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Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and Systems of the Body – The Digestive System Part Four -Liver Diseases

As one of our major organs and vital to our good health…It is important that we help our liver achieve that and don’t clog it up and impede the good work it does to keep us healthy…This post contains all the info you need about liver disease and how we can help ourselves..#recommended read

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Last time I looked at the structure and basic function of the liver and in this post I want to cover some of the conditions that can effect this major organ.

Because the liver is such a complex organ there are over 100 diseases that can affect its health.

We tend to associate liver damage with conditions resulting from drinking to much, such as alcoholic hepatitis or the viral infections, Hepatitis A and the more dangerous serum Hepatitis B.

Hep A is transmitted from contaminated food and water, and Hep B from sexual contact, infected needles or contaminated blood products. Some diseases of the liver are hereditary and are usually diagnosed in a baby or young toddler. These include Alagille syndrome, Alpha 1-Antitrypsin deficiency, autoimmune hepatitis, the result of an abnormal immune system at birth, Galactosemia, Wilson’s disease – the abnormal storage of copper – and Haemochromatosis – the abnormal…

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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair and a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…Enjoy!

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The first post is Sally’s roundup from Smorgasbord Magazine…I just couldn’t keep up with Sally she is just a wonder woman..Her output every week is phenomenal and this week it seems to have even more content if that is possible so I hope you are comfy and have a nice drink…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-july-29th-to-august-4th-2019/

Monday the start of the week and our weather is very variable at the moment..Tropical showers and sunshine…Time for the latest news from on what is going on around the world with the enviroment and recycling…This week my grandson was on a school trip and they each had to plant 200 trees I am still waiting for the pictures…As plastic is a huge problem here it was lovely to hear that the schools are encouraging the pupils to care about the environment by planting trees…

clock showing eleventh hour

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/05/the-latest-news-on-recycling-and-the-environment/

Tuesdays are my healthy eating posts where we talk about diets and health including cravings, wacky diets and recipes…Last week it was snack bars which are very popular with many and making your own ensures that you know the ingredients and of course they work out much cheaper…I also discussed added sugars, the hidden sugars in our foods…This coming week I have a great success story for you from one of my blog followers…Pete Springer…He is going to reveal his weight loss journey…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/06/eat-smart-eat-healthily-and-lose-weightno-gimmicks-just-common-sense-the-mono-diet/

Wednesdays are where I get self-indulgent where I reminisce and where I talk about anything which takes my fancy or piques my interest…It could be music, history absolutely anything…

music notes

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/07/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-8/

Once a fortnight I am over at Sally’s for my Cookery Column…Last week it should have been Burgers but as is the case with many well-laid plans of mice and men…I couldn’t get Burger Buns for love nor money and the images I wanted to use had corrupted so I needed to take more…So as is often the case when meal planning chicken dishes become the order of the day…and a deconstructed crumble…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-chicken-kiev-multi-coloured-chicken-breast-and-apple-and-mulberry-crumble/

Kahlua, salted caramel in hot chocolate...I just had to share that recipe and some others…

KAHLUA HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/08/5-tasty-recipes-using-kahlua-coffee/

I much prefer the food here in Northern Thailand it is cooked as it always has been and not cooked to suit the western palate…Proper authentic Thai food and I love it…In this post, I have introduced you to the food of Issan and given you recipes where I have made the dishes at home in my kitchen they were taught to me by my daughter in law and are authentic recipes …Hot and spicy…Delicious…

Khao Krapow Moo Kai Dao

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/08/thailand-travel-and-traditions8-popular-issan-dishes/

Thursday also saw me guest posting over at Campbells World where I was made very welcome both by Patty and King Cambell…Thank you, both for your kindness and the warm welcome…Saangchai my rescue dog and King Campbell seem like they could become very good friends…

saangchai chewing bone at the blue house

https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/authors-corner-guest-author-carol-taylor-authorbloggeressayfamilyfooddogs/

Fridays are when I give you recipes that I have cooked in my kitchen and this week it was burgers…Not my favourite food but the menfolk and the kids here love them so I like to treat them now and again and also I know it is BBQ time for many of you so I made some new recipes and very tasty they were…

beef patty

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/08/09/this-week-in-my-kitchen-homemade-burgers/

Liver… not only does it make for a tasty meal but it is one of the main, important organs in our bodies and we need to ensure we keep our liver as healthy as possible…Sally is the lady with all the answers and this post is well worth the read… it will either endorse that you are doing and eating the correct foods or it may provide you will the information to ensure the good health of your liver… # recommended.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-three-the-liver-largest-waste-organ-inside-the-body/

Phew, that was a bit longer than last weeks catch up but I do hope you have enjoyed it…Have a lovely Sunday and I hope the sun shines for you wherever you may be…xx

 

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!

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( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.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 and if you love it please feel free to share or bookmark for later…If you have any queries then drop me an email carolcookstwo@gmail.com …..xx

 

I think that we need to attend our doctor if we feel we are unwell or have concerns… I do however think that if we are more aware of how our essential ( to life) organs work and how we can make them work to their optimum levels then we also are in the position if we do need to visit our doctor of asking meaningful questions…Which overall should mean we have a fighting chance of staying as fit and healthy as we can…

Sally always presents these posts with a clear, informed view of how we can achieve this and what can happen if we don’t…It also explains where our organs are in our bodies and what their function is…I myself find these posts very interesting and I always learn something…

So head on over for a healthier Liver or just to discover that you are doing everything right…

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and Systems of the body – The Digestive System Part Three – The Liver – Largest waste organ inside the body – Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Health Column – Major organs of the body – Part Three – The Heart and Stress Connection by Sally Cronin

Stress … A little stress spices up our lives make us feel alive however too much and it can shorten our lives …How to find a happy medium…Read all about it here as it is called the silent killer so we need all the tools we can get ….A good read #recommended

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the last three weeks I have been looking at the heart, its structure, function and some of the more common health problems associated with the organ. Also the food that provides the nutrients necessary for the organ’s health: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/02/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-heart-is-only-as-healthy-as-the-food-we-eat-by-sally-cronin/

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to our heart health, as whilst there may be some factors beyond our control, our diet and lifestyle is usually our responsibility, as is the management of the stress in our lives.

One of the leading causes of heart attacks in men and increasingly in women is stress. It is a silent killer that lies in wait and pounces when you least expect it. It is not helpful that the stress that we experience is as unique as our own bodies.

What is Stress?

You need stress in your life, does that surprise you? Perhaps so, but it…

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This week Sally is talking about a very important subject…Food Safety…We know we should practise good hygiene at home and teach our children …The unknown factor is when we buy food prepared by someone else…We need to know as much as we can about where our food comes from…A recommended read…

via Smorgasbord Health Column #FoodSafety – Escherichia Coli 0157:H7 (E.Coli) – Strong toxin in raw meat and uncooked food by Sally Cronin

Like our body, we only have one heart and that’s what makes our body function…Simple really but we need to make sure we keep it as healthy as we can…Sally is covering all our major organs in her health column. Packed with easy to understand good advice it is a must read if we want a healthy heart…

Image by InspiredImages from Pixabay

via Smorgasbord Health Column – Major Organs and Systems of the body – The Heart – Part Two – Angina, Arrythmia and Valve disorders by Sally Cronin

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…A meat-free day…

The wet season is well and truly here…

I managed to do half my daily steps this morning and dodge the spots…I don’t think I am going to be as lucky this afternoon though…

As it is May are you all getting some good weather? I think when it is nice and warm you feel much better don’t you?

I hope those of you who popped over to Sally’s last week and read her post on reaching a plateau helped…It is so far so good in this camp I am still sticking with the intermittent fasting and it is working well for me…I have also started drinking my ginger drink again I have found a lovely stall who does a really amazing hot ginger tea and he leaves out the sugar and the yellow bean stuff so I just get a strong, hot cup of ginger and it is lovely and seems to have kept me going …I have had a few cravings for what I don’t know I just fancy something nice …drinking this ginger tea seems to deaden that thought…It would help if I knew what I wanted but I don’t does anyone else ever feel like that?

Today I do know what I fancy and it is sun-dried tomatoes I just love them and could if left alone eat a whole jar …But as I live where it is hot most of the time I can make my own …No nasties just beautiful sun-dried tomatoes…

I never use processed ingredients in my cooking anyway but that is how I have always been..make it from scratch is my mantra and then you know what is in it.

My family and friends used to think I was a bit eccentric and over the top as to what I would allow my children to eat and drink I would now say that 99% are now in total agreeance with me.

What a turnaround and I am not fanatic just careful and mindful as to what I buy and make.

 I don’t use a microwave for our families own reasons which stems back to when my daughter had a life-threatening disease.

Yesterday I was watching a program about sugar or added sugar, I was not surprised but felt justified because muesli bars, soft drinks i.e  Apple Juice and low-fat yoghurts were the subjects. So many people eat them because they are promoted as being healthy.

Well, they are not!

I just don’t trust any claims to anything unless I read the ingredients and I can spot a no-no at 20 paces…trust me!

So I suppose what am saying is you can be healthier in an instant just by reading a packet or being aware of what is in your food and at no extra cost.

And baby steps, if you want to change do it gradually and just be aware of what is in your food.

There are some great tasting foods out there which are good for you and gradually your taste buds and awareness will change ..mine have but it takes time.

I know….. Let’s Cook!

Onions stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese…Yep, this is one of my meat-free days…

STUFFED ONION

Ingredients:

  • 4 large onions.
  • 150 gm goats cheese
  • 50 gm fresh breadcrumbs ( I use olive oil breadcrumbs)
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil chopped and drained. I am lucky that I live somewhere nice and sunny so I can sun dry my own tomatoes please click here to see how.
  • 2 tbsp oil from the sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 Tsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste.

Just reading that list of ingredients makes my mouth water….I am salivating.

Let’s Cook!

Add the onions in their skins to lightly salted boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the onions from the boiling water, drain and cool. When they are cool enough to handle cut in half and remove the skin.

Using a small dessert spoon scoop out the centre leaving a thick outer layer.. 3 layers is sufficient.

Reserve the flesh for later.

Pre-heat your oven to 190C/375F

Place the onion shells in an oiled ovenproof dish.

Add all the other ingredients except for the tomato oil and pine nuts to the scooped out onion flesh and season well. Stir in the pine nuts.

Divide the mix between the 4  scooped out onion shells and cover the dish with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and drizzle with the sun-dried tomato oil cook uncovered for a further 25-35 minutes until bubbling and cooked.

Baste occasionally during cooking.

And smell…. your kitchen will be filled with such a lovely aroma and even those who are not onion lovers will be salivating…I have had many a convert to this dish.

It is lovely just served with warm bread or as a side to some lovely grilled sardines.

Now all of those ingredients have amazing health benefits.

Some lovely variations to this recipe include using Feta cheese instead of goats cheese and substitute mint and pitted green/black olives instead of the other ingredients for a real Mediterranean taste. Just stir into the scooped onion mix, you could also add some currants or sultanas.

If you don’t want sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts use 75 gm chopped walnuts add them to the scooped out onion mix add 115 gm chopped celery and cook in a tbsp oil until the celery is soft and put in the onion shell.

Experiment by substituting your own favourite ingredients that is what cooking is all about.

Enjoy!

Time for SmartWatch Corner.

Smart phone and watch

Every night is different no two nights of sleep are identical according to my watch the only thing that stays constant is my breathing which is good…haha…Did you know that according to the Mayo clinic that sleep deprivation puts you at a greater risk of diabetes, depression, obesity, high blood pressure or a heart attack everyone should aim for  seven to nine hours sleep each night but it is also the quality of that sleep which can affect your health for a more in-depth look at sleep then Sally has written an excellent article on sleep so please head over and have read ….

The bonus of a good nights sleep is also the fact that you can’t eat while asleep but you can lose weight while asleep…

The Celery Juice Craze…

Whatever next…heavily promoted by celebrities and influencers on social media, including actor Sylvester Stallone and supermodel Miranda Kerr, who have appeared in videos supporting the self-proclaimed founder of the celery juice movement, Anthony William calls himself a “medical medium” and claims to speak with spirits who provide him with advanced health information.

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Image by Ineta Lidace from Pixabay

Fact: Celery takes more energy to digest than it contains…In addition to burning more calories than it contains, celery is an excellent source of fibre that can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer, reducing the urge to snack.

Please tell me that you don’t believe the claims that it will make you lose weight safely, cure all ills and the weight will stay off when you start to eat sensibly…

Thank you for reading and please share your good news stories with us…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 I bid you 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/ 

MeWe is a new social media and one which many of us are turning to mainly migrating over to as FB has banned many of my friends and for what seems no good reason that we can see I hope you will join us there.

MeWe: mewe.com/i/caroltaylor3

Thank you again for reading this post I look forward to your comments…Have a great week xxx