Category Archives: Health and Nutrition

Smorgasbord Health Column – Cholesterol and Fat Myths Part Two, Vitamin K2 and Healthy Fats by Sally Cronin

Another excellent and informative must-read post from Sally…Cholesterol and Fat, Part two…#recommended

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Last week  I explained how cholesterol was essential for a number of functions in the body and that dropping levels too low could impact the balance of hormones and also brain function. I also shared the latest research on the effectiveness of Statins on cholesterol levels for a large percentage of patients who are prescribed it.

You can find the previous post on Cholesterol here:https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/smorgasbord-health-column-the-cholesterol-myth-part-one-and-statins-the-new-research-sally-cronin/

Today I wanted to focus on fats which also play a massive role in the balance of LDL– Low density lipoprotein (potentially unhealthy cholesterol) and HDL– High density lipoprotein (healthy cholesterol).

It can be tricky because the good fats are fairly easy to spot but the harmful fats tend to be hidden and disguised in the packaged and processed foods we buy. Responsible manufacturers have mainly moved away from using the highly toxic ‘trans fats’ but unfortunately the cheaper your processed family…

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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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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….

Statins…

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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Climate Change, Lemongrass salad, Carbonara and homemade KFC Chicken…

Welcome to this weeks roundup…Take a pew, grab your favourite drink and have a read most of all enjoy!

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

 

First post of the week …Plastic and greenhouse gases…There is so much in the news at the moment about Climate Change and also it seems like the general public have had enough of politicians empty promises and inaction and are speaking and being heard…Personally, I applaud them…I have also had mixed reactions to my stance on this from “Well Done” for taking a stand to adverse reactions as well…

green foot prints eco system

I am all for healthy debate…What I don’t like is scaremongering and false press I also don’t like it when people make comments like and I quote ” As for the extinction brigade why are they not working like the rest of us they all should of been arested on day one for all the problems they greated

A typical response from someone who has not done their homework on the subject but just caught snippets and drawn their own conclusions …How is that a healthy debate?

The only way for people and politicians to be made to take notice is for them to be inconvenienced… What are your thoughts? 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/22/plastic-part-5-plastic-releases-greenhouse-gases/

Food…I need to calm down and eating is a great way to do that definitely a stress reliever…A lovely Lemongrass Salad…One of my favourites as it also uses Tamarind which I love to cook with…

Thai Lemongrass Salad with tamarind dip

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/23/healthy-eating-eat-smart-lemongrass-salad/

Salt…Once upon a time salt was a very valuable commodity and then we were told it posed a health risk and now??? Sally will reveal all in this excellent post…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-health-column-food-myths-do-you-have-enough-salt-in-your-diet-overweight-sugar-cravings/

Climate Change …The activists and the Australian Governments shameful actions revealed…If Climate Change concerns you it is a must read and if it doesn’t then it is a must read…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/25/waste-not-want-not-week-21-climate-change/

Now to Sally’s post the R’s of life and survival in the modern world…This week the subject is reason …An interesting and thought-provoking post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/smorgasbord-something-to-think-about-the-rs-of-life-survival-in-the-modern-world-reason-by-sally-cronin/

I am back with my week in the kitchen…School holidays have another 3 weeks to go before school starts again…This week I have showcased food which the kids love to eat and help make…Carbonara, my take on KFC chicken which is hopefully a little healthier than the real deal…the kids love it as well which is always a bonus,,,

homemade KFC Chicken

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/04/26/this-week-in-my-kitchen-week-16-carbonara-kfc-chicken-strips-thai-larb-moo/

Thank you for joining me again this week and don’t forget to leave a comment if you have an urge to speak…I love your comments 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 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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all are having a great weekend and have a creative week ahead xx

Food Forensics…

I am taking part in the April Ultimate Blog Challenge which is a daily blog post for the month of April…A post with a prompt will be issued for each day where you can go with the prompt or a post of your choosing…

The prompt today was to share a book review...For personal bloggers like me, it could be connected to the topics that I blog about…

As you know I cook a bit and rant sometimes about the food industry…haha…I thought that would elicit some comments…

I decided as my focus has shifted somewhat over the last 12 months and those of you who know me also know those food manufacturers are not high on my list of best buddies…

The book I am reviewing is a book which is a little worn around the edges and one which I read regularly or parts of it and use it as a term of reference.

Food Forensics by Mike Adams also known as The Food Ranger…

food forensics book cover Mike Adams

I thought long and hard and also conducted some research before I purchased this book…I was impressed that …

The Natural News Forensic Food Lab where Mr Adams did this research is ISO 17025 accredited.  That accreditation depends on international standards for procedures and accuracy, regularly verified by third-party audit.  They follow standards from the AOAC (Association of Analytical Communities), EPA, NIST and FDA.

It is a book which if you are like me you like to know exactly what is in your food and not just one of the so many names which ingredients can go under but the proper names. Some of which I remembered from my school days but many which I had forgotten especially the symbols for some of the chemicals.

There is enough room in the margins for my notes…

The first read took me a while as I kept going back for reference of which there are many…I love it and it is definitely an eye opener …It covers everything and with easy to understand explanations of topics for someone like me but also very in-depth if you so wish…

It covers breakfast cereals spices, supplements, sodas, pet foods, fast food restaurants, heavy metals in foods and much more I don’t think he has left many stones unturned…

Not an easy read by a long way, very factual but I found it a page turner the more I read the more I wanted to know…I wanted to know the hidden toxins which lurk in our food and knowing what they are and what effect they have on the human body is mind-numbing… Now you know why I dislike those sneaky conniving manufacturers of our food…It is not a glamorous read with lots of pictures, it has lots of charts and references but my kind of reading…An excellent reference Book…

For me 5 stars.

Thank you for reading 🙂 x

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Chinese Year of the Pig, Apricots and I killed my sourdough starter…

Welcome to my weekly roundup of posts I hope you have all had a productive week with lots of creative thoughts, no kitchen disasters and if you have please tell…haha

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

You know the routine by now…Settle down in your favourite chair, grab a drink and enjoy!

February the 5th sees the start of the Chinese New Year which this year is the year of the pig…Pigs are depicted as animals which mainly eat and sleep and you get nice crackling…with healthy fat ( Official)… Also in the Chinese horoscope, it depicts wealth…

RED AND YELLOW CHILDRENS CLOTHES CHINESE NEW YEAR

Everywhere and everyone will soon be a riot of bright red…Houses decorated and beautiful lanterns hanging everywhere…Children will be walking around in their pretty new red clothes everywhere is so colourful and vibrant.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/28/chinese-new-year-the-year-of-the-pig/

Time for Healthy Eating and this week I looked at Anti-inflammatory Diets which doctors are sometimes prescribing as if you reduce inflammation in the body it can reduce the symptoms of some conditions.

On hearing these words many people just freak and think what! It is going to be expensive, it will be foods I don’t like, I am going to have to eat different food from the rest of my family… all manner of thoughts…

No more...Diets Healthy eating (4)

It is Healthy Eating no more no less…It is knowing which foods cause inflammation and which foods help calm inflammation…Pure and simple…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/29/healthy-eating-the-bonus-you-may-lose-a-few-kilos-anti-inflammatory-foods/

Talking about which foods are good to eat it bought up the subject of sugars a few people commented they had been advised by a doctor or they themselves wanted to reduce their sugar intake and they were appalled to find that most foods contained sugar and many …And here’s the kicker Added Sugars.

Sugar is addictive just like cigarettes, alcohol and is contributing to the mounting obesity figures around the world…Many government agencies are calling to reduce sugars but are not going far enough the Sugar Companies are applying pressure and winning in many cases…This is disgusting and needs to be stopped…

Do we need sugar?

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Yes…Your body does need carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugar in your body. This sugar is essential for your body to create energy to survive. However, it is not necessary to include sugary foods or added sugars in the diet in order for your body to make energy.

If we know our sugars and know how much we should be consuming in a day that is the first step.

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/30/added-sugars-do-you-know-where-it-is-hidden/

It was then over to Smorgasbord Health column Cook from Scratch with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor–Healthy #Apricots and #Recipes…

fresh apricots

Apricots which I love have many health benefits as Sally will tell you and I provide the recipes…It doesn’t get better than that, does it?

I don’t know how anyone gets the idea that healthy food is boring…It isn’t …Simples…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-healthy-apricots-and-recipes/

Thursday already and normally I get to rant…Well, it relieves stress and stress kills…This week I gave you all good news all the great incentives which are going on around the world to stop waste, clean up the beaches and the sea, to tell you how to recycle clothes and put your own personality on them… Some great ideas which even a child could do and something you could encourage your kids to do…THEY WOULD LOVE IT!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/01/31/waste-not-want-not-week-9/

Lastly week 5 in my kitchen...I killed my sourdough starter and have now started again and am on Day 3…I made a lovely lentil stew with the recipe Darlene gave me and if you want a bowl of meat-free comfort food to keep the cold out this is for you…I also made and it was lovely with the strawberries I got beautiful little ones from Chiang Mai…Why I haven’t made this cream before I shall never know…Fresh cream is very expensive here and sold in big cartons and not always available it can also help pile on those lbs and I am trying to keep them off…haha…I just whipped a carton of chilled coconut milk and viola I had some lovely cream which tasted just as good as whipped fresh dairy cream…But Dairy free…

Dairy free cream

I kid you not…It was lovely…even hubby liked it and he loves his cream and not much persuades him to change from what he knows and loves…So today when I went shopping I bought 2 small cartons for the chiller ready for when we want some topping for our fruit or pie…Simples…

Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for reading if you liked what you read please let me know in comments I love to hear all your comments 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 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!

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

Smorgasbord Health -#Morbid Obesity – Size Matters – The Sequel – Chapter Two – The Accumulative Factor of Food and Life – Sally Cronin

The key to losing weight and eating healthily is taking a good look inside yourself and facing your demons…Sally did and here she tells her story with honesty…Well worth a read ….

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

This is the updated and fifth edition of Size Matters and will be re-released later in the year. Although it contains much of the original material in relation to my own personal story, the programme has evolved over the last 20 years.

Although I studied nutritional therapy back in the mid-1990s, I have continued my studies and developed new programmes for healthy eating that are tailor made for the individual rather than a one size fits all. I still believe that the key elements of this basic weight loss programme I will share with you in this updated version works. Even when I work with clients who have arthritis or diabetes, I still approach their programmes from the three dimensions that I outline in this book. Our physical approach, our mental attitude and our emotions are all factors in how we overcome disease and obesity, and should all be addressed…

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