Saturday, November 5, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
energy, get rid of gas and bloating, cure gerd, improve the digestive system , help with athritis and general aches and pains and lose weight. Wow - so is this the way of the future for all of us or maybe the older generation or is this the cure for the overweight. I am not sure that I believe all these claims but I could do with more energy for one so I am going to investigate further. There is a supplement on the market something greens which may or may not work but is one of those long, long winded adds that go on and on and then at the end reveal the product they are trying to sell. So I figure this may not be the way to go but to look at the diet itself. I have only just touched on it and it looks a little involved but mainly as I see it, it involves eating the correct combination of foods to reduce the acidity in our blood cells.
I found a list of alkaline foods below
- Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach
- Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon
- Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu
- Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Pulchritudinous meaning physically beautiful
Richard Burton used it to describe his first impression of Elizabeth Taylor: "... the most astonishingly self-contained, pulchritudinous, remote, removed, inaccessible woman I had ever seen."
Thursday, September 8, 2016
So that being said, what to do? Saw some good ideas on the morning TV show and so decided is time I pursued my earlier thoughts on cutting down on the number of times I go to the supermarket a week which for me is almost daily and if I only go in for one thing sure as hell come out with a bundle.
My List of things to do to get me on track and you if you think it will help.
- Decide how often to shop weekly or fortnightly for me it will be weekly because fresh fruit and vegetables will not always keep for a fortnight especially when you don't really know how they have been stored. So weekly and this week I will try the market's for my fruit and vegetable to compliment those in the local supermarket that does have some nice fresh stuff.
- Draw up a menu for the week. I am not going to cover every meal as I have tried that before and end up with too much because I go out to friends or eat out so let's say 5 days of meals.
- Then accordingly write out your shopping list
- Have some fun with all this and it should stick especially if you start to save money which can go towards little luxuries or into a fund or to get out of debt
Till next time
Have fun, eat well and be happy
Grown in our backyard
Monday, August 29, 2016
A get together for a breakfast or lunch out - your shout would be very nice.
Lunch at the beach again your shout with a game of cricket or a long walk along the sand.
If you cannot get together well post a parcel so that it arrives in time but forget the sweets, chocolates, socks, shaving cream, slippers and pj's.
- Gift Card are not such a bad idea especially for the older Dad's/Granddad's who are hard to buy for such as to Bunning's depending on their interests.
- Seat Cover such as lambs wool but only if you know what he likes and wants otherwise forget it. They are made for the car make and model.
- Tag Trackers for Dad's who are always losing keys, misplacing glasses, wallet and so on. Just type in Tag Trackers in the search engine to see what is available there is a range in price, some limitations as to distance covered but good for around the house .
- Something for the garden such as a garden fork, garden rake, if you know Dad's old one is about to break or has been taped up once too often!! Would be a nice gift.
- Has he got old records he cannot play? Depending on budget a record player that plays 45's and LP's would be nice.
Friday, July 22, 2016
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Well it's time to take stock and look at your exercise regime me included. So up and adam everybody let do the walk. How to start out again after taking an extended break. Well what I do is start walking before breakfast say 15/20 minutes trying to pick up 2000 steps and following this mid morning, after lunch, mid afternoon and hey presto 8000 steps on top of your daily routine.
Hands up those of you who are going to get off your butt and start the walk and forget the talk.
Join me today. Are you ready for take off. Oh yeh let's get going then. See you in the morning for some feedback.
Friday, April 29, 2016
So this year guys get a bit smarter Mum does not expect anything just love and affection and a big smile. But if you must buy a gift - flowers are a great idea unless there are allergic reactions involved in which case ask her what she would like or take her shopping if you can and let her select.
Remember the older Mum's, baby boomers have usually collected a lot of nick nacks over the years and become harder to buy for. The more personalised the present the bigger chance you will get it wrong. So a few suggestions
for a movie lover- a nice video nothing bloodthirsty or full of swearing something like the Dressmaker would make a nice gift.
a beautiful bunch of mixed flowers some people don't especially like chrysantheum's?
a novel for an avid reader - but only if you are sure of what they like some people like biographies, some love stories, some adventure, some hate war stories so choose wisely
if you are thinking of jewellry - let Mum choose her own from a catalogue or on line
perfume only if you know for sure what she likes not what you think is nice - very personal preference when it comes to perfume and this can change over time?
forget - the soap, bubble bath, socks, slippers, pyjamas
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Firstly the low fat diet is out and could be giving us diabetes 2. It seems that information given to us for so long about reducing our fat intake and going for products including dairy, milk, cheese, yoghurt that are lower in fat. But now we are being told the fat in the dairy products helps to distribute the insulin around our bodies. So guess what low fat is off my menu and instead I am slowly introducting full cream milk and greek yoghurt into my diet and will see how I go with my weight. So far so good. I am watching my portions and trying to keep them down.
Secondly Lithium which has been used to treat Bipolar disorder as well as depression, mood swings, episodes of mania and other disorders can increase the lenght of our lives? How can this be so? " ithium has long been used as a mood stabilizer in the treatment of manic depression (known today as bipolar disorder). In fact, its first reported use was in 1949,1 when Dr. John Frederick Joseph Cade, an Australian psychiatrist, found that lithium carbonate operated as a mood enhancer in the treatment of manic depression disorder.
Lithium decreases mortality
Last January, we reported on a lithium study that heralded one the great advances in longevity for 2011 (see “Longevity and the Future” in the January 2011 issue). Researchers from Germany and Japan analyzed the mortality rate in 18 adjacent Japanese municipalities in relation to the amount of the trace element lithium contained in tap water from the respective regions.2 “We found that the mortality rate was considerably lower in those municipalities with more lithium in the drinking water [bold added],” Professor Dr. Michael Ristow, the lead researcher explained.
Longer life from lithium
In other words, a regular small uptake of lithium can considerably promote longevity according to the researchers and that even a low concentration of lithium leads to an increased life expectancy in humans as well as in a model organism, the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans. In a second experiment, the scientists examined exactly this range of low concentration in the C. elegans and were able to confirm: “The average longevity of the worms is higher after they have been treated with lithium at this dosage [bold added],” Ristow said. “From previous studies we know already that a higher uptake of lithium through drinking water is associated with an improvement of psychological well-being and with decreased suicide rates [bold added],”
"Preserving And Renewing Brain Cells With Lithium
Medical students are taught that there is a slow steady loss of brain cells with aging culminating in gradual shrinkage of the brain. Lithium has long been known to be an effective therapy for Bipolar Disorder (manic depression) when taken in high doses. However, recent research has shown that low doses of lithium preserve and renew brain cells. Eight of ten persons given lithium showed an increase in brain grey matter of 3 % after only 4 weeks. By promoting brain cell regeneration and increasing brain size lithium can function as an anti-aging nutrient for the brain.
Lithium also accomplishes the following benefits for brain cells:
Lithium enhances DNA replication which is the first step to formation of new cells. The damaging effects of excitotoxins. (monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (Nutrasweet) etc. can be blocked by lithium.
Animal research shows that lithium can decrease the areas of cell death after induced strokes by 56 %.
Lithium protects rat brain cells from the. increased levels of brain cell death caused by anti-convulsant drugs (Dilantin phenytoin , Tegretol, carbamazepine etc.) Lithium may protect against adverse effects from mood altering drugs, alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, 'uppers"and "downers", and marihuana all of which cause brain damage with long term use. Abnormally functioning signaling pathways may become repaired by lithium. The aluminum felt to be a possible cause of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). is chelated by lithium so it can be more easily removed from the body.
Research has suggested that lithium blocks the secretion of beta-amyloid in Alzheimer's disease and prevents damage from pre-existing beta amyloid. Overactivity of the brain cell protein tau contributes to death of neurones in Alzheimer's Disease. Lithium inhibits this tau protein damage and the formation of the neurofibrillary tangles seen in AD. "
I am not going out to try this metal but will enquire further with my GP on my next visit because there can be bad side affects and self medicating is not a good thing generally.
And then to read another point of view see below:
"Lithium robbed me of my vitality and life! I used to feel excited and connected to the world and now after lithium I feel empty and alone. I used to be a good musician before taking the lithium poison but lithium made me a terrible musician. Before the lithium I was social and considered beautiful, now after the lithium I am a strange wallflower that is unattractive. Before lithium I was connected and engaged in life, now after lithium I am withdrawn,antisocial, and disconnected. Lithium is THE WORST medication in my experience. Lithium is a nonessential metal in the human body. Humans do NOT require lithium to live, reproduce, or function in any way. It is easy to get caught up in the hype of lithium. Lithium increases grey matter in the brain, it supposedly calms people down, it is "just a salt", criminals have less lithium in their hair -these are all things people say when promoting lithium. People often ignore the negatives and destructiveness of lithium. The truth about lithium is that is is a nonessential metal for humans and all living creatures. Lithium is a toxin. The average person has 5mg of lithium in their body, and the average bipolar person is given between 450mg-1200mg PER DAY! The amount of lithium given for bipolar disorder, any mental disorder, or the amount contained in lithium orotate or lithium aspartate (a supposedly "safe" dietary supplement, lithium orotate and lithium asparate are actually dangerous and unproven without sound scientific studies, and they are quite toxic) is completely an overdosing of lithium. Food has quantities of lithium in the MICROgram range, not the miligram range. Lithium is NOT required in milligram dosages, it is fine in MICROGRAMS but sufficient, and even excess lithium, can be acquired through the diet (aka food sources). Giving people lithium is like how the ancient Romans rubbed lead (Pb) on their faces for makeup and used lead water pipes. Using lead in makeup and in water pipes was toxic, and we now know that. Years from now, hopefully humanity will look back and realize that giving people lithium was a negative, illogical, and completely [edited per terms and conditions of membership; false, defamatory, inaccurate claim] teatment; choice.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Then apples aint apples! Some apples can me 10 months old such as pink slipper having been kept in the cool room with use of an agent to keep them. Brown bread can be white flour died brown. It is a real minefield out there when it comes to trying to eat healthy. We think we are doing the right thing and then all this information comes to light just to confuse us further.
Rachel Clemons from Choice writes "Fresh food sold in supermarkets – such as fruit, vegetables and meat – isn't always as fresh as you might think. Technological advances mean the lamb chops that look so succulent could have been butchered four months ago, and those shiny red apples might have been in storage for more than a year.
It's a fair-enough expectation that if you're buying "fresh produce" it shouldn't have been frozen or preserved. You'd also expect it to be put on sale as close to the state it would be in at the time of picking, catching or producing. So are meat, fruit and vegetables that have been stored for an extended period still truly fresh?"
That was also my next question how good are these "Non-fresh" products? Do they contain any of the goodies they are suppose to? Well it has been reported that English spinach retains only 53% of its folate and 54% of its carotene after just eight days stored at fridge temperatures. And apples kept in cold storage for three months have lower levels of antioxidants.
TO BE CONTINUED
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
I always buy free range eggs. I know that the labelling is not always as it seems but I am pretty happy with those I have, well until now. In the article in the paper it was suggested to check all the eggs in a carton and if they were all of similar colour it could be likely they were from chooks fed with additives to colour the yolks.
Although stricter labelling laws are expected next month when ministers of the government meet the use of colour enhancers will not be on the subject list. So back to the drawing board for me to do my own research and look more carefully at the egg yolks or better still find a back yard producer and buy direct once happy they are free range.
I suppose it could be said to do no harm but it is the deception that I don't like and it could be that some people are allergic to capsicum or the other additives and are eating it without knowing.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Home Made Tomato sauce
• 2 cans tomatoes or fresh tomatoes skinned and chopped weighing 800gm
• 1/2 onion, chopped
• 80 ml apple cider vinegar
• 2 tspn granulated stevia (sugar substitute)
• 1 tspn ground allspice
• 1 tspn ground cinnamon
• 1 tspn ground clove
• 1 tspn cayenne pepper
• salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Prepare your jars or bottles , wash and rinse with boiling water and pop into a warm oven to dry this will make nice and sterile.
Bring all the ingredients to a boil in the saucepan, stirring to dissolve the spices.
Reduce the heat and simmer for about 50 minutes with lid off until the sauce reduces by almost half and is quite thick.
Blend in a food processor.
If the sauce is not thick enough return it to the heat for a little longer.
Fill your jars or bottles to the top and seal. Don't forget to add a label and the date.
Store in the fridge for up to 1 month. Source:https://iquitsugar.com/recipe/homemade-tomato-sauce/
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
I have been further investigating diabets type 2 as it is genetic in our family. 1.7 million Australia's have been diagnosed with both type1 and type 2 diabetes, 85% of which is type 2 and it is believed there are a further 500,000 undiagnosed. So how does one know if they have diabetes and what are the symptons.
Frequent urinating and Thirst can be a strong indicator as well as foot ulcers and tiredness. A simple blood test can test the reading of our blood sugar and if it is higher than should be a further test is normally ordered which is done over a 2 hour period, namely the Glucose tolerance test. It is not painful but involved drinking a very sugary drink and the blood is then tested before drinking, 1 hour after and 2 hours after which indicates what is happening with the insulin if we may be insulin resistance or full blown diabetic.
If in doubt and you have symptons go to your doctor it is not a death sentence but needs to be controlled to protect your kidneys, heart and feet. And if your are diagnosed Diabetes Australia has a wonderful site on line full of help and advise.
Diabetes is not just in the older population, or the overweight and diabetes 2 is quite often genetic, so if you know of anyone in your family, parent's familes that have had diabetes then you know you could be at risk. So what happens to a diabetic: The pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin The insulin does not work properly in our body Or we are insulin resistant whereby the body does not respond to insulin effectively
Type 2 diabetes can be controlled for some people without medication by modifying lifestyle, namely our diet and increasing exercise. Controlling the amounts of sugar and carbohydrates in the diet. "Controlling blood sugar (glucose) levels is the major goal of diabetes treatment, in order to prevent complications of the disease. Type 1 diabetes is managed with insulin as well as dietary changes and exercise. Type 2 diabetes may be managed with non-insulin medications, insulin, weight reduction, or dietary changes." (1)
I have also read about fasting as a means of curing diabetes type2 but not sure this is strongly supported by the medical profession. However, does make for interesting reading "But the fact that fasting cures diabetes has been know for close to 100 years! One of the most famous diabetologists in the history of the world – Dr. Elliot Joslin wrote about it in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 1916! In fact, he thought that it was so obvious that fasting was helpful that studies would not even be necessary. This, from the guy that Harvard University used to name its world famous Joslin Center for Diabetes.
What happened? Well, remember that there was still massive confusion about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes back then. Fasting would not be particularly useful for Type 1, and type 2 was still quite unusual back then. After the discovery of insulin in the early 1920’s, all the focus turned to it as the ‘cure’ for diabetes. While it was a major advance for type 1, it was not quite the panacea for type 2s. However, most of the interest in fasting disappeared as doctors focused on what would be their mantra for the next century – drugs, drugs, drugs."(2)
So from this brief discussion there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can help to treat diabetes T2 whether it can be reversed is topical and as always it is strongly recommended that treatments should be discussed with your Doctor or Diabetes Adviser. And if one should suspect that all is not ok and that they may have the symptons getting diagnosed earlier than later could help to avoid complications.
So I am off for a walk now, a few short walks a day is better than none. Why not join me and get those daily steps right up there.
Sources: (1)http://www.medicinenet.com/diabetes_treatment/article.htm (2) https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/fasting-cures-diabetes-t2d-4/ https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/type-2-diabetes http://www.checkup.org.au/page/Initiatives/TravelCheck/Check/Type_2_Diabetes_Risk_Assessment_Tool/
Friday, January 29, 2016
Saturday, January 23, 2016
The flowers are white, 30cm long and are open for only one night. The bud begins to puff out during the day and it is evident that it will open that evening. The photos below were taken below around 9pm using torch light. By that time they had reached their full beauty a sight to behold.
They have a translucency about them and almost seem to glow in the moon light. After one night of glory they start to close with the sun’s rays upon them, but not before the bee’s have had the most incredible feast. On cloudy days they stay open till about 10am. The fruit is then set and will grow rapidly. Some photo's of the beautiful rich red fruit in about 30 days to follow.
On doing some further research on the "Pitaya's" I find they are in fact regarded as a super food rich in antioxidants with, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, polyunsaturated fatty acids, protein, carotene, calcium, iron, phosphorous, " high in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) that reduce triglycerides and lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as ridding the body of toxic heavy metals and improved eyesight. Lycopene, responsible for the red color in dragon fruit, has been shown to be linked with a lower prostate cancer risk."
The high amount of fiber in dragon fruit can ultimately help regulate diabetes, as it can stabilize blood sugar levels by suppressing sugar spikes. However, with any dietary changes or modifications, always consult your doctor to make sure this is a good food for you.
Reduces Signs of Aging
Eating a dragon fruit with its rich antioxidants can keep the skin tight and young. You can even make a face mask using the fruit combined with honey as a natural alternative to anti-aging masks."
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
"Fish: The Ultimate Brain Food?
Traditionally fish has been described as “brain food” – a claim that was dismissed as an ‘old wives tale’ for many years but recent research into the links between fish and brain function suggest that this old wives’ tale may have more than a small grain of truth behind it.
We know that a large part of the brain is made up of omega-3 fats, making them vital for healthy brain function. In fact 60% of the fats in the brain are omega-3 with DHA, a type of omega-3 fat found in fish, being the main type. Omega-3 fats are essential for healthy brain development both in the womb and in early childhood. About 75% of brain cells are in place before birth and the other 25% are in place by the age of 1 year – making omega-3 fats an essential nutrient both for pregnant mothers and young children. Omega-3 fats were found to be so important for early brain development that they are now automatically added to baby milk formula and it is recommended that pregnant women eat two servings of fish every week – including at least one oil-rich fish."
"Sage sharpens the mind
by TIM UTTON, Daily Mail
Old wives' tales have long proclaimed sage's ability to boost the powers of memory. Now scientists have proved they were right.
Indeed, researchers are so impressed by the herb's powers that they are to investigate if it could be used to treat Alzheimer's disease.
The possible breakthrough follows clinical trials which found that healthy adults who had taken sage oil capsules performed significantly better in memory tests.
The herb - Latin name Salvia lavandulaefolia - is thought to protect the 'chemical messengers' which carry information in the brain and are essential to memory.
Men and women have taken sage to fight memory loss for centuries, usually in teas or tinctures. As far back as 1597, herbalist John Gerard wrote that sage was 'singularly good for the head and brain and quickeneth the nerves and memory.'
Half a century later, Nicholas Culpeper, claimed the herb 'heals the memory, warming and quickening the senses'.
Researchers from the Medicinal Plant Research Centre (MPRC), based at the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria, recently completed the first clinical trials involving the use of sage by healthy adults.
They tested 44 healthy adults aged 18 to 37. Some were given capsules containing between 50mg and 150mg of sage oil while others received a 'dummy' capsule containing none.
The volunteers took part in a wordrecall tests at intervals between one and six hours later.
Those who had taken the sage oil performed better across the board - on average recalling eight per cent more words than those on the placebo, in some cases more than ten per cent.
Research team leader Nicola Tildesley said: 'This proves how valuable the work by the old herbalists is, and that they shouldn't just be ignored because they were writing centuries ago."
"Essential Oils For The Brain
Essential oils are an excellent way to treat mental fatigue and to boost your mental capacity. Here are three that can be a useful supplement to herbal remedies for times when you need to stimulate your brain.
Rosemary is a bright and sharp essence that improves clarity in the mind and emotions. Peppermint is stimulating It enlivens the mind and is one of the best oils to boost energy, creativity and learning.
Basil improves mental fatigue and focus."
Anyone have any special tips on improving memory love to hear from you.