Why do we get fat – is it just about gluttony and sloth?

Why do we get fat?
The answer is simple really, at least that’s what we are told; we get fat because we eat too much and exercise too little, in other words it is all about gluttony and sloth! A local Doctor suggested recently that “all they need is a poke in the ribs”.  It is no wonder we are weighed down by guilt and self-doubt!   Those who have struggled with weight for years will know that fat gain and weight loss are far from simple and to suggest that all we need is a bit of resolve and willpower is insulting at best.   I know from personal experience and from the people I see that dieters have the strongest of willpowers – willpower unfortunately will never win when biology and the world we live in fights it at every turn!

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Tuna and mushroom pasta bake

Tuna and mushroom pasta bake
This dish is much lower in kilojoules than traditional creamy pasta dishes yet just as tasty.  The secret is in the cheese sauce -  fat is reduced by thickening with cornflour (instead of butter and flour) and by using trim milk and Edam cheese rather than the higher fat versions.  Flavour is enhanced by adding mustard and stock powder.   I do this for all white and cheese sauces I make and you would not know the difference (except perhaps to the waistline!).
For a delicious variation, add chopped sun dried tomatoes instead of the corn.

Serves 8
Time to make 1 hour

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