Category Archives: Health and Nutrition

Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and Sysems of the Body – The Immune System and Your role in its efficiency

For many of you the colder, damper weather is looming as is the threat of colds and flu…A good post to read to ensure you have the tools to avoid the dreaded flu/colds..Stay well xxx

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Last week I began a series onThe Immune System and how it works.

This week I would like to show you how your role it your immune system’s efficiency is critical and possibly life saving.

I spent most of the first 40 years of my life in ignorance when it came to my body. I had studied biology at school and apart from a scary film on childbirth (meant to be the ultimate contraceptive), I knew more about the insides of a frog.

As a family we ate well… But it was not related to our health in any way. Certainly as I stuffed food in one end I gave little thought as to what happened to it on its journey to the other end. I was more concerned that my sugar craving was satisfied and I was then a happy bunny.

It took the short and very sharp…

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Sometimes when we change our eating habits we get cravings and for strange things which if we are pregnant we blame that but what happens at other times in our lives? Do we know why? This post from Sally is both factual and interesting and the solution may be quite easy just a few dietary tweaks…So head over and have a read…

 

via Smorgasbord Health Column – What causes your Cravings – Part Four – Coal, Dirt and other strange stuff by Sally Cronin

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

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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

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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….

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