As I promised, part of the Give-Back Diet is about weight loss, and food: recipes,  flavor and fitness.  Welcome to day 25, and continued healthy diet, fitness, emotional and spiritual freedom and JOY to you!  I love the comments and journals you’ve been posting and “Giving-Back” to everyone.  Please keep them coming.

Today, I have a really terrific recipe for you.  It’s very healthy because it’s got fish and vegetables in it, and it’s really flavorful.  Our family loves it, and I hope you and yours will too.

Dr. Norris Chumley’s Asian Fish Supreme
(serves 4)

This recipe suggests a couple of ingredients, Tamarind and nampla (fish concentrate) that you can find in an Asian grocery, and in some health food stores.  I recommend you seek them out and add them to your kitchen “library” of flavors.  They are used in a variety of Asian dishes, especially Thai and Malaysian.

It is best served over whole-grain, brown rice, or jasmine rice.  It would also be good as a kind of variation on Pad Thai, with rice noodles.  Cook the rice or noodles first, then the fish dish, as the rice will take longer.

4 small fish fillets (choose your favorite white fish: perhaps flounder, tilapia, sole, etc.)  frozen or fresh
1 shallot or 4 small green onions
1 green pepper
1 red or yellow pepper
1 8oz. can unsweetened pineapple or ½ fresh pineapple, cubed

2 tablespoons tamarind (or 2 teaspoons tamarind concentrate)
2 garlic clove, crushed or chopped
3 tablespoons nampla (concentrated fish sauce)
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter
¼ cup water

Chop the peppers and shallots (or onion) into medium diced cubes.  Sautee them over medium-high heat until lightly browned.  Reserve in a side bowl.

Place the fish in a skillet and pour water over it until it just covers-over the fish.  Cook over medium heat until the fish is completely cooked, above 140 degrees on a thermometer, or when it is totally white, through and through.

While the fish is cooking combine sauce ingredients and stir until combined.

When the fish is done, let it rest 1-2 minutes, then gently drain the hot water from the pan.  Lightly cover the fish with the sauce and serve with a prayer of gratitude.


— Gather the ingredients for this recipe, and make it for dinner.  OR, try it tomorrow.

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— Please be sure to move and use your body as vigorously as possible today.  If you are able, and your doctor or health care provider agrees it is OK, increase your movement to 30 minutes.  You may want to walk, dance, do yoga, stretch, or go to a gym.

— If you have lost weight – congratulations!  Please tell us about it.  If you have remained the same, congratulations!  That’s great you’re not gaining.

— If you are not losing weight: don’t get discouraged – you are building a whole new healthy way of life.  You may want to look back at your food logs:  are you following the Food Guide Pyramid at  You may need to make a few changes in what and when you eat – also take a look at your eating patterns.  Are you moving and vigorously using your body every day?  Also – very important – have you had a medical checkup to make sure you don’t have an underlying condition that affects your weight?

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