Almond and Coconut bites

 

Ingredients

4 egg whites

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup flaked almonds

 

Instructions
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.

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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

INGREDIENTS

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

 

METHOD

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.

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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

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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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Just Me

Okay, I’m sitting in my local coffee shop again. I had to order a luke warm doubleshot latte, hmm not my favorite (I usually have a long black with a bit of cold milk on the side). But due to me getting my tounge pierced 5 days ago, I have been advised to 1. Steer clear of hot drinks, as it will burn inside the the wound (and do I miss the lovely hot blacks i usually drink. 2. Soft bland food as chewing will aggravate the wound, well I’m finding this a problem. I mostly eat healthy foods with crunch and fibre, that means no nuts no grains and no crispy crunchy veg I am literally starving.

The piercing did not hurt at all, the working up the courage to go hurt my head more (as I have Anxiety and Depression, due to a verbal and physical attack a while ago now, at a previous job by a customer). I walked in on Monday to get it done, I was told the piercer would not be it till Wednesday well that was a bit unsettling. So I made the appointment for Wednesday. I went in for my appointment all ready to go, filled in the consent form askes if I have Diabetes (what difference will Diabetes make to a piercing?) I have had my ears x 3, maddona, nose, eyebrow (I can’t wear these as I work with food) and a nipple done. Not one of the previous piercers ever asked about Diabetes. What the hell is my Diabetes going to do when I get pierced? (the problems are usually due to aftercare) I understand the questions, have you eaten today, are you allergic to metals or antiseptic (but none of the allergy questions were asked).

So I then find out that she might not be able to pierce my tounge,as it is very short (my luck) I have a very tight frenulum (the webbing under the tounge). I am not happy hearing this, she then says “I won’t pierce like others do, even though I could use the money in my till. Well Okay. So I sit down the bed (after using a mouth rinse) and she gets all the gear out, then marks my tounge.  She then puts the clap on, then releasing and re clamping (as i previously stated, I have a very short tounge) then pushes the needle thru my tounge. No pain at all (this makes me so happy).

But the annoying problems after have got me angry with myself, did I google the after problems? NO. I did not realise that I would be sucking on ice, to bring down the swelling of my tounge (my tounge is approximately 2 to 3 times it’s normal size) I’m living on Ibrufen, ice cream and anything mush related. Nothing healthy at all. I am having problems drinking from a cup (as your tounge does more things than I thought). Speaking is also a problem (I also have a enormous gag reflex, so  I gag badly in the morning) I worked on the week end, and I am sure my customers though I  had speach impediment.

So this is a “Uniquley Dee” thing,  Just Dee.

 

 

Honey Almond Slice

Ingredients

Base

65g butter melted or olive oil

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

2/3 cup plain flour

1/2 cup almond meal

Almond Topping

80g butter

2 tbs honey

1 cup flaked almonds

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C, grease and line a 25cm slice pan
  2. in a large bowl, combine all base ingredients. Press into slice pan and bake for 12 minutes until light brown. Set aside to cool.
  3. Prepare the almond topping by conbining the butter and honey in a small saucepan and gently simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in flaked almonds and spread the warm topping evenly over the base.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool, slice into squares.

 

A Uniquley Dee day

I have had times with this diabetes thing, that has picked me out of all the people I know. Some days it’s no problem (not many), other day it just annoys the me to the extreme. Today I go out to pay a few bills (simple task for many), well I didn’t take a bsl this morning and the machine is at home as well. So I don’t know if I’m on the highish or the lowish side, am I tired because I went to bed late or is it because I am low in iron or is it because because because?

Then I think do I get something to eat, well I check my bag for a pen to inject (I have recently given my pump and me a break)  hmm no pen in my bag. Cursing myself and am I good at that, more questions do I eat as it is 1 pm and I have not eaten today and wait till I get home to inject? Do I go without and feel even more tired? This Diabetes is killing my head, after 43 years you think I would have it in control ( as people tell me I have every thing in control) well I don’t.

I need a bigger handbag, I have forgotten I am not able to leave the house without my blood testing machine and insulin, as well as my phone my glasses (seeing and sun) also my purse (at a minimum).My head is hurting now I really need a break from “diabdee” today.

I need to find me

I have just come back to my local coffee shop as I’ve stated before, it’s not flash but the coffee is good. I had to get out of home. I have my husband now working from home, he never pre warned me that this was happening but it has. I also have my 74 year old father living with me, that I cannot take to him is an understatement (long story kept for another time as its a very long long story).

I had to get out. It started witth my husbands phone sitting close to the computer, he gets feedback thru the speakers which is quite loud ( my head is screaming “move your freakin phone”. Then as I get out of the shower he is looking for something, I ask what he is looking for and he says the kitten ( the kitten, Dexter is 18 month old now). I just stand there thinking, why? Why is he looking for Dex?, when he is supposed to be working, why is he not working? My head is hurting at this point, after I had my father stand in the hall saying ” knock knock” I was in my bedroom getting dressed and had my iPhone up loud playing Sam Smith, and I did not want to answer as my husband was in the dining room to answer his question.

The husband was too busy looking for Dex, then sitting in the recliner on the phone speaking so loud I could hear him outside at my car ( my head is screaming,  shut up … SHUT UP … SHUT UP)

 

Study shows depression is more than a mental disorder, affects the whole organism

Hoping this study helps find something else to reduce depression and anxiety.

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Depression was always considered as a mood disorder characterised by feelings of sadness, low self-esteem and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. While clinical depression was a more severe form of depression marked by persistent low mood throughout the day.

However, a team of researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) have proved scientifically for the first time that depression is more than a mental disorder. It causes important alterations of the oxidative stress, and hence should be considered as a systemic disease (something that affects a number of organs and tissues), since it affects the whole organism.

Their work was published in the renowned Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  

Free radicals are reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species that are constantly produced by our body during its day-to-day activities such as metabolism and other endogenous systems, as well as in certain disease conditions. These free radicals are generally balanced by…

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