I am now looking for archive posts for the festiveseason.. short stories fiction and non-fiction, food and recipes, humour, memorable Christmas’s etc. Please send one or two posts to email@example.com.. I will be resuming the regular archive series in the New Year. Thanks Sally.
Today Carol shares a post from 2015 that explores the choices we make and where they might lead us.. In Carol’s case to Phuket, sunshine and a contributor to a short story anthology…
“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” by Eleanor Roosevelt. From Carol Taylor
Are we all happy with that?
I am, because if I hadn’t retired to Phuket I most certainly would not be blogging, I would not be warm( it’s so hot and sunny here), I would not be making my own ham and bacon, I would not be a published author the list is…
Just cutting out sugar, caffeine and drinking more water can have a huge effect on our moods.
Well, I don’t know about you but I love good food…
I love proper food, meals the whole family can eat and not pick at, meals I can knock up quickly for one or for 6 people. Food which is not expensive and I can easily obtain or grow myself even if I only have a window box.
1.Dark, leafy greens:
The healthiest greens on the planet are Kale, high in Vitamins, folate and potassium with Collard greens, Spinach, Broccoli and sprouts following close behind they all promote good brain function.
But I don’t like greens.
Just how many times have we heard that and not just from our kids but from some adults also…
Well, let’s introduce them gently and a little sneakily…lol
Mix lightly steamed, thinly sliced collard greens into your mashed potatoes.
Layer your lasagna with spinach which is low in calories and high in vitamins.
Better cooked than raw although great in salads. For the best sprout recipes ever sprouts with garlic, chilli..ha ha snuck that one in…lol
Salmon, trout, mackerel, snapper all high in omega 3 oils, they can be grilled, baked or steamed. Packed with protein, vitamins and potassium all healthy for your well-being. As long as you source and buy fish responsibly sourced and not farmed… fish is very good for your health and well-being.
Thai Salmon Trout.
180 gm Trout or Salmon fillet.( per person)
1 spring Onion finely chopped.
2/3 stems Coriander chopped finely…I use the stem as well.
1 red birds eye chilli finely chopped help promote the release of pleasure-boosting endorphins in the brain.
1 tbsp Fish Sauce.
A cheek of lime.
Mix ingredients together.
Put fish on foiland spoon topping on reserve some topping to add when serving. Seal foil and put in the oven on 180 for 10/15 mins until cooked.
Serve with steamed rice, boiled new potatoes or over noodles.
7 a day may be all it takes to improve your health. The walnut is a little powerhouse packed with Vitamin E, folate, melatonin and omega 3 oils all of which support good brain health.
Packed with lycopene and antioxidants that reduce stress and repair damaged brain cells eating a tomato a day is said to reduce the blues by 52%.
Just words of caution tomatoes are acidic and as with anything moderation is advised because it may cause heartburn in some individuals.
Packed with nutrients copper, folate, magnesium, zinc and calcium.You can use beans in a lovely chilli, salads, add tinned beans to soups and stews. Make a chickpea hummus to dip your veggies in. Beans are a very versatile food and so healthy for you as this post from the Sally and Carol Cooking from Scratch series will show you HOW
Some of the healthiest food on the planet, juicy, brightly coloured, sweet or sour, fresh or frozen add them to smoothies, yoghurt, a compote on porridge, pancake batters or in salads.
These foods are easily available everywhere and will help decrease depression and work alongside prescribed medication.
Salmon, Tomatoes and Spinach photos are from my personal photo collections.
All other images are Pixabay and no attribution is required.
I also am now the proud owner of a brand new blog called Orienthailiving which I hope you will pop over to and have a little look and maybe like and share it…It is in the early stages of development and a big learning curve for Moi…. But I have had positive feedback .. Thank you xxx
I try to eat healthy or as much as I can or I want to…I like the occasional treat and why not???
I am careful about what I feed my family and my cooking methods and I do what I reasonably can… I check out things or products I am not sure of and make my own mind up as to whether I buy it or not.
I believe it is all about balance and not being fanatical as that just makes you miserable and laughter is good for you as well.
I know it is hard to check and there is a mine of information out there and some very believable I will say…But I love digging and not just the garden and sometimes I get really frustrated and just save the links for another day when my brain is clearer…
What annoys me most and there is one in particular that when I see his name connected to a statement of supposedly valid, 100% true facts….I read, double-check and read again….I also came across and interestingly…and no I am not going to name drop…I believe he has a regular tv show … But the other week I was reading something which stated a fact and provided the name of the organisation which conducted the research… BUT… it wasn’t a clickable link..an error??? We all make those…
So I copied and pasted the link…. yes there was a study and it totally contradicted the statement this doctor had made…
My conclusion was that he is very famous and a lot of people hang on his every word and take it as gospel and wouldn’t click the link if they had been able to anyway…Total faith in his word.
Today I read a post that mentioned him, Two in fact …One interested me as it was the topic of a post I am currently writing…. This is where the red mist took over… My husband always used to tell the kids it was “tin hat” time…lol
Real life medical doctors have investigated claims made on this show and stated that not even half of the recommendations made were based on any proven evidence at all….Now that is scary..don’t you think????
Rant over ..normal service will resume with a smile with my next post and I promise I will research everything as much as I can but please..check for yourself…Promise me that…. You owe it to yourself and your families…
Until next time…Stay safe, laugh a lot and ASK a question.
How reliable is the information that you read online? Particularly if it is about your health or the health of a loved one?
It is a veritable minefield out there and so many sites write anything to either sell their product or get your e-mail address so they can sell you their product or so they can flood your inbox with what they think you want to hear and sell you that information.
If you are looking for something and are faced with page after page of information then firstly remember you can PAY to be at the top of a search engine so just because they are top and not on page 105 doesn’t mean that what they are saying is true.
It is very easy to be taken in when you dearly want a “cure” or ” remedy ” but please it is not nice to have your hopes dashed when the product doesn’t work or causes a bad reaction.
If you’re visiting a health website for the first time, these 5 quick questions can help you decide whether the site is a helpful resource.
Who? Who runs this website? Can you trust them?
What? What does the site say? Do its claims seem too good to be true?
When? When was the information posted or reviewed? Is it up-to-date?
Where? Did the information come from? Is it based on scientific research?
Why? Does the site exist? Is it selling something?
Don’t rely completely on online resources if you are considering alternative methods of treatment. Talk to your health practitioner they often know of tried and tested alternatives or an alternative that runs alongside conventional treatments.
As I stated in a previous post ” one size doesn’t fit all” What works for your friend’s friend may NOT work for you.
If It is a cure for cancer the Organisations like the Macmillan organisation would be a good starting point for accurate information.
These large organisations have the funds and the knowledge and would likely know or have heard about any conventional cures or natural cures.
Health food so much info on the market ..where to go? Who to talk to? Is what you ARE reading on Social media True or false? As a general rule if the website it leads you too ends in .gov or .edu they are a trusted source although e-mails received ending in edu may not always be. It is definitely a minefield out there.
I promise you that when I am giving you facts about fruit and food then I double-check the information or have used it myself.
I even check an e-mail from my bank before I open it that is how much I distrust anything sent to me or when I read an article I check either on the news or a publication that I know is always up to date. As the date is important as well, just because it has been posted now doesn’t mean that the news is current…always question and look that little bit further….It is your health and your families at risk so trust your gut and do the basic checks.
The internet is a wonderful source of information it is also a dark source of incorrect information.
Please be one of the growing number of consumers who are aware, who are not being taken in by so-called celebrity endorsements of which there are so many. Be one of the ones who makes a decision on your family’s health and the food they eat by being informed and making that decision yourself.
Be happy and confident that you have done your best and made the best information on your own findings and there are some wonderful blogs and websites who give out fully researched information.
And have fun when you are researching …I know I have …I have discovered some wonderful fruits and vegetables with so many medical benefits.
BUT…. MODERATION UNTIL YOU KNOW IT SUITS YOU.
Thank you for reading this I was prompted by two articles I saw online today and had been shared by someone I knew and were blatant untruths and it took me all of 10 seconds to suss them out…..
I am just going to be happy and smile to at least one stranger a day..This is not new it’s a continuation as I started doing this a while ago and it works…..It really does.
Last year I moved to the North of Thailand and I like it here…It is different, not so much partying and everything that goes with it…Ladies who lunch etc etc…
Do I miss it? Mmmmmm yes and no….I miss my friends as there are not any or many european women here…do I miss the lifestyle? Well, yes and no…
I don’t think I would want or could afford to keep that lifestyle up indefinitely, all that partying takes its toll on your health.
So back to do I like it here?
I walk more, I enjoy it and I am fitter. I get post..yehhhhh
It is quieter and more relaxed…we have had a few visitors… which was nice..I get more time to write and cook…. and I walk…
I sort of missed the New Year celebrations on the beach..Briefly… when I saw the photos people posted on FB I thought ahhhh…but ours was spent in a Thai village.and to me it made a pleasant change…
First of all when we arrived I went for an afternoon stroll, heard music and then as the music was getting louder, all of sudden in front of us were the villagers coming out of their homes and joining the dancing /walking parade it was lovely all those happy faces..I was the only european there…and most look bemused as they probably wondered where I had sprung from so… joining in with the dancing my little grandaughter.loved it…It was lovely….so unexpected.
We enjoyed an hour just smiling and dancing and mingling.
Then back for some lovely Thai food and Laos whiskey…just opening that was revelation as I expected top off and pour but no…But underneath that was the most mellow of whiskys.
At 100% proof I was not going to take many sips…ha ha
In the evening it was dancing and fireworks to see in the NY…bed and early to rise. Well sleeping on a 2 inch thick mattress and square pillow for your head is not conducive to a lovely lie in…lol… Taking my feather pillow next time.
So an early morning walk..everyone was slowly coming to life the little shop was just opening and the owner was unpacking his fresh veggies..people were lighting their fires as many still cook out side here…not many mod cons to be had here but a plethora of smiles…so many smiles…
Back to house and I was invited to visit the farm…I am getting quite used to perching on a side car thingy…Down a few bumpy tracks and there were the men standing talking around the fire and the bubbling pot
….another was cooking some steak….Was that delicious? Oh yes..tasty , soft and a blow your head of chilli dip to die for….. I love my chilli.
Next came the offal and I participated…next came something I could guess at….But as a man had walked by earlier carrying a bullocks willie….I guessed at his goolies….I passed on that one….
Had a shot of Hong Thong instead but it was a lovely start to my NY day ….most of it impromptu but I suppose that is village life and I had the best time…
I hope each and every one of you have a brilliant 2017 which sees you enjoy good health and much happiness.
Born in the early 50’s, one of 3 and the oldest we had no Tv or phone we played out until dark and sometimes we were out all day playing in the woods, making camps…I was definitely not one of those girls who played with dolls and pushed someone else’s baby up and down the street..for fun! Really…I was a tom boy…one of my earliest memories was this pink spotted dress my mum made me…she made all our clothes and I remember that when the elbows of our cardigans or jumpers wore thin my mum unpicked the sleeves and changed them over so the darned patch was in the crook of our elbow.
I also remember climbing the big old Oak tree in the middle of the green and catching the said pink dress and tore it! Girls then did not wear trousers only skirts and dresses.
We made tents in the garden by slinging a blanket over the clothes line…..Played how high can you jump with a pole on two sticks…until my dad shouted at us as we made a bare patch on his lawn. I remember playing jacks and hopscotch on the pavement( we then) had to clean every bit of the chalk of the pavement when we had finished playing.
Collecting the empty bottles and taking them back to get a penny and how many sweets could you get for a penny?
I remember moaning like hell when my mum combed my hair after washing it and the rags she put in so we had ringlets( and how they hurt to sleep in). I also remember her taking us to the hairdressers as she was fed up with moans and me getting this fringe…..I promptly got the scissors out when I got home and cut it off..stating I don’t have a fringe now.
I also remember how much I used to write for homework..pages and pages..my teachers must have groaned..not half a page for me. When I got the ” A” my mum would say very nice dear…my dad..not much…he thought girls just got married and had kids.
Our first TV…..Took pride of place in the parlour ..the best room..the one we only used on high days and holidays or when people visited.
Most of my friends wanted to be teachers, hairdressers, nurse, shop assistants ..none wanted to be a pop star or celebrity.
But we were happy! Why?
So true to life…I got married, had the kids..blah blah blah
Then I retired..…went to Thailand….joined Phuket Writers and wow…….. An anthology, a novel in the pipeline, writing for a New York website, a collaboration with Sally from Smorgasbord Health 2017 so much to do and who knows how much time….I am having fun on this ride and do not want to get off….
And all because this child of the fifties had a dream.
So I believe if you dare to dream…then you can!
I see that happiness in the faces of the village children here..who have very little…the boys ..a bike, they fish..a stick with a cord, they run, they climb trees, they laugh..why?
Until next time stay safe, laugh a lot as you know it is good for you… and have fun x
Hi everyone and if you hadn’t guessed by now then I’ll tell you I am a slightly crazy, whimsical( that is not my description) but a dear friends..Jelena! I laugh at the silliest jokes or sayings ( see above) and what you see is what you get. Upset me and you may get the full fury and onslaught..when I can be bothered that is because calmness comes with age and what would have me incensed some years ago …..well I think I am now quite sensible about things.But I still like a cause…..and increasingly am becoming more aware of the world around me and am astounded and I really don’t know why……about all my favorite things aka FOOD is not good for me. In fact it may kill me…well, we are all going that way eventually , some sooner than later …..and that’s sad I miss my friends Mo and Gilly and I think more as the years go by and I suppose too that I want them to see how I have evolved and changed.
A Blogger and writer who would have thought not them , not me, definitely not my teachers all those years ago. Whoa the chalk always used to fly in my direction.
Never in a million years though would I let my kids have a ” Mr Frosty ” or “Slush Puppies ” no not those horrible suede shoes they were Hush Puppies.
But anything that I thought was staining the tongue was a resounding no back then I would cringe at what it would do for their little insides….. so mummy banned them.
So I guess that’s why in my dotage I am madly making everything I can and passing the recipes on.
But also not getting too paranoid about it..cos that causes stress and what are we told about stress….I rest my case.
Well I hear you all say …you have more time, yes I do but a lot of the recipes are done in a crock pot or quickly stir fried ..using Coconut Oil..of course.
Can be prepared before you go to bed or work , make bigger portions and freeze one..there really are no excuses and the satisfaction I get from making it from scratch is great….yeh yeh I love the praise and who doesn’t?
Enough of my ramblings cos that’s what it is.Today I am sad, sad that some little lives are cut so short and even me ..I can’t find the words that I know I should as this little Angel was part of our family for such a brief while.
So to Tracey and Bart remember…..There is no footprint too small to leave an imprint on this world.
May God Bless you all xxxxxx
I was going to carry on rambling but I think not today……