Category Archives: Health and Nutrition at any age

Smorgasbord Health Column – The Brain – Part Three – Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Just like we have one body we also have one brain and that brain reacts just like our body to the food we eat…I like many others I know have a fear of getting Dementia/Alzheimer’s and although there is no known cure yet we can help ourselves and give us the best chance of a healthy brain…So don’t wait for what many of us see is the inevitable READ Sally’s informative post and help yourself …She is giving you the tools and knowledge…I know I will…Will you?

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I appreciate that many of you who have been kindly following the blog for a long time will have seen this post before. However, if you are new to Smorgasbord, I hope you will find interesting.

The Brain – Part Three – Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia is actually a collective name for progressive degenerative brain diseases, which affect our memory, thought, behaviour and emotions. It is not a normal result of ageing and it does not seem to have any specific social, economic, ethnic or geographical links. It can effect different people in different ways, which makes it difficult sometimes to diagnose and to treat.

Certain dementia, such as vascular dementia, where plaque is blocking the blood vessels in the brain are linked to lifestyle related causes such as heavy alcohol consumption. Most dementia is likely to have an element of environmental, diet or lifestyle involved in its development.

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Smorgasbord Health Column – The Cholesterol Myth – Part One – and Statins the new research! Sally Cronin

Are you on statins? Are you concerned about your cholesterol levels? Do you know what LDL and HDL mean? If you have any concerns then this post is a must read truthful and factual …#recommended

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I have often highlighted the inconsistencies of medical studies and the profound and sometimes downright dangerous statements made that vilify or extol the virtues of either a food or medication. This was the case in 2012 when a Professor, labeled one of the UK’s leading experts stated that everyone over the age of 50 should be prescribed statins to reduce their cholesterol levels.

At the time I predicted that a high percentage of those who were prescribed statins would have no decrease in their elevated harmful cholesterol levels, for one very good reason. They would assume that it was a magic pill and continue to eat foods, such as industrially manufactured packaged meals, and not eat fresh foods ‘cooked from scratch’ that naturally balance cholesterol levels.

Please do not stop taking any medication you have been prescribed without consultation with your doctor.

So here is the original 2012 report….


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Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters – The Sequel – Candida Albicans – Eliminating its favourite food – Sugars by Sally Cronin

A good in-depth look at SUGAR…Yes and like a bad friend it wreaks havoc on our health…In this post-Sally give s a great in-depth look at how it is sneaked into our diets and what it does…A must read if your health is important to you 🙂 x

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Last week I looked at Candida Albicans and how it can become overgrown in our gut for a number of reasons that include over use of antibiotics:

This week the first part of eliminating the overgrowth and creating a balanced bacteria in your gut by eliminating sugars

There is a ton of dietary advice out there on the net about the “correct” diet to get rid of an overgrowth of Candida, some of which is pretty drastic. Of course, you need to adjust your intake of certain foods, because even if you are prescribed anti-fungal drugs, the pathogen itself will always be present in your gut waiting for another opportunity to take over the body again.

Remember that Candida Albicans exists in all of us at normal levels in the intestines and it can just take a two day stomach upset, which causes an imbalance of healthy flora, to…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Size Matters – The Sequel – Candida Albicans – Sally Cronin

If you are trying to lose some pounds and eat healthily and get those urges to just eat then Sally’s posts are great, informative, sensible advice …Not trying to sell you anything…Just factual common sense…Then you need to read this and her other posts 🙂 Thank you, Sally a great post 🙂

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In last week’s post I explored the physical events in my life from childhood that might have resulted in the inability to sustain a healthy weight. Whilst I could pinpoint an hormonal imbalance from puberty, and a cycle of crash dieting as contributors to my eventual morbid obesity. It was the more important discovery of a series of extended courses of anti-biotics at age 10, that was to result in a breakthrough.

It is not just my health that was compromised, many millions of the population, particular in developed countries also have been put at risk, with an estimated 70% of us with a candidal albicans overgrowth, seriously undermining our health.

Just to recap….

What is Candida Albicans

Candida is a fungal infection of the intestine. There is a delicate balance of bacteria in our gut and it works very much like a waste-disposal unit. However, certain conditions can activate…

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Smorgasbord Health Column – The Gentle Detox – Introduction and Phase One – Before you begin your weight loss programme

I couldn’t have put any of this any better myself. Sally knows more about nutrition than me and I agree with every word she says…Fad diets are not good ..we need a healthy balanced diet and this gentle detox is just the thing…Let’s go into the New Year with our eyes wide open knowing what is best for us and our long-term health…Look no further as this is the best advice you will get…

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Most of us have come out of the festive season with a little more than some presents and remnants of tinsel around the house. Many go into Christmas with great intentions especially, if they have been careful all year about weight and exercise, and others say ” What the Hell” and dive straight into the Eggnog.. Whichever type of reveller you are this is still a great time to give your body its annual holiday and get it ready for the tough year ahead.

Something to think about.

I will be upfront with you. I do not agree with water only fasts, not starving a body into submission. Whilst I find intermittent fasting (eating within an 8 hour window) suits me, at my age, with my level of activity, and to combat high blood sugar and blood pressure levels. I don’t recommend if you are in working full time…

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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.

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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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Healthy Eating …No more Diets…


Good morning from sunny Thailand although there could be a black cloud on the horizon when I jump on the scales today…Maybe if I just gently step on they will be kind…

Wow, but that was the few days that was in Phuket and I was true to my word I did not write a thing in my food diary…And did I enjoy my food??? Oh Yes…

So take a pew and I will tell all… 

lola roxy and sophia at shipwreck

It started with two flight delays and no I didn’t partake no alcohol just H2O( water) …I have an unwritten rule that I don’t drink when flying…It doesn’t help with the jet lag or the swollen ankles so over the years I have learnt…and of course I make up for it when I land so this lady doesn ‘t miss out…

On arrival ..late and my friend had eaten…so I opted for my favourite Grapow Moo washed down with 2 glasses of wine…

grapow- krapow-egg-pork

After a catch up we eventually went to sleep …

Woken by the sounds of cups clinking…we had a cuppa( tea) on the balcony then showered and took a walk…Oh… it hasn’t changed all the ticket touts selling their wares but we wanted breakfast so we opted for a buffet breakfast at the nearest beach hotel… It was …not a joy really…aimed at the tourist market…nothing to write home about …

So I opted for a Thai omelette which is an omelette with fish sauce and chillies and she added cheese before I could stop her..but it was ok…


Time for a walk we strolled along the beach and then we decided to take a walk to meet our other friend…At this point I will just say I love my friend Barbara aka Sofia..her sense of direction…She hasn’t a clue…


A nice walk though and I chatted to a few people along the way…It  was thirsty work walking  so first drink of the day was a lovely mango smoothie…and  Sofia had a banana and pandan smoothie..


Refreshed… we set off…heading for Mini Golf which was our first watering hole… a ginger and lemongrass mojito minus the rum..a mocktail they call it…


Lovely chicken satay to eat… I just love the Thai peanut dip and a lovely cucumber and chilli one …

chicken satay

Lola, Roxy and Sofia are now in the house!

Just in case you were wondering and I think it must be an American thing…For a while when we had our restaurant I heard the staff talking about Sofia and in the end said no her name is Barbara but apparently not or not when she is out…So we became Sofia, Lola, Roxy and Ethel… Who unforunately couldn’t join us…In case you are wondering I am Roxy…

Next stop...A reunion with our Thai friend Iddy who happens to work @ A wine bar…We had to drop by and say hello…


The sun dried tomatoes from Italy were awesome as were the olives …Two bottles of wine later we headed for Ann’s Kitchen where I had the best Penang Red Curry I have had for a while it was lovely…


Next stop …This little bar we know…. a few G & T’s later and after some great music and a little boogie we retired to bed…

gin tonic

I think by now you understand why I am not keeping a food diary… Well I am sort of though but in my head…

Up bright and early it was a banana for starters…Sofia had the muffins…I needed to top up my potassium…I just knew it was going to be one of those days…

Patong here we come…I love that drive the scenery is awesome…

First stop ..well we all had a couple of little stops to make so the Irish Times was our meeting point…It was now 11am but I am sure it was 5pm somewhere in the world so those couple of  glasses of wine were welcome as we chatted and caught up…

On to Absolute for lunch and I had a lovely Massaman Curry very nice and my drink as I knew the next stop was Ship wreck ( our favourite) bar in Patong…

massamum curry at Absolute 1

I had a Komucha…I am not snitching here but my two friends …Sophia and Lola ..they were on the hard stuff…Me? I  paced myself…

Ship wreck and I could have been wrecked and quite early in the day…so I was again on the water…

lola roxy and sophia at shipwreck

Time for a sundowner and nowhere better than one of my favourite Beach side restaurants …The wine flowed as did the prawns, garlic and some lovely very thin sort of bread with goats cheese and things…

beach cuisine girls night out

Time for a tune or two accompanied by some G & T’s…

And now to sleep….


Breakfast at Waya’s was fruit and lovely cinnamon bread and fresh coconut water….

A last stop at the wine bar and we headed for the airport…..


1lb on…That is a minor miracle….So I am happy with that and back on the food diary

When I say no to diets I mean sensible healthy eating BUT sometimes to take time out and enjoy is ok..So no beating yourself up I don’t..Just get back on it … 1 lb on considering what I ate and drank is really good…But we did some walking and I gave myself a little break at some watering holes and stayed on the H2o aka water…You must keep hydrated in the sun and it worked …I enjoyed some great food( guilt free) and cocktails and a few bottles of wine but ..Back on it now as Christmas is coming and the only thing getting fat will be the goose…WON’T IT?????

How do you cope with a holiday and breaks??? Any tips to share???

Please let us know in comments…

About Carol:

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 have to improve our health and wellbeing.

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!

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Until next time I hope you have enjoyed my mini break and how I deal with holidays and breaks…Life is for enjoying as is food BUT moderation is a lifestyle and if you are serious it works…xxx