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Post by Tripps » 09 Oct 2018, 13:20

Whilst driving home last evening I heard on the radio that if we didn't immediately give up meat and dairy, then the earth would warm by more than 1.5 degrees in the next 12 years, and the sea would rise by 30 metres. I would have to get used to soya 'milk', and tofu.

I went straight to Morrisons and bought half a shoulder of lamb, a piece of braising steak, a pound of chipolatas, and four pints of milk. Put me down as 'slightly sceptical' :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 10 Oct 2018, 02:41

I believe them but it's too late for me to make any difference. As for cooking, buy a slow cooker..... that cures the problem! Cook in industrial quantities and freeze the rest in ready meals, not rocket science!
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Stanley wrote:
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As for cooking, buy a slow cooker....
Good tip - I bought my first in 1974. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 11 Oct 2018, 02:22

You were in the game earlier than I was David.
No problem making a complete meal in less than ten minutes with the right ingredients and when you come in it's sat there welcoming you..... I'm convinced that this 'no time to cook' is an excuse for people who can't be bothered to lift a finger to look after themselves.
Quote from Churchill on being told the house he was going to stay in had no staff or proper cooking facilities.... "If someone demonstrates the process to me I will be able to boil an egg"
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Post by Tizer » 23 Oct 2018, 14:46

This BBC page shows the distribution of food takeaway shops...
`More takeaways on high street despite anti-obesity push' LINK

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Post by plaques » 23 Oct 2018, 16:23

That's why we are closing all the sports centres and swimming baths how else can we sustain this number of takeaways if people go spending their money on keeping fit?

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Post by Stanley » 24 Oct 2018, 02:34

I hate the Just Eat movement.... I saw the reports as well Tiz. Bigger threat to health than smoking a pipe!
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Post by Tripps » 30 Oct 2018, 13:04

The struggle continues - what's a chap to think - and eat? :smile:

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Post by Tizer » 30 Oct 2018, 15:49

Everything in moderation, don't binge on any food or drink, eat a varied diet and eat only enough to stay alive. The biggest problem of all is that we now eat too much; we eat what we want instead of what we need.

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Post by Stanley » 01 Nov 2018, 06:59

David, I am convinced that Tiz is right. Eat what you enjoy in moderation and take exercise is the best advice I have come up with. God knew what he was doing when he put cholesterol in eggs and mother's milk!
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Post by Tripps » 01 Nov 2018, 10:14

Stanley wrote:
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God knew what he was doing when he put cholesterol in eggs
However I think he was having an off day when he did teeth. There must be a better food input system. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 01 Nov 2018, 10:28

That was intended to weed the oldies out David! Don't forget he let us invent pot gobblers! (They let me keep them in as I had a spinal block and not full anaesthesia. That was a weird experience!)
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Post by Stanley » 02 Nov 2018, 06:40

I have taken note of what Wendy's Colin said to me yesterday about carbs and sugars and am redoubling my war on carbs. I admit I have been lax of late. My problem is that even though I was eating the wrong foods in hospital my blood sugar was always OK. (Would you believe rhubarb crumble?)
I was looking at the official advice on combating low sodium levels and it seems that my lifelong belief in drinking lots of water could be one of the factors so I am knocking it back. It also said that drinking 'sports drinks' was recommended.... However it added that the same effect could be obtained by adding a pinch of salt to water..... Guess which option I shall embrace! It also said that dried peas were better than canned or frozen, so I have a pan-full of dried peas on the go as I write. I have a blood test next Wednesday and will be interested to see what the sodium level is......
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Post by chinatyke » 02 Nov 2018, 10:44

Stanley wrote:
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(Would you believe rhubarb crumble?)
My gran used to make the best rhubarb crumble, it was one inch wide and twelve inches long. :biggrin2:

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Post by Stanley » 02 Nov 2018, 11:22

And I bet it tasted wonderful!
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Post by Tizer » 02 Nov 2018, 16:17

Making sure you get enough salt is also important if your blood pressure is lower than normal.

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Post by Stanley » 03 Nov 2018, 04:12

I have always drunk more water than other folks and now I see that something in my metabolism has changed as I age. I also try to limit the amount of salt in my cooking. I have re-assessed in view of the evidence and am drinking less and making sure I get slightly more salt. I have a blood test due on the 7th of November and will be interested to see the results! My version is that I have been erring on the low side of salt usage and on the high side for water. We'll see if I am right when Hassan gets the blood results. (We are allowed an opinion in these matters!)
Later after my walk. I have an idea that my morning coffee is too strong. Perhaps the large amount of water I was drinking was flushing the caffeine out. Whatever, I am going to use one scoop of coffee instead of two. Part of the adjustment to the circumstances.... (It could explain why I have been feeling a bit dithery, we shall see....) I shall save money as well!
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Post by Tizer » 03 Nov 2018, 10:57

Mrs Tiz saw a loaf of corn bread in the supermarket the other day and decided to try it. She wasn't impressed, the texture wasn't good and the outside was a bit plasticy. I had a taste and immediately knew it contained spices so I avoided it. She wasn't keen on the spicy taste either - why can't they let us taste the bread itself? This morning she found that the local bakery has its own corn bread. She took the precaution of asking them if it contained spices and they said no so she bought a loaf to try. Got it home and guess what - it had an ingredients list and one of them was mustard. So, again, not for me. What is worse though is that the word mustard was in upper case letters and a note at the end of the list said that meant it was an allergen. If I was allergic to it rather than just intolerant I could have ended up with anaphylactic shock.

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Post by Stanley » 04 Nov 2018, 05:03

Tiz. There is little doubt in my mind that something has changed. Food labelling didn't exist in my younger days but neither did reports of anaphylactic shock. That doesn't mean that it didn't exist, it was perhaps put down to other causes as the medical profession wasn't as well served by research then. What is obvious is that it is now vitally important and much more should be done to make labels clear and also to recognise that adjusting the taste of food with spices and additives to make it more attractive is such a disadvantage to people who have problems like yours. In hospital I was asked over and over again if I have any allergies, all I could say was "not to my knowledge", but is this right? When does sensitivity to something morph into allergy? I know that if I drink very strong tea it makes me 'dithery'. I suspect that I have become more sensitive to caffeine as I have cut my water intake and so I am going to adjust that as I was getting the same dithery effect.
Some dismiss 'allergies' as over sensitivity but you know this a total misapprehension of a serious problem. I sympathise and am so glad that by some stroke of fate I don't have the problem.
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Post by Stanley » 05 Nov 2018, 04:58

I have posted what I should have posted here in 'Flatley Dryer' so the best I can do is refer you to that. I am singing the praises of old fashioned bone stock. It ticks all the boxes!
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Post by Tizer » 05 Nov 2018, 09:31

One of my friends in New Zealand, a lipid scientist and now partly retired, sent me an email mentioning some of the projects he's engaged upon. he also writes: `Doing a lot with fish oil and omega 3 supplements and also taking them to assist in this horrible process called ageing.' :smile:

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Post by Stanley » 05 Nov 2018, 11:04

Hopefully he is on the right track!
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Post by Wendyf » 05 Nov 2018, 12:48

An interesting blog about salt intake from one of the researchers at Xpert Health.

https://www.xperthealth.org.uk/Home/New ... ch-of-salt

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Post by Tripps » 05 Nov 2018, 17:59

I like the conclusion

"Basically, take any advice to dramatically reduce salt intake with a pinch of salt."

I saw somewhere that any attempt to change your body salt level was counterproductive since the body already has a feedback mechanism which works against your efforts.

Thus eat too much and it is excreted, eat too little and it retains what it has.

Is that true? I don't really know but it has the famous 'ring of truth' about it. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 06 Nov 2018, 04:40

I hope so David because that is what I have gone back to! Have reduced water intake though, I get enough fluids from my tea.
Hassan was very supportive about my need to get back to my own cooking and diet. We learn what suits us if we give it thought.
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