Life

PEOPLE ….

In life you find two types of people.

They differ in many ways.

One that I have come to notice quite often is that ….

The one will finish and end status quo and then only move on to look for a new adventure.

The other will be on the lookout for a new adventure before ending and finishing off with the current one.

The first close the book and starts afresh…

The second keeps the book open in case no other adventures comes their way…

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Life

THINKING OUT LOUD …

Listening to the radio at work…

Advert with wifey telling husband that she has been waiting for two years now for her “new” bathroom …

This is a mind boggling concept to me.

Why would you want a “new” bathroom, if you already have a bathroom, unless of course things are falling apart, but then, maybe just fix it ?!?

People must be the weirdest things ever created, invented…

Not happy with nada.

Millions of people do not even have an old bathroom, millions of people share an old bathroom, millions of people …. Yes millions, let that sink in.

I do get that it creates work, it sells products and it eats up money that could have been spent in a better way.

But maybe spending it on your family, your friends or even the homeless on the streets is a way better idea.

Who da f… needs a “new” bathroom?

Ag nee man.

Just get over yourself.

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Food, Health

BREAD …

BREAD … TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT …

REASONS FOR GIVING UP BREAD

INCREASES BLOOD SUGAR

Did you know that certain white breads have the same effect on your blood sugar levels as a cupcake or a cookie? Yes that’s right, white bread cause your blood sugar levels to rise. While whole grain breads are far superior to white bread, bread no matter what its colour will cause your blood sugar to spike. This blood sugar spike is what gives us that instant energy feel, however, what goes up must come down, and when our blood sugar falls we start to crave more food.

CAUSES INFLAMMATION

Due to its high starch content, bread, and even many grains in general, are inflammatory foods, and the more refined the grain the more inflammation it causes. However, all bread, whether brown or white, causes some degree of inflammation.

So why is this bad for you?

Chronic inflammation is linked to numerous diseases including arthritis, allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease, bone loss, emotional imbalance and even cancer.

HIGH IN CALORIES

While this one may seem a bit odd as a slice of bread typically only contains 80-120 calories, however, rarely do we eat bread alone. On every slice there is usually a pad of melted butter, a few tablespoons of peanut butter or other spreads. Now while some toppings can be healthy, the majority sadly are not and when we make a sandwich, whether it be open or closed, we tend to pile on the toppings, sending the calorie and fat content through the roof.

PURE CONFUSION

White bread, whole wheat, whole grain, multigrain, bagels, rye… there are so many different types of bread out there that one of the big disadvantages is understanding which ones to consume, and which ones to avoid.

Most of us know that bagels aren’t the healthiest as they are high in calories and that brown bread is healthier than white, but that’s probably it.

As a general rule of thumb, brown breads are better than white, but this is not always the case. Just because bread looks brown, it’s not necessarily whole wheat bread, and therefore does not contain all aspects of the grain.

Take for instance whole grain and multi-grain bread. Many of us interchange the two, and most of us consider these two types to be healthy.

The term “whole grain” refers to flour that is made from all parts of the wheat grain kernel (the bran, germ and endosperm). The bran and germ are the most nutritious parts of the wheat grain and they contain an array of vitamins and minerals.

However, during the refinement process, most of these nutrients are removed.

Now multi-grain on the hand is a mix of different grains; but unless the bread is made from whole grains, it may not contain all these health beneficial nutrients.

So before you deem a bread to be “healthy,” make sure to look at the ingredients listed. The first ingredient on the list should either be whole meal flour, or whole wheat, and not wheat flour or enriched wheat flour. If all the nutritional information is listed, it’s also beneficial to check out the amount of fibre (both soluble and insoluble) per slice – when it comes to this health beneficial ingredient, the more fibre you have the better.

REASONS FOR WHY BREAD COULD BE GOOD FOR YOU

LOADED WITH B-VITAMINS

Like many other whole grain foods, whole wheat/whole grain bread (i.e. not white bread) is rich in B-Vitamins, particularly Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). A water-soluble vitamin, Vitamin B6 is essential to metabolize food as well as form the heme in red blood cells, which is necessary to carry the oxygen around the body. This B-Vitamin has also been linked to helping relieve stress in the body and reducing PMS symptoms.

MANY MINERALS

Whole wheat bread is a good source of magnesium and phosphorus, two minerals needed to maintain bones and teeth. Magnesium is also needed for proper muscle function, energy production as well as promoting healthy blood pressure. Whole-wheat grains are also rich in selenium, which supports immune function and is necessary for proper thyroid hormone activity.

TOP SOURCE OF FIBRE

Once again, this only applies to whole grain breads that contain all three parts of the grain, they are not refined. Now if you can get your hands on this type of bread, you will be loading your body up on fibre. Consuming a diet rich in fibre has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, encourage proper bowel function thus reducing constipation, and increasing the feeling of fullness to help with weight management and even loss.

CONVENIENCE

While this may not be a health benefit per se, bread is certainly a convenient food. It doesn’t spoil easily, it transports well, and you can mix and match it with almost anything. As a result, it’s very easy to use it to build a healthy meal, depending on what ingredients and which type of bread you use as the base.

THE KEY WHEN IT COMES TO BREAD IS MODERATION.

THE RIGHT AMOUNT WILL SUPPLY YOU WITH HEALTHY BENEFITS, WHILE TOO MUCH CAN CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH COMPLICATIONS.

MY TWO CENTS ……. KEEP IN MIND THAT MODERN DAY, LONG LIFE, BREAD IS NOT THE SAME AS GRANDMA’S BREAD, MADE FRESH WITHOUT ADDED PRESERVATIVES, BAKED AND EATEN THE SAME DAY.

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Food, Health

CUCUMBERS ….

Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health, often referred to as a superfood.

Benefits of cucumbers:

Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Eat slices of cucumber as a snack. Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day.

If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness.

Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemicals will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed.

Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients.

Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fibre in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion.

Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients.

Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels.

Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fibre. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium.

When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

GREAT INFORMATION – I LOVE EATING CUCUMBERS.

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Health, Life

LYME DISEASE ….

“Lyme Disease is a neuropathic infection, invading the nervous system and causing facial paralysis, tingling and numbness in hands and feet, and disrupting the autonomic functions of the heart.

Some researchers have identified that specific nerve fibres in the nervous systems are the ones targeted and impacted by Lyme Disease, but the specific function through which these fibres are attacked is still an unknown.

Healthy Fats Improve Gut Microbiome

When you consume substantial amounts of good fats, your microflora in your gut thrive.

This means when your good bacteria is well fed, they are happy, when they are happy, they reproduce and help your immune system function at optimal levels.

A healthy immune system is able to reduce your risk of bacteria and microbes. This, in turn, helps your body deal with Lyme disease in a healthier way.

Lowering Inflammation

As Lyme progresses, so does the general inflammation of the body. Good fats will contribute to lowering that inflammation. This reduces many symptoms associated with chronic inflammation, such as arthritis, joint pain, and stiffness.

Addressing the Base Issues of Lyme

A ketogenic diet will assist in addressing symptomology that weakens the body’s ability to fight infection. Assisting the body with a ketogenic diet can be an optimal solution to addressing gut health and inflammation. Consider a ketogenic diet for your health.”

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Life, Love, Trip down Memory Lane

A LONG TIME AGO …

A long time ago ….

She was staring at herself in the mirror, touching her face, running her fingers through her hair and thinking “where did the time go” “how did I become this old” but then she smiles as she always does when she remembers.

She is transported back in time, she finds herself sitting on a sand dune, looking out to sea. Behind her lay Churchhaven which is situated inside the West Coast National Park.

Spending many a week end there with her husband and friends, fishing and just being alive.

It was mid 80’s, she and her husband lived at Air Force Base Langebaanweg and life could not be more beautiful.

His grandfather’s elderly sister had a house at Churchhaven, those years it was just a handful of fisherman’s houses on that side of the Lagoon, she remembers how they had to make fire to get the water warmed up, the house was filled with little paraffin lamps which they lit as soon as the sun disappeared, being so close to the water the temperature could drop suddenly, so keeping warm meant building a big fire outside, that is then also where the eating and dancing went on till the crack of dawn.

She remembers going onto the Lagoon in a little “skuit” with the guys, and then as soon as the mist rolled in you were stuck until it lifted, stories used to do the rounds of people getting lost at sea, moving around in the mist and then going off in the wrong direction ending up at sea, might just be an old folk tale but scary enough to take heed.

She closes her eyes and she sees the hundreds of flamingos, what a beautiful sight, a pity, she thinks that there was no cell phones, tablets, internet connection or even digital cameras to take pictures and send them off in an instant.

She still have shoe boxes filled with memories, photos taken with the old fashioned cameras, some of the colours are starting to fade, but the memories are forever.

She has no idea of what the place looks like now 30 years later, maybe it is better to remember it the way it is was for her then.

A lot of other memories fills her mind as she smiles and she knows that whatever road she took, or did not take in life, it was all worth it, the good was excellent and yes the bad, well the bad was horrible, but she learnt her lessons well. Is that not what life is all about, learning and gaining wisdom?

She was young, vibrant and alive, she still is all of that in her mind.

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Life, Love

JUST BE …

I see “broken” people everywhere…

No matter what your “loss” in whatever form, I know “the hurt never goes away” you just learn to deal with it better and with each passing year you get “new” friends and different “paths to walk” that opens up new opportunities.

It might take many “roads” to follow and many hours spent wondering about your life, but keep in mind …

This and what is happening with and to you IS your life. Just be!

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