Category Archives: Health and Nutrition at any age

Saturday Snippets…3rd October 2020

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours early morning 4 am and fingers crossed the ceilings are still intact…

Please join me in what I hope is an enjoyable read… whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

Cookery Corner…This week in my kitchen…

What have I been cooking this week…Chilli Con Carne with enough over to freeze some portions, Lasagne which all went in a flash so nothing left to freeze…A lovely casserole which again I had some leftover so I could freeze a couple of portions, Duck Larb again as Lily came for the long weekend and she loves larb especially made with duck, Liver and onions and the mandatory roast dinner which is when I have fish normally or another stir fry…

I always make soup which keeps for a few days in the fridge and is easy to warm up and have for lunch with some freshly made bread or in the case of a Thai Tom Yum Soup just as it comes…

Health Matters…by Sally Cronin…

Part two of Sally’s posts on blood pressure and the foods you need to keep that blood flowing…

Hop over to Sally’s to read the next installment and if you missed part one never fear there will link …

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/09/28/smorgasbord-health-column-blood-pressure-part-two-nitrate-and-potassium-foods-and-wholegrains-get-your-blood-flowing-by-sally-cronin/?fbclid=IwAR1tFn82e6k6T8sQ

I think everyone has heard of Sponge Bob but Sponge City…In today’s climates where drains and erosion are causing flooding then this innovative idea solves that…

Everyone knows I abhor waste...I was watching a programme a while ago about a company which refurbishes electrical equipment and you wouldn’t know they were not brand new in Berlin they have taken it one step further…to topple the “throwaway culture,” and promote re-use and repair, the city of Berlin has taken the unique step of opening its own secondhand department store. How cool is that and they plan to have one in every suburb of Berlin…Sweden has also taken this idea on board…

This isn’t your grandma’s thrift shop. It resells perfectly good items from retail outlets that would otherwise be thrown away.

Currently, the city estimates that 8% of discarded electronic goods and 6% of bulky items thrown away can actually be re-used. The goal is to expand the market for these items beyond the usual bargain hunters and eco-conscious consumers.

I think is such a great idea and it saves having to worry about how unwanted goods are being recycled or just added to landfills.

Did you know?

There are only 29 days until Halloween…I will be sharing some Halloween trivia and recipes with over the next few weeks.

It was on the 3rd of October 1863 that President Lincoln officially proclaimed an official Thanksgiving Holiday the first was to be on the  26th November 1863 and thereafter declared that the fourth Thursday of every November would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving.

On October 3rd 1955 The Disney TV show The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC, featuring the Mouseketeers.

As a family, we have always eaten together we are not ones for TV dinners…I do think that one of the plus sides of this dreadful Covid-19 is that many families have discovered a love of cooking and waste less but also eat together more often…

National Eat Better, Eat Together Month during October encourages families to gather for mealtimes. When families enjoy their main meals together they tend to be more balanced food choices. Also, what better way to spend time together and share each other’s daily adventures? It’s exactly what National Eat Better, Eat Together Month suggests from October 1 to October 31!

Today in the UK it is National Fungus Day, in the US it is National Caramel Custard Day…I love mushrooms especially wild mushrooms but Caramel Custard is my all-time favourite…

Lily is being taught how to forage mushrooms by her mummy something which is very popular here most Thais forage for mushrooms and greens.

The Coronavirus has taught us many things over the past year…Yes, it has been nearly a year…Personally, I think it is like Measles and Chickenpox that if we can find a vaccine then it can be controlled but like many contagious diseases like polio etc a vaccine is needed to keep it under control…Social distancing is the same companies have had to get inventive to survive…In Italy several historic “wine windows,” or buchette del vino, have reopened in order to serve wine in a safe, socially distanced manner.

The concept is simple: Rather than step inside an osteria, or a bar, you simply grab your glass from a window specifically built for the efficient dispersal of wine. It sounds like a venture that could have been conceived by enterprising hipsters today. But it is, in fact, a testament to the lasting savvy and creativity of the city’s Renaissance residents, who weren’t going to let a wave of Bubonic Plague get in the way of a nice glass of red.

Time for some Music.

I first saw Rod Stewart many years ago (1966) and have seen him quite a few times live since…With Long John Baldry and Steam Packet …The Small Face then morphed into the Faces and then finally Rod went solo…This track is very special to me…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippets ….

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Smorgasbord Health Column – Nutrients the body needs – Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Sally Cronin

What a great series this has been and now the shopping list…Save it to your phone, PC or print it off never has nutrient shopping been so simple thanks to Sally xx

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Over the last six weeks I have shared the nutrients we need to be healthy and their main food sources. This week I am pulling that all together to provide you with a one sheet shopping list. You just need to cut and paste into word and print off.

Vitamins A and B

Vitamin C to K2

Calcium to Manganese

Phosphorus to Zinc

Amino Acids and liver health

Part Six Essential Fatty Acids.

First a reminder of the basic nutrients we need for energy and healthy functioning systems and organs and the main food sources.

  • Vitamins and anti-oxidants– A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9 (Folate) B12, C, D, E, K,
  • Minerals Calcium, chloride, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, zinc.
  • Amino Acids –  
  • Essential Fatty Acids –
  • Bioflavonoids –V
  • Very strong anti-oxidants.

Quite a few foods fall into several categories so I will…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – The Obesity epidemic – Part Four– Finding a point to intervene in the life cycle – 7 – 14 -School Lunches – Sally Cronin

Another excellent post from Sally and very relevant as I have just read that In England, this is the fourth consecutive year that severe obesity in year 6 has broken records, and it is up more than a third since 2006.
Levels of severe obesity among children in the last year of primary school have hit an all-time high, according to official figures that have dismayed public health experts…I don’t know about dismaying public health experts it is dismaying me…

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In  part three of this series I looked at children aged two to seven years old with the emphasis on activity and Vitamin D to complement a freshly cooked varied diet and build strong bodies and an effective immune system.

The Obesity epidemic – Part Four– Finding a point to intervene in the life cycle – 7 – 14 –  School Lunches

This week I am going to cover, what I consider the best time to intervene in the obesity epidemic, to achieve the most effective results.

This is a time of enormous growth and development physically and mentally for a child and they need the best nutrition possible to achieve that healthily.

In next week’s post I am going to share what is needed for healthy brain development, but first a look at the lunchtime meal of the day that our school children are being provided in this…

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Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Golden Milk

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday….You all rock…xxx

I thought about how to say it with an image…Should it be a lovely flower or Disney curtsy…But I knew you know me and this is it…haha…xxxx

Well, last weeks post apart from birthday greetings had a good response and made me realise it really isn’t rocket science we pander too much to the little darlings…Just eat up kiddies…

The sad thing was I also saw lots of statistics of poor kiddies who starve and that was in the UK and the US…Not third world…so-called civilised countries where politicians don’t give flying one!

Peggy told me about a Canberra TV programme on fussy eaters …Unfortunately, I have been unable to watch it…It will probably be available to me here like many others at a later date…Thank you, Peggy it is on my list of programmes to watch out for…

I apologise to Norah as I haven’t tried the spoon and tray test yet…But I will…I promise, Norah…I have had my head stuck in stats and things on waste and starving kiddies…

I have also in between been walking 10,000 steps daily…Not today though as it is a rest day…My weight has dropped another lb but I am happy with that as I have (as) it was my birthday week ate chocolate and had a couple of drinks…So that is good…

That is allowed...You all know that…Nothing is banned here…Just moderated…Did I moderate the chocolate enough…Sort of…Is that good enough…? I did enjoy it though…I mean a creme brulee filled chocolate bar with crunchy bits…What’s not to like???\

What is the one constant in my diet or eating plan…Turmeric…I love Golden Milk…I don’t drink very much milk and never have even as a child I was exempt from drinking it at school …When I was at school everyone had a bottle of milk at breaktimes it was always warm…It made me sick so I was exempt from having to drink it…I like ice cold milk just not warm milk…On its own, that is although if it is in chocolate or turmeric milk I will drink it…

Golden Paste:

  • 1/2 cup Organic Turmeric Powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1.5 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 Tablespoons virgin coconut oil

In a stainless steel pot, cook the water, turmeric and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stirring and cooking for about 7-10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil.  Transfer the Golden Paste into a glass jar with a lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You will use this paste to make your Golden Milk below.

Golden Milk…

 

  • 1 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Honey to taste (optional)
  • Pinch cinnamon (optional)

In a stainless steel pot, gently heat, but do not boil, 2 cups of milk with 1 teaspoon of golden paste.  A whisk is helpful to fully mix the paste into the milk. Add optional vanilla, honey, and/or cinnamon.

Next time you think about having a cup of coffee, try some Golden Milk instead. Drinking a cup of Golden Milk every day could keep the doctor away!  Golden Paste can also be used in smoothies, to make salad dressings, in curries, or any way your heart desires, and pets love golden paste too!

The words we use do matter… Wherever we are we see/hear words…There is no such thing as bad food…It is the quantities we eat …

Just lately we are seeing the words…Good/Bad Food or Clean Eating…

What does that all mean…It is meant to condition us…There are no good or bad foods in my eating plan it is just how much we eat…

What does Clean Food mean….?  The original [clean eating] philosophy appears to be one I think we could all get on board with eating food as close to its original state as possible, in the most nutritious form possible (a.k.a. minimally processed).

However on social media, it’s become yet another form of “body and food-shaming,”…Which in my book is wrong…

Guilty pleasure

All of the above is a guilt trip. I bet you have been there: You declare you are going to “be good” or “eat clean” and you beat yourself up at the slightest deviation from what you’ve decided (or a book told you) is the perfect diet. No wonder the term “guilty pleasure” makes dietitians and any sane person wince.

Eating is not cheating, and guilt should have no role in food choice, Your diet does not need to be perfect. Guilt robs you of the pleasure of eating and makes you feel bad afterwards, which can start a downward spiral of shame that prevents you from learning to make better eating choices while allowing for treats.

As a dieter in my teens and early 20s, I battled guilt and shame, and I found it to be extremely unproductive.”

Low Carb and cutting Carbs…

People are generally better off eating fewer foods made of refined flour and sugar. But somewhere along the way, “carb” has become synonymous with unhealthy. That is a big problem because many of the most healthful foods in the world are rich in carbohydrates.

The fact that people, who are trying to do right by their heath, actually question if fruit is bad for them is a window into how distorted our society’s view of food is.

People think they’re eating healthier by cutting down on carbohydrates, However, carbohydrates are in so many nutritious and tasty foods. Aside from bread, pasta and grains, carbs can also be found in nuts, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and more! Carbohydrates provide our bodies with fuel, nutrition, and satisfaction.

Eating carbohydrates shouldn’t be the all-or-nothing proposition it had been made out to be. Enjoy them in balance, focusing on the healthiest, more minimally processed choices.

The bottom line is that much of the language around food and nutrition that is batted around today traps us into a reductionist, all-or-nothing way of thinking that prevents us from achieving true well-being.

So next time you catch yourself or others using the words here, take a moment to pull back far enough to see the bigger, more nuanced picture and reconsider.

Carbs are not the baddie they are made out to be…Time and trials will prove that like low-fat products have…Please be aware of what is in the media…Labels can mean a lot of things. They can carefully imply things that are not true.

They can tell stories that are most certainly factual, BUT not really relevant to the final product. Clever marketing means that sometimes nostalgia wins…We get that picture in our minds of times past….SOLD….The marketing team have earned their money…

Just stay with me and eat healthily with moderation…exercise where and when you can and see the pounds drop off…Slowly but surely…

Thank you for reading…xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely week, stay safe  xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily and lose weight…No gimmicks just common sense.

Good morning everyone…I think after all these wacky diets and yes I have another one for you today…Just so it highlights the lengths some people go-to for a quick fix…Quick fixes never work…All of us here are in for the long haul…It stays off…FACT…We love our food…FACT…We limit but not exclude completely some food…FACT…I  ♥ Fudge… A DEFINITE FACT…

I also have a great success story…I love it when you guys feel comfortable enough with these Tuesday posts to know that there is no blame and shame here…Just good days and bad days…But hey…That’s’ life …

Whoever you are rich or poor, privileged or under privileged …Life has its ups and downs…We are the master of our failure or success…Just us…

Life has the habit of throwing a curveball at us or just getting in the way…Sometimes it is just not the right time we need to be kind to ourselves…We need to know it is ok to start again tomorrow…

I will now hand you over to Pete Springer...Retired Teacher and Author who will tell you how he succeeded…eventually …The up’s and the down’s told with honesty…   

So please pop over and read Pete’s story and leave a comment as he deserves a big congratulations...

Well Done… Pete.

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Thank you for sharing your story with us, Pete … I chose this image as we all need a helping hand and I  had this fleeting thought about adding a rousing rendition of Climb every mountain at the Last night of the proms….But I thought that was taking it a tad too far and showing my age just a bit too much…Haha

Image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

If anyone else would love to share their journey up’s or downs. successes or failures we are all in this together….Don’t be shy…I look forward to hearing from you…x

A question???

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Last week I posted a recipe for snack bars…One of the ingredients was coconut oil which not everyone likes or may have an allergy to …

The question from Michelle at macjam47… Was…

Your snack bars look delicious! I plan to make them, but my husband doesn’t like anything with coconut or even smells like coconut. I will trade out the coconut oil for another healthy oil. Any suggestions?

I suggested olive oil which I have used when cooking (brownies) Two other healthy oils are grapeseed or avocado oil neither of which I have used in snack bars I don’t know if any other readers have…?????

Can anyone advise on this, please???

Recipe Corner…

It does seem that sunny days are happening around the world and if they are not and you want soup then give shout and you shall have soup but for now some light summer recipes…

This recipe was just sort of made up ..we had a friend staying with us from England and decided to steam some fish the Thai way but it was too big for our steamer so instead we baked it in the oven covered with foil and just removed the foil 5–10 minutes from the end of cooking and it was very nice. Ideal for a summer evening or brunch with salad…

Sea Bass with Lime, Ginger and Fennel.

Fish with Lime and fennel

Ingredients:

  • 2  Sea bass/ Bream or Carp – whole, scaled and gutted
  • Bunch fennel fronds or you can use while fennel sliced we just stuffed the cavity with the fennel fronds.
  • 3 Shallots – peeled and halved (for fish cavity)
  • 1  Bulb Garlic – unpeeled, halved (for fish cavity)
  • Thumb of Ginger – Sliced finely (for fish cavity)
  •  Lemon or Lime, (remove the skin because the skin makes it bitter) this was a tip I picked up after we had made ours… from my  Thai daughter in law…. Always something to learn about cooking…

For the Sauce:

  • Dark & Light Soy Sauce
  • A splash of coconut oil  or a splash of Chilli Oil
  • Sugar
  • Lime
  • Fresh Chilli

Garnish (optional)
Few sprigs Coriander chopped
Spring Onions – sliced longways

Let’s Cook!

Preheat the oven to 180 C.
Place the fish on a baking tray.

Prepare the vegetables and stuff inside the fish and around the tray. Make some diagonal cuts across the fish and push in a slice of lime… Drizzle with some olive oil and cover with foil.
Bake for 40 mins, then remove the foil and turn up to 250 C for a further  5-10 mins till skin is golden brown and crispy.

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Rest for 5 minutes…Serve and enjoy!

Minimal fuss and time in the kitchen and delicious…

Wacky Diet Corner…The Sirtfood Diet…

I must be living in a bubble as I have never heard of half of these supposedly great diets…So here goes this is what I have deduced from my research…If anyone has tried it and disagrees and finds it a positive diet plan which works long term then please spill the beans…

For the first 3 days, you drink this green juice 3 times a day and eat a sirtfoods dinner…The aim is you consume no more than 1000 calories for the first 3 days…The juice drinks are 90 calories each which is 270 calories so your evening meal should be no more than 730 calories and not to be eaten before 7.30 in the evening…

To make the juice you need a juicer, not a blender or Vitamix as apparently, it then tastes like green sludge…A blender and you must purchase the diet book for the Sirtfood recipes…No guesses to where my thoughts are leading me…

Sirtfood Green Juice

  • 75 grams (2.5 oz) kale
  • 30 grams (1 oz) arugula (rocket)
  • 5 grams parsley
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 1 cm (0.5 in) ginger
  • half a green apple
  • half a lemon
  • half a teaspoon matcha green tea

Juice all ingredients except for the green tea powder and lemon together, and pour them into a glass. Juice the lemon by hand, then stir both the lemon juice and green tea powder into your juice.

Now matcha green tea can be expensive..kale you may only be able to buy in season and the buckwheat noodles for your evening meal may also prove to be hard to find and expensive…

There are no long term studies to back up these thought processes and excuse me for being the sceptic here but I have to buy a juicer, purchase a book and if I don’t already purchase foods, not on my everyday shopping list…that is another expense…

This smacks of trying to include foods we all know are healthy for us and foods which most people like to indulge in ( clever)…It also smacks of exclusion which is not healthy long term, profiteering..hush thy mouth, Carol…And to top it all a diet no one could sustain for any length of time and if they did and then resumed normal eating would then pile on the lbs…

Thoughts anyone???

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That’s all for this week I do hope you will read Pete’s remarkable story of weight loss success by just eating sensibly and increasing his exercise…

It is sustainable and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg…It is just healthy eating and some exercise…

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this and that it proves helpful to you in your healthy eating journey xx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3 

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead x

 

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Health Column – Influenza – The herb Goldenseal.

Cold and flu time is creeping up on many of us…If you are looking for natural remedies then this post offers some good advice 🙂

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In the last few health column posts I have covered the upcoming influenza season with news of a mega-vaccine and how to boost the immune system to prevent infection. I also mentioned the preventative and therapeutic properties of Echinacea and  in this post I want to follow up with another herb with similar properties but is not quite as popular.

You can find these posts in theHealth Directory

Echinacea is an herb that might help prevent infections from colds and also help alleviate the symptoms if you actually caught one. Goldenseal has similar properties and also has a number of other reported medicinal properties including being anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal as well as being full of nutrients. It contains Vitamins A, C and E, B-complex, calcium, iron and manganese.

A word of warning about Goldenseal, it is a uterine stimulant which means that you should not take if you are…

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