Wednesday, July 02, 2014
I am talking about dietary fat, the good stuff. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter, author of "Grain Brain". I have learned so much and I understand so much more about the function and health not only of my brain but also my whole body.
As it is, I eat very little refined grains and no added sugar and seldom eat more than 100 grams of fruit in one go. I am half way there. Now I only have to make peace and allow myself to embrace fat as necessary for my health.
Then of course the is another reason that fat is my friend. Ha-ha
Without it it I would never have met all my great Spark friends. What a great non-scale victory!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
It is not original, but it is still heart felt...
May the Angels protect you, troubles neglect you and Heaven accept you when it's time to go home. May you always have plenty, your glass never empty, and know in your belly that you're never alone. May your tears come from laughing, you find friends worth having, as every year passes they mean more than gold. May you win but stay humble, smile more than grumble and know when you stumble, you're never alone. Well, I have to be honest, as much as I wanted. I'm not gonna promise that cold winds won't blow. So when hard times have found you, your fears surround you, wrap some love around you, you're never alone. Happy New Year to all my well loved family and friends! Tomorrow a new book starts with 365 blank pages, make your 2014 book one worthwhile to read.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
We usually get it from our parents, yet few people are willing to reveal anything about it as there is a stigma attached to it. Yet, at least 40% of the population have this condition. People treated are from 12 years and many under 20 people already have these problems.
Well, what is it? I tease and say it is “very closed veins” as in varicose veins.
I had ultrasound guided Sclerotherapy last Monday since I had 3x Phlebitis in my right leg in the last 6 weeks and it is a very painful inflammation.
The specialist injected an agent mixed with air to make white foam which is easily visible with ultrasound. The foam is injected into the vein and causes a chemical injury to the inside of the vein wall. The specialist explained it is like ‘superglue’ for varicose veins, in which glue is inserted into the veins to destroy them.
Early research suggests that the glue not only glues the vein walls together, but also destroys the wall of the vein – an essential part of the process if the vein is going to remain closed permanently. Also when one is prone to headaches the injections might bring on migraines.
I need to go back after two weeks since they could not get to the very inflamed vein. Because the veins are inflamed, I have a swollen and a red angry reaction to the injections even now a week later. Yes, of course it will go blue, purple, green etc. but the worse part for me is the pain. I am having painkillers and an anti-inflammatory tablets.
The specialist said the vein walls heal itself over the ensuing weeks and month to form a scar which effectively seals the vein shut.
So all I can say now is… It is what it is. I can’t use my elliptical for 6 weeks but I walk at least an hour a day.
I will heal and in the mean time I am so very vein!
Monday, April 22, 2013
So you all showed up my doorstep at 6 am!
This is were we are living: www.zoomin.co.nz/map/nz/manukau/flat
+bush/jeffs+road/106a/ It is a terrible photo but you do get the idea...
Welcome, come in and Mr. Roelf has the fresh brew of coffee. We have one hour before we need to be at our first destination. Our first destination is our local sport store where they will fit each of us out with a wet suit. It took all my negotiation skills to pull this off, so we have to make the best of it. You will be allowed to take your wetsuits with you back home as I got a sponsor for it. There is a bit of a quid pro quo but we can discuss that later. We all bonded instantly, even the boys, Mr. Roelf and Brian.
O my, the fitting of the wet suits… I was last and there was only one on the hanger and it was a bit too small for me. I wiggled and shaked some skin wobbles into the suit but I got stuck. Mandi had to put one foot against each side of the doorway while I was lying on my tummy so that she could zip me up. Tania had to hold Mandi in place so that she won’t fall down. Dee pulled my legs while we giggled our heads off. The shop assistant was most concerned but eventually we got the zip in place. With lots of laughter we all then piled into bus by 8:30 am and we were on our way. We had a classical bacon and egg pie for breakfast (yes with veg’s in it!!!), all packed into picnic baskets with juice, coffee and tea. We were on our way to Hot Water Beach. It is a well known fact that New Zealand is located within the “ring of fire”. View:
“Some volcanos develop huge underground reservoirs of superheated water. Over time, this water will escape to the surface — cooling on the way. There are two fissures at Hot Water Beach issuing water as hot as 64ºC (147ºF) at a rate as high as 15 litres/minute. This water contains large amounts of salt (NOT salt water), calcium, magnesium, potassium, fluorine, bromine and silica. There are other hot water springs nearby but the location of these two springs on the beach make them unique. Two hours before low tide is the ideal time to stake-out a place for digging your 'spa' and to allow for some relaxation in your 'spa' before the tide rises and reclaims the beach, 'spas' and all. We can rent spades on the beach, dig a hole and sit and relax in the scalding hot water until the tide comes in. This link will take you to a photo that would give you and idea of the steam coming from the water and people enjoying being so close to the beach and ‘bumming” in a hot water spa. There are not many places in the world where one could to this on the beach.
We are having a salad lunch with BBQ meat at the resort and then we all tumble into kayaks to take us to a yacht that will take us onto our afternoon destination. We are all now into our wetsuits as we need to swim the last bit to Palm Beach. Here we split in two groups, Lizzie, Brain and Roelf will wait until we are all gone and then they will visit the secluded part of Palm Beach to be “au natural”.
A link to Palm Beach www.getinthehotspot.com/wp-content/u
For the not so PC (political correct) story of Waiheke follow this link:
For those who are not too keen on going to the other site, here is the introduction: “There have been people on Waiheke Island for a Thousand Years; but today the old traditions are dying out. The historic habit of eating each other no longer meets with general approval although the original settlers considered it pleasant and frugal.
Today most of the inhabitants wear boots and despite the nearness of Auckland City the aborigines profess to discern definite signs of civilization. The history of the Island is sketchy and imaginative. The first settlers were the Maruiwi who arrived from the Western Pacific in 950 A.D. They were followed by the Maori two hundred years later…”
After our swim and a dry out, the “natural group” joined us and we all took tuk-tuks to take us to the ferry that will bring us to Auckland harbor. Follow this link to look at your transport girls and boys…
In Auckland we trooped up Queen Street, and now it is time for the quid pro quo. I took you to a studio where we all posed as calendar girls for the wetsuit company. Thank goodness it is with the wetsuits ON! Here is a clip of what was expected from us: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W3JQqSCRR8 That was easy!
Back in Queen Street, I showed you greenstone.
For those of you who could not make it, here are some photos of the Viaduct and buildings surrounding it to get an idea of Auckland. I also took photos higher up in Queen Street where the old shops are. Today it is selling authentic Oriental food from many countries in these renovated old shops.
But since this is Middle Earth, I need to show you something that could be a great buy to show your people at home… What will it be? Jewellery or Gollum (Lord of the Rings)?
Time for dinner, I am famished… We were having dinner under these flower baskets overlooking the harbour...
After dinner and a couple of wines we all piled into a little bus back to my home where I have booked you a place to sleep in a Motel. Tomorrow after breakfast 8am I will pick you up and we will walk my favourite walk of 762 stairs in Point View Reserve. To view this you will have to look at my previous blog
Then at 10 am we will have a light snack, pile back into the bus to take you back to the airport. You all look worse for the wear. I gave you all a good work out and enough to read on your way back home. Please visit again soon.
(Now I am going to take a snooze as well!)
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