Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Some of the purple carrots I've been eating recently
According to this source, blue and purple fruits and vegetables
contain nutrients which include lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. These nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anticarcinogens in the digestive tract, and limit the activity of cancer cells
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
According to this source, orange and yellow fruits and vegetables
contain beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C. These nutrients reduce age-related macula degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance, and work with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
According to this source, red fruits and vegetables contain nutrients such as lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, to name a few. These nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support join tissue in arthritis cases.
Red chilli peppers
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Progress so far
12 weeks: 64.5kg
11 weeks: 63.2kg
10 weeks: 63.1kg
7 weeks: 62.7kg
5 weeks: 62.2kg
4 weeks: 61.7kg
Am quite happy with the drop in weight this week, considering I've had a bad cold and haven't been able to train. I had plans to meet a friend in the city last Saturday but had to cancel because my tonsils were on fire, and it's been a downhill ride of sore sinuses, congestion, nose blowing and coughing since then. My energy levels are almost back to normal today, thank goodness!
We've had a run of cold and wet weather here recently and that seems to have encouraged pests inside - I noticed some mouse droppings in the kitchen at the start of the week. Normally mice don't bother me (I kept them as pets as a kid) but when they get into the kitchen and start making a mess I get a bit stressed out. By Friday I'd had enough and decided to set a trap under the stove. The instructions on the box recommended peanut butter. We don't have peanut butter (as Rob is a bit sensitive to peanuts, along with gluten and dairy), so I used almond butter. The mice seemed to like it. I got three in quick succession!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
When we moved into our house about 18 months ago we had a tiny little kitchen with a prehistoric stove and non-functioning rangehood. The sink was jammed up against the stove, and there was no dishwasher (and no room to put one in).
The only way to access the back yard was through the narrow laundry
After six months I couldn’t stand it any longer and ripped out the old kitchen cabinets, reconfigured the kitchen and put in a new sink, dishwasher, oven and rangehood.
Nearly a year later and I’m finally getting around to having the wall taken out between the kitchen and laundry (so we can have better indoor-outdoor flow). I also want to take out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, so we can have an island bench (and more light in the kitchen-dining area). Because our house is two storeys, this is going to involve an architectural draftsman, structural engineer and building surveyor (to get a building permit).
Today we had the architectural draftsman come out to measure up the house and confirm my brief. He had a neat infra-red device that electronically measured the distances between the walls – no tape measure! From here he will draw up the existing conditions and proposed design for me to sign off on. Am looking forward to seeing it!
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This is how the area around our fireplace looks at the moment. It’s basically a dining area.
I did some work on our fireplace a while back, changing the surround from brown to white
Lately I’ve been thinking about making into more of a lounge area, with some seating and books (must be the thought of the cold weather coming on). Here are some photos I’ve seen that I’ve liked
What do you think?