
Ironically, on the same day, this message appeared in my mail feed:
“OK, I’ll do it!” Such momentum is important. If we take action, wisdom will burst forth from within nnd enable us to transform difficulties into opportunities. Come, let’s take one step forward!”
Wrapping things up
I hope I have inspired you to fight the normal inclination to be couch potatoes this autumn. This workout can be done on a treadmill, though I will be outdoors as long as humanly possible to get some natural vitamin D from the sun.
That’s all for now.
Maybe for you as well, September is a little like a second wind, a time of rejuvenation, back to school and back to normality. I personally want to seriously kick butt as far as ending the year well, with “somehow – anyhow!” resolved goals even if they are completed at the last moment by the skin of one’s teeth.
It’s all good!
Fitness is a part of that, and I hope the Couch to 5k free app helps you with that. I’d love to hear more about that in the comments.
Till next time,
All the best <3
Anastasia – ie. Amerikanka in Croatia
WINTER PREP FOOD IDEAS
This post is about winter food prep ideas. I’m going out on a limb here, and assume that you also love Croatian food.
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It is so fresh and tasty and much of the homegrown stuff is unsprayed with chemicals or pesticides. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I emigrated to Croatia because even though I grew up in California, until now I had never tasted such delicious tomatoes.
The apple/pear/fig doesn’t fall far from the tree…
I inherited my love of cooking from my mom, Helen Kingsley. She’s French, you know. Of she, myself and my younger sister, she is definitely the slimmest -but the best cook. OK, I am in the second place (for both categories). I think cooking fills your senses with the lovely aroma that when it comes to sitting down and actually eating, a person already feels half full.
Winter Food Prep Ideas:
Despite the warm weather and the reluctance to think about summer coming to an end, it unfortunately will.
As Kate Northrup says, There is a cycle for everything. A three-minute You-tube video that talks about this very concept: Click here to hear Kate
Anyway, here in Dalmatia we have our rituals and as summer comes to a close, (sob, weep) there is lots to be done in the kitchen.
No, not remodeling silly – that is in Spring.
We start paring tomatoes, cooking salsa.
Related Post: Legendary Home Grown Tomatoes
We pick figs off our trees (as well as abandoned trees that no one tends to) and dry them in the sun.
Related Post: (add link to prior post).
We plant cabbages and potatoes for winter – even though no one “feels like it” they’ll be ready to eat right in time for early winter.
So what do cooks need to get these projects off the ground?
Tools and gadgets that I recommend:
- A good food processor. My Gorenje “multipraktik” as it’s called here (i.e. food processor) has been in daily use since my daughter was still in her stroller – twelve years going strong (but it is time to be thinking of buying a new one). I use it to dice onions, and even make my own peanut butter (it is tastier than the store brand and zero preservatives – good stuff when the kids need a quick sandwich)
- A good set of knives. Because we are all a little short on cash, many of us wait for hotel presentations put on by traveling salesmen (yes sometimes these are scams) selling mattresses or massage machines – all high-end items. Because they know you aren’t probably going to sit through their presentation without at least a parting gift, we wait till the end and get our free knife set or something similar. That is how I got mine 🙂
- A pressure cooker. I didn’t know that you can cook beans and legumes well in advance and store them in freezer bags. They stack right up. Before long, the kitchen will soon begin to smell wonderful – and you have dinners in the freezer for later -what a win-win 😀
I am a big believer in healthy eating, and most Croatian eat healthily without realizing it.
The Full Plate Diet
As a side note, there is new research out there that Fiber is the best way to keep hunger cravings at bay, and that by aiming or 75% fiber, digestion will take longer, and weight loss will be aided.
It’s also nice because you feel full and no one nags you about diet because you are actually eating a lot of food! More details about the (easy to follow) Full Plate diet can be found here:
How to cook legumes
However: to keep fuel costs down, I use a pressure cooker which cuts the cooking time in half. If possible, soak them overnight, rinse and then add a generous pinch of salt, celery (or selen, as it is called here. It looks like parsley but with a thicker stalk and is a MUST for good stews, soups or anything else for lunch that requires a tasty sauce) sprig, onion, carrot, garlic and tablespoon of Vegeta.
Our Goal: Save time and money
Instapots are the rage, but I prefer using the pressure cooker then add the homemade pasta and so on, I like being able to mix and match. Maybe your family, like mine, has its picky preferences. We have a vegetarian (who could eat nothing but vegetable all day long) and a recently reformed anti-vegetarian who will eat a spoonful or two of veggies, but more than that is pushing it 🙂
Autumn (simple) lunch
Anyway, you get my point. For autumn meals I usually have a pot of legumes or brown rice, plus a pot of vegetables (grilled eggplant and zucchini, with salsa as needed) and in a frying pan I cook up some homemade sausages or some other things so that each member is satisfied.
My family actually hates to eat out, they have gotten used to healthy eating, which is a huge money saving, and they are also looking quite healthy and fit 🙂
Given that I am self-employed and don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, I have experience in this. So, I highly recommend that you consider the following:
- Planning meals at least a few days ahead, and cooking at least a double batch as long as the flavor doesn’t suffer (adjust spices and make sure it’s just as tasty)
- Store the rest for future usage – freezer, canning fruit in jars, making marmalade, salting bluefish like sardines with rock salt (it takes about two months), and drying figs (see photo). I also like to make a special dried fig cake called HIB, it looks like a round of cheese and goes down well with a shot of Croatian brandy.
- Canning fresh fruit – autumn crops include DUNJA – a wonderful fruit for winter doldrums
- Making a double batch of burek (cheeses pita) and desserts to keep fuel costs at bay – easy to warm up later and they taste just as good 🙂
- Focus on preparing seasonal foods now. Given the blessed bounty, it’ easy to get sick of a certain food item, but now is the time to prepare for winter.
When it’s cold outside it’s so much nicer to take something out of storage. First, you don’t have to go to the grocery store, and second, you feel like an ace. Believe me, it is so much nicer to take a winter walk, then read a book and/or learn how to knit a sweater or a potholder by the fire!
One of the advantages of living here is feeling that you are on Nature’s timeframe, so why not just go with the flow and like Kate mentions above, follow the four seasons.
Related Post: All about Figs
Winter food prep ideas are as abundant as the types of fall harvest foods available. Of course, we resist it, but late summertime really is the time to prepare for winter. More details to follow in future posts.
Tell me in the comments which ideas appeal to you most and what you would like to see more of.
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This post is all about the full plate diet, something I have been doing most recently. When it comes to food, fiber can be key to naturally regulating your weight so you or I don’t have to diet ever again.
Now, wouldn’t that be nice? As the former queen of up a kilo, down 1/2 kilo, I would personally love to, once and for all, wear out a pair of jeans instead of simply growing out of them.
Tell me if you can relate to what I am saying, here.
It’s true, I am a foodie, and always will be – how about you?
To be honest, I don’t personally know “anyone” who doesn’t like to eat. But let me get to the point, there is actually a non-profit org out there, a fairy godmother of sorts, to help figure out what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to healthy food choices. Yes, that also includes weight and fat loss.
Changes in nutrition and movement
Let’s face it – compared to 100 years ago, we are mostly 90% sedentary and 10% active (instead of the other way around).
Plus, factors like middle age and processed food don’t help much, now do they (insert laughing while crying emoticon), LOL?
If you add to the mix: hormones, GMO, chemically treated foods with obscure additives that create profit for the food industry and wreak havoc in our own bodies, the whole spectrum looks pretty staggering. However, I believe that there is hope. These studies seem extremely important for modern living and healthful eating. Best of all, the changes are not terribly obvious and definitely manageable for eating away from home.
The Full Plate Organization
Full Plate has been around for the past ten years, and here is their mission statement:
“We’re a passionate group driven to improve the health and vitality of people to live more meaningful lives.”
Like its name, the concept is that you can be healthy and fit without starving yourself. For me, it also means a commitment to actually sitting down to eat my meal, which is both spiritually and visually more satisfying.
So, let’s get down to business…
How does the Full Plate diet work?
The principle of the diet is,
Fiber is your friend. The more time it takes you to digest one’s food, the longer the stomach (and entire organism) will feel satisfied. For anyone that doesn’t know, fiber means those things that usually crunch, require more chewing and which force the body to literally churn the nutrients out of them. They are not easily processed, i.e. whole grain wheat bread compared to white bread; apples with the peels on compared to applesauce, and so on. Fun fact: Eating a fistful of nuts every day has been linked to longevity, as shown by the many centenarians who follow this practice.
Here is a list of Fiber Friendly foods, is this cool or what? I plan to make it my new shopping list. Click to the right to open it and download it. Table of Fiber Friendly Foods
If all this seems a bit much, ie.e you are brand new to this way of thinking, there is an even easier method. I am pretty jazzed about this, myself because there is an even simpler approach, namely the Apple challenge, which you can see by clicking on the link below.
They weren’t kidding when they said, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
For more details, Click here
Joe Hamilton’s story.
Here is a great success story!
Joe lost 90 lbs in 14 months by making some key adjustments in regards to adding fiber to his meals. He claims that, although skeptical, he began powering up his meals with fiber-filled foods, and lo and behold, discovered he really wasn’t all that hungry. What’s more, he is easily maintaining his weight loss.
It’s 3 minutes long: Joe’s story
As they say, from a plump 280 to a movie-star 190 lbs.
Full plate began with a book, which can be ordered on Amazon if you want to know more about it (affiliate links).
By clicking on the picture above it activates a link to order the Full Plate Diet Book, which contains an affiliate link, which means, if you do order it, I get a small percentage of the proceeds. I only promote things that I like and believe in, which most of us do in everyday conversation. This is my first time to try and combine affiliate links with a topic, so I hope it works out well for both my readers and myself.
Lose Weight in Six Steps.
Here is the link to learn more about their program which is a free service to all who want to find a clear way through the jungle of food. Click here: Full Plate
The Full Plate Diet has a special program designed for middle-aged Women
A special program has been designed for middle-aged women, i.e. post-menopausal, who find it increasingly hard to keep trim. The inevitable “spare tire” and other problems make weight loss more difficult, however, can be counteracted with a proven 7 step program to reverse the trend of gaining to losing.
The six steps, which are provided as a series (every day a new one) and delivered directly into your inbox over a week’s time, which basically gives the reader time to digest this new perspective (to eat more, and not less!) The topics are all about
- Increasing slowed down metabolism with HIIT training, 5x 30 minutes per week. For me a step machine works best to reduce any harmful impact on the knees.
- Increasing upper body muscle mass by lifting light weights (10 minutes 2x week),
- About making a new pact with Sugar, i.e. sugar addiction, (see PDF) Don’t fully eliminate but DO take control.
- Are you dehydrated? How to increase your water intake
- Sleep plays a major part in dieting, so get at least 7 hrs per night
- Focusing on fiber as a low-calorie filling food that will keep you
What did you think about Joe’s story?
Does 75% fiber seem a bit too much? It did to me, honestly, but I feel very noble eating better (and more filling) foods, and less inclined to snack than on other restrictive food plans.
The 25% is for the foods you don’t want to, nor have to, give up completely (i.e. meat, bread, chocolate – etc.).