Archive for August 2014

Eating for joy – what not to do

Food mood downers In the post “Eating for Joy” I identified some positive things we can do to help maintain a healthy mood.  Things such as eating regularly, ensuring adequate protein and including omega 3 fatty acids.  In this post I nominate my top 4 things to avoid to in order to protect your good mood and mental health.   To eat for joy, then avoid: 1.  Simple sugars.  While […]

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease IBD is a group of conditions characterised by inflammation of the bowel; the two most common types being Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.  Other types can occur as a result of chemical, infection, drugs, ischaemia (lack of blood to the bowel), Behcet’s disease and then there are some where the cause is unknown. A bit more on Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease Ulcerative colitis The inflammation is […]

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Buckwheat coconut porridge

This is serious porridge!  The coconut milk reminds of Asian black sticky rice; warming and super-filling.  This was my first attempt so ad-libbed with the ingredients and ratios, but they worked thankfully.  You can use other milks and it will be much lighter and have fewer calories, but it is a cold and misty day in the mountains so we wanted the full, rich catastrophe!  This combination would also be […]

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Addiction, depression and compassion; the death of Robin Williams


  “I drink because I am an alcoholic; I am not an alcoholic because I drink.” I wonder what your reaction to that statement is?   Today I am writing ‘free-form’.  I am not trawling through the latest journal articles or seeking expert opinion.  Rather, I am responding to the news of the death of Robin Williams, who had a well-documented history of depression and addiction (including in his own comedy […]

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Basal temperature charting

What is the basal body temperature? The basal body temperature is the lowest normal temperature (i.e. without any illnesses or abnormal environmental conditions). Why record the basal temperature? The two most common reasons to record your basal temperature is to provide information about thyroid function (people with under-active thyroid may be ‘colder’ than typical) and to monitor a woman’s reproductive cycle and help with preventing or achieving pregnancy. Charting in […]

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