Archive for category health
This is another nice TED video about vegetarians
Less pollution, less environmental impact, saving money, living healthier and I lost some weight….
As you might be aware, I stopped eating meat in December for a trial and haven’t had much since. Whilst I didn’t stop for ethical reasons or Buddhist reasons, I stopped because I didn’t want to eat all that bad and processed meat.
Coming to a review after three months, I have eaten a steak two weeks ago. And I enjoyed the steak but could have happily lived without it. Then I had a chicken kebab recently, and I enjoyed that a lot!
What is the right way forward though? Should I stop eating meat, or enjoy to eat whatever I like?
The problem is the fatty content of the meat. I lost about a stone (6 kilograms) since Christmas, but feeling ill for the last 5 weeks, I discovered that I love to eat and enjoy good food. Hence I think that I might go back and eat meat on a reduced basis, e.g. only good quality meat. I want to cut down on saturated fat, and processed meat. Sausages and burgers are just wrong!
I have to find a way on qualifying that. A ham and cheese sandwich wouldn’t qualify, but a chicken breast wrapped in parma ham would. A tin of corned beef or some pork chops wouldn’t qualify either in my opinion, nor would cubed chicken on a pizza. But a corn-fed chicken, or lean pork from the butcher would.
My aim is to continue to eat vegetarian for the majority of my meals during the week. Green, healthy and full of energy. And, to compliment that, when I go out and maybe once at the weekend, I would eat meat where I know it is quality meat and not the burger from McD.
I keep you posted how it works.
Ok, the title might be misleading a bit. But, on my favourite channel, I saw Bill Davenhall’s talk about “Your health depends on where you live“.
Now, after watching that, I think that living in London might not be the best choice by far, and that countries like New Zealand, or even Scotland, or Scandinavian countries might have an impact on my well being. What do you think?
I love TED. Ted comes up with the most interesting discussions, this one is about how you can live to 100 years plus. And, it boils down to living with more healthy food, have a good social live, be active, not to overeat, eat lots of vegetables etc. None of which is rocket science, but we just need to change our lifestyle.
I wrote a blog post about Buddhism and Vegetarianism.
Also, I found a video promoting a vegan lifestyle:
You can see over at Balamadana, Buddhism and Management what my thoughts are, but I think that 2010 will bring a lot of positive changes.
I keep you posted.
Ok, this is a link to a cocktail someone sent me this morning.
He suggested that it will cure my cold, but I am not sure if I really want to try it….maybe:
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 2 dashes Tabasco
- 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1 dash soy sauce
- 50ml/2fl oz single malt Scotch whisky
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- Splash tomato juice, warmed through
Pour all of the ingredients apart from the tomato juice into a heatproof glass or mug and stir well. Top up with the warm tomato juice.
If anyone has tried it yet, and whether it has cured your cold, please let me know.
I swear on a hot toddy, e.g. lemzip, 2 spoons of sugar, a good size shot of whisky, potentially some freshly squeezed lemons, topped up with hot water. Drink it hot just before you go to sleep and start sweating Not nice, but it helps.
Have a good weekend.
Ok, this might seem odd at first, but I have decided to not drink any wine for a month. Although the sign says ‘no meat’, this is untrue in my case
This is not because I think I drink too much, as I won’t stop drinking. However, I find that I spoiled myself with good wines lately and don’t find as much pleasure drinking the cheaper wines. Now, you could argue I am doing this to save money.
Again, this is not the real reason. I believe the real reason is that I want to see how my taste buds change over a period of a month and whether the cheap wine is still very much a “no go” or if I am happy to touch that wine again. Also, will I still be in favour of the lovely high priced wines?
We shall see. My weekly wine column has been written until early October, so don’t worry, they have all been tasted already.
Following the series about wines for under ten pounds, here is another wine review of a lovely wine.
A Merlot Tannat, 2006, from Uruguay, called Pizzorno.
I wrote about the Tannat grape before and how impressed I am with it. For under seven pounds this wine gives a different hint of the Tannat grape as it is mixed with Merlot. It almost makes the wine a bit sweet tasting.
Tannat is allegedly Uruguay’s flagship grape. Bright crimson red with a purple hue. The aromas you get from the Pizzorno are raspberry compote and elder flower, marry with hints of plum and rosemary. The palate is rich in its flavours of plum, chocolate and new tobacco, complemented by smooth tannis and good acidity, which lead into a lingering finish.
I have to admit, this combination of grapes really brings out a boost of flavours. Whilst I tried it on its own, I am convinced it would go well with strong flavoured food, such as game, red meat even and strong cheese. The latter I believe will always be on my list for wine.
You find further information about the vineyard on the Pizzorno Family Estate site.