Tuesday, April 22, 2014
My husband is an insulin dependent diabetic and in his local newsletter which arrived today there was an article that applies to life in general as well as to diabetes management. The information given is not new but bears repetition.
And I think this is the concept that underlies the creation of the two wonderful main challenge teams to which I belong: TheCHALLENGERS OF HOGWARTS (I'm a Hufflepuff!) and the POWERFUL PRISM PANTHERS of the BL25, which both in their separate and inimitable fashions, encourage us to examine and pursue our yesterdays, todays and tomorrows in positive and fulfilling ways.
We all know the feeling that despite the guidance of health professionals, their expertise, the advice of those on SP, our own knowledge and understanding and notwithstanding our best efforts with diet, medications, exercise and lifestyle adjustments, things still can be not how we want them. There are many explanations for this state of affairs including health status, medications, stress, situations and circumstances. But one long term factor could well be our LIFE SCRIPTS, " the unconscious life plans based on decisions made in early childhood about ourselves, others, and our lives. These decisions made sense when we were young and often helped us adapt in the world of our childhood. They do not always make sense when we are adults, but until we discover what our early decisions were, we often repeat the patterns ……..The greatest power of understanding life scripts in is the ability this gives you to change them." This comes from changingminds.org/explanations/model
And there is an introductory article at: www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/200
As the author of the Diabetes magazine article, Carol Woolf, says, "You can do something to help yourself and to move out of obstructive life scripts towards a life plan that supports you in the here and now. . . . All you need is curiosity and the willingness to have a look at yourself in a different way."
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
My chosen spice is ---GINGER--- in all its forms, fresh root, powdered, crystallised, preserved – I love it! Most people will be familiar with it in biscuits (cookies) and gingerbread cake but I like it in savoury dishes as well. I like ginger marmalade, ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger wine, ginger in pumpkin soup, ginger in rice based dishes, ginger sprinkled on vegetables. Put ginger in it and I will eat it. I don’t usually have a sweet tooth but present me with some dark chocolate ginger and there’s no holding me back!
The first link is a general article on the spice. Although I’ve loved it all my life I learned something new! I didn’t know it was related to turmeric and cardamom and would never have guessed from the taste of the three different spices.
Ginger has lots of therapeutic uses, particularly in combating nausea. This is a recent article (2013) about tests of its therapeutic effects.
For years I used to peel the root with a potato peeler but there is a much easier way. This article demonstrates that and other ways to prepare it.
This link has general information, recipes, matches with food and how to substitute fresh and ground forms.
MY RECIPE Bonus points:
Preserving Pears with Ginger and no sugar
(works with apples as well)
Peel and cook pears in water to which you have added lemon/lime juice and some minced ginger. I use minced ginger I buy in a jar from the supermarket but you could do your own. Quantities to taste.
Sterilise jars. Add fruit to heated jars, fill to overflowing with lemon, water, ginger mix and seal.
Left over liquid is lovely as juice or tea.
After only a few days the fruit has thickened the juice without sugar and the ginger adds a piquant taste.
PS. Some of the mints in our garden:
and nasturtiums which we eat as salad greens occasionally.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
This was produced by CTV, the company whose building collapsed with tragic outcome on 22 Feb, 2011. With the help of other media businesses they were able to re-establish themselves and get back on air.
Those who have ever heard David Attenborough's distinctive style of commentary with recognise the tone here!
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