What a good idea it was to be holed up in a hotel in Richmond for the weekend of the Olympic cycling road race through Surrey! Got a great video for you! Plus what food to eat to help prevent ageing! And 'Larry Crowne' review! What have you loved about the Olympics so far?
Road race rage or rave?
Great idea to be miles away from the A25 in Surrey which was shut at the weekend – not only because one of the girls at work took two and half hours to do a 15 minute journey – how annoyed was she!? But also – what a view from the hotel window across the river and fields!
I had to work, too many people already off that weekend, so had to accept a hotel stay. But really glad I did. Easier journey in to Chiswick studios, on Saturday and Sunday – albeit half and hour instead of ten minutes. But had a lovely relaxing time, in the Petersham, including a lovely lunch.
And – just to be nerdy for a sec – some lovely linen! Lol! However, on the Saturday morning, sitting in bed reading the papers, suddenly there were police sirens and a lot of cheering and we realised that just at the bottom of the road was… yes, the road race! Did you see any of it? Tough on our guys, but well done to Bradley Wiggins for his gold this week!
The science bit – 'Horizon: How to Eat Anti-Ageing Food' etc.
The Olympics have been all over the telly of course, but as a departure, did you see the 'Horizon' episode on BBC1 last week about what makes the skin age? The reporter was a surgeon who decided to find out more about what makes us look older.
First she investigated the effects of the sun, and mentioned that SPF sun protection creams don't last and rub off in water (send that girl some Ultrasun, I shouted at the screen! Hehe! And congrats to Abi and co for their Customer Beauty Award!)
Then they looked at foods and an expert told her there are four good rules to help your body combat 'oxidative stress' in the body – ie. ageing. They are these:
1. Brightly coloured foods – eg. tomato 'cos of the lycopene
2. Bitter veg and fruit like broccoli, radishes and greens – 'cos of the glucosinolates which get deposited in the skin and allow it to protect itself better
3. Eat lots of oily fish, eg. mackerel (or I would say have a good quality EPA tablet – at least 500mg a day – I take 1500mg) – 'cos they contain anti-inflammatories which dampen down the oxidative stress
4. Avoid starchy foods like sugar and white rice, bread and potatoes and pasta (yes, really!)
Then they went on to say they're developing a pill that can help deliver those benefits in a capsule. I do hope in years to come, when it's available, that we sell it on QVC! Thing is, as Mr Back-of-My-Tandem observed, a lot of what's in these rules is in macrobiotic diets! What I already do – Hooray!
The next area – sugar consumption! The ones who ate the most sugar it seems, looked oldest. Good god! Yes another reason to cut down! Now I'm not sure I'll give up my lovely dark chocolate treat every so often, but it certainly makes you think, doesn't it?!
Apparently it's due to the way sugar becomes attached to the collagen in the skin, and makes it more brittle, more likely to break, and more difficult to repair itself, and once that happens you're on the way to advanced ageing in the skin. Doesn't have much going for it nowadays does it, sugar! I know I bang on about it, but how fascinating is all this new science? If you saw the show, tho', what did you think?
Daniel Craig is a bit of a heartthrob of mine, so you can guess which part of the Olympic opening ceremony was my favourite! The name's Majesty, HER Majesty! I do believe I actually squealed with delight when I saw the Queen greet Bond – what blinking fantastic television eh! Well done Danny Boyle!
I'd even forgive some of the over-long segments for that, and for Bean playing the piano in the 'Chariots of Fire' sequence which was also fab. What was your best bit?
… and runners up for our Customer Beauty Awards were announced this week including some excellent anti-ageing products, (shame the 'Horizon' reporter didn't look at the Gatineau research, instead of L'Oreal!).
Anyway a big well done to all the winners in the seven categories – go here to find out the full run down. And a particular congrats to Liz Earle and team for three wins!
Last week I had the funny dog, and mentioned there was a super cat pic too – well here it is! And ta to those who post the funnies on my Facebook site!
If you'd like to Facebook me, there's now a fan page that's easy to access. Or find me on Twitter @debbieflint. I do my best to respond to wall comments at least!
WATCH - has to be 'Larry Crowne', with Julia Roberts (no, the other one!) and Tom Hanks (some of his films are amongst my faves). It's a solid performance from both – and whilst it won't set the world on fire, worth a watch. 7.75 out of ten!
QVC - am looking forward to my Kim & Co show on Friday 3rd at 11pm – love her clothes and wear them a lot on air – including the jeggings – which I've been living in lately (did you notice?! Lol) and which 'I Are Mostly Been Using!'
Then watch out for the new TomTom Today's Special Value Friday midnight and all day Saturday – my show is Saturday evening at 11pm – assuming it's not sold out! Lol.
Anyway – have a great week and don't forget to tell me your opinion of the opening ceremony! Leave a comment below – it's easy!