Lidl Opens New Store In Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

Cool. I now have a Lidl supermarket right on my doorstep (5 mins walk from my house).

The grand opening wasn´t that grand though – I expected a lot more people, and there wasn´t any press either – just me and a few other people with cameras, but nothing major.  Not that I´m complaining! I do suffer from “trolley rage” at times when it´s too packed in a supermarket and get claustrophobic easily…. so all is good really!

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Your Ideal Weight…

By the end of last year I realised that I would have to lose that flab around the middle again.  My weight had been creeping up slowly for the 6 months before Christmas and I just had to make a resolution for “some time next year” to go on a diet again.  So I set the date for 1st March, 6 weeks before my birthday.  

Explained in a nutshell, the diet that works for me, and has worked for me before, is basically keeping carbs and proteins apart, i.e. eat them on different days.  When I diet, I am very very strict, but the weight came off only slowly.  However, by late April I had lost almost 4kg and I had beaten those bad habits that I had picked up the year before.  These were: starting to eat butter again with bread and toast, whereas for years I had used cream cheese light as a substitute, and I was drinking 1 or 2 Red Bull type energy drinks a day.  Those were the worst things I could have done, so I´m glad I am now off that sh*t again! 

I seem to still be losing a tiny bit of weight even though I´m not dieting any longer, but funnily enough, I have been pretty much on junk food for the last few months. Okay, I don´t solely live on junk food – I believe I have found a perfect balance between coffees/pizzas/Burgerking on the one hand, and lots of fruit, herbal teas, wholemeal products and supplement pills/vitamins on the other. I have been keeping off butter (or very little of it), using virgin olive oil instead, and off those evil energy drinks (only had one of those since March). Instead of potato crisps, I have been munching on corn chips. 

And what about the beer?! Well, I have been drinking a little more than usual, but obviously still within good limits regarding my weight. 🙂

So there. I hope this is not rubbing it in too much but will actually inspire you a bit, if you are not happy with your weight…

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Feline Eating Disorders – Is there such a thing?

Just like humans, all cats are different.  This also means that they have different tastes in food and different eating habits.

None of my three cats has what I would call “normal” behaviour towards food.  Lugosi is “the feline dustbin”, Ruby eats and picks at her meals like a bird, and Spider…. well, the latter is the most finickity eater out of the lot.

Once I have put food down for all three, Spider is always the one that sniffs and then sticks his nose up and walks off. One way around it is to encourage him by putting a little food on my finger and letting him lick it off.  But even then, it´s kind of a game, where he sniffs at it, backs away slowly, and then sniffs at it again about 3 times before he decides to gently stick his tongue out and eat it. After repeating this a couple of times, he only eats a tiny bit, and walks off again. At other times, he will only touch his food when it´s served on the floor.  Yes, you heard right.  The floor.  No plate or bowl. Tsk!

The problem is that I feed them raw food these days because it is simply much healthier than the sh*t that goes into even the special food that can be bought from the vets. And because it´s raw, I can´t leave it out all day and it needs to go back into the fridge after half an hour. Lucky for the cats, I am currently unemployed apart from a bit of web design from home, so I am being used like a well-trained human yoyo, forever going back and forth taking their food out of the fridge and then returning it after they had a few bites to eat!

Feel free to comment with your own experiences of your cats´ eating habits.  I would love to hear about it. 🙂

P.S.: My kitties´ raw food diet is supplemented with a fantastic powder called “My Natural Cat” that contains all the vitamins and minerals that cats need, available from my wonderful friend Felice at Feline Instincts.

Spider munching raw chicken
Spider munching raw chicken

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