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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

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Healthy Eating…The bonus? You may lose a few kilos… Anti-inflammatory foods…

Welcome to Tuesdays healthy eating post…It is a tad cooler here in the mornings and the fan is staying firmly off my shawl is around my shoulders albeit the sun is shining…I can hear you… I know many of you are experiencing extremely cold weather so never fear the recipes here today will warm the cockles of your heart…

Here I am clocking up the digits so I am going to have a little corner for food which will help alongside a healthy diet to help keep those wrinkles at bay… and hold back the sands of time…

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It is also a known fact that if you eat half, walk double, laugh triple and love without measure that YOU will live well and longer!

I know that some health conditions are caused all or partly by inflammation and doctors may advise following an Anti-inflammatory Diet.

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 to the rest of my family… all manner of thoughts…

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

Let’s have a look, shall we? Break it down…

Firstly reassess your lifestyle as stress plays a huge part in this…Chill out!

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Exercise goes without saying...It doesn’t need to mean expensive gym fees…Walking, riding a bike, using your bottom stair for step ups, using cans of beans to get those arms working, a hula hoop, a skipping rope, cleaning those windows, play ball with the kid’s, if they have a trampoline need I say more…Unleash that fun side…

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Many little bursts of exercise through the day can work wonders.

What to eat?

Fewer highly processed foods...You knew I was going to say that …Didn’t you? Look on the bright side it will save you money…

Spices...Turmeric contains curcumin, garlic a wonderful bulb which adds flavour to foods and helps curb inflammation, ginger may reduce muscle pain and soreness and its anti-inflammatory properties can help with Osteoarthritis.

Reduce caffeine as in  tea and coffee drink and replace with

  • Chicory Coffee
  • Matcha Tea….more info here 
  • Golden Milk. Golden milk is a rich, caffeine-free substitute for coffee. …
  • Lemon Water. …
  • Chai Tea. …
  • Rooibos Tea. … I know this as Redbush Tea and love it!

Red wine has known anti-inflammatory properties…There seem to be 2 camps on this consume or avoid…My take try moderation…

Oily Fish for that Omega 3… Salmon, tuna and sardines are all good…Just know your source and that it is sustainable fish.

Olive oil and avocados…

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables…Spinach and kale are both rich in Vitamin K and help curb inflammation as do broccoli and cabbage…Cherries, raspberries and blackberries whose colour is a type of pigment which helps inflammation. Go for colour and variety.

Whole grains…Oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, Brown Rice all may help lower inflammation.

Beans contain so much fibre and are loaded with antioxidants to help reduce inflammation.

Nuts just a handful a day… Almonds and walnuts…

Now, what to ditch… Or cut down gradually…You will notice the difference guaranteed!

  • Refined sugars and starches
  • Sodas and other highly sweetened drinks
  • Hugh fat and processed meats
  • Fried Foods
  • Transfats

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None of these should come as a surprise to you unless you have lived on a desert island with no radio, newspapers or the internet for the last 30 years…

After following this you should notice a difference in any joint pain, stiffness, swollen joints or redness…

To give you a start here is a day’s food plan starting with breakfast.

Porridge and a lovely berry compote made with frozen berries just cook some and reduce down…Too sour add some honey.. or as I often have…

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Pineapple Smoothie

Full of fibre and protein, which makes people feel fuller for longer.

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Pineapple contains high levels of bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain supplements are an emerging market due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Lunch… A lovely bowl of soup

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  •  1 small squash, peeled and deseeded. Cut into pieces.
  •  1 brown onion, peeled and cut up
  •  1 carrot washed and cut
  •  4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  •  Piece fresh ginger finely chopped
  •  3 Broccoli stalks, peeled and cubed (I always save the broccoli stalks) for when I make soup. Waste not, want not and I think ideal for soups for flavour.
  •  1-1½ litres fresh home-made vegetable stock

Let’s Cook!
Heat a glug of olive oil and gently cook garlic ginger and onion to just soften and not colour.
Add other vegetables gradually and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes, then add the stock and seasoning.
Simmer gently for about an hour or until vegetables are lovely and soft and remove from heat. I let it cool down before I blend.
This makes a lovely vegetable soup but I also use it as a base and freeze in portions.
When I reheat I add little-dried chilli flakes and 1 or 2 tbsp of coconut milk.
It just gives it a creamy flavour.
Sometimes I add crushed lemongrass stalk and a little fish sauce, it depends on how I feel, it is a versatile soup base so play with it, have fun.
Add some curry powder, a squeeze or 2 of lime juice or coriander, whatever you fancy. Enjoy!

Dinner… Salmon with Greens and Cauliflower rice.

Salmon Trout my way…

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  • 180 gm  Trout or Salmon fillet.

For Topping:

  • 1 spring Onion finely chopped.
  • 2/3 stems Coriander chopped finely.. I use the stem as well.
  • 1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped.
  • 1 tbsp Fish Sauce.
  • A cheek of lime.

Mix all ingredients together.

Put fish on foil and spoon topping on. I reserve some of the toppings to add when serving. Seal foil and put in the oven on 180 for 10/15 mins until cooked.

Saute some kale or spring greens and serve with Cauliflower rice… recipe here

These are just some ideas of foods to eat and cook with if you need to follow an anti-inflammatory diet…Not so daunting is it?

Many of these foods are foods which you may have in your fridge/larder or buy already.

Anti- Ageing Food Corner:

Let’s start with a treat…Dark Chocolate ( Not milk) is loaded with nutrients which can have a positive effect on your health. Made from the seed of the Cocoa Tree it is loaded with antioxidants…Studies show that it can improve your health and we are talking proper chocolate here..Not your cheap stuff but one with a high cocoa content dark chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content.is rich in fibre, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and a few other minerals just apply the moderation bit as it does contain sugar but the fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated, with small amounts of polyunsaturated fat.

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A couple of squares a day my father swore by it and had his two squares with his afternoon tea so go on treat your self to a good bar of dark chocolate and some of them now have chilli and chilli and chocolate is good…

Well, that’s my not so little spiel over…I am happy that you joined me today.

For delicious healthy recipes???

I hope you thought so 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

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Peppercorns

My thanks go out once again to Sally for letting me loose and this week it is The Peppercorn a lovely spicey addition to most meals 🙂 xx Enjoy!

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Welcome… I hope you have all had a enjoyable weekend and the weather has been kind to you…We have been celebrating Thai New Year…Songkran which is three days of sunshine and water… I have been very wet but in this heat it was most welcome however three days of running the gauntlets at my age is wearing a bit thin so yesterday I pulled the age card and said no more I do not want to go shopping soaking wet and with a floured face…Luckily I got away with it…lol

Peppercorns are something I use daily in my kitchen either fresh as pictured or freshly ground. I use black, white and green peppercorns which are all from the same seed of the same plant they are just at different stages of their development.

You then get the pink peppercorns!

Peppercorns don’t go through the same ripening cycles as many fruits…

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My most popular posts in 2017…

My Top Ten posts of 2017…Did it surprise me?

Not really it seems that many of you love Thailand as much as I do, that you advocate healthy eating with Halloween and Christmas thrown into the mix for good luck…

Numero 1.

Why I love Thailand!  

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This post  I suppose is my snapshot of the Land of Smiles, the food I love, the sunsets, the people, the festivals and traditions and there is more as you know we now grow our own Turkeys. I have discovered many fruits and vegetables which were previously unknown to me…

Thailand certainly has the power to surprise me… Every day I see something which makes me smile …

Numero 2.

Healthy foods which may help reduce your Blood Pressure.

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I suppose there was no surprise that this post was as popular as it was as High Blood Pressure also known as the silent killer is something which many suffer from. I hope by writing this post I gave you the tools to better understand how food can be thy medicine I am a firm believer in that…Not always a replacement but something which can work alongside prescribed medication if need be.

Numero 3.

Healthy eating…Turmeric Drinks.

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Again no great surprise as Turmeric is being hailed as one of the best cure-alls ever… It has its place like many fruits, vegetable and herbs but no one size fits all…What suits you may not suit the next person and it is moderation…And do not believe everything you read ..do your own research because if it sounds too good to be true..It is!

A good example is my own father who took drinking water…yes water to another level he did not apply moderation and ended up in hospital.

Numero 4.

Fish Friday…Thai Shrimp Cakes

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These lovely tasty little cakes are so very popular and are found on almost every menu in Thailand and market stall….very moreish eaten with a lovely spicy little chilli dip. Also so easy to make at home in your own kitchen…

Numero 5.

Some of Thailands most unusual foods.

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Yes, I have tried some of them…As long as they are really crispy and not squidgy I will try them… Hands up who has eaten crispy fried whitebait???? Or crispy prawn heads??? Not too much different… Do you think?

Numero 6.

Halloween recipes…Will you dare to try??

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I would be interested to know who did try it???

Did you??

Numero 7

Healthy eating…Waste not- want- not

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From pickle juice, potato water or oil from a can of sardines there is a use for everything …my favourite as a child and we used to fight over it…When my nan used to strain the cabbage water add a little vinegar and give it to us to drink we thought we had been given the world.

Numero 8.

Beat the blues with food and So pretty, so deadly tied in 8th place…

melientha-cookingVillage cooking…I was taught to use herbs to make a healthy soup…

So pretty! So deadly!

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A word of warning when so many flowers are used in cooking…sometimes they can be so deadly and they are used in Brides bouquets even now… So just check which takes but a minute or two and could save a life or a nasty rash…

Numero 9.

Christmas recipes…Drink anyone?

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There is nothing like a homemade drink recipe…

Last but not least…

Numero 10.

Matcha Tea Cookies.

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Matcha drinks can be found on every stall and drink outlet here it is very popular… It is also open to tweaking because what I get here is not always what you can get where you live… A prime example for me was and is coconut milk… when my son went to the UK very recently most cans or cartons were only 40% coconut milk and it’s anyone’s guess as to what made up the other 60% but I think we know by now…Don’t we??

It is the same with drinks…many are loaded with sugars so all I am saying is read the labels or buy from a reputable source.

I have to get my little rant in as it bugs me that we have to be so careful because of the unscrupulous practices of manufacturers.

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 of last years posts and if you did please share as sharing is caring…

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy New Year …

 

Healthy Eating……Turmeric Drinks

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I think most of us have heard of Turmeric by now. It is most commonly used in Asian food and comes from the root of the Turmeric plant. Used in curries it has a warm, bitter taste and has many culinary uses apart from just flavouring or colouring curry powders. I use it when I make mustard which is where mustard gets its yellow colour from also butter and cheeses. I also use the Turmeric leaf when I make the Indonesian dish of Beef Rendang. The root is widely used around the world to make medicines.

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This is my little home grown Turmeric plant grown very easily from a piece of Tumeric I bought from the market. I just broke a piece of the rhizome and planted it.

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When buying spices it is always best to buy organic or buy your spices locally if you know who the farmer is and you can verify his farming methods to yourself.

Turmeric is taken by many people now as a medicine or as a preventive health wise. Turmeric is difficult for the human body to absorb so needs to be taken with black pepper as it has been proven to help the absorption. It is the piperine in black pepper which aids this.

The value of taking turmeric seems to be a valid one and yet many people are still not really aware of what a powerful substance it is.

To find out more about Turmeric and its benefits then this post from Sally on Smorgasbord Health 2017  will tell you everything you need to know.

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Golden Milk:

Golden Milk is drunk by many people now and is one way of absorbing the Turmeric.

Golden Milk is a combination of turmeric, coconut milk and or oil please click below for the recipe.

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Photo by Osha Key on Unsplash

http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/golden-milk-recipe-with-turmeric-and-virgin-coconut-oil/  

Turmeric Bombs:

These can be made in bulk, stored in your freezer so handy when you are busy ..You can just pop one in your hot cuppa.

Ingredients:

1/3 Cup of turmeric

3 tbsp of coconut oil

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp quercetin

What is Quercetin? A plant-based pigment which helps to improve the absorption of turmeric in the body. A type of flavonoid anti oxidant that is found in plant foods.

To make the Turmeric bombs.

Mix all ingredients together and put in a clean squeezy bottle. Squirt blobs on to greaseproof paper and put in the freezer. Once frozen transfer to a sealed lidded box and use as required.

Just drop one in your early morning cuppa and that’s your dose of Turmeric how easy is that?

Finally, we have TURMERIC TEA.

Most digestive problems can be treated with the following tea.

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste ( made with one-inch piece of peeled ginger and 8 cloves of garlic. This paste can be refrigerated for one month.

1 heaped tsp of turmeric powder

5/ 6 black pepper corns crushed

A handful of fresh or dried curry leaves (stem can also be used)

1 heaped tsp holy-basil (kaphrao )

1/2 tsp green-tea leaves(optional)

Bring all the above to a rolling boil with 5 cups of water and simmer for 10 mins.

Strain and store in a glass bottle or covered stainless-steel cup( not plastic )

Drink 1/2 cup every hour.

So there you have it 3 ways of getting your Turmeric.

Myself, I prefer the tea but my friend loves the Turmeric bombs…Which one is your favourite please tell me in the comments or do you have a  different recipe?

If you enjoy reading my Healthy eating posts please reblog or share as there are many people who still don’t know just what is available in their cupboards or gardens which could benefit them medicinally and why should food not be thy medicine?

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot….Because laughter is one of the best medicines known to man …..If you are on any prescribed medications then please ask your doctor.

Warning: As with all herbs, spices or alternative forms of medicines if you are on prescribed medication from your doctor please check that it is safe to take and as always I stress MODERATION.

I learnt this a few years ago when my father took drink more water literally, he drunk gallons and it affected his Sodium levels which meant a hospital visit and stay. Seriously he went way over the top …..

So I cannot stress it anymore…Moderation is key.