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Things you would never have done before you got to NZ - downbeat stuff

Old Jul 6th 2012, 12:29 am
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Ahh i do sympathise totally! Maybe i'm trying to lead a horse to water here as you've probably in NZ far longer than I!!!

I find Countdown quite ridiculous for some veggies when its off season. I've sometimes made the effort to go to the fruit and veg shop instead and low and behold....instead for $4 for a pepper, its $2! instead of $4 for a cucumber - its $2!

My flattie goes to the markets all the time and she was eating avocado last night and I commented about not wanted to spend $2.50 on it this time of year -she gets them for $1 each!

I think the key in NZ is really trying to eat seasonally as much as you can. I've given up finding fresh sugar snap beans (mmm)! and just adapting your recipes accordingly. What about frozen beans etc for your stir frys? and frozen peas! yum!

I use the website http://www.healthyfood.co.nz/ alot. together with Weightwatchers recipes
I also buy the Healthy Food Guide Magazine and its got great recipes in there - very seasonal too.

There's a couple of yummy sounding ones i've just seen that I'm going to try - Greek style meatball tray bake and Ravioli vege bake - both freeze well so I can eat 2 portions and freeze 2!

As for my determination erm
yes - right - well - lets see how i go! but you gotta aim high!
I do go to the fruit & veggie shops & will do that later today. I'm quite a fussy eater which doesn't help, don't like cheese, butter, marg (unless hidden in cake or biccies!), ham, raw tomatoes, lamb unless it's very lean & so on

What's really bad is that I went to catering college, have a degree in home economics & hundreds of cookery books

You'll be fine & I'm prepared to nag you if that will help!
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Old Jul 6th 2012, 12:31 am
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It seems common in the first couple of years of emigrating to suffer a bit health wise (common- not universal, before we get 100 posts about how much fitter folks feel since arriving). I think it's a mix of your body getting used to a new climate and new germs but also cumulative stress levels starting to seriously take their toll.
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It seems common in the first couple of years of emigrating to suffer a bit health wise (common- not universal, before we get 100 posts about how much fitter folks feel since arriving). I think it's a mix of your body getting used to a new climate and new germs but also cumulative stress levels starting to seriously take their toll.
I've been here for 5 1/2 years
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I've been here for 5 1/2 years
Maybe you are allergic to NZ, then?
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I do go to the fruit & veggie shops & will do that later today. I'm quite a fussy eater which doesn't help, don't like cheese, butter, marg (unless hidden in cake or biccies!), ham, raw tomatoes, lamb unless it's very lean & so on

What's really bad is that I went to catering college, have a degree in home economics & hundreds of cookery books

You'll be fine & I'm prepared to nag you if that will help!


See I should know better ha ha

but erm - no cheese, butter, ham, tomatos or lamb - OMG. that sounds like my hell! ha ha! I'll eat nearly anything (although I did refuse starfish and crickets in China - I did however eat Ducks Beak - a delicacy in Laos)

I do need nagging - I managed to loose an additional 5kg when I got to NZ, and then over the summer, through a lot of socializing its creeped on again - and of course a bit more!

I find it easier in winter strangely to loose weight as I'm quite happy cooking and making soups, stews and curries, which can actually be really healthy! Oh - and I hibernate a bit more and not so tempted to go out so much!

Bought myself the 10kg bag of potatoes going cheap in countdown last night so that will be potato soup, into a stew or two, a potato curry.....i'll look like a blooming potato by the time I finish the bag!
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Maybe you are allergic to NZ, then?
I think so
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See I should know better ha ha

but erm - no cheese, butter, ham, tomatos or lamb - OMG. that sounds like my hell! ha ha! I'll eat nearly anything (although I did refuse starfish and crickets in China - I did however eat Ducks Beak - a delicacy in Laos)

I do need nagging - I managed to loose an additional 5kg when I got to NZ, and then over the summer, through a lot of socializing its creeped on again - and of course a bit more!

I find it easier in winter strangely to loose weight as I'm quite happy cooking and making soups, stews and curries, which can actually be really healthy! Oh - and I hibernate a bit more and not so tempted to go out so much!

Bought myself the 10kg bag of potatoes going cheap in countdown last night so that will be potato soup, into a stew or two, a potato curry.....i'll look like a blooming potato by the time I finish the bag!
No, it's me that should know better

I made potato (Parmentier) soup for my 'O' level domestic science!! I passed.

Perhaps we should both get off the computer & get exercising
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No, it's me that should know better

I made potato (Parmentier) soup for my 'O' level domestic science!! I passed.

Perhaps we should both get off the computer & get exercising
Well - I have a good excuse - i'm at work! and yes I should be working - if I had any work to do - long long story but i'm bored as! As soon as I get residency and a proper job I shall probably not be on here so much!
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Maybe you are allergic to NZ, then?
I never gave it a second thought about it being anything to do with being in NZ but I have had untold ear problems, since being here also. I had wondered if it might be something in the water or humidity.

Other things I never did before coming to NZ was have to figure out ways to avoid having to rub noses (hongi) with guys at the office.

I also never felt the need to keep emergency stocks of water or food supplies, far less concern myself too much about the joys of living with weak infrastructure and the power surges and outages that all too often occur.
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I never gave it a second thought about it being anything to do with being in NZ but I have had untold ear problems, since being here also. I had wondered if it might be something in the water or humidity.

Other things I never did before coming to NZ was have to figure out ways to avoid having to rub noses (hongi) with guys at the office.

I also never felt the need to keep emergency stocks of water or food supplies, far less concern myself too much about the joys of living with weak infrastructure and the power surges and outages that all too often occur.
slightly less of a problem but i didn't think my oily skin was anything much to do with changing country until someone pointed out that there were very many environmental different factors to take into account here - and maybe the pollution at home kept it at bay! i never thought of pollution as a good thing before

i really should start my emergency supplies cupboard.......
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Another thing that I would never have done before I came to NZ was send a Memo.

Another of those 'Life on Mars' office moments that comes with working among cantankerous old codgers that should have long since been put out to pasture.

Honestly, there are people here that still write Memos!
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Am on a roll now and should stop thinking about these things but right now I have performance anxiety with regards the 'NZ's Hottest Baker' competition, that is otherwise known as the shared office lunch.

FFS, that's all they have to talk about for a whole week. Planning on who's going to bring what and shall we go with the white chocolate ganache and chocolate curls, or something else?
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Another thing that I would never have done before I came to NZ was send a Memo.

Another of those 'Life on Mars' office moments that comes with working among cantankerous old codgers that should have long since been put out to pasture.

Honestly, there are people here that still write Memos!
Pronounced 'meeemo'
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Another thing that I would never have done before I came to NZ was send a Memo.

Another of those 'Life on Mars' office moments that comes with working among cantankerous old codgers that should have long since been put out to pasture.

Honestly, there are people here that still write Memos!
There are people at uni who do that too. And then scan and attach them to emails with the note : Please see attached memo. On memo type heading and everything. Never seen anything like that before

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