Monday, 28 February 2011

5 a day for a healthy balance diet

It all started with the World Health Organization, which recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Now this has been promoted by the NHS here in the UK to eat at least 5 a day of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy balance diet. It doesn't mean that you have to get all fresh fruits and vegetables in fact I usually get frozen vegetables and canned fruits to complete me and my family’s 5 a day goal. Of course I do buy fresh ones too, the usual banana, tomatoes and oranges. However sometimes this would not be all eaten so at the end of the week some would go in the food recycling waste. So what I do is buy a little of the fresh ones and store a lot of the canned fruits and frozen vegetables.

This is what I usually get:

Sealed and frozen just like that one in the picture is sold in the supermarkets. Compose of baby carrots, peas, green beans, and sweet corn but contents may sometimes vary depending on brands.

And a tinned or canned fruits just like the one in the picture is what I usually get as part of me and my family’s 5 a day but I only get the one in natural juice or water, with no added sugar. I think this is very economical as you can just open what you want to eat and can store the rest of the frozen or canned fruits and vegetables for many months.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Self meditation using ilchi lee technique

I had just stopped my yoga class and have decided to try ilchi lee meditation technique because I have heard a lot of good things about it. I wanted to get into a deeper meditation which I believe is good for my mind, body, and spiritual development and I think ilchi lee is the perfect meditation for me. Of what I heard about this ilchi lee, this meditation focuses on the brain and its development, so it is a sort of healing power from within which eliminates stress and gives a person practicing it a peace of mind.

I am not a science major but I do know that the human brain is the center of the nervous system, so enhancing the brain could mean empowering yourself to be in control with your emotion as well as your physical health. What I like about ilchi lee is that aside from improving the mind and body connection it also teaches everyone his philosophy of life. Anyway, I cannot wait to get my ilchi lee book and start on my own meditation at home!

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Winter Chicken & Vegetable Soup

This is one of my favorite winter soups, a chicken and vegetable soup that cost less, healthy and so easy to make.

Here is how to do it :

• Boil a 100g pearl barley with 300 ml cold water in a covered pan for 10 minutes.
• Melt 15g butter in a pan with 1 tbsp olive oil. Add a finely sliced leek and sliced celery stick. Then cover and cook over a very low heat for 5 minute, stirring occasionally. Add 2 sliced of carrots, a diced potato, 2 chicken beast fillets, 1tbsp fresh thyme, 600ml chicken stock and the barley and its cooking water. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
• Remove the chicken and cut into pieces. Return to the pan and reheat. If there are left over, you can pack it in a flask and refrigerate or freeze the rest for later.

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My mother is a coin collector and some of her gold coins had been used in sending me and my brother to a university way back 15 years ago. Now I am not saying that this is also what you should do with your gold bullion, to fund your children's study but this is just an example of one good thing you can do with it when the time comes.

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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Valentines fruits and vegetables

It was February 13 when I first heard this on the radio whiles on a petrol garage and they were talking about Valentine’s Day presents and these unique fruits and vegetables the giant supermarkets are selling specially for Valentine’s Day. These are commercially crop, grown and harvested in February for Valentine’s Day and if your love one is health conscious like me, then this and a diamond jewellery might be the perfect gift for the next Valentine’s Day.

• Heart shaped Cucumber
• Heart shaped tomato
• Heart shaped strawberries
This last photo is a picture of how they crop or shape the strawberry fruit into a heart shape.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Do spring flowers needs re-planting

I have read so many posts about spring flowers and most of them say you have to dig it up once it dies and replant it again in the fall. But I have some spring flowers on my garden and I never dig them out. My daffodils and tulips have been planted on my garden for a couple of years now and never fail to grow back every spring time. As they say “good drainage and plenty of sunshine is key of growing spring flowers”. So, does spring flowers needs re-planting? My answer is no, if it grows there nicely once, then do not bother to dig it out.

Here some tips of how to plant:

• Bulbs are some of the easiest garden plants to grow, needing only a well-drained soil and some sunshine. As a general rule, plant bulbs two to three times their own depth and around two bulb widths apart.
• It's important to plant bulbs with its top facing upwards. If unsure, plant the bulb on its side.
• Replace the soil after planting, breaking down any large clumps and firm in gently, making sure there are no air spaces around the bulbs.
• And the best time to plant bulbs are from October to December, before the first frost.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Oranda fish swimming upside down

I had 1 oranda fish that swims upside down after feeding. Got 2 of these lovely oranda fancy gold fish and the other one seems to be ok. I have noticed that before feeding they seem to be alright, but then after feeding them the flakes, the smaller oranda fish floats upside down. I have read many forums about fishes and some problems and the mostly if they say if the fish swims upside down they have a swim bladder disorder. The thing is my fish is ok when not fed, so I think it must be something about the food I am feeding them. I decided to change the food from flakes to a granular and I got it right this time! The little oranda fish is no longer floating upside down after feeding. I think, since it is only a little fish it might have a digestion problem or might be allergic to the flake food that makes the little fish gassy after eating. I tend to change the food now and again, also give them some supplements like freeze-dried daphnia and blood worms. They look healthy and have not had any problems with them ever since I stop feeding them with flakes.