New diet, new house!
Following last week's fabulous macrobiotic cookery week, this week's blog has a slight food theme! First tho', I came home to a newly decorated house and a new greenhouse, courtesy of my lovely family, who all got together to treat me as a special 'big birthday' present!
Walls and glossing all done – and they even cleaned the carpet – using the Vax of course! Then, inspired by a birthday present, I got a turquoise sofa, to match the lovely pics (above left) that pal Goody bought me for my birthday when we were at the wine tasting at Denbies a few weeks back.
So now it all looks wonderful and am very calm and relaxed in there – the de-clutter helped too, of course! Am sooo grateful about the greenhouse too – means my back room is freed up from seedlings and young plants once more, now they can live safely in a fully enclosed greenhouse!
One of the things I've already begun is sprouting stuff. Literally, sprouting it from scratch, using packets of seeds, peas etc. and a special 'sprouter'. It only takes a few days – well, you know how fast mustard and cress used to grow, from school? Then you have succulent, vibrant new shoots to go munch on and add to salads etc! All part of the fab macrobiotic thing that's kept going – so far anyway! It's not cheap, so doing your own sprouting is a good idea, methinks!
Anyway, I've managed to kit out my kitchen with much of the appropriate ingredients and some of the appropriate accoutrements to make my job a bit easier. When it comes to mealtimes, I'm now a bone fide 'cook' – which I've never been in my whole life! And some of the meals have been lovely! (See EAT below). Am very happy with my progress so far – well it's only been a week, give it time! Hehe! Anyone else been doing well with a new eating plan? Let me know below!
Things to taste before you're 100
Remember the list from the National Trust a couple of weeks ago, where they featured things to do before you're 11, that were quite old school and went back to basics, like climbing a tree, eating an apple you've picked yourself etc? Well it made me smile when a newspaper journalist followed up with a new type of list – things to eat before you die! Gosh what a diverse list THAT ONE is! Again, click on the to enlarge the list.
Number 83 for instance is sauerkraut – Marlene was mentioning how good for you that can be – enzyme rich and with bacteria that improve the digestion apparently. Go here for more info about other foods on the list which could potentially be very good for you! Well I've had a theme for the past few weeks, so why not continue with it! Lol!
Then count how many you've eaten in your life, and let me know below! Mine comes to about 30 odd, including one which I just added last week – number 97 – and very tasty it is too! What's yours – leave me a comment if you've come across any of the more unusual ones! Let me know by leaving it below. (And if you've never left one before, see the P.S below where I explain how).
All week I've had some fab comments about the food we cooked last week on my macrobiotic holiday – and comments like 'that must have been some amazing cookery course if you're now good – you were rubbish before!'. Well don't forget I only posted pics of the dishes that turned out well! Of COURSE there were a few… shall we say, mishaps, along the way! Just to make you smile, here's a pic of the spring greens we cooked – mine, and how it should have looked! Guess which is which! Lol. (I have been eating it regularly though – you're supposed to have some every day. And miso soup! Check!)
IDIOT – just a quick snippet about something I did that made me burst out laughing on the way to work this week. Have you ever done anything like this, in a 'brain in neutral' moment?! There I was, accompanied by Mr Back-of-My-Tandem, mid-conversation, when we turned onto the A3 and picked up speed. Suddenly I couldn't hear him talking very easily, so guess what I did? I only went and reached for the volume switch on the radio! What a div! No other word for it – just div!
This week's science bit – well, loosely speaking – was spotted in the newspapers not long ago – click on the pic to see more. Showing that more and more people are becoming aware of the link between too much sugar and bad health – if you're interested let me know, 'cos I find so much stuff I'd like to share, but it's really hard to include too much of it here in a blog like this without it getting boring for some!
Leave me a comment below if you're enjoying reading this kind of stuff and I'll keep it up! NB. as the experts said on the macrobiotic course last week, you have to take everything in moderation and have balance, and it's over-indulging that is the root problem. Happy that they have a glass of wine every so often, just as I choose to have a square of dark choc when I get the urge. But watch those sugary drinks, as often there's 4 teaspoons of sugar in just one can!
OK ladies – final 'Solo Cougar's Survival Kit' tip #20 of 20! What every girl needs to survive on your own is – new interests! For instance, dare to do something different every month, as a starter. Then you can start your own TiFFT* club.
Or, take the plunge and go as far as appearing on a dating show – click on the pic to read more about the new Channel 4 programme. If nothing else, sign up for the 'daily deals' emails for the things that have kept me so entertained over the past year or so.
Anything else you think I should have added to the Solo Cougar's Survival Kit? Leave me a comment below to tell me more! And hope you've enjoyed my list. Look back over the past weeks of blogs to see them all. And good luck!
Facebook fun and Tweet talk
Got to say Mr Back-of-My-Tandem impressed me this week being all 'down wiv da kids' by knowing all about this 'YouTube sensation' – have you come across it? It's Keenan Cahill and he's become so popular, with his funny lip-synching videos from his bedroom – that they've been getting millions of hits – some over 40 MILLION! Goodness me! Why? You just HAVE to watch this! And apparently there's a new development which I'll tell you about next week! Watch though – very amusing!
Well I was away last week so missed bringing you this one – from the Antthony show I did just before I went to Scotland. The man's a marvel – even if he does get up to mischief in his down-time! Lol…
And you wait till you see what's coming in next week's bloopers! It's been a busy few days on air! Lol.
WATCH – OK, it's a different one this week, since I had to get my blog in early to the lovely Sally who works in the web team, so she could post it (I just send the words and pics and links to her and she kindly puts them onto the website). Well I was speaking to my sister Linda, and she was going on about the Cameron Diaz DVD, 'Bad Teacher'.
So I watched the trailer, ordered the movie on my Blockbuster rental service, and am ready to watch it. BUT I haven't yet – so I want this week's review to come from you guys – fancy watching it 'with' me and/or putting a review on here for ME to find out what YOU all think, for a change? Doesn't have to be 'Bad Teacher' actually, but it'd be great if it is! Then I can add my OWN film review in a comment below during the next week too!
EAT – well, what can I say?! From spring greens in toasted sesame oil with gamachio, to scrambled tofu to bean paté, I've been keeping up the macrobiotic way of cooking and living and eating. And it's meant a couple of things – being 'mucus-free' in my breathing, and in the mornings (compared to what I was like before – it wasn't terrible, but sadly it got worse when I ate dairy – which I love!).
My fridge is chocka with organic fresh stuff, and some veggie meals which are sooo tasty. My belly's settled down now it's more used to it all, and my mind has got a lot more focussed and calm. In fact, I noticed it tonight driving home after the Diane Gilman/Honora day, when I was completely road-rage free and not in a rush to get home, as I used to be. Weird!
Anyway there's just one casualty of my week in Scotland – my rib! Turns out, according to the specialist, I've popped the front floating right rib out of its hole in the cartilage – now it feels llike something's in the way when I'm leaning over, breathing, you know, that sort of thing! Anyone got any idea what to do about it, other than the basic gentle exercise and ibuprofen gel, let me know! :-). Silly macrobiotic Debbie, climbing thru' that window! (see last week's Snippets).
Next week – the 50th birthday get together with extended family and friends – in a village hall if rain stops play! And some lovely moments on air with Ralph from Honora Pearls – it'll be a good one! 🙂
Also, a first day rehearsing and getting used to the new studios, in advance of our big move early June. And more from 'YouTube sensation' Keenan Cahill. Plus a fabulous new product competition from bareMinerals.
Have a great week yourself, and don't forget to leave me a comment below! About anything, or about the comments above! Take care – and thanks in advance!
P.S. If you've never left a comment, it's simple. Where it says 'name', just give yourself a monicker – doesn't have to be your full name, just something – like I'd be 'Debs F', for instance. Then put your email address. This is for authentication purposes only and is never – never – given to anyone else, or used to hound you with marketing. And it won't appear on your comment, only your name will. So go for it – let's see how many new people I can get leaving their very first comment on here this week! If it won't let you post, it just means you've taken a long time and it's timed out – just copy your text so you don't lose it, refresh the page, then you can paste it back in and press 'post'! Easy! Go for it, and leave me a comment!
P.P.S. * TiFFT = Try it for the First Time club
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