Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Vegan Cholesterol

During a visit to the Lupus clinic a few months ago I was told my cholesterol level was 5.
Apparently this is sort of average or even good but considering I have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke, it is not very good at all.
After some time I eventually managed to bet a fasting lipid analysis done at my GP practice, it came back at 5.5. The Lupus consultant told me the "good cholesterol" level was not high enough to reduce the "bad cholesterol" levels. However it is not related to the diet. As a long time vegan and having been a vegetarian all my adult life, I was very surprised to find my cholesterol level was not ok.
So now I am now looking at changing my diet to avoid things which could increase the cholesterol. I already eat soya products and lots of beans, but I am going to have more oatmeal.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Red Squirrels, rabbits and birds

During our caravan park holiday in south west Scotland, we were fortunate to have visits from Red Squirrels, rabbits, Great Spotted Woodpeckers (maybe the same one visited each time), Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Robins, Sparrows, Finches of various kinds, and Wrens. We also saw the entrance to a badger's sett in the nearby woods, and saw a family of Herons getting fed in their nest by the side of a lake. The noise the heron chicks made as they clamoured for food could be heard for miles around.

Our Caravan Holiday



Another angle on the caravan we rented for a week in May. It was really nice to stay somewhere so well appointed.

Foliage



The woodland was very beautiful. May is a really good time if you like to walk in woodlands.

Trees in May



This beautiful wooded walk was very near where we were staying.

Friday, 4 June 2010

carrot and coconut curry with peas

Fry 2 red onions, 2 chillies, and 1 clove of garlic, until they begin to brown;
Add 4 chopped carrots, a tin of coconut milk, 2 teaspoons of blue dragon thai green curry paste, and a cupful of dried texturized vegetable protein, continue to cook until soft, adding about 1 pint water;
Next, add 2 teaspoons of marigold vegetable bouillion powder and about half a pound of frozen petit pois;
Cook for another half an hour and serve with brown rice.

Gold Caravan in Dumfries & Galloway

Jeff and I enjoyed a week in May in our favourite area in Dumfries and Galloway, which is part of South West Scotland.
We had rented a Gold caravan, in a holiday park, which has technically 3 bedrooms, however 2 of them are the size of large cupboards.
This is a view of the main living area, just after we arrived.

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