Why am I still like this ?


why am I so lazy ?

I was asked to go out for lunch with a coworker today, but I feel too lazy, self centred, fearful of driving where I have never been.

I don’t have close friends and this maybe my reason, I have pain in my chest thinking about it ( like and elephant sitting on my chest). I do have depression and extreme anxiety, ( Due to two  customers attacking me verbally and physically on the same day ). If I take anything for anxiety, it makes me tired and I take a 1/2 of the weakest tablet I have be prescribed.

I have been through counciling and still see a psychiatrist, and am taking medication but still I find it so hard to attach to anyone, and go to new places, especially shopping centres ( this is where I mainly work, as a Demonstrator)


6 anti-inflammatory foods

Ongoing inflammation in the body is behind the development of many medical conditions, including abdominal obesity (fat around the middle), insulin resistance, hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) and high blood pressure.

Doctors know that healthy diets and weight loss are the key to reducing inflammation and insulin resistance. And that Mediterranean diets, rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, olive oil, with a moderate amount of red wine and small serves of meat and dairy – have been shown to reduce inflammation, whereas Western diets high in saturated fat from processed and takeaway foods increase inflammation.

But now, researchers into the Mediterranean diet have developed an index to rate foods by their capacity to cause inflammation.

Here are 6 foods that can reduce inflammation:

Fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced inflammation. Eat a mix of different-coloured fruits and vegetables each day. The different colours come from different phytochemicals which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Lycopene is red and is found in tomatoes (especially cooked ones). Beta-carotene is orange and found in carrots, butternut squash and red peppers. Chlorophyll is green and found in dark green leafy vegetables and anthocyanins are red and purple and found in blueberries, cherries and radishes.
Herbs and spices. Despite the relatively small amounts that we use in cooking, these condiments punch above their weight in terms of health benefits. They can help in lowering high cholesterol, reducing high blood pressure, slowing brain decline and help with blood sugar control. Use them to flavour food, in place of salt.
Nuts. Eating nuts is associated with lower levels of circulating inflammatory compounds in the bloodstream. Aim to eat 30 g of nuts per day.
Legumes and wholegrains. Legumes, such as beans, peas and lentils, have great fibre content, are low GI and have anti-inflammatory properties. Similarly, wholegrains, where you literally eat the whole grain, including the germ and the bran, contain more nutrients and phytochemicals than refined grains, such as flour, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Wholegrains include oats, wheat, barley, corn and quinoa and can be found in wholegrain breads and cereals. Legumes should be eaten at least twice a week and wholegrain breads and cereals every day.
Healthy fats. Fish, fish oils, walnuts, flaxseeds (linseeds) and canola oil all contain healthy omega 3 fatty acids, which help fight inflammation in the body. Extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal, a natural anti-inflammatory substance which has been shown to reduce inflammation and kill cancer cells in the laboratory. It also contains oleuropein, another anti-inflammatory agent. Dietitians advise eating at least 2 fish meals a week, incorporating omega-3-rich nuts and seeds into meals, and using extra virgin olive oil in cooking and salad dressings.
Tea, red wine and cocoa. These foods contain several different antioxidants, including polyphenols, catechins, procyanidins and resveratrol. Luck for us, all of these antioxidants have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects, but that doesn’t give us carte blanche to over-indulge. Experts advise that it’s OK to enjoy dark chocolate and red wine in moderation, but drink green and black tea regularly.
Adapted from an article in Medical Observer “.” by Lisa Yates, an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics. Disclosure: Lisa Yates consults to the tree nut industry.


Health in a plant


Tonight, actually it’s 12:10pm. I went outside, to my potted garden to get a leaf off my aloe vera plant. I’ve been reading about aloe being good for everything thing, including stomach problems, lowering blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, giving you an acidic something as cancer does not survive in an acidic environment (I don’t believe that, but anyway). Also the inside skin of the leaf is good for your skin.

Well as I like to try all things healthy, I tried to cut a leaf from my 10 plus year old plant it actually broke as it is bitterly cold outside at the moment it . I trimmed the end and used the potato peeler down the sides and cut it in two. Then I used a teaspoon to scoop out the gel, I then put the gel in one container and the skin in another.

So I used one piece of the fresh skin on my face, it was still quite cold from being outside it felt good. They say that it is good for your skin as it softens and is helpful for acne, as I now have breakouts on my face (due to the change) and sensitive skin I’ll give this a try.

I also uses 2 teaspoons of gel in the #vitamix, 1/4 cup of mango, 1/2 a cucumber, 1 cup of water and added 2 teaspoons of powder equal as it was a bit bitter at first taste. I will try using both of these the leaf on the skin and the gel in a smoothie for a month and see if it helps.

Diabetes is my problem


Don’t you hate it when you go to the Dr, and they blame your Diabetes for every thing. “I have a cold” Dr. It’s your Diabetes., ” I have female problems” Dr. it’s your Diabetes ect..

Who knew that diabetes could give you a extremely painful frozen shoulder? Ive had extremely bad pain in my left shoulder, neck, elbow and wrist for a little over 5 months now ( I don’t visit the Dr much, just for me refills). Ive put up with the pain as I have previously had calciferous tendinitis in my right shoulder, but this felt different. Ive also had both my wrists operated on previously, due to carpal tunnel syndrome and tendon problems. Now the left wrist has the tendon poking thru again.

Well I’ve now been told that uncontrolled be sugar levels contribute to encapsulated  (frozen shoulder). The pain is unbearable at times, I am still working. My husband does not understand the pain, I am having problems cooking, cleaning, folding clothes ect.. But work this week will kill me, as I have to lift quiet heavy display tables, and process food for demonstration. I love my job, working with customers showing them the different things a Vitamix can do (this is one of the Great loves of my life #vitamix) other than coffee.

Would I have listened to a Dr if they had told me this could happen? probably not. But don’t you want to kick yourself when you findout that you have contributed to the pain you are now in.

One pan lasagne



2 tbls olive oil

1 medium onion diced

1 tbls Italian seasoning

500g beef mince

2 tbls tomato paste

1 750 ml bottle passata

4 dry lasagne sheets broken into 8 pieces


1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup ricotta cheese



  1. Heat a deep fry pan on medium, add oil, onion and Italian seasoning and sauté till onion is soft.
  2. add mince and brown.
  3. add tomato paste and passata, turn heat down to medium low.
  4. add broken lasagne sheet pieces and cook till soft.
  5. remove from heat, top with mozzarella, Parmesan and dollop with ricotta.
  6. place under grill till chees is melted and golden brown.

Serve with crisp salad.

Almond and Coconut bites



4 egg whites

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup flaked almonds


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
2. Add sugar, vanilla essence and salt then beat again until stiff.
3. Add coconut and almonds and fold in, making sure to combine the mixture     thoroughly with a light hand.
4. Using a large teaspoon, create 24 small circular mounds on the baking tray.
5. Bake for 16 – 20 minutes until lightly brown.
6. Remove trays from oven and leave biscuits to cool on the trays.
7. Store in an air-tight container.

Uniquley Diabdee

I bought a new scarf the other day as Autumn weather is on it’s way (even though I have the air con on cooling at the moment). It was a monochrome owl scarf, okay winter is darker colours and drab looking greys, black and navy in my head. So I bought some sharpies, that cost me more that the scarf. I decided I know need some colour in my wardrobe (and life). I wear a lot of scarves in the cool weather as I have arthritis in most of my joints and neck, and the warmth reduces the pain in my neck a little bit..

My husband says why are you colouring in the scarf ? I replied with “because I can”and  “Because I want too” ( in my head I’m saying “why not?”, ” It’s mine and I can”and “I need something to do other than cook, clean and be a mother to him and my father”). But in the real word I never say what I really feel out loud, sometimes I do but it’s under my breath.

Well I finished colouring my scarf tonight, and was talking to my youngest son’s partner. She said that I could use the sharpies I bought to colour in coffee mugs, and then bake them in the oven. The husband says to me, what are you going to start colouring in everything now? OMG, what is this man thinking. He makes me feel a bit useless sometimes. I work as a casual sales demonstrator, and as it is Easter there is no shift at the moment but in two weeks time I will be working three weeks straight as  Mother’s Day is in May and it is the best time to sell. So I thought I would do something to keep my brain active.


One Pan Creamy Ham Gnocchi


1   Onion, diced.

1 tbls  Olive oil

2 cups  Ham, cut into 2cm cubes

1 cup  Frozen green peas

1 cup  Hot water

1/2 cup  Heavy cream

Ground black pepper to taste

1 cup  mozzarella cheese, grated

1/2 cup  Parmesan cheese, grated

2 tbsp  finely chopped parsley



Step 1. On low heat add oil and soften onion.

Step 2. On medium heat add ham and cook till golden brown add peas, hot water and cream. Season to taste.

Step 3. Cook on medium low until gnocchi is tender and sauce has thickened, remove from heat. Top with mozzarella, Parmesan and parsley. Place under grill till golden brown, serve with a mixed salad .



Scientific study explains why you should eat at the right time

Another cause for Diabetes.


When one eats may be as important as what one eats!

istock_000024965109medium The time of day you eat really does make a difference when it comes to health outcomes http://bit.ly/255la16

Biological clock also known as the circadian clocks are found in living things from bacteria to flies and humans, controls our rhythms of sleep, activity, eating and metabolism. It is like a daily calendar, telling the body what to expect, so it can prepare for the future and operate optimally.

New research at the Weizmann Institute of Science and in Germany led by Dr. Gad Asher, which recently appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that the cells’ power plants – the mitochondria – are highly regulated by the body’s biological, or circadian, clocks. This may help explain why people who sleep and eat out of phase with their circadian clocks are at higher risk…

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Obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically inherited from parents

It’s all genetics


You Are What Your Parents Ate!

csm_Fotolia_Crevis_75956095_M_b782bcd524 “The results showed that both oocytes and sperm passed on epigenetic information, which particularly in the female offspring led to severe obesity,” said Prof. Johannes Beckers. (Photo: Fotolia/ cervis)

Diet-induced obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically* inherited by the offspring via both oocytes and sperm. Scientists from Technical University of Munich in collaboration with researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) have shown that. The results were published in the journal Nature Genetics.

[*Epigenetics: In contrast to genetics, the term epigenetics refers to the inheritance of traits that are not determined in the primary sequence of the DNA (the genes). So far, RNA transcripts and chemical modifications of the chromatin (e.g. on the DNA or the histones) have been considered as carriers of this epigenetic information.]

For its studies, the team of the Institute of Experimental Genetics…

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