Category Archives: Health

Songs on Saturday ~ Rain

rain can be peaceful, restful, and spiritual

After the umbrella post this morning I wanted to post something about rain, and Singing In The Rain is just a little cliched.  This is different, peaceful, restful, and quite spiritual.  I hope you like it as much as I.

You know what, I find this nice for meditation.

Please listen calmly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

one thing we get in England is rain

Food on Friday ~ Paleo Diet

save power and protect the planet
eat raw meat

from Delicious Magazine ~ Beef Carpaccio

There is solid evidence that that ‘people’ were using and controlling fire at least a million years ago, so Paleolithic man undoubtedly knew how to cook, even if it was only toasting a haunch of bison over an open fire.  Unless you’re very keen on sushi and carpaccio you won’t be eating a lot of raw meat on a Paleo Diet, and because of the possibility of parasites there is no way I would eat raw fish.

The Paleolithic Era lasted from about 2.5 million years ago until 10,000 years ago, just after the last ice age.  (lithic means stone, so our ancestors were using flint tools)  Theoretically the Paleo Diet is based upon what our stone age ancestors were eating.

So, going forward my diet will be:  fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, nuts, lean meat, (especially good quality from grass-fed animals or wild game), fresh fish, (especially salmon, mackeral, pilchards, and tuna).  For cooking we should use oil from fruits and nuts like olive oil, almond oil, and coconut oil.  Having said that, as our paleolithic ancestors were cooking and eating lots of meat I see nothing wrong with using lard and dripping.

The foods to avoid are things that our ancestors would never have had access to; grains like wheat, oats, barley, rice, (anyway grains are all drenched in poisonous Roundup / Glyphosate), legumes like beans, lentils, peanuts, and peas, any and all dairy products like butter, cheese, yogurt, cream, milk.  On a Paleo diet there is no refined sugar, (which lets out cakes, candy, chocolate, and sweetened drinks), root vegetables like potatoes, parsnips, turnips, and not too much salt, (right up until the middle ages salt was a very precious commodity).  Neither would Paleolithic man have access to processed food, canned food, breakfast cereals, chips, crisps, pies, microwave meals, and ready meals ~ all of which are full of crap.

Booze is mostly out too ~ the earliest known beer dates from about 5,000 years ago ~ but perhaps hard liquor sneaks in as evidence for that dates back at least 9,000 years.

The main reason I’m going onto the pretty strict paleo diet are that all through lockdown I’ve been putting on weight, and now I want to get my trim body back.  Other benefits of a Paleo Diet are; better resistance to diabetes, improved cardio vascular health, more energy, and better resistance to all the diseases linked to inflammation.

Some say that modern life is injurious to our health.  And that wheat is so unhealthy we should probably stop eating it.  All I know is that lockdown is the unhealthiest way of living I know.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

best easy baked salmon

from Creme de la Crumb

Food on Friday ~ Paleo

for most of human prehistory
carbohydrates were extremely scarce

The real birth of farming, and therefore an abundance of carbohydrates, was probably after the last ice age some 10,000 years ago.  Before that, and before mankind learned how to store grains and nuts, carbohydrates would only be readily available in the harvest season.  More than that, most carbohydrates would come from nuts rather than grains and seeds, and most nuts contain far more fat and protein than they do carbohydrates.

Some would say that eating carbohydrates is unnatural, and the number of wheat / gluten related illnesses would seem to prove that; celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, gluten ataxia, dermatitis, bloating, and wheat allergies.  Anyhow, modern wheat is so drenched in Roundup / Glyphosate that it’s poisonous over time.

A paleo diet is based on the food eaten by early humans; meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts ~ completely eschewing dairy products, cereals, and of course no processed foods at all.  And, that’s what I’m now following ~ So Help Me God.

First up this Friday, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have Easy Chimichurri Shrimp.  One benefit of a Paleo diet is that most dishes are quick, easy, and clean.  Chimichurri is a tangy quite hot dressing.

Easy Chimichurri Shrimp

Not everyone likes pork chops, but from Holly at Spend with Pennies I like the look of her recipe for Juicy Baked Pork Chops.  So many people cook pork chops until they’re dry and tasteless.

Juicy Baked Pork Chops

The usual extremely pretty dish from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri.  One of the good things about a paleo diet is that I can eat just as much steak as I want.  This is a super cilantro heavy chimichurri dressing, and another 30 minute recipe.  Fabulous!

Garlic Brown Sugar Flank Steak with Chimichurri

From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, how about this Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon.  Not your same old dull salmon dinner at all.  Simple, quick, and very tasty in a different way.

Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb also has a super 30 minute salmon recipe; Best Easy Healthy Baked Salmon.  Cooked just with lemon and garlic, what could be easier or better?

Best Easy Healthy Baked Salmon

The collection this week is from Delish magazine; 40 Paleo Recipes That Will Make You Forget You’re On A Diet.  Well a Paleo meal shouldn’t make you feel as though you’re on a diet, protein is very filling.  The dish I’ve chosen to feature is another fish recipe; Baked Swordfish Steak ~ and swordfish is fabulous served any way.

Baked Swordfish Steak

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Delicious Rabbit Stew

a true Paleo Diet should include game

 

Make Things Happen

nothing happens unless first we dream

That Jigsaw Does Turn Into a Car

The first step in almost every journey is knowing where you want to go.  The first step in any project is knowing what it is that we want to achieve.  To achieve anything meaningful we must first have some sort of a plan.

We choose to go to the moon in this decade…..  ~ President John F. Kennedy

Less than seven years later Neil Armstrong was the first man to step onto the surface of the moon.  The whole Apollo program cost about $25.4 billion, and that dream only took about a thousand years after the rocket was invented in China.  The lesson is that to realise our dreams we must not only have a plan, we must also have the means and the perseverance to keep on going when it all seems hopeless.

There are a couple of pertinent lessons from history;

If at first you don’t succeed try, try, and try again.  ~  Robert the Bruce

and perhaps this more interesting and valuable piece of advice;

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.  ~  Albert Einstein

However, one must always remember that some dreams are totally misguided and the projects they turn into become utterly stupid delusional chimera.  One example of a dream turning into a South Sea Bubble is Tesla, the Californian manufacturer of expensive electric cars.  Despite that their least expensive Model 3 costs some £39,000 in England, and their most expensive roadster will set you back about £200,000, it will take about 1,600 years for the company to earn back the amount of money invested in it.  Frankly, I think you’d be better off investing in bitcoin, and that’s the investment equivalent of playing roulette.

A fool and his money are soon parted.  ~  King James Bible

The dreams of most men revolve around the equilateral triangle of money, sex, and power ~ and the greatest of these is money.  Given enough funds most men can get all the casual sex they want.  And, if you have enough money, some ‘friends’ and lots of perseverance, even a stupid man can become very powerful.  I cite Presidents Trump and Biden as my examples.

Some say that the mark of a man is not what he achieves, but what he longs to achieve.  And that all human activity is driven by desire.  All I know is that we should be very careful what we set our heart on ~ we may get it.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

that’s supposed to be an ark

oh Good Grief!

Tunes on Tuesday ~ I’m So Excited

dance is the joy of movement and the heart of life

When you’re in lockdown exercising at home is about your only choice when it comes to staying fit and healthy.  Try following along to this video ~ see if you can get past a couple of minutes……

I like these fun dance videos, they make me smile and encourage me to exercise.

Look out for Dr. Frankenstein and the Monster.

Please listen joyously.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk,net

 

some would say that Ginger was the better dancer

 

Good, Bad, or Indifferent?

being consistently bad is hard work

Boris and Carrie Symonds ~ evil or just bad?

There’s an urban myth that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.  Turns out it only needs 11 muscles to frown and 12 are used when we smile.  Who knew?  What I do know is that it’s hard work to be a really and truly jealous, judgmental, resentful, unhappy, and angry liar.  It is actually much easier to be accepting, understanding, honest, and open.  My empirical evidence for this is that I am suffering from some horrible unnamed illness that has me weary, exhausted, and brain-fogged.  Being so tired means that I just do not have the energy for being jealous, judgmental, resentful, unhappy, and angry.  Instead of being a negative jerk I’m feeling, thinking, and acting with honest positivity.  And that’s nice for me and everyone I come into contact with.

My prayer for today is to ask for help being a good, kind, honourable, accepting and understanding English Gentleman.

Being a bad guy is much harder work than you would think.

Being barred from Twitter for life helps a lot.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke never uses Twitter

and he is always a good bear

Food on Friday ~ Californian Style

healthy eating is a way of life

Deep into lockdown and I am not feeling at my best.  The edict here is that we should stay at home, not going out at all except for ‘essential’ purposes.  Well, for me shopping for food is an essential reason to get out of the garret.  And face it, when one can’t go anywhere nor meet with friends, then cooking is one of the few real pleasures left in life.  Ergo, the dishes this week are things that look and sound good.  Maybe all these recipes are healthy and very nutritious, but this week that’s all secondary to simple pleasure.

Not only that ~ these recipes remind me of warmer and better times spent in California.

From Tieghan at Half Baked Harvest we have 30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles.  I like easy thirty-minute recipes. Turmeric is supposed to have lots of interesting health benefits.

30 Minute Creamy Thai Turmeric Chicken and Noodles

Another 30 minute dish, this time from Dana at Minimalist Baker; Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella ~ how very Californian.  This is quick, nutritious, vegetarian comfort food.  Rosemary is another herb with lots of health benefits attached to it.

Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetable Panzanella

At Cooking with a Wallflower one of Andrea’s top ten recipes is this Korean Style Spinach Mushroom Glass Noodles.  I enjoy making a stir fry and this vegetarian dish looks so very easy for a lunch or dinner at any time.

Korean Style Spinach Mushroom Glass Noodles

Here in England, in the depths of winter, a hearty soup is always welcome on the dinner plate.  Holly at Spend with Pennies has something that would remind me of warmer and better times vacationing in California.  A Crock Pot Taco Soup ~ and almost everyone has a crock pot tucked away in a kitchen cupboard.  Allegedly this soup is so easy it practically cooks itself.

Crock Pot Taco Soup

I’ve realised that the recipes this week all have some kind of Californian connection.  So, how could I not include something like these Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos with Chipotle Slaw and Roasted Pineapple Sauce.  From epicurious.

Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos

Our collection this week comes from Jessica at How Sweet Eats; 20 of My Favorite Soup Recipes for Winter.  From this fabulous list I’ve chosen to feature this great looking Chicken Tortellini Soup.  If you buy a rotisserie chicken this dish is so quick and easy.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Santa Monica, CA

It’s a Mad, Mad World

it’s a crazy world out there ~ be a rational anarchist

how long before we see these scenes again?

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse along comes the penultimate act of the presidential election in the United States.  Depending on who you want to believe the ‘occupation of the capitol’ was either a peaceful protest gone wrong, or a violent insurrection presaging another American Civil War.  Patriots or Anarchists?

The best thing I’ve heard is that President Trump has been banned from twitter.  The truth of it is that nobody with even half a brain should ever use twitter in any way, shape, or form.  Twitter is merely the modern equivalent of the washroom wall.

Here in Blighty our parliament has approved the latest tranche in our never-ending lockdown ~ to last until the end of March.  Today, England is now in lockdown day 290.

The compulsory wearing of face masks, lockdowns, and now mass vaccinations ~ any student of history who has even so much as glanced at the literature on the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 knows that nothing governments and the medical professions do is going to make much difference to the numbers infected, and the people who sadly get very sick and die.  However, here in England the over-zealous police are gleefully throwing their not inconsiderable weight around as though they alone know how to control the coronavirus.  Woe betide you if you leave home without a very good reason, or you get caught without a face-nappy, try to drive to McDonald’s, or have a visitor in your home.

It’s always the way that if you grant someone in uniform a little authority they will tend to abuse it.  Give someone in uniform an inch and they will try to recreate George Orwell’s 1984.

The insane saga surrounding the mass vaccination programme here goes grimly on.  It seems that each consignment of vaccination doses has to be approved by some bureaucratic nonsense called the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency, and that approval process takes three bloody weeks per batch.  Those first in line for the jab are the over 70s, but there are only 7 mass vaccination centres around England.  How many over 70s do you know who still drive?  Madness.

Some say that Boris Johnson is doing a marvelous Job.  And that our Health Service is the best in the world.  All I know is that I’ve stopped believing most of what I see and hear in the news.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke doesn’t want to get arrested

I Have a Problem

sometimes, even I can’t fix everything

somewhere in there is a busted part

Well, I failed at repairing my heating / hot water system.  The part I ordered and fitted yesterday rectified one fault, but obviously it wasn’t the main problem.  There’s now a lot of pretty lights working on the gas boiler’s control panel, but the important indicator light, the one that says the gas is lit, remains obstinately dark.

I could investigate further and try another fix, but I won’t do that for three very important reasons;

  1. I don’t have the special tools one needs to work on gas appliances.  Crucially these special tools include a gas leak detector.  Although gas is actually odorless, a stenching agent is added so one can smell a very bad gas leak.  But a leak small enough to be undetectable by human olfactory senses can still be extremely dangerous.
  2. I do not have easy access to the parts I might need to undertake a repair.
  3. Legally, all gas work should only ever be carried out by an appropriately qualified engineer.  In the UK that means you have to on the Gas Safe Register, and renew your qualification every year.  I haven’t been a qualified gas engineer for 15 years or so.

Today I’ll find a properly qualified engineer who is working during this current draconian lockdown, and make an appointment to have someone come and look at my lack of heating and hot water problem.

Actually, wanting to have fixed this gas boiler problem myself is not a money issue, it’s more that I don’t like strangers in the garret, and neither does Marmaduke.

Failing to repair something is a huge blow to my self-esteem.  But needs must when the Devil drives.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

good old Marmaduke

he’s all ready to help

 

Tues on Tuesday ~ SKIBIDI

the real trick is to enjoy life to the full

Now that we are in 2021 it’s time for me to slough off the ill health I suffered all through last year.  The plan is to get fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit.  Ergo; exercise, a good diet, plenty of fresh air, and as much sunshine as you can get in the middle of an English winter.  Dancing is one of the top five best exercises one can get, and this is a pretty funky dance video.  Follow along if you can.  Apologies if I have shown this before, I have such brain-fade at the moment I can only just be certain I know what year it is…..

The first time I tried this I didn’t quite make it to the end in good form.

Please let me know if you like this.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

or you could try beach gymnastics

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