Category Archives: Psychology

Food on Friday ~ Summer Salads

create healthy habits, not restrictions and rules

It’s hot, it’s sunny, it’s time for a cool drink and a fabulous salad.   After all this self-isolation, comfort eating, and processed food it’s time to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  And we all know that salads are brilliant at this time of year.  Preferably eaten in the sunshine and fresh air.

This quick, healthy arugula salad with lemon balsamic dressing is from Erin Clarke, at Well Plated by Erin.  It’s listed as a side dish, but I think many of us would be happy to have this for an al-fresco lunch, maybe with some salmon or chicken added.

Arugula Salad

This is fabulous from The Bojon Gourmet; vegan caprese salad with peaches and arugula.  Here a vegan mozzarella is used, but if you don’t want to be so strict you could choose an alternative.  BTW, I love heirloom tomatoes.

Vegan Caprese Salad with Peaches & Arugula

And now for something completely different from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet Eats; panzanella with marinated chickpeas and chimchurri.  Bread in a salad, now that is different!

Panzanella with Marinated Chickpeas and Chimchurri

Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower has a recipe for heirloom tomato soba noodle salad, and as I already said I like heirloom tomatoes.

Heirloom Tomato Soba Noodle Salad

Trust Amanda at Chez le Reve Francais to come up with something decadent; an asparagus, broccoli, and endamame salad.  Looks deliciously different.

Asparagus Broccoli and Endamame Salad

Finally this week is from Chunghah at Damn Delicious, how about this grilled Greek chicken salad, served with tzatziki dressing?

Grilled Greek Chicken Salad

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

a Mediterranean Salad

from Heather Christo

Looking Better after Lockdown

it could have been worse, the liquor stores might have been closed

Now that I’m regularly out and about again after a period of government imposed solitary confinement at home, I’ve noticed just how manky some people are looking.  It’s not their fault, being subject to lockdown and being made to work from home does bad things to your health, your looks, and your well-being.  It’s a lack of sunshine, fresh air, exercise ~ and too much junk food, processed food, comfort eating, too much booze, too many cigarettes, and for some too much reliance on drugs.  Add to that the lack of proper sleep, irregular hours, lazing around most of the day in sweats or night-attire, not being able to get to a hairdresser…..

Face it after a period of lockdown, and while we are working at home, it’s possible that we don’t feel or look at our very best.  I know I didn’t, and I know just how much weight I put on.

It’s pretty simple to get back to looking and feeling great;

  • Get out in the sunshine and fresh air as much as you can.
  • Get some exercise.  Walk the 10,000 steps a day.  Learn some yoga.  Use free exercises such as squats, push ups.  Look here’s a link to a 20 minute home workout video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKfNUOWuZV8
  • Stop drinking so much every day and every night.  Have two or three totally booze-free days every week.
  • Stop smoking all together, forever.  Smoking makes you look old, you stink, it ruins your health.  Smoking will kill you.
  • Stop comfort eating.  Don’t eat just because you’re bored, stressed, lonely, or sad.
  • Stop eating processed food, or eat much less processed food if you can’t get to a good store as often as you’d like.
  • Stop shoveling your food in with both hands, eat mindfully and slowly, chew your food properly.
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.  Salads are brilliant at this time of year.
  • Drink more cool, clear, cleansing water.  (Fruit juice counts too.)

I am back on a health and fitness programme again, after letting myself go during lockdown.  It’s so depressing being in solitary confinement that I found it hard to keep up good habits.  But you know what?  It doesn’t take more than a week or so to turn things around to a better life.

Some say that just one bottle of wine won’t hurt.  And, that potato chips go so well with wine.  All I know is that the dictum of a healthy mind in a healthy body is the real truth.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

yoga is bloody good for you

Random Jottings ~ Medical

it’s a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do ‘practice…..’

after a sixteen-hour shift women doctors need to practice standing on one leg

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nurses, the problem is you can’t live without them, and you can’t always believe them

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his temperature was up to 105, and there was an icy look in the nurse’s eyes

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little do the doctors know, but you’re never alone if you’re paranoid

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never give up on life, if you give up you have no chance at all

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he was happy before the doctor told him he was sick

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she had wise eyes in a face of angelic concern

shame she wasn’t a nurse

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

learn how to breathe

it’s one of life’s more important skills

Unsafe Medical Treatments

people should understand that doctors are not infallible saints

Here in England there has just been published a damning government apology after a review into three unsafe medical treatments for women.

Arrogant male surgeons, doctors, and other ‘medical professionals’ dismissed their patients’ reports of severe pain, birth defects, discomfort, loss of a sex-life, broken marriages, severe depression, attempted suicides, and destroyed lives as merely ‘women’s problems’.

The first of these unsafe medical treatments is the use of vaginal mesh to treat prolapse and incontinence.  The government’s investigation and report was only undertaken after a long campaign by 8,000 women who formed a group called ‘Sling The Mesh’.  Allegedly, most of the women who have had this operation were not fully informed by their doctors and surgeons of the appalling risks attached to the implant of something called transvaginal tape, (TVT).  The procedure has been widely used in the UK and USA, and around 45% of the women operated on suffered severe complications.  This kind of thing is already banned in New Zealand, but as expected the medical authorities here in England are vacillating somewhat on imposing a total ban on vaginal mesh implants.

The other two scandals to break today are of the hormonal pregnancy test Primodos, associated with damage to children born to mothers who took it ~ and the treatment for epilepsy sodium valporate, which harms babies if taken during pregnancy.

These three latest scandals follow on the heels of Thalidomide, defective pacemakers, faulty artificial hips, PIP breast implants, and maternity deaths due to clinical malpractice.

Of course, nothing like this will ever happen again

I knew a very eminent surgeon who confided in me that the very last thing a patient wants to do is to go under a surgeon’s scalpel ~ the risks are just too great.  Personally, I used to trust my doctor until he insisted of giving me a drug that would do me no good whatsoever, for a complaint a didn’t have, and carried with it lots of unpleasant side-effects.  It will be a very long time before I again seek help from any doctor.

Some say that the National Health Service in England is Broken and Unfit for Purpose.  And that the last thing anyone should think about doing is consult a doctor.  All I know is that ‘first do no harm’ is looking a little thin.

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jack collier

jackcollier@talktalk.net

women’s medical problems are often ignored, missed, or misdiagnosed

Some Food For Thought Or Laugh? — Garfieldhug’s Blog

via Some Food For Thought Or Laugh? — Garfieldhug’s Blog

Tunes on Tuesday ~ OMC

you might think your family is strange, but are they BIZARRE?

Some dead-pan songs reveal a greater truth.

Nice car, if you like a ’59 Chevey.  Cute dancers, if you like blondes.

Please listen thoughtfully.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

bizarre, mais très érotique

Random Jottings ~ Acceptance

grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change

accept that it’s better to be alone than to be unhappy with someone else

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some people just will not accept that they’re in the wrong

they buy an assault rife instead

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the older and wiser I get,

the more I believe that the greatest gift is acceptance of others

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compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness

they are a sign of strength

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whatever life brings to you, accept it and learn to live with it

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a real man learns to accept his own faults

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I’m not OK, but that’s OK

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

never accept that you cannot change what you are

Monochrome Monday ~ The Beehive State

you go to Utah to get away from people

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Wasatch Mountains

Random Jottings ~ Werewolf

some werewolves are women, they’re the most frightening

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she wore black, shame it was her fur

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in the silvery moonlight, the werewolf’s eyes gleamed a yellow gleam

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he’d tamed the werewolf, but what was he going to do with her?

the hair and teeth weren’t a problem

but her growls in bed upset the people in the next apartment

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when the moon rose, so did the werewolf

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he had the silver collar, he had the silk sheets, he was bloody stupid

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

he was her true love

shame he was a werewolf

but he was great at fetching sticks

English COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Eased

live with no excuses, and travel with no regrets

As it has been widely expected, today a list of countries will be announced that residents of England will be free to travel to very soon.  The travel ban is expected to be lifted on some 60 countries from July 4th, and from the 10th of July the 14 days quarantine for arrivals into England is not going to be required from these countries.  It is expected that Cyprus,  France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, and New Zealand will be on the approved list ~ but not Greece.  It is a lot more complicated than that.

For example; Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are doing their own thing ~ health policy is devolved to those regions.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson,  is expected to make an announcement, listing the countries for which the English travel ban is being lifted, at 17:00 hours this evening.

The place I want to go to the most, the better parts of the USA, are not expected to be on the list of permitted destinations.  Not yet.  Both the the US and English governments show no sign of rescinding their travel bans.  Foreign Office and State Department rules still have to be followed.  Otherwise travel insurance could be invalid, and laws may be broken.

And tomorrow, pubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, holiday parks, and other branches of the hospitality industry will be allowed to open in England too.  Hotels are also expected to be open in limited ways.  The social distancing limit in England is reduced to 1 metre (3 feet or so), from tomorrow.  The UK tourism industry may be coming back to life.

We can all get a haircut tomorrow.

Actually, it is all very confusing.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

not certain I want to fly on a 737-300

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