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Indeed! Why do I love Thailand!

Oh, lots of reasons and I could come up with a myriad of them…the food now that’s a surprise, isn’t it?

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The traditions…so many…..

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The constant sunshine and warmth…now that is a big plus… Do I miss the snow???

I love all your pictures of snow…They are beautiful….but I remember the thawing and freezing, trying to drive or even walk in it…Many times I have ended up on my posterior…Yes, you can laugh…haha

But the kids love it!

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Those blue fingers and freezing toes and as a kid those burnt legs from sitting so close to the open fire… But I also remember the toast done over the open fire with chestnuts in the ash pan…Nothing better than toast cooked that way…

No fires here unless its the BBQ or just cooking over an open fire as many do here… But and I have just had a thought I could do my toast over an open flame …Now that is a thought!

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Anyway…Why do I love Thailand….. Is there more??? Of course..so many reasons so come with me over to my NEW blog and all will be revealed…

See you in a minute…

xxx

 

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Smorgasbord Health 2017 – Top to Toe- Female Reproductive System Update -Judith Barrow – Breast Cancer Survivor.

For all those brave survivors and those battling this awful disease…One day you will be a survivor I have no doubt …Much love ūüôā

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Smorgasbord Health 2017

Following on from last week’s posts on the female reproductive system a repeat of a guest post during the original series in 2016. Judith Barrow is a breast cancer survivor and shares her story.

First a look at the statistics

‚ÄėBreast cancer is the top cancer in women worldwide and is increasing particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.‚Äė

521,900: The estimated number of breast cancer deaths in women worldwide in 2012 which is the last complete reporting date.

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women; however, when looking just at developed countries, lung cancer was the most common cause of cancer death in 2012, surpassing breast cancer. This change reflects the tobacco epidemic in these women, which occurred later than in men, according to the report.  Also, the incidence of breast cancer is increasing in…

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Healthy foods which may help reduce your blood pressure.

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Controlling your blood pressure is one of the most important things if not the most important thing you can do to improve your health and increase your lifespan. Of course, most of us now know there are alternatives to popping pills: Many foods can lower blood pressure naturally. Rather than cutting things out, science shows that you can really benefit from adding these foods to your diet.

These are all healthy foods that can be part of your diet. But whether any one food can lower your blood pressure isn’t entirely clear and will likely depend on a host of variables including your current blood pressure, your genes, how much of the food you consume and how often, and other components in your diet and exercise.

Of course, never ever stop taking any prescribed medication for your Blood pressure without your doctors say so. Always discuss your diet plans with your doctor if you are on medication and also if he is prescribing medication and you have not yet started taking it then discuss it with him..Show him that you have done your research and what you plan to do to help and he should be receptive to this and monitor your Blood pressure for a period of time to see if what you are proposing lowers it…Always ask, more and more medical practitioners are looking at natural methods of treating some conditions.

Work with your doctor.

A healthy diet and adding certain foods to that diet may help further reduce your blood pressure.

You probably already know that a diet rich in foods containing potassium, calcium and magnesium may help prevent or help normalise high blood pressure. But are there specific foods?

Salt has always been thought to be a major player in reducing blood pressure ..however, new schools of thoughts and current research into salt are raising doubts about this.

Myself I live in hot, humid climes and I need to keep my salt intake up..not in excess but not to cut it out as much as I can….my blood pressure has reduced since living here. I will admit it is lifestyle, diet and exercise which has all contributed to that. Nothing in isolation. While I am on the subject of salt in the diet this is a good ¬†article about salt and the diet¬†¬†¬†¬†

It doesn’t advocate cutting out salt completely or diving into the salt pot…Moderation not abstinence is what it is saying…

Below are some foods which if incorporated into your diet and some or most you may already be eating can help lower your blood pressure.

Leafy greens, which are high in potassium, include Romaine lettuce, arugula, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, spinach, beet greens, Swiss chard and broccoli.

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But PLEASE DON’T discount frozen vegetables as they contain as many nutrients as fresh vegetables, and they‚Äôre easier to store. You can also blend these veggies with bananas and nut milk for a healthy, sweet green juice.

Red Beets

Beets are high in nitric oxide, which can help open your blood vessels and lower blood pressure. Current research also found that the nitrates in beetroot juice lowered research participants’ blood pressure within just 24 hours.

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For a 2013 study in Nutrition Journal, Australian researchers looked at the effects of beet juice on blood pressure among healthy men and women.. Participants drank either beet plus apple juice or plain apple juice, then had their blood pressure monitored over 24 hours. The results: The researchers observed a reduction in systolic blood pressure six hours after participants drank beet juice, especially among the men. Beets naturally contain nitrates, which ease blood pressure

Servo, M., Lara, J., Ogbonmwan, I., & Mathers, J. C. (2013). Inorganic nitrate and beetroot juice supplementation

You can juice your own beets or simply cook and eat the whole root. Beetroot is delicious when roasted or added to stir-fries and stews. You can also bake them into chips.

Be careful when handling beets¬†the juice can stain your hands and clothe and also colour your urine…

Oatmeal

Fits the bill for a high-fibre, low-fat way to lower your blood pressure. Eating oatmeal for breakfast is a great way to fuel up for the day.

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Overnight oats are a popular breakfast option. To make them, soak a cup of rolled oats and a cup of nut milk or milk of your choice in a jar. In the morning, stir and add berries, granola, and cinnamon to taste.

Bananas

Eating foods that are rich in potassium is in my book better than taking supplements.

Bananas

Slice a banana into your cereal or oatmeal for a potassium-rich addition. You can also take one to go along with a boiled egg for a quick breakfast or snack.

Love bananas? Then look no further some delicious health tips and recipes all tried and tested by Moi

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-banana-nutrient-boost-no-packaging-required/

Salmon, mackerel, and fish with omega-3

Fish are a great source of lean protein. Fatty fish like mackerel and salmon are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, and lower triglycerides. In addition to these fish sources, trout contains vitamin D. Foods rarely contain vitamin D, and this hormone-like vitamin has properties that can lower blood pressure.

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This recipe for Salmon trout cooked my way is one of my favourites..easy to do and very tasty https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2015/03/20/i-cook-with-wine-sometimes-i-even-add-it-to-the-food-w-c-fields/

The only warning I would give on this is to make sure that fish is from a sustainable source and not farmed.

 Seeds

Unsalted seeds are high in potassium, magnesium, and other minerals which are known to reduce blood pressure. Enjoy a¬†cup of sunflower, pumpkin, or squash seeds as a snack between meals…. a nice healthy snack.

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Chillies

For those who know me can just imagine the smile on my face …I love chilli and for anyone with high blood pressure, chilli peppers might be just what the doctor ordered, according to a study reported in the August issue of¬†Cell Metabolism,¬†a Cell Press publication. While the active ingredient that gives the peppers their heat – a compound that is known as capsaicin might set your mouth on fire, it also leads blood vessels to relax, the research in hypertensive rats shows.

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For those who can’t tolerate spicy foods, there might be some hope for there is the existence of a mild Japanese pepper, which contains a compound called capsaicinoid that is closely related to capsaicin limited studies shows that these capsaicinoids produce effects similar to capsaicin.

 Garlic

Garlic can help reduce hypertension by increasing the amount of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide helps promote vasodilation, or the widening of arteries, to reduce blood pressure.

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 Dark chocolate

A 2015 study found that eating dark chocolate is associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study suggests that up to 100 gms per day of dark chocolate may be associated with a lower risk of CVD.

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Dark chocolate contains more than 60 percent cocoa solids and has less sugar than regular chocolate. ¬†So you can enjoy your chocolate without feeling guilty it is healthy…

 Olive oil

Olive oil is an example of a healthy fat. It contains polyphenols, which are inflammation-fighting compounds that can help reduce blood pressure.

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It’s also a great alternative to canola oil, butter, or commercial salad dressing.

Virgin Coconut Oil

A¬†new study¬†looking at Virgin Coconut Oil and Hypertension was just published in Malaysia in the journal¬†Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The study compared a diet of ‚Äúfive times heated palm oil‚ÄĚ with Virgin Coconut Oil, and a control group.

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For that special person…

How to make your own Coconut oil…How it is made traditionally here in Thailand…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/how-to-make-your-own-coconut-oil/

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are a healthy fruit that you can enjoy raw or as a juice. One study concluded that drinking a cup of pomegranate juice once a day for four weeks helps lower blood pressure over the short-term.

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Pomegranate juice is tasty for a healthy breakfast. Be sure to check the sugar content in store-bought juices, as the added sugars can negate the health benefits.

GREEN COFFEE

Coffee beans are naturally green, but roasting turns them brown. So in essence, green coffee is just another name for unroasted coffee.

While roasted coffee beans have a similar chemical composition to green coffee beans, the roasting process destroys much of its chlorogenic acid.¬†This is the active ingredient that gives green coffee beans additional health properties. It’s also the ingredient extracted for use in supplements such as green coffee bean extract.

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While green coffee bean extract may not be the “weight-loss miracle” Dr Oz claimed, it does appear to benefit blood flow, at least in the short-term.

One 12-week study using 480 ml green coffee extract (equal to 140 ml of chlorogenic acid) found it reduced heart rate and blood pressure by about 8 percent. These benefits were maintained for 12 weeks of supplementation, but only in those who began with high blood pressure. What’s more, benefits were lost once supplementation stopped.

Theoretically, drinking more green coffee should have much of the same benefits as supplementing, but it depends on the chlorogenic acid concentration. Doses used in these studies were equivalent to 120-300 ml of chlorogenic acid.

Try swapping your regular coffee for green coffee and then checking for any blood pressure changes after a month.

While this list is not exhaustive of foods which can help lower your blood pressure it gives you a starting point and please speak to your doctor about your plans you may be pleasantly surprised how receptive doctors are when you want to help yourself rather than just popping some pills.

You will also feel much better…I can vouch for that because I most certainly do and I still have the odd cake and biscuit it is about moderation…


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Salt of the earth…

 

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Salt seems to be a topic of conversation around here at the moment so I have decided to resurrect this post from aunt juju which I reblogged over a year ago.

Since then I have purchased a salt block as a present for my daughter and am awaiting feedback as she has had it for a good few months now.

This article by aunt juju is a very good comprehensive view of salt block cooking backed up¬†by some wonderful recipes. So please take a look you will love it as much as I do… I just know you will.

Once I self-host this blog I will be offering these amongst other things for sale…..I will not have loads of ads all over the place but the sale items will be relevant to my posts. Which means folks you will still get recipes and hopefully some good advice to get you thinking about your health alongside them.

Young Sally also penned a very good post on salt and our health and I discovered salt farming as some of you know on my proverbial doorstep.   So much to do and discover in this little corner of Thailand.

Salt is definitely being featured in our corner of the world of WP and is worth a look as that and so many other things which we were advised to steer clear of consuming don’t seem to be really as bad for us….What are your thoughts on all this backtracking?

A short post to read as you drink your morning coffee…well depending on where you live…ha ha¬†….coupled with some interesting links for when you put feet up later.

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I hope you enjoy all of this and it links everything together for you….Do you have any¬†What are your thoughts on Salt and your health?

We would love to know so please comment and if you have used salt blocks ..tell me your experience did you love it or hate it?….Good or bad…. I would love to know.

Thank you for reading I hope it gave you food for thought? Stay safe and laugh a lot..it’s free and it releases all those good endorphins which are responsible for our feeling of wellbeing…. it is the biochemical of the substrate aka ” The Spice of Life”

Until next time……..

 

 

 

 

I have a plan!

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Oh yes I do! I keep telling myself that…. I have re-written my white board.

I have allocated myself time slots for WordPress, Niume,mytrendingstories, my novel, Research…Now all¬†5 of these are important (¬†to me)

I have booked regular Skype meeting with my publisher and she will crack the proverbial whip!¬† I am in no ¬†doubt about that…Why?….Because I¬†am..she is fierce…well …a pussy cat really!..

I have in the past:-

Shilly-shallayed, hesitated, dithered, dawdled, pondered,lingered, too long on reading blogs, trying to fathom Twitter, Scrivener, You name it….I just do it..no concept of time and before I know it…The day has gone….Disappeared ūüė¶

So the time has come……A new me….an organised me….with time slots…..will it work????

Who knows…..I will set my timer…Oh yes….A Timer!

I have set myself a break…. Time to check mail, FB, etc, etc, etc…………And time to shop, cook and explore my surroundings, (although that could be classed as research) Mmmmmm

Pondering now….What does Vino time come under???????????

Will this turn out to be ” The best laid plans of man and mice” scenario????? Or will it WORK???????

Answers on a postage stamp…Please………

Love you all ūüôā

 

Memory Lane.

I was doing my first job of the day….¬† answering comments and reading blogs on my reader and came across one of my¬†favorite food blogs.

It was for a lentil curry and I do like a bit of spice https://healthyindiankitchen.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/whole-green-moong-lentils-curry/

..yum it gets those taste buds¬†a zinging ūüėČ

Years ago when my kids were little and I don’t mind saying it was struggle at times …6 hungry kids to feed and I have never been a fast food mum…but have always cooked and loved it….Well… can you imagine buying jars of¬† pasta sauce to feed 6 hungry mouths and two adults every day?…plus any stragglers… Our food bill would have been off the scale.

So I was nothing if not inventive….. Well that green-moong lentil curry set of that lightbulb…I used to make this dish and it was a big one with a bacon Hock and a mix of dried lentils and veggies….cook it for a few hours and had this wonderful , warming stew full of soft melt in your ham/bacon …served with hot crusty Bread….One of my girls reminded me of this a while ago and said she remembered how lovely it was….

So thank you¬† ¬†https://healthyindiankitchen.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/whole-green-moong-lentils-curry/ I will be away to my kitchen with a smile ūüôā

26 Week Photo challenge “J”

Love this challenge to see Lori’s pictures for “J’ please Click Here.

My first picture for “J’ has to be

JOY….Just look at the happiness on these boys faces…

 

JUMP… and head first this grandchild of mine..no fear..

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JEEP..another picture of the fun my grandkids have..mostly with dirt and water…

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All my pictures for the letter ¬†“J” depict the Joy in the lives of my grandchildren they enjoy an outside lifestyle and are both¬†happy and healthy. I hope you enjoy my pictures.

Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot and have fun…Love you all ūüôā